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  • About the Founder — Character Quest — Carthage College
    founded by Carthage Trustee Dean Matthews a specialist in experiential learning and a certified leadership development coach Mr Matthews graduated from Carthage in 1984 with a degree in business administration and marketing He is president and general manager of Matthews Distributing Co Inc a wholesale beverage distributor located in Dubuque Iowa Mr Matthews is a certified leadership development coach Cardinal Stritch University HCC Leadership Institute graduate and Crossroads Community Church Leadership Institute graduate In cooperation with former U S Army Rangers he is the past president and co founder of Leading Concepts Team Leadership Institute a nationally recognized program that develops team building and leadership skills for adults He is the founder and operator of MBA Services LLC He is also a member of the Midwest Community Bank board of directors and past board president for the YMCA of Northwest Illinois Dean Matthews gives directions during a mission at the Character Quest camp in the wilderness of northwestern Illinois How We Learn We retain 10 percent of what we read 20 percent of what we hear 30 percent of what we see 90 percent of what we do Program Requirements Outdoor Experiential Learning Commando Training 360 Class Situational Case Studies

    Original URL path: http://community.carthage.edu/character-quest/founder/ (2013-06-13)
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  • Commando Outdoor Experiential Learning Component — Character Quest — Carthage College
    learning environment that provides opportunities for self discovery of team leadership and character effectiveness The program is modeled after the U S Army Rangers training program Participants living in the wilderness engage in experiential learning eat MRE field rations and conduct ranger style missions Through different missions and challenges students experience the principles of effectiveness and explore how personal character impacts life This experience was amazing said Heather Gilmore 11 who participated in Character Quest in August 2009 I really didn t have any idea what I was getting myself into when I agreed to do it But I loved how everything we did tied together Each little mission and after action review taught me more and more and it really made me think about things in a completely different way Read more about Character Quest s Commando Training True Test of Character It was one of the hardest things I ve done in my entire life You re on your own You have none of the comforts of home You re out of your element and you really have to depend on people that you don t know that well It s really a true test of character In

    Original URL path: http://community.carthage.edu/character-quest/outdoors/ (2013-06-13)
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  • 360 Class — Character Quest — Carthage College
    engaging in hands on activities that are designed to focus on leadership The Stanford Video series is a nationally renowned program that brings leadership lessons to the classroom from real life scenarios This Leadership in Focus collection utilizes leaders from companies who talk about significant challenges they have faced decisions they have made and lessons learned from their experiences Incredible Experience I felt as though it would be a great

    Original URL path: http://community.carthage.edu/character-quest/360-class/ (2013-06-13)
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  • Coaching Sessions — Character Quest — Carthage College
    students connect their own personal leadership environment with the teachings in the classroom and their outdoor experiences This method of coaching in turn builds students leadership capacity for success and significance Coaching sessions are scheduled once a month for 30 minutes Within that time the student and coach will continue to develop goals month to month for continued progression Guidance During the coaching session you can talk about anything your

    Original URL path: http://community.carthage.edu/character-quest/coaching/ (2013-06-13)
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  • Carthage Course — Character Quest — Carthage College
    theories and identify the major perspectives strengths and areas of weakness The course provides students with an opportunity to become more self aware of their own personality characteristics current leadership strengths and areas of challenge Students will develop an authentic personal theory of leadership and use leadership theories and models to address contemporary problems in current and actual leadership settings Experiential Learning Not just hearing it but doing it Not

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  • Campus Leadership — Character Quest — Carthage College
    athletics club organization or Greek fraternity sorority This experience when coupled with the classroom experience and teachings will allow students to apply theoretical concepts to campus scenarios Character Quest seeks active campus leaders or those with the potential to be leaders whose involvement in the program will benefit both participants and the larger campus community Team A group of individuals working together to accomplish a task with a shared sense

    Original URL path: http://community.carthage.edu/character-quest/campus-leadership/ (2013-06-13)
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  • Servant Leadership Application Project — Character Quest — Carthage College
    program that pushes the Harborside High School students at Camp Quest the location of Commando Training This last program serves to complete the full circle of leadership certification After much hard work students become the teachers and help these local high school students achieve their own leadership potential Real World Application It really has opened my eyes to a lot of things and made me realize a ton of stuff

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  • Character Quest — Features — Carthage College
    Character Quest is an experiential learning program that aims to develop leadership character and teamwork skills in students The first step of the yearlong certification program is Commando Training Participants travel to a wooded setting in northwestern Illinois where they live in the wilderness eat MRE field rations engage in military style paintball battles and conduct ranger style missions This experience was amazing says Heather I really didn t have any idea what I was getting myself into when I agreed to do it But I loved how everything we did tied together Each little mission and after action review taught me more and more and it really made me think about things in a completely different way The Impact of Character The outdoor experiential learning component of Character Quest is modeled after the training program for the U S Army Rangers Sponsored by Carthage trustee Dean Matthews 84 the program is tailored specifically for Carthage students Through missions and challenges students experience the principles of effectiveness and explore how personal character impacts life This year 26 student athletes 24 members of Carthage fraternities and sororities and two Carthage staff members participated in Character Quest over two weekends in July and August They join the ranks of many other Carthage alumni and staff who have participated in the program including Brad Andrews senior vice president for academic resources and former President F Gregory Campbell Carthage staff members Gary Williams associate athletic director Jason Ramirez associate dean of students Nick Winkler director of housing and Greek life and Michelle Jorwic associate director of student athletic services provided a framework for leadership lectures teaching reflection writing and transparent conversations Satisfying Humbling Brett Harmeling 10 an education major from Oostburg Wis was invited to participate in Character Quest because of his involvement in Greek life on campus I felt as though it would be a great opportunity to expand and help develop and define the leadership skills I already have he says Throughout the weekend we were taught teamwork leadership and character development skills by accomplishing mission objectives as different squads After each mission the whole group gathered to review the experience Students also reflected on their experiences through journaling The experience was incredible and working through the toughest of circumstances as a team was very satisfying Brett says Crossing the river was the most cleansing part of the weekend The MREs Meal Ready to Eat were tough but also very humbling Brett says he learned to recognize and respect different personality groups and how to get diverse personalities working together as a team Trust and communication are the building blocks to success he says A Year Long Project Gary Williams associate athletic director at Carthage says the summer program provides students with an inspirational and energetic kick off to the fall athletics season and school year But the work doesn t stop when the weekend ends In the academic year ahead Character Quest graduates will meet for monthly leadership seminars and individual

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