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PSU student conference focuses on leadership

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Student conference focuses on leadership

Students from across the Pittsburg State University campus will sharpen their leadership skills on Saturday, Feb. 1, at the annual Basic Leadership Training (BLT) conference, held in the Overman Student Center.

BLT is planned each year by students in PSU’s Presidential Emerging Leaders Program (PELP). The conference, open to all PSU students, includes a variety of workshops that explore aspects of leadership.

“The university experience at PSU provides students a wide range of opportunities to develop and practice leadership,” said Meagan Smejdir, Greek adviser and program coordinator for campus activities. “Clubs, organizations and other groups all allow students to become leaders and build skills that will help them throughout their professional lives.”

For the students in PELP, planning the conference is in itself a leadership learning activity.

“Junior students in the four-year Presidential Emerging Leaders program plan BLT,” Smejdir said. “The students plan every aspect of BLT. They choose the keynote speaker, workshop speakers, conference activities, and even the food served during the conference.”

The conference runs from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. The keynote speaker is Sylvia C. Hall, a motivational speaker from Kansas City. Breakout sessions cover topics like promotion, intercultural communication, resumes, graduate school, and servant leadership.

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