All children play Follow the Leader sometime in their childhood, and there’s always one kid who is the leader, leaving the rest of the children as followers.
Well, not anymore. The Center for Student Involvement has set out to give everyone a chance to be a leader. The annual Leadership Retreat will be 12-5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25, in the Black and Gold Room in the Memorial Union.
Vince Bowhay, Coordinator for Student Involvement and Greek Life, talked about what a great event this will be. When asked why students should participate, Bowhay mentioned the speaker, Matt Mattson, benefits of the retreat and free food.
“Matt Mattson, the speaker, is internationally known. He works not only with campus organizations, but with places like St. Jude’s, large national fraternities and sororities – anywhere from Kiwanis clubs to local chapters,” Bowhay said.
Matt Mattson also came earlier this year on Aug. 21 to give a presentation called “DO Talk to Strangers.” This high-energy presentation consisted of hugs, high-fives and a chance to practice becoming a successful person.
“It’s really important to attend because if they want to improve their group in any certain way, he (Matt) can offer a lot of those solutions,” Bowhay said. Mattson, the co-founder and President of Phired up Productions, uses his Master’s in Education with specializing in training and performance improvement and a background in public relations to “inspire thousands of organizational members toward their pinnacle of achievement.”
Benefiting organizations is the main goal of this retreat.
“They work on growing not only the number of members in your group, but also the quality of the members of your group. People that are high achievers, people that might not consider joining a group, he (Matt) works to help you find those people. He helps you think of new ways to get more people involved in your group,” Bowhay said.
Leadership retreats have also been hosted in the past. Last year’s theme was changing your organization’s infrastructure, making it an easier process for your group, while this year is all about improving the quality of your members.
Bowhay hopes to have people get involved this year
“There are a lot of resources coming out,” Bowhay said. Besides CSI, Student Government Association and the University Activities Board are partnering up, too, to provide smaller workshops in conjunction with this one.
“We are providing one hundred spots with free food, so hopefully all one hundred will be filled. We’ve kind of narrowed it down to that from last year, so it’s a little more competitive, so hopefully more organizations will take up on that,” Bowhay said.
The afternoon will start with lunch, moving on to the SOLR Keynote Address featuring Matt Mattson, then Leadership Fast Forwards and finally ending with some closing remarks.
For more information visit the Center for Student Involvement in the Memorial Union basement or fill out a registration form online at fhsu.edu/csi. Registration for the leadership retreat is due by 4:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 16, but CSI will take more registrars if spots are still available.