Dec 20, 2012 12:26:40Dec 20, 2012 - Calling all sophomores: leadership challenge“As we look around, we see a lot of legitimate leaders in the room,” Dr. Jay Martinson, chair of the Department of Communication, said to a room full of sophomores. It was a challenge brought forth to the sophomore class to continue enhancing their leadership skills. Already, they have proven to be an important aspect to the Olivet student body. Their class includes a myriad of leaders: resident assistants, athletes, ministry team members and volunteers around the community. Dr. Martinson recognizes their ability to motivate people, deal with conflicts and rise above frustration. Now, both he and Dr. John Bowling, University president, are challenging them to seek out additional leadership training by taking on the new leadership minor. The leadership minor is a 21-hour minor where students will complete three core classes with 12 hours of electives. The importance and availability is a great way for students to develop character, integrity and other leadership skills. “We recognize the importance of the sophomores. We believe in you; you still have a horizon of time,” Dr. Bowling said. He also discussed the co-curricular transcript, a transcript formulating and documenting non-academic achievements. Leadership does not develop in a day, and the co-curricular transcript can be helpful in showing how a student has developed their leadership abilities over time. Dr. Bowling then announced the winners of the Reed essay contest, in which sophomores were asked to discuss the correlation between integrity and leadership. Anna Stiker received first place, with Nicholas Eckart in second and Michelle Pinkney in third. This challenged sophomores to begin thinking about leadership and how they can contribute. The challenge has been set: “We really want you each to become a leader,” Dr. Bowling said.