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Linda Clauss
Leadership Notes

Goals ... who needs them?

Welcome back NIRSA Student Members! Welcome back to school and work and the crazy life. Let the good times roll!

The car is packed and you’re ready to embark on your first cross-country adventure with your college buddies. From the rolling hills of San Francisco to the white sand dunes on the North Carolina coast, you want to explore it all. You head out on the road toward your first major stop—whitewater rafting on the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon. A few hours into your trip, you need to check the map because you are on an unfamiliar road. You panic for a second when you realize you left your map behind. But you say, heck with it ... who needs a map? So you change the radio station and continue onward. Unfortunately, you never reach your destination.

Sometimes we see goal setting as the same way—we dream about where we want to go, but do not have a map to get us there. The only difference between a dream and a goal is the written word.

The Student Leadership Team has done a fabulous job of developing three overarching goals in hopes of highlighting three of the most important areas on which to focus. Under each goal are two to six objectives to clarify how each goal will be accomplished. I welcome your feedback, and know that your involvement will be one of the most important factors in successfully accomplishing these goals.

2006-2007 Goals and Objectives for the Student Leadership Team

GOAL 1: To demonstrate exemplary service to the NIRSA community and related agencies/organizations.

  • Objective 1: Informational brochure targeted to students to be created by the Student Leadership Team in Fall 2006.
  • Objective 2: Monetary donations and gifts for Make a Child Smile collected at institutions September 2006-April 2007. Gifts donated to local children’s hospitals in December 2006; Student Members purchase gifts with monetary donations and present gifts to the local children’s hospital at the Annual Conference.

GOAL 2: To provide broad experiential learning and professional development opportunities for students applicable to any profession.

  • Objective 1: Every state, regional and Lead On conference will offer at least two professional development sessions.
  • Objective 2: Regional Student Representatives will create awareness and understanding of the National Campus Championship Series through student newsletters, presentations at conferences, the student website and attendance at NCCS events.
  • Objective 3: Increase and streamline professional development material included on the NIRSA student website and distribute via newsletters to professionals and students.
  • Objective 4: Increase professional and student participation in the Campus Contact Program. Develop a nomination form and contract for student and professional Campus Contacts at each institution.
  • Objective 5: Provide support for NNC National Internship Program by reviewing all intern applications and recommending the top three to five candidates.
  • Objective 6: Regional Student Representatives will assist each region in developing specific regional guidelines in accordance with national guidelines for Lead On workshops.

GOAL 3: To provide quality nationwide recreation-centered educational opportunities for student members.

  • Objective 1: Educational development material included on the NIRSA student website to promote continuous learning within each programmatic area.
  • Objective 2: Students educated about NIRSA’s history and benefits through Student Leadership Team presentation at each of the six Lead On conferences.

“Without goals, and plans to reach them, you are like a ship that has set sail with no destination.” — Fitzhugh Dodson

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