Center Stage: PMO at EMV
Eighteen Purdue Musical Organization sophomore students attended the Emily Mauzy Vogel Sophomore Leadership Conference September 11 and 12.
This annual conference brings Purdue University's most influential Sophomore leaders together to develop their leadership skills on a higher level. It emphasizes the importance of each member as influential leaders and how they can bring back all they learned to their respective organizations. They are each an essential "puzzle piece" to the university. In fact the slogan of EMV is Individually Unique. Together Complete.
The conference opened with Darren Cecil. He talked about his disability and diversity and encouraged the students to recognize situations in which these characteristics may be challenged and how to deal with it as leaders. He then presented a simulation of disabilities that allowed the leaders to respond, make decisions, and take charge when others were in need of help. Among the volunteers for the simulation were Purdue Musical Organization students Rachelle Buuck, Emily Friesen, and shown here, Cayla Mustin and William Theideman.
The first night the students had an opportunity to socialize with their fellow peer leaders. There were many activities to get involved in that night including a campfire with smores and a dance party!
Being a leader is not all work and no play. Purduettes Allie Rieth, Ashlea Lidester, and Abby Green lead a conga line around the dance floor.
The second day the students listened to a number of inspiring presentations including a presentation by the most influential leaders on campus. They were able to ask these representatives questions in order to harvest their leadership skills and experiences. They also had the opportunity to show off their leadership skills through teambuilding exercises. Joon Park of the Purdue Bells and Michael Blakley of the Purdue Varsity Glee Club work with their team in order to get the task at hand accomplished.
Juniors Amanda Haney and Courtney Petro also attended the Emily Mauzy Vogel Leadership Conference, but for the second time. In 2008, they were members of the conference. They then received the opportunity to return for the 2009 conference to serve as Student Staff Members. A junior studying Nursing, Courtney Petro helps Purduette sophomore Cayla Mustin with a hurt ankle.
Camp Tecumseh was again a blast, but this time it was all about the sophomores! Great job sophomore leaders of Purdue Musical Organizations!