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CSU hosts Ninth Grade Nation: Lead the Change Day

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Ninth Grade Nation

Charleston Southern University will host Ninth Grade Nation: Lead the Change Day 2014 on Thursday, April 3.

Students from Burke, Stall and St. John's high schools will attend the day-long event. The event is designed to help high school students develop leadership skills. The high schools will be challenged to “set the positive climates – in athletics, the classroom, at home and in their local neighborhoods.

“Good leaders are not passive,” said Clark Carter, dean of students at Charleston Southern University. “They assert leadership through their actions and spoken words.”

Carter will employ lessons from Habitudes – Images That Form Leadership Habits and Attitudes by Dr. Tim Elmore. “People are either thermometers or thermostats. They will merely reflect the climate around them, or they will set it. Leaders develop values and principles to live by and set the tone for others.”

Betsy Bolick, director of women’s ministry, will continue the theme with a discussion on Elmore’s leadership lesson called the Iceberg. Elmore wrote, The iceberg is a great picture of leadership because so much of our influence comes from qualities we can't see from the outside, 90 percent of leadership is made up of our character.

“It is impossible for people to rise up and lead others if they have no clue who they are,” said Bolick. “I will be talking about how the inside of a person matters more than what is seen by the eye; particularly, focusing on self-identity and sharing my own story.”

Following the leadership presentations the three Lowcountry high schools will participate in a Tug-of-War competition to demonstrate what they’ve learned and how to put it in practice.

The event will be from 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. in the Brewer Center on the campus of Charleston Southern University. For more information, contact Dr. Rick Brewer, vice president of student affairs and athletics, at 843-863-7503 or at rbrewer@csuniuv.edu.

Charleston Southern is one of South Carolina’s largest accredited, independent universities, enrolling 3,300 students. CSU has been named to America’s 100 Best College Buys, Military Friendly Schools, America’s Best Christian Colleges, VA Yellow Ribbon Program and the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. The University’s vision is to be a Christian university nationally recognized for integrating faith in learning, leading and serving.



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