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, a senior with a major in political science from Pottstown; Cassidy Coveleski, a senior with majors in political science and corporate communications from Coal Township; Allison de Haas, a sophomore political science major from Easton; Oluwatosin Fayinminu, a junior with a major in sociology from Tampa, Fla.; Margaret Hervey, a junior with majors in business management and psychology from Commack, N.Y.; Amanda Kellagher, a junior with a major in corporate communications from Saint Clair; Zachary Kibler, a junior with a major in mathematics and education from East Greenville; Luke Klinger, a senior with majors in health care administration, business management and business marketing from Bloomsburg; Katelyn Lord, a senior with a major in health care administration from Kingston; Natalie Murphy, a senior with a major in psychology from Honesdale; Elizabeth Perez, a senior with a major in psychology from New City, N.Y.; Rebecca Reed, a sophomore with a major in history and American studies from Waynesboro; Rita Sausmikat, a senior with a major in history from Williamsport; Benjamin Williard, a senior with majors in accounting and finance from Dornsife; and Karl Woodall, a senior with a major in political science from Glen Burnie, Md.
“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.