Did you know the Foo Fighters, Tim McGraw, and Michael Jackson sing about leadership in some of their greatest hits?
Gettysburg College students found inspirational messages of courage, selflessness, and teamwork within these and other musicians' lyrics.
Who are these students? The 2011-2012 Garthwait Leadership Center (GLC) Leadership Mentors. And what are the songs? They're below.
The GLC is an intellectual and experiential hub of leadership, providing students and alumni with knowledge, experiences, and resources to prepare them to lead in the 21st century. The Leadership Mentors are the heart of this hub, responsible for designing and implementing all GLC programs and services. They host retreats (see video below), conduct workshops, guide peers in their leadership development, and promote GLC activities. The mentors work closely with Andy Hughes, director of the Gettysburg College Garthwait Leadership Center, and are selected for a one-year term following an application process.
The GLC's name recognizes the alumnus whose generous gift endowed the program, Robert Garthwait, Jr. '82, a trustee of the College and CEO of Cly-Del Manufacturing in Waterbury, Conn.
Meet the mentors, and find out what songs contain their favorite leadership messages:
Megan Bailey '14 is an environmental studies and Spanish linguistics double major from Towson, Md. She is a member of Disciple Makers Christian Fellowship, the Sustainability Club, Tri Sigma, and has volunteered for numerous campus organizations and activities.
Bailey believes leaders set examples others want to follow, and feels the song "Watching You" by Rodney Atkins expresses this leadership philosophy.
Julianne Cabour '12 is a globalization studies and political science double major and a studio art minor from Boxford, Mass. She is a tour guide for the admissions office, an intramural supervisor, a member of Chi Omega, and an eRace participant. She spent her spring 2011 semester in Copenhagen, Denmark, has completed internships and an externship, and hopes to work in higher education admissions after graduating.
Cabour feels the song "Video" by India Arie sends a powerful leadership message about authenticity, self-confidence, and the importance of being genuine, qualities she believes all leaders should possess.
Kallen "Kal" Decato '12 is an organization and management studies major and business minor from York, Maine. He is president of Lambda Chi Alpha, a member of the Toastmasters Club, and a research assistant for management Prof. Amy Hooper. He completed an externship with Liberty Mutual and hopes to earn a master's degree and become a business consultant after graduating.
Decato believes the core of leadership is to live a passionate and intentional life, and feels the song "Live Like You Were Dying" by Tim McGraw best exemplifies this philosophy.
David Gilmore '14 is a health sciences major and French minor from Avon, Conn. He is the treasurer of the Pre-Health Professions Club and a member of D.C. Outfitters, a service program that provides clothing to the homeless in Washington, D.C. He completed an internship at the Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine Center and an externship at Pediatric and Medical Associates with Meredith Cowperthwait '97. He plans to attend physician assistant school.
The song that best resonates with his leadership philosophy is "Lean on Me" by Bill Withers. Gilmore views himself as someone who cares about the welfare of others and will lend a helping hand.
Allan Kawala '13, of Lilongwe, Malawi is majoring in sociology. He is president of the Toastmasters Club and a member of Disciple Makers Christian Fellowship. He co-presented a research report on adults with Down syndrome at the 39th Annual National Down Syndrome Congress Convention in Texas. He plans graduate study in public policy and public administration.
The song "We Are the World" by USA for Africa resonates with his leadership philosophy. Led by Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie, the song, featuring 47 additional artists, is about putting egos aside and working with others toward the common good.
Andrew "Andy" Mello '13 is an economics and environmental studies double major from Boxford, Mass. He is the fraternity educator in Lambda Chi Alpha, and was on the men's soccer team his freshmen and sophomore year. He hopes to complete an internship in alternative energy production during the summer of 2012, and plans a career in that industry.
Mello believes leaders should be selfless, and feels "The General" by Dispatch expresses that ideal.
Colin Pryor '13 is a psychology major and film studies minor from Northport, NY. He is a member of Alpha Chi Rho and spent the summer of 2011 working for Vector Marketing. He plans to attend graduate school, and either teach, become a psychologist, or work in the television and film industry.
Colin likes the Foo Fighters song "Best of You" because of its messages of perseverance, moving forward in the face of adversity, and learning from failure.
Adrienne Rahs '12 is a math major and an economics minor from Bethlehem, Pa. She is a member of the softball team and the Student Athlete Advisory Council and was a research scholar intern in the continuing education department at the Lehigh Valley Health Network.
She points to "Here Comes the Sun" by The Beatles because it reflects the optimism she feels when leading a group, especially in tough times.
Founded in 1832, Gettysburg College is a highly selective four-year residential college of liberal arts and sciences with a strong academic tradition. Alumni include Rhodes Scholars, a Nobel laureate, and other distinguished scholars. The college enrolls 2,600 undergraduate students and is located on a 200-acre campus adjacent to the Gettysburg National Military Park in Pennsylvania.
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Founded in 1832, Gettysburg College is a highly selective four-year residential college of liberal arts and sciences with a strong academic tradition. Alumni include Rhodes Scholars, a Nobel laureate, and other distinguished scholars. The college enrolls 2,700 undergraduate students and is located on a 200-acre campus adjacent to the Gettysburg National Military Park in Pennsylvania.
Posted: Mon, 21 Nov 2011
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