Being Vanguard, means "leading the charge" in all we do. At ASU-Beebe, we believe everyone has the capacity to lead. Whether in the classroom, across campus, or in their community, we are dedicated to providing engaging opportunities for students to grow as a leader through intentional experiences.
The Office of Student Life is proud to provide a variety of formats for students to participate in developing the leader within. Whether participating in a peer group setting, finding real-work leadership opportunities on campus, or attending one of our many workshops, there is room for everyone to develop leadership skills while attending ASU-Beebe. All of Student Life's leadership programs are strategically designed around its "Lead the Charge Framework" supporting the learning outcomes outlined in Student Life's A.R.C.H. Campus Life Curriculum.
In return for service on-campus, students that participate in the college's various leadership programs (SGA, SLE, or Leadership Scholars) qualify for scholarships, free one-on-one leadership training, invitations to attend regional and national conferences, and the eligibility to join our leadership field experiences to places like Dallas, TX, Memphis, TN, New York City, NY, and Washington, DC.
Student Leadership Development Opportunities:
- Student Government Association
- Student Leadership Experience
- Student Organization Development
- Student Leadership Scholars
The Student Government Association (SGA) serves as the official student voice to the ASU-Beebe administration, the Board of Trustees, and the Arkansas Legislature. SGA's mission is to represent the interests of students and increase student decision-making power, to improve campus life through the creation and continuation of viable and effective student services, to preserve and protect the traditions of the college, and to support students and student organizations in their academic and community endeavors.
If you're interested in making a lasting impact on campus, join your campus student government, by volunteering on a committee, apply to be appointed as a Student Senator, or run for office in campus elections.
The Student Leadership Experience (SLE) is your open door to personal growth and achievement here at ASU-Beebe and beyond. Whether you plan to transfer to a four-year university or start directly in the workforce, the SLE provides benefits to help students on their own personal success journey to excel in the program’s three core values of advocacy, service, and inspiration.
Emerging Leaders (First-Year Students)
Your first year in SLE will be focused on assessing your personal leadership strengths and developing a Personal Leadership Plan you will use for the rest of your life. By working in small peer groups and attending larger campus-wide events, you will be given the opportunity to explore your personal development into an extraordinary leader, find leadership opportunities on campus, and be prepared to lead others after college.
To receive a nationally recognized Certificate in Foundations of Leadership, students will be required to attend the Leadership Orientation Day, six peer group sessions, six LEADTalk Lectures, and complete the Leadership Practice Inventory (LPI).
At this all-day conference, participants will be introduced to the Student Leadership Experience at ASU-Beebe. The day will include small-group discussions, assessment of personal leadership inventories, and plenary sessions on diversity, SLE expectations, & brainstorming for fall campus activities. After the formal program, there will be an optional opportunity for student leaders to participate in campus-wide marketing photos and filming of a special Student Life office video project.
The Student Leadership Experience is designed to provide personal and impactful opportunities for students to create individual leadership development plans focused to evaluate self, improve skills, and liberate the leader within. During the semester, students will work in small peer groups and meet seven (7) times over the course of the academic year. Since group participation is important to the success of the peer group, all are required to attend at least five (5) of the seven (7) meetings.
- Week of September 20, 2021 – Review LPI results
- Week of October 18, 2021– Model the Way
- Week of November 15, 2021– Inspire Shared Vision
- Week of January 24, 2022 – Challenge the Process
- Week of February 14, 2022 – Enable Others to Act
- Week of March 28, 2022– Encourage the Heart
- Week of April 18, 2022 – PLD Plan
With the purpose of exposing students to examples of exemplary leadership, the Office of the Student Life will hold seven LEADTalk lectures open to the entire campus community. Each lecture will provide foundational information supporting the peer group sessions and will be immediately followed by an interactive breakout session. To ensure SLE students engage in these opportunities to personally meet and engage with the lectures, participants are required to attend five (5) of the seven (7) lectures.
- September 7, 2021- Student Leadership Practice Inventory
- October 5, 2021 - Model the Way
- November 2, 2021 - Inspire a Share Vision
- January 18, 2022 - Challenge the Process
- February 8, 2022 - Enable Other to Act
- March 8, 2022 - Encourage the Heart
- April 5, 2022 - PLD Plan
The Student Leadership Practice Inventory (LPI) is an evidence-based assessment of where a student is on their leadership journey. Analyzing 30 behavioral statements, the LPI, created specifically for use with undergraduate college students, incorporates the Student LPI instrument (completed by the Student Leader) and the Student LPI Observer that gathers valuable 360-degree feedback from teachers, coaches, teammates, co-workers, and others who have direct experience of the individual in a leadership role.
SLE values that self-discovery and self-awareness are essential to developing our capacity to lead. As a result, all SLE participants are required to complete and analyze the Student LPI in a peer group setting.
Students Advancing in Leadership (SAIL) Workshop
Your second year in SLE will be focused on developing your personal leadership skills with six (6) advanced leadership seminars and hands-on leadership training on campus. Students participating in SAIL, will serve as Peer Group leaders for the Emerging Leaders students in SLE, and will be connected to student leadership roles in student organizations, residence halls, student government and/or campus ambassadors.
