​​​​​​​​​Leadership Development Opportunities ​

Offices Student Activities, Commuter Services & Leadership Development offers leadership training opportunities throughout the academic year. 

Fall Leadership Retre​at

Commitment Form available here​

Annually, upperclassmen returning for the fall semester are invited to pre-register & participate in the annual fall leadership retreat. The incoming first-year students are recruited during summer registrations. There is limited availability and registration is on a first come, first serve basis. The retreat is sponsored by the Offices of Student Activities, Commuter Services & Leadership Development & co-funded by Student Government Association (SGA) & Student Activities Board (SAB).

The retreat offers students opportunities to network, enhance existing leadership skills & develop new skills that will catalyze current & future leadership roles. 

There is no fee to participate. Pre-registration is required. Please have a valid UF I.D. available when registering for the retreat. The Student Activities, Commuter Services & Leadership Development offices are located in the Alumni Memorial Union #8A.
Fall Leadership Presenter Troy Stende

Retreat Details



Fri., Oct 15 & Sat. Oct 16


TBA (Yes we have a location)


Weekend away from campus, working with experts who have designed a leadership program tailored to UF's campus community.


Internationally known motivational, impactful, and dynamic speaker, trainer, and author, Troy Stende. He has delivered thousands of life-changing programs to tens of thousands of people across the United States and the world from Singapore and Hong Kong to Canada and the Bahamas. Troy is a 3-time recipient of the "Best Speaker Award" from the Association for the Promotion of Campus Activities (APCA). Troy was the first multiple award winner in the association's history. 

He has appeared on National Public Radio, is a Kappa Sigma Fraternity Alum and was featured in USA Today for living his dream job. One of Troy's memorable highlights in his speaking career has been presenting at the University of Findlay. He is thrilled and excited to be back to meet and work with a new generation of student leaders. 


Your student activity fee covers cost of participation.

  • All meals/snacks
  • Venue rental space
  • All breakout conference sessions 
  • Keynote speaker's fees
  • All conference materials
**There is a cancellation fee if one registers & then cancels. 

How to Commit: 

Commitment Forms may be picked up in the Office of Student Activities, Commuter Services & Leadership Development Hallway or AMU 8A beginning July 12, 2021.

A printable PDF of the form is also available here​. Please complete and return to the office. 

Registration Deadline: 

Friday, September 24, 2021, 12:00pm


I'm a non-traditional student. Should I go? YES!

Any student who pays the UF student activity fee may go on the retreat. There are opportunities to network & engage with other students both new and those who are actively involved on campus.


I'm a new student. Why should I attend?

This is a PERFECT OPPORTUNITY for you to meet students who WANT to MEET YOU!!! The returning students attending this retreat are invested and active students on campus. They will be able to answer your questions, introduce you to other students on the retreat and around campus. When you finish the weekend you will have new friends, contacts and connections!


I'm an international student. Should I go? YES!

In the past, international students who have attended have provided feedback that the retreat has helped in building their language confidence and has better connected them to the campus community through networking opportunities. 


I've been before, why should I attend again? YES!

Every year is different with new faces, new experiences, and a different theme tied to leadership & new opportunities for growth​.

T.O.O.L. Leadership Development Series


Training Oilers in Organizational Leadership Development is a workshop series that Student Activities, Commuter Services & Leadership Development, in collaboration with Student Government Association & Student Activities Board, co-host each academic year. 

The Purpose of T.O.O.L. Development Workshop Series:

  • Provide networking opportunities between peers & national/international speakers
  • Provide opportunities for students to expand their leadership skillsets
  • ​Empower students to develop an understanding of what is expected of leaders 

How T.O.O.L. Development Workshop Series Works:

  • All UF students, faculty & staff are invited to attend
  • There is no fee nor pre-registration required
  • A different leadership topic will be covered each session
  • Students attending all T.O.O.L. programs will receive a certificate for portfolios that demonstrates the individual's commitment to personal leadership growth & empowerment beyond the required classes to graduate

2021-2022 Schedule

Tom Krieglstein: Dancefloor Theory of Leadership
Wednesday​ September 29, 2021

WTS-TLB Auditorium at 7:30- 8:30 p.m.​

Since 2004, Tom has trained over half a million leaders around the US and the world including England, South Korea, Indonesia, and Bermuda on how to build a Culture of Connection within their organization.​Tom has trained leaders at some of the largest companies in the world such as Coca Cola, Pfizer, and University of Wisconsin. Through his speaking, he holds an unprecedented 7 National Speaking Titles from APCA. He is a TEDx speaker, Guinness World Record holder, and he sat on the board of the NYC Entrepreneurs’ Organization for 5 years.​ In his “free time” Tom trains and leads Forums for the Entrepreneurs’ Organization, is an Executive Accountability Coach for business owners, and he co-authored the Amazon.com Award winning book, “First Year Student To First Year Success.” And on a personal note, Tom lives in New York City, is an avid runner, was named after a cat, and loves peanut butter.

DANCE FLOOR THEORY™️ provides student leaders and advisors a model for creating community, increasing student engagement, and fostering a culture of retention.​ For more on Dance Floor Theory, click here.


Dr. Justine Shuey: VIRTUAL Veterans Bingo w/gift card prizes!

​Wednesday October 20, 2021

VIA Zoom 7:30-10:00 p.m.

This educational virtual bingo game will address the following topics tied to US Veterans on university campuses: Do you know your US Veteran Neighbors and what their needs are? Do you know how to recruit and/or invite US Veterans to be active student leaders and participants in campus programming? Have you ever wondered how to spark a conversation with a US Veteran; are there topics that are taboo to discuss? Do you know what services are available on campus for US Veterans? Being apart of these conversations will empower you to be an more inclusive student leader.


Chris Singleton: "Love IS Stronger Than Hate"

Wednesday February 9, 2022

WTS-TLB Auditorium at 7:30- 8:30 p.m.

"Nobody chooses their skin color, so why would I ever hate you for your? And why would you ever hate me for mine?" -Chris Singleton

Chris Singleton is a former minor league baseball player drafted by the Chicago Cubs. He became a nationally-renowned speaker with a message of resilience, forgiveness and unity following the death of his mother in the 2015 Mother Emanuel Church Tragedy in Charleston, SC. Chris' overall mission when speaking is to inspire his audiences with his story of resilience and to unite millions of people with his belief that, "Love is Stronger Than Hate." For more on Chris, click here.

Chris Singleton​​

Cody Burns: "Tempered with Fire"
Wednesday March 23, 2022

WTS-TLB Auditorium 7:30- 8:30 p.m​.​

Cody was rear-ended by a box-truck that failed to stop. As a result, he was considered dead until first responders saw his hand move. He received many injuries that day, including severe burns to almost 40% of his body. After years of countless surgeries and rehabilitation, Cody has chosen to not allow his scars to keep him bound in bitterness and defeat. Instead, he uses his story to inspire others.

His goal is to help people live free from the bonds of scars (physical and emotional), equipping others with the proper steps to walk out of their past hurt and defeat, and run towards their God-given potential. As a thought leader, he speaks worldwide to provide relevant, applicable, and thought-provoking messages. Thousands of people have been impacted by Cody’s story and outlook on life.

 In 2016, Cody founded his own non-profit burns foundation that has been able to help multiple survivors recover. For more on Cody, click here.​

Questions? Comments? 

Call: 419-434-4606 (ext.4606 on campus) 
Email: [email protected] ​
Visit us in Office 8A located in t​he Alumni Memorial Union​​