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    Pacific students will attend the US Naval Academy Leadership Conference

    Jan 11, 2011

    Three Pacific students have been selected to attend the US Naval Academy Leadership Conference. The US Naval Academy hosts the leadership conference every year, bringing together undergraduate student and military personnel from across the country.  Students Sarah George, Silvia Guzman and Caelan Urquhart have been selected to represent Pacific at the conference because of their leadership qualities, including George who is an Iraqi War veteran.

    The conference will be from Jan. 30 to Feb. 2 at the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. During the conference, the CEO of General Motors, Daniel Akerson, will speak on theme of the conference, "Leader Development: The Cycle of Success." Students will also have the opportunity to listen to other speakers and work with students from other universities during breakout sessions. After the conference Pacific's representatives will speak at an alumni reception at the Army and Navy Club in Washington D.C. before flying back to California.

    "The conference seeks to nurture undergraduate leadership and is an example of how the military and civilian experience may have lessons to teach each other," said Corrie Martin, the director of Pacific's Women's Resource Center. "It's also an interesting time as the military itself is experiencing internal cultural changes in response to the growing recognition of the rights of minorities, women and LGBT people who are serving loyally and with distinction."

    In order to apply to attend, students had to submit a cover letter, resume and brief application form. From there a committee of five poured over the applications and selected three of the applicants.

    George is a senior at Pacific and is one of the few women veterans at Pacific. Guzman is a junior majoring in History and plans to join the Navy and become an officer after graduation. Urquhart is a sophomore majoring in Business Administration. 

    For more information on veterans programs available at Pacific, visit http://www.pacific.edu/Administration/Office-of-the-Registrar/Veteran-Services.html.