02/17/2012 10:34 AM
BATON ROUGE – Students in the LSU School of Human Resource Education and Workforce
Development, or SHREWD’s, advanced leadership course each devoted 32 hours of service
to the community, donating more than 3,500 hours in the fall semester. This course
is designed to develop the leadership skills students need to effectively lead organizations
and communities to achieve their vision and goals.
“Community engagement is an essential component to effective leadership because we
want our graduates to be prepared to lead social change to help address critical issues
in our state and the world,” said Ed Holton, the Jones S. Davis Distinguished Professor
“That’s why I require my advanced leadership students to engage in community service
– to learn how to lead social change in addition to the organizational leadership
skills we teach,” he added.
Human resource education junior Kolby Lirette performed his service hours through
LSU Ambassadors as the Southern Regional Orientation Workshop Chair. He participated
in projects such as the Baton Rouge Down’s Syndrome Awareness Group Buddy Walk and
the Be The Match bone marrow donation drive at LSU. He also assisted LSU directly
by volunteering to help with Tigerama.
“Dr. Holton’s class has helped me to develop not only personally, but more importantly
as a leader,” Lirette said. “The combination of my involvement in outside organizations
and this class has proven to be a potent and effective mix for generating retention
of class material and growth as a leader.”
Lirette feels that Holton’s course is essential for students both in his area of study
“The entire leadership minor, not just this class, is an investment for anyone looking
to broaden their horizons,” he said.
“I feel that this minor would assist any student looking to add a competitive advantage
to their degree, but in particular, students wishing to gain valuable experience as
a leader or interpersonal communication,” Lirette added. “It has helped me along a
path of self-discovery and will no doubt be the most invaluable experience my degree
has offered me.”
SHREWD offers comprehensive programs dedicated to developing world class practitioners,
leaders and instructors in three areas of emphasis: agricultural and extension education
and youth development, career and technical education, and human resource and leadership
For more information about SHREWD, visit http://www.lsu.edu/hrleader.
Posted on Friday, February 17, 2012