Randolph-Macon College first-year
Leadership Fellows and
Service Fellows participated in the 9th Annual Emerging Leaders Weekend
July 25-27, 2014 on campus. Under the guidance of Assistant Dean of Students James
McGhee, Assistant Director of Student Life Jayme Watkins, and 13 mentors, 42 students
learned what it takes to be an effective leader and to serve the community.
Through sessions such as “What is Leadership?” “The Life Line Activity,” and “The
7 C’s of Leadership,” students learned that the Leadership Fellows program is guided
by theories of leadership including the Social Change Model, Servant Leadership,
and Relational Leadership. They also explored the roles that personality, gender,
and diversity play in being an effective leaders.
The Service Fellows spent a great deal of time working on servant leadership and
preparing for the Stop Hunger Now project. Stop Hunger Now takes place November
9, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. in the Brock Center. The goal is to raise $5000, which will
allow volunteers to package more than 20,000 meals to benefit school feeding programs.
A staff member from Stop Hunger Now spoke to students about the program—its history,
the meal-packaging process, and how Stop Hunger Now selects who the meals are delivered
to. Students also learned about fundraising ideas and how to get the campus involved.
“The Leadership Fellows program is designed to build upon itself year after year,
with students helping to direct their own personal experiences as well as educate
their peers,” says McGhee. “Emerging Leaders Weekend is a great way for students
to begin to explore a complex understanding of leadership and/or service. It is
not about holding a position or going out to help your neighbor. Leadership is about
connecting with other people and working together to create change as an ongoing
and inclusive process, and service is about understanding the contexts and root
cause of social needs. Often, this is the first opportunity that students have to
dig into these two core components of the Randolph-Macon experience, and it is always
rewarding to watch them grow and develop as leaders and socially conscious servants.”
Living and Learning
Participants, who were housed in
Andrews Residence Hall, shared meals, did teambuilding projects, and met
with leadership mentors—R-MC upperclassmen. Watkins says the weekend was successful
because it was fun, challenging, and rewarding—much like leadership itself.
“Emerging Leaders Weekend is always an amazing opportunity for our students to grow
and develop,” says Watkins, who also oversees the
SERVE (Students Engaging in Responsible Volunteer Experiences) program and
student organizations and co-advises the
“Having upperclassmen serve as mentors brings it all full circle, with students
helping students. It’s a wonderful opportunity for new Yellow Jackets to learn from