PLP Weekly Update

Out with the Old, in with the New! Goodbyes, Welcomes, etc.

A Few Reminders

If you have not already done so, please submit your End of the Year Report by TODAY at 5 PM. Failure to complete this on time could affect your status.

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It's that time of year again!

It's time for final papers, projects, tests and presentations! You only have one more day of classes, and 7 days of exams-- you are so close to the end! Congratulations Class of 2015 for making it this far, it's only 18 days until Commencement, so make it count! Transitions are happening across this campus as the classes of 2016, 2017, and 2018 are moving up in the ranks, while the rest of campus prepares for Commencement and Orientation to welcome the class of 2019!


Up in the PLP office, we cannot believe it is the end of another year here. What's even crazier is that the 2014-2015 Fellows are about a month away from leaving our CNU home and taking on the world for the first time. We are so excited to have been a part of your journey for the past year. We have seen you learn and grow in and outside of the classroom (especially you Emily, Maria, and Brandon in Professor Hinz's Leading Change class!). We've heard the stories you have shared about leadership impacting your life through service, study abroad, and campus involvement (Thanks Coffeehouse speakers - Taylor & Matt, Hayley, Amanda, Brianna, Elizabeth, Julia, Codie, Ben and Marisa, and PLP Impact!). And we've had the chance to meet one on one with almost all of you, which has been a great opportunity that each of us has enjoyed immensely.


As the 3 PLP Fellows prepare to move on from CNU, we have been reflecting a lot on what this experience has been for us, how you all have touched our lives in some way, and the lessons we want to carry with us as we move forward. You will see below a few parting words from each of us, and we hope that you will come visit and say goodbye in the coming weeks before you head home for the summer. Thank you for everything you have given us over the last year. CNU is our home, and we are so thankful to have been a part of your journey in some way this year.


While goodbyes can be difficult, please know that PLP will continue to be in good hands. We will soon be passing the torch to 3 incredibly awesome ladies to take on the PLP Fellowship for the 2015-2016 academic year. They are so excited to share a little bit about themselves and to start working with you all next year. Check it out below!

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Current Fellows

Kelsey Stiles - Current PLP Fellow for Leadership Development

What's one thing you want to share with the current students?

"Come up to the third floor of the DSU and hang out with the new Fellows. They are awesome and full of so much advice/wisdom about being a CNU student. Come talk to them about their experiences, ask questions, and seek out their mentorship!"


What are you doing next year?

I will be staying at CNU an additional year to complete the MAT Program in Elementary Education! I am so excited to be a student Captain again and can't wait to see you all around campus!


What picture did you include?

My favorite image is where is all began for us! SLAP 2014!

Susan Patriquin - Current PLP Fellow for Experiential Learning

What's one thing you want to share with the current students?

"Take advantage of everything CNU and PLP have to offer. Get involved in things you are passionate about and take them to new heights. Also study hard, work for relationships you care about, and give your time at CNU everything you've got. Don't be afraid to fail or try something new! Like Albus Dumbledore said, Help will always be given at Hogwarts (and CNU) to those who ask for it."


What are you doing next year?

I will be working with Education First, a global education company that specializes in study abroad and foreign exchange programming. I will be leading their summer program in Thornwood, NY.


What picture did you include?

Kelsey stole one of my favorite moments, but I also really loved spending time outside of work together. This was one of our first outdoor soccer intramural games in the fall!

Zach Walseman - Current PLP Fellow for Student Success and Engagement

What's one thing you want to share with the current students?

"PLP can offer an unbelievable amount of resources, but you have to be willing to ask!"


What are you doing next year?

I will be moving to Richmond to work for a company called Aerotek


What picture did you include?

One of our first projects together -- a High School Musical montage performed during SLAP!

New Fellows

Becca Boyea - Incoming PLP Fellow for Experiential Learning

Where are you from?

El Paso, Texas


What are you studying?

Major in Chemistry, Minor in Leadership Studies



What are you most excited for in this new role?

"I'm so excited to build relationships with students and spend one more year on this beautiful and welcoming campus."



What's something fun that you want to share with the current students?

"I've spent almost a third of my life abroad!"

Jolie Dudley - Incoming PLP Fellow for Student Success

Where are you from?

Waynesboro, VA


What are you studying?

Major in Psychology, Minor in Leadership Studies


What are you most excited about in this new role?

"I'm so excited to give back to the program that has given me so much over these past four years"


What's something fun you want to share with the current students?

"My cousin was on an episode of Modern Family!"

Abigail Swauger (Grimes) - Incoming PLP Fellow for Leadership Development

Where are you from?

Fredericksburg, VA


What are you studying?

Major in Sociology, Minors in Leadership Studies and Civic Engagement and Social Entreprenuership


What are you most excited about in this new role?

"I am so pumped that with all the goodbyes of graduation I don't have to say goodbye to Common's buffalo chicken wraps just yet. But really I'm so excited to get to meet and hang out with current CNU leadership students as well as all of the incoming freshmen. Maybe we can go enjoy buff chicken wraps together!"


What is something fun you want to share with the current students?

"I'm getting married after graduation so my name will be changing very soon! Don't let that confuse you!"

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