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WSLs Hold Retreat, Elect New Leaders and Help to Promote the College

Monday, January 02, 2017

Fifty-five Watson Student Leaders participated in a retreat at the Shell Island Resort in Wrightsville Beach on January 21. During the morning session, Dean Van Dempsey spoke about the important role WSLs play as ambassadors for the college and professor Janna Robertson delivered a presentation titled “Being a Leader in Your Community.”

Bobbie Cavnar, 2016-17 North Carolina Teacher of the Year, delivered the keynote address. Cavnar is a high school English teacher from South Point High School in Gaston County. This was his third keynote at a WCE event. He spoke at WCE’s Future Teacher Conference in October and at PDS’s Professional Learning Day for Beginning Teachers in November.

During the afternoon session, the new WSL Leadership Council was introduced. Annie Russo, a junior enrolled in WCE’s special education program, assumed the role of WSL president. Other student leadership positions announced for 2017 include Karly Maxwell, vice president; Miranda Lancaster, recruitment; Carlen Burch, community chair; Amber Matlock, secretary; Lauren Johnson, professional development; Angela Light, public relations; Madeline Ottinger, fundraising; and Caroline Kitrell, treasurer.

Jasmine Stephens, a senior enrolled in WCE’s elementary education program and the WSL’s 2016 professional development chair, coordinated plans for the retreat.

WSL’s November Kayaking Adventure

Twelve Watson Student Leaders participated in a Seahawk kayaking adventure offered through UNCW’s Department of Campus Recreation on November 19. The purpose of the outing was to capture photos for use in materials promoting WCE undergraduate programs and the freshman Education Learning Community.

Photos taken by Jeff Janowski, photo services manager in UNCW’s Office of University Relations, appear on the WCE website and the UNCW home page and can be viewed on the Watson College Facebook page.

Melissa Newcity, administrative associate in the Office of Student Advising and Integrated Leadership, coordinated the kayaking adventure with support from Krystine Wetherill.

Participating students were Carlen Burch, Stephanie Duhan, Jenny Ellis, Rachel Fallin, Laney Glover, Amberli Gough, Miranda Lancaster, Tess Miller, Emily Parker, Kevin Petteway, Savannah Phillips and Annie Russo.

About the Watson Student Leaders

WCE introduced the Watson Student Leader program in 2013 for students who are passionate about the teaching profession. The role of the WSLs is to serve as ambassadors and represent WCE through leadership, professionalism and service.

LeAnne Smith, director of UNCW’s Office of Student Advising and Integrated Leadership, coordinates the Watson Student Leader program. For more information, visit uncw.edu/ed/wsl.