February 8, 2005

Charles Harmon Director of University Relations, Joseph C. Agbasi Student Assistant

VSU Students Receive Nationally-certified Credentials

Five Valdosta State University students earned Certified Student Leader credentials during the National Conference on Student Leadership (NCSL) in November 2004.

Students receiving the honor include: Jason Adams, junior political science major from Cordele, Ga., Sal Ahmad, sophomore chemistry major from Valdosta, Ga., Gala Jackson, junior organizational communication major from Fayetteville, Ga., C.J. Mock, sophomore biology major from Valdosta, Ga., and Ashley Williamson, sophomore public relations major from Suwanee, Ga.

The students took an exam at the conference assessing their necessary skills for effective leadership of student organizations. This included running effective meetings, resolving conflicts, creating an inclusive and diverse environment, and launching successful publicity and promotional campaigns.

?I am very proud of the way our students represented Valdosta State University,? said Brenda Beasley, Coordinator of Orientation and Leadership Programs. ?Students from all over the country were at the conference and our students accomplished a great deal among them.?

There were 215 students trying to earn the student leader credentials. To attain this goal, they had to score highly on a leadership skills examination.

Since 1978, NCSL has helped student leaders enhance their leadership and organizational management skills, so they can have a positive impact on their respective campuses. The conference is one of several higher education-related training resources offered by Magna Publications, Inc., a communications company based in Madison, Wis.

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