Student-Run Conference Honored With Ringing of USS Arizona Bell

Student-Run Conference Honored With Ringing of USS Arizona Bell

By Alexis BlueUniversity Commmunications
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UA students worked to organize one of the nation's largest student-run leadership conferences. From left to right, top row to bottom: Tana Encinas, Katie Blodgett, Lane Davidson, Dorothy Nishwitz, Meredith Evans, Lauren Myers, Andrea Butterbrodt, Sandra Banuett, Ana Claudia Albelais, Amy Barton, Katie Godfrey, Erin Ashley Hall, Ruben Villalobos, Carolina Luque (Photo courtesy of Luque)
UA students worked to organize one of the nation's largest student-run leadership conferences. From left to right, top row to bottom: Tana Encinas, Katie Blodgett, Lane Davidson, Dorothy Nishwitz, Meredith Evans, Lauren Myers, Andrea Butterbrodt, Sandra Banuett, Ana Claudia Albelais, Amy Barton, Katie Godfrey, Erin Ashley Hall, Ruben Villalobos, Carolina Luque (Photo courtesy of Luque)

The bell of the USS Arizona was to be rung Wednesday to honor the University of Arizona student-run National Collegiate Leadership Conference.

The bell – which is rung only on significant occasions in the life of the UA – is tolled at the Student Union Memorial Center on the third Wednesday of each month during the academic year to recognize faculty, staff, students and alumni for achievements that bring prestige and recognition to themselves and the University.

One of the largest student-run leadership conferences in the nation, the National Collegiate Leadership Conference, organized by UA students, provides leadership development training for hundreds of college students across the country.

In February, 440 students and advisers from 48 institutions in 18 states nationwide attended the conference on the UA campus. UA retail and consumer sciences senior Carolina Luque served as chairwoman of the conference, which teaches college students to learn, understand, interact with, experience, participate in, engage in and reflect on service, social justice, leadership and the interconnectedness of those ideas.

Formerly known as the Arizona Collegiate Leadership Conference, the National Collegiate Leadership Conference is becoming nationally known for providing high-quality, financially accessible leadership development opportunities. A planning committee of UA student leaders works throughout the year to organize the event, and the students have inspired peers from many institutions to develop their own conferences. 

The bell was to be rung at 12:07 p.m. The time corresponds with the date that the battleship was sunk at Pearl Harbor: Dec. 7, 1941.

For more information, or to submit a nomination, visit the Outstanding University Achievements Web site.

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