New program established to enhance leadership skills in WVU Davis College students

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This spring, high-achieving freshmen in the West Virginia University Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources
and Design will be offered a chance to become part of new
program designed to enhance their leadership skills and career preparedness.

The Davis-Michael Sustainability Fellows Program will offer
transformational learning opportunities to exceptional students across all
disciplines in the college.

“This unique program offers many benefits for the next generation of
sustainability leaders,” said Daniel J. Robison, dean of the WVU Davis College.
“The program will offer academic enrichment and professional development
opportunities as well as mentoring and success coaching, and we’re excited to
be able to offer our best and brightest these opportunities.”

Each year up to 12 freshmen, at least two from each of the college’s
five divisions and two from the Davis-Michael
Scholars Pre-Veterinary Program, will be selected by college leadership. Additional
students from the college’s upper ranks may also be selected. 

Students will have the opportunity to attend a series of
sustainability-themed and capacity-themed programs and participate in field
trips, organizational and leadership training – including team development
initiatives at the WVU
Outdoor Education Center – service activities on campus and across the
community, study trips – locally and abroad — and special scholarly events,
lectures and panels.

“This in-depth curriculum will provide fellows with more extensive
learning experiences,” said Hillar Klandorf, coordinator of the new program and
professor of animal and nutritional sciences. “We will also host faculty
partners to lead discussions about cutting-edge topics and engage the fellows
in applied learning activities.”

This enhanced approach will create a strong foundation that empowers
students to excel in college and in their careers.

“Students will be challenged to put their skills, knowledge and
leadership philosophy into action in a team approach,” said Todd Petty,
associate dean for academic affairs. “As the students pursue their professional
passions they will collaborate with peers …

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