With the beginning of the spring semester, students will have an excellent opportunity to explore their leadership potential in the newly created program, the Heidelberg Leadership Experience.
“This will be a great way to find out more about yourself, your leadership capabilities and opportunities to make your Heidelberg experience even better,” said Andrea Wensowitch, director of the Office of Student Engagement and coordinator of the program. Graduate assistant Jalisha Lancaster will provide assistance.
“The leadership training, education and development of these students support their performance in current leadership positions, benefits the organizations and programs in which they work and prepares them for future leadership endeavors,” Wensowitch said.
Participating students will be involved in monthly interactive workshops, discussions about leadership theory and other themes, retreats, service projects, presentations and conferences. Students can expect to develop a personal leadership plan, improve teamwork skills and challenge themselves.
Any student enrolled for the spring semester can participate. “There is no minimum GPA and it doesn’t matter what (class) year you are,” Wensowitch said. “All HU students are welcome.”
The Heidelberg Leadership Experience offers a series of 11 one-hour events and activities that will explore the different components of leadership and encourage students to begin to define their potential outside of the classroom, student organizations or athletic teams. The culminating event will be a whitewater rafting trip in West Virginia in April.
The Office of Student Engagement is fully funding all of the events and activities. The program is being offered in the spring semester only and there is no academic credit.
Wensowitch said she hopes the Heidelberg Leadership Experience will complement and enhance other leadership opportunities on campus. Additionally, students who complete the program can expect to derive a hidden benefit: marketability with future employers.
Companies, industries, non-profit agencies and educational institutions indicate that leadership, communication and other interpersonal skills are among the most important qualities they look for in new employees.