During 2012, Georgia College senior Grace Nichols joined emerging leaders during equality discussions at the White House. The music therapy major attended the event with approximately 100 next generation lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) participants to discuss equality efforts taking place on the federal level. She also received the opportunity to talk and take a photo with Vice President Joe Biden.
Students experience leadership styles at The Citadel
Members of Leadership Certificate Program and Georgia Education Mentorship Program learned different leadership styles during The Citadel's symposium. Georgia College student delegates networked with nationally recognized leaders during the fifth annual Principled Leadership Symposium at The Citadel in South Carolina.
The first-time experience for students of Georgia College’s Leadership Certificate Program (LCP) and Georgia Education Mentorship (GEM) Program introduced new ideas and concepts about leadership from professionals across the nation.
“A lot of the speakers geared their topics toward life and leadership in or surrounding the military,” said Lauren Pavao, senior political science major. “I have always been interested in politics and international affairs.”
Speakers included Dr. William J. Bennett, former U.S. secretary of education and best-selling author; Joe Ehrmann, former NFL player and author; retired Maj. Gen. Patrick H. Brady, Medal of Honor Recipient for actions in Vietnam, 1968; and Deborah Lee James, executive vice president of communications and government affairs with Science Applications International Corp.
The two-day event during March enlightened Georgia College students to a range of leadership concepts, said John Bowen, Georgia College’s coordinator of leadership programs.
“Students interacted with speakers, panelists, advisers and other student delegates,” said Bowen, who accompanied the students. “The experience also created greater camaraderie among our participants.”
Students explored and engaged in panel discussions concerning leadership in fields such as business, service learning, education, media, sports and politics.
“Leadership comes in many forms,” said Senitra Syas, senior management major. “I got to hear from heroic men who fought in the war and lost limbs. When we asked them who are their leaders, they would say their wives, friends or brothers.”
The symposium reinforced classroom discussions about leadership.
“I learned more about leadership — honor, integrity and moral courage,” said Oluwaseun Oyewole, junior biology major. “It was fun to meet retired army officers who represented the United States on war fronts. Courage like that doesn’t come easily. The symposium was definitely a once-in-a-lifetime experience.”