AMERICUS (May 18, 2012)—Georgia Southwestern State University (GSW) student Raven Snipes is the latest to complete the University System of Georgia’s student-leadership program – L3: Leaving a Legacy of Leadership. A senior from Butler, Snipes is majoring in business management.
The L3 Summit is a statewide, five-day conference that is held each summer. Snipes attend in the summer of 2011. It focuses on leadership development and goal-setting in an effort to help emerging leaders become vital contributors to their college campuses. The Summit is based on Ken Blanchard's “Situational Leadership” theory.
“At the Summit, there were many great tips on leadership, teamwork, managing different types of people and learning how to adapt,” Snipes said. “We learned in a group setting with students from other schools. It was a wonderful experience, and I would go again any day.”
Each participant must devise a “Leadership Plan” with a list of goals to implement on his or her home campus. Student projects are deemed complete following an evaluation by L3 advisors at the end of the year.
Snipes’ goal was to increase membership of GSW’s Sigma Alpha Pi chapter. Sigma Alpha Pi is a national leadership society with more than 200 college chapters aimed at building leaders who make a better world. To be elgible for membership, students most hold a minimum grade point average of 2.5 or better.
“Inductees have a history of simply using their membership status to build up their resumes,” Snipes added. “My goal was to help our members become more involved on campus.”
The vice president for Student Affairs on each campus decides the selection process for participants in this program. At GSW, upperclassmen that show significant leadership potential are eligible for nomination. Snipes has illustrated her gift as a leader while serving as a Resident Assistant (RA). She was nominated to attend the L3 Summit last summer by Tiffany Gregory, GSW director of Residence Life.
“Raven works very hard at whatever task is placed before her, and she goes above and beyond the call of duty,” Gregory said of Snipes. “She is very involved with Residence Life, several campus organizations and the local community. Raven is an exceptional leader, and it was a privilege to nominate her for this leadership program.”
In December, Snipes will receive a Bachelor of Business Administration in management. To prepare herself for the field, she has been working as an intern with the local Sherwin Williams store. After graduation, she would like to continue working for the company and maybe pursue graduate school.
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