City Year

Posted on February 24th, 2015 in Uncategorized by Jan Bilgen




Are you looking for leadership experience outside of the university aspect? If so, then City Year maybe for you! City Year is an organization that seeks to demonstrate, improve and promote the concept of national service as a means of building a stronger democracy. City Year unites a diverse corps of young adults, ages 17 to 24, for a demanding year of full-time community service, leadership development and civic engagement.

Here is what a fellow Warhawk, Jasmina Badic, had to say about her experience volunteering with the program:

City Year’s “Give a Year” program is a great way of gaining leadership skills. You take a year off from school to mentor, tutor, and be a role model to the youth ranging from elementary school to high school students. Not only do you gain leadership skills, you also grow as a person while you help end the drop-out crisis at a school. You are put in a team of diverse individuals who not only have their own group of youth they mentor, but you also have leadership roles. These leadership roles can range from being a Math coordinator, ELA coordinator, attendance coordinator, or a behavior coordinator for your team. You provide help for your team in those areas while working with the youth.  The closest office is in Milwaukee which mainly works with Milwaukee Public School (MPS). I can say that I really enjoyed my experience with the organization because it helped me become a stronger leader.

During the 2013-2014 school year, I took a year off to serve at City Year Milwaukee where I wanted to give back to my community. I already had some experience as a leader on campus, but what drew me to the program was the fact that your are helping eliminate the drop-out rate in schools, as well as having Friday office days where you are trained to help the youth, as well as how to be more outspoken. I was assigned to a diverse team of eight individuals who all brought something unique to the team. Although we brought something different to the team, we each worked together intertwining all of our strengths as well as working with our weaknesses. What was so great about this program is that they help turn your weaknesses into your strengths. I can say that at the end of the program I grew as a leader by being more comfortable talking in public, learned how to work around obstacles and grew as a person by helping others.

If someone was to go through the program I would have to say that they would gain a lot of networking opportunities, different leadership skills, how to spice up your resume after City Year and you would gain a second family working with your school team. You will also build bonds with your focus group where they can teach you a thing or two about your own leadership style.

I highly encourage anyone to take the opportunity to serve for City Year. Not only will you have leadership skills, but you will have created bonds with your students as well as your team during your corps year.

If you are interested or would like more information, call the local Milwaukee chapter at 414-882-2023 or visit


30 Overlooked Acts of Leadership

Posted on February 17th, 2015 in Perspectives on Leadership by Jan Bilgen

When thinking about leaders, there are some pronouns that come to people minds; some being proud, courageous, strong, and exemplary, but what about those people who do not always show these characteristics?  An article that I found identifies other leadership qualities that are often disregarded.

30 Overlooked Acts of Leadership Courage:

  1. Speak up when you know you’ll be judged harshly.
  2. Shut up and let others have their say even if you think you are right.
  3. Give critical feedback to someone in power when you know it might have unfavorable consequences.
  4. Receive critical feedback from others with grace.
  5. Develop others without fear even when you know they may become smarter than you are.
  6. Be kind to those who disagree with you, because they might teach you something.
  7. Coach and mentor others even if it’s not part of your job description.
  8. Say no when everyone else is saying yes.
  9. Say yes when everyone else is saying no.
  10. Accept responsibility for the shameful or embarrassing things you’ve done.
  11. Take the high road when you know how difficult it can be.
  12. Walk away when the fight isn’t worth it.
  13. Stay and fight for the greater good when everyone else is running away from it.
  14. Reflect deeply when you really just want to take action.
  15. Love your followers even when you’re unhappy with them.
  16. Forgive others’ failures when you know they’ve learned an important lesson.
  17. Give others credit even when you’d like to take it for yourself.
  18. Keep going when the going gets really, really tough.
  19. Connect with your heart when your head wants to rule.
  20. Connect with your head when your emotions are threatening to take over.
  21. Ask “what’s right” when you prefer to be critical.
  22. Be curious when you’d rather be judgmental.
  23. Step out of your comfort zone when you hate stepping out or being uncomfortable.
  24. Listen to others deeply, without giving advice.
  25. Ask when you really want to tell.
  26. Do things a different way even though it’s “always been done this way”.
  27. See the potential in others when everyone else sees what’s wrong with them.
  28. Admit your failings when you think you’re supposed to be perfect.
  29. Control your impulses and desires when the temptation is greatest.
  30. Reduce suffering because you can.

I hope after reading this blog you can describe yourself as a leader. If not, stop by the Student Involvement Office where we can make that happen!


Spring Involvement Fair

Posted on February 10th, 2015 in Perspectives on Leadership by Jan Bilgen

Here is a message from Brendon Mendoza, who is one of the Involvement Interns in the Student Involvement Office,

Hey everyone!

Thinking about getting involved in some way this semester? There is an involvement fair this Wednesday 11-4pm in the Hamilton Room.  It is never too late to get involved!  You can join an organization or club anytime, no matter if you’re a first year student or senior, there’s always an opportunity to get involved on campus!

I was a late bloomer who didn’t really get involved on campus until I was a junior.  As I got involved on campus, I started to regret not getting involved earlier. The best advice I have for anyone interested in any organization or club is to just give a try, because you never know how much fun you will have and the amount of friends you can make. I always thought that you had to be freshman to get involved with an organization, but that definitely is not the case!

Many organizations and clubs host unique events that you might not experience otherwise. When I was a part of the Men’s Rugby Club we would travel across the country compete against other teams.  If I never joined the team I wouldn’t had the opportunity to travel and experience new areas. You never know where you might get to travel with an org or who you might meet by trying new things. I have met so many people through being involved with organizations on campus. If you like meeting new people and making friends joining an org is a great way to do that!

Check out the involvement fair or an organization on JOIN! , you have nothing to lose!


New Addition to the Team

Posted on February 3rd, 2015 in Uncategorized by Jan Bilgen


Hey Everyone!

It’s the beginning of a new semester which means that things are changing.  Here, in the Student Involvement Office, changes have also been made: new interns have been hired, including me!  My name is Jordan Moncivaiz and I am the new Leadership Intern.

Having a new position comes along with new responsibilities, coworkers, experiences, and more.  Overall, it is giving me opportunities to not only enhance my leadership skills, but to foster new leaders on campus and get them involved.

If you would have asked me in high school, or even in my first year in college, if I considered myself a leader I would have said no.  Because I took advantage of numerous amounts of leadership opportunities available here on campus, I would now call myself a leader.  Now, with myself in my senior year, I can say that I have come a long way. Some of my campus involvement includes me being a Resident Assistant, a Hawk Squad Leader, and a member of Lambda Alpha Upsilon Fraternity, Inc.

Being a leader doesn’t just consist of involving yourself in such activities; one must embody the title all the time. There is a motto in the Greek community that follows: no matter where you are, you are always wearing your letters. This can be applicable to many positions. People know who you are and will associate you with your position, organization, or title.

I recently had the opportunity to interview someone for a position on campus. I asked the applicant, “what is a motto that you live by?” and her response was noteworthy. She responded with “Leadership is acting consistently even when no one else is looking.” I’m sure saying this is easier said than done, but it is something we should try to live by.

With that being said, if you or anyone you know is interested in getting involved on campus whether it be leadership opportunities, community service, or looking for an organization to join, do not be afraid to stop by the Student Involvement Office located in the University Center where either myself, or other interns, will be able to help you achieve your goals.

Be on the lookout every Tuesday for a blog update! Take a peek at the blog “Career Spotlight” as well.  Also, if anyone is interested in writing a post please feel free to contact me.