Leadership Boot Camp

By: Bryan Trude, assistant editor

Around 150 high school seniors from about the Oklahoma City metro area attended the 2011 Leadership Boot Camp, hosted by the RSC Ambassadors and Leadership students Fri., Feb. 25, in the Professional Training and Education Center.

“[We do this] to prepare the students for college, to help them with that transition,” Erica Alvarez, coordinator for recruitment of special populations, said. “We have break out sessions to help them develop their leadership skills and to get them thinking [about] leadership scholarships, or any kind of scholarships really.”

Students rotated during their break out sessions covering topics including time management and academic honesty. Presiding over the sessions were members of the RSC Ambassadors, the Frances White Hughes Scholars and the Presidents’ Leadership Class.

Also speaking to the students were President Dr. Terry Britton and Vice President for Student Affairs, Dr. Jeanie Webb, with a special appearance from Rumble the Bison, mascot of the NBA’s Oklahoma City Thunder.

Students were given the opportunity to have photos taken with Rumble and the RSC mascot, Rowdy the Raider.

Attendees also were presented with a motivational presentation by Adjunct Professor John Keilty, a former Navy pilot and coach of baseball and football at Mount St. Mary Catholic high school in Oklahoma City.

“It is a competitive world,” Towry Barnard, director of prospective student services, said. “Upon graduation, students will be competing with people from around the world.”

“We are preparing our students to have the academic knowledge and leadership skills to succeed in the workforce. When our students leave, hopefully they have grown as an individual.”

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