Student Leadership Challenge News

Tuesday, April 15th through Monday, April 21st, 2014


Greetings Challenge Participants:

Did you know that April is National Financial Literacy Month? It was established to promote financial wellness across the country. Now, throughout April, various financial-support associations at Temple will host events in the Howard Gittis Student Center to help students and staff achieve financial wellness. Read below to see the events you can attend!

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Student Loan Repayment

When: April 16, 12:00–2:00 p.m.

Where: Howard Gittis Student Center, Room 200B

Did you know student loan repayment terms begin six months after graduation? Attend this session for where the presenters will detail different types of repayment plans, deferments, and public-service and cancellation options for federal student loans. Ask questions, gain knowledge and walk away prepared to make a financial plan for post-commencement student loan repayment.

*This event is not part of the Student Leadership Challenge.

Credit for Life Workshop

When: April 23, 12:00–2:00 p.m.

Where: Howard Gittis Student Center, room 200B

Do you have questions about how credit works and your credit report? Do you believe you are knowledgeable about credit but want to ask a few questions to be sure?

Join Jill Dempsey, a certified credit counselor, as she explains credit reports and their significant elements. She also will explain how to repair a damaged credit report. This workshop is open to all audiences.

*This is not part of the Student Leadership Challenge.

A Day in the Life of a Diamond Leader- Daniel Butsko

  1. What has been your motivation for getting involved in the Diamond Leader program? How long have you been a Diamond Leader? I originally got involved with the Student Leadership Challenge because I saw events during my freshman Welcome Week that were worth Leadership Diamond Points. I didn't know what the points got me, but I just knew I wanted them. So once I found out more about the office by going to the events, I felt it was something that would be very helpful for me as someone who enjoys being in leadership roles.
  2. How has the experience impacted you? I have been a Diamond Leader for 3 years. The experience has become one of my favorite parts about my time at Temple. I've learned so much about myself and my leadership style and potential. I've also made some amazing friends and life-long connections that I will cherish for years to come.
  3. What has been your fondest memory? My fondest memory was also my very first experience as a Diamond Leader. It was the Spring semester of my freshman year. Shortly after I got accepted, I went on the Diamond Leader Spring Retreat and it was AMAZING. The physical team building activities we completed, the workshops facilitated by Joe Urbanski, the group of people I was with was absolutely amazing! Towards the end of the weekend, we had a talent show night where several of the Diamond Leaders performed a lip-synching dance routine to Destiny's Child "Say My Name", and it really broke the ice in the group and cemented the friendships between all of us in the program.
  4. What is the best part of being a Diamond Leader? The best part of being a Diamond Leader is having a program that I feel really empowered to take ownership of. I have become so invested in it and the Office of Leadership Development that I feel as if I could go on and on about the program and how it can benefit students. I have definitely become a huge supporter of leadership development and the events our Office puts on to help students become better leaders.
  5. Do you have any tips/advice for any future Diamond Leaders? Take this program seriously. If you are willing to dedicate the time and effort to being a part of it, you will become so much of a better person for it.

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Stay connected with The Office of Leadership Development! It's a great way to to find out everything that is new and exciting and how you can stay involved.

How to Check Your Leadership Diamond Points on Blackboard

· Log onto your Blackboard.

· Click on “TU Student Leadership Challenge”.

· Click on “Tools”.

· Click on “My Grades”.

· This will show you what events you have attended and how many points you have earned through this attendance. Remember, you need 50 Leadership Diamond Points to apply for the Diamond Leaders program.

· Please note: These points are for the Leadership Challenge only, you will not receive academic credit for your involvement in the program.