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March 3, 2001
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Leadership Institute Announces New Graduates

Fourteen students from the Indiana University Northwest Institute for Innovative Leadership Development Program were recently honored at a graduation and reception at The Avalon Banquet Center in Merrillville. 

After two consecutive semesters of intensive leadership training that included workshops, weekly small group sessions, working with mentors from the Northwest Indiana business community, and individual counseling, the students were recognized for their growth and leadership abilities as business professionals and community leaders.

Individuals completing the program included: Rosa Askew of Gary, Terry Brinker of Portage, Tammi Davis of Gary, Sharon Franzen of Highland, Mark Hansen of Hebron, Brandy Hayslett of Valparaiso, Amy Hlad of Schererville, Kimberly Hughes of Merrillville, Carolyn Jones of Highland, Arlene Harper King of Gary, Anda Pavicevich of Munster, Brenda Rocha of Portage, Darcie Rogala of Crown Point, and Jim Smith of Gary.

 "It is an incredible experience to watch our participants grow and improve during the course of one year in the program," says Keith Kirkpatrick, executive director of the Institute. "Everyone who is touched by the strong abilities of these leaders witnesses their expanding confidence, involvement, and effectiveness. "    

The Institute for Innovative Leadership is a partnership between Indiana University Northwest and Northwest Indiana's business and community leaders. It is designed to create a binding link between educational experiences and leadership practices. Graduates continue to be involved in the activities and services of the Institute. 
 More information on the Institute for Innovative Leadership is at 219-981-5631 or go to the web at

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