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Stephen Laudone Named Student Director of SPA Leadership Program

Stephen Laudone

Stephen Laudone (SPA/SOC ’11) will serve as student director of SPA’s Leadership Program in 2009-2010. Laudone will direct the undergraduate program’s 13-member student Steering Committee, which oversees the program’s extra-curricular activities and advises the Program’s faculty director—assistant professor Margaret Marr.

“Stephen is very bright, deeply committed to the program, compassionate, organized, and hard working," said Marr. "His natural gift for an essential leadership skill—listening—has won him great respect.”

Laudone, a junior pursuing a double major in Political Science and Public Communications, served last year as the chair of the Program's Mentorship Committee. His work successfully resulted in 33 professionals in the DC area serving as mentors to sophomores in the Program.

In addition, Laudone has served as a new student orientation leader, an AU Ambassador, and a resident assistant. He has interned with his congressman, Rodney Frelinghuysen (R- NJ), and with The Polling Company/Woman Trend. This Summer Laudone is working with Affinity Federal Credit Union’s External Affairs and Financial Education Department.

Laudone has consistently been named to the Dean’s List and is a member in the noted honor societies Alpha Lambda Delta and Pi Sigma Alpha. He is also an active member of College Republicans and American University Students for Life.

Laudone looks forward to bringing the Leadership Program to new heights of academic achievement and community activism.  

“Leadership is a family, a network of extraordinary students with exceptional leadership potential, both individually and collectively," he said. "I want to ensure that potential is realized.”  

The SPA Leadership Program, founded in 1990 by AU President Neil Kerwin, then dean of SPA, offers students the experience, skills, and knowledge to prepare them for leadership roles in the public service. The Program is a four-year, 15-unit course of study that culminates in a certificate in Advanced Leadership Studies.

Last year, the Program instituted a new fundraising program as well as an enhanced Buddy Program, pairing first-year students with older Leadership students.  Additionally, the events calendar expanded to include new retreats for the sophomore and senior classes, a high ropes challenge course, a year-end formal dinner-dance, and tours of the diplomatic rooms of the State Department.

Laudone is optimistic about the future. “We have a fantastic new freshmen class coming in and an eager Steering Committee. I look forward to building on the excellent groundwork laid last year by [out-going Student Director] Simnick, the Steering Committee, and Professor Marr. I want this program to be known as one that offers exciting chances to experience DC, leadership, service, activism, and friendship in a way that no other program does.”