Leadership Retreat 2013

Mon, 17th June, 2013

“One of the best weekends ever!”
“One of the most epic weekends I've had in a long time!”
“Start to finish it was simply an amazing experience with great people.”
“Thanks everyone!” “
“Great weekend guys, you will all be missed.”

All comments that were accompanied by tears, kisses and hugs at Geneva’s International Airport on Sunday, June 9, 2013 when the Webster Geneva and Vienna students bid farewell after an amazing weekend together.

Student leaders from the Webster University Geneva and Vienna campus who are part of the WebsterLEADS Student Leadership Certificate Program met for the annual Orientation Leadership Retreat in Geneva on June 5, 2013. A caravan of 4 cars brought the 19 students, 2 Student Affairs representatives and 1 artist to the little town of Dracy les Couches in Burgundy, France. Once there the students were engaged in hands on workshops and follow up discussions. The times in-between were spent cooking, cleaning and getting to know one another over games, chatting and the occasional glass of French wine of that region.

Kerry Grummert, Director of Student Affairs at Webster University Geneva, has been holding these leadership retreats for the Webster Geneva student leaders successfully for about 10 years. He takes his students on this retreat on an annual basis and this year, for the first time, Jutta Pedigo, Student Affairs Coordinator at Webster University Vienna joined him with 5 students from Webster Vienna. After a fun leadership walk through the woods spiked with obstacles; discussions over expectations of the retreat the essence of new student orientation was explored. The next day the group undertook an excursion to a nearby city called Autun for an art workshop with the American artist Maureen McCormick. On the next and last day, the student leaders finished their art project and had to present it to the rest of the group before the farewell dinner and party.

The Orientation Leadership Retreat gives the student the opportunity to identify and recognize their talents, skills and potential. The activities strengthen their servant-leadership abilities and team building skills and learn to network with current student leaders and are informed about the involvement opportunities on and off campus. Foremost, student leaders learn to communicate and listen effectively with others. All crucial aspects for a student leader’s tool box when welcoming new students to campus.