Men of Excellence is a brand new organization on campus, founded in April 2012. The sole purpose of Men of Excellence is to provide mentorship, wisdom, and leadership to new members. Also, Men of Excellence (MoE) are driven to serve others and peers alike. The transition to UT can be incredibly challenging for some first and second year students and we wanted to create an environment to help assist in that transition. Students develop their leadership skills in MoE through the mentors, workshops, and opportunities we create and provide for them. Many of our members truly come from various parts of campus and have experienced various transitions while being here at the university, which provides students with insight and knowledge that some students would not have gained until later in their college career.
MoE values the experiences and challenges that members have overcome after coming to UT. They are unique in their willingness to create and shape the pathways their members want to be on. They spend time to figure out what they want out of college and give them the skills and abilities to do just that.
Applications are released during January of the spring semester. They consider any applicants who are in their first and second year students here at UT. The requirements to join are selective and fair. They look for professionalism, potential, drive, and willingness to learn from peers and others around you. They accepted new members in mid-February after interviews have taken place. Any student interested in joining Men of Excellence can talk to any member regarding the organization. All members are ready and willing to be a voice to the organization as a whole. They value differences and want those who have desire to be around students with ambition and gratitude.
Watch out for this new organization on campus and support their events!
Just last week the LEAP program had Dr. Gage Paine come and speak on the topic of Servant Leadership. As always Dr. Paine was an enthusiastic and encouraging speaker. During her talk, she mentioned an article from Forbes on the 15 things that leaders automatically do, every day. How many of these do you see in yourself and in the leaders around you? Thanks, Dr. Paine for leading us to this article!
Here at Horns Leading Horns we believe that everyone can be a leader in some way. There’s no one way to be a leader, and no amount of measurement to determine a leaders impact. This awesome TED Talk really emphasizes the small ways that everyone can be a leader everyday, and how these small moments of leadership can change lives!
Kenton is a third year government and philosophy student with hopes of going to law school after graduation. Kenton is not your average student, he has been extremely involved on campus since his very first semester starting with attending Camp Texas. Camp Texas introduced him to leaders who became mentors that introduced him to the Freshman Leadership Organization (FLO), an organization that provided him with another mentor which helped him get even further involved. Since his freshman year he has been involved in Texasthon, UNICEF, Texas Cowboys, Student Government and Tejas Club. His most meaningful involvement has come from the Tejas club, where the focus is academics and leadership. It’s a smaller organization filled with driven individuals who have inspired him to find his place on campus.
Being involved on campus has provided him with skills that have gone further than his extra-curricular’s and gone into the classroom as well. He’s got better time management skills, and better communication skills when it comes to speaking with professors. Kent’s advice to freshmen who are looking to be involved is to “try everything, then find what you’re really interested in.” He recommends applying for everything that looks interesting, “the worst that can happen is they say no.” Solid advice from an accomplished student!
The 2nd Annual Texas Leadership Summit will be held on Saturday, February 9, 2013 from 10:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. at the Student Activities Center.
Don’t miss this awesome opportunity to enhance your leadership skills and meet students from all across campus! The deadline to register is FRIDAY, February 1, 2013. Fill out your registration form today, which includes a goodie bag, free lunch and you’ll have the chance to win one of TWO iPad Mini’s!
The Texas Leadership Summit is a FREE campus-wide conference for all students at The University of Texas at Austin. The conference offers a unique opportunity to interact with a diverse community of student leaders and to develop and refine leadership skills through participation in breakout sessions, group activities and special workshops that speak to the following topics:
- Emerging Leadership
- Unifying Campus
- Civic Engagement and Volunteerism
Goals of the Texas Leadership Summit
- To provide students with concrete ideas, concepts, skills and tools related to leadership development.
- To motivate students to take their new knowledge back to their organizations and social networks.
- To empower students with the personal tools and leadership skills to implement in their academic lives and future careers.
The Summit Schedule
Below is the schedule for the day of the Summit.
|10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
||Arrival and Check-In
|10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
|11:40 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
||Break Out Session #1
|12:40 p.m. – 1:50 p.m.
||Lunch Provided and Large Group Session
|2:00 p.m. – 2:50 p.m.
||Break Out Session #2
|3:00 p.m. – 3:50 p.m.
||Break Out Session #3
|4:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
||Wrap Up and Closing Remarks
Update: LEAP Mentee Applications are due Friday, January 25! Apply Today!
The Leadership and Ethics Institute is now taking applications for LEAP mentors and first year students! LEAP, which stands for Leadership, Education, and Progress, is a program which gives first year students (freshmen and transfer students) the opportunity to join a family of students led by two upperclassmen mentors. LEAPers meet every Tuesday for workshops based on leadership, and there are multiple social opportunities and one full day retreat to help everyone bond with their family and all of LEAP.
