Date: 11/24/2003 8:00:00 AM
PROFILE: UC STUDENT BUILDS CAMPUS CONNECTIONS
University of Cincinnati senior and biomedical engineering major Cindy Chiang is working to leave a legacy of leadership to first-year students. She was the student organizer of Camp Bearcat, an overnight retreat for first-year students which was sponsored by Procter & Gamble, UC’s Student Activities and Leadership Development, and Omicron Delta Kappa, a national leadership honor society of which Chiang is a member.
Chiang’s role in the October retreat evolved from her own experience of connecting with campus, but she adds that national research shows that students who get involved with their universities are also more likely to achieve their degree. “I also realize that a lot of the skills that I developed from being a campus leader will put me above the rest of the job applicants, plus it has made me a more determined and motivated person.”
Chiang has a long list of accomplishments. Chiang just completed her last co-op for Ethicon Endo-Surgery and worked in the biomedical engineering office.
The organizers of the Camp Bearcat leadership institute designed the retreat around four key themes that turned into an acronym for CATS, as Chiang defines below:
The retreat drew more than a dozen first-year students. As part of the retreat, Chiang says attendees were asked to write a vision statement of what they wanted to accomplish over the year, and who could help them meet their goals. Chiang says organizers are now planning for a one-day follow up during spring quarter to assist the students in planning future goals.
“Cindy is an exceptional campus leader who personifies the word integrity,” says Lucy Croft, director of Student Activities and Leadership Development. “Her passion and school spirit are contagious as evidenced by the countless lives she has touched and the numerous initiatives she has implemented. The University of Cincinnati is a better place because of Cindy Chiang.”
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