LEAD program revises model of operations
February 16, 2001
Brian MorganArmstrong, director of Student Leadership Development
and Transition Programs, has been in charge of the Leadership Education
and Development (LEAD) program since June 2000. The program currently has
107 student participants from different clubs and organizations on campus
filling the program's 148 positions.
After 13 years of one model of operations, the Leadership Education
and Development (LEAD) program is changing.
The changes that will begin this upcoming fall, include revising the
LEAD scholarship and narrowing the number of recipients. The changes intend
to explore genuine leadership skills, and offer a proactive approach toward
Currently, LEAD is for anyone who is in a position of leadership on-campus.
This entails a LEAD scholarship and participating in leadership workshops
throughout the year. Members of LEAD include the Associated Students Federation
members (ASF), Resident Assistant's and Program Assistant's positions, Orientation
Week Leaders (OWLS), Peer Advisory Leaders (PALS), club presidents, and
head coordinators for different organizations like KULV and Yearbook. After
the changes take effect in the fall, LEAD will be open to all students;
current members will not be obligated to be a part of the program, but given
the option to utilize it.
"This puts the leadership on the shoulders of the students and
clubs. Do they want it? If yes, they can use this program to their advantage,"
said Brian MorganArmstrong, director of Student Leadership Development and
The new face of LEAD will be divided into three driving components.
The first component is the Emerging Leaders Program (ELP). Currently the
ELP is loosely affiliated with LEAD and is only offered to freshmen. ELP
builds basic leadership skills and prepares freshman to hold leadership
positions. With the upcoming changes, the ELP will officially be a part
of the LEAD program and will be offered to all students.
The second component is the Landis Leadership Scholars (LLS). Named
after the donor, alumni Richard Landis, the LLS will focus on leadership
theory and application. Students will go through an application process
to be involved.
"We are trying to make it a class, so that the students involved
could receive credit for it. With this we get a genuine attitude toward
leadership and more accountability to the scholarship, which can reach up
to $5,000," said MorganArmstrong. Applications for the LLS will be
available this semester.
The last component is an un-named training program. This program will
include three programs; the first is administrative-sponsored seminars that
focus on leadership skills for clubs and organizations in areas like parliamentary
procedure and group dynamics.
The second aspect of this program will coordinate adviser training.
This will focus on advisers of clubs and organizations and advise them on
how to advise, and to share experiences.
The last aspect of this program is a volunteer board of students. This
group will focus on what types of leadership should be pursued by students
"Something they might do is organize a group of students to go
to a city council meeting, or bringing speakers on leadership on campus.
This is not to replace ASF, but to explore leadership," said MorganArmstrong.
Currently there are 107 members of LEAD holding 148 leadership positions
on campus. With the new changes, the figures may change.
"If people really want to be involved, they will do it, regardless
of the money, I mean I'm doing it," said junior criminology major,
Carter, a RA in Stu-Han and a PAL applicant for next year, said, "I
think this change is definitely a positive one. Half of the people that
are in LEAD don't even go to the LEAD meetings. I don't think you should
get money for it if you don't even participate. Personally, I don't think
that the $550 makes that much of a difference, but it definitely is an incentive."
MorganArmstrong said that there is no fear that the figures will change,
due to the fact that the scholarship will be lifted.
"A vast majority of the leaders on campus don't choose their involvement
based on the pay off," he said.
The fact, that there is a full staff of OWL'S and PAL'S that are engaged
in the activity for next year, shows that the absence of the LEAD scholarship
did not hinder students from participating in leadership positions.
"I would still be involved, because I'm in it more for the experience
than the money. To some people it is an incentive, but it messes up financial
aid, so it isn't always a good thing," said junior psychology major
Courtney Henderson, Fall 2000 Orientation coordinator, of the scholarship.
Changes in the LEAD program are due to an internal review of the program
in addition to a concern raised by the donor of the funds, Richard Landis.
"The scholarship is given by the donor, and after seeing how it
was being used currently, he expressed that he would like to see some changes.
This forced us to examine the program and consequently change it,"
Recruitment for the new LEAD program will be through advertisement to
LEAD students, advisers as well as to the ULV community. This entails flyers,
booths and other forms of advertising.
"I'm really excited about the opportunities this new program provides
Those who want to get involved can be as involved as much as they want
to and those who want a more thorough experience have many options,"
MorganArmstrong said. "I'm excited to run something that works with
our student leaders in a program that is fluid and responsive to their needs."