Some 80 students from the Philadelphia area arrived on campus Sunday, June 12, 2016, 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 third year for the program. A group of 30 students visited the Punxsutawney campus earlier this month, and an additional group of 30 students will travel to campus later this summer as part of the project.
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 goals and become leaders.
Secretary Wetzel served as the May 2016 commencement speaker for the university and received an honorary doctor of laws degree at the ceremony.
In a special Sunday evening program, the students and their parents were welcomed by President Driscoll and Vice President for Enrollment Management and Communications James Begany. Other speakers included Shirley Johnson from the Department of Professional Studies in Education.