Texas State Technical College students across the state learned leadership from employees and local leaders, and even a bit of S.A.L.S.A. Stan Pearson II, the keynote speaker for some of the conferences, shared his five leadership steps for life and dancing: Supporting, Acting, Learning, Striving and Accepting. His high energy and comedic presentation captured the audience and kept them engaged. Others enjoyed the dynamic motivational speaking of Odell Bizzell.
The Student Leadership Conference is an effort to combine an annually-required risk management training for student clubs and organizations with leadership development. Students and club advisors had the opportunity to attend various breakout sessions to help enhance their leadership skills. They also learned about various TSTC processes and policies that might affect their club or organization.
Several of the legacy campuses hosted the first annual event. The Abilene campus was host to students from Breckenridge, Brownwood and Sweetwater with about 185 in attendance. The Waco campus welcomed 84 participants from Williamson County, North Texas, and Marshall. The Harlingen campus was host to its students and Fort Bend County with 189 in attendance.
The Student Leadership Conference is just one way the Student Life and Engagement department wants to provide leadership training for students. They will be looking for additional opportunities throughout the year to groom our students as college and community leaders through out Student Leadership Academy. The Student Life and Engagement department has already planned another event with the national Make a Difference Day on October 24.
Many thanks goes out to those who coordinated or participated in the event. Your dedication to serving our students is greatly appreciated.