Leading Edge is a program for new LSU students to learn more about their unique talents in an engaging way. This year’s theme is “Adventure” which highlights sustainability and Leave No Trace principles as a part of responsible leadership. Students can expect to learn about leadership while enjoying a canoe trip and challenge course high ropes session. Leading edge is truly a way for new students to connect with one another while they develop confidence to get involved at LSU.
This program is open to all new LSU students who will be beginning their first semester at LSU.
- meet new friends,
- become an LSU Tiger,
- learn about sustainability, and
- develop your natural talents.
Overview of Schedule
Sunday, August 17
|Prior to 2:00 PM||Students with a fall on-campus housing assignment should move-in*|
|3:00 PM||Welcome and introductions (LSU Student Union)|
|5:30 PM||Pizza and trip logistics|
|6:00 PM||Overview of leadership|
|8:00 PM||LSU trivia|
|9:00 PM||Wrap-up and late night activity|
*Students with a fall on-campus housing assignment will be able to move into their room beginning Sunday, August 17, 2014. Residence Hall front desks are open 24 hours, students simply report to the desk to check-in upon arrival.
Monday, August 18
|8:00 AM||Meet at UREC to depart for canoe trip|
|9:00 AM||Arrive at off-campus retreat location|
|9:30 AM||Brunch and review of Leave No Trace|
|10 AM–4:30 PM||Canoeing with picnic lunch|
|4:30 PM||Free time before dinner|
|8:30 PM||Fireside chat with s’mores|
Tuesday, August 19
|8:30 AM–11:30 AM||Hike|
|12:00 PM||Lunch at camp|
|1:00–3:00 PM||Nature center and more leadership activities|
|3:30 PM||Return to LSU|
|7:00 PM||UREC Challenge Course on campus|
|9:00 PM||Wrap-up and late night activity|
Wednesday, August 20
Breakfast is on your own today, keep in mind we will be having a brunch closing event at 11:00 a.m.
|9:30 AM||Meet at UREC|
|10:30 AM||Walk to LSU Bookstore Event Room as a group|
|11:00 AM||Closing brunch|
|12:30 PM||Program concludes|
Includes: all meals (as listed in the schedule); all materials for the program, including outdoor gear and canoe use; transportation to off-campus retreat location; and a StrengthsFinder online access code
Billed: must be paid upon registration
Optional Housing Fee*: $79
Includes: Early arrival for students with an assigned room for the fall semester on Sunday, August 17, 2014 through Wednesday, August 20, 2014 [$26.23 per night for 3 nights which is rounded to $79]. Students who can stay with family in Baton Rouge between August 17-20 can avoid this fee by moving in to LSU residence halls Thursday, August 21.
Billed: 2nd week of classes to university fee bill
*On-campus housing is not available for students who plan to reside off-campus during the academic year. If you have questions about this, please ask before registering.
While Leading Edge program requires a fee, Campus Life will work with all interested students so finances are not a barrier to participation. For more information or questions, contact Rachel Champagne, Assistant Director of Campus Life, at email@example.com or 225-578-5160 no later than July 25, 2014.
Refunds will only be granted to students who cancel by July 25, 2014 at 5:00 PM CDT, via email to firstname.lastname@example.org AND another student is added to take the place of the cancellation. Otherwise, the fee will be forfeited.
If you opt not to attend LSU, but do not notify the program, you will not be eligible for a refund.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I get to move into the residence halls at LSU early for this program?
Yes, new LSU students may move into their fall Residential Hall assignment on Sunday, August 17, 2014 prior to 2:00 p.m. Our program begins at 3:30 p.m. in the LSU Student Union, so students need to be moved in and parents should say “good-byes” before then. If August 17 is not convenient, students participating in Leading Edge may also move in on Saturday, August 16, 2014 (by request to email@example.com). Additional information about early arrival is available through LSU Residential Life.
What is the fee for early arrival in LSU’s residence halls?
Students who have a fall Residential Hall assignment may move-in early on Sunday, August 17, 2014. Not all new LSU students will be permitted to move in early, but students participating in Leading Edge have been granted permission to do so. The fees for moving in early are $26.23 per night; which totals $79.00 (rounded to the nearest dollar) for three nights with our program. This fee will post to the student’s University fee bill during the second week of classes and is not paid upon arrival.
Is housing provided for commuter students?
No, we are not able to provide housing for students who do not have a fall Residential Housing assignment for the Leading Edge program.
Why do I have to pay $75 to participate in Leading Edge?
While LSU Campus Life and University Recreation absorb the majority of the cost for this program, there are costs such as canoe rentals, StrengthsQuest access codes, and food that must be confirmed prior to the program. The $75 fee helps to confirm your participation and off-set any costs that may be incurred if you do not follow through in participation. Campus Life will work with all interested students so finances are not a barrier to participation, please e-mail Rachel Champagne or call 225-578-5160.
How much of this program is outdoors?
While plans are still being finalized, we can tell you that we will be canoeing for at least two days and will do a light hike on 1 day. During this portion of the trip we will either sleep in tents or a group camp facility. Supplies and gear for the trip will be provided by LSU UREC. Students will receive more details when they become available, including a packing list.
What if I need special accommodations or have physical limitations?
Please let us know right away of any special needs you might have (including dietary restrictions) and one of our staff members will discuss the specific activities that we have planned for Leading Edge with you. E-mail us or call LSU Campus Life at 225-578-5160.
Do I have to participate in canoeing and the challenge course?
Learning more about what you are capable of is part of being a leader and we want all new LSU students participating in the program to emerge with confidence in their abilities. Students are encouraged to discuss their concerns about canoeing and the challenge course elements with staff in advance. Should students have doubts about participating in certain activities, we will work together to determine how to proceed.
What is the StrengthsQuest?
The Gallup StrengthsQuest is a way of examining your unique talents and what makes you – you. It will begin with an online assessment called the Clifton StrengthsFinder, which you will be asked to take prior to arriving through an access code we provide. Then, we will do several activities and some action planning to use your talents to determine what you should get involved with here at LSU this fall.
What if I don’t know anyone?
The great thing about Leading Edge is that it is small enough (40 students) that you can meet everyone pretty quickly, but big enough that the group will have some diverse interests. Don’t worry about not knowing anyone, all participants are new to LSU. Also, there are four LSU staff members and 2-3 student leaders who will lead parts of the program.
What if I really don’t like camping, canoeing, or the outdoors?
Leading Edge: Adventure might not be the program for you if you truly hate being outdoors. We will spend a few days in wooded areas and canoeing. If you have never hiked or canoed, that’s okay! If it’s not for you, then consider a different leadership program like the Live Gold Leadership Conference or Leadership Exchange. Please e-mail us or visit our website for more options.
Why should I participate in Leading Edge: Adventure 2014?
This is an easy one: meet new friends, have fun, learn something about yourself and do something different before beginning at LSU. We have studied a variety of different outdoor programs, orientations, and pre-college camps at universities across the country. Leading Edge: Adventure combines the adventure of the outdoors and leadership development for new students in a fun and engaging way.
Leading Edge was created in 2010 jointly by First Year Experience and Campus Life. The program originally included 50 first-year students who met weekly for the entire spring semester. Weekly meetings focused on leadership principles, models, and behavior of successful leaders.
After many suggestions from participants and research into what other universities are doing, Campus Life has teamed up with University Recreation to offer a Leading Edge–with an “edge.” Outdoor components and experiential learning elements are sure to be a unique experience for new students learning about leadership.