NEWS & PRESS RELEASES
Students target servant leadership
Developing leadership skills and preparing for service this school year is the focus of a special week of training for dozens of Baptist Bible College students.
The Office for Student Development hosts its annual Executive Student Leadership Council Weekend beginning August 15 and its Leadership Week August 18-22. Executive officers of the SLC, Resident Directors, and Resident Assistants face a busy schedule of orientation meetings, planning, and brainstorming.
An emphasis on service on campus and in the community will be a characteristic of this year's council, said Student Body President Dan Nichols.
"We really want to value service," he said. "You can't be a leader until you show that you can serve."
Nichols (a Junior from Portage, MI) is joined by Renee Korb (Junior, Pottstown, PA), Leah Workman (Junior, Streetsboro, OH), Danielle McMichael (Junior, Oxford, PA), Heather Fraser (Graduate Student, Clarks Summit, PA), and Rob Linville (Junior, Bemont, IL) in leading the council this year. They will assist the Office for Student Development in preparing for major events for students and readying the campus for their arrival during Welcome Weekend.
Serving the community
To build teamwork and represent Christ within the community, these student leaders will spend a day during Leadership Week working at "Healthy Kids Day," a community event at South Abington Park near campus, raising money to help children with diseases such as leukemia.
The SLC is responsible for leadership training, spiritual life, campus spirit and unity, student participation in events, and evaluating student desire, needs, and feedback. They also assist in planning Welcome Weekend, the New Student Retreat to Dorney Park, the Labor Day Games, Homecoming, the Parents Day program, the Growing Leaders Conference, Community and Campus Appreciation Days, the Days of Prayer, SLC Chapels, and various student-led socials and events.
Nichols' goal is to make the SLC more visible and accessible to the student body. His role as president includes acting as a liaison between the students and the administration, and he will meet with President Jim Jeffery and Vice President & Provost Dr. Jim Lytle each month to discuss student interests and issues.
Preparing to lead
The SLC has a new office in 419 Jackson Hall. Students are encouraged to visit in order to communicate their desires and issues -- both positive and negative.
Deans Dr. Friedie Loescher, Matt Pollock, and Carol King will be active during Leadership Week, heading sessions with Resident Directors and Resident Assistants focusing on building relationships within the residence hall setting. They will have orientation meetings, training, and their annual prayer retreat, followed by serving the freshman class and new students as they move onto campus and get settled.
Registration for regular fall classes is August 25. Classes begin the next day.
Baptist Bible College & Seminary offers 38 academic programs, from a one-year Bible Certificate to PhDs. Programs are available through the Clarks Summit campus and several distance learning options. To learn more, go to www.bbc.edu or call 570.586.2400.
Posted on: 8/6/2008 4:57:25 PM