Students Shake Hands with Local Leaders
IRVING- North Lake College’s biannual Government Leadership Seminars are underway again in Irving. Running throughout the month of February and March, this public event allows participants to shake hands with city councilmen and mayors alike. This week’s speaker is Irving City Councilman Dennis Webb on Friday, February 24 at 11:15 a.m. in classroom A-347.
Headed by professor of government Dr. Gabriel Bach, The Government Leadership Seminar offers students the opportunity to hear from local government officials, many of who tell stories of how they came from having little and are now making a big difference in their community. Dr. Bach believes it is these true stories that reach students. “I tell them,” Dr. Bach begins, “most of us come from nowhere, but it’s up to you to become somebody and go someplace.”
To truly reach students, Dr. Bach advocates broadening young minds through real life experiences, rather than text alone. That is why he requires all his students partake in 20 hours of local volunteer work and attend at least one city council meeting. He even offers extra credit for those students who attend the Government Leadership Series.
While at first these requirements may seem silly to the students, in the end it is these tangible, firsthand experiences that continuously delight. “The students always bring back great stories,” Dr. Bach says, “and if they remember just one thing, forgetting everything else, let it be their experience participating in local community and making a difference.”
The spring Government Leadership Series will conclude with Irving City Manager Tommy Gonzalez Tuesday, March 6 at 11:00 a.m. and Irving City Councilman Rick Stopfer Monday, March 26 at 11:15 a.m. Former distinguished guests include President of the Irving Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Asusena Resendiz, and Irving City Councilman Michael E. Gallaway.
Editor's note: For more event information, please contact Dr. Gabriel Bach
, Professor of Government, at 972-273-3553, or the North Lake College Public Information Office, 972-273-3004.
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