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Stephenie Gelleni Selected to Attend NCAA Leadership Conference

May 4, 2007

Malibu, Calif. - Junior women's golfer Stephanie Gelleni was selected Pepperdine's representative to the 2007 NCAA National Leadership Conference scheduled for May 27-31 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. Gelleni was one of four Pepperdine student-athletes nominated to attend.

Omar Altmann (men's tennis), Sylvia Kosakowski (women's tennis) and Jonathan Winder were also nominated. Altmann was selected as an alternate.

The NCAA National Leadership Conference selection committee received 1308 nominations from 330 institutions. From the list of institutions that met all of the established guidelines and representatives from the Division I, II and III national Student-Athlete Advisory Committees, a total of 356 student-athletes have been selected to participate in the 2007 NCAA National Leadership Conference.

The annual NCAA National Leadership Conference provides NCAA student-athletes with a forum to openly discuss issues that may affect them on their campuses and in their communities, while also providing them with the opportunity to enhance their leadership, communication, decision-making and problem-solving skills.

The NCAA National Leadership Conference also promotes better communication among student-athletes, coaches, administrators, faculty and communities. The five-day leadership conference consists of daily exercises and activities to help the student-athletes develop as individuals and as contributing members to a group.

The conference is an outreach of the successful CHAMPS/Life Skills Program and involves close to 325 student-athletes each year who compete in fall, winter and spring sports in Divisions I, II and III. Many of the student-athletes who participate are members of their conference and campus Student-Athlete Advisory Committees (SAACs). Each NCAA member institution that has a CHAMPS/Life Skills Program is encouraged to nominate student-athletes from their campus for the annual leadership conference.