11th Annual Fountain-Luria Student Leadership Academy Kicks Off with Revised Format

ASHEBORO (October 26, 2017)

Four Randolph Community College students are taking advantage of a new format for RCC’s Fountain-Luria Student Leadership Academy this year. A smaller cohort allowed the planners to streamline and personalize the academy, giving students more time to bond and have one-on-one time with presenters, according to Kelly Heath, SLA committee chair.

Participants in this year's Student Leadership Academy are Brandon Watt, Toni Formato, Macy Daniel and Nolan Coley
Student Leadership Academy student participate in team-building exercises

TOP: Fountain-Luria Student Leadership Academy participants pose in the Martha Luck Comer Conference Center after a series of team-building exercises on Oct. 7. From left to right are Brandon Watt of Franklinville, Toni Formato of Denton, Macy Daniel of Asheboro, and Nolan Coley of Asheboro.

BOTTOM: RCC Student Leadership Academy students Macy Daniel (left) and Toni Formato toss and catch a set mouse trap during team building exercises in the RCC Asheboro Campus gym on Oct. 7. In the background (left to right) are student Nolan Coley, Calvin Lindsey of Camp Caraway, and student Brandon Watt.

As in year’s past, the students were chosen through a competitive process that considered leadership experience, leadership potential, and a letter of reference from a faculty member.

The participants completed their first session on Saturday, Oct. 7, which included team-building exercises led by Calvin Lindsey and Britt Fleming of Camp Caraway, and a conversation with RCC President Robert S. Shackleford on the characteristics of leadership.

A second session held this week included a presentation on group dynamics by Dr. Jo Ann Buck, assistant professor of management at Elon University and retired department chair for English and humanities at Guilford Technical Community College; and a session on communication across generations with Shelley Greene, RCC vice president for institutional advancement.

In upcoming sessions, the students will learn about personality types and leadership styles, servant leadership, and more. They will also develop portfolios that will be evaluated by human resource experts, and, as a group, they will plan and participate in a student leadership project. A graduation ceremony will be held in March, at which the students will present the outcome of their project.

This is the 11th year for RCC’s Student Leadership Academy, which is named after local leaders Dr. Stuart Fountain and Dr. Alan Luria, who have supported the project since its inception in 2008.

The student members of the 2017-2018 Fountain-Luria Student Leadership Academy are Macy Daniel of Asheboro, a Randolph Early College High School junior enrolled in the Associate in Science (College Transfer) program; Nolan Coley of Asheboro, a Funeral Service Education major; Toni Formato of Denton, who is an Associate in Science (College Transfer) student; and Brandon Watt of Franklinville, who is majoring in Business Administration.