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CLC increases in size, success, optimism

Submitted by Patrick Lindsey on August 16, 2011 – 3:05 pmNo Comment

The Chancellors Leadership Corps (CLC) welcomed their largest freshman class in history to campus on Aug. 12 as 175 new students moved into campus housing, according to organization representatives.

Membership numbers have increased due to performance both in the classroom and out.  Membership has risen from 48 freshman three years ago to 175 members of the fall 2011 class.  The measurements employed to track CLC performance vary from the retention rate of participants to additional responsibilities previously not assumed by the CLC.  In order to grasp the successes thus far achieved, newly formed positions have been created to accompany the gains made.

The CLC aims to develop skills required of future community leaders.  Tomorrow’s leaders who find themselves as students today will learn how to prepare for and embody the declared motto of the CLC, which is to “Learn, Lead, and Serve.”

Among those eager to build on their limited experience within the CLC is Dariane Mull, undeclared sophomore and current student ambassador president.

“With the increase in student participants and the new tasks we’ve acquired subsequently, I’m very excited and optimistic about our upcoming year,” said Mull.  “We are absolutely poised to succeed.”

According to Mull, her outlook is linked to the mentorship of Nick Steele, who serves alongside Dr. Logan Hampton as an official program coordinator.  Steele’s duties are aimed at making sure incoming freshmen obtain the same valuable experiences despite new challenges posed by increased membership.

“We had tremendous success [last year].  We nearly doubled our retention rate and, partially as a result, we’re going to work with the city of Little Rock in outreach efforts with Western Hills Elementary School,” said Steele.  “As a leadership organization, we want to lead by example.  What’s worth stressing is practicing good behavior.”

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