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Personal Growth, Leadership Abound at Annual Conference

Nicholas K. Rehak speaks about his hopes for personal growth Lizabeth S. Mullens inspires students at her afternoon keynote Facilitator Duane Brown, from Collegiate EmPowerment More than 100 student leaders gathered in the Bush Campus Center on Saturday for the sixth annual Student Leadership Conference, the theme of which was personal growth and development. Duane Brown, a facilitator from Collegiate EmPowerment, keynoted the Student Government Association-sponsored conference and stressed to students the importance of leading themselves before they can lead others. Students also heard from Penn College President Davie Jane Gilmour and Lizabeth S. Mullens, vice president for academic affairs/provost, both of whom emphasized the significance of self-confidence, self-empowerment and growth. Gilmour graciously presented all in attendance with one of her favorite books, “The Ultimate Gift.” Students also attended breakout sessions facilitated by select faculty and staff and focused on such topics as “Maintaining a Respectable Image,” “Effective Communication,” “Developing Personal Ethics” and “Staying Grounded as a Leader.” “It was challenging to determine what topics developing leaders would be interested in investigating, but I think the students were very receptive to the theme we set for the conference, and that makes it all worthwhile,” commented Andrew R. Christoffel, SGA executive vice president. Participants were treated to breakfast and a lunch that promoted social networking among issues faced by developing leaders. Asked how he felt the event was going, SGA President Brian D. Walton exclaimed, “Spectacular! I am more than pleased with the success of the conference.” Nicholas K. Rehak, treasurer of the Wildcat Events Board, was heard saying, “This is a blast”¦ I’m glad I came!” SGA is very pleased with the outcome of this year’s SLC and thanks all student attendees and faculty/staff facilitators for their role in its success. ( Photos courtesy of SGA and Mahdi E. Shaji, a technology management major from Turnersville, N.J.)