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College Life Self defense course Step Up returns to Wesleyan Leadership program calls

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September 23, 2009

those ready to rise above

Jonathan Resendez

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Master Chance Burleson demonstrates karate techniques in a Legends Children’s Class. Conner Howell

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Kelly Neace, resident assistant at Wesleyan Village, will host a hands-on self defense program Sept. 30. The program will be presented by Chance Burleson,

a sixth degree black belt and co-founder of Legends Martial Arts Karate School. The focus of the program is the concept of awareness and the demonstration of practical ways to stay safe in dangerous situations. “The presentation is ex-

tremely entertaining as well as educational,” Neace said. Burleson will even be breaking some bricks in his demonstration. The program will be at 8 p.m. Sept. 30 at the Wesleyan Village Clubhouse and is open to all.

Presented by Dr. and Mrs. Harold Jeffcoat and Trustee Jan Fersing

Fall President’s Council and Music Scholarship Benefit Concert

Courtesy of Pat Burleson

Neace suggests bringing comfortable clothing to move around in. “This will be the second time he brings this program to Wesleyan,” Neace said, “and I would like as many students as possible to take advantage of this opportunity.”

The new Wesleyan Leadership Certificate program focuses on purpose, courage and humility and is open to all Wesleyan students, faculty and staff. To receive a certificate, members must attend a set amount of workshops and meetings, perform five hours of community service and write a reflection paper about the experience. “It’s something to maybe list on a resume, but the important part is the information,” said Michael Chaney, coordinator of student activities and volunteerism, who is directing the leadership program. The purpose of the workshops is to provide relevant knowledge and skills pertaining to different areas of leadership, according to the program’s handbook. In addition to a mandatory workshop, participants may pick and choose from other workshops with topics ranging from public speaking and goal setting to handling failure. “It’s designed to give students the chance to practice leadership,” Chaney said. “Practice makes perfect. If they apply it to everything it becomes natural.” The program’s design keeps students participating in a variety of activities on

top of going to class. “Employers are looking for students who did more than just go to class,” he said. This is the biggest obstacle for some students. “Having time to do everything will definitely be my biggest obstacle,” said Mindy Pospichal, sophomore finance and marketing major. Also featured are café discussions, which are a supplement to the workshops and give students a chance to interact more, Chaney said. Assisting a food bank and organizing a campus cleanup are two of the possible community service ideas. The community service acts as an opportunity for the students to help others while contemplating the relationship between leadership and service, Chaney said. “They are bettering themselves and those around them.” Chaney said the program is currently an extracurricular activity, but will hopefully develop into a class. Registration for the program is at the beginning of each semester, and seats are still available for the workshops. For more information on the program and a list of workshop dates, contact Michael Chaney at 817-5314870 or mchaney@txwes. edu.

LULAC reaches out to campus, community Conner Howell

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featuring

Of Many COlOrs A vocal ensemble bringing together diverse ethnicities in a singular expression of spirit

• Treat Your Family and Friends to a Night to Remember — A Great Way to Introduce Them to Your Campus • Enjoy Refreshments at the After-Show Party at 8:45 • Valet Parking, The Concert, and the After Party are All Presented frEE Of CHarGE!!!

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Friday, October 2 7:30 p.m. Nicholas Martin Hall

Since its founding almost two years ago, the League of United Latin American Citizens continues to promote student success and cultural awareness through new outreach programs. “I started LULAC in 2007 in order to unite the Hispanic population at Wesleyan because, although there are organizations [at Wesleyan], there was no organization that could bring us all together,” said Nathaniel Gagnon, LULAC president. On a cultural level, the group wants to bring clarity to what the term Hispanic represents. “A lot of people think that Hispanics are Mexican,” he said, “but Mexico is only one of several Latin American countries. I myself am Ecuadorian.” Through events such as Hispanic Heritage Week, LULAC distinguishes the specific cultures that make up the Hispanic community of Wesleyan and the United States, he said. “We’re trying to raise awareness, raise facts and let people know that we have are own unique cultures,” Gagnon said. Gagnon said the focus of the council’s events is to facilitate social networking and to develop the professional community at Wesleyan. “We want students to have a sense of belonging, a sense of family, which was seriously lacking before we started,” he said. But the group’s top priority is academic achievement. “The main reason we’re at college is to graduate,” Ga-

Courtesy of Nathaniel Gagnon LULAC officers and members gather at the Unity Cook Out. The group focuses on bringing members a sense of family.

gnon said, “and so far every member we’ve had has graduated, a couple of them with honors.” The group wants to further the idea of scholarship and cultural heritage with not only college students but high school students as well. “We’re working with Poly High School to start a high school version of LULAC there,” Gagnon said. Along with their local community focus, Gagnon said that LULAC is fundamentally a political organization with an emphasis on immigration rights, voter registration drives and political awareness among different interest groups. “People complain all the time that we don’t get the leadership we want, but when you don’t vote you’re not gonna get the leadership you want,” he said. And leadership is a quality LULAC wants to endorse. According to Gagnon, LULAC is raising money to offer a scholarship fund. The scholarship will cover

the first semester’s books for any incoming freshman who demonstrates a financial need, leadership qualities and becomes a member of any student organization at Wesleyan. Through a cooperative effort, LULAC members will team up with the faculty and staff of local high schools to promote the LULAC scholarship fund. Efforts will center around encouraging young students to continue their education at Wesleyan. Freshman students will have to submit an essay on why they want to be a leader and the grades they achieved in high school. “We want them to get involved on campus and show that leaders can come from anywhere,” he said. For more information on LULAC you can attend one of the meetings every first and third Tuesday of each month in Suite 218 in O.C. Hall or contact Nathaniel Gagnon at gagnon_nathaniel@yahoo. com.


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