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PROGRAMS OFFER UNIQUE LEADERSHIP OPPORTUNITES FOR STUDENTS

By Selena Stevens

 

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Applications for each of these opportunities are available in the Dean of Students Office, 518 Patterson Office Tower, and must be returned by March 8. For more information, call 257-6597.

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Feb. 4, 2002 (Lexington, Ky.) -- Several unique opportunities are available to University of Kentucky students through the Dean of Students office to help build leadership skills and speaking and presentation abilities.

Those opportunities are:

Kentucky Welcome Student Assistant - Would you like to help new students ease their transition to campus life? Would you like to encourage new students to participate in social activities, academic programs and information sessions? Would you like to help students expand their circle of friends and form important connections with other new students? If you answer yes to these questions, this is your leadership opportunity.

The responsibilities of the student assistants include but are not limited to: welcoming new students and their families to campus, facilitating introductions and assisting new students in making connections, disseminating accurate and helpful information about campus life, and assisting in the smooth running of the program. Fifteen students will be selected for this role which begins on Friday, Aug. 23.

UK 101/201 Peer Instructor - UK 101 (for freshmen) and 201 (for transfer students) are academic orientation courses that help improve student performance and retention. The role of the peer instructor is to assist the faculty instructor and guest presenters with facilitating and teaching sessions.

Other responsibilities include attending an in-service training (Monday, Aug. 26, and Tuesday, Aug. 27), attending all classes and interacting with students during class and out-of-class activities.

THE CAUSE peer educator - Do you lead a healthy lifestyle? Then join THE CAUSE (College Alcohol Use Student Educators) and help educate your peers about making low-risk drinking choices. The mission of THE CAUSE is to empower students within the UK community to make safer and healthier lifestyle choices, particularly as they relate to alcohol. You will have the opportunity to speak to student organizations and groups about how to live a healthy life while at UK. If selected, you will receive a $500 scholarship for each semester.

UK Student Ambassador Program - Five outstanding students are chosen to represent and promote UK each year. These students help with recruitment of new students and travel to UK Preview Nights. They also assist with Kentucky Welcome, Homecoming, alumni activities and other events on campus where a UK student presence is requested.

The ambassadors speak to middle and high school classes, community clubs and organizations about the University and college life. Hosting students, student groups, parents, dignitaries and other campus visitors also is part of their responsibilities.

To qualify for this position, applicants must be undergraduates with a comprehensive and working knowledge of the University. Strong, dynamic public speaking skills are required.

Applicants must have completed at least 30 credit hours and have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better. Ambassadors must have ample time available in their schedules and must be flexible concerning night and weekend availability.

Ambassadors receive a scholarship with the understanding that each recipient will be available on the average of 10 hours per week.

Applications for each of these opportunities are available in the Dean of Students Office, 518 Patterson Office Tower, and must be returned by March 8. For more information, call 257-6597.


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