VCCS Leadership Weekend

Tulip. For most people a tulip is a flower but for over 400 attendees of this years Student Leadership Conference in Richmond VA it means much more. NRCC’s Student Government went this year to learn about leadership and how to get students involved in their schools. While they were there they heard a speech by the Chancellor of Virginia Community Colleges Dr. Glenn DuBois about his rough educational beginning to inspire the students to continue with their education. The attendees were also treated to a speech about the missions for 2009 of VCCS by Dr. Monty Sullivan.
Each attendee was able to select three of 18 hourlong informational sessions on everything from conflict management, to good listening skills, to how to get a job using Facebook. There was a four hour presentation from Swiftkick about how a Student Government is like a dance floor where the students were introduced to the Free Hugs campaign (which will be seen all over campus Wednesday 19 of November). They also had presentations from Mohammed Balil from The Real World and Matt Glowacki who is Para-Olympian and has no legs. For anyone who has ever seen The Evolution Of Dance on Youtube there was Judson Laipply performing it for them after breakfast. The Leadstrong Leadership Conference 2008 was an amazing success and Lord Fairfax should be commended for hosting a great conference.
What does Tulip have to do with this? “Tulip” was the word of the weekend, and when a speaker said “Tulip”  to get excitement, the crowd would go wild.

About Sarah Polan

Sarah Polan entered New River Community College in the summer of 2008 at age 16 after being homeschooled her entire life. She had already been a member of the Roanoke Times "Edge" staff for two years at that point. Sarah came to New River with the dream of rebuilding the long forgotten school newspaper and with the help and encouragement of Janet Hanks and the IT staff, the online Knight Rider was born. Sarah has served as editor and contributing writer for three semesters and continues to coordinate and produce the e-paper biweekly. She also edits an on-line national publication for the Boy Scouts of America Southern Region Venturing division and will be contributing an article to the nationally published Scouting magazine blog. She has also provided a student blog post to the student organization VA21. In her spare time, Sarah enjoys traveling in search of her dream college which she will transfer to next year.
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