Spring Safari Conference Information

For the first time in the history of the Leadership Safari program, we are excited to offer a Spring Leadership Safari conference, January 6 – 7, 2018!
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Spring Leadership Safari is designed to live up to the University's promise to provide engaging leadership development learning for all students. This two-day leadership conference is open to students entering in the spring semester and those students who are continuing from the fall semester but did not have the chance to attend Leadership Safari in August.

Spring Leadership Safari provides an opportunity for both freshmen and transfer students to learn how to be academically successful at CMU, and demonstrates how involvement in campus activities assist in the development of leadership abilities both inside and outside of the classroom. Furthermore, by joining us for Spring Leadership Safari, you will forge friendships with other students and peer mentors starting in the spring semester. In other words, Spring Leadership Safari is your fast track to success at CMU! 

  1. An introduction to campus life at CMU
  2. An understanding of how to get involved on campus
  3. New ideas to help with your leadership development
  4. A network of people to rely upon for support during the academic year
  5. Great times, fun memories, new friends! 
Each participant is assigned to a small group of approximately 10 students called the Safari team. This group is the center of all the action that takes place during the conference. A Safari guide, who is an current CMU student leader, facilitates each group. The guide will help participants tie together what they learn throughout the Leadership Safari program. 

Throughout the conference, participants will engage in discussions and activities on a wide array of topics ranging from leadership to being an active and involved community member. In addition to team gatherings and activities, Safari hosts nationally renowned speakers. 

Participants can also look forward to other activities built to familiarize students with the Central Michigan University campus while engaging with the most amount of people as possible. 


You should attend Spring Leadership Safari if...

1.  You are a new freshman or transfer student beginning in the Spring semester, interested in becoming familiar with CMU, involvement on campus, and meeting new people. 

  • Starting college in January at the beginning of the spring semester can be challenging for a variety of reasons. First, there is a smaller number of students beginning their journey in the spring semester. Additionally, students who begin in the spring semester are joining students who began their journey in August and have had a chance to set some roots. As a result, there can be feelings that you are "behind" or that you are alone in starting your time at CMU in the spring. For all of these reasons and more, we believe that Spring Leadership Safari is incredibly important. You will not only learn about CMU, but also do so with others who are a walking a similar path and are equally excited to be here!

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2.     You started in August, but did not have a chance to attend Leadership Safari!

  • Spring Safari is a great chance to get a boost halfway through your first year at CMU. Although you have a semester under your belt, Spring Leadership Safari can offer you tremendous value. The conference will assist you in learning more about the campus and how to make the most of your time at CMU. Additionally, the conference is an excellent place to learn about leadership and to build a network of friends and peer mentors to assist you on your journey.  


If you are living on campus, you will get your residence hall key and check-in information in the Bovee University Center on Saturday, January 6th beginning at 8am. We encourage you to arrive between 8 and 10am to have time to settle into your room. For students living off campus, you will want to contact your landlord to find out when you can check in to your apartment.  

You will be able to participate in Spring Leadership Safari for the low fee of $50. This conference has been so valuable to student success that Central Michigan University covers almost every expense for each participant, including meal costs. This fee is not assessed until after the conference is complete, and will be charged to the student’s campus account. There will be no charge if the student is unable to attend and notifies the office prior to the cancellation deadline (12/19/17). 

Participants who register and do not attend all scheduled conference sessions will be required to pay expenses related to being a participant at this conference, totaling $200 (which includes the registration fee).  This fee will also be assessed to anyone who attended Spring Leadership Safari and fails to fill out the conference evaluation online. 

There is also a “No Show” fee of $100. If there are circumstances which prohibit attendance at Leadership Safari, we ask for advance notification via the options provided within the emailed confirmation materials. Please know that the Leadership Safari process is separate from the University system. Should you cancel your plans to be a CMU student, you will still need to cancel your Safari registration separately.  
Are you interested in being a part of Spring Safari but are concerned with being able to pay the $50 fee? If you have completed your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and it has been determined that your Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) is between $0 and $5,000, you may apply for a waiver for the $50 conference fee. See the link on the right-hand-side of the page. 

Registering for Spring Leadership Safari is easy! Click on the Spring Registration button on this website to navigate to register. All of your confirmation materials will be emailed to you at your cmich.edu email following the completion of the registration form. Space is limited, register today! Registration will begin online beginning November 1, 2017.
Due to the nature of the program and its focus on team building activities, participants cannot be released early from activities. Please do not plan on removing a participant from any scheduled activities for any reason other than emergencies. You may be asked to provide proof of such emergencies to avoid being charged $200. Your understanding is greatly appreciated in this matter. 

What if there is inclement weather that impedes travel?
You and your student’s safety is of utmost importance. Because the program is hosted in January, we know that weather may become an issue. Your safety is our first concern. If you believe that weather will delay you, it is critical that you contact the Leadership Safari staff at (989) 621-1155. We also encourage you to sign up for emergency alerts via the CMU website. 

My student is ill and can’t go to activities, what do I do? 
Your student needs to immediately contact the Leadership Safari office staff or Associate Director for consultation. Depending on the severity of the illness, we will evaluate the situation accordingly. 

Who do I call if there has been a family emergency and I can’t get a hold of my student?
Immediately call Dr. Dani Hiar at (989) 621-1155. This is the emergency cell phone. If a person does not answer, leave a message and we will get back to you as soon as possible. We will then locate your student as soon as possible and have them get in touch with you. 

What happens if my student calls and is homesick? 
Homesickness is very common for students away from home. There are many activities going on during Safari that are aimed at keeping your student busy and their mind off missing their family and friends. Be reassuring, encouraging, and supportive. Use your best judgement in evaluating their wants vs. their need to come home before the end of the program. Remember, your student is not the only participant at Leadership Safari that is feeling homesick. If you are worried about your student, let us know and we will make sure to check in on your student.
This schedule is tentative and subject to change.

Saturday, January 6th, 2018
8 am – 12pm Check In
12pm  – 2pm Welcome Luncheon
2pm – 5pm Choose Your Challenge
5pm – 6 pm Break/Recharge
6pm – 8 pm Traditions Dinner
8pm – 10pm Entertainment/Speaker
10pm – 11pm         Team Meeting Wrap Up

Sunday, January 7th, 2018
8am – 9 am Breakfast
9:30am – 12pm Excursions
12pm – 1pm         Lunch 
1pm – 2pm         Community Service Project
2pm – 5 pm         Leadership Choice Sessions
5pm – 7pm         Closing Banquet & Keynote