Contact: Wendel Sloan at 505.562.2253
Reporter: Wendel Sloan
Warren Jackson, international president of Phi Theta Kappa, will come to Eastern New Mexico University on Jan. 25-26 to be the keynote speaker at a leadership conference.
On Friday evening at 6:30 in the Student Academic Services (SAS) Building there will be a ceremony for the opening of a Phi Theta Kappa alumni branch on Eastern's campus. Then on Saturday, Jan.26, Eastern's Emerging Leaders Conference will be held from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. The cost for each participant will be $10, which will include a T-shirt and lunch for the student. Any ENMU student that is interested in broadening their leadership skills is invited to participate in the conference.
Phi Theta Kappa is an honorary organization on the campus of many community colleges; it honors students for their outstanding academic achievements. In order to help these students continue their fellowship when they move to a four-year institution, ENMU is chartering an alumni branch of the organization on campus. This will also help to recruit more students when the alumni members connect with other members of their former two-year institutions.
Jackson, an undergraduate from Southern Illinois University, will be the chartering officer at the ceremony on Friday night and will be holding one of the seminars on leadership on Saturday afternoon. One of the four main purposes of Phi Theta Kappa is leadership, so the ceremony is a good introduction to the conference the following day.
The leadership training will consist of three sessions, each 50 minutes long, separated by an hour lunch break. For each session participants can choose from 15 topics, including leadership styles, self-esteem, leading in a diverse society, qualities of a leader, and many more.
Eastern New Mexico University feels it is important to promote leadership skills to its students, according to Dr. Karyl Lyne, director of Admissions. "College graduates are going to have to take leadership roles whether they want to or not. "We want our students to stand up and choose leadership positions; we want to help them step up to the plate and take the initiative," Lyne said.
For more information, contact Lenna Rolan at 505-562-2281(email@example.com).