Freshman Foundations


Freshman Foundations is designed exclusively for incoming students to help develop leadership skills, provide techniques for college success, and create lasting friendships and memories with classmates. 

Freshman Froundations is part of the Heidelberg Leadership Experience, also known as HLE. In HLE, students learn about the principles and practices ofeffective leadership through the study of leadership topics and models, the acquisition of hands-on leadership experience, and the process of intentional personal reflection. The leadership training, education, and development of these students supports their performance in current leadership positions, benefits the organizations and programs with which they work, and prepares them for future leadership endeavors.

HLE members improve their understanding of important leadership concepts, develop valuable leadership skills, and gain direct leadership experience by participating in workshops, discussions, retreats, service projects, presentations, and conferences.


 Freshman Foundations | In a Nutshell:

What? Leadership & College Success Retreat
Who? For Freshmen ONLY!
When? Labor Day Weekend - Sat, Aug 31—Mon, Sept 2
Where? Camp Whitewood, Windsor, OH (east of Cleveland)
Cost? Nothing. Fully sponsored by Heidelberg Leadership Experience (HLE)
How to Register? Click here and register by August 15, 2013


 Freshman Foundations | Activities:

  • Leadership workshops
  • College Success workshops
  • Team Builders
  • Camping in Cabins
  • Low Ropes Course
  • Swimming & Boating

Freshman Foundations | Benefits:

  • Build strong foundation of leadership skills to help you through college and beyond
  • Expand your personal boundaries and better understand your foundations
  • Form strong bonds with your fellow students in Freshman Foundations
  • Network with Heidelberg community clubs and organizations
  • Mentor other developing leaders
  • Help coordinate future HLE activities and events
  • Build relationships with key administrators and staff across the campus community

Freshman Foundations| What You Won’t Find:

Cost for participation. The Office of Student Engagement will pay for all program costs!

Judgment. The HLE is designed to meet you where you are at on your leadership journey while challenging you to become a more empowered and effective leader.

Huge time commitment. Freshman Foundations takes place over Labor Day Weekend so you won't have to miss class.



Freshman Foundations | Participation Checklist:

Be an incoming student at Heidelberg University with less than 24 credit hours. 

Commitment to and potential for leadership. Believe that you could do more, be better, achieve greater…then do something about it!

Ability to contribute to group learning. This means you are willing to share your own ideas and listen to others’.

There is no GPA requirement. 

Sound interesting? Register now! The deadline to register online is August 15, 2013. 


Still have questions?

Contact Andrea Wensowitch, Director of Student Engagement
phone: 419.448.2261
stop by: Campus Center 306