Wilkes University’s Kirby Business Scholar Michelle Lehman
When Wilkes University junior Michelle Lehman discovered a niche in the student body interested in human resources, she created the Wilkes University Human Resources Club to fill that need. “The club coincides with the current Jay S. Sidhu School of Business and Leadership’s curriculum, but also includes aspects that go beyond the classroom,” Lehman said. Students participating in the club learn about team building skills with peers, management training and development, and serve as mentors to freshmen.
This brought her to the attention of the Allan P. Kirby Center for Free Enterprise and Entrepreneurship, where she serves as the Kirby Business Scholar. She also assists with the Veterans Entrepreneurship initiative. Lehman is not waiting until graduation to make a difference. As a marketing major with a minor in entrepreneurship, she finds new opportunities and embraces challenges as training for her career.
Lehman, a Mountain Top, Pa., resident, spent the first semester of her freshman year at Bloomsburg University, and then transferred to Wilkes. She likes the small classes and the one-on-one time she gets with her professors. “Your work gets noticed here,” she said. She’s also begun to build a network of contacts through relationships she’s fostered at Wilkes.
Lehman credits Dina Udomsak, assistant director-instructor at the Sidhu School of Business, for helping her to identify human resources as a possible career. “My sophomore year she sat down with me in her office and had me write down all the things that I am looking for in a career. After a positive discussion, she guided me to the field of human resources and assisted me with the development of the Human Resources Club at Wilkes. She really empowered me and I would not be where I am currently without her guidance.”
Lehman also enjoyed a communications course which taught her to write for the news, succinctly and to the point. A marketing class encouraged her to create a full ad campaign, with a video and an advertising plan.
She credits the recent Allan P. Kirby Lecture in Free Enterprise and Entrepreneurship lecture by Lt. Col. Allen West as inspirational for all students. West was receptive to everyone’s ideas, even those that might be different from his own. “He cautioned us not to go off track on your morals,” Lehman said, “while openly listening to others.”
About Wilkes University:
Wilkes University is an independent institution of higher education dedicated to academic and intellectual excellence through mentoring in the liberal arts, sciences, and professional programs. Founded in 1933, the university is on a mission to create one of the great small universities, offering all of the programs, activities, and opportunities of a large, research university in the intimate, caring, and mentoring environment of a small, liberal arts college, at a cost that is increasingly competitive with public universities. The Economist named Wilkes 25th in the nation for the value of its education for graduates. In addition to 41 undergraduate majors,Wilkes offers the doctor of nursing practice, doctor of education and doctor of pharmacy degrees and more than a dozen master’s degree programs, including the master of business administration and master of fine arts in creative writing. Learn more at www.wilkes.edu