GLA Day 2 Focus: Exploring Student Services, and Philosophers on Leadership

| March 11, 2015
Global Leadership Academy

Global Leadership Academy fellows are teamed for a variety of group projects throughout the year. The theme for 2015 is “Serving Students.”

The second day of the Global Leadership Academy 2015 cohort’s meeting in St. Louis focused on a theme that will be carried throughout the year: Serving Students.

The stage for exploring that theme was set by Ted Hoef, dean of Students, who joined the fellows for breakfast and presented an overview of Student Services. He highlighted the challenges, opportunities and successes of this area ranging from communicating with students; connecting with student life colleagues throughout the broader network; maximizing services and resources to meet student needs in areas such as career development and retention; and assessment of student services.

The fellows were put into teams and spent the day visiting campus offices and departments, later reconvening to present to each other what they learned.

Specifically, the fellows learned about:

  • Global Citizenship Program
  • Biological Sciences Department
  • Academic Advising
  • Admissions
  • Career Planning and Development Center
  • Multicultural Center and International Student Affairs
  • Academic Resource Center
  • Alumni Programs

Though it is Spring Break, Hoef is also busy this week with the Global Student Leadership Summit, a signature event of Webster’s Centennial that has brought students from across Webster campus network, representing 20 nationalities, for an intensive leadership experience this week.

The conclusion of the students’ week will intersect with the Academy’s, as the GLA fellows will hear presentations from the students at the end of the week. The entire Webster University community is invited to attend these presentations on Friday, March 13, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. in the Community Music School, as six groups of five students will present a modified Delegates’ Agenda-type presentation with student-centered proposals for the new Webster University Strategic Plan. (The presentations will also be streamed at www.webster.edu/live).

Evening with the Dean

Part of the GLA programming includes hearing from each dean of the five colleges and schools throughout the year. Tuesday night the fellows spent the evening with David Carl Wilson, dean of the College of Arts & Sciences, who he spoke on “Leadership Secrets for Philosopher Kings and Queens.”

Reviewing leadership ideas from Socrates, Plato, Aristotle and Machiavelli,  Wilson then led a discussion of power and stressed the importance of leaders having goals and being human, advising, “First do no harm to the human spirit.”

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