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Cargill Fellows Applications Due March 17

Students in the College of Agriculture, Business, or Engineering with an anticipated graduation date of December 2021 through December 2022 are encouraged to apply for the Cargill Fellows Program. Applications are due at 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, March 17.

Cargill Fellows group photo
The Cargill Fellows program, a partnership between the Staley School of Leadership Studies and Cargill, offers students a unique and tailored leadership development experience. Cargill Fellows will practice leadership skills necessary to work confidently, cross-culturally, and thrive in an era of complex and continual change. The program will provide students with the preparation to begin their career with a unique advantage beyond their technical education. Their exposure to and practice with skills such as adapting to change, engaging in diverse environments, and critical thinking will cultivate professional competencies that will prepare them for a successful launch into industry.

Cargill Fellows will receive and participate in the following:

  • $1,000 scholarship
  • Guaranteed interview for an internship at Cargill for summer 2021
  • Monthly one-on-one leadership coaching with a Cargill coach
  • Unique and exclusive networking opportunities with Cargill professionals
  • Site visits to area Cargill facilities, headquarters, plants, etc.
  • Leadership development rooted in industry values and expectations

Applications are due by 11:59 p.m. on March 17. For more information on the program, visit our website or contact Roberta Maldonado Franzen, rfranzen@ksu.edu.

Applications open for Snyder Leadership Legacy Fellows

Undergraduate students who will enter their final year at K-State during the 2020-21 academic year are invited to submit an application for Snyder Leadership Legacy Fellows. Snyder Fellows will be involved in unique opportunities for personal leadership development as they prepare for life after graduation.

In addition to engineering the greatest turnaround in college football history, Coach Bill Snyder has been a champion of developing leaders—both on and off the football field. It is because of this commitment that the Staley School of Leadership Studies, in partnership with K-State Athletics, is thrilled to offer the Snyder Leadership Legacy Fellows program, a leadership development program that honors his work in developing a family of leaders.
Coffee Talks with Coach Bill SnyderThe Snyder Fellows program will begin its sixth year in April 2020. The year-long program will include a class of outstanding K-State undergraduate students entering their final year at K-State. Snyder Fellows will participate in a variety of leadership development activities to help prepare for the transition from college and for engagement as lifelong leaders. Through generous contributions from supporters of Coach Snyder and the Staley School, this noncredit development program will be offered at NO COST for all selected students.

The Snyder Leadership Legacy Fellows will:

  • Participate in a leadership development program rooted in Coach Snyder’s 16 Goals for Success.
  • Attend a two-day retreat focused on goal setting and leadership development.
  • Take part in exclusive personal and professional development events with successful athletes, scholars, and business leaders throughout the year.
  • Participate in leadership dialogues with Coach Snyder.
  • Engage in one-on-one leadership coaching sessions with Staley School faculty members and campus partners through the critical transition from college to career.
  • Mentor youth in the Manhattan community with a group of Fellows, through youth sports coaching in partnership with the Manhattan Parks and Recreation Department.
  • Make a difference on campus and in the community through hands-on service and mentoring activities.
  • Join the network of Snyder Fellows alumni dedicated to forming a long-lasting impact.

All applications must be submitted by noon Feb. 21. For more information on the Snyder Leadership Legacy Fellows program, visit the website or contact Staley School faculty members Kaitlin Long or Tori Burkhart at 785-532-6085 or snyderfellows@ksu.edu.

Volunteer opportunities for MLK Jr. Day

All members of the Manhattan, Kansas, community and all K-State students are invited to participate in HandsOn Kansas State’s MLK Jr. Day of Service.

Join us as we celebrate the life of Martin Luther King Jr. from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Jan. 25. Individual registration is open until Jan. 24. Groups and families are also welcome! To register a group, contact HandsOn Kansas State at 785-532-3670 or handson@k-state.edu.

Volunteers will arrive at Kansas State University’s Staley School of Leadership Studies at 9 a.m. for a snack while and discussion about what this day means to the community and Martin Luther King Jr.’s commitment to loving your community. From there, volunteers will depart to various sites. Transportation assistance can be provided with early notification through the registration form.

The MLK Jr. Day of Service is recognized across the country in honor of King and is being led by the world’s leading organization for volunteer work, Points of Light, and the Corporation for National and Community Service. Millions of Americans will come together for this day of national service and dialogue to honor his memory.

King called for all of us to be the beloved community we are and act in love and service. We invite you to volunteer your time and lend a hand in the Manhattan community.

HandsOn Kansas State is a program of the Staley School of Leadership Studies that promotes civic learning and leadership through meaningful volunteer and service opportunities between campus and community. HandsOn strives to develop socially-responsible citizens, knowledgeably equipped for active participation. Learn more.


Apply to be a LEAD 212 Class Leader

The Staley School of Leadership Studies is accepting applications to serve as LEAD 212 class leaders during the fall 2020 semester.

