RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Felician College student-athletes Ashley Morris (West Orange, N.J./West Orange) and Sarah Shebel (Chandler, Ariz./Perry) participated in the inaugural New Jersey Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (NJAIAW) Leadership Symposium, held on April 10 on the campus of Fairleigh Dickinson University-Florham in Madison
Morris and Shebel joined female student-athletes from several other New Jersey colleges and universities to hear and participate in various presentations designed to improve their leadership skills. The sessions were given by female administrators from NJAIAW member institutions.
The symposium, entitled "Life Lessons of Leadership," featured presentations on such topics as managing conflict, leading with confidence, handling adversity, and career preparation. The keynote speaker was Dr. MaryAnn Baenninger, the president of Drew University. Baenninger is Drew's first full-term female president.
"The day was well planned with a good variety of speakers from different (NCAA) divisions," Morris said. "It was a good, interactive program. I felt that the theme was the empowerment of women in the athletics world. I really enjoyed it and I hope they keep doing it."
Morris, a fifth-year senior, was a co-captain of the 2014-15 Felician women's basketball team. Shebel, a junior, has been a captain of the women's volleyball squad for the last two years and is the president of the Felician Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. They were selected for and escorted to the symposium by Felician senior woman administrator Lori Kwiatkowski.
Felician College, the Franciscan College of New Jersey, is a liberal arts, coeducational Catholic college founded in 1942 and sponsored by the Felician Sisters. True to its mission, Felician College welcomes a diverse student population and embraces its educational needs. With campuses in Lodi and Rutherford, New Jersey, Felician College currently enrolls more than 2,100 students and offers more than 55 undergraduate and graduate programs, in the classroom and online, in the arts and sciences, business and management sciences, health sciences and teacher education. Felician College also sponsors 13 varsity intercollegiate sports that compete at the NCAA Division II and National Collegiate levels.