Applications for the 2003 class of Leadership Guides are now available for students who are interested in developing leadership skills and contributing to campus organizations.
The Leadership Guide program was developed in Fall 2000 as a resource team to support students and campus organizations.
Guides are undergraduate students committed to serving the university community as a peer resource team. Any freshman, sophomore or junior with at least a 2.5 grade point average is eligible to apply for the program.
"We will go to different organizations and present programs on topics such as team building, communication and diversity," said Amy Ibach, a graduate assistant in leadership development.
The resources and services provided by Leadership Guides are open to any student or organization. All services and programs provided are free of charge.
Jesse Hinch, a senior guide, said she feels the program has allowed her to see how organizations can help each other and has also exposed her to networking opportunities on campus.
"Leadership Guides has helped me develop skills as an individual and as a leader," Hinch said. "It has also helped me meet other students who are involved on campus."
An interview process will consist of informal activities such as group interaction. Applicants will also speak with members of the Leadership Development Office and current Leadership Guides. Those selected to participate in the program will be notified the week following the interviews.
New guides are required to register for a leadership course called Emerging Leaders during Spring semester 2003. The class is a three credit-hour course taken as pass/fail.
"Students who are leaders face a lot of challenges, and what they learn in the class can be applied to those situations," said Will Carver, a graduate assistant in leadership development.
The class involves required readings, class discussions and dealing with hypothetical situations one might face as a campus leader.
Carver said he feels the class and the Leadership Guide program are a great opportunity for students to get involved.
Applications are due Nov. 4. Students can apply online at web.utk.edu/~leader or pick up an application in 315F UC.