Class leaders are students who help teach large lecture sections of LEAD 212: Introduction to Leadership Concepts. LEAD 212 Class Leaders are asked to facilitate small group discussions, lead active-learning exercises, create a learning community with their students and perform administrative functions, such as grading, attendance, etc. These students serve as a bridge between students and instructors;they are motivated to help students learn the academic discipline of leadership and adjust to the K-State campus community.

Applications are due by noon Monday, Jan. 27. Review the application packet, and then complete the online application.

Qualifications to be demonstrated by applicants:

  • Good academic and disciplinary standing at K-State — minimum 2.75 cumulative GPA.
  • Will be in at least their third year of college by fall 2020,  based on years in college, not credit hours.
  • Understand and believe in the mission of the Staley School of Leadership Studies.
  • Have previously taken a LEAD 212 or equivalent introduction to leadership course; and have taken/currently enrolled in LEAD 350.
  • Exhibit responsibility, positive attitude, confidence, flexibility, team orientation, a strong energy level and excellent communication skills.
  • Available for four training seminars in the spring, two hours per session; serving with the Flint Hills Breadbasket, approximately two hours; individual summer prep work, approximately eight to 10 hours; and the fall retreat, approximately eight hours.
  • Able to commit approximately five hours per week for fall 2020 for class time, class prep, grading and individual meetings, etc.

LEAD 212 Class Leaders will work five hours per week at $8 per hour during the fall semester.

After submitting an application, all applicants should RSVP to attend one of the interview dates from 2:30 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 28 or 6:30 to 9 p.m.  Thursday, Jan. 30, in the Leadership Studies Building. After completing your application you will be requested to RSVP for which interview session you can attend.

For any questions please contact Amanda Cebula at acebula@k-state.edu.

Apply for the Leadership Communication doctoral program

Applications for Kansas State University’s Leadership Communication Ph.D. are now being accepted. Domestic applications are due Jan. 15, and international applications are due Jan. 1. Apply online today.

Do you want to lead change, advance communication and engage communities?

This doctoral program is a research degree grounded in community-engaged scholarship. Students will explore the intersection of theories and methods of leadership, communication, and other areas of inquiry related to collaborative change. Through the study and practice of leading change, students will produce original research that contributes to making progress on the most difficult challenges of our times.

Strong candidates for this doctoral program are committed to:

  • Engaging with others to leverage diverse perspectives
  • Developing capacities to:
    • Conduct original research
    • Convene stakeholders
    • Facilitate change processes
  • Enhancing careers with foundations, NGOs, corporations, educational institutions, and governmental agencies

Our students bring a variety of academic backgrounds, professional experience, and civic interests to this program. Learn more about the students.

Our faculty have the research expertise and professional experience to customize your learning in the program. The faculty are from the Communications and Agricultural Education Department, Communication Studies Department, AQ Miller School of Journalism and Mass Communications, and the Staley School of Leadership Studies. Learn more about the faculty.

More details

For questions, contact Tim Steffensmeier, director of the Leadership Communication program and associate professor at the Staley School of Leadership Studies, at steffy@ksu.edu.

Welcome, new ambassadors

The Staley School of Leadership Studies welcomed a new class of Staley School Ambassadors at an Induction Ceremony on Monday, Dec. 2.

The mission of the Staley School Ambassadors is to recruit students to the Staley School of Leadership Studies, promote the mission and goals of the Staley School, and educate campus and community members about leadership.

The faculty, staff and current Staley School Ambassadors shared this welcome video with the new class at the Induction Ceremony.

Congratulations to the following K-State students:

Caroline Ayres
Alesha Bergner
Eden Brockman
Katie Cox
Austin Drake
Spencer Dugan
Lindsey Edwards
Reagan Evans
MacKenna Franssens
Macy Haas
Kaylee Hansen
Nathan Heeke
Justin Janzing
Kelsey Klein
Morgan Lanzo
Drake Lette
Gabriel Mitchell
Zachary Rankin
Madolynn Rink
Breezy Schroeder
JC Stewart
Regan Stonestreet
Erik VanSchijndel
Cami Wells
Kari Westberg
Abby White
Nate Williams

Learn more about Staley School Ambassadors.

Fall graduation reception

Fall 2019 Staley School of Leadership Studies graduates are invited to celebrate their graduation at a reception in the Leadership Studies building lobby from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13.

Graduates may bring your friends and family to celebrate this special day with the Staley School of Leadership Studies faculty and staff.

Enjoy refreshments, take pictures and receive a small gift from us to wear at graduation! This is a come-and-go event, so please join us when you are able.

RSVP to the event by Friday, Dec. 6.

Unable to be there? Complete the RSVP form so we can highlight you during the reception.

For questions, email slsinfo@ksu.edu. Event updates will also be available on Facebook.

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