Leadership Seminar by US Marine Corps was held at JCSU

Charlotte, NC. September 5, 2018. This year the US Marine Corps brought “Marine Week” to Charlotte. As part of its series of events, Johnson C. Smith University was identified as one of the college hosts for the US Marine Corps Leadership Seminars. The event was held on September 5th at the New Science Center and counted with the participation of more than 90 individuals including staff, faculty, students and members from the external community.

From 8:30 am to 2:00 pm, the attendants spent the day learning new concepts around leadership, sharing the newly acquired content with each other through interactive dynamics, and maintaining conversations with the presenters about life as a marine and how their skills can be applied in everyday life at a personal and professional level.

The United States Marine Corps is known worldwide for developing leadership, courage, tenacity, and teamwork. These are all skills that help individuals stand out from competition anywhere they go. The participants of the Seminar had an opportunity to learn more about making decisions, solving problems, and ethical leadership. These seminars are an outreach effort to showcase Marine Corps Leadership to select, diverse colleges and universities in the United States.

The workshop was highly dynamic and included team building exercises in small groups, as well as in depth conversation with the presenters. During the panel discussion, the audience were invited to ask questions directly to the Marine Corps Leadership Seminar instructors.  The day concluded with the reflections of the Keynote Speaker, Larry Hall, JCSU’s Alum and Secretary for the North Carolina Department of Military and Veterans Affairs.  Secretary Hall, who was a decorated commissioned officer in the United States Marine Corps, is a 1978 graduate of Johnson C. Smith University.

“It was an honor to serve as the liaison between Metropolitan College of Professional Studies, Academic and Student Support Services, and the US Marine Corps in order make sure this great opportunity was brought to our campus,” said Dr. Cheryl Curtis, Director, Educational Enhancement Services for the college and Dedicated Veteran Advocate for the university.

Dr. Laura McLean, Dean of Metropolitan College of Professional Studies, encouraged her staff and students to participate in this valuable training session. Dr. McLean thanked the US Marine Corps for bringing their spirit of service and leadership to the campus of Johnson C. Smith University.

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