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SUBJECT: Leader Forum helps students get motivated
DATE: Oct. 15, 2003

What makes a leader? Memorial University students are invited to find out at this year's Leader Forum, a day-long event developed to recognize and encourage student leadership on campus.

The Leader Forum is happening Saturday, Oct. 18, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., as part of the 2003 Celebrate Memorial festivities. Registration for the event will take place in the lobby of the Engineering building, on Memorial's St. John's campus.

Students must be nominated to participate in the Leader Forum; nomination forms are available online at www.mun.ca/student/leadership. Nominees are expected to be undergraduate students who have maintained an academic average of 60 per cent, and should be interested in developing their communication, teamwork and leadership skills in school, work, and the community.

Heidi Peet, student coordinator of the Leader Forum, said this year's theme is motivation. "Participants will do workshops, seminars and team-building challenges focusing on the skills needed to motivate themselves and others," she said.

Last year, 120 students participated in the Leader Forum; second-year Arts student Richard Churchill was one of those who attended. Mr. Churchill said the event introduced him to a ring of great people and a wide range of ideas. "I found the workshops helpful," he said, "especially the seminar on time management, which really helped me organize myself in my first year."

Mr. Churchill also said he was impressed that university president Dr. Axel Meisen, and dean of Student Affairs and Services Dr. Lilly Walker, both attended the dinner that concluded last year's Leader Forum. "It showed how Memorial really cares about its student leaders," he said.

Joanne Whalen, who is in her third year studying business and also attended last year's Leader Forum, said the event helped open her eyes up to what a leader can be. "Leaders aren't necessarily the most spirited person, or president of their society or church group," she said. "A leader is someone committed to what they do - the Leader Forum is a great place for potential leaders who haven't branched out yet."

Celebrate Memorial is an annual festival of events celebrating the university's significant ties to the community of Newfoundland and Labrador. This year's celebrations are happening Oct. 14-25, with lectures, awards ceremonies and public events at both the St. John's and the Grenfell College campuses. A full calendar of Celebrate Memorial events is available at www.mun.ca/celebrate or by checking the events calendar at today.mun.ca

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