Dear CMU Faculty, Staff, and Administrators - 

We cordially invite you to join us at the 2019 Leadership Safari conference by welcoming new students as they navigate their way through their first experiences at Central Michigan University. The Pizza with Professors and Professionals is a proud tradition within this 20-year-old program, whereby over 200 faculty, staff, and administrators give of their time and energy to support students as they prepare to begin classes and life at CMU. 

Date: Tuesday, August 20th
Time: Check-in, 4:20 – 4:40 P.M., Dinner/Team Time, 5:00 – 6:00 P.M
Location: Rose Ponds

Please refer to this page to register to participate in this year's event!


Description of the program: Leadership Safari is a 5-day new student transition conference, designed to assist new students in developing valuable leadership skills and perspectives. At the "Pizza with Professors and Professionals", we pair faculty, staff, and administrators with a Leadership Safari team for dinner and group discussion. It will give the students an opportunity to get to know more about CMU from your perspective, ask questions and spark some dialogue. It will also give you an opportunity to speak with the incoming students, see the Leadership Safari program from the inside and perhaps leave some lingering leadership tips to your group! 

What we're looking for: It doesn't matter from what department, or what job description you hold, if you can spare an hour of your time and wouldn't mind a free meal of pizza and salad, we'd love to have you! Research demonstrates the importance of building a campus environment where students can connect with faculty and staff. You are asked to be authentic and to represent the University with pride. You may not have all the answers, and modeling that is exactly what we need! Your insights, advice, and presence shows that you care about their success. 

How to sign up: Please refer to this page to register to participate in this year's event. We have 210 teams so we'd like to come very close to getting that number of people participating! We'll send out a detailed itinerary and your group matching in early August.

This program is heading into its 8th year because of the great support of CMU faculty and staff! We want this to continue to be a successful aspect of the Leadership Safari experience, but it can't be without you! Sign up is available now, please don't hesitate to join us for this program. 

If you have any further questions, please contact any of the Leadership Safari staff at (989) 774-1548 or via email.