Dave Rudolph, motivational speaker and award winning performer from Park Forest, Illinois, entertained and instructed several audiences on the campus of BRTC last week. The focus of his workshops was organizational development, and was aimed at student audiences in concert with BRTC’s emphasis on student involvement and engagement as a part of the college experience. Dave Rudolf is a Gold Record, Grammy nominated, 14-time National Association of Campus Activities Entertainer of the Year award nominee, 2-time Parent Choice winner Musician and comedian.
Through music and various activities, Rudolph presented a wide range of helpful information designed to enhance student skills in effective organizational practices and in building up participation. From logo development to promotion of events to fundraising ideas, he challenged his audiences to plan carefully and to think creatively. The workshops also were designed to stimulate faculty involvement in student organizations.
The opportunity for students to take part in campus-based clubs and organizations has been identified as an important element in students’ persistence and connection to college, and is thus considered to be a factor in college retention and completion. Two-year colleges, which are typically not residential institutions, face special challenges in making such opportunities available. According to BRTC President Dr. Wayne Hatcher, BRTC is committed to creating and supporting student organizations and activities. “These workshops,” said Dr. Hatcher, “are one of the ways we are demonstrating that support and working to enhance the skills of students and student organization advisors.”
Rudolph presented two workshops as well as an evening “Beach Party,” and also presented a session to local musicians on promoting musical talent through the office of Corporate and Community Education during his visit to BRTC.
Click here to view photo gallery from Dave Rudolf’s Workshop & Beach party on 9.10.2012 & 9.11.2012