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JSU's Emerging Leaders Day on Nov. 2

Jamie M. Eubanks
JSU News Bureau

JACKSONVILLE -- October 25, 2001 -- On November 2, Homecoming festivities will not be the only exciting events at Jacksonville State University. Juniors from area high schools will meet for JSU's second annual Emerging Leaders Day.

High school juniors from Calhoun, Cherokee, Clay, Cleburne, DeKalb, Etowah, Marshall, Randolph, Shelby, St. Clair and Talladega Counties were selected by their guidance counselors to participate in this event. These students have already shown leadership in their high schools and are interested in developing those skills even further.

"Last year, we received a lot of feedback from students," says Tracy Phillips of JSU's Visitor Center. "We geared Emerging Leaders Day toward JSU. But these students were more interested in how they can continue being leaders once they reach college."

So, for this year's event, students will meet with motivational speaker and comedian Judy Townsend. Judy is a former teacher at the Alabama Institute for the Deaf and Blind. She now travels with her husband Brian Townsend who is also nationally known as a motivational speaker.

JSU's Peer Counselors and Ambassadors will give participants some insight into how they are involved in leadership roles on campus. These outstanding juniors will also have a question and answer session with these JSU students.

Each junior was asked to pick one topic they are interested in. These topics include:

  • Environmental: "What do I do with this trash?" presented by Francine Hutchinson of JSU's Little River Canyon Field School
  • Volunteerism: "Where can I serve? How can I make a difference?" by Linda Shelton of the Academic Center for Excellence (ACE)
  • Communication Skills: "Say what you mean and mean what you say!" by Dr. Kathleen Friery, professor of education
  • Politics: "Being a leader of integrity while being in the spotlight!" by Emily Hawk, Elizabeth Webb and Chris Glover, all past SGA presidents
  • Health Issues: "Learning, living and leading a lifestyle of health!" by Sarah Latham, professor of nursing
  • Drug and Alcohol Abuse: "How much is too much?" by Ricky Naugher of ACE
  • Entrepreneurship: "Working for yourself -- pros and cons" by Cynthia McCarty
  • Career Awareness: "DISCOVER your possibilities!" by Janet White of Placement Services and Don Killingsworth

Students will also enjoy lunch and Karaoke in JSU's newly renovated Jack Hopper Dining Hall.

Door prizes, including homecoming t-shirts and tickets and drama tickets, will be given away. And one lucky student will leave with a one-year tuition scholarship.

"We're hoping these students will take what they learn at Emerging Leaders Day back to their high schools," says Phillips, "and get next year's juniors exciting about this new event at JSU."


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