More than 450 Students to Attend VCCS Student Leadership Conference

Published: October 25, 2007

More than 450 student leaders from community colleges across the Commonwealth of Virginia will assemble on the Peninsula for the Virginia Community College System’s (VCCS) Annual Student Leadership Conference to gain valuable information on how to become effective leaders. The Nov. 2-4 conference at the Newport News Marriot Hotel is co-sponsored by the VCCS and Northrop Grumman Newport News. Thomas Nelson Community College is serving as the host institution for this year’s conference. TNCC President, Dr. Charles A. Taylor will greet and welcome students during the 6:00 p.m. Opening Session on Friday, November 2.

Entitled, Leaders under Construction, the conference will give students an opportunity to meet leaders of major corporations such as Mr. Mike Petters, CEO of Northrop Grumman Newport News. Among featured speakers for the event are Dr. Terry Whisnant, President of Horizon Seminars whose presentation is entitled “How to Get Almost Everything You Want Almost All the Time;” noted author Mr. Jonathan Sprinkles of Sprinklisms presenting “Never, Never Give Up!” and Comedian Bernie McGrenahan presenting his “Happy Hour Tour” which provides insight about when partying in college interferes with achieving one’s educational goals. Others speakers include Mr. Paul Michael Marretti, a strong supporter of the Special Olympics discussing “How to be One’s Best” and Dr. Charles E. Wilson Jr., Vice-Provost for Undergraduate Studies and Dean of University College presenting, “Leaders Under Construction.”

Other sessions slated for the three-day conference will expose students to a wide range of topics in leadership such as ethics, time and stress management, critical thinking, risk calculation, teamwork, getting involved in community service projects as well as achieving personal and professional goals, to name a few. TNCC’s own Vice President for Student Affairs Dr. Beverly Walker-Griffea, will present “Leading with a Servant’s Heart” which encourages students to lead by using a serving leadership approach.

The conference’s program also includes the presentation of Student Showcase Awards to honor VCCS students who have maintained a balance of a proven academic record, co-curricular merit and involvement. It is also an opportunity for community colleges across the system to recognize those students who have demonstrated outstanding leadership through their contributions to the student body and the community.

In addition to the leadership sessions, students attending the conference will have an opportunity to socialize and network while enjoying a jazz performance by Ju Ju, a comedy show by Alfred and Seymour and a Latin dance party with Salsa Magic.

For additional information, please call the Office of Public Relations, Marketing and Special Events at 825-2725.

Release #07-1068

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