Residence Life

The Leadership Challenge Residential Learning Community

The Leadership Challenge RLC (LRLC) is open to only incoming freshman residents. This program focuses on student leadership in the university. The LRLC is taught by faculty from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences who specialize in leadership studies. This program is for those interested in understanding and applying their leadership skills while at Park University. Additionally, the spring semester course is connected with the leadership minor for those who are looking to get an early start on fulfilling their degree requirements.

Participants of the Leadership Challenge LLC enjoy:
  • Fall semester: Student Leadership and the University (LE 100) (link to course catalog)
  • Spring semester: Intro to Leadership (CA 233) (link to course catalog)
  • Classes in the Copley Quad classroom
  • A Faculty Fellow designing special programs for the LLC
  • 2 academic program leaders from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • Special advising sessions

Lora Cohn, Associate Professor of Communication
Lora Cohn is an Associate Professor of Communication at Park.  She teaches classes on leadership and communication.  She did her doctoral work at the University of Kansas.  Her dissertation dealt with President Eisenhower's leadership communication.  She is a frequent presenter at the National Communication Association and Central States Communication Association on the topics of leadership, rhetoric, and pedagogy.  She is chair of the University Assessment Committee and the Institutional Review Board.  When asked what makes her special, she replies "I married my college debate partner."

From Caroline Heckman, Communication Arts Faculty
“Leadership is a relational experience. It evolves from the relationships that form between people working together to make meaningful change in their communities. There is no better way to learn about leadership than by experiencing it as a collective community that lives, studies, and works together to create a better campus environment for us all.“

Caroline Heckman is an adjunct faculty member in Communication Arts. She received her Master’s in Science from Western Illinois University in College Student Personnel and Bachelor of Art in Political Science from Truman State University. She is currently working on the completion of a PhD from the University of Kansas in Higher Education Administration in the Department of Educational Leadership & Policy Studies. Her research interests include organizational behavior as it applies to higher education, student affairs and academic affairs collaboration, student development theory, leadership theory, and faculty life.