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Local Colleges Partner to Host Leadership Conference for Chinese Students

Monday, January 05, 2009


Plattsburgh, New York …. Dr. Stephen St. Onge, vice president for student affairs, at Clinton Community College, Jackie Girard Vogl, director, and Cody McCabe, international student advisor, for the Office of International Student Services at SUNY Plattsburgh, have partnered together to develop a leadership program for students who are part of the "China 150 Program." The Chinese students, who are attending various SUNY colleges and universities for the year, are from the Sichuan Province of China which was devastated by an earthquake last May. Sixty-six Chinese students from ten SUNY campuses will be attending the Leadership Conference at CCC on January 7, 8, and 9, 2009, during their winter break. The three-member team has developed a program to provide the students with leadership skills and experiences that could be of benefit to their home community upon their return to China.

"Bringing these students together to focus on leadership presents an opportunity for this cohort to turn what they have learned into tangible things they can do when they return to China," said St. Onge. "One of the primary focuses of this conference is a focus on servicegiving back to your community." 

"I am very pleased that more than 60 of the China 150 students studying throughout New York State will be coming to the North Country for this conference," said Jackie Girard Vogl. "It will be a celebratory reunion for many of the students who have not seen each other since August.  Moreover, the conference provides an opportunity for the students to consider the many aspects of leadership and to develop their own ideas about how to apply their curricular and co-curricular experiences this year to become leaders in their home campuses and communities."

Keynote speaker for the conference is Dr. Frederick Woodward, president of CCC. Conference topics will include, Ethics/Ethical Decision Making, Communication Skills, Conflict Resolution, Facilitation Skills, Resume Building/Networking, and "A Day of Service," where the students will go out to visit local businesses in the community to take part in a "giving back" to the community.

McCabe explained, "The community organizations involved in the China 150 Leadership Conference have been great partners in organizing this event.  They are very excited to have our students serving with them." He said, "Our students are also looking forward to the chance to spend a day volunteering with the children, elderly and disadvantaged residents of Plattsburgh. It’s clear that everyone involved in this project is going to benefit." The community organizations who will be participating are Third Age Adult Day Center, SUNY Plattsburgh Child Care Center, Adirondack Humane Society, Salvation Army, JCEO Food Pantry, and Family Connections.

President Woodward said, "It is a pleasure to host this important and significant event. The thought of a conference was first expressed by SUNY when they conceived this humanitarian effort and offered campuses across the State the opportunity to participate in providing educational experiences to the students. Recently, our two local campuses planned the conference to make this expressed wish a reality. It is important to realize the greater Plattsburgh community will also share in this experience as the students spend a day of their conference providing community service. This will be a win-win experience. The students gain the opportunity to give while the community gains what those on the campuses already know - the positive attitudes these young people exude through their warmth, caring, respect, honor and pride. We are looking forward to a wonderful conference and a positive experience for all involved."

Buffalo State, Herkimer Community College, SUNY Binghamton, SUNY Canton, SUNY Cobleskill, SUNY Delhi, and SUNY Oswego are the campuses hosting "China 150 Program" students that will be attending the Leadership Conference at CCC.