Leadership in the Jesuit Tradition may be defined as the following: Leadership is an overflow of spirit that inspires and influences others to join together to achieve worthy purposes.
We aspire that all members of our Rockhurst community be encouraged and supported to fully grow and mature as individuals and leaders. Our desire is to call each of our students to achieve the following objectives:
- Understand your uniqueness. Develop your capabilities, your values, and your worldview.
- Develop life-long skills in self-examination focused on aligning actions with core values and personal goals.
- Motivate yourself and others to recognize and pursue worthy aims.
- Confidently innovate and adapt to lead with integrity in a changing world.
- Through service to others, learn to engage others with a positive, loving attitude.
At Rockhurst University, leader development is the unifying force of Rockhurst's educational mission. Our mandate is to “achieve national recognition for leader formation through integrative learning experiences that prepare the student for life-long transformational service."
Many opportunities are available to students who have the desire to enhance their leadership skills and experiences. One of those ways is to apply to be a family & alumni weekend coordinator, orientation leader, orientation loogistic coordinator, PEERS coordinator, resident assistant, and or social mentor. This process begins in early December and applications are due on January 23, 2015. Interviews will be held the weeks following and students will be notified shortly thereafter regarding the selection process.
Student Leader Application Checklist
In order to be considered for a student leader position as an orientation leader, orientation logistic coordinator, PEERS coordinator, resident assistant, family and alumni weekend coordinator, and/or social mentor you must complete the three step process, have a minimum 2.5 cumulative grade point average and not be on disciplinary probation level 1 or 2. A students application is complete when:
1. The online application is complete. Complete the online application by clicking here.
2. Sign up for an interview for EACH position for which you are applying. Once your online application is complete you will receive an email with links to sign up for interviews for each position. If you are applying for more than one position, you will have more than one interview.
3. Complete the FERPA waiver, there is a link and instructions in the email you receive once you complete your online application.
Complete ALL steps before January 23, 2015 at 4:30 pm
Orientation leader and orientation logistic coordinator contact Angie Carr Robinett, director of student life
Family and alumni Weekend coordinator and PEERS Coordinator, contact Riley O'Dell, assistant director of student life
Resident assistants contact Emily Kempf, assistant director of residence life
Social mentors should contact Elbert Darden, assistant director of the counseling center
A description of each position is below as well.
Family & Alumni Weekend Coordinator
The Family and Alumni weekend Coordinators work closely with the Assistant Director of Student Life and the Assistant Director for Alumni and Constituent Relations to plan and execute Rockhursts Family and Alumni weekend. The weekend is normally held toward the end of September and is a time for Rockhurst Family, Alumni and Friends to return to campus and celebrate Rockhurst spirit. Two Coordinators are normally selected and they will meet throughout the Spring 2015 semester with staff to plan the weekend, help publicize and provide the voice of the students for the weekends festivities. The Fall 2015 semester is busy putting final touches for the weekend and the weekend is a whirlwind experience executing all of the hard work. Students who have a passion for Rockhurst and planning and who are creative and energetic would be great Family and Alumni Weekend Coordinators.
Orientation Leaders help implement the orientation program by leading a group of new students through the new student orientation process and new students first few days on campus. All current RU students are eligible to apply. Leaders participate in training programs to prepare them for small group leadership, educate them on RU facts and incoming student questions, as well as provide them with an understanding of effective group facilitation. Orientation is a four-day, three night on-campus program that introduces the new students to academic life, spirit and traditions and allows the opportunity to meet other incoming students, faculty, staff, and student leaders. Students who have a passion and love for RU, want to make a difference to incoming students, are energetic, positive and willing to learn would be great candidates for orientation leader positions.
Orientation Logistic Coordinator (L.C.'s)
Orientation Logistic Coordinators are in charge of the behind the scenes logistical aspects of the orientation program in the fall. Candidates must have been an orientation leader previously. Logistic Coordinators (L.C.'s) work during the training in August and during the four day program with the Orientation Coordinators on room set up, audio visual set up and trouble shooting, setting up and cleaning up events, taking pictures of events and putting together daily slide shows as well as other duties that arise to make sure Orientation runs effectively. Students with are detail oriented, can see work that needs to be done and will do it without being told, enjoy working behind the scenes would make great candidates for Orientation Logistic Coordinators.
PEERS stands for Positively Educating Each Rockhurst Student and the purpose of PEERS is to promote healthy lifestyles and educate students on important topics including but not limited to healthy eating, exercise, alcohol and other drug education, sexual violence prevention, and other needs the students see as important topics. Two coordinators will be selected . Students who have a passion for the aforementioned topics, are organized, have excellent communication skills and great follow through would be great candidates for these leadership positions.
Resident Assistants (RAs) live on each Residence hall floor and work with other Residence hall and University staff to foster a community environment within the Residence halls that promotes the educational experience of residential living. The RA articulates the philosophy and policies of the Office of Residence Life and the University to his/her residents, and in turn, represents the needs of the students to the administration. The Resident Assistant position combines many roles: information resource, activities organizer, liaison to the Office of Residence Life, counselor, adviser, and friend.
Social Mentors is a program designed to provide social events for freshmen during their first semester on campus. The events are a way for the new students to get adjusted to Rockhurst and Kansas City and get involved in an alcohol-free environment. Each mentor has a group of 12-15 freshmen students for which they plan events and provide support.
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