Leadership Competition

Stretching student leaders to the boundaries of their knowledge, skills, and abilities

Students love to compete and perform. It is inconceivable to ask a college athlete to practice hard but not have the opportunity to compete. Imagine how difficult it would be to recruit students to join the debate team if the students never competed against other teams. Substitute the word performance for competition and the logic still holds. It doesn’t make any sense for students to spend weeks and weeks preparing for a music recital or a theatre performance without the expectation and excitement of performing before a live audience.

Yet there is no robust “practice field” where students can apply learning in a context that challenges and stretches them to the boundaries of their knowledge, skills, and abilities. The Oskin Leadership Institute, along with faculty from John Carroll University in Cleveland, Ohio, aimed to address this gap in the field of leader development. The two universities are collaborating with five other universities to create a high impact education experience that hone and enhance a student’s behavioral skills and cognitive competencies. The Collegiate Leadership Competition (CLC) is creating an exciting and challenging leadership competition for students who want to develop their leadership muscles.

Two Components of the Competition

  1. Assessment of Leadership Knowledge (30% of score)
    All teams have agreed upon a list of 13 leadership terms that each student will need to learn, understand, and recognize. Using a game format (think Jeopardy), the students will be challenged to know and see each of these 13  core concepts.
  2. Demonstration of Leadership Skills and Behaviors (70% of score)
    The bulk of the competition place students in situations where they needed to exhibit a wide range of leadership skills and behaviors. These “events” included challenging the participating students to lead under the stress of a deadline or confounding variable.

Widener Competitors

The 2016 competition will take place on April 8 and 9 in Cleveland, Ohio: Seven students were selected by the Oskin Leadership Institute to compete on behalf of Widener University:

Audrey RuckerAudrey Rucker is a sophomore communication studies major from Coatesville, Pa. She is a High School Leadership Award recipient, an Apogee Scholar and has earned her leadership certificate from Widener. Rucker also plays volleyball and serves on the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC). James FeeleyJames Feeley is a junior business management major from Philadelphia, Pa. He is vice president of Meta Chi fraternity and co-founded club soccer at Widener.
Nicole GiletteNicole Gilette is a senior biology and biochemistry major from Audubon, Pa. She is the past president of the Student Government Association and a PSC/Bonner Scholar.
Dante DiBattistaDante DiBattista is a junior psychology major from Cherry Hill, N.J. He is a graduate of the "Leadershape Institute" and a brother of Alpha Tau Omega, the national leadership fraternity.
Jessica HelwigJessica Helwig is a junior business management major from Reinholds, Pa. She has earned her leadership certificate from the Oskin Institute and she is actively involved in the Society for Human Resource Management. Tori RemondelliTori Remondelli is a senior mechanical engineering major from Point Pleasant, N.J. Remondelli is the captain of the men’s soccer team, founder of ENGinE (a nonprofit organization of engineering students working to improve the quality of life of various cultures through engineering projects), and the former president of Widener’s Engineers Without Borders.
Alyssa HortonAlyssa Horton is a junior business management major from Pemberton, N.J. She is a High School Leadership Award recipient and an Apogee Scholar.
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