Archive | July, 2011

ODK student leader accepted for prestigious summit

15 Jul
ODK member accepted for Hesselbein Summit

ODK member accepted for Hesselbein Summit

Blanca Jahaziel Hiriart-Lozoya (“Jazi”), a Spring 2011 inductee into Omicron Delta Kappa, will be attending the prestigious Student Leadership Summit, which is run by the University of Pittsburgh’s Hesselbein Global Academy for Student Leadership and Civic Engagement.

Jazi, a Political Science major and International Studies minor set to graduate in August, was one of only 50 students worldwide accepted through an application process to attend the summit, which takes place July 23-26 in Pittsburgh.

“We are so thrilled to see our students taking advantage of leadership opportunities such as this,” Jamie Bouldin, assistant director for leadership and service and faculty secretary for SFA’s ODK Circle, said. “To see one of our students accepted into such a small, prestigious pool of student leaders taking part in this summit is a great honor for SFA and the Office of Student Affairs Programs.”

Jazi was interested in attending the summit because of its vision of producing experienced, ethical leaders equipped to address critical issues throughout the world.

“It’s compatible with my passion and commitment for internationalization, cross-cultural education, diversity and global citizenship,” she said.  “I am most excited about joining other student leaders from across the world to learn how to be an effective and innovative leader, as well as learning from mentors and their expertise.”

The summit’s schedule includes sessions with CEOs and military leaders on a variety of topics of interest to future leaders, including focuses on philanthropy and civic engagement and creating dynamic businesses. Jazi is particularly excited about a presenter named Belinda Pinckney.

“She’s one of only a few African-American females who have been general officers in the United States Army,” she said.

“We learned about this opportunity through some advertising the Hesselbein group did, and made sure our student leaders knew about this chance,” Bouldin said. “Especially since the summit offers to cover nearly all of the student’s expenses, it was an excellent way for our students to take part in an exciting event at minimal cost. We look forward to hearing about Jazi’s experience and what she can bring back to SFA and ODK.”

Student Leader Profile – Sarah Wise

13 Jul

Sarah Wise

Sarah Wise

How did you get involved at SFA?

I met friends and counselors at Jack Camp who encouraged me to get involved on campus.

What is your definition of leadership?

Leadership is being able to assist and head a group who has a common goal or task to accomplish.

What is your most memorable experience at SFA?

Getting into SAA, this is where I met many people and grew as a leader on campus. SAA has brought me so many laughs and memories that I will carry with me.

What advice would you give to a student thinking about getting involved?

Getting involved is one of the best things you can do at SFA. Find something on campus that you are truly passionate about and use that as your starting place. Don’t take on too much at once.

How do you show The SFA Way?

I show The SFA Way by being an honest and a hard worker. I help others when they need it and do my best to be there for anyone who needs it.

What is your favorite place on the SFA campus?

The “yard” is my favorite place on campus. It is where all the different groups on campus can come together and interact. There is always someone you know out there to stop and talk to.

What is your favorite SFA tradition?

The Big Dip is my favorite tradition. I feel that it is something unique to SFA and makes the mentor ring even more meaningful.

How does getting involved complement your studies?

In order to stay involved I have to keep my GPA up, so this encourages me to work hard at school. Also, I learn many life skills through my involvement on campus such as time management and organization that I apply to my studies.