The Leading Edge is the official newsletter of the Leadership Center created to help you stay involved with upcoming events and news from the Leadership Center.
Leader of the month: IFY OKONKWO
Ify Okonkwo is a junior Nursing student and is the Student Director of the UT Arlington Leadership Academy. She is a very involved maverick. Currently, Ify is a Science and Education Ambassador, UTA Ambassador, and is one of the finalists for the 2012 Homecoming Court. Ify says she got involved on campus because she wanted to help people come out of their shell, like she did. Her first experience as an executive board member was troublesome and challenging so she began to actively improve her leadership skills which lead to her involvement in a prominent leadership role on campus. Ify's favorite leadership quote is "An army of sheep led by a lion can defeat an army of lions led by a sheep!"
If you would like to nominate a leader or yourself to be the student leader of the month, please fill and submit the following form:
UTA Volunteers joins The Leadership Center
UTA Volunteers is now an organization under the Leadership Center. This new structure is to bring social change into an important part of leadership development. There are several volunteer opportunities coming up in the spring semester so keep an eye on the UTA Volunteers calendar at on the UTA Volunteers events page. If you are interested in becoming member of UTA Volunteers email
firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Remember, volunteer hours worked with UTA Volunteers count towards Leadership Academy and other community service requirements.
Spring Emerging Leadership Institute
Save The Date: March 26, 2012
This one-day conference is geared towards the next generation of UTA's student leaders. For organizational members who will be the future executive officers of your organization, the Spring Emerging Leadership Institute will provide these members with skills such as running an effective meeting, goal-setting, working with others, effective communication and time management. Cost is $10 per person.
| MAVS ACT started for the 2011-12 year
The Mavs Act program sponsored by the Leadership Center has started working on its proposed projects. Navjot Singh and Kelsey Lemons, sophomores, are the MavsACT leaders for the upcoming year. Kelsey is bringing awareness to the issue of bullying and Navjot is bringing awareness about hazing. The Mavs Against Abuse Week will be celebrated in the third week of February. The MavsAct in partnership with UTA Volunteers are sponsoring the 'End the R Word' project discouraging the usage of the word 'retard' for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Show your support by signing the banner at the Library Mall on March 7.
VIP Tour of the College Park Center
The Leadership Center held a VIP tour exclusively for the the Leadership Academy Members. It included a question and answer session with Director Sharon Carey about the construction of the Center and about leadership styles and the challenges of being
a minority in her industry.
Be a part of the Homecoming excitement with the Leadership Center! On Friday February 10th we will be supporting our Chili Chili Bang Bang which won 3rd place in last year's cook-off. Participants are also needed to walk by the Leadership Center golf cart in the Homecoming Parade and volunteer at our arts & crafts table at the Homecoming Festival. To participate in any of these events, contact Ify Okonkwo at email@example.com
to see all the homecoming activities.