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Booe awarded valuable intern post at TAMU-C

By Brent Lyday

Commerce – Lauren Booe, a Texas A&M University-Commerce junior psychology major from Sherman, Texas, has been awarded the 2010-2011 Gallup Higher Education intern position by the center for applied leadership at A&M-Commerce. The university was one of 15 institutions throughout North America selected to nominate a student for the position in the program's inaugural year.

"I'm very pleased that one of our students received this internship," said Rick Miller, A&M-Commerce director of the center for applied leadership. "The application process in itself was a great learning experience and the results will impact our campus in a huge way."

Booe, vice president and senate chair of the student government association, will be working with Miller and Connie Kercher, A&M-Commerce coordinator of leadership and student organizations, in the campus activities and leadership office to help implement a unique program designed to equip leaders to better serve their constituencies. She also will be assisting student organizational leaders in identifying and applying their top five strengths in order to provide more effective leadership for their groups.

"Lauren Booe brings a passion for student engagement to the team," Miller said. "Through her position as a leader on campus, and new skills she will be learning at Gallup, we will be able to involve and include more people in what the university has to offer."

As part of her internship, Booe will participate in a weeklong training event at Gallup Headquarters in Omaha, Nebraska that includes personal, career, leadership, and academic developmental experiences. She also will take an online course from Clifton Strengths School, receive professional coaching and have access to Gallup staff mentors to help develop and implement her project.

The Gallup Organization is known for the Gallup Poll, reports, publishing, and as the sponsoring organization of StrengthsFinder and StrengthsQuest assessments used in business, industry, medicine, and education worldwide.