Monday, May 19, 2014

It's Not Over 'til It's Over

      The spring semester coming to an end does not mean the PLC is at rest. We ended the year with a couple of exciting events that strengthened our bond and made a more cohesive team. Towards the end of April, a majority of the members took a trip to Tulsa to participate in the annual Color Run. For those of you who are not familiar with this 5k, it involved runners getting covered in colored corn starch from head to toe. It was a great way to bond with some PLC members. Crossing the finish line as a team gave us a sense of accomplishment as well as a feeling of PLC unity. Although many of us had rainbow colored snot for a couple of hours, it was worth the great time we shared. 
             If the Color Run was not enough fun, all 40 of us took a trip to Big Cedar Lodge in Branson, Missouri. It was the weekend before finals week, so most of us were a little stressed to be leaving for three days on a trip instead of studying. However, looking back, it seems as though the members of PLC needed some time to breathe and relax. Throughout the trip, we participated in team building exercises such as scavenger hunts and bow and arrow tag. These activities, along with much needed relaxation, made for a great weekend that brought us closer as an organization. In PLC, we believe that a close knit team provides or a better environment for becoming leaders and accomplishing tasks. These two events brought us closer together therefore allowing us to effectively lead Rogers State University.     

Sunday, April 6, 2014

One House at a Time: Habitat for Humanity

            This past Saturday, the entire PLC took a trip to Tulsa to work on a Habitat for Humanity house. We split up into three teams that worked on three different building sites. I was on the paint crew! After four hours of labor and 15 gallons of white paint, we accomplished our goal of painting the entire interior of the house. It was a great time to exhibit and grow our teamwork skills as well as have a great time!

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

I Was So Excited For Spring, I Wet My Plants!

Now that spring break has come to an end, PLC students are working hard to finish out the semester. There are a few activities that we are looking forward to this spring that we want to share! We here at the PLC are looking forward to representing RSU at the Tulsa Color Run in April. We are also excited to work with Habitat for Humanity in order to help the community. For a final spring semester blow out, we are taking a trip to Branson Missouri the weekend before finals!Ahhh!

The PLC will be sure to keep you updated on how these events turn out and what we learned from them!


Friday, January 31, 2014

February: It's All About the Love

               Everybody loves something or someone! Whether it is your girlfriend, boyfriend, dog, or that plate of lasagna, February is the month to express that love. Here in the PLC, we love RSU's GOT TALENT! We couldn't get enough of all the great acts that come year after year. Rather than show our love on Valentines Day, we chose February 24th and 25th to show the students some love by giving them the chance to audition for a chance to win fame and glory at the big show, not to mention a wonderful grand prize! So come out for Auditions: February 24th and 25th, 6 to 8 p.m. in the Will Rogers Auditorium for that chance! The actual talent show will be on March 11th at 7p.m. in the Will Rogers Auditorium, with Rehearsals on March 10th at 7 p.m. Make sure to 'Like' the RSU's Got Talent Facebook page for more information. PLC is looking forward to all the great acts that are sure to come!

Thursday, November 14, 2013

All Hail the Queen... and King!

PLC doesn't mess around when it comes to school spirit. This past Saturday at RSU homecoming, Houston Gaither and Darcy Roach of the President's Leadership Class were awarded king and queen! Not only did two fine PLC members become royalty, but the PLC class as a whole was also awarded most spirited at the basketball game. Our awesome group showed how school spirit can really make an impact on campus!

Monday, October 7, 2013

Serving the Community

One of the most important qualities of the President's Leadership Class is giving back to the community. This past Saturday, we all loaded up on the Hillcat charter bus at 8 am and made our way towards Tulsa to serve at the food bank. We packaged dry goods for three hours in a large warehouse building along with other people from the community who had a heart for volunteering. It was amazing being involved in a charity that feeds hundreds of people in the Tulsa area. This community service was a great way to grow closer as a PLC group as well as grow closer to the community.

Have a great week RSU, and let this quote make you think about community service!
We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.
- Winston Churchill

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Not the Norm

Welcome back PLC blog readers! Another week has flown by here at Rogers State University, and I have much to report on what the President's Leadership Class has been up to.

Every Wednesday, all forty three of us attend our PLC class which is taught by none other than Stratton Taylor, but last week wasn't the normal situation. Constitution day, held by RSU, fell on the same time as our class. The lucky freshman PLC members and a few upperclassmen, were fortunate enough to attend this event, while the other members got the day off from class.

The Honorable David L Russell
Judge Russell
Constitution day is an event in which Rogers State University presents an award to an Oklahoman who has demonstrated a strong commitment to the principles of the U.S. Constitution through his or her life's work. The Honorable David Russell, Senior U.S. District Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma, was this years recipient. Our freshman class, among many other guests, enjoyed a speech from judge Russell as well as a delicious meal from the university. Constitution day was a great event that expanded our knowledge and gave us the opportunity to respect our leaders in government.

If you're wondering what the PLC class actually does during its normal Wednesday classes, let me fill you in. At the beginning of class, we go over important information that will affect us in the weeks ahead. The most exciting part of any class is the lectures. While Stratton Taylor does talk to us, he almost always brings in an influential leader from our state or nation to speak with us about what it means to be an effective and successful leader. Two weeks ago, our class had the privilege of listening to Ken Levit. Mr. Levitt was the advisor to the director of the CIA in 1999, 2000, and 2001. He shared with us great information about how the CIA works and how it protects our country. Although he is not currently working for the CIA, we asked him plenty of questions regarding the issue of Syria and other middle eastern countries. It is truly amazing to hear from a man who has experienced so much, and is willing to share his advice with us.

The class usually concludes with Stratton Taylor giving us a weekly essay to write that is typically an imaginary scenario based on real events. Last weeks assignment was this: You are the superintendent of the imaginary town of Riceville which is a community of five thousand people who are all Christian. As the leader of the public school system, you have to decide whether or not to allow daily bible readings over the intercom in every class. In this scenario, the constitution or any other legal concern does not apply. You have to base your decision on what you think is best for the community. Feel free to comment on this blog with your opinion of this scenario! What would you do?

Have a great week Rogers State University, and remember:  Even if you fall on your face, you're still moving forward!