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Campus office changes name, puts more emphasis on leadership development

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The office formerly known as Campus Activities has a new name: Student Leadership and Development.

The office provides leadership programs for the University community and operates the University Wellness Activities Center. The office advises the Leadership Institute for Freshmen Excellence (LIFE), the Recognized Student Organizations (RSO’s), the Student Government Association (SGA) and the University Programming Council (UPC).

In addition, the office provides a leadership program for all undergraduate students and has launched the HALO leadership certification program.

The office remains in the same location: UWAC 101. You may reach the office by calling 210-431-3931 or emailing the office at sld@ollusa.edu.

HALO
High Achievement through Leadership Opportunities (HALO)
is a new program that offers each OLLU student co-curricular experiences to prepare them to be leaders in their families, communities and professions after graduation. HALO will help students improve self-awareness, social awareness, self-management and relationship management skills. The program will show students how to put into practice four foundational theories: Authentic Leadership, Servant Leadership, Transformational Leadership and Charismatic Leadership. HALO is tailored to serve low-income students who are the first in their families to attend college. It is one of the few leadership programs offered at a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI).

LIFE
The Leadership Institute for Freshman Excellence (LIFE)
program is held in the Fall semester and is open to all freshmen. LIFE members attend interactive workshops that teach students about leadership styles, communications styles, human diversity and how to resolve roommate conflicts. LIFE attracts some of the brightest freshmen. In 2010, 80 percent of LIFE members carried a grade point average of 3.0 or higher, a nine percent increase from 2009 and a 21 percent increase over the past five years. Seventy five percent of LIFE members continue in the spring semester and help mentor the next freshmen class.

Graduating LIFE members are recognized at the end of the fall semester office holiday social. The program presents a Super Nova award that recognizes one student, who demonstrated full participation, teamwork, and maintained a high GPA. This year’s recipient was Victoria Wixon, a freshman CISS major from Wynnewood, Oklahoma.

For more information on these programs, please contact the Student Leadership and Development Office at 210-431-3931 or sld@ollusa.edu.