President’s Leadership Council Seeks New Members

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The President’s Leadership Council is seeking new members for the 2014-2015 academic year. Created to recognize exemplary students for their accomplishments in leadership, scholarship, and service, the PLC offers these outstanding students unique opportunities for education and development while serving the University of Central Florida as ambassadors and liaisons between the student population and the president’s office. During their service, PLC members participate in specially designed programs, meetings, presentations, and interaction with leaders on campus and within the community. Members of PLC also receive a stipend for each semester served on the council.

Current PLC member, Courtney Buzan, a graduate student in the Educational Leadership program, is grateful for the educational opportunities and networking made available through her service on the council.  “It really blew my mind the things I could take advantage of,” she says, “my UCF experience wouldn’t have been the same.” Courtney describes PLC as “a strong group of student leaders that either expose incoming students to the high standards of the university or help to live and breathe those standards for the student body to see as well as the Orlando community.” PLC members act as ambassadors on and off campus, participating in major university and community events such as commencement and new building dedications, among others.

Fellow Educational Leadership MA program student, Margaux Ring, also serves on the President’s Leadership Council. She, like Courtney, notes the incredible experiences that have come from her service on the council, such as the opportunity to participate in historical events like the 50th Anniversary celebration and to serve as a representative of the student population.

Applicants should have completed at least sixty credit hours by the end of the semester in which they apply, should have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above, and should be full-time students during the fall and spring semesters following selection. The council seeks candidates who demonstrate leadership ability through involvement within university and community organizations and activities. Two letters of recommendation must accompany the completed application.

New graduate student in Applied Learning and Instruction and PLC member, Kaye-Alese Green, keeps busy trying to balance her commitments to class, volleyball, and the council, but she values the resources available to her through her service with PLC. “This is the best decision I could’ve made,” she says, “I absolutely love it.”

Applications for the President’s Leadership Council are available in the Office of Constituent Relations, Millican Hall, Suite 396, and are due no later than 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 6.

An informational session will take place on Wednesday, January 29, from 1:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. in the Student Union, Key West Ballroom, Room 218D. The session offers interested students an opportunity to speak with current council members and learn more about the program.

For more information about the President’s Leadership Council, please visit the website or contact Dr. Nancy Marshall at 407-823-5259 or Ana Petkov at 407-823-6648 with any additional questions.

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