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Powell Scholar Group Activities

Callison Hall

Thanks to the generosity of Mrs. Powell, the Powell Scholars have had their own space on campus since January 2012. Callison Hall has been completely remodeled and provides all Powell Scholars with an environment dedicated to academic, creative, and leadership activities.

The one unit Powell Leadership Seminar is taken in the fall of the freshman year. It focuses on approaches to leadership and introduces students to the opportunities offered by the program in research/creative activity, study abroad, community service, and pursuit of fellowships (Fulbright, Rhodes, etc.). At the end of the seminar each student prepares a leadership self portrait, and a plan to make the most of their years as a Powell Scholar at Pacific. For example, students begin considering how they might take advantage of the $7,500 available to them for international study and research/creative activity.

A one unit Proposal Development Seminar is taken the sophomore or junior year, and allows students to develop a strong proposal for using their research/creative project funding.

An annual one day retreat is held in early fall in which we reflect on the program and plan for the coming year. At this retreat, for example, the students nominate the speakers and/or performers they want to bring to campus.

  • In 2009, the retreat focused on ideas for an event to celebrate President Eibeck's Inauguration; the proposal that resulted was among six chosen for funding. The Scholars dedicated a large photo mural of Muir Woods by Stephen Joseph in Dr. Eibeck's honor.
  • In 2010, our retreat focused on the Powell Emerging Leader Award (Click here to see the Stockton Record article regarding the Powell Emerging Leader Award). This award will be given to a young leader throughout the world, who represents the Powell Scholars mission and has already made an extraordinary difference.  The Powell Scholars initiated a major project in Dimen, China. Click here for more information, or read our article that was published in Honors in Practice.
  • In 2011, we focused on developing guidelines for Callison Hall, the new intellectual home of the Powell Scholars. We also nominated nationally known speakers and performers to sponsor; including Molly Donovan, associate curator of the National Gallery of Art, who visited in Spring 2012; and Wynton Marsalis, who visited in Spring 2013.
  • In 2013 we nominated Brandon Stanton, author of the best setting book, Humans of New York to receive our Powell Emerging Leader Award (PELA). He visited in April of 2014.  In March, 2015 Malawian entrepreneur Ellen Chilemba was awarded the PELA.

An off-site three day retreat is offered for seniors before their last semester starts. This encourages students to reflect deeply on their intellectual experience at Pacific and their approach to leadership.

Monthly luncheon meetings with all Powell Scholars allow the students to interact with one another across majors. These luncheons include a program, which typically centers on upcoming events and the accomplishments of Powell Scholars.

At least once a semester Powell Scholars choose a major cultural event off campus.  These events include plays, art shows, musical and other productions. Attendance at on-campus events is also encouraged.

President Eibeck hosts a luncheon each year for the Powell Scholars, the Powell Scholars Advisory Board, the provost and academic deans, and other top university officials.

Powell Scholars and other guests at the Fall 2013 President's Luncheon