One week before Purdue University Northwest begins its first academic year, some 150 new and continuing students will gather Aug. 14 and 15 to learn how to develop and strengthen their leadership skills.
Introduced three years ago at the Calumet Campus to attract and prepare students for leadership opportunities, this year’s Purdue Northwest Student Leadership Conference will engage students at the PNW Calumet and North Central Campuses.
Opportunities to grow
“This conference will provide opportunities for new and current students to gain important leadership skills they can use during their academic and professional careers,” Purdue Northwest Student Organization and Leadership Coordinator Amanda Champlin said. “It also provides a valuable networking outlet and paves the way for students to become more involved.”
Current students were nominated to participate in the conference by Purdue Northwest deans, faculty and staff members. New students who expressed an interest in leadership opportunities also were invited.
The conference will feature three components: leadership development, teambuilding and networking, and interaction with university deans and department heads.
“We have seen a trend among students who attended the Student Leadership Conference as incoming freshmen that they are more involved on campus through employment, student organizations, leadership roles and within their respective academic college,” Champlin said.
With recent approval by the Higher Learning Commission, Purdue University Calumet and Purdue University North Central have unified to become Purdue University Northwest (PNW), a comprehensive regional university within the Purdue University system. When it welcomes its first class of students this fall, PNW will become Indiana’s fifth largest public university, enrolling some 15,000 students and offering approximately 70 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.