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Castleberry helps sow the seeds of student leadership

Marketing, fundraising, budgeting, recruitment, retention. While these are always hot topics for University administration, the leaders of Austin Peays student organizations demonstrated they are important to students as well as they recently met for a two-day brainstorming session on these concerns.

The program, sponsored by the Office of Student Life and Leadership, was the latest in an initiative called APPLE, which stands for Austin Peay Progressive Leadership Education.
Marketing, fundraising, budgeting, recruitment, retention. While these are always hot topics for University administration, the leaders of Austin Peay's student organizations demonstrated they are important to students as well as they recently met for a two-day brainstorming session on these concerns.

The program, sponsored by the Office of Student Life and Leadership, was the latest in an initiative called APPLE, which stands for Austin Peay Progressive Leadership Education.

“The focus for APPLE is student organization leaders,” says Sean Castleberry, interim assistant director of Student Life and Leadership. “ The idea is that we can train our leaders to do great things, and then let those leaders pass down the best practices of being great to the next class of leaders, thereby creating great organizations.”

APPLE's mission also includes enabling student organizations to express their perspectives; maintain academic responsibility; improve cultural, social and physical welfare on campus; promote fellowship; participate in community service; foster student rights and responsibilities; ensure financial stability; enact vision statements that coincide with the University's mission and act as leaders.

During the November session, student leaders engaged in brainstorming sessions, including determining what traits would characterize an ideal environment for organizations at Austin Peay and identifying the existing or perceived obstacles to that ideal.

Castleberry says APPLE's spring sessions will include February's “APPLE Pi,” which will address recruitment and retention, March's “APPLE Seeds” on promotion and marketing, and April's “ Golden APPLEs” on fundraising and budgeting.
—Rebecca Mackey