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Leonard has Sought Challenging Experiences

By Nikki Treleaven ’11

Editor’s Note: This is the 10th in a 10-part series on the 2011 Experiential Learner of the Year Award nominees. Nominees for the upperclass and freshman awards will be honored at a luncheon May 6; the winners will be revealed at Honors Convocation May 7.

Brett Leonard“During his time at Keuka, Brett has demonstrated an eagerness to pursue challenging, original experiences to enhance his academic, professional, and personal development,” said Janine Bower.

For example, for his final Field Period in January, he teamed with fellow senior and criminology and criminal justice major Rory Conheady to investigate cases of vandalism on campus.

Under the supervision of Tracy McFarland, associate dean of students, Leonard developed a research agenda, collected data, and offered recommendations.

As a result, he strengthened his communication, problem-solving, and other essential skills, according to Bower.

That is typical of Leonard, who has made the most of all his experiential learning opportunities at Keuka.

“He has demonstrated an eagerness to pursue challenging, original experiences to enhance his academic, professional, and personal development,” said Bower, who invited Leonard to discuss his Field Period with freshman sociology and criminology and criminal justice majors.

“His work is an excellent demonstration of how lessons learned in the classroom can be translated into action in order to solve problems like those students encounter in the course of their work and service,” said Bower.

Leonard’s experiential learning hasn’t been confined to Field Period. He is a member of the lacrosse team; Sociology, Criminology and Criminal Justice Club; Paintball Club; and the College Chorale. He served as a new student mentor and was inducted into Pi Gamma Mu International Honor Society.

 

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