Two former LEAP mentors, one who was also a LEAP mentee, spoke very highly about their experiences with LEAP.
“The opportunity to share your University of Texas experience with 10 or so first-year students is awesome. I also learned a lot about myself, including my personal leadership style. I had the chance to learn many different resources this university has to offer by listening to each of our guest speakers.” said junior Bryan Legere.
“I really enjoyed being able to convey to first year students what I wish I had knew as a first year student. It was also fun to listen to their enthusiasm of being on a college campus…It was also a great experience being a LEAPer. It really helped me find my direction freshman year and make new friends.”said junior Jeffrey Chang.
If you’d like more information on LEAP, and to find the applications for both mentors and first year students, visit http://deanofstudents.utexas.edu/lei/leap.php !
Micheal Ugeo Williams is a 4th year sociology and education major focusing on youth and community studies, with a minor in business and educational psychology. Once he graduates he hopes to get a graduate degree in educational policy and hopefully earn a PhD. Although he clearly has a full academic plate, Ugeo has dedicated a huge amount of time to being an involved student on UT’s campus.
He first got involved at UT as a freshman, joining just a few organizations, but he says he wasn’t truly engaged until sophomore year. Some of the organizations he’s been involved in are the Black Student Alliance and the African Student Association. Ugeo’s involvement in campus really helped him explore his culture, as college was the first time he’d been exposed to so many people who celebrated their African culture.
A few of the most meaningful leadership positions he’s held included being an Orientation Advisor and a Gateway Scholar Mentor. It means a lot to him to be able to influence first year students and be a resource for them. Being a mentor has helped him just as much as he has been able to help his mentees. As an OA he was able to explore campus issues, social justice issues and he held a lot of responsibility to know resources on campus and guide parents and students. It was a great foundation for him to become a bigger leader on campus.
Being a leader on campus has given him an awareness of others around him. Understanding others identities has helped him understand others perspectives. When it comes to a job search his campus leadership has given him confidence to talk to people and be confident in his skills. His advice for students who are looking to be involved is to come and visit the student organization center at the SSB. The students there are great resources to guide students in the right direction and have knowledge of lots of different areas on campus.
Peers for Pride (PfP) is part of the UT Gender and Sexuality Center’s education program.. PfP is a peer facilitation program that uses theater as a means to explore the lives of people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer.. Shane Whalley, LMSW, directs this group and gave Horns Leading Horns a great look into the organization.
In PfP the students involved create monologues, which they perform for other students, and then answer questions from the audience as their monologue characters. PfP is a two-semester commitment; students earn academic credit for their work. The first semester is spent gaining knowledge about LGBTQ issues and exploring the campus climate, and the PfP members form team bonds during this time as well. The students learn immeasurable leadership skills naturally through their participation in the program. They are trained to lead very difficult conversations. Students leave with a heightened passion for advocacy and many PfP alumni have gone on to do service and advocacy work in the community. Although the goal of PfP is to spread awareness across the campus, the experience of being a PfP member is the highlight of the program for those involved. Skills learned also translate into the classroom as they become more comfortable speaking up and speaking out during class.
The type of student in PfP can vary greatly across all identities. But they all should have a passion for social justice, for educating their peers and a strong confidence in their own identity in order to effectively facilitate these workshops. If you are interested in becoming involved, continue to check out the Gender and Sexuality Center’s website (www.utgsc.org) and look for applications in the spring.
In 2005, the 79th Texas Legislature authorized the Governor to appoint a nonvoting student regent for each university or university system. The following session, the 80th Texas Legislature authorized the Governor to appoint a nonvoting student representative to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB).
To aid the Governor in his selections, the chancellor of each university system must recommend students based on applications submitted by each president on behalf of the institution’s student government organization. The student appointments serve a one-year term, from June 1st through May 31st of the following year. The UT System Student Regent and THECB Student Representative have the same rights as regularly appointed board members, except the right to vote or be counted towards a quorum for official board business. The positions serve without compensation, but will be reimbursed for expenses incurred during official Board business.
- Must be enrolled as an undergraduate or graduate student
- Must be “in good standing”, as certified by the registrar’s office
- Commit to fulfill all Board-related responsibilities during the term of service
- Maintain a state-wide perspective on higher education (as opposed to representing any single college or university)
- Once appointed, the student regent/student representative must remain enrolled at the institution during the full term
- A 2.5 grade point average on a 4.0 scale must be maintained to continue eligibility
Visit this link or click on the picture at the top to get access to all application materials and contact information on this opportunity. http://deanofstudents.utexas.edu/spot_studentregent.php
Longhorns new and old can use these resources provided by the Leadership and Ethics Institute. LEI offers handouts via their website on topics such as Goal setting, Recruiting and Retaining members of Organizations, Conflict Resolution, and First Year Success. Head on over to Leadership Resources to read through these awesome resources!