“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do, so throw off the bowlines, sail away from safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” —Mark Twain
The President’s Leadership Academy provides a professional learning experience for students who have demonstrated a desire and commitment to improving their community.
The President’s Leadership Academy (PLA) is a selective program for 15-20 of Southeast’s most outstanding upper-class student leaders. Through PLA, participants learn to use their leadership expertise to make a difference within their community. The Fall 2016 PLA class will learn about major campus priorities in the 2017 academic year. The Southeast Success project will focus on opportunities for the student body to have a meaningful and sustainable influence on these goals.
Students will be challenged to draw upon the principals of University Studies they have learned in the classroom – critical thinking, effective communication, making informed and intelligent value decisions, and functioning responsibly in their natural, social and political environment – as they develop their Southeast Success Project.
|2016 PLA CLASS||Major||Hometown|
|Rane Belling||Communication Studies||Edwardsville, IL|
|Elizabeth Chism||Athletic Training||Fults, IL|
|Megan Chisum||Psychology||Chaffee, MO|
|Kirk Comstock||Computer Systems||Sikeston, MO|
|Sarah Ellis||Exceptional Child Education||O’Fallon, MO|
|Megan Goessling||Public Relations||Waterloo, IL|
|Kara Hartnett||Journalism and Global Studies||Metamora, IL|
|Duane Jones||Family Studies||Hannibal, MO|
|Mahala Landeros||Wildlife Conservation||Sullivan, MO|
|Cassandra Mick||Psychology||Goodlettsville, TN|
|Karli Reynolds||Business Management||Troy, MO|
|Sydney Rodgers||Public Relations||St. Louis, MO|
|Bhanu Sehgal||Accounting and Finance||New Delhi, India|
|Abigail Scrogum||Biological Sciences||Kingdom City, MO|
|Sierra Sweeney||Nursing||Cape Girardeau, MO|
|Destiny Tulo-Lang||Biological Sciences||Herrin, IL|
|Shelbey Walker||Animal Science||Albion, IL|
|Daniel (DJ) White||Economics and Criminology||Festus, MO|
|Chester Williams||Finance||St. Louis, MO|
PLA was one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. Learning how to be a positive leader and then passing those skills on to younger generations will forever be the most fulfilling opportunity of my Southeast experience.
-Mary Bauer (Woman of the Year finalist, Omicron Delta Kappa Leadership Honor Society, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Alpha Chi Omega)
PLA was a great opportunity to get hands-on leadership experience. The Southeast Success Project gave our group a unique chance to identify a need in the community, create a vision, and take all the necessary steps to accomplish our goal. If you're an involved student looking for something new, or if you simply have a desire to develop yourself as a leader, you should apply for PLA.
-Benny Dorris (former Lambda Chi Alpha President, Student Government President, Emerging Leaders Graduate)
Through PLA I’ve further developed my leadership skills and learned even more from not only the program but my peers as well. The greatest leadership lesson I learned throughout my life is to never stop developing and PLA gave me an opportunity to continue that.
-Allen Rice (Emerging Leaders Graduate and Facilitator, New Student Programs Orientation Leader)
Students for the fall 2016 class have been selected.
To apply for PLA, a student must be nominated by a faculty or staff member. Staff/faculty members will receiving information about the nomination process in February 2017. Each student that is nominated will be sent more information including application procedures.
For more information, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call (573) 651-2280.
The Southeast Success Project is the capstone and most exciting portion of the course. As an individual or in a group, each participant will develop a project proposal. From these proposals, one to two projects will be selected and funded for the entire group to complete as a team(s). Maximum combined funding for projects will be $1,000 for all expenses. Selected projects will be assigned a mentor to help guide the project.
Project topics should meet one of the following institutional priorities:
Student success projects could include anything that would benefit the campus or community and aligns with the institutional priorities listed above - whatever motivates you! Here are a few examples that fit within each category: advising, mentorship, feedback, financial support, and interdisciplinary approaches. You may choose to propose a project that helps Southeast students engage with their community (i.e. Camp Redhawk, Student Involvement Ambassadors, Transitions Academy) or improves student learning through co-curricular activities (i.e. PLA, learning communities) or supports students financially (i.e. on-campus employment, student emergency fund).
When deciding on a project to propose, consider the following:
Past Projects Include:
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