Question #4: In your opinion, what is the best part of being a student leader? (And yes, by my definition, every one of you is a student leader)

N = 8


Question #3: What do you think of Simon Sinek’s Golden Circle theory? Watch this video, think critically, and post your reaction in the comments.

Vince Sawyer, RHA Vice President
You post an 18 minute video, you get an 18 minute response 🙂

There’s a bunch of sales mumbo-jumbo that annoyed me a little, but it has nothing to do with our group, so I won’t bring any of that up. This is what I saw that had real impact for me and how it relates to my growth as a person through the last decade or so: The content of our actions or messages is nothing if it isn’t supported internally

At 14 I had my first public speaking opportunity during a debate for English class. After a powerful speech on Capital Punishment, I used a stick figure drawing in a chair to rouse a laugh from the class. After I lost the debate by a single point, I was told by the teacher that I would have won if I hadn’t shown the drawing. My speech was the stronger of the two, but my reliance on comedy (to relieve nervousness) took away from the seriousness reflected in my message.

I was joking around with a few friends on my floor last semester, and I did a little joke about the calorie content in water. It ended with me slamming the bottle in disgust, and everyone burst out into laughter. A few minutes later several other residents walked by and I started going into the same rant. This time I realized some people had already seen my attempt at joking. Feeling a little silly/insecure, I didn’t put the same feeling into the second attempt. I got a few chuckles, but more people made the observation, “You did it alot funnier the first time.” I allowed my internal thoughts to affect my action and passion, and it was easy to see how the result was not as successful.

During group discussions in RHA, I often feel as though my opinions are only a small part of the group dynamic. Although I often want to remain silent and hear everyone else, I usually end up speaking first, speaking as if I believe 100% that I am absolutely right, and speaking last as well. While I usually have little confidence in my ideas, I express them strongly. I believe this passion and confidence is what makes people respect and consider my suggestions.

As student leaders at IUP, we set the bar for what a well-rounded, strong member of a community looks like. When we aren’t passionate and confidence in our roles as student leaders, it isn’t only seen by others–it is felt subconciously by the students observing our behavior and actions. We must be focused on why we are role models in our student community before we can figure out how to fulfill the role of a student leader, otherwise our lack of motivating force will influence the students we hope to guide, grow, and develop into the next generations of student and community leaders– before, during, and after their college experience.

Adam Friedman, RHA Secretary

While I understand the premise of what he is trying to say, I believe we do that every day . As student leaders we don’t do what we do because its flashy or popular, we do what we do because we believe win what we’re doing, presenting a voice for the students that live in the residence halls.

if we don’t believe in the why, then we can’t do our jobs as effectively and it shows in our ability to carry out the what and how. If we don’t believe in the why, then (in my humble opinion) we don’t deserve the positions we hold!

Tiffany Bartlett, RHA President

I believe that we already follow this theory very similarly. We are always challenging ourselves to understand why we do what we do. I agree with Adam when he said “If we don’t believe in the why, then we can’t do our jobs as effectively.” And that, I feel is the most important. We have to be onboard for WHY we are doing such and such an event, and we have to believe in it with our whole heart. It is our job as RHA to represent the residential students to the best of our abilities, and it should be because we believe in what we are doing and we want to help be the voice of our students, not just because being an executive board member of an organization looks good on a resume.

Chris Weiss, RHA Advisor

I completely agree with Vinny, Adam, and Tiffany’s points! (and therefore won’t reiterate the same ideas).

Aside from those great responses, here is my biggest takeaway in regards to RHA.  Remember this quote? “[Martin Luther King] gave the ‘I have a Dream’ speech, not the ‘I have a Plan’ speech.”  I’m glad you all understand that you are leaders in RHA because you believe in the Why, now we all just need to ensure that every message we send out to your residents starts with the Dream, not the Plan.

