Semester Schedule Overview
Throughout the fall, ELP students meet weekly within their KC, participate in a "Leadership and Life Skills" workshop series and special-topic programs (see below). As part of putting leadership into practice, new student participants initiate, develop and implement a service-learning project centered on their KC theme. There are special opportunities for all ELP participants to come together at selected times through the fall semester for both community building and professional development events. These include:
- The ELP Kick Off program, scheduled for 3:15-6:00 p.m. Friday, Aug.28, which includes activities to connect and begin the fall program.
- The ELP Field Day, scheduled for 4:30-5:30 p.m. Friday, September 4, provided as a community-building event for all ELP student participants.
- The Student Leadership Panel, scheduled for 5:00-6:00 p.m. on Friday, October 2, providing time to meet, network and learn about leadership challenges and opportunities through the eyes of current student leaders
- The Administrative Leadership Panel, scheduled for 5-6pm on Monday, October 19, providing an opportunity to interact and hear from some Binghamton University administrators who practice leadership every day through their campus roles.
- The Leadership-in-Action networking program, scheduled for 4:30-6:30 p.m. Friday, November 6, provided as an opportunity to interact and network in individual and small group discussions with senior-level faculty, staff, alumni and community leaders, to discuss insights and perspectives about leadership.
- The Poster Symposium and Closing Program, scheduled for 4:15-6:15 p.m. Friday, December 4 where the ELP new students in each KC present their service-learning project activities, culminating in the awarding of certificates and a closing ceremony, followed by a final KC team meeting (during the week of December 9-13).
New student participant attendance is required at all six of the programs listed above
Expected Time Commitment and Activities
In order to maximize the ELP experience, new students need to commit to being actively involved in the various ELP program opportunities. ELP student participants should expect to spend approximately TWO hours/week involved with the program.
The following highlights anticipated time commitments and requirements for attainment of the ELP program certificate:
- attendance at one-hour weekly KC meeting throughout the fall semester (meeting times for the fall '15 KCs are posted here: www.binghamton.edu/emerging-leaders/knowledgecommunities )
- five one-hour "Leadership and Life Skills" workshops offered regularly until mid November (participants must attend a total of five workshops through the semester, one of which is offered during a weekly KC meeting). Required workshop attendance topics include presentation and public speaking skills, professionalism and networking, and group dynamics. Optional workshops (students choose two) will cover topics such as communication skills, conflict resolution and personality styles, leadership and ethics, optimizing your time, and more. Specific workshop titles and dates will be announced at the beginning of the fall semester, as part of the "attend 5" certificate requirements.
- professional development and social themed ELP-wide events (listed above, under "Semester Schedule Overview"). Students must attend each of these six programs (Kick-Off, Field Day, Student Leadership Panel, Administrative Leadership Panel, Leadership in Action and Poster Symposium/Closing).
- group time spent outside your weekly KC meeting, working on your Service Learning Project with the local community - timing varies
- Time spent preparing your team presentation, video presentation component and poster for the ELP Poster Symposium/Closing - timing varies.
- Individual meetings with KC Leadership Team members: Periodic individual meetings with your ELP Mentors, Faculty and Staff Program Advisors (to discuss your interests, questions, the KC, leadership topics, campus resources, etc.)