Presidential Leadership Academy selects 30 new members
UNIVERSITY PARK, PA – Thirty students from the Penn State University Park campus have been selected as new members of the University’s Presidential Leadership Academy and will begin their involvement in the three-year program this coming fall. Founded with a principal gift from Edward R. and Helen S. Hintz in 2009, the Presidential Leadership Academy (PLA) was established with the aim of developing critical thinking skills and educating students to understand problems in the meantime. wide taking into account the complexity and variability of the world. questions, decisions and life circumstances.
Seventeen women and 13 men make up this new class with a range of interests and activities that include student government and leadership associations, civic and charitable programs, athletics, music and participation in societies. academic and discipline-specific. The PLA class of 2015 includes representatives from 10 of Penn State’s undergraduate colleges, 21 students from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, two from Virginia and Maryland, and one from Illinois, Nevada, New York, United ‘Oklahoma and students from Paraguay and India. Eight students in this new class are fluent in at least two languages.
Each student brings unique experiences and perspectives to the Presidential Leadership Academy and will interact with their classmates as well as members of the PLA during their second and third years of the program.
âWe want our class to be diverse in every way: major, background, where they’re from and ethnicity, because we want to have a dynamic discussion in the classroom,â said Melissa Doberstein, director of the Presidential Leadership Academy. âWe were looking for students who are committed to developing their leadership skills, who can think on their feet, who can think internally, and who are aware of current events, politics and global and campus issues. “
In addition to the program courses, students attend leadership seminars, engage in community programs, and participate in fully funded field trips scheduled each academic semester to give students a broader perspective on social issues. , political and environmental. University President Eric Barron teaches a weekly seminar in the third year of the student program with specialist classes led by Schreyer Honors College Dean Christian Brady and Doberstein, as well as a critical thinking course . The last year ends with a synthesis experience and the creation of an e-portfolio.
The Presidential Leadership Academy fosters an environment that promotes and develops core values ââfor potential leaders, including civility, philanthropy, respect for diversity, and student engagement. Within this university community of students, faculty and administrators, multiple dimensions of issues are explored, diverse perspectives are encouraged and heard, and a fully informed and respectful discourse ensues that leads to wise action.
More than 160 students have expressed interest in being part of the PLA class of 2015. About 60 people moved on to the interview portion of the process, with the last 30 being selected after a review of their academic achievements and performance, and of course. evaluation of their interviews.
In addition to applications submitted by students, faculty and staff at Penn State may also nominate qualified students to become members of the Presidential Leadership Academy. Students must have a GPA of 3.2 or above and submit a current resume with on-campus or external leadership activities, provide two letters of reference, one from a faculty member, a member staff or a Penn State advisor and one regarding the outside activities of someone such as a coach, mentor or supervisor. Two trials are required with subjects to be provided at a later date. Applications must be submitted in January of each year and applications must be submitted in early February. For more information on Penn State’s Presidential Leadership Academy, visit academy.psu.edu. The new class of Presidential Leadership Academy 2015 includes:
Abigail Boulanger, Norman, Oklahoma – College of Agricultural SciencesJean Barczynski, Wexford – College of EngineeringSarah Bastien, State College – College of Liberal ArtsPeter Chan, Pittsburgh – Smeal College of BusinessZacharie Cohen, Warrington – Smeal College of BusinessCandice Crutchfield, Woodbridge, Virginia – College of Liberal ArtsAlejandro Cuevas, Cuidad del Este, Paraguay – College of EngineeringMadison Day, Bushwood, Maryland – College of Health and Human DevelopmentErika Exton, Horesham – College of Health and Human DisordersBrenna Fisher, Manassas, Virginia – College of Liberal ArtsRachel Fleischer, Las Vegas, Nevada – College of Liberal Arts / College of Arts and ArchitectureAlayna kennedy, Fourtown – College of EngineeringKelsey kretzer, Orland Park, Illinois – College of Communications / College of Arts & ArchitectureCaleb Kwok, New York, New York – Smeal College of BusinessHanna Leonard, Blue Bell – College of Health and Human DevelopmentAlexandre mccollom, Reamstown – Smeal College of BusinessMarta Millar, State College – College of Liberal ArtsIndigo Murray, Tobyhanna – College of Liberal ArtsStella Murray, Bryn Mawr – College of Liberal Arts / College of Arts and ArchitecturePareek Summit, Bensalem – College of EngineeringAkshilkumar Patel, Audubon (India) – Eberly College of ScienceBrent Rice, Quakertown – Smeal College of Business / College des arts liberalsMatthieu Racine, Havertown – Division of Undergraduate StudiesAdam rutter, York – College of EngineeringAlexander shockley, Snow Hill, Maryland – College of Liberal Arts / College of Health and Human DevelopmentTessa Sontheimer, Gettysburg – College of Liberal ArtsRhea Sullivan, Landisville – Eberly College of SciencesMadison Taylor, Pittsburgh – Eberly College of ScienceIsabelle Teti, Pine Grove Mills – College of Liberal ArtsFrÃ©dÃ©ric zheng, State College – Smeal College of Business