January 07, 2011

Media Advisory -- Simon Leadership Day

Reporters, photographers and camera crews are welcome to cover the second Paul Simon Leadership Day at Southern Illinois University Carbondale on Tuesday, Jan. 11.

Twenty students representing Carterville, Elverado, Galatia, Murphysboro, Pinckneyville, Shawnee, Steeleville, and Trinity Christian high schools will 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 SIUC Chancellor Rita Cheng; David Yepsen, institute director; Linda Renee Baker, Institute/University professor; Emily Burke, Institute program coordinator; John S. Jackson, Institute visiting professor; and Lee A. Stewart, a senior honors student in political science and philosophy from Dowell, and a national archery competitor.

All events are at the Institute, except for the 12:15 p.m. presentation in Morris Library.

Here is the day’s schedule:

  • 9 a.m. -- Welcoming remarks, David Yepsen.
  • 9:05 a.m. – SIUC Chancellor Rita Cheng 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 civic engagement and community service.
  • 1:15 p.m. -- John S. Jackson on youth and political activism.
  • 2:15 p.m. – Lee A. Stewart on “Hitting the goal in life by choosing to take the shot.”

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