Aug. 22, 2011

Geneseo Student Leaders to Gather Aug. 25 for Training Symposium


Student Leadership Symposium keynote speaker Matt Mattson.

GENESEO, N.Y. - SUNY Geneseo is expecting 220 student leaders from all areas of campus Aug. 25 for the college's second annual Student Leadership Symposium, which will focus this year on effective communication and social skills. Residence hall assistants, captains from athletic teams, student government officers and leaders from Greek and other organizations will be among those participating in the symposium to kick off the academic year. Classes begin at Geneseo Aug. 29.

The keynote speaker for the symposium will be Matt Mattson, co-founder and president of Phired Up Productions, an education firm providing recruitment services and social excellence training to colleges and universities.

"Matt Mattson has a strong reputation for developing social excellence skills in students and we are looking forward to the contributions he will make in helping our student leaders sharpen their communication skills," said Tom Matthews, director of leadership education, development and training at Geneseo. "Our student leaders all have specific leadership roles on campus and all will benefit from the symposium conversations about effective communication and social skills."

The student leaders also will have the opportunity to choose among 17 Geneseo Opportunity for Leadership Development (GOLD) workshops, all focused on communication. GOLD programs are available to all Geneseo students throughout the year to complement their academic studies.

A key session during the symposium for the student leaders will be bystander intervention training. Geneseo's award-winning Stand Up for One Another program has been recognized by a number of organizations within higher education. The program educates students on the dangers of substance abuse, empowers them to make right choices and to look out for each other's welfare.

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