Kaskaskia College Honors Students Visit Indianapolis

On April 10 and April 11, the Kaskaskia College Honors program travelled to Indianapolis, Indiana.  Dr. Erin Landers and Dr. Scott Crothers, instructors of the Honors Leadership and Logic classes, accompanied the seven students , including Kristen Perkins of Odin, Kaitlyn Short of Salem, Zachary Steinkamp of Bartelso, Sarah Kreke of Bartelso, Taylor Aarns of Carlyle, Mark Rogers of Patoka, and Luke Kannall of Breese.


While in Indianapolis, the group engaged in a number of powerful learning experiences and enjoyable recreational activities as well.  The educational activities included trips to the Indiana State Museum and a meeting with Michael Huber, President and CEO of the Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce.  The recreational activities included attending opening night of the Indianapolis Indians baseball team, a triple-A affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates, and enjoying the Grand Canal, Indianapolis’ pristine urban waterway that offers boating, kayaking, cycling and other outdoor activities.


At the Indiana State Museum, students were exposed to a wide range of subjects.  From learning about the geological history of the Midwest, experiencing mammoth fossils and observing a working Foucault’s Pendulum in the Natural History section to experiencing a recreated frontier homestead and working iron lung in the Social History section, students were enamored with the diverse artifacts on display.


Through a personal contact of Dr. Landers, students were able to meet with Michael Huber.  Michael Huber is a Hillsboro, Illinois native who worked in national and Indiana state politics before recently becoming the President and CEO of the Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce.  Mr. Huber spoke with the students about ethical leadership and teamwork.  He provided the students with a professional perspective that was illuminating and motivational.  Students left this meeting with a better understanding of what it takes to be a dynamic, caring leader and enhanced confidence in their own ability to succeed in a leadership role.


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