I'm writing to encourage first-year Paterno Fellows and PF aspirants to
apply for membership in the next Presidential Leadership Academy class.
The selection process takes place this semester and activities begin in
Interested? Come to an info session Wednesday, February 6, at 4 p.m. in 124 Sparks.
You can still apply without coming to the info session, but the info
session will include helpful hints and address frequently asked
questions. Current Liberal Arts Presidential Leadership Academy members
will be there to offer their perspectives on what makes a successful
application and what the PLA involves and offers.
Established in Spring 2009, the Academy is a three-year
leadership development opportunity for a select group of students.
Through the Presidential Leadership Academy, students will develop
leadership fundamentals to thrive in an environment in which multiple
dimensions of an issue are explored, diverse viewpoints are welcomed and
heard, and a fully informed and respectful discourse ensues that leads
to sound action. The curricular and extracurricular opportunities
available through the Academy lead to further development of critical
thinking abilities necessary for leaders to implement decisions with
sensitivity to the circumstances that led them and the flexibility to
rethink decisions and even change course along the way. A highlight of
the Academy is a one-credit introductory seminar led by the President of
the University. For more information, see http://academy.psu.edu/
Note that the only requirements necessary for nominations are:
Deadline for receipt of nominations is Monday, February 11, 2013
- Current status as a first-year student
- Demonstrated leadership skills (or the desire to acquire them)
- Minimum GPA of 3.2
Students nominated for the Academy will be asked to complete the
application process, which includes a resume, two essay questions, and
two letters of recommendation. The actual application is due on Monday, February 25
, so the info session will include information mainly on that. (The nomination part is simple.)