University of Calgary

Emerging Leaders celebration

UToday HomeApril 18, 2012

By Daniel Wanis-Ruiz and Camille de Lacy

Emerging Leaders celebration. Photo courtesyEmerging Leaders celebration. Photo courtesy Office of Leadership and Student EngagementMore than 400 faculty, staff and students celebrated the end of another successful academic year and the contributions of the university’s top student leaders April 15.

The Office of Leadership and Student Engagement welcomed students from various programs and across campus, including those involved with the Centre for Community Engaged Learning, the Student Success Centre and the Wellness Centre’s WHAT team.

The evening was spent highlighting students’ accomplishment, recognizing student leaders and thanking them for their contributions to the campus, Calgary and national communities.

In its first year, the office saw 9,650 students taking part in its programs, which include Orientation Week and the Common Reading Program. More than 450 students completed the University of Calgary Leadership Certificate Program and the office saw an average of 120 volunteer hours per student in the Emerging Leaders and Sophomore Leadership Programs. Students organized and hosted the Canadian Conference on Student Leadership, and student leaders raised more than $12,500 in support of community programs throughout the academic year.

“This office offers so much, that there is something for everyone,” says Pathmila Navaratne.

Student Ben Hillborn recognized the value of involvement to student success: “I got over involved in university because of the diversity in the programs they offer, but the office showed me I do have time and helped me balance my extracurricular and academics.”

The evening wrapped up with remarks encouraging students to continue their leadership development throughout their university careers, and beyond.

Student Frishta Karami took this message to heart, sharing that she “wasn't really involved in many campus activities prior to discovering the office,” but she is motivated to continue and escalate her contributions to her campus community.

Get more information on the Office of Leadership and Student Engagement.