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.