April 30, 2008
The academic and athletic communities came together Monday night at the Student Life Leadership Awards Dinner at Marillac Terrace. The Department of Athletics Student Development for Athletes unit culminated its first Student-Athlete Leadership Program, honoring many first-year athletes for their commitment to leadership training.
On hand to congratulate the student-athletes was Director of Athletics Chris Monasch, Director of Academic Support for Athletes Eric Reinecker, Associate Director, Leadership and Special Events Lucy Pesce, and several coaches and administrators.
Modeled after a similar University-wide program L.E.A.D (Leadership, Education, and Development), Student Development for Athletes collaborated with the Department of Student Life to begin a series of workshops and seminars geared towards the "Win, Graduate, Serve" motto. The workshops focused on leadership in the areas of academic achievement, personal development, community service and career development.
Students-athletes participated in weekly training sessions and many service activities in the Fall and Spring semesters. These student-athletes are now certified in the first track of the L.E.A.D. program.
During the dinner, two female student-athletes were also inducted into the Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honor Society, a prestigious honor society at St. John's University. Softball junior Melissa Pilley and junior fencer Joanna Guy were recognized for their achievements in scholarship, athletics and a variety of other activities. Any student is invited to apply for the honor society and focus is placed on the development of the whole person.
Student Development for Athletes will look to continue the successes of the Student-Athlete Leadership program next fall and develop a second track in leadership training for student-athletes.