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Moravian Students to present Vision Statements at Leadership Showcase

Bethlehem, Pa., November 28, 2007—Moraivan College will hold its 4th Annual LeaderShape Visions for Positive Change Showcase, Wednesday, November 28.  Eleven Moravian College students who participated in the LeaderShape Institute will present vision statements today between 11:45 a.m. and 1 p.m. in the Haupert Union Building.

A desired outcome of the Visions for Positive Change Showcase is to create the opportunity for faculty, staff and students with common interests to be able to network and share ideas, said Warren Hilton,  associate dean of student development at Moravian College.  The LeaderShape Institute students will welcome the opportunity to involve interested members of the campus community in realizing their visions for positive change.”

As part of the LeaderShape Institute program, students are challenged to think about how they can provide leadership and service for the common good, and in doing so; they create a vision statement for the future which defines a bold change for their campus, community, group, cause, or organization.  Two of the student learning outcomes of The LeaderShape Institute are to help students embrace the belief in a healthy disregard for the impossible, and to develop the capacity to produce extraordinary results.  In their vision and goal statements, students will be articulating some of these lessons learned at the LeaderShape Institute.

The student participating include LaToya Blake, William Coombes, Marti  Deacon, Courtney Eby , Elizabeth Festa, Annaliese Henwood , James Lavoy , Rona Lee , Valerie Mariotti, Kate Moore, David Morley, and Kanizeh Fatema Visram.

Moravian College is a private, coeducational, selective liberal arts college located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Tracing its founding to 1742, it is recognized as America's sixth-oldest college. Visit the Web site at www.moravian.edu.

About The LeaderShape Institute

The LeaderShape Institute is an intensive, energizing, six-day educational experience designed to equip young adults to become extraordinary leaders. Each session of The LeaderShape Institute is comprised of approximately 60-70 students — ages 17-25 — from diverse ethnic, religious, and cultural backgrounds. The Institute's curriculum is presented by a group of facilitators who are all highly respected in their own professions and serve as excellent role models for the students.

Much of the week's work is done in small groups called "family clusters," which create a safe, supportive learning environment that allows participants to work together, form close friendships, and benefit from new perspectives. Each student in the cluster works to define his/her personal vision — an extraordinary commitment to changing or contributing to the world in a positive way.

Based on that vision, participants then develop a blueprint for the action that they will undertake when they return home — with the objective of effecting meaningful, measurable change in their organization during the next 9-12 months. With the guidance of LeaderShape facilitators, participants complete a blueprint that identifies the goals, relationships, and action steps that are essential to the project’s success.

Dynamic, challenging, and exciting, the week is intended to produce a breakthrough in the leadership capacity of participants — benefiting the students themselves, their respective organizations, and the institutions that they will go on to lead and serve in the future.