Feb. 8, 2012
Another graduating class of W.I.L.D. Women has completed their programming in 2011. This year’s class included All-Americans, Master’s students, team captains, and academic leaders. W.I.L.D. Women, led by Brandi Stuart, Associate Athletic Director of Student Services, emphasizes personal growth, developing leadership potential in female student-athletes. These young ladies developed their leadership and personal development skills by meeting on a weekly basis for the past three semesters to discuss and explore various aspects of leadership and themselves.
Additionally, R.E.A.L. Men (Reliable Educated Approachable Leaders) celebrated its first graduating class with twelve male student-athletes. Facilitated by Harlis Meaders, Associate Head Coach Track &Field, Jason Leturmy, Assistant Director of Media Relations, Howard Stuart, and Lorne Sam, Assistant Director of Student Services, R.E.A.L. Men meet every week to discuss effective communication, goals setting and values. As a brother program to the W.I.L.D. Women the facilitators hope to build on the foundation already available and continue to offer programming for male student-athletes.
Each phase of leadership development builds on the next, allowing the young women to mature as individuals and as leaders. Phase I focused on character building, effective communication, relationship building, and personal goal setting. Phase II fosters personal growth, addressing time management, specific goal setting, journal writing and reflection, discovering strengths, and personal finance. Phase III continues to promote personal growth, with an emphasis on community involvement and preparing for life after college. Topics addressed in this phase include mentoring, career development, branding, personal reflection, personal finances, and transitioning from being a student to entering the “real world”.
CONGRATULATIONS to the W.I.L.D. Women graduation class of 2011:
Erin Fabrizio Cross
Mary Beth Ramsey
CONGRATULATIONS to the R.E.A.L. Men graduation class of 2011: