Residence Life


The Leadership Challenge Residential Learning Community

The Leadership Challenge RLC is only open to incoming freshman who will reside on campus. Taught by faculty from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences who specialize in leadership studies, the program is for those interested in understanding and applying their leadership skills while at Park.

The Leadership Challenge RLC includes the following:

  • Fall semester class: Student Leadership and the University (LE 100)
  • Spring semester class: Intro to Leadership (CA 233)
  • Classes in Copley Quad
  • Special programs designed by a Faculty Fellow just for the RLC
  • Access to two academic program leaders from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • Special advising sessions


Lora Cohn,
associate professor of Communication Arts
Lora Cohn teaches classes on leadership and communication. She completed her doctoral degree at the University of Kansas where her dissertation focused on President Eisenhower's leadership and communication style. She is a frequent presenter at the National Communication Association and Central States Communication Association on the topics of leadership, rhetoric and pedagogy. She chairs the University Assessment Committee and the Institutional Review boards.

“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,
Adjunct Instructor
Communication Arts

Caroline Heckman earned a bachelor’s degree in Political Science at Truman State University and a master’s degree in College Student Personnel from Western Illinois University. She is currently completing a doctoral degree in Higher Education Administration at the University of Kansas. 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.