Impact Leadership Summit stirs up Tiger PrideBy VICTORIA ENGELHARDT
How many of you reading this have ever been into the Bengals locker room and stood in front of the lockers of TO and Ochocinco? 54 student leaders from organizations such as GAC, SGA, Step Team, all Greek organizations, the Commuter Club and everything in between were given that opportunity last Friday as part of the Impact Leadership Summit.
Impact, in its ninth year on campus, is a conference for student leaders from all aspects of campus to come together to discuss ways they can make an impact on Georgetown’s campus.
These student leaders were able to tour Paul Brown Stadium and were even allowed to go out onto the field and into the home team locker room, something that is almost never allowed. The leaders then ate dinner in the stadium, where they were able to sit with Student Life staff and Georgetown alumni, to learn more what life is like after Georgetown.
At the dinner, it became apparent that while this is Georgetown and we think we know everyone, we really do not. Impact was also a time for the leaders to get to know one another and connect with people they would have otherwise probably never known.
Head Football Coach Bill Cronin gave a talk about leadership after the dinner, where he inspired the leaders to move through levels of leadership identified by characteristics such as knowledge, skill, attitude, character and honesty, and most of all persistence: to never, ever give up.
The group then went to a Cincinnati Reds baseball game. Saturday morning the group was greeted with a motivating speech from President Bill Crouch, addressing specific ways to stand out and earn respect.
Three breakout sessions were then held as a way to help guide current leaders into being more qualified and successful. Student Caty Osborn said, “Impact was a fantastic way for me to learn about and embrace the differences of other leaders on campus. Impact helped me realize that embracing the differences between myself and other leaders helps me become more open to new ideas and suggestions in my own leadership roles, therefore making my potential Impact that much better.”
One session, held by Executive Director of the Global Scholars Program Amy Carrington, was about how to bring creativity back into leadership. The students learned how to apply the elements of art to leadership and were then able to create a piece of art that represented themselves. Another session was held with two alumni, Susie Bailey and Matt Young, who talked about their experiences as leaders and how Georgetown helped prepare them for where they are now.
The third session was entitled Tiger Pride, and was an open forum for students to discuss ways to have more pride in our school. SGA President Molly Shoulta helped lead the session, and was quick to emphasize that above all other affiliations on campus, we are all Tigers and we should stand behind orange and black before anything else.
One way that these student leaders decided to bring back Tiger Pride and have an impact on campus is starting a new tradition: Orange and Black Fridays. They ask that everyone, not only students, but faculty and staff as well, wear our school colors each Friday to show school spirit and support.
James Koeppe, who was in charge of planning Impact, said of the event, “I felt Impact was a great success. Having two of our campus leaders, Coach Cronin and Dr. Crouch, speak really helped set the tone for the conference. They have great insight and have demonstrated leadership both on our campus and in our community. We had good representation from a variety of groups across campus from athletics to Greeks to the presidents of the German and Commuter clubs. I also felt there was a good mix of philosophical leadership discussions along with practical, hit the ground running ideas such as Orange and Black Fridays. Finally, it was just really good to see students connect that didn’t even know one another two days before.”
Chayna Hardy-Taylor, who is involved with SHAC, President’s Ambassadors, Step Team and Res Life said, “Impact showed me the vastness of leaders on campus, many of whom I was able to get to know on a more personal level. Additionally, I learned that if students want changes to be made on campus it starts within. We, as student leaders, need to take more pride in our school and I plan to do just that through wearing orange and black on Fridays.”
Workings of wireless revealed to studentsBy VICTORIA ENGELHARDT
Georgetown College has wireless, but is Georgetown really a “wireless campus”? The answer, said Dean of Students Dr. Todd Gambill, is technically no, but he explained that much more of the campus is now wireless thanks to the $20,000 SGA grant and other money contributed last spring.
While all of the dorms are now equipped with wireless access points, internet access to desktop computers is still done with traditional Ethernet cords and students should still be able to plug in their Ethernet cord to get internet in the case that their wireless stops working.
Many students have been complaining about the wireless on campus, saying that they get little or no bars in their rooms.
James Holbrook, Network Infrastructure & Security Manager for ITS, says that could be because the cement buildings make sending wireless signal around very difficult.
Other times, it is not the wireless that is at fault, but the laptop’s network wireless adapter, which may need to be updated.
Also, students should check to make sure they have the latest patches on their operating system. If problems with the wireless continue, Holbrook suggests emailing him at James_Holbrook@georgetowncollege.edu with your name, building, room number, how many bars of signal you are getting and a phone number or email address. If that sounds too complicated, bringing the laptop by ITS for them to take a look at it is another option.
Holbrook wants to remind students that grumbling to each other will not fix anything, but talking to him is a step in the right direction. He encourages students to report dead zones so ITS can work on adding extra access points to build signal strength.
“Wireless coverage will continue to expand over the next few months as I fill in the wireless gaps… I will bring wireless to the most students with the best performance that I can wring out of it, without breaking the bank during these difficult times.”
Mr. Holbrook gave some interesting facts about the campus network, such as the average number of devices being used at any given instance is 321, but during peak hours it goes up to almost 900. “In a 24 hour time frame an average of 1,235 individual devices connects to the wireless network and transfers 250 GB of data.”
He also gave some facts regarding the different devices accessing the network; the most common is the 463 distinct Windows 7 laptops and the least is the 8 distinct Android phones.
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