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WSLs Visit Charleston, Serve as Ambassadors and Volunteer at Events

Monday, March 02, 2015

WCE's Watson Student Leaders (WSL) traveled to Charleston on Feb. 27 for a three-day visit that included a tour of the College of Charleston to learn about a different educational focus, and a tour of the city to learn about Charleston's history.

Thirty-eight WSLs participated in the enrichment program.

The students produced a video chronicling their activities and knowledge gained during the trip. One program they found interesting is the College of Charleston's Call Me MISTER Program. MISTER is an acronym for Mentors Instructing Students Toward Effective Role Models. The program, originally developed at Clemson University, seeks to increase the pool of available teachers from a broader more diverse background particularly among South Carolina's lowest performing elementary schools. Participants are selected from under-served, socio-economically disadvantaged communities, and provided tuition assistance, job placement and other support as they complete undergraduate work toward a degree in education.

Amy Rottmann, WCE's director of student engagement and recruitment, coordinated the Charleston trip.

View the Charleston video here >

WSLs Serve as Ambassadors and Aid in Student Recruitment

ValBy March 1, WCE's Watson Student Leaders had completed a total of 599 hours on student recruitment in support of the college. These efforts continued throughout March.

WSLs hosted hands-on workshops on March 6 for high school students who visited the college to participate in a Future Teachers Program event. Over spring break, students visited their alumni high schools to promote UNCW, the Watson College of Education and the teaching profession. On March 20, students greeted attendees at an open house for aspiring teachers, and spoke with students touring campus during a Just Juniors event for high school students, coordinated by UNCW.

WSLs Volunteer in Service to the College and the Community

In February, 18 Watson Student Leaders tutored students after school in service to the Boys and Girls Club. Twelve student leaders volunteered at the Wilmington Regional Science Olympiad held on the UNCW campus on March 7. The organization also raised funds and collected supplies for Old Dock Elementary School, where the main building was destroyed by a fire in January.

During Alumni Weekend in February, WSLs participated in UNCW's Intercultural Festival, greeted guests at WCE's alumni luncheon and gave out valentines in front of Randall Library. Students also served as hosts at the Watson College Speaker Series Event featuring Kenneth Cushner on Feb. 16.

The Watson Student Leaders Honorary Program is now on Facebook! Visit www.facebook.com/uncwwatsonstudentleaders to learn more about the program.