October 26, 2015
By Hayley Zablotsky / John V. Roach Honors College
This semester, Fall 2015, Honors College Acting Dean Sarah Robbins started the First-Year Leadership Team. The team is comprised of promising leaders from the class of 2019, as identified with the help of summer Orientation Leaders and the TCU office of Admission. These rising leaders were invited personally by Acting Dean Robbins and have the opportunity to interact closely with Honors College faculty, fellow Honors College students, and eventually the TCU campus at large as these leaders-in-the-making put their skills into action.
“One of our goals for the year in Honors is to involve more first-year students in leadership opportunities,” Dr. Robbins said, “And one strategy for addressing that goal has been to establish a Dean’s First-Year Leadership team, with a small group of new students helping us explore both ways to help those new to Honors succeed and envisioning new program initiatives overall.”
How does a leader rise to the occasion? The Dean’s First-year Leadership Team — with the guidance of peers and TCU faculty — will refine and improve their leadership skills by challenging themselves and each other to be the best leaders they can be.
The Dean’s First-Year Leadership Team meets monthly to discuss topics central to success as students and leaders. Fall semester has been focusing on skills and habits essential to thriving at TCU. These highly-motivated students on the Leadership Team have the chance to come together and hear from TCU “experts” — from advisers at Academic Services to fellow Honors College students to Dr. Robbins and other faculty members. Topics discussed include time management, preparing for finals, and balancing all of the demands placed upon students.
Dr. Robbins described the collaborative team currently facilitating the program: “Jen King and Hayley Zablotsky, student program assistants in the dean’s office, along with graduate student assistant Altheria Gaston, have been vital to our start-up efforts. They have planned the content of our meetings in the first semester.”
So what’s next?
Spring semester will focus on allowing the Leadership Team to start giving back as new leaders in the campus community.
“We have a super group of students involved and hope to bring in a few more in the second semester,” Dr. Robbins said, “Please do contact Hayley if you’re a first-year student and you’d like to join the program.”
Contact dean’s office program assistant Hayley Zablotsky for more info: firstname.lastname@example.org.