Not only are they hitting the books before the fall semester begins, but several incoming West Virginia University Honors College students are learning about time management, study habits and leadership skills this summer.


Approximately 18 incoming Honors College students will be on the WVU campus for the 2009 Honors Leadership Academy , a three-weekmini-semesterworkshop from July 13-Aug. 1. The academy gives the students a chance to meet some of the Universitys professors, interact with future classmates, navigate around the WVU campus and get acquainted with the college class schedule.


While at the academy, the students take a three-credit course in leadership (Leadership 201) and a one-credit orientation course (Honors 199). The students will live in Stalnaker Hall on WVU s downtown campus for the duration of the program.


The academy is an enrichment activity. Not all students want to be leaders, but those who would like to learn about the theory and practice of leadership will grow by having this experience. They learn about college-level work and living in a residence hall prior to matriculating at WVU . They also make some wonderful friendships,said Lisa DeFrank-Cole, director of the academy.


During the three weeks, the students will be in class for about five hours per day. When the students have down time, they are free to use the Student Recreation Center, play games on the Mountainlair green, finish homework, watch movies or participate in planned activities arranged by the programsresident assistants.


Weekly trips are also planned to Coopers Rock State Forest, Kennywood Park near Pittsburgh and Washington, D.C.


The students will visit the Capitol, Senator Jay Rockefellers office and the Holocaust Memorial Museum during the one-day trip to Washington, D.C.


This trip is great because it allows the students to see the leadership skills they have been learning about in action,DeFrank-Cole said.


In addition to getting a head start on classes and taking various trips, each weekend the students are required to help with a planned community service project. In the past, the students have visited a local nursing home and assisted residents in making crafts. This year, they also plan to help with some landscaping for a local church.


The 2009 Honors Leadership Academy is open to all incoming first-year WVU Honors College students.


For more information on the 2009 Honors Leadership Academy, visit http://honors.wvu.edu/HLA/Home.html .


For more information on the WVU Honors College, visit http://honors.wvu.edu .