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  • Students Compete at Leadership Conference

    July 18, 2019

    In April, a team of six students from Students Offering Leadership Development (SOLD) traveled to the Collegiate Leadership Competition in Ontario, Canada to compete. The competition took place in Brantford, Ontario at Wilfrid Laurier University.   The competition required the students to complete six tasks using specific leadership techniques learned over the semester. All of the tasks focused on teasing a different part of the brain and the students had to use teamwork and leadership to solve each task. For each task, a randomly selected leader was in charge of keeping the team on point and leading the task. Therefore, each group was scored in two different categories. The first was an evaluation of the team as a whole – did they work well together, did they complete the task, etc. Then, the leader of the task was scored individually on their leadership skills and techniques throughout the task. Though their team took last place overall, the SOLD students said that the competition was a great learning experience and they hope to compete again next year.  
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  • NABL wins 2nd Place in Business Plan Competition

    July 03, 2019

    In March, the Native Alaskan Business Leaders (NABL) traveled to Portland, Oregon to participate in the annual American Indigenous Business Leaders (AIBL) business plan competition. The competition was held at the NIKE World Headquarters. All of the business plans created by NABL students over the years aim to provide Native Alaskans or rural villages a beneficial product or service. These are viable business plans and could be used by club members in the future if they wish. This year’s NABL business idea – created by NABL President Jillian Bjornstad, Jordan Kashatok, Maynard Maglaya, Roquel Mills-Bain, and Judy Obat – was for the development of a forest school called “Tuttu Tumi” Caribou Tracks LLC. The mission of NABL’s proposed business is: “Caribou Tracks Institute is dedicated to promoting the essence of the connection of cultural practices and traditions through hands-on educational activities with traditional and ecological knowledge shared by the Native community.” Their plan earned the Native Alaskan Business Leaders second place in the competition. NABL students learned a lot during this experience and returned to campus eager to begin thinking about their next new business plan in the fall. Soon after the national competition, NABL presented their research at the…
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