LEAD Retreat and Mentoring
This retreat program, facilitated by Character Quest founders and Carthage alumni Dean and Derek Matthews, will be held on the weekend of Sept. 22-24, 2017, on the Matthews’ property in Elizabeth, Illinois. The LEAD Retreat will give student leaders the opportunity to learn more about themselves as leaders, and the concepts of communication and group dynamics as they relate to working in groups and leading others toward fulfilling common goals. Following the retreat, student participants will have the opportunity to be mentored by Dean and Derek during the academic year. Having the chance to engage with facilitators of the retreat program over time can help participates to reflect on what they learned during the retreat, how they are applying this information in their campus involvement, and roles of responsibility in order to grow as individuals and leaders. There will be two in-person mentoring opportunities (late September and early February) and two virtual mentoring opportunities (early November and March). During the spring semester, students will have the opportunity to sign up to participate in the retreat and mentoring program that follows. Students who will be serving in roles of responsibility (committee chairs, club/organization officers, etc.) will benefit most from this program. There is a $25 deposit for all participants.
Apply now to the LEAD retreat program
Would you like to serve as a mentor for new students? Do you want to help plan opening activities at Carthage? If so, being an orientation leader may be perfect for you. Applications are available in the Dean of Students Office during Spring Term.
Spark – Flame – Torch Leadership Development Program
The purpose of Spark is for emerging leaders to discover their potential and explore areas of growth through an intensive cohort-style seminar series consisting of faculty and staff presenters. Sessions will consist of topics such as:
- Leadership styles and personality traits
- Time management
- Conflict resolution
- Group dynamics and communication
- Equity and inclusion
- Student involvement opportunities
This program is designated for intermediate leaders on campus. It is formulated to connect leadership topics to practical experiences students have in their roles on campus. Session topics may include:
- Being on an executive board
- Motivating others
- Role modeling and ethical decision making
- Creating inclusive campus programs
- Being a mentor
- Establishing a vision
Torch is designed to encourage students to apply what they have learned about leadership development to life beyond Carthage. Students prepare for the “real world” in various sessions geared towards future employer expectations. Many sessions are co-sponsored with other departments across campus. Topics consist of:
- Articulating leadership experiences in resumes and interviews
- Creating your mission statement
- Alumni networking events
- Planning your own professional development
- Managing up
- Leaving a legacy
Student Leadership Awards
The Student Leadership Awards are presented each spring to recognize students and organizations for their outstanding contributions to the Carthage Community during the course of the year. Awards are offered in the following categories:
Silver Leadership Award — This award recognizes first year, sophomore or first-year transfer undergraduate students who demonstrate leadership promise through breadth in their co-curricular involvement.
Gold Leadership Award — This award recognizes current junior, senior and second-year transfer students who demonstrate exemplary leadership through depth in their co-curricular involvement.
Community Service Student Activator of the Year — This award recognizes a student for their outstanding leadership and contributions to community service or service-learning on campus and/or within the Kenosha community
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Student Advocate of the Year — This award is presented to recognize a student who has contributed to creating a campus culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion. The recipient demonstrates an ability to educate the campus about diversity and inclusion while building connections.
Community Service Program of the Year — This award is designed to recognize and honor the efforts of a program (single event) or initiative (over the course of time) for achievements, commitment, and dedication to the betterment of individuals, the campus, and the community.
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Program of the Year — This award is designed to recognize and honor the efforts of a program (single event) or initiative (over the course of time) for achievements, accomplishments, and commitment to educating others about diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Student Organization Advisor of the Year — This award is designed to recognize the efforts of a student organization’s advisor who demonstrates a commitment to the betterment of the organization and its members.
New Student Organization of the Year — This award will be given to an organization which has received full recognition during in the current academic year. The organization will demonstrate a progression of growth throughout the year as indicated by their programming and membership. Along with fostering personal and professional excellence in its members, this organization will have had an impact on the Carthage community.
Student Organization of the Year — This award will be given to up to two student organizations which demonstrate an excellence throughout the year as indicated by their programming and membership. Along with fostering personal and professional excellence in its members, this organization will have had an impact on the Carthage community.