Welcome to the Center for Leadership ... and Service

The Moravian College Leadership Center has a new name, bright new look, and redefined focus.

Over the summer, the area across from Prosser Auditorium inside the HUB morphed into the Center for Leadership and Service—officially recognizing and enhancing the link between two key aspects of the Moravian mission. The new Center now will be home for the offices and staff of the Community Service Center (formerly at 1309 Main St.), as well as the Leadership Center and U.S.G. (The Comenian student newspaper moved to Reeves Library. Also please note that Learning Services has not relocated; it will remain at 1307 Main St.)

The lounge area at the back of the Center is open to students to use as a work space for clubs and organizations, residence hall projects, and just hanging out. Fresh paint, new furniture, a seminar table, large flat-screen TV, and two computers give it a relaxed and inviting appeal.

"We're excited about the changes we've made. We want students to come in and use the Center," said Katie Dantsin, director of leadership development. " It's centrally located and offers many resources for doing the work of leadership and service."

"It’s so nice in here!" said Cassie Phillips '12, as she entered the lounge for a recent RA training relay. "It seems much more open and friendly." In a 15-minute session with RAs, Dantsin explained that the reason for the change is to more clearly link Moravian's definition of leadership (focused on "change for the betterment of society") with opportunities; dispel myths about the Center ("you must be an identified leader to use the Center"); and led a group leadership activity.

Programs and Activities

The Center for Leadership and Service will offer a range of academic and co-curricular activities and programs, such as the LeaderShape Institute, the Emerging Leaders Scholarship program, community grants, America Reads, The Learning Connection (TLC), and programs for working with the elderly and homeless.

"A new series of brown bag lunches will invite students and faculty to come together to discuss leadership topics related to timely events, particularly China," said Michelle Schmidt, director of academic leadership programs and associate professor and chair of psychology. "Similarly, the Reel Leadership series for fall will focus on China--our first documentary is China's Stolen Children." Also new this year: Emerging Leaders Scholarship recipients are enrolled in both ICL with Dr. Schmidt and Writing 100, "Common Good: Leadership and Service."  The class is one of three hybrid pilot courses that will guide the College's transition to a freshmen seminar model beginning in 2011.

Watch for news about an open house at the Center for Leadership and Service to be held later this fall.