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EXCEL 2013

The EXCEL (Experience Civic Engagement and Leadership) Workshop is a five-day leadership development experience that serves as the introduction to the McDonough Leadership Program at Marietta College. Since 1987, when the first group of McDonough Scholars (Cohort 1) participated in this annual orientation event, the Center has offered the new leadership students an opportunity to interact with upper-class students, faculty and staff before fall classes begin. On August 18-22, 2013, we welcomed Cohort 27 to the EXCEL Workshop with 69 new McDonough Scholars led by 26 upper-class EXCEL leaders.



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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 2013 EXCEL Workshop:

· To build a strong camaraderie among the scholars of Cohort 27.

· 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:


COORDINATOR: Emily Lorek '14 (Troy, OH; Senior Psychology Major with Minors in Leadership Studies and Spanish)

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


ASSISTANT COORDINATOR: Jenna Skoglund '15 (Westerville, OH; Junior Middle Childhood Education Major with concentration in Language Arts and Social Studies; Minor in History; Teacher Leadership Certificate; Reading Endorsement).


FACULTY ADVISER: Dr. Tanya Judd Pucella (Associate 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 18th:

1. Photo & Press Release Form

2. Challenge Course (Liability Agreement)

3. Challenge Course (Medical Form)


Leadership 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/EGRG 101.  It should be submitted by August 12th via email to To learn more about the Leadership Summer Reading Assignment, please CLICK HERE.


Workshop Schedule:


Sunday, August 18


The first day of the workshop provides opportunities for students to begin to build positive and encouraging relationships among Cohort 27.


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.


(9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.) Registration & Residence Hall Check-In – Assigned Residence Hall & McDonough

(2:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.) Welcome, Introduction, Expectations – McDonough Auditorium

Emily Lorek, EXCEL Workshop Coordinator

Dr. Joseph Bruno, President of Marietta College

Dr. Gama Perruci, Dean of the McDonough Center

Dr. Tanya Judd Pucella, EXCEL Faculty Adviser

(2:45 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.) Alumni Keynote Speaker

Mike Templeman ’00, Director, MBA Admissions at Georgetown University

(3:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.) McDonough EXCEL Leader Introductions

(3:15 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.) Farewell to Family and Friends

(3:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.) Overview of Leadership Program (Parents) – McDonough Auditorium

(3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.) 1st EXCEL Small Group Time

(5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.) Dinner – Gilman Dining Hall

(6:00 p.m. – 6:15 p.m.) Bruce Peterson, Residence Life – McDonough Auditorium

(6:15 p.m. – 7:15 p.m.) Group Skits – McDonough Auditorium

(7:15 p.m. – 8:45 p.m.) Icebreakers & Energizers – McDonough

(9:00 p.m.) Community Meeting – Great Room, Andrews Hall

Evening Events (Optional)


Monday, August 19


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.


(8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.) Breakfast – Gilman Dining Hall

(8:30 a.m.) Depart to the Challenge Course – Hermann Parking Lot

(9:00 a.m.) Registration – Valley View Baptist Church

(10:00 a.m.) Challenge Course (Lunch Provided)

(4:00 p.m.) Challenge Course Debrief – Valley View Baptist Church

(4:30 p.m.) Depart from the Challenge Course

(6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.) Cook Out – Kremer Amphitheater

(7:00 p.m. – 7:45 p.m.) 2nd EXCEL Small Group Time

(8:00 p.m.) Community Meeting – Great Room, Andrews Hall

Evening Events (Optional)


Tuesday, August 20


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.


(8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.) Breakfast – Gilman Dining Hall

(8:45 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.) Community Service Explanation – McDonough Auditorium

(9:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.) Community Service

(12:15 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.) Lunch

(2:15 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.) Community Introductions

(2:45 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.) Service Panel

(3:45 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.) 3rd Small Group Time

(4:45 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.) Dinner – Gilman Dining Hall

(6:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.) Kathleen O’Connell, National Education Director, The New York Times – McDonough Auditorium

(6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.) New York Times Discussion

(7:45 p.m. – 9:15 p.m.) Leadership for What? – Small Group Rooms

(9:15 p.m.) Community Meeting – Great Room, Andrews Hall

Evening Events (Optional)


Wednesday, August 21


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.


(8:00 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.) Breakfast – Gilman Dining Hall

(9:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.) Game of Life – McDonough Auditorium

(10:15 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.) Game of Life Debrief – McDonough Auditorium

(11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.) MBTI Assessment and Debrief – McDonough Auditorium

(12:15 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.) Lunch – Gilman Dining Hall

(1:15 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.) 4th Small Group Time

(3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.) Leadership Games – McDonough Auditorium

(5:15 p.m. – 8:15 p.m.) EXCEL Small Group Time (Dinner, Walking Tour)

(8:15 p.m.) Community Meeting – Great Room, Andrews Hall

(9:15 p.m.) Culture Night – Gathering Place


Thursday, August 22


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!


Breakfast on your own – Gilman Dining Hall opens at 7:00 a.m.

(10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.) Summer Reading Discussion – McDonough Auditorium

(11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.) Lunch – Gilman Dining Hall

(12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.) Reality Survivor Simulation

(2:45 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.) 5th EXCEL Small Group Time

(5:30 p.m. – 6:45 p.m.) Cohort Picnic

(7:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.) Closing Remarks by Dean Perruci – Great Room, Andrews Hall

(7:30 p.m.) Community Meeting – Great Room, Andrews Hall

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