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Student leaders donate to local pediatric unit

Lancaster, Ohio (May 5, 2004) -- Leaders often look for ways to make their communities better places to work and raise their families. The students in the LEAD (Leadership Enhancement and Acquisition Development) program at the Ohio University Lancaster Campus and the Pickerington Center are doing just that.

Communication major and LEAD student Carole Nelson led the effort to collect books and small games for patients in Fairfield Medical Center's pediatric unit. Staff members were excited to receive new items for their youngest patients, for whom the time passes so slowly.

LEAD students have met since October to plan events and study leadership styles and to learn team building, conflict resolution, financial management, fundraising, recruiting and motivating volunteers, publicity and public relations and business etiquette. Their interactive workshops rotated between the Lancaster Campus and the Pickerington Center.

According Candice Thomas-Maddox, faculty adviser, students may participate in LEAD by invitation only.

Delegates were recommended based upon their leadership abilities and dedication to furthering student activities at the Lancaster Campus and Pickerington Center. Students were encouraged to submit an application and a letter of recommendation from a faculty member.

Current participants are Mark Anderson, Amy Baker, Catherine Bauman, Courtney Grimm, Christina Handy, Veronica Hiner, Shirley Johnson, Vince Lazzaro, Heather Mallory, Abby Mathias, Carole Nelson, Sarah Wagner and Michele White.

Thomas-Maddox and Leigh Trapp, director of the Pickerington Center, coordinate the program. Janet Becker, Brian Hoyt, Jennifer LaRue and Alan Middleton teach the various workshop components.

Students interested in the next LEAD class, beginning fall 2004, should contact Ohio University Lancaster Campus or the Pickerington Campus at (740) 654-6711 or 1-888-446-4468, ext. 657.

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Media Contact: Jennifer LaRue, (740) 654-6711 or larue@ohio.edu

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