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August 2008

Release Date: Aug. 27, 2008

ASU Honors Program Getting Civic-Minded

The Angelo State University Honors Council has initiated a new program aimed at grooming selected Honors students into better leaders, with the ultimate goal of landing them on local community and civic boards and committees.

To kick off the program, the council has invited 40 ASU Honors students to participate in the first Honors Council Leadership Forum on Saturday, Sept. 13. During the forum, students will attend sessions on leadership skills, communication skills, personal goal setting, group effectiveness and community service project planning. Guest speakers will include ASU President Dr. Joseph Rallo and San Angelo Mayor J.W. Lown.

The council will then invite various local community boards to extend membership to the top 10 ranked students from the forum.

“This program is targeted to students to develop a better understanding of leadership, effective communication and the importance of community service involvement,” said Dr. Steve Reames, ASU professor and Honors Council member. “Conversely, we also strongly feel that through feedback from the students, we may identify persons of interest who would actively engage themselves with the long-term strategic goals of the ASU Honors Council.”

The ASU forum is being conducted through collaboration with the John Ben Sheppard Public Leadership Institute program at the University of Texas-Permian Basin. A similar program is offered to local high school students through Leadership San Angelo.