NOVEMBER 15, 2006

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Retreat provides college students with leadership training

If participation in a recent two-day retreat is any indication of how ready Oklahoma’s youth are to lead the state further into the 21st century, then the future of Oklahoma is looking even brighter.

More than 200 student leaders from Oklahoma’s public and independent colleges and universities gathered recently for the sixth annual Oklahoma Student Leadership Retreat in Oklahoma City. This year’s retreat theme was entitled “Leadership in a Flat World.”

Organizers of the retreat said the event is designed to provide students with an overview of the characteristics and attributes of leadership and what it takes to be a good leader.

“We welcome the opportunity to work with the energetic college students of Oklahoma,” Interim Chancellor Phil Moss said. “Students who experience leadership on their campuses will eventually contribute leadership back to their local communities. These retreats have shown us that the state of Oklahoma is in good hands given the talent we have on our college campuses.”

Moss said that the colleges and universities select the students who will attend the leadership retreat each year. Most of the students are already serving in leadership roles on their campuses.

During the retreat, student leaders heard dynamic speeches and presentations from some of the state’s top leaders in both the public and private sectors. David Schaub, chief financial officer and general counsel for Groendyke Trucking Company in Enid, gave the keynote address.

Other notable speakers included Larry McAtee of Kimray Inc. (birthplace of Character First!); Roy Williams, president of the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce; Dr. Tom McDaniel, president of Oklahoma City University; and Dr. Larry Devane, president of Redlands Community College, El Reno.

Some of the topics presenters and students discussed during the retreat’s many breakout sessions included:

• Lessons in Leadership Teamwork

• Dealing With Ethical Issues in the Decision-Making Process

• Character Determines Success

• The Search for Learning Readiness

• “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People” by Stephen Covey

• Successfully Discussing Student and Higher Education Issues With Legislators

Sponsors for the 2006 Student Leadership Retreat included the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, Council on Student Affairs, Student Advisory Board and the Oklahoma Student Government Association.

The retreat was also sponsored by Enterprise Rent-a-Car and the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce, the first corporate sponsors for the event since its inception.

Contact: Ben Hardcastle, OSRHE director of communications, 405.225.9346