In the Heidelberg Leadership Experience (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.
To participate in the HLE, students must be currently enrolled at least part-time in courses at Heidelberg University and complete a registration form. Students from all disciplines are invited to apply, and they may do so at any time during the academic year. The HLE takes place in the spring semester. Members who successfully complete the Series will receive a certificate at an end-of-the-year recognition ceremony.
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HLE | Participation Checklist:
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’.
Dedication to attend and participate in all HLE events (choose 5 out of 9) and activities (2 mandatory). Make sure you check your scheduled classes, practices and meetings for potential conflicts.
Be a current Heidelberg student. That’s it. No GPA requirement. No class requirement.
Sound interesting? Register now!
HLE | At a Glance:
The HLE takes place during the spring semester and students meet monthly to focus on different leadership skills. The training modules are comprised of guest alumni presentations, interactive workshops, team challenges, and leadership theory discussions. Towards the end of the Experience, all participants will attend a retreat, which includes camping and whitewater rafting! Each student is charged with creating a reflective journal of their HLE journey – blog, website, scrapbook, photobook… the possibilities are endless!
- Attend 5 of 9 scheduled HLE events. Events are 1 hour in length, held once a month on Monday at 6pm OR Tuesday at 11am. Catered meal is provided. See schedule of events below for exact dates.
- Attend the 2 mandatory HLS activities.
- Teambuilding Retreat – Whitewater Rafting Trip to West Virginia (April 6-7)
- Intercultural Communication Discussion – TBD
- Maintain a reflective journal for the semester.
- Develop a personal leadership plan guided by their StrengthsQuest results.
HLE | 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 the HLE
- 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
- Earn a HLE Certificate and pin in recognition of your leadership accomplishments within the Heidelberg community
HLE | What You Won’t Find:
Cost for participation. The Office of Student Engagement will pay for all program costs!
Judgment. The HLS 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. HLS events are once a month for an hour, Monday nights at 6pm or Tuesday at 11am.
Hunger. Since we will be meeting during dinner on Mondays and lunch on Tuesdays, a catered meal will be provided for each HLS event.
HLE | Events and Activities:
MLK Day of Service Project …Monday January 21st 12:30pm - 4:00pm
MLK Dinner and Program …Monday January 21st 5:30pm - 9:00pm
Wellness Connection …Tuesday, January 29th 11am
What’s Your Leadership Style? …Tuesday, Feb 5th 11am
Know Your Roots: Values & Goal Setting …Monday, Feb 18th 6pm
Financial Literacy: The REAL Cost of Living …Tuesday, March 19th 11am
Civic Responsibility: Make Your World (or town) a Better Place …Monday, March 25th 6pm
Maintaining Integrity…Tuesday, April 9th 11am
How to Network Effectively (Seiberling - Part of the Patricia Adams Lecture Series)...Thursday, April 11th 5pm
Marketing Your College Experience…Monday, April 15th 6pm
Marketing Your College Experience...Tuesday, April 16th 11am
Registration for Spring 2013 HLE is now closed. HLE is offered in the Spring of each year; registration begins in the Fall, so check back then!
Still have questions?
Contact Andrea Wensowitch, Director of Student Engagement
stop by: Campus Center 306