NACOGDOCHES, TX (Oct. 12, 2010)—So what did you do this weekend? Twenty-five of your fellow students became better leaders.
On October 9th and 10th twenty-five student leaders participated in the Ignite Retreat at the SFA Pineywoods Conservation Center. This retreat is part of the Lumberjack Leadership Academy and is a signature program of the SFA Leadership Center. The students were selected for their leadership potential and their demonstrated desire to be a student leader at SFA.
The Lumberjack Leadership Academy is a 10 month program designed to develop leadership skills in communication, group dynamics, leading others, personal ethics, and leading for social change. Each year over 60 students apply for 30 spots in the program.
For the second year, the retreat began with a challenging presentation on leading others by Dean of Student Affairs Dr. Adam Peck. Encouraging the students to find their own leadership voice he told students “understand that leadership is not about how you make others feel but how others feel when they are with you.”
First-day activities also included discussion of group dynamics. Typically when students work together in groups then they can answer and develop programs more efficiently and with greater accuracy. Michael Preston, Director of Student Affairs told the students surveying students is not about what students want but what they feel is best for others. “When you survey students it is usually best to ask students what they feel other students will say. Our individual opinions are usually too broad and thus not a predictor of future performance.”
“The students were challenged to discover and learn about themselves in the context of how others see them as leaders,” Amanda Horne, Assistant Director of Student Affairs and retreat coordinator stated. “LLA is built on the concept that leaders should be interested in serving others and helping to make the campus and our community a better place to be!”
Students spent the remainder of the retreat working on information presented in the Habitudes books written by Dr. Tim Elmore and designing their service projects. Students will have until late November to design and coordinate their service presentations when they will meet and present them to a panel of faculty and staff.