With fire in his heart, steel in his backbone and vomit running down his chin, Bob slumped his shoulders across the finish line at exactly 10 minutes. Running 1.5 miles in 10 minutes is not a spectacular feat unless it means you have just earned the LDP Black Shirt.
The Leadership Development program offers many amazing opportunities for its members to bonds with its teammates. To say that the LDP is a team would be an understatement, the LDP is a family where you are driven to succeed, but also raised up when you fail. Continue reading “#LDPhoto Challenge”
Homecoming Food Drive Summary
This past week the LDP took on the exciting task of hosting the first annual Homecoming RSO Food Drive. Earlier on in this semester, we saw the prevalent need the SIU Food Pantry had for donations. However, it was not just the call for donations that inspired us to create this Food Drive; it was the potential for SIU organizations to unify in order to support our fellow Salukis. Once we shared the impact this Food Drive could have, other SIU organizations quickly hopped on board. After a lot of hard work, dedication, and collaboration we ended up having over 25 organizations come together and raise $2137.75 worth of monetary and item donations. It was heartwarming to be able to see the SIU Food Pantry filled to the brim with donations from all of the RSO’s. It was truly a privilege to have so many people come together to fulfill this need that we had on campus.
LDP’s Infinite Cycle of Impact
Members come and go but the cycle continues, our sponsors continue to provide for us and we continue to produce world class technical leaders.
This past week I had the opportunity to coordinate the LDP’s table at the Reverse STEM Career Fair. It’s almost impossible to speak to the breath of this project, as it opened my eyes to the true effect of the LDP. All our members have different reasons for joining. Similarly, our sponsors likely have personal reasons to invest, but one commonality among sponsors is they want a return on investment. That return being us, the world class technical leaders the LDP produces. Continue reading “Connor Eigelberger – Reverse STEM Career Fair”
“Two roads diverged in a wood and I- I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference” – Robert Frost
Science, as a method of acquiring knowledge, not only enables advances that shape the course of human history, but molds the identity of individuals who join its pursuits. With logic, through curiosity, we pursue questions to understand the marvels of nature leading to evidence-based explanations and predictions. As we work to make sense of the unknown, we experience the difficulties of making decisions in high-stress environments, under the constant specter of uncertainty. Through our training, we become problem-solvers, innovators, technical experts, and skeptical pursuers of knowledge. However, the path to receive expertise in science, at any level, does not in itself confer us the training of a global technical leader.
|The Pledge Signed by The Members of LDP|
Development of technical leaders for the 21st century has become a critical need for the United States to maintain its global leadership in a technology-based economy. The highly successful LDP under the direction of Dr. Bruce DeRuntz in the College of Engineering (COE) at Southern Illinois University Carbondale (SIU) has demonstrated the ability to build a professional STEM workforce for tomorrow to help meet this need. For the past nine years, the COE LDP has shown success with a 95% pre-graduation placement record, significant increases in timely graduation and increased corporate sponsorship for this program and its graduates.