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Colleen Wilhelm
Junior International Business (finance)
Minor: French
Hometown: Riverhead, NY

As president of the JMU Crew Club, Colleen Wilhelm is putting the skills she learned in her business classes to good use.

When she assumed the role of Crew Club president, Colleen knew there would be challenges. The club was new (it had just become an official JMU club in 2003) and had been idle for a year. Members had never even been on the water, as they did not have useable boats or a suitable practice site. Since taking over, Colleen has used the leadership and communication skills she learned from her education in International Business to begin recruiting potential members, schedule and organize meetings, plan events, conduct communications, buy equipment and find transportation. Her hard work has paid off-in mid-March, she expects the club to practice on the water for the first time.

Colleen is no stranger to leadership. As the team leader of her group in COB 300, she says she became accustomed to the responsibilities she now uses as Crew Club president, including leading discussions, taking initiative and delegating responsibility. She is also the president of Students in Free Enterprise, a calculus tutor for student athletes at the Athletic Performance Center and a volunteer at the local SPCA. After she graduates, Colleen plans to use her International Business education and her minor in French to work for a global investment firm or an international bank. "I want to find something that will give me some opportunities to travel abroad or work with other countries," she says.

Colleen has combined her passion for rowing, which she describes as "an amazing, beautiful and prestigious sport," with her business education to launch the JMU Crew Club. "I'm happy that I can give other students the opportunity to actually get on the water, learn and enjoy the sport," she says. "It's something that stays with you for your entire life."