In October 2007, a group of students from WCU attended the American Democracy Project (ADP) - South's Third Annual Conference at Kennesaw State University. This is the first time WCU has sent students to the conference.
The group was comprised of Sophomore Leadership Institute Students Michael Frixen and Dustin Wheeler, and Freshman Leadership Institute Students Brandon Ward, Marley Cunningham, Joe DeLong, Kayla Rufty, and Claire Karricker. They were accompanied by Charli Lehman, North Carolina Campus Compact AmeriCorps VISTA member and Program Coordinator in WCU's Center for Service Learning, and Marie Cochran, a faculty member in the School of Art and Design, who joined the group on Friday.
This year the conference sponsored the first "Think Tank" Competition which partnered teams of two students from the attending universities with at least two other university's teams. There were three teams from WCU, with one of our teams (Brandon Ward and Joe DeLong) winning first place in the competition. Brandon and Joe will be attending the National Conference of the ADP with expenses paid by the organization.
In addition Brandon Ward was elected as the ADP South Undergraduate Male Representative and Marley Cunningham was selected as the Alternate Undergraduate Female Representative. Congrats to all of the students who attended and represented WCU in such an exemplary fashion.
The students who participated in ADP South will be compiling a summary presentation
of their learning experiences as well as the "project from the think tank" that they
will be spearheading at WCU during the rest of this academic year.