Students Inspired at Time to Lead Orientation

Posted on 5/31/2015 9:58:24 PM

President Driscoll addresses the new IUP students at the Time to Lead orientation program

A total of 93 students from the Philadelphia area arrived on campus Sunday, May 31, 2015, for a two-day orientation program. The students are part of the “Time To Lead” initiative, funded through the Office of the President and organized by the Division of Enrollment Management and Communications.

This is the second year for the program. Last year, 68 students participated.

The “Time To Lead” program was developed after President Michael Driscoll accepted the challenge made by John Wetzel, Pennsylvania’s secretary of corrections, for colleges and universities to take the initiative to help create new opportunities for students of color and to help them to meet their educational goal and become leaders.

President Driscoll is very active on Twitter and tweeted a picture of the crowd

“We need you to be the absolute best that you can be,” President Driscoll said to the crowd. “We are counting on you to be the solution to problems our nation and world are facing. Give new and special meaning to ‘YOLO’”

In a special Sunday evening program, the students and their parents were welcomed by President Driscoll and Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management and Communications Patricia McCarthy.

Dr. Melvin Jenkins provided an inspirational speech on expectations of the new students

Other speakers included Melvin Jenkins from the IUP Department of Developmental Studies.

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