Leadership seminar brings students to St. Jude

Collegiate Leadership Seminar visits St. Jude

Students enjoy the colorful walls of the Patient Care Center lobby
during their first tour stop at St. Jude.

More than 300 college students made the most of their summer vacation by attending the St. Jude Collegiate Leadership Seminar on June 5-7. The weekend-long event brought together young adults from nearly 150 campuses located across the country who participate in the three main college-based St. Jude fund-raisers: Up ’til Dawn, Tri Delta and North-American Interfraternity Four Square.

During the three-day seminar, the students learned how to coordinate successful fund-raising events as well as had the opportunity to tour the hospital and Target House.

"St. Jude was a very welcoming place," said Alexis Lucero of St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas. "It was warm and comfortable, unlike any other hospital. The visit has helped me learn what life is worth."

Shannon Swaggerty, who attends the C.W. Post Campus of Long Island University in Brookville, N.Y., was also touched by her visit. "It’s been great learning about what St. Jude does for children and how these families have been impacted," she said. "I’m lucky enough to attend college, and now I want these kids to see their college years, too. I want them to have the wonderful experiences that I have had."

"St. Jude is addictive, " said Amy Jackson of University of Memphis. "You only need to be here once and you're hooked for life. This has helped me define my career goals... I know I want to go into non-profits and raise money for people who need help."

This marked the sixth year for the St. Jude Collegiate Leadership Seminar, formerly known as the Up ’til Dawn Leadership Seminar.


June 2004

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