When ethical dilemmas arise, a natural tendency is to react too quickly to resolve the issue or pretend we didn’t notice. A necessary and vital component of leadership is the ability to make tough decisions for the greater good of the group by engaging in a process that includes intentional reflection before action. In this session, we will focus on the importance of ethical decision making and the impact these decisions have on providing effective leadership. Student leaders will learn how to apply practical tools to handle moral dilemmas when there appears to be no clear right answer.
Every team or organization needs a strong vision and mission statement to set the foundation and tone for shared goals. Through this session, learn how to develop a vision and mission statement that connects to shared goals and how to establish a strategic communication plan that will allow your organization to grow stronger internally and communicate your purpose externally.
Learn how to make the most of working with a team. We’ll help you discover how to capitalize on the strengths of your teammates and how to motivate groups around a shared sense of ownership and mission. We’ll explore common phases of team development and how to prepare for each and keep your team moving forward.
Incorporating components of the Relational Leadership Model, this session will help participants explore their own privilege, and how privilege and power have implications in the leadership process. Participants will undergo self-assessment and engage in dialogue with one another about the elements of privilege, power, cultural competence, inclusion, and social justice. Students will explore how these concepts can be positively applied to their own leadership journey.
In this session, students will learn the skills and practices necessary to adapt to organizational change as well as navigating the complex process to facilitate change within the organization. Students will learn the process of the Change Curve as well as understand the principles of Kotter’s Change Model.
In this session you will culminate your experience by creating your own personal leadership philosophy. A leadership philosophy is the product of discerning your core values, turning those values into operating principles, and integrating those operating principles into a coherent statement of how you intend to lead in life.
The Office of Student Life is dedicated to supporting the college's registered student organizations (RSO) excel and grow. Two programs the Student Life office offers campus RSOs is the annual fall Leadership Conference, designed to training new RSO officers, and on-demand workshops on organizational development. More information about both opportunities are provided below.
The Summit: ASU-Beebe Student Organization Leadership Conference
RSO officers and advisors are highly encouraged to join the Office of Student Life on our Heber Springs campus at Sugarloaf Mountain. This one-day experience is created for student leaders of Registered Student Organizations at ASU-Beebe to provide student leaders, new and experienced alike, with the tools and knowledge to successfully lead their organizations and utilize the available resources provided on campus.
The free conference is held on a Saturday in September and will include a plenary session on recruitment and marketing, breakout sessions focused on officer roles (presidents & vice-presidents, secretaries, treasurers, SGA representatives, and advisors), and outdoor team building.
The Summit is a student organization leadership retreat offered by the Office of Student Life providing time for leadership training, equipping, and planning for ASU-Beebe student organization’s newly elected officers.
Each student organization is invited to send their President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, and Advisor to participate in the retreat.
At this 9:00AM-3:00PM retreat, students will opportunity to participate in small group discussions for officers, outdoor team-building activities, and plenary sessions on the role of student organizations in campus culture, RSO expectation, & brainstorming for RSO support. Lunch will be provided.
In 2000 ASU-Beebe open doors to its campus in Heber Springs at the base of Sugarloaf Mountain to serve the higher educational needs in Cleburne County.
The beautiful Student Services/ Administration Building with its large windows overlooking the mountain side, will provide a scenic and conformable site for this year’s Summer Summit.
Student Organization Training
The Office of Student Life offers registered student organizations (RSOs) workshops tailored for the needs of your specific organization. These workshops are designed to support our student organizations by giving student leaders information about how to spend funds, how to manage budgets, how to lead effectively, as well as information about all of the benefits of being a registered student organization. To request a workshop contact the Office of Student Life, 501-882-8906.
This session will explain everything you need to know about running a successful student organization at ASU-Beebe in just an hour! Learn how to set up a student organization bank account, reserve rooms for meetings, develop a constitution, and learn about all policies and procedures.
In this session, discover the step-by-step process to develop a successful program or event for your organization. Learn how to successfully market your event and become aware of the do’s and don’ts of planning an effective program.
Need help gaining direction and exposure for your organization? Book this session to learn how to create the vision, mission statement, and marketing plan for your organization.
Enhance communication skills between members of your organization and gain knowledge about how to handle conflict when it arises within your organization.
Book this session to learn proper parliamentary procedure rules to ensure the success of your organization's meetings.
Student Leadership Scholars
Leadership Scholars receive a scholarship for $1,000.00 a year ($500.00 per semester) that can be applied to any cost to attendance at ASU-Beebe (including tuition, fees, books, housing, meal plan, etc.) Each year, ASU-Beebe selects 24 students to serve as ambassadors for the college, be provided one-on-one leadership training, given opportunities to practice community & college service, and serve as NSO and SLE group leaders.
Leadership training experiences include attendance to national and regional conferences, opportunities to have hands-on campus leadership roles, and eligibility to join our leadership field experiences across the country. For example, this year, students traveled to Memphis, TN to learn about civil rights by visiting the National Civil Rights Museum. They also participated in a student leadership development day at the Arkansas State Capitol, participated in a lecture by former First Lady Laura Bush, and traveled to Washington, DC where they attended a private dinner with US Senator John Boozman where he then gave them a private tour of the United States Capitol. These are just a few examples of the wonderful opportunities afforded to our Leadership Scholars.