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EXCEL 2011

2011 EXCEL workshop


The 2011 Experience Civic Engagement and Leadership (EXCEL) Workshop

The EXCEL Workshop is a five-day leadership development experience that serves as an introduction to the McDonough Leadership Program. All members of the incoming cohort are required to participate in this event before taking LEAD 101 (Foundations in Leadership) in the fall semester.


The EXCEL Workshop Mission Statement:

The EXCEL Workshop exists to launch students into new lives as McDonough Scholars, Pioneers and community leaders.  Immersed in opportunities that combine the study and practice of leadership, students are challenged to break boundaries, invest in service and collaborate within a team. As a result of the Workshop, students will be both empowered and supported to pursue avenues of success and leadership, beginning with the time spent at Marietta College.


The Goals of the EXCEL 2011 Workshop are achieved by the following Core Objectives:

·         To build a strong camaraderie among the scholars of Cohort 25.

·         To establish mentoring relationships with EXCEL Leaders who help guide students.

·         To inspire students to act in ways which promote the wellbeing of their community.

·         To introduce students to the study and application of leadership, through fun and impactful activities. 


EXCEL 2011 Coordinator: Rachel Baughman ’12  (Click HERE to read her welcome words)

EXCEL 2011 Assistant Coordinator: Connor Walters ‘13

Leader Training - EXCEL leaders go through training before the beginning of the workshop (Click HERE to see the 2011 training photos)


The Summer Reading Assignment:

All participants in the 2011 EXCEL Workshop are required to complete the summer reading assignment BEFORE their arrival on campus on August 21st. Click HERE to get further instructions on this assignment.


Forms to Bring for the Workshop:

The following three forms must be printed, completed, and brought with you to the EXCEL registration table on Sunday, August 21st:

1. Photo & Press Release Form

2. Challenge Course (Liability Agreement)

3. Challenge Course (Medical Form)


The EXCEL Schedule:


Day One

Sunday, August 21st, 2011 – Beginning the Adventure

The first day of the workshop provides opportunities for students to begin to build positive and encouraging relationships among Cohort 25.


1. Familiarize incoming scholars with the McDonough Center, creating understanding and awareness of the leadership program’s philosophy, values, expectations and the structure/purpose of EXCEL.

2. Establish a welcoming and encouraging environment.

3. Build a sense of initial community among the new students, EXCEL leaders and McDonough faculty and staff.

PHOTOS: Click HERE to see Day One's photos


Day Two

Monday, August 22nd – Discovering Support

During the second day of the Workshop, students experience the power of support and team-building in the context of an outdoor, high and low ropes challenge course.


1. Discover the importance of receiving and giving support.

2. Develop creative problem-solving and team-building skills.

3. Evaluate group interactions and personal contributions to a team.

PHOTOS: Click HERE to see Day Two's photos


Day Three

Tuesday, August 23rd – Investing in Public Service

Civic engagement becomes the focus for the third day of the Workshop, as the students participate in service activities and learn about challenges facing the local community as well as the world.


1. Prepare for future service-learning experiences through connecting with community members and non-profit leaders.

2. Consider the challenges facing our local, national and global communities.

3. Highlight the importance and implications of becoming civically engaged.

PHOTOS: Click HERE to see Day Three's photos


Day Four

Wednesday, August 24th – Breaking Boundaries

Activities on the fourth day of the Workshop emphasize the similarities and differences that exist within a community and the necessity of breaking boundaries in order to work successfully and ethically.


1. Develop an awareness of the importance of inclusion for all members of a group.

2. Recognize the individual similarities and differences that exist within a community and explore the negative effects of stereotypes.

3. Learn tools for working and communicating effectively in teams.

PHOTOS: Click HERE to see Day Four's photos


Day Five

Thursday, August 25th– Becoming a McDonough Scholar

The final day of the Workshop is a celebration of the week’s accomplishments and the beginning of the academic journey of the McDonough Scholars, represented in the student leadership discussions involving the analysis of national leaders and leadership texts.


1. Analyze and evaluate leaders, utilizing leadership texts, in an academic and classroom setting.

2. Practice the democratic art of deliberation and decision-making.

3. Celebrate the week’s accomplishments!

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