Leadership Day turns students' attention to service learning
Before you can lead, you must learn to follow and to serve. That's the foundation of The Citadel educational experience and it is the theme for this year's Leadership Day—a day dedicated to service learning at the college.
On Wednesday Oct. 24, Citadel cadets, active duty military students and students from the Graduate College will fan out across the Lowcountry to help others. Instead of lectures in classrooms, they will visit veterans in the hospital, build homes for the needy and learn about leadership from successful professionals. The second annual Leadership Day will involve more than 2,200 students.
"I love this day," said Conway Saylor, director of service learning at The Citadel's Krause Center for Leadership and Ethics. "Our cadets leave campus with a vague idea that they somehow want to help someone or want to knock out a requirement, and they come back fired up about making a difference in their communities. Our community partners really go the extra mile to make this day happen and to see that cadets understand who they are serving and why."
Saylor, a Governor's Professor of the Year for South Carolina, said a single day of community service can provide an important and long-lasting benefit to students and those they serve. For many, it can be the start to a life-long commitment to helping others.
The day starts at 7 a.m. at the Holiday Alumni Center, 69 Hagood Ave., where hundreds of freshmen will board busses to participate in the School Heroism Activity for Remembrance and Engagement (SHARE) program. The freshmen will discuss the concept of heroism with students in local schools.
Juniors will participate in the Junior Ethics Enrichment Experience, a seminar designed to promote an ethical culture and features a luncheon with a distinguished ethics speaker. Seniors and sophomores pick the local organization they want to serve and best suits their interests.
Formerly called Heroism Day, Leadership Day at The Citadel is designed to engage students in a meaningful educational and developmental process outside of the classroom by fostering learning through community service and through interaction with diverse populations and training for ethical and skilled leadership.