IGNITE Conference inspires students

Published: February 25, 2016

SUBHODEEP CHAKRABARTY

Staff Writer

The University hosted the sixth annual IGNITE Student Leadership Conference, which involved University students, faculty and surrounding university students Feb. 20. Ignite is a reflection of the Saint Ignatius Loyola quote “go forth and set the world on fire.”

The conference helped to prepare students for their careers and to become better leaders. The keynote speaker was Sara Lowery, who has won many awards as coordinator of student life at Salisbury University.

“(The) keynote speaker was good at connecting and being very uplifting,” junior Gretchen Selinski said. “And there were a variety of sessions.”

According to Director of the Center of Student Engagement Shannon Murphy, the conference was originally called Royal Leadership Conference and started in 2011. Two years later, the conference was renamed and invited students from surrounding areas.

 “Since then, participation has grown from 80 University of Scranton students to approximately 200 students from The University and from colleges and universities all over Pennsylvania,” Murphy wrote in the email.

Senior Chris Kilner, president of Student Government, attended and presented at the event along with Dean of Students Lauren Rivera and Isabella Dolente, vice president of Student Government.

Sophomore Siena Cardamone also expressed her experience.

“(It was) a great learning experience. I hope to use these skills I learned for the clubs and organizations that I am a part of,” she said. “I would definitely recommend this conference to all students who are interested in holding a leadership position on campus.”

Kilner quoted Mahatma Gandhi during his presentation, “Be the change you want to see in the world.”

Contact the writer: subhodeep.chakrabarty@scranton.edu

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