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New Student Leadership Opportunity at WIU

January 11, 2021

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MACOMB/MOLINE, IL – Students at Western Illinois University will have even greater opportunities to further develop their leadership skills with a new initiative that will kick off this spring.

WIU's Transition and Academic Skills Center, Office of the Provost and Office of Retention Initiatives have established the Leatherneck Success Leader, which allows current WIU students to build their communication, mentorship and leadership skills. According to Michelle Janisz, director of the Transition and Academic Skills Center, Leatherneck Success Leaders, which combines the previous student roles of Orientation Leaders, FYE Peer Mentors, Welcome Week Leaders, Leatherneck Success Team Members and Camp Leatherneck Leaders, will engage with new students through their entire first year serving as mentors, guides and supports for incoming first year students.

"At Western, we focus on a student's success, from their first steps as a Leatherneck to their last semester and graduation with a degree and roadmap to the future. This new leadership position will be there to help and support our first-year students as they transition from high school to University," said Mark Mossman, associate provost and associate vice president. "We want our students' first semester experiences to be transformative and successful. This position will help to make that happen, and it will greatly benefit those talented undergraduates filling this leadership role as well."

For more information, students can attend a virtual Leatherneck Success Leader information session via Zoom at noon, Wednesday, Jan. 20 or 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 25. To register, go to the Purple Post or email Janisz at or Ashley Kerley at Students can also apply at Applications are due Feb. 10.

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