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Three high-profile speakers due at WMU this fall for leadership series

September 15, 1998

KALAMAZOO -- Former hockey player Bill Clement, environmental activist Robert Kennedy Jr. and diversity trainer Jane Elliott will be the featured speakers this fall for Western Michigan University's 1998-99 Leadership Workshops series.

The 11 workshops, which are free and open to the public, kick off with a Sept. 23 address by Clement. They are being sponsored by the Keystone Leadership Program, a WMU student organization that helps students enhance their leadership skills and personal growth. It offers a variety of opportunities for students to build skills, serve as campus and community leaders, and receive recognition for outstanding leadership achievements.

"Our lecture series provides leadership development opportunities for Western Michigan University students," says Brad Harr, a graduate student from West Phalia, Mich., who coordinates the Keystone Leadership Program for WMU's Office of Student Life. "It's our hope that students take these leadership skills and apply them to their campus and their community."

Clement will present "Leader? That's YOU!" at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 23, in the North Ballroom of the Bernhard Center. He is a game analyst for ESPN's National Hockey League telecasts as well as a sought-after motivational speaker. The former NHL All-Star played for 11 years with Philadelphia, Washington and Calgary. Clement also is an actor and model and has appeared in more than 250 television commercials.

Kennedy will present a talk on "Our Environmental Destiny" at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 21, in the North Ballroom of the Bernhard Center. The son of the late Sen. Robert F. Kennedy Jr., he has been characterized as one of today's three best environmental attorneys. He currently is the chief prosecuting attorney for the Hudson Riverkeeper and senior attorney for the Natural Resources Defense Council. Kennedy uses his talks to challenge students to become community leaders and activists.

"The Anatomy of Prejudice" will be the subject of Elliott's thought-provoking program at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 18, in Miller Auditorium. Elliott, a former Iowa school teacher, gained national recognition after Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination in 1968 with her now legendary "Blue Eyes/Brown Eyes" classroom experiment.

In the experiment she grouped students as superior or inferior based on their eye color. The learning and behavioral changes that resulted caused Elliott and many other people across the country to re-examine their views about bias, ignorance and racism in society. Her appearances at other universities have been described as "inspiring" and "challenging."

The workshop series also includes a wide range of additional programs. A complete schedule follows. For more information, persons interested in the series should call Brad Harr at (616) 387-2138. Additions to the schedule will be posted on the World Wide Web at <studentworld.wmich.edu/osl/KLP>.

1998-99 Leadership Workshops, Keystone Leadership Program

Sept. 23, 1998 -- "Leader? That's YOU!" with Bill Clement, former hockey player and ESPN hockey analyst, at 7:30 p.m. in the North Ballroom of the Bernhard Center.

Oct. 13, 1998 -- "Laugh Your Worries Away" with Laurie Young, co-owner of Laughter Works, at 8:30 p.m. in Room 204 of the Bernhard Center.

Oct. 21, 1998 -- "Our Environmental Destiny" with Robert Kennedy Jr., environmental lawyer and activist, at 7:30 p.m. in the North Ballroom of the Bernhard Center.

Nov. 3, 1998 -- "Leadership and Team Building" with Dr. Jody A. Brylinsky, WMU associate professor of health, physical education and recreation, at 8:30 p.m. in Room 204 of the Bernhard Center.

Nov. 18, 1998 -- "The Anatomy of Prejudice" with Jane Elliott, diversity trainer, at 7:30 p.m. in Miller Auditorium.

Jan. 12, 1999 -- "Recruitment and Retention of Organization Members" with Todd T. Hufford, WMU coordinator of campus programming, at 8:30 p.m. in Room 204 of the Bernhard Center.

Jan. 27, 1999 -- "What Are Employers Looking For?" with Thomas Brown, Old Kent Financial Corp., at 7:30 p.m. in Room 208 of the Bernhard Center.

Feb. 9, 1999 -- "Resolving Conflict Through Leadership" with Dr. David W. Parrott, WMU associate dean of students, at 8:30 p.m. in Room 204 of the Bernhard Center.

Feb. 24, 1999 -- "Creative Leadership Styles" with Melody Templeton, American Management Association instructor, at 7:30 p.m. in Schneider Hall (room to be announced).

March 16, 1999 -- "How You Can Affect Your Campus, Your Community and Your World" with Dr. Donald F. Cooney, WMU associate professor of social work, at 8:30 p.m. in Room 204 of the Bernhard Center.

March 31, 1999 -- "Leadership Styles and Team Building" panel discussion with members of the WMU Division of Intercollegiate Athletics at 7:30 p.m. (location to be announced)

Media contact: Jeanne Baron, 616 387-8400, jeanne.baron@wmich.edu

Media Advisory: Some speakers may be available to meet with members of the media. To determine their availability or to obtain details of their WMU itinerary, contact Brad Harr in the Office of Student Life at 616 387-2138.

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