Webster Geneva, Vienna Student Leaders in 1st Joint LEADS Retreat

| June 20, 2013
Sights from a great weekend for Geneva and Vienna campus leaders

Sights from a great weekend for Geneva and Vienna campus leaders

“One of the best weekends ever!”

“One of the most epic weekends I’ve had in a long time!”

“Start to finish, simply an amazing experience with great people.”

“Great weekend. You will all be missed.”

Those were some of the comments accompanied by tears, kisses and hugs at Geneva’s International Airport on Sunday, June 9, when Webster University Geneva and Vienna campus student leaders bid farewell after an amazing weekend together.

The students, part of the WebsterLEADS Student Leadership Certificate Program, met for the annual Orientation Leadership Retreat in Geneva beginning on June 5. A caravan of four cars brought the 19 students, two Student Affairs representatives and one artist to the little town of Dracy les Couches in Burgundy, France.

Once there, the students were engaged in hands on workshops and follow-up discussions. The times in between were spent cooking, cleaning and getting to know one another over games, chatting and the occasional glass of French wine of that region.

Kerry Grummert, Director of Student Affairs at Webster University Geneva, has been holding these leadership retreats for the Webster Geneva student leaders successfully for about 10 years. He takes his students on this retreat on an annual basis and this year, for the first time, Jutta Pedigo, Student Affairs coordinator at Webster University Vienna, joined him with five students from Webster Vienna.

After a fun leadership walk through the woods spiked with obstacles, discussions over expectations of the retreat the essence of new student orientation was explored. The next day the group undertook an excursion to a nearby city called Autun for an art workshop with the American artist Maureen McCormick. On the next and last day, the student leaders finished their art project and had to present it to the rest of the group before the farewell dinner and party.

The Orientation Leadership Retreat gives the student the opportunity to identify and recognize their talents, skills and potential. The activities strengthen their servant-leadership abilities and team building skill, help them network with current student leaders, and inform the leaders about the involvement opportunities on and off campus.

Foremost, student leaders learn to communicate and listen effectively with others: all crucial aspects for a student leader’s tool box when welcoming new students to campus.

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