Sanders develops leadership skills at UWP

April 16, 2003

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PLATTEVILLE - On the University of Wisconsin-Platteville something is always going on related to residence life. Graduate student Ardell Sanders got a quick reminder of what residence life was all about when he became the resident director of Pickard Hall three years ago.

Sanders will be graduating this May with a master's degree in counselor education and a focus on leadership. He is also completing a research paper entitled "An Examination of the Correlation Between Leadership and Charisma."

Sanders, a native of Chicago, received his bachelor's degree in marketing from Clarke College in Dubuque, Iowa. He then moved to Atlanta to work in marketing.

"After a year of working in Atlanta and living on my own, I realized that this wasn't what I wanted to be doing," Sanders said.

Sanders heard about the resident director position open at UWP from David Nevins, leadership development coordinator for the Pioneer Involvement Center, and his wife Sherry, assistant director of student housing. Sanders met the two while attending school at Clarke College.

Being a resident director, Sanders is able to be in contact with students on a day-to-day basis.

"The work I do every day has a direct effect on the classwork. It makes it a lot easier," Sanders said.

In his spare time at UWP, Sanders volunteered to coach soccer for youth in the Platteville summer recreation program.

After a year off from classes, Sanders hopes to further his education with a doctorate degree from either the University of Minnesota or the University of Michigan. Afterward, he plans to work in some aspect of higher education or student affairs.

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