Mike Giancola discusses the Leader of the Pack program. Interview on March 26, 2012. (1:37)


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Leader of the Pack has been a really great opportunity for us to recognize students over the years, 00:00:00.000 - 00:00:06.440
and again another area where I think NC State has shown leadership. 00:00:06.440 - 00:00:09.738
A lot of schools had homecoming kings and queens and NC State, 00:00:09.738 - 00:00:14.878
long before I came to the institution, made the decision that 00:00:14.878 - 00:00:17.754
we saw leadership to be more than how you looked or your popularity; 00:00:17.754 - 00:00:21.196
it was really about the impact of your leadership, your service, and your scholarship. 00:00:21.196 - 00:00:26.221
The Leader of the Pack has been a way historically 00:00:26.221 - 00:00:30.658
to recognize students-it's part of the homecoming activities-and again for their leadership, service, and scholarship, 00:00:30.658 - 00:00:37.043
so we've abandoned the traditional homecoming king and queen and moved in a different direction 00:00:37.043 - 00:00:41.961
and we've received some inquiries again from other peer institutions 00:00:41.961 - 00:00:46.376
who really were interested in having a similar model on their campus. 00:00:46.376 - 00:00:49.726
But historically the program has changed a little bit over the years but currently we have one male and one female 00:00:49.726 - 00:00:56.029
that's recognized each year at the homecoming game and then they're responsible for 00:00:56.029 - 00:01:00.765
preparing the scholarship for the following year's students. 00:01:00.765 - 00:01:04.527
The students who have gone through that program, I mean you don't have to look at just the winners; you can just look at the finalists or even the semi-finalists 00:01:04.527 - 00:01:13.468
to find incredible, dedicated, very bright, committed student leaders in that role. 00:01:13.468 - 00:01:20.405
in that role. So it's been a great group of students over the years and a really significant opportunity for the university to recognize some of our best student leaders. 00:01:20.405 - 00:01:29.839

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