Around the Homecoming period in the fall semester, it is also known as the premiere time of the academic year to find new students- externally, out of Frostburg State University to join the institution, but also internally, to recruit new majors and minors for various colleges within the school. This type of event was taken place on October 17, 2013 in the Atkinson Room in the Lane Center. It was the Leadership Studies Minor Presentation, hosted by Dr. Elesha Ruminski. She is the Coordinator of the Leadership Studies Minor, Chairwoman and Assistant Professor of Communication Studies. She was there to persuade to students why joining the minor is very beneficial to their academic and professional careers. She summoned that the purpose of the presentation was to recruit new members for the program and expand the experimental learning emphasis that is the foundation of the study.
Ruminski was joined by her fellow Leadership Minor colleagues: Dr. Diane C. Blankenship, who is Associate Professor of Recreation and Parks Management, but teaches the LEAD 499, the Independent Study course for the minor, as it mostly serves upperclassmen. Also there was Doug Baer, who is the Director of Leadership and Experiential Learning in the Department of Student and Community Involvement. He teaches entry-level courses of Lead 101 and 201. He is also in charge of the outdoor activities and trips, which is one of the reasons why many students are interested in the program. The last faculty member is Doug’s wife, April Baer, who is Coordinator of Wellness, as well as instructor for the entry-level LEAD courses. She also partakes in some of the experimental learning adventures.
The host, Dr. Ruminski, talked about how she became involved in Leadership Studies. She said, “I grew up in a working class home, and labor was very important in my family. I have been involved in many Labor movements, and realized I held leadership qualities that not only could be applied to this, but other causes.” She had everyone go around the room and introduce their self and tell what leadership meant to them. One student named Daniel Ramirez said “ I wanted to join the minor after I heard all the trips and activities my friends, and other students like got to embark on.” He was a freshman. People laughed at his comment. Another student named Nicolette Black told how she is not a minor but sees the program helps for many other reasons. She said, “I’ve always been the kind of person to lead by my morals, and sometimes that would set me a different path than my friends, so to me leadership is something someone can do for their self, and not always being in charge of others, but you can influence others to do the same.” Dr. Ruminski commended her on her comment.
The presentation offered food, provided by ARAMARK. The menu included cheese quesadillas, teriyaki chicken skewers, cream-spinach filled mushrooms, and a buffalo-cheesy sauce to eat with little dried baguette pieces. The food was the talk of the town.
After the icebreaker, Dr. Ruminski told about how she was hoping the minor would become a major, and that the minor started off as a grassroots movements, so many if the same method is applied for the major, it could happen. Everyone in the room agreed a Leadership Studies major would be a good idea.