Aug 222013
 

By Anne Marie Amacher

Tamara Smith cleans an oven at the Diocese of Davenport Aug. 15. Students in the Master of Organizational Leadership program did community service throughout Davenport as part of their program.

DAVENPORT — Twenty-one students learned team-building skills while working together in community service Aug. 15 as part of a week-long class for St. Ambrose University graduate students.
The five-day Master of Organizational Leadership Program (MOL) is held three times a year for students in the program, said Dan Ebener, who teaches MOL courses.
Students spent the first three days getting to know each other through a variety of activities. On Thursday the students divided into groups and did community service at five locations. Then Friday they regrouped to evaluate, talk about their experiences and share what they learned about the community, Ebener said.
Students performed service at Café on Vine, Family Resources, Hand in Hand, Humility of Mary Shelter and at Diocese of Davenport headquarters. All gathered for lunch together at Café on Vine in Davenport before returning to their duties, he said.
Jake Montague said the week was “eye-opening to understand what it takes to build an effective team. When you have a small group you don’t know, you need to come to a consensus.”
He said the program was valuable and he plans to use what he learned in a work environment.
Alshammari Moham-mad said it was the first time he had cleaned a kitchen. He appreciated learning to work together with others he didn’t know prior to the class.
Jen Aplington and Tamara Smith enjoyed their experiences and said they had fun. “The best thing was learning about differences and cultural views,” Smith said.

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