First–year Students Invited to Explore Leadership Potential


FyLP 2013 049CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Sept. 3, 2014 – Applicants are currently being accepted for the First-year Leadership Program, FyLP (pronounced flip) at Southeast Missouri State University, an initiative thrusting freshman and sophomore students into activities designed to build their leadership capabilities both on and off campus.

“FyLP is a series of workshops offered in the fall semester that are open to all first-year Southeast students. Participants will explore their personal leadership style and learn to capitalize on their innate leadership strengths,” said Megan Murray, leadership development coordinator.

She adds, “Participants complete a leadership assessment, attend six two-hour leadership sessions and experience the on-campus low ropes course. The sessions are activity-based and peer led so there is no lecturing here, just fun yet beneficial games and activities.”

FyLP 2013 079FyLP is an open program that began in 2010. Applicants complete an online form and are automatically accepted into the program. This year, FyLP has launched a second cohort to meet the growing attendance rate.

“Last fall, we had over 70 participants in FyLP and with that many students, it’s hard to make it as impactful” with small group activities, community building and bonding. “So since I expect even more students this year than last, I needed to think of an option to accommodate all of the interest,” Murray said.

Sophomore Shelby Melton of Auburn, Illinois, completed the program her freshman year and credits it to her success in leadership and gaining confidence outside of her comfort zone.

“I think being involved in a leadership program helps you grow in infinite ways. You often had to put yourself out of your comfort zone in FyLP, so I tried to follow suit in my classes and organizations on campus. I am definitely more outgoing and open minded now,” Melton said.

Those registered will meet in the University Center Program Lounge from 6–8 p.m. on Sunday or Thursday, depending on their cohort.

According to Murray, 85 students have already registered, and FyLP is still accepting more applicants. Registration for FyLP is open until Sept. 5 at

FyLP is the first of Southeast’s three-tiered leadership programs. After students successfully complete FyLP, they are encouraged to continue into the Emerging Leaders program, which focuses on interpersonal communication, time management and professionalism, and is held during the spring semester. Upon completion of the previous two programs, those recommended by faculty and staff and accepted enter into the President’s Leadership Academy. The President’s Leadership Academy (PLA) is a selective program for 15 of Southeast’s most outstanding upper-class student leaders. Participants learn to use their leadership expertise to give back to the Southeast campus and local community. Participants work with a community mentor to propose, develop and implement a Southeast Success Project to positively impact the Southeast campus or surrounding area.