Temple Grandin headlining Character in Leadership Fall Conference
Temple Grandin

University of Jamestown’s eighth annual Character in Leadership Fall Conference will feature a keynote address by Dr. Temple Grandin, Professor of Animal Sciences at Colorado State University and the most accomplished and well-known adult with autism in the world.

The Conference will take place on Thursday, Oct. 10 in the Reiland Fine Arts Center on the campus of University of Jamestown.

Seating for this event is currently full. Requests to be placed on a waiting list can be made by contacting the Box Office at 252-3467 ext. 5435 or tickets@jc.edu.

At 6:30 p.m., attendees will select from three workshop sessions. Kerry and Stacy Bender will present “Know Thyself: The Importance of Self-Awareness in Leadership.” Kerry Bender is lead pastor at Faith Baptist Church, Minneapolis, and Stacy Bender is director of student services at Minnesota Virtual High School.

Marcia Gums, Chief Operating Officer, Anne Carlsen Center, will present “The Three C’s – Caring, Compassion and Commitment… plus. A Foundation for Leadership.”

Dr. Dale Shook, retired radiologist, will present “Leading with Confidence and Compassion.”

Dr. Grandin’s keynote address will follow at 7:30 p.m. in DeNault Auditorium.

Dr. Grandin obtained her B.A. at Franklin Pierce College and earned her M.S. in Animal Science at Arizona State University and was awarded her Ph.D. in Animal Science from the University of Illinois in 1989. Her fascinating life, with all its challenges and successes was brought to the screen in the HBO biopic, “Temple Grandin,” which won numerous awards and accolades at the 62nd Emmy Awards in August 2010. University of Jamestown students for the past four years have viewed the film upon arriving to campus as part of the Journey 101 class.

The Character in Leadership Program allows University of Jamestown and the greater community to work together to shape a new generation of ethical leaders. The program is sponsored by the Edson and Margaret Larson Foundation and in part by the Tom and Frances Leach Foundation.

Examples of aid include:
  • Academic Scholarships
  • Athletic Scholarships
  • Fine Arts Performance Awards
  • Journey Awards

  • 1,000 students from 37 states and 17 countries

  • 13:1 student-faculty ratio

  • On-campus residence halls

  • 98% average placement rate in 2010 & 2011