2022 Student Leadership Conference

Mitchell Bretz

On Saturday, February 19th, the University of Evansville welcomed musician Jason LeVasseur on campus to be a part of its annual Student Leadership Conference. Students representing various organizations and clubs were invited to take part in several activities and workshops to discuss what it meant to be an effective leader, while also providing them with an opportunity to network with others.

“I hope that each person who attended (the conference) was able to feel more confident about being themselves, and understand that they’re already good enough to make a difference in people’s lives,” said LaVasseur, who has been a musician since playing the saxophone in fifth grade. In addition to performing with well-known acts such as Maroon 5, Dave Matthews Band, and Sugar Ray, LaVasseur is also a speaker and workshop facilitator who travels the country to help people connect with one another through songs and stories. He has released several original songs over the years, including “The Driver Is The DJ”, which he personally performed at the conference. He can be found on Instagram @jasonlevasseur, and on his personal website, www.jasonlevasseur.com.

As a student myself, I found the conference to be a very positive experience. I, along with everyone else, was able to spend a day reflecting on myself and what made me the “rockstar” of my life, as LaVasseur put it. I was also able to meet with people and get to know them in ways that would be difficult in a traditional everyday environment. I believe that events such as these have true value, especially at a time when many of us are becoming more and more isolated in light of the pandemic.

The event was held from 1:00 to 6:00 at Eykamp Hall. In addition to the activities, attendees were also given a t-shirt and treated to a taco dinner.