POTEAU–Sheryl Lovelady, Director of the N.E.W. Leadership Institute, visited Carl Albert State College to speak with a group of CASC students about the opportunities available through the N.E.W. program.
Lovelady explained that the Institute, a part of the Carl Albert Center at the University of Oklahoma, is a highly selective program that gives undergraduate college women the knowledge and skills to become effective leaders in public service and elective office.
Approximately 35 undergraduates representing students from across Oklahoma are chosen annually to attend the five-day leadership institute in Norman. Lovelady stated the program is an opportunity to educate, inspire and empower Oklahoma women.
The leadership program has been in existence since 2002, however last year was the first time a CASC student was selected. Austin Christopher represented Carl Albert State College, and Lovelady stated she hopes another CASC student will apply and be selected this year.
One of the special features of the program is the involvement of mentors with the students. Past mentors have included elected officials, tribal legislators, nonprofit leaders, political activists and educators. The program does not cost the students anything because it is supported by foundations, corporations, and individual donors.
Dr. Brandon Webb, CASC President, stated his full support for the program and the opportunities provided to students across Oklahoma.
“It was indeed an honor to have Austin represent Carl Albert State College, and we certainly look forward to many more CASC students participating in the future,” Webb said.
Any undergraduate women enrolled in any Oklahoma college or university for 2011-2012 may apply. To apply for the N.E.W. Leadership Institute, go to www.ou.edu/wli. The Application deadline is Friday, March 16, 2012 to be considered for participation in the May 18-22, 2012 Institute.