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Year Of Character

For the 2016-2017 Academic Year, The Leadership Office, through new and existing programmatic initiatives and collaborations around the University and beyond, will explore the theme of ‘Character’ – attempting to better understand how members of our community define, describe, and develop it.

We invite you to join us throughout the year, in person and online, as we grapple with what it means to be ‘a person of character’, tackle how to build character in ourselves and others, and seek community with others in the pursuit of character.



Reflection on Character: Art Exhibit

What does “character” mean to you? How do you build “character”? The Leadership Office is hosting a “Year of Character” Art Exhibit event. We  are inviting students to submit artwork to be featured in the exhibit. Reflect on what “character” means to you and express yourself through art. Students can create anything including paintings, photos, poems, etc.

We invite the entire  community to the opening of the “Year of Character” Exhibit on April 3rd from 4pm to 6pm in the Student Union Art Gallery Room 310. Come enjoy refreshments, view student artwork and reflect on what “character” means to you! The gallery show will be up and available for public viewing until April 14th.

Our kick-off event, The Road to Character, will be held on September 13th at 7pm in Laurel Hall 102.

What is ‘character’?

What do we mean when we say someone ‘is a person of character’?

Doing so can convey a certain weight or gravitas about the individual. But what are we talking about?

In a time when fame, fortune, power, and personal achievement attract the most attention…

How does one develop – and maintain – ‘character’?

Join our speaker, David Brooks as he explores the development of character, the tension between our inner and outer lives, and how to turn to ourselves and to others to find meaning and depth. David’s current book, The Road to Character, explores the road to a deeper inner life and explains why selflessness leads to greater success.

David Brooks is one of America’s most prominent political commentators. He writes a bi-weekly OpEd column for The New York Times, is a regular analyst on PBS NewsHour, and on NPR’s All Things Considered. His previous books include The Social Animal, On Paradise Drive, and Bobos in Paradise. David worked at The Wall Street Journal for nine years and has written for The New Yorker, Forbes, The Washington Post, and many other periodicals.

Admission to this event is free.  All members of the community are welcome to attend. More information can be found here.