Written by Michael Rouleau
Willimantic, Conn. - Eastern Connecticut State University's Office of Student Activities held the first session of "Tracks to Teamwork," a series of group leadership development workshops, on Jan. 27. The program will cover four different topics from January to April--one topic presented twice per month. January's topic is titled "Conducting a Successful Program," and was presented again on Jan. 29 at 3 p.m. at the Student Center Theatre.
"What we wanted to do with this series was branch out and go beyond clubs and organizations," said Christopher Ambrosio, assistant to the director of the Office of Student Activities. "The series is open to all who may find themselves in a leadership role, whether in the classroom, clubs or athletics."
"I've been dealing with campus clubs and organizations for a couple of years now," said Ambrosio. "I've noticed a lot of people run into the same problems when it comes to conducting events and programs." In Ambrosio's experience, when student leaders visit his office for advice, they often mention a disconnect between the planning of a given event and the reality of that event.
When planning a program or event, Ambrosio suggested defining the mission and goals first. He also emphasized creating an atmosphere for each event. Is it inviting? Is there music? How is the lighting? Is the area clearly labeled as the site of the event? Thirdly, he discussed "understanding the situation," noting what is and is not working. The session concluded with suggestions for promotion and online resources for planning and running programs, such as reserving meeting space through the Registrar's webpage, using the copy center for free printing, and posting events on Eastern's official event calendar.
The next topics for "Tracks to Teamwork" are "All Aboard: A Guide to Recruitment and Retention" on Feb. 10 and 12, "Get Your Finances on Track" on March 24 and 26, and "Executive Board Training" on April 14 and 16. For more information, visit the Office of Student Activities' website.