And my favorite quote, that I use quite often: “There are leaders, and there are those who lead.  Leaders hold a position of power or authority.  Those who lead inspire us.  We follow those who lead not because we have to, but because we want to.  Not for them, but for ourselves.  It’s those who start with Why that have the ability to inspire those around them or find others who inspire them.”

Question #2: What’s currently going on in the news that relates to your constituents? Find an interesting news article that relates to resident students, post the article to our group, and let us know specifically how you think it relates to your constituents.

Vince Sawyer, RHA Vice President

Dominique Strauss-Kahn to face fresh sex assault complaint | World news | The Guardian
French writer Tristane Banon claims the IMF chief acted like a ‘rutting chimpanzee’ in an attack on her nine years ago

Often times leaders get comfortable in their position of power or authority. One good point made at the end of last semester was a quote from a student in an RHC about RHA: “It was almost like we were oppressed.” Although that sounds a little extreme, the result of leaders becoming content and complacent in their roles is what leads to an attitude like the one expressed above. And sometimes, it leads to rape…

Adam Friedman, RHA Secretary

The food pyramid has been dismantled in favor of a simple plate icon that urges Americans to eat a more plant-based diet.
The United States is re-engineering its healthy eating guidelines. Its something that our residents could bring up in our many meetings with Aramark!

Lena Holderman, RHA PR Coordinator

I have been awarded a golden ticket to the heart of Silicon Valley: the Thiel Fellowship. The catch? For two years, I cannot be enrolled as a full-time student at an academic institution. For me, that’s not an issue; I believe higher education is broken.
This is a really good article for any student who thinks that college is a waste of time. Unfortuately, its not for everyone but i think this article highlights the fact that not everyone gets awarded a ” golden ticket in life.”
Silly boy, golden tickets are for the educated.

Tiffany Bartlett, RHA President

As is the case with most campuses, the opportunity for involvement directly relates to the knowledge of there being ways to be involved. I feel it is something that is lacking in most cases, and as leaders, we should be the ones letting our students know of the different ways in which they can be involved on campus, not just in our own organization, but in the other organizations that our campus offers.

Aubree Napoleon

With smartphones, YouTube videos, Facebook statuses, TweetDeck and news websites, we’re so well informed that we can’t make strong commitments and decisions.
I can speak from experience with this article. Students today seem to be ‘overloaded’ with things from facebook and twitter to what new song just came out or whose dating who. All of these cater to why some students are stuggling with doing their college work and making important decisions since social media has become unavoidable in everyone’s life.

Joseph Pullins, RHA Treasurer

The thought that comes to my mind is what the keynote speaker at NACURH said about being inclusive and not just tolerant. There are many students kept living off campus because they cannot comfortably live on campus and many pushed from campus living after their first mandatory year of residing in our halls. One of our responsibilities as student leaders, especially being the organization that we are, is to create a safe and welcoming space for all students in our residence halls regardless of any of their identifiers.

Shannen Stiffler

DULUTH, MN (Northland’s NewsCenter) – The College of St. Scholastica in Duluth is putting-out cigarettes for good starting next year.
I know smoking on campus was a major issue last year, especially with smokers standing directly in front of doorways or well populated areas. I myself became incredibly frustrated when stuck walking behind someone blowing their smoke in my face. Something we could really strive to improve on this year could be tobacco use on campus, whether it be creating designated areas on campus to smoke, giving out larger fines for smoking, etc.. I would personally love a tobacco free campus, but the school mentioned in this article contains roughly 3,000 students, so it may be more difficult to achieve this in a shorter period of time.

Chris Weiss, RHA Advisor

There are so many students seeking mental health services on North American campuses that a counselor at the University of Western Ontario (UWO) is describing it as a “mental health crisis.”

Mental health issues on college campuses have been discussed heavily for the past twenty years. Originally the problem was that a stigma was associated with utilizing services, but now this stigma seems to have disappeared. However, only 50% of students who say that they think they need help actually seek assistance from college counseling centers.

