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Leadership Safari 2017

A life-changing expedition for new students

New CMU Chippewas describe their Leadership Safari experience

Contact: Heather Smith

​It took only four words on Twitter for Jacob Brown to sum up his feelings about Leadership Safari: "I love you Safari!"

Brown was one of more than 2,000 freshman and transfer students who experienced Leadership Safari this week. The optional program helps students settle into college living, learn how to succeed academically and build leadership skills.

Social media posts by the students and the upperclassmen who volunteer as guides give an authentic glimpse into the experience and videos and photos from throughout the week capture the vibes of new friendships and lasting memories:


1Safari Kickoff.jpgSafari kickoff

After moving in early over the weekend for Leadership Safari, students gathered Sunday with guides and Residence Life staff at Finch Fieldhouse for an exciting and energy filled kickoff with guest speaker David Coleman, "The Dating Doctor."

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Could you get through an obstacle course while your whole team held hands? That's one of the challenges Leadership Safari participants worked through Monday. The activities encourage students to explore and use their leadership, communication and team-building skills.

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CMU faculty and staff engaged Safari participants in conversations and laughter during the Pizza with the Professors and Professionals event.

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Passing on traditions

Leadership Safari participants visited Kelly/Shorts Stadium on Wednesday afternoon, where they learned about CMU's traditions and met the university's athletic teams. As part of the #LSafari17 and CMU traditions, they gathered on the field to form a huge block "C" around the field's "Action C" logo.

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Coach knows a winner when he sees one

CMU Head Baseball Coach Steve Jaksa says his incoming new players benefit from Leadership Safari, he asked them partipate.


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