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October 9, 2007 :: Retreat Equips College Students With Leadership Skills

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More than 200 student leaders from Oklahoma’s public and independent colleges and universities gathered recently in Tulsa for the seventh annual Oklahoma Student Leadership Retreat.

The theme for this year’s retreat was “Leadership for the Next Century: Campus, Community and State.”

Organizers of the retreat say the event is designed to provide students the opportunity to learn what it takes to be effective leaders not only on their campuses, but also in their communities and state.

“Student leadership is very important to our future, especially as we look to Oklahoma’s second century,” Chancellor Glen D. Johnson said. “The future of our society depends on those who are capable of providing strong leadership, who understand that leadership means service, and who believe that their very citizenship carries the obligation to lead when circumstances require.”

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.

Some of the breakout sessions students attended during the retreat included:

Sponsors for the 2007 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 Saint Francis Health Systems, SemGroup, L.P. and Tulsa Metro Chamber.