Leadership Tuscaloosa 2011-2012 Launches At Phelps Center Near Lake Tuscaloosa

The first workshop for Leadership Tuscaloosa involved taking a group picture, getting to know members of my class and learning about Tuscaloosa County’s history.

One of the highlights of the first full day of the program is posing for our official Leadership Tuscaloosa photo. As you can see from this shot taken moments before we were all in place, getting all 42 of us in the photo was not easy.

I’m excited to have been selected for the new class of local residents going through the Leadership Tuscaloosa Program, sponsored by the West Alabama Chamber of Commerce.

Actually, my colleague Lynn Brooks from our own WVUA-TV, former co-worker Tamika Alexander (now at the United Way of West Alabama) and I are among the “media types” in this year’s class.

The 29th year of the program began in earnest yesterday with the first of our monthly gatherings.   As expected, I met lots of new people right here in Tuscaloosa who were right in my backyard.

Steve Sikes talks about what his team learned in reading about the history of Tuscaloosa County while Patricia Evans Mokolo, a former broadcast journalist, assists him.

When I say backyard, I MEAN backyard.  One of my classmates is Steve Sikes, who works in the University of Alabama’s Development department  in  Temple Tutweiler, right behind my building.

A big part of our first day was spent identifying turning points or key dates in the history of Tuscaloosa County.   We put our key dates on flip charts that were posted on the wall.  Each team who worked on this assignment got up to present what they had learned in reading about a particular era in the Tuscaloosa County history.

The afternoon hours were spent getting directions about upcoming Leadership Tuscaloosa meetings and talking about leadership strategies.

Tom Harris, who retired just last year from the our faculty here at the University facilitated this part of our daylong meeting.

David Reynolds of Capstone Bank is chairing this year's Leadership Tuscaloosa class. He's our coordinator. Dr. Tom Harris, professor emeritus in Communication Studies facilitated our leadership sessions Wednesday afternoon at the Phelps Activity Center near Lake Tuscaloosa.

Author: George Daniels

George L. Daniels is an associate professor of journalism at the University of Alabama. After spending eight years in the local television newsroom working as a producer at stations in Richmond, Virginia; Cincinnati, Ohio; and Atlanta, Georgia, Daniels moved from the newsroom to the classroom. He’s conducted research on diversity issues in the media workplace and change in the television newsroom as well as media convergence. Before going to work in television news, Daniels worked briefly as a freelance writer for The Richmond Free Press in his hometown of Richmond, Va.

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