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TD Bank Leadership Series
Student Organization/Club Training
Museum of Tolerance
Annual Conferences
Student Engagement Transcript
Leadership "On-Demand"



TD Bank Leadership Development Series 2015-16

With generous funding from TD Bank, Raritan Valley Community College is proud to present a comprehensive leadership development program for all RVCC students.  The following components comprise this year-long series of programs.   

TD Bank Leadership Development Series
The TD Bank Leadership Development Series provides participants an invaluable opportunity to improve leadership skills while reconnecting with friends and expanding their professional and personal networks. This is a chance for the student body to build their student engagement transcript. 
Past presenters have included: Senator: Kip Bateman; Gold Medalist Paralympian: Jessica Galli; Activist/author/motivational speaker: Kevin Powell; Distinguished RVCC Faculty/Staff; and Local Community Leaders.  Don't miss the great things still to come! 

Spring 2016

  •  Tuesday, Feb. 4, "Oh the Places You'll Go" featuring Gene Bulmer with LIFE Leadership, Atrium, 1-2:20pm

  • Tuesday, Feb. 25, "Diversity: The Key to Leadership" featuring Keith B. Henry, Merril Lynch Executive Officer

  • Tuesday, March 22, Panel of Women Business Leaders, Atrium, 1-2:20pm

  • Tuesday, April 7,  "Leadership in Native American Community" Atrium, 1-2:20pm


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Student Organization/Club Training
Student Life provides annual and on-going training opportunities for Student Organizations and Students Leaders. All events and workshops are open to all students, though some workshops/trainings are geared for specific leadership roles. 

Officer Training Workshops (Fall 2013):
Thursday, September 4
Presidents and Executive Vice Presidents, Bateman Center, BC-100, 1:30-2:20pm
Tuesday, September 9
VP of Info/Media, Bateman Center, BC-100, 1:30-2:20pm
Thursday, September 11
VP of Info/Media, Bateman Center, BC-100, 1:30-2:20pm
Student Organization Officers from all clubs and organizations come together to network and learn the basics of how to effectively fulfill their responsibilities and lead their organizations through a successful and fun year of meetings, networking, skill building, event planning and social activity.  

Leadership Day Part 2
Thursday, August 28, 10am-3pm, Welpe Theatre
Returning Student Organization/Club Leaders, EOF Students, Honors College Students and New Students are brought together to be inspired, gain leadership skills, network and develop connections that will assist them in recruiting new members and becoming connected members of the RVCC community. This event includes lunch and a keynote speaker as well as teambuilding, ice breakers, and fun.

Officer Transition Workshops (Spring) 
TBD, April
Presidents and Executive Vice Presidents, TBD, 1:30-2:20pm

TBD, April
VP of Finance/ VP of Info/Media, TBD, 1:30-2:20pm
Student Organization Officers from all organizations come together to network and learn the basics of how to effectively fulfill their responsibilities and lead their organizations through a successful and fun year of meetings, networking, skill building, event planning and social activity.


Museum of Tolerance 
January 16, 8am-5pm
Student Life and SGA host an annual bus trip to the Museum of Tolerance in New York City.  This unique center provides participants with an intense educational and experiential day-long training program. Through interactive workshops, exhibits, and videos; individuals explore issues of prejudice, diversity, tolerance, and cooperation in the workplace and in the community. "This experience really opens your eyes and makes you think, it changed my life and how I look at the world, I recommend it for everyone!", Barbara Cannell, former Student Government President 2011-13.


Annual Conferences
Student leaders are afforded a number of opportunities to attend local, regional, and national conferences while at RVCC. Some of the opportunities are based upon their elected position in various student organizations, others are based upon application. All conference attendees must have at least a 2.5 GPA and are  responsible for any academic work that they miss due to attendance. Conference attendance DOES NOT excuse anyone from academic responsibility.

NEW Leadership™ New Jersey Program:
Each year, two female student leaders from RVCC may be selected to join over 35 other students from 20 NJ colleges and universities for a 6-day Leadership Conference hosted at Rutger's University. On-line applications are available in the Spring of each year and the selection committee at the Center for American Women in Politics (CAWP) at Rutger's University choose from all applicants state-wide. If two RVCC students are chosen, the Student Government Association will fund their participation. All expenses are included however, students are required to provide their own transportation to the conference and complete the Conference Report Form through Student Life after the conference. As soon as the on-line application is available, Student Life will forward to all students through mass email and post on publicly shared websites and social media.
The CAWP is currently accepting application for NEW Leadership 2016.  
For more information on this years program, CLICK HERE.

