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Citadel News Service
31 Jul 2009

First Graduate College Leadership Seminar a success

The Krause Center for Leadership and Ethics and the Student Government Association of The Citadel Graduate College hosted the first Citadel Graduate College Leadership Seminar on Wednesday, July 22. The seminar welcomed more than 50 student delegates from The Citadel Graduate College and the College of Charleston Graduate School.

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The theme for the event was "Lasting Leadership through Effective Decision Making." This inaugural graduate seminar was offered in response to the significant graduate student participation in The Citadel's Principled Leadership Symposium held annually in March and as a means to provide graduate students with additional leadership learning opportunities at The Citadel.

“The strongest aspects of the conference were the activities and speeches given throughout the seminar, which could be used by any of the master's programs represented by the College of Charleston and The Citadel," said Jamey Falkenbury, MBA student at The Citadel. "Although The Citadel undergraduate seminars focus heavily on military leadership, the CGC Leadership Seminar had everything from public relations leadership to community service-based leadership, while still reinforcing the ideals and goals of the overall Citadel mission statement.”

The seminar expanded on its theme with an interactive schedule featuring two keynote speakers: Nancy McGinley, superintendent of the Charleston County School District, and Allison Dean Love, CGC '93, executive director of the South Carolina Insurance News Service and a member of The Citadel's Board of Visitors. Students were given the opportunity to assess their leadership skills and actively participate in group decision making exercises and case study reviews.

“I was impressed by how much the seminar applied to my career track. I felt very involved during the seminar and definitely took home an abundance of information to think about. I hope in the future more graduate students from College of Charleston will attend to benefit from this opportunity,” said Amanda Helton, a master's in public administration student at the College of Charleston.

The Krause Center for Leadership and Ethics and the Student Government Association of The Citadel Graduate College will continue to work together to provide future leadership training opportunities for graduate students both at The Citadel and across the Lowcountry.

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