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FAU to Begin Two New Leadership Initiatives for Spring 2010 Semester

BOCA RATON, FL (January 29, 2010) – As part of the Spring 2010 semester, Florida Atlantic University’s Office of Student Involvement and Leadership (SIL), a part of the Division of Student Affairs, will host a  Student Leadership Institute (SLI) and “Leadership Reading Circles,” two new leadership initiatives geared toward teaching students how to become a positive influence in the community. 

“The leadership committee and SIL are confident that these new initiatives will have a positive impact on the students at FAU,” said Michelle Perkins, director of Student Involvement and Leadership at FAU. “They will help prepare FAU students to become better leaders in a global society.” 

SLI is designed to challenge FAU students interested in being a seasoned leader who want to inspire their organization to grow or for up-and-coming leaders who are looking to discover their personal passion. The institute is a four-week interactive program, and sessions will take place on Fridays, beginning January 29 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. A second, four-week session will follow, beginning on Friday, March 19.   Sessions will consist of team building, as well as discussions about leadership within student groups, ways to strengthen personal leadership goals, as well as what can be done as leaders to make a positive impact in the local community and globally. Students also will have the opportunity to suggest and implement ways to improve the FAU community.

            “Leadership Reading Circles” will be led by FAU faculty members Quan Cao and Barbara Pressman four to five times throughout the semester, and will allow students to meet and discuss roles of leadership, but outside of a classroom setting.  The groups will read and discuss their choice of either “Dreams from My Father” by U.S. President Barack Obama or “Have a Little Faith” by Mitch Albom. Upon completion of the program, all students actively engaged throughout the series will receive a $50 book voucher. 

For more information, contact Michelle Perkins at 561-297-3798 or .


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