2016 Application Deadline: Wednesday, March 30, 2016 
For more information:
 NEW Leadership

National Conference for College Women Student Leaders:
For the past 28 years, the National Conference for College Women Student Leaders (NCCWSL) has offered unprecedented training and development for college women. At NCCWSL, hundreds of outstanding women learn from skill-building workshops, network with other college women, hear from inspiring keynote speakers, and attend the unforgettable Women of Distinction Awards ceremony and reception. More than 700 women gathered for NCCWSL 2013.Two female students are selected each year to attend this  Women's Leadership Conference held at the College Park campus of the University of Maryland. Student Government and the Foundation each sponsor the registration fees for 1 student.
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New Jersey Peer Institute: 
The College of New Jersey's Alcohol/Drug Education Program sponsors a 3-day peer leadership and educator program traditionally attended by RVCC students involved with BACCHUS. Students become certified peer educators and are given the tools and resources to educate the RVCC community. RVCC Student Life coordinates registration and participation on our campus during the Spring semester. The event is held every June and is funded by NJ Highway Traffic Safety, supported by the Alcohol Drug and Education Program at the College of New Jersey, and hosted by Rider University.
For more information:
 Peer Institute

American Student Government Association (ASGA): 
ASGA is an organization devoted exclusively to Student Governments and providing them with networking, research, and training resources. RVCC's Student  Government officers attend the National Conference each Fall to not only develop leadership skills but to lobby our legislature on current issues facing our students. In the Spring, newly elected officers attend a 1-day drive in workshop in Philadelphia to network, learn the basics of their new responsibilities and gain a better understanding of the role of Student Governments on college campuses.
For more information: ASGA

Association for the Promotion of Campus Activities (APCA):
APCA is a national organization dedicated to providing quality, affordable, campus event programming services to college students across the country. RVCC's Programming Board is our representative member organization and Programming Board officers attend regional conferences every year to develop leadership, learn program planning, and to scout entertainment to bring back to campus. If this excites you, become a leader in the Programming Board, run for office, or volunteer to chair a committee!
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Enactus Regional & National Conferences:
Enactus officers and selected representatives compete each Spring by presenting their annual report and accomplishments to business executives at the regional competition in NYC. If they win at Regionals they may have the opportunity to travel and go on to compete at Nationals! Enactus has won Regionals in 2012 and 2013 and came in 4th at the National Competition in 2013.
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PTK Middle States, Regional, & National Conferences:
Phi Theta Kappa is the International Honorary on campus. Our award winning chapter has been attending and being recognized for their activity and programs at the regional, national, and even international level. Being a member of PTK opens doors to scholarships, leadership development, networking and more. PTK officers are supported by the college and the Foundation to represent RVCC at these conferences.
For more information: PTK


Leadership "On-Demand"
The Office plans several leadership opportunities throughout the year, but is also available for special needs or for smaller personalized workshops. Make an appointment with the Director or Assistant Director to discuss planning one of the following for your Student Organization/Club.

"13 Minute Mini-Leadership Lesson"
(Subject to scheduling availability) A brief micro-workshop based upon your Student Organization’s needs and availability. Sample Topics: Group Decision Making, Teambuilding, Goal Setting, Event Planning, Conflict Management, Budget Planning. 

 Icebreakers (5-30 minutes)
We can facilitate or give you the resources to facilitate ice-breakers for your team early in the year.

Teambuilding Workshop (20-60 minutes)
Teambuilding Workshop (20-60 minutes): Fun interactive way to help build your group into a team.

 Leadership Library
The Director of Student Life has a multitude of games, books, and team building materials available for personal development or ideas to develop your team. The Leadership Library includes, but is not limited to: 

 - 7 Habits of Highly Effective People (Stephen R. Covey)
- 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership (John C Maxwell)
- Developing the Leader Within You (John C Maxwell)
- Exploring Leadership (Komives, Lucas, McMahon)
-  FISH: A Remarkable Way to Boost Morale and Improve Results” (Stephen C. Lundin)
-  Leaderships Greatest Hits: The Ultimate Collection of Leadership Lessons
-  Let Your Leadership Speak – How to Lead and Be Heard
-  Roberts Rules of Order
-  Whale Done: The Power of Positive Relationships (Blanchard)


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