November’s Extraordinary Leaders are leaving High Point University a better place than they found it. Seniors Tyler Steelman and Taylor Renwick are achieving their goals in different ways, but their impacts are being felt on campus and around the community.
Steelman, a Thomasville, N.C. native, is the first person in HPU history to serve two full terms as SGA President. He has used that time to provide more opportunities for students to give back to the community and has expanded SGA’s charitable giving by over 1,000 percent. He has also spearheaded efforts to reach out into the community by increasing giving to the United Way and a movement to give $6,000 to the Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund. In addition to his work with SGA, Steelman also serves as the Political Science Club President, is a principle player in HPU’s Band Percussion Section, works as an assistant resident director and is a University Ambassador.
Renwick, a native of Simsbury, Conn., has also taken on numerous leadership roles in her time at HPU. She is active in the Greek community, serving on the Judicial Board, Community Relations board, the Panhellenic Executive Board and she planned this year’s Greek Week. Outside of the Greek community, Renwick works as an assistant resident director, is the associate director of social media on the Office of Undergraduate Admissions’ student marketing team, president of the communication honor society Lambda Pi Eta, is a member of PRSSA (Public Relations Student Society of America) and NSSA (National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Associations and has been a “Big Sister” since her freshman year at HPU.
Both Steelman and Renwick say they lead by example.
“Through my leadership positions I have encouraged people to reach their full potential,” says Renwick. “In each organization I am supportive of members, give them positive feedback and help them set goals for themselves and for the group as a whole.”
“Everything I have done here was for the good of the community,” says Steelman. “To show others what it means to be generous and selfless. That in turn has created a culture in SGA of volunteerism and charity. Students are coming from all directions with ideas to help others. That is my impact. It is something that can live on after I leave HPU and will continue on for years to come.”
After graduation Renwick plans to work as a social media specialist or marketing coordinator in the entertainment industry. Steelman has ambitions to earn a PhD and eventually run for public office.