busload of students went to New York to see Twelve Angry Men and had an enthusiastic
discussion with students from the Leadership Center afterwards. Photo: April Vari
The Leadership Center, established
last summer with the blessing and financial support of Priscilla Payne Hurd, chair of
the Board of Trustees, has found no lack of activities to keep itself busy and productive.
Last summer, it sent a charter
group of students to the LeaderShape Institute, a national program of leadership education
and team-building, held at the University of Illinois. During the academic year, under
co-directors April Vari, dean of student development, and Michelle Schmidt, assistant
professor of psychology, the center has brought speakers to campus, organized film and
political discussion groups, and watched its first class of student leaders move confidently
into College activities.
Plans are now under way for
the Leadership Center to organize and host the first LeaderShape Institute in this region.
It is scheduled for May 8-13, 2005, in Mount Bethel. It aims to enroll 65 students from
schools around the area.
At left, we report on one
Leadership Center project.