Fifteen Lycoming College students traveled to Gettysburg to the first Student Leadership Challenge Experience (SLCE), a two-day off-campus experiential learning opportunity, on April 10-11 at the Gettysburg National Battlefield Park.
The first day consisted of an intensive battlefield tour where participants learned about the generals and colonels who made key decisions on both the Union and Confederate sides and how those decisions demonstrated great opportunities to learn about leadership styles, approaches and their effectiveness. It was a hands-on experience that involved discussing leadership lessons and group exercises, such as building fences and loading fake cannons. The second day focused on an intense reflection session that drew parallels between the leadership lessons learned on day on the battlefield and the experiences the students have had in their past. These reflections were used to look ahead and encourage the students to see how they can become more effective leaders in the future.
“Our hope is that participants in the program will be able to apply what they have learned in a new and experiential way that will serve to be memorable for their future endeavors,” said Lawrence Mannolini III, director of student programs and leadership development at Lycoming College.
The 15 students selected for the program included: Olivia Coleman, Cassidy Coveleski, Allison de Haas, Oluwatosin Fayinminu, Margaret Hervey, Amanda Kellagher, Zachary Kibler, Luke Klinger, Katelyn Lord, Natalie Murphy, Elizabeth Perez, Rebecca Reed, Rita Sausmikat, Benjamin Williard, and Karl Woodall.
“SLCE has led me to reevaluate my leadership style, and also to try to apply what I learned from the trip in my leadership positions on campus,” said Oluwatosin Fayinminu. “I would definitely recommend this program.”
Led by staff members from the Office of Student Programs and Leadership Development and the Gettysburg Foundation, the Student Leadership Challenge Experience (SLCE) is an all-encompassing leadership development opportunity that encourages participants to draw upon prior leadership experiences from both inside and outside of the classroom. The SLCE is a unique and distinct advancement of the student leadership programs offered to the students. It also drew upon concepts from the Student Leadership Challenge, a leadership development model used in many of the programs and workshops offered by the Lycoming College Office of Student Programs and Leadership Development.