Leadership Fellows News

2017 Senior Leadership Capstone Projects

Senior Capstone Video Project (shown at Windows on the World 04/21/17)

This past Spring Semester, graduating seniors in LFP participated in Senior Leadership Capstone Projects. These service projects allowed teams of students to serve the surrounding community in a variety of ways. Through the planning and implementation of these projects, students put into practice the leadership skills they have been developing over their journey here at Eastern. The goal of the capstone project was to find a specific need outside of the campus community and practically find strategic ways to serve that organization's need. Through their service, students put into practice the core commitments of LFP they have been growing over the past four years - leadership development, faith formation, and philanthropic creativity.

The projects ranged from coaching, to consulting, to entrepreneurial. One group helped Project HEAL - Southeast PA Chapter in promoting Eating Disorder awareness by participating in a photography project that met a need of the organization. Another group worked with a climate change organization Young Evangelicals for Climate Action to gather people's climate testimonies. A third group raised money for Fellowship Community Church's local food pantry. Another group served a local non-profit store, The Alley Door, by helping the owner improve her advertising. A fifth group held a staff appreciation day for Nancy Hicks Live, a local non-profit organization in the community. The sixth group created a presentation for Nationalities Service Center to promote awareness of refugee needs in the community. As one can tell, the projects ranged in topics and types of service, yet each one was uniquely designed to meet the needs of a community group through the skills and dedication of LFP students.

Feedback on the projects was wonderful, and the surrounding community was deeply appreciative of the service from the students. Many commented how much they enjoyed having EU students help their organizations, and what a difference the groups made for them (Check out this kind post)! This experience also had a positive effect on the students, who describe this as a great opportunity to really put what they have been learning into practice.

The students presented these projects and their outcomes to the Eastern community on April 21st, 2017 through a moderated forum style presentation at Windows on the World.  They also helped put together an introduction film (seen above) as a prelude to the presentation.

Check out a photo gallery of the seniors during the final film shoot.

Read more on some of our featured seniors (class of 2017):

Shannon Farmer

Kyle Berner

Shelby Kuchenbrod

 

 

 

President of Kingdom Chamber of Commerce visits LFP

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 Hailey Pipersburgh '18 (left-center) & LFP Forum Speaker Angela Pipersburgh (right-center)

 

On Monday, November 14th, over 50 LFP students had the unique opportunity to hear from Angela Pipersburgh, President of Kingdom Chamber of Commerce, an organization committed to integrating business and faith. Ms. Pipersburgh defined business for students, and explained how this is essentially finding and solving a human problem. She discussed the idea of transformational leadership, and encouraged students to revive their passion for living, pursue their dreams, discover their vision, and thus find their lives. Her passion and dedication to leadership developments was evident, and she grounded her words in Biblical teaching. She shared Scriptural wisdom from Ecclesiastes 9:10, Proverbs 29:18, Proverbs 18:16, and 2 Timothy 1:6-7, and many other verse. She explained that whatever was in the students was God breathed, and that trust is the currency of leadership. She encouraged them to never pursue a decision based on money, but on purpose, and that the only thing that will every satisfy them is to live out a dream.

Ms. Pipersburgh's words that leadership is not finding something to live for but something to die for, and her admonition to consider what fruit they are serving humanity, certainly impacted the fifty students in the room. She ended her time with the students by expressing that the greatest tragedy in life is not death, but life without a purpose, and that students do not have time to waste. LFP was grateful for Ms. Pipersburgh sharing her vision, passion, and wisdom with the students. The encouragement and impact she left will likely continue to resonate with many as they journey forward on the path of leadership development.

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