Poet Student-Athlete Leadership Academy
The Poet Student-Athlete Leadership Academy will develop, challenge and support student-athletes and coaches in their quest to become world-class leaders in athletics, academics and life. The Leadership Academy will create a positive learning environment for personal growth, rooted in the foundations of pride, integrity and commitment to excellence. Our goal is to create a strong network of disciplined and confident Poet leaders, who are prepared to become Champions in Life.
PSALA meets every other Thursday at 7:30am at the Hartley House
|2015-16 Student-Athlete Leadership Academy Directory|
|Director||Monica Gerardofirstname.lastname@example.org||x 4976|
|Committee Member||Robert Coleman - Executive Director of Athleticsemail@example.com||x 4268|
|Committee Member||Dee Dee Kingsbury - Softballfirstname.lastname@example.org||x 4935|
|Committee Member||Patricia Bonagura - Women's Lacrosseemail@example.com||x 4855|
|Committee Member||Laura Elliot - Equipment Manager/Women's Basketballfirstname.lastname@example.org||x 4970|
|Committee Member||Chris Duarte-McDermott - Volleyballemail@example.com||x 4606|
|Committee Member||Todd Stratton - Footballfirstname.lastname@example.org||x 4872|
|Vice President||Erica Houston||Women's Basketball||2017|
|Social Media Coordinator||Kourtney Brodnax||Track & Field||2017|
|Target Growth Areas|
Athletic Department Culture: develop a safe, meaningful and successful athletic program, that not only contributes towards a better overall school culture, but adds excitement to the community as well. When culture is developed, student-athlete participation increases, student attendance at games increases and community support improves. These efforts will result in a better overall athletic experience for the student-athletes, the coaches, the student body and the community.
Self-awareness: personal core values, personality strengths, areas for growth, influence of life experience on leadership style.
Commitment to Institutional & Team Goals: investment in task-oriented behaviors, institutional involvement & engagement, taking ownership & empowering teammates in pursuit of team goals.
Life Skills Building: time management, responsibility, teamwork, communication skills, problem solving skills, etc.
Empathy & Perspective Taking: social support, concern for team welfare, emotional and social intelligence.
Soft Skills Development: the cluster of personality traits, social graces, communication, language, personal habits, friendliness, managing people, leadership, etc. that characterize relationships with other people.
|Thurs., Sept. 10||Building the Whittier College Athletic Department Culture|
|Thurs., Sept. 17||Building the Whittier College Athletic Department Culture|
|Thurs., Oct. 15||One Love Foundation|
|Thurs., Oct. 29||Self-Awareness|
|Thurs., Nov. 19||Self-Awareness|
|Thurs., Dec. 10||John Franey/TBD|
|Thurs., Jan. 14||Jen Schumacher/Commitment to Institutional & Team Goals|
|Thurs., Feb. 4||Life Skills Buidling|
|Thurs., Feb. 25||Life Skills Building; Summer Retreat Information; Special Olympics|
|Thurs., Mar. 24||Empathy & Perspective Taking; Special Olympics; (April 4-8) NCAA Div. III SA Appreciation Week/Poet Pride Night)|
|Thurs., Apr. 14||Soft Skills Development; Special Olympics|
|May 2016 (TBD)||Summer Retreat|