2007 Annual Act 101 Student Leadership Conference
Four outstanding students were selected to attend the ACT 101 Leadership Conference on Sunday, November 4th to Monday, November 5th in Gettysburg, PA. These students included: Holliann Brooks (Sophomore, Accounting major), Jamie Gwynn (Junior, Communications major with Broadcast Media concentration), David Lewis (Sophomore, English/Communications major with Secondary Education minor), and Paran Mukhija (Sophomore, Chemistry major).
The conference offered our students a wonderful opportunity to connect with students from other colleges and universities while learning more about an array of leadership topics. Some of these topics included “Developing Self-Confidence Through Martial Arts”, “Empowering Students to Leadership”, and “Aha!” which focused on the joy of discovering something new or coming up with an original idea in creative and critical thinking. Other workshops highlighted “How to make a First Good Impression” as well as promoted “Teamwork: Building Bridges” and a “Values Clarification Auction”.
In addition to the workshops, the students had a memorable speaker during their dinner. This noteworthy presenter was an actor who impersonated our 16th President, Abraham Lincoln. The actor remarkably recounted the past and how Gettysburg played an important role in history. As the speaker chronicled time, he also weaved in important leadership skills and traits that all individuals can possess. As Jamie Gwynn recounted, “In two days I’ve made friends from schools across the state and shared an unforgettable experience with them while learning valuable tools to enhance my education, But, I certainly can’t leave out that I’ve witnessed perhaps the greatest Abraham Lincoln impersonation!” The concluding ceremony of the conference ended with a short film titled, Fields of Freedom, which depicted the battle reenactment that occurred in the fields of Gettysburg through the eyes of the soldiers from both parties.
After the conference, the students had the chance to tour downtown historic Gettysburg. They also had the opportunity to eat lunch in candlelight with waitresses dressed in that era’s garments at the Dobbin Tavern House. Before getting on the road, the last stop was to visit the battlefield sites. Overall, David Lewis summed up this conference best when he said, “This was an unforgettable experience for me and that I would never be able to absorb the significance of what was happening if it was not for the Act 101 environment. Gettysburg is also a place that has more than just history within…it is a way of life that would not exist if it was not for the pivotal events that took place to end the Civil War.”
“Ability is what you’re capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it.”- - Lou Holtz