Leadership Events & Opportunities

There are numerous leadership events and opportunities for members of the UVa-Wise community.  Learn more about each, as well as find contact and/or website links for additional information, below.

  

Campus employment & internships

Many campus offices, including the Office of Student Life, offer paid and non-paid employment and internship opportunities for students to gain valuable leadership, office and teamwork experience.  Some recent examples include a Student Activities & Greek Life intern, Expedition Leaders and an Expedition Leader intern, Resident Advisors, Intramural Supervisors, as well as Slemp Student Center Facility Advisors and Check Desk Assistants.

 

Club & Organization membership

More than 50 UVa-Wise clubs and organizations offer opportunities for getting involved on campus, building friendships, and developing leadership and teamwork skills.  Visit the clubs and organization website (at left) for more information about the diverse organizations available and to learn more about establishing a new organization.

 

For more information, contact Sarah Smith, Assistant Director of Student Activities & Recreation, at 276-376-4514 or scc6p@uvawise.edu.

 

Club & Organization Presidents & Advisors Meetings  
These mandatory meetings are held at the start of each academic year and provide clubs and organization presidents and advisors the opportunity to register with the Office of Student Activities & Greek Life, receive updates on campus policies and procedures, as well as SGA news and updates.

 

For more information, contact Sarah Smith, Assistant Director of Student Activities & Recreation, at 276-376-4514 or scc6p@uvawise.edu.

  

Expedition & Expedition Leaders (ELs) 
Expedition serves as an all-encompassing kick-off to the UVa-Wise experience for all new first-yearstudents.  Named for Mr. Jefferson's vision of exploration of the western U.S. by Lewis and Clark, it is a three-day extended orientation program that helps new students make their transition into the campus community as seamless as possible. Expedition weekend is the Friday-Sunday before classes begin each fall.

ELs, or Expedition Leaders, are upperclass students that will guide new students through their Expedition journey.  As team leaders, ELs will be active participants in all Expedition activities.  The EL selection process is held each spring semester for currently enrolled students.  EL training includes both spring and fall sessions, and all ELs receive meals during training and throughout Expedition, an Expedition slingpack, Expedition manual, and a $150 stipend.

 

For more information, visit www.uvawise.edu/expedition or contact Stephanie Shell, Director of Student Programming, at 276-328-0216 or stephanie.shell@uvawise.edu.

J-TAG
J-TAG is a unique off-campus student leadership event solely for first-year students.  Held after the start of the fall semester, this one evening event helps first-year students establish new relationships, learn about campus traditions, and develop teamwork & problem-solving skills, while also enjoying the great outdoors.  One student and one alternate from each Expedition Team will be selected to participate in this leadership event led by members of the Office of Student Life.

 

For more information, contact Stephanie Shell, Director of Student Programming, at 276-328-0216 or stephanie.shell@uvawise.edu.

 

Student Leadership Awards Banquet 
[honoree archives]
Held each spring, the annual Student Leadership Awards Banquet honors the contributions of student leaders and advisors from clubs and organizations, Expedition, Housing and Residence Life, Multicultural Affairs, Student Government Association, Student Conduct Board, Honor Court, Greek Life, the C. Bascom Slemp Student Center, Student Activities, Intramurals and Outdoor Recreation, and Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities.  See the SLA Packet link for additional award information.

 

For more information, contact Stephanie Shell, Director of Student Programming, at 276-328-0216 or stephanie.shell@uvawise.edu.

 

Student Leadership Retreat  [2014 nomination form]
Sponsored by the Office of Student Life and the Student Government Association, the weekend Retreat is held each September and participants enjoy a variety of sessions and workshops focusing on leadership skills development. Students are nominated by club and organization advisors and asked to submit a completed nomination form for consideration.  Priority is given to first-time attendees, freshmen and sophomores. The 20th Annual event, The Leader in You, will be held September 19-21 in Pigeon Forge, TN.

 

For more information, contact Stephanie Shell, Director of Student Programming, at 276-328-0216 or stephanie.shell@uvawise.edu.


Student Member of the Board 
[honoree archives]
One representative from the UVa-Wise student body serves in a non-voting capacity as a member of the UVa-Wise Board.  This unique leadership opportunity is for a one-year term.  Nominations are solicited from the campus community each spring. A recommendation committee reviews cover letters and resumes and forwards deserving candidate information to the Executive Committee of the UVa-Wise Board for final selection.

For more information, contact Stephanie Shell, Director of Student Programming, at 276-328-0216 or stephanie.shell@uvawise.edu.

Who's Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities 
[honoree archives]
Who's Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities is a national recognition program that annually honors outstanding junior and senior campus leaders for scholastic and community achievements.  Nominations are solicited from the campus community each fall, and the selection committee reviews submitted forms.  Honorees are recognized at the annual Student Leadership Awards Banquet held each April. 

For more information, visit the national Who's Who website or contact Stephanie Shell, Director of Student Programming, at 276-328-0216 or stephanie.shell@uvawise.edu.