“Take the Leadership Challenge!”


UA Leads is the NACA Regional Program of the Year: a series of fun, interactive events designed to enhance and develop leadership skills.  Even better, these events are free to attend for all University of Akron students!  Students who attend 5 to 6 programs and answer survey questions regarding those 5 to 6 programs will be recognized with the Silver Leadership Award. Students who attend 7 to 8 programs and answer survey questions regarding those 7 to 8 programs will be recognized with the Gold Leadership Award. Students will be recognized for their commitment to developing themselves as leaders with one of these LIFE Awards on April 16, 2014.


Take the challenge, and reach your full leadership potential!


Schedule of Events




University of Akron President Luis Proenza

Inspire a Shared Vision

Wednesday, February 19, 3:20 PM – 4:00PM

Dr. Proenza’s leadership has monumentally altered the campus living and learning landscape by developing a new vision for our campus.  Come learn his story, identify and discuss essential components of effective leadership, and enjoy a great opportunity to interact with our president!

Location: Student Union Theatre


James P. Tressel, Executive Vice President for Student Success

Enable Others to Act

Wednesday, February 19, 5:00 PM – 6:00PM

In May 2012, James P. (Jim) Tressel returned to his alma mater in a role where he worked to identify, recommend and support strategies and efforts that promote success in all facets of student life. In December 2013, he was appointed executive vice president for student success. Tressel is responsible for laying the foundation for a successful Akron Experience for every University of Akron student — relying on all departments of the campus — including recruitment, admissions, advising, marketing, financial advising, technology and others. He earned a B.A. in education at Baldwin Wallace College in 1975, and a master's degree in education in 1977 at UA, where he also served as assistant football coach and instructor of physical education from 1975 to 1978. His experience in coaching continued through 2010 on the campuses of Miami University of Ohio, Syracuse University, Youngstown State University and The Ohio State University. Tressel has published two books: "The Winners Manual: For the Game of Life" (2008) and "Life Promises for Success" (2011).

Location: Student Union Theatre


Dee Shilling, Ticket Sales Executive: Akron RubberDucks Baseball

Model the Way

Tuesday, February 25, 6:00 PM – 7:00PM

Dee Shilling is originally from Youngstown, Ohio and graduated from The University of Akron in 2009. She double majored in Public Relations and Business/Organizational Communication with a minor in Sales and Marketing.  Dee was an Emerging Leader her freshman year and continued her involvement within Residence Life and Housing with two years as a member of Residence Hall Program Board (RHPB) as well as holding the position of National Residence Hall Honorary (NRHH) President. After graduation, Dee worked with a non-profit organization followed by a position with The Mahoning Valley Scrappers Minor League Baseball in Youngstown. She is currently working with the Akron Baseball RubberDucks within the Ticketing Department as a Ticket Sales Representative.

Location: Honors Common Room



Bill Farmer: Official voice of Disney’s Goofy

Encourage the Heart

Wednesday, March 5th, 3:20pm-5:00pm

Bill is a an actor, public speaker, comedian and, impressionist, who is best known as the voice actor who over the past 24 years, has provided the voices for some of the world’s most recognized cartoon characters: Goofy, Pluto, Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Foghorn Leghorn, Sylvester the Cat, Yosemite Sam, among many others. In college, bill found work in radio and TV and then moved on to stand-up comedy as an impressionist until he moved to Hollywood where he signed with an agent and soon got the audition that would change his life, the audition for the role of Disney’s goofy. Soon after, bill added Pluto, Horace horse collar, practical pig and several other Disney and Warner Brothers characters. These days, Bill is as busy as ever, whether voicing cartoons, commercials, movies, performing on stage with Fred Willard’s Moho’s sketch comedy troupe, or teaching voiceover, or producing demos for voiceover veterans or newcomers alike.

Location: Student Union Theatre


Ed Gerety

Making Your Mark: Leadership Principles to Meet the Challenge

Five Practices

Wednesday, March 19th, 3:20 PM – 5:00 PM

In this one-hour keynote Ed shares his personal experiences, insights, and real life examples to teach the principles that are essential to being a leader.  His goals include illustrating the action steps to living the four principles of leadership, giving specific strategies to maintain a positive attitude during the changes and challenges of being a leader, providing keys to setting and attaining personal and professional goals, and giving ideas on how to make an impact as a leader and inspire others.

Location: Student Union Theatre


For more information contact Sigma Lambda Honorary at SigmaLambda@uakron.edu,

visit the UA LEADS web page at https://orgsync.com/36380/events/690864/occurrences/1352684,

or contact Thomas Faessel at 330-972-7800 or faessel@uakron.edu.


UA LEADS is sponsored by:

The Department of Residence Life and Housing, Sigma Lambda Honorary, The National Residence Hall Honorary, Residence Hall Program Board, Residence Hall Council