Local universities collaborate on first-ever Student Leadership Summit

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Campus leaders from Evangel University, Missouri State University, Drury University and Ozarks Technical Community College have teamed up to produce Springfield’s first-ever Student Leadership Summit.

The two-day event will be held on the campus of Drury University on Friday & Saturday, March 23 & 24, 2018. One hundred student leaders are expected to attend the inaugural event.

At the beginning of the current school year, Shane Puente, Evangel’s student body president, began dreaming of a way to bring students togetherbeyond campus borders.

“There is so much potential for students to work in conjunction with one another,” said Puente. “I had to figure out a way to create an avenue for this potential to flourish and thrive. But I couldn’t do it by myself.”

After teaming up with Brandon McCoy of Missouri State University, Dhruv Sitapara of Drury University, Rachel Stobbe of Ozarks Technical Community College and other student leaders, the group created an event to do just that.

The intent of the Summit is to bring students together in an environment that will promote networking, individual growth and community involvement.

Event Highlights

  • On Friday, attendees will hear from established community leaders Mayor Ken McClure, Rachel Anderson of MSU, Dr. Charles Taylor of Drury, and Dr. Kregg Hood of Convoy of Hope.

Students are asked to meet in Drury’s Findlay Student Center — registration begins at 3:30 p.m., and the Friday sessions run from 4 to 6 p.m.

  • On Saturday, attendees will spend the morning of the Summit’s second day volunteering at ten local organizations including Convoy of Hope, Ozark Food Harvest, I Pour Life, and the Pregnancy Care Center. Students are asked to arrive at their assigned volunteer locations at 8:45 a.m..

After lunch, the students will meet back at Drury’s Trustee Science Center for the afternoon session of the Summit, which runs from 12:30 to 3 p.m. Afternoon speakers include Dr. Tracy McGrady of OTC, Travis D. Schilla of MSU, and Dr. Carol Taylor, president of Evangel University. 

With the foundation in place, Puente and his team can look forward to what’s ahead.

“My hope is that this network grows and grows, until it overflows and covers this city with an abundance of people who are passionate about their community, and are willing to do what it takes to see it thrive.”

For more information and a full schedule, contact Shane Puente at: 


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