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January 28, 2001
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IU Northwest Selects Students To Participate in Leadership Institute 
Area Business Leaders Serve as Mentors

Indiana University Northwests "" Institute for Innovative Leadership recently named 23 new students to participate in its Leadership Development Program. In a partnership between the Institute and Northwest Indiana business leaders, the program is designed to link educational experience with leadership skills. New Leadership Development Program participants include: Juanita Bass of Merrillville, Greg Bialata of Hobart, Alex da Silva of Gary, Patty Eriks of Highland, Denise Falcetta of Cedar Lake, Taneya Fuller of Gary, Laura Graves of Valparaiso, LaToya Green of Gary, Brenda Grey of Gary, Mike Holcomb of Portage, Shannon Jones of Merrillville, Jody Kristoff of Portage, Jennifer Martus of Portage, Gregg McCauley of Hobart, Mark Murdock of Cedar Lake, Sue Ann Najdzin of Merrillville, David Payne of Michigan City, Tawana Pruitt of Gary, Eric Robinson of Merrillville, Elizabeth Thomas of Griffith, Barbara Triplett of Gary, Tobey Wilson of Portage, and Carol Wood of Chesterton.

"These are some of IU Northwest's very best people who are seen as current leaders, or as future leaders in the community. They are an outstanding group of individuals who have not only chosen to be involved academically, but are also committed to make a positive impact in their profession and community through the enhancement of their leadership skills, says Keith Kirkpatrick, executive director of the Institute for Innovative Leadership. He adds that acceptance into the program is the result of a submitted nomination by faculty and/or staff members at IU Northwest. There is also an application screening process, and interview selection process. 

As part of the Leadership Development Program, students meet in weekly two-hour sessions for two consecutive semesters to hear and participate in a variety of presentations and panel discussions. They are also assigned to a community leader who serves as a mentor, and are given opportunities to serve on committees, boards and short-term projects in the community. All participants also meet in a small group setting every other week to discuss leadership and personal growth experiences. More information on the "" Institute for Innovative Leadership is at 219-981-5631.

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