Each year, one student is chosen from an outstanding group of nominees that have provided leadership for their peers in their activities while a student at Michigan Tech. This year’s winner is Elizabeth Molnar.
Elizabeth is a 4th year, Information Systems student. During this leaders time at Tech they have been involved in a number of academic, student and community organizations, USG, Association of Information Technology Professionals, Order of Omega Greek Leadership Honorary, Alpha Sigma Tau Sorority, Blue Key Honor Society, Intramural sports, Circle K, Little Brothers Friends of the Elderly, England Cadet Exchange Program, a TA for UN1010, a LeaderShape participant as well as an On-Site Coordinator this past year, an OTL for three years, and Army ROTC… to name a few.
Molnar attributes most of her leadership growth to the Army ROTC program. As a recent Cadet Battalion Commander responsible for everything in the battalion during the Fall 2006 semester, she improved the current program to include training that had not been previously provided. This training focuses on areas that the cadets are evaluated on at a national level during a month long, mandatory training camp in Ft. Lewis, Washington.
Currently she is serving as the Training officer which sets her with the task of planning and coordinating Army ROTC’s Spring Field Training Exercise. On top of this she assisted in the coordination of the Military Ball this past March, had cadets perform inspections of vehicles before extended breaks to ensure they were suitable to drive home, required cadets to report midterm grades to assess if cadets needed help with time management or class work, and she also is the Color Guard Commander whose job is to lead the group of cadets that post the Colors at football games, commencement, and who lead the Parade of Nations.
Elizabeth spent two years on the Undergraduate Student Government, one year as the sophomore representative and one as the Vice President. During her time on USG she helped with the start of the ASMTU campaign for the restructure of the student government by holding open forums and making presentations to student organizations as well as general education classes. She also served on University selection committees to hire a number of staff and faculty here on campus.
While serving as President for Association of Information Technology Professionals, she planned and coordinated a Career Fair Dinner for SBE students so they had the opportunity to meet recruiters looking for SBE students for full-time, intern, or co-op positions before the Career Fair. She also coordinated a programming competition for local high school students not only to recognize the talent of young individuals today but also so they could learn more about Michigan Tech.
She says she plans on utilizing all of the leadership experience she has obtained here at Michigan Tech while serving as a recently selected Military Intelligence Officer in the United States Army as a Second Lieutenant, scheduled to receive her commission in May 2007.
Congratulations Elizabeth Molnar!