Leadership events provide valuable experience for students
As the new editor in chief of the Daily Cougar, Channler Hill
will be leading a team of student journalists with one goal in
mind – cover the people and events at the University of Houston
in a timely and accurate manner.
That’s a lot of responsibility, but Hill knows one key will be
to ask for help when she needs it.
“Often times as a leader you have the mindset that you don’t
need help and that people should be asking for your assistance,”
she said. “But being a leader is about not being afraid to say,
‘I don’t know what I’m doing’ when you come across a particular
issue that is not in your field of expertise.”
That approach was one of the key points she learned during the
recent Executive Leadership Retreat for student leaders. More
than 60 students from UH took part in the retreat, which was
kicked off by the fifth annual Student Leadership Forum.
The forum, held in the multipurpose room at Oberholtzer Hall,
was organized by the divisions of Administration & Finance and
Student Affairs. It included presentations by division leaders
on the history of UH, the campus master plan, the budget process
and the vision for student success.
“The Student Leadership Forum is really an opportunity for you
to seek and get information from the university about its
history, how it is structured, and most importantly, how you all
fit into the call to make UH a more student success-oriented
campus,” Keith Kowalka, assistant vice president for Student
Affairs-Student Life, told the group.
The forum was created five years ago to educate student leaders
on how to work with campus administration, as well as be a tool
for sharing ideas and plans with them.
Hill has some advice for students contemplating taking part in
the leadership activities next year.
“It will change your life in ways you can’t imagine until you
attend,” she said.