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Volume 82 | Issue 3
June 2014

Student Profile: Justin Felton, Purdue University

Major: Civil Engineering
Leadership positions: Purdue Barbara Cook Chapter of Mortar Board Co-Calendar Chair (Present), Purdue Student Union Board – President (2013), Purdue Student Union Board – Director of Traditional Events (2012)Felton

Why do you choose to be involved as a student leader?

I choose to be an involved student leader because I love making a difference in the lives of others. My role as a student leader has been mostly on the Purdue Student Union Board. I have gotten to work with several incredible student leaders who all have the same vision and goal—to simply make the student experience the best it can be. There is nothing more rewarding than seeing students having the time of their lives at an event you spent months preparing. To me, it is all about giving back to the community that has given so much to me.

What are your career goals?

My long-term career goal is to become the director of a student union. My college career has been exceptionally impacted by my experience working with the professionals at the Purdue Memorial Union. They have pushed me to my full potential and introduced me to the field of student affairs. 

What is one project you are proud to have helped implement on campus?

The Annual Fall Concert has been the one project that I am most proud to have a hand in implementing. During my first year in a leadership position on the Purdue Student Union Board, the idea of implementing an annual fall concert was discussed. After much debate, it was passed and the planning process began. 

What has been most helpful to you as a student leader?

Having mentors has been incredibly helpful throughout my journey as a student leader. Having advisors like Heather Beasley and Margie Jones, who push me to my full potential each and every day, to having a role model like Bob Mindrum has truly made all the difference in my development as a student leader. It has been incredible to learn from those who are so knowledgeable and dedicated to serving the students they represent.

What have you learned about leadership through your work with others on campus?

My favorite leadership quote accurately sums up all I have learned about leadership by working with others on campus. John Quincy Adams said: “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more, and become more, you are a leader.” Throughout my time at Purdue, I have learned many things about leadership including the idea that you don’t have to have a title to be a leader. To me, there is a lot more to be said about those who change the world without a title to show their importance. I have worked with some of the most inspiring leaders on this campus, and one thing they all have in common is that their actions inspire others in one way or another. 

What is your most memorable ACUI experience?

My favorite ACUI experience would undoubtedly be attending I-LEAD®. For me, I-LEAD® was truly transformational. I didn’t know what to expect going into I-LEAD® other than I had been told I would have the time of my life. That was an understatement. From bonding with some of the most inspirational student leaders from all across the United States to meeting some incredible student affairs professionals who have since become some of my mentors, I-LEAD® was incredible.