Springfield, Ohio –
Clark State Community College and U.S. Army Springfield Recruiting Station conducted 14 leadership workshops from October to February in preparation for the 2019 Leadership Conference and Workshop. These workshops each had a different theme; Awareness, Decisiveness, Empathy, Accountability, Confidence, Honesty/Optimism, Focusing and Inspiration- each of which was to help promote healthy community relationships with faculty and students.
Over 75 students from CSCC, Wright State University, University of Dayton, Sinclair College, Graham High School and their JROTC Program attended.
The conference kicked off with one of many guest speakers, Dayton Army Recruiting Company Commander Captain Lawrence Bufalino, spoke of his leadership experience keeping morale high while leading over 100 soldiers through vigorous field training exercises in the field.
Clark State Community College President Jo Alice Blondin spoke next, describing how her path to leadership and college presidency began through Student Government as a college student herself.
Next, students were separated into groups which forced them to intermingle with new faces and complete challenging tasks without the familiarity of their friends and close classmates, allowing them to demonstrate how leadership can be rewarding.
After a catered lunch from Subway and receiving a “swag bag”, the students and faculty had the pleasure of a visit and inspirational speech from The Representative for Ohio’s 8th District, Congressman Warren Davidson.
Congressman Davidson is a veteran of the United States Army, beginning as an enlisted soldier for his first 12 years in service before attending The United States Military Academy at West Point, where he was commissioned. Warren served in Army Officer positions in distinguished units such as The Old Guard, The 75th Ranger Regiment and the 101st Airborne Division. He spoke of his past leadership experiences with the US Army leading up to his run for Congress. Congressman Davidson described how these experiences gave him the confidence to stand up for what he believes in, while serving his local community and the American people with his seat in Congress.
One outstanding moment from the Congressman’s speech was his reminiscent quote from his old Command Sergeant Major from the 75th Ranger Regiment, Command Sergeant Major Hall, who told him in reference to leadership development that “When you get a soldier that is failing, take a good hard look in the mirror at yourself and make sure you are not failing the soldier.”