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EXCEL 2012


Welcome Cohort 26! The EXCEL (Experience Civic Engagement and Leadership) Workshop is a five-day leadership development experience that serves as an introduction to the McDonough Leadership Program at Marietta College. All members of the incoming cohort are required to participate in this event before taking LEAD 101 (Foundations in Leadership) in the fall semester.




This year, we are welcoming Cohort 26 to the 2012 EXCEL Workshop. About 60 leadership students are going through this event -- led by upper-class students who have organized the workshop as part of their own leadership development experience.


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 2012 EXCEL Workshop:

·         To build a strong camaraderie among the scholars of Cohort 26.

·         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.


Workshop Leaders:

Connor Walter ’13


Coordinator: Connor Walter ’13

(Senior Journalism Major with English and Spanish Minors and

a Teacher Leadership Certificate; from Cleveland, OH)

To read Connor's welcome letter, please CLICK HERE.



Assistant Coordinator: Emily Lorek ’14 (Junior Psychology Major with Spanish and Leadership Studies Minors; from Troy, OH)

Faculty Adviser: Dr. Tanya Judd Pucella (Assistant Professor of Education and Leadership Studies; coordinator of the Teacher Leadership Certificate Program)


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 19th:

1. Photo & Press Release Form

2. Challenge Course (Liability Agreement)

3. Challenge Course (Medical Form)


Summer Reading Assignment:

The EXCEL Workshop prepares you to begin the McDonough Leadership Program with confidence. We ask all incoming McDonough Scholars to complete a summer reading assignment before EXCEL.  This is your first graded assignment in LEAD 101.  It should be submitted by August 15th via email to To learn more about the Summer Reading Assignment, please CLICK HERE.


The 2012 EXCEL Workshop Schedule:


Day One

Sunday, August 19th – Beginning the Adventure

The first day of the workshop provides opportunities for students to begin to build positive and encouraging relationships among Cohort 26.


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 20th – 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 21st – 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 22nd – 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 23rd– 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!

PHOTOS: Click HERE to see Day Five's photos

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