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Gonzaga Comprehensive Leadership Program Seniors Leave Legacy of Dedication, Commitment

Posted on May 21, 2012 in: Academics, Alumni, Leadership, Service, Students
Gonzaga University 2012 Comprehensive Leadership Program Graduating Seniors

Gonzaga University's Comprehensive Leadership Program bids adieu to an outstanding group of seniors. Photo courtesy CLP.

SPOKANE, Wash. – The 2012 graduating class of Gonzaga University’s Comprehensive Leadership Program (CLP) leaves a legacy of dedication and commitment to the Gonzaga and greater Spokane community. This class stands out in CLP’s 10-year history as one of the most involved.

The leadership positions held by members of the class include: Gonzaga Student Body Association president, Kennel Club Board president, speaker of the student Senate, Assistant Resident Director, Gonzaga Outdoors director, Knights and Setons of Gonzaga, Mission: Possible event leaders, Ambassador intern, Relay for Life campus director, Orientation leader, Board of Regents, and Student Leadership Advisor Council.

Service by this class is a testament to its commitment to the common good. CLP and Gonzaga bid goodbye to dozens of Ambassadors, volunteers and interns for the Center for Community Action and Service-Learning, Campus Kids and SMILE Program mentors, and volunteers from organizations such as House of Charity, St. Luke’s Rehabilitation Center, Second Harvest Food Bank, Sacred Heart Medical Center, American Red Cross, St. Joseph’s Parish and the Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery.

Class members also have studied in Italy, El Salvador and Zambia, and have led and served abroad. The CLP class of 2012 also represents strong character and commitment, said CLP Director Josh Armstrong.

“As with every graduating CLP class, it is bittersweet to see these students move on to the next chapter of their lives,” Armstrong said. “And yet we feel honored to have played a role in their undergraduate experience at Gonzaga, and proud that many of these seniors are going on to pursue passions that were uncovered and explored through the Comprehensive Leadership Program. They are an irreplaceable group: engaged, committed to others, and ready to truly be leaders for the common good.”

These students leave Gonzaga to share with the world their foundation of leadership, service, justice and ethics.

Diverging in many different directions, members of this year’s graduating class will go on to organizations including the Jesuit Volunteer Corps, Teach for America, PLACE Volunteers, graduate and law schools nationwide, a Fulbright Scholarship, the National Outdoor Leadership School and businesses including Microsoft, KPMG, Deloitte and The Boeing Company.

Gonzaga’s Comprehensive Leadership Program is an interdisciplinary, undergraduate initiative designed to develop leaders for the common good. Gonzaga has long been known for its excellent leadership programs at the master and doctoral level. The CLP was designed to extend this tradition to undergraduates, preparing future leaders within the framework of mission-centered values: service, justice, faith and ethics. Admission to the CLP is through a formal application process in fall of students’ freshman year.

For more information about CLP visit its website or contact Program Coordinator Katie Blackburn at (509) 313-3579 or via e-mail.

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