January 11, 2010

Media Advisory -- Simon Leadership Day

Area high school students will gain insights on leadership on Tuesday, Jan. 12, at the inaugural Paul Simon Leadership Day at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Reporters, photographers and camera crews are welcome to cover the day’s activities.

Ten students representing Anna-Jonesboro, Carterville, Elverado, Murphysboro and Pinckneyville high schools are signed up to learn about public service. The Paul Simon Public Policy Institute is hosting the event. The students were selected by their respective high school principal based on their special interest in politics and government and as promising young leaders.

The speakers include SIU President Glenn Poshard; David Yepsen, institute director; Linda Renee Baker, Institute/University professor; Emily Burke, institute coordinator; John S. Jackson, institute visiting professor; and Nate Brown, SIUC student trustee and former president of the University’s Undergraduate Student Government.

All events are at the institute, except for the 12:15 p.m. presentation in Morris Library’s American Heritage Room.

Here is the schedule:

  • 9 a.m. -- Welcoming remarks, David Yepsen.
  • 9:05 a.m. -- SIU President Glenn Poshard on leadership.
  • 10:15 a.m. -- Linda Renee Baker on preparing for a career in public service.
  • 11 a.m. -- Lunch and discussion with Yepsen and Baker on politics, and the role of women and minorities in politics.
  • 12:15 p.m. -- Emily Burke on community service.
  • 1:15 p.m. -- John S. Jackson on youth and political activisim.
  • 2:15 p.m. -- Nate Brown on getting involved on campus and in the community.

For more information, contact Matt Baughman, institute associate director, at 618/201-0082.