Eberly Business Honors Program Freshman Cohort learned leadership skills at a
leadership event hosted by Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s ROTC on April 23, 2014.
began with dinner in Stephenson Hall, and was open to all students in the Eberly
Business Honors program. This allowed students from all of the cohorts to
mingle with one another and share their experiences from being in the program
as well as any advice they may have for the younger cohorts.
Honors seniors Jamie Czech and Ryan Egan shared their experiences in the
Business Honors program with the younger cohorts. Among the topics they
discussed were bonding within your cohort, leadership opportunities, and the
India trip that all Business Honors program students have the opportunity to go
on during their junior year.
dinner, freshman cohort students along with Dorothy Gracey, codirector of
the Business Honors program, traveled to Pierce Hall for the remainder of the
presenters Toby Angove and Glenn Sudol spoke to the students about leadership and
how important leadership qualities are when running any chain of command,
military or not.
were then taught the ROTC’s eight-step process and the 1/3–2/3 rule, both of which
would be needed to complete several tasks the ROTC presenters had planned for
the students to attempt.
only spaghetti sticks, mini marshmallows, and tape, the students’ first task was
to build a tower as high as they possibly could with the amount of time they
were given. The purpose of this task was to demonstrate to the students how
crucial planning is to developing a final product.
task, which took place outside, involved having the students carry different
types of equipment up and down a hill, with a condition of not letting two
members touch the ground at any time.
final task, students had to take equipment over a wall and a rope swing without
letting certain equipment touch the ground.
completion of each task, the students participated in an “After-Action Review,”
where the students could talk and give feedback on their team’s performance.
found the advice very helpful, and the Army presenters were able to make the
event a fun and exciting learning experience.
program helped me realize that as a leader we can make rash decisions and not
have the right plan set up before jumping in,” Katie Fox, a freshman cohort
member, said. “The experience was really fun, and I would love to see future
Business Honors students participate in it. Plus, I got my workout for the
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