Typically residential students are underrepresented in the population of those who do use these services, and the conclusion that has recently been reached is that reslife professionals and students fulfill those rolls. I believe it is RHA’s job to continue filling that need for our students, as well as assist in promoting use of counselor services to residential students. (Eisenberg, Hunt, Speer, & Zivin, 2011).

Question 1: What does leadership mean to you?

Tiffany Bartlett, RHA President
Everything about this photo describes what leadership is all about. You have to be able to communicate effectively, understand all points of view, keep an open mind, etc.

Vince Sawyer, RHA Vice President

Jimmy Rollins is a leader. Nothing flusters him or shakes his ability to relay his message in this completely non-faked advertisement

Adam Friedman, RHA Secretary
Love…in this case substitute determination, and well I guess love for the organization!

Aubree Napoleon
Alright, I have no idea who these people are in this photo so don’t ask me (: but I do think that these people have summed up exactly what leadership means.

Chris Weiss, RHA Advisor
To me, leadership is about finding a niche or unmet need, having the courage to go against the grain and fulfill that need, and then embrace and support a community built around it.

Lena Holderman, RHA PR Coordinator
whenever i looked at the proposed question i at first had to make sure i knew EXACTLY what i was dealing with.
1. The action of leading a group of people or an organization.
2. The state or position of being a leaderThe deer in this picture isn’t doing what all the other deer are doing, it had the ” courage” to be different. That’s what a leader does, they do things differently.

Joe Pullins, RHA Treasurer
As the assignment said “(ONLY answer through a posted Picture [or] Video to this group)” I shan’t be explaining myself….yet. Also, brackets are there because I changed that word since it actually says “Picture of Video” in the original post.

Shannen Stiffler
This is Josh Fox, director of the environmental documentary Gasland. Home grown here in PA, he has turned down what is easy (earning $100,000 for his land) to do what is right, which is courageously informing and leading people all over the world to make the right decision regarding this topic. He connects with people personally, and works with us, as well as above us, to create and maintain a clean environment for all.

RHC Election Information

What is RHC and RHA?

RHC and its umbrella organization RHA ( Resident Hall Association), work to provide students with leadership skills, community involvement and a better understanding of others and their uniqueness. The residence hall council is a governing body of men and women who live in your residence hall and have a desire to assist with the growth and social development of your building’s residents.

The mission of the Residence Hall Association is to encourage a sense of interest, responsibility, and participation among residents; to provide social programs and foster a comfortable living environment to all residents; to facilitate education and learning opportunities in each individual residence hall; to promote the general welfare of the residence halls by acting as a forum through which residents, stand and administration may discuss matters of mutual concern. The association strives to accomplish all intentions of their mission to all our members of Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s Residence Hall Association.

Why should I join?

This co-curricular involvement is a great way to meet other students within their residence hall and to be a proactive part of the community. Residents who participate in the programs will be working together on educational activities and social events, voicing concerns/ suggestions regarding their  “home” in the resident halls, and most importantly, having fun!

What do we do at meetings?

Residence Hall Councils convene once a week to discuss ideas and plan social activities, programs; and over feedback and suggestions for changes in your building.  RHC offers a wide variety of service to students. Some of these services include a final exam program which delivers ” care packages” to students, stress reduction programs prior to finals week, welcome kits which are delivered to new students, representation on several university committees to ensure residents’ voices in decision making, and providing a whole host of educational and social programs. The most effective way for the new student to get involved at IUP is to join their Residence Hall Council!

And so it begins…

Chris Weiss, RHA Advisor
Hey RHA!!! I hope you’ve had a relaxing few weeks without now it’s time to get back to work!! 🙂   (only fun things for now, I promise)

So your first summer “assignment” is to answer the following question, but you can only do so through posting a Picture or Video from somewhere on the internet to our Facebook group:

Question 1: What does leadership mean to you?

*We would like to thank Mike Severy at UNCP for having, and more importantly, Sharing (via twitter), the great idea for this project.  Thanks Mike!!