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    FEBRUARY 24, 2005
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Fox School students assess leadership skills at CSPD retreat


On Jan. 29, The Fox School’s Center for Student Professional Development (CSPD), in coordination with its College Council, presented the ninth annual Student Leadership Retreat in Speakman Hall.

The focus of this year’s retreat was the book The Leadership Challenge by Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner.

Using The Leadership Challenge and its workbook, approximately 70 students from different Fox School student professional organizations assessed their leadership skills according to the five practices outlined in the book — challenging the process, inspiring a shared vision, enabling others to act, modeling the way and encouraging the heart.

Breakout sessions included activities to help build leadership skills, as well as group problem-solving skills.

Corinne Snell, director of the CSPD, called the retreat a success. “We were delighted to see students giving up time from their busy weekends to devote to leadership development. The presentation by the keynote speaker and the hands-on activities kept the students focused and enthused throughout the day.”

Above (from left), Irina Khrobort (accounting), James Tolton (communications and theater), Larissa Youshock (marketing), Shawna Reeves (religion/French) and Michael McDevitt (risk management/ finance) attempt to solve a problem using their leadership abilities without the help of verbal or non-verbal communication.

- Christine Bain