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Aiken Technical College Expands Opportunities for Student Leaders with Launch of Student Leadership Council

Student Leadership Council Members

PHOTO: Members of Aiken Technical College’s Student Leadership Council participated in an all-day leadership retreat earlier this semester. Pictured from left to right: (Back row) Campus Ambassadors Siara Wallace and Taziyana Braxton; Student Veterans Association President Joel Wightman; and Campus Ambassador Jack Hostettler. (Front row): Student Government Association Vice President Victoria Robins; Phi Theta Kappa President Ashley Morgan and Vice President Linda Martens; Student Government Association President Melissa Gentz, and Campus Ambassador Donneshia Bell. Not pictured: Student Veterans Association Vice President Wanda Holden, Campus Ambassadors Kristen Owens, Gerry McKie and Cheryl Taylor, and Christian Life Club representative Paul Reason.


(March 6, 2015, Aiken, SC) Students at Aiken Technical College recently gained a new opportunity for leadership development with the formation of ATC’s Student Leadership Council, a student leadership team created to bring together the leaders of ATC’s clubs and organizations.
The council is made up of representatives of ATC’s Student Government Association (SGA), Campus Ambassador Program, Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society (PTK), Student Veterans Association (SVA) and Christian Life Club. Together, these students work collaboratively to better engage students on campus and represent the interests of the student population.  
“The goal of the Student Leadership Council is to give students opportunities to exchange ideas, collaborate on initiatives, and work toward common goals, all while growing professionally,” said ATC Marketing & Student Experience Manager Anna Dolianitis.  “Students not only have the opportunity to develop their leadership skills, but their enthusiasm and involvement on campus creates an environment in which all students can feel connected and engaged.”
SLC members meet periodically throughout the semester, and use their SLC network frequently as an opportunity to share ideas and best practices, as well as to gain ideas and input from other groups.
“By coming together with other student leaders as one council, we are able to learn from one another and offer ideas and assistance to other groups to make ideas become a reality,” said SGA Vice President Victoria Robins.  “I’ve learned that in order to be a good leader, you have to also be a good follower and be willing to both learn from and teach others.”
SLC students kicked off their first semester as a group with an all-day weekend retreat off-campus. During the retreat, student leaders worked on their teambuilding skills, assessed their leadership styles and discussed common goals to better serve ATC’s student population.
“I learned a lot at the Student Leadership Council retreat, and it was a great experience to get to know the other student leaders and work together toward common goals,” said PTK President Ashley Morgan.  “It helped me to feel more connected to other students and share ways to get involved.  It’s always good to learn from other people and grow as a leader.”
While some SLC members belong to multiple clubs or organizations, each SLC member represents one club or organization on the council.  The Spring 2015 SLC members are: Melissa Gentz and Victoria Robins, Student Government Association; Ashley Morgan and Linda Martens, Phi Theta Kappa; Donneshia Bell, Taziyana Braxton, Jack Hostettler, Gerry McKie, Kristen Owens, Cheryl Taylor and Siara Wallace, Campus Ambassador Program; Joel Wightman and Wanda Holden, Student Veterans Association; and Paul Reason, Christian Life Club. 
“The SLC has been a way for us to get to know other student leaders, work together and build friendships,” said SVA President Joel Wightman.  “It is a great chance to network and share with other students all of the activities, student organizations, and opportunities available at ATC.”
The SLC will provide students opportunities to participate in professional development activities, community service projects, leadership conferences and more.  Members will also participate in listening sessions with college leadership to share student ideas and give feedback.   
SLC members are nominated by their club or organization advisor and serve until they graduate.

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