Wilkes University

Leadership Programs

Leadership Programs 

Emerging Leaders is a six-month program that combines classroom style learning, self-exploration, and hands-on leadership experiences. Through a series of workshops, open discussions and leadership projects, the program is designed to increase self awareness and develop leadership potential.
Participants are required to attend six workshops focusing on community revitalization, dining etiquette, and project management. In addition, participants will work as a team to plan, market, and coordinate a community service or multicultural event. Applications are available at the start of each fall semester at the Information Desk and are typically due in October.
Intercollegiate Leadership Wilkes-Barre is a competitive seven-month program designed to assemble a diverse group of college student leaders to develop new leadership skills, to discuss campus issues and to explore economic, social, cultural and political trends in Northeastern Pennsylvania.
Students are chosen from participating colleges and universities including Keystone College, King's College, Luzerne County Community College, Misericordia University, Penn State Wilkes-Barre, and Wilkes University. Each year, students attend day-long sessions focusing on communication skills, etiquette, diversity, and the justice system. Applications are available at the Information Desk each April and due the first week of September.
The Leadership Certificate Program is built around informative training sessions designed to give students the skills needed to resolve common challenges they may face in a leadership, academic or professional role. Workshops are open to all students who would like to learn various skills and methods that can be utilized in collaborative projects and leadership settings.
For those students who so choose, the series contains a tiered certificate element that gives undergraduate students the potential to complete a series of requirements during the length of their studies to receive formal recognition and a certificate of completion.
The National Society of Leadership and Success (Sigma Alpha Pi) is a national honor society that provides students with leadership training and certification through various workshops, speakers, and collaborative projects. Membership in the society includes access to online job banks, custom letters of recommendation, scholarships and awards. The program is recommended for everyone, as you have until the fall semester of your senior year to complete the requirements, which include:
1.       Attendance at three speaker sessions (seven offered yearly)
2.       Completion of three Success Networking Team meetings
3.       Completion of one Leadership Training Day
There is a one time, lifetime membership fee of $75. Information sessions are held at the beginning of each fall semester. Contact the Office of Student Development for more information.
Alternative Spring Break (ASB) is an opportunity for students to travel domestically as well as abroad to perform community service during spring break. Participating in ASB helps others and gives students an opportunity to learn more about themselves and their peers. Six months prior to departure, ASB participants must attend weekly meetings and dinners to plan major fundraisers and build a strong, supportive team. Students will be selected to participate in a trip that will take place during the week of February 28-March 7, 2009 in either New Orleans or the Dominican Republic. Applications are available each September at www.wilkes.edu/communityservice <http://www.wilkes.edu/communityservice> .
The Student Development Connections program is an opportunity for first-year students to develop a relationship with a Student Development staff member who will offer additional administrative support and guidance and help connect them to the extracurricular life on campus.
After signing up for the program, students will meet with a Student Development coach to: a) discuss their goals and concerns as a first-year Wilkes student, b) receive a broad overview of the extracurricular programs on campus and c) develop a personal leadership & activity plan designed to complement their classroom education and enhance their out-of-the classroom experiences.
Internships are a great way for students to gain notable experience in their field of study while working in a professional setting. Students in the program are able to meet potential employers, establish relationships with mentors, gain entry into companies that interest them, improve job prospects, and gain academic course credit.

For more information visit http://www.wilkes.edu/internships
The Student Affairs Leadership Circle provides opportunities to bring together student leaders and members of the administration in informal settings to better discuss issues relevant to campus life. Meet with the deans of the university to discuss relevant student issues, offer feedback on programs and services, and learn about new initiatives of the University.

Leadership Assessments are available to help students determine their leadership strengths and weaknesses. Each test takes approximately twenty to thirty minutes to complete and is available online. Following the test you will receive a written report of the findings along with suggestions to help enhance or improve your leadership skills.