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October 21, 2010

IMPACT students attend leadership conference


IMPACT studentsRecognized for their potential leadership ability, eight students in Cowley College’s IMPACT program attended the MO-KAN-NE Adult Student Leadership Conference last Friday through Sunday at the Kansas City Marriott Country Club Plaza in Kansas City, MO.

Dianne Flickinger, English specialist in the IMPACT program, accompanied the students on the trip, as did her husband, Cowley art instructor, Mark Flickinger.

While at the conference, the students had an opportunity to listen to speakers Dr. Terrence Freeman and Jeff McGoy. The message was students can overcome obstacles and become leaders.

Dianne was impressed with the speakers’ presentations, especially that of McGoy.

“”He could really relate to our students and has been where they have been,” Flickinger said. “He was so good I would like to have him speak at Cowley.”

There were also sessions on diversity and multiculturalism.

“The sessions told students to accept everyone as people and not as their label,” Flickinger said.

Another interesting part of the conference was the panel discussions regarding books such as “9 Things a Leader Must Do”.

The conference helped students make connections with other students and served as leaders meeting other leaders.

Along with the work done at the conference, there was also free time for the students to enjoy the sights of the Plaza. The group ate at the Brio Tuscan Grill on the Plaza on Friday night as part of their cultural experience. They also attended an Open Mic activity at the Trio Coffee House, where two of Cowley’s IMPACT students read poems and a third performed stand-up comedy.

“This was a new experience for a lot of the students,” Flickinger said. “I really enjoyed making a connection with the students.”

As part of the conference, the students received a free bag and notebook. IMPACT students from Cowley were, Deidra Fountain, Tyler Gilbert, Martin Glenn, Jessica Hayden, DeAngelo Hollingsworth, Brad Luthe, Brittany Robinson, and Tiffany Wilcox.

There were 12 colleges represented and more than 100 students at the conference.

“Meeting other leaders was the best part for them, they would like to come back to the conference again next year,” Flickinger said.

The IMPACT Student Support Services TRIO program is an academic program designed to help students graduate from Cowley College and/or transfer to a four-year university.

The program offers a variety of free services to help students be successful and meet their educational goals.