Farber Center named among the best The University of South Dakota's W.O. Farber Center for Civic Leadership has been nationally recognized as one of the top programs of its kind by The Templeton Guide, Colleges that Encourage Development!
Published annually by the John Templeton Foundation of Radnor, PA, The Templeton Guide contains profiles of 405 exemplary programs, 50 college presidents, and 100 colleges and universities that inspire students to lead ethical and civic-minded lives.
"The Templeton Guide is a nationally-respected resource designed for students, parents and educators who know deep in their hearts that character matters," said Bill Richardson, political science department chair and director of the Farber Center. "As someone who has been writing about character and ethics for the past 15 years, I have long thought that the W.O. Farber Center for Civic Leadership was at the absolute forefront of the national reawakening to the importance of character for democratic leadership. It was gratifying that The Templeton Guide shares this view and has identified the Farber Center as one of the premier programs in the country that 'inspire students to lead ethical and civic-minded lives'."
The Templeton Guide's selected schools and their website links became available online at www.college andcharacter.org on Friday, Oct. 22.
The Farber Center has a three-fold mission to provide academic courses, enrichment through conferences and forums, and community outreach through internships and workshops. Approximately 20 students from each first-year class are chosen annually for participation in the Civic Leadership Studies Program. Students are selected based upon their high school academic performance, academic potential and record of leadership in school or community activities. All students, regardless of academic major, are eligible for consideration for one of several scholarships.
"The Civic Leadership Studies program was designed as a minor so that it could be readily incorporated into any of the existing majors on campus," Richardson said. "The proposal establishing the program also envisioned a graduate concentration in leadership studies within the existing political science programs and we are now preparing to establish that starting in Fall 2000."
Established in 1998, the Farber Center has seen its first class of 13 students enter the academic program and has hosted three major conferences featuring keynote speakers that have included Colin Powell, former President Gerald R. Ford, Tom Brokaw and Joe Foss. Its next conference will be "Death By the Numbers," a two-day series of panels and speakers on Nov. 18-19.