Student Leaders Welcome Responsibility of a New Year
08/29/2013 

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Students officially took on their leadership roles at The College of New Rochelle in an induction luncheon Thursday, August 29, at the Sweeny Student Center.

The ceremony recognizes those who have taken part in LEEP -- the Leadership Education and Empowerment Program -- for the past week. The program helped prepare students for their positions as wellness coaches, members of the Student Athletic Advisory Committee and Student Government Association, resident assistants, peer ministers and student orientation leaders in the coming year.

President Judith Huntington welcomed the students back to campus and thanked them for their deep commitment to the college's mission. "Thank you for investing yourself in this program."

Shenelle Brooks SAS'14 looked back on the first time she took part in LEEP training. "I didn't start out as a leader," she said, and as a sophomore was intimidated by upperclassmen. But through the training and by participating in activities on campus, Brooks is now president of the Student Government Association and a resident assistant who works in the bursar's office, all while maintaining a focus on her studies.

"Through managing our time and giving our all, we can leave a strong foundation for future leaders," she said.

Dean of Students Elaine White encouraged the students to reach out to the Class of 2017. "Make them feel special," she said. "Don't let anybody eat alone."

White emphasized that they are students first, and should focus on academics. She also encouraged them to make time for themselves, give themselves an opportunity to recharge. But after that, "give yourself freely."

(Photo: Shenelle Brooks SAS'14 speaks to her fellow student leaders at the induction luncheon.)