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Director’s Note: “The Loop” Summer 2017

Mary Tolar, Director of the Staley School of Leadership Studies
Mary Tolar, Director of the Staley School of Leadership Studies

Greetings from the Staley School of Leadership Studies! We hope you’ve enjoyed the first six months of “The Loop” Blog!

It’s been an exciting year so far, celebrating 20 Years of Leadership Studies at Kansas State University! Throughout the past semester, we have shared updates from our academic programs, service-learning and civic engagement opportunities, and messages from our alumni and friends who have shared their passion and support through our 20th Anniversary Engagement Initiative: Leadership for Life.

The goal of the Initiative is to connect with as many of our alumni and friends as possible to celebrate this shared milestone and enlist their support in building the story of the next 20 years and beyond.

We hope you’ll be part of this celebratory year by providing a contribution, in any amount, to the Leadership for Life Fund and marking your calendar for our 20th Anniversary Celebration Weekend, November 10th-12th!

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Best Wishes,

Fostering Leadership for Life: Student Travel and Conference Participation

The Staley School of Leadership Studies is committed to promoting learning both inside and outside the classroom. In addition to service-learning and civic engagement activities, students also have opportunities to learn through travel and participation at conferences and other leadership development activities. Continue reading “Fostering Leadership for Life: Student Travel and Conference Participation”

Fostering Leadership for Life: The Snyder Leadership Legacy Fellows

When one thinks about Manhattan, Kansas or Kansas State University, it is impossible to ignore the influences of Hall of Fame Football Coach, Bill Snyder. Continue reading “Fostering Leadership for Life: The Snyder Leadership Legacy Fellows”

Fostering Leadership for Life: LEAD 212 Class Leaders

The 2017 Class Leaders at a training event this past spring

The LEAD 212: Introduction to Leadership Concepts course has been a cornerstone experience of Leadership Studies for 20 years. From the beginning, this course has invited junior and senior level students to teach alongside the faculty, as a way to advance their leadership learning and the learning of the students they work with. These “Class Leaders” serve as valuable points of connection and learning for students along their leadership journey and their K-State experience. Continue reading “Fostering Leadership for Life: LEAD 212 Class Leaders”

Fostering Leadership for Life: Staley School Ambassadors

The Staley School Ambassadors at their Induction Event last fall

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. Continue reading “Fostering Leadership for Life: Staley School Ambassadors”

A New Academic Year: Learning for Civic Purpose

presenting the colors of our country at the 2017 convocation
Photo from the podium of the 2017 New Student Convocation

The K-State community has returned to the campuses of Kansas State University to begin another academic year! With a new semester comes new opportunities for learning and growth both inside and outside the classroom. For 20 years, the Staley School of Leadership Studies has been proud to be part of the K-State experience. Continue reading “A New Academic Year: Learning for Civic Purpose”

Mandela Washington Fellows: Week Five Reflection

Last week marked week five for the Mandela Washington Fellows who came to the city of Manhattan, Kansas for the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI), hosted by the Staley School of Leadership at Kansas State University. This remarkable group of young African leaders are here for a six-week Civic Leadership Institute. Throughout the course of the institute, the Staley School will facilitate opportunities for cultural exchange and leadership development to advance the work of each Fellow by growing their capacity to lead change upon return to their home countries.

The Fellows at Nonprofit Connect in Kansas City

Continue reading “Mandela Washington Fellows: Week Five Reflection”

Letter from 20th-Year Engagement Initiative Committee Member, Whitney Morgan

A Transformational K-State Experience

By: Whitney Morgan (’12)

Whitney Morgan with Dr. Pat Bosco
Whitney receiving the Pat J. Bosco Outstanding Leadership Studies Graduating Senior Award in 2012

As a current English teacher in Kansas City, Kansas, I have been enjoying the additional time for reflection that summer brings. With the Staley School of Leadership Studies (SSLS) celebrating its 20th year, many of these reflections have been on my own undergraduate experience and engagement in the Staley School. My name is Whitney Morgan, and I am a Nonprofit Leadership Studies minor, class of 2012. When asked to serve on a committee for the School’s 20th Year Engagement Initiative, there was no question that I wanted to give back to a program that gave so much to me.
Continue reading “Letter from 20th-Year Engagement Initiative Committee Member, Whitney Morgan”

Mandela Washington Fellows: Week Four Reflection

Unbelievable, yet it has been four weeks since an amazing group of Mandela Washington Fellows arrived in the city of Manhattan, Kansas for the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI), hosted by the Staley School of Leadership at Kansas State University. This remarkable group of young African leaders are here for a six-week Civic Leadership Institute. Throughout the course of the Institute, the Staley School will facilitate opportunities for cultural exchange and leadership development to advance the work of each Fellow by growing their capacity to lead change upon return to their home countries.

The Mandela Fellows do the “Wildcat” hand sign with Ed O’Malley and staff from the Kansas Leadership Center.

Continue reading “Mandela Washington Fellows: Week Four Reflection”

Mandela Washington Fellows: Week Three Reflection

Three weeks down, three more to go for the 2017 Mandela Fellows. The Fellows continue to learn and explore the city of Manhattan and the state of Kansas. The Mandela Fellows are on a educational journey for a six-week Civic Leadership Institute at Kansas State University. Throughout the course of the Institute, the Staley School will facilitate opportunities for cultural exchange and leadership development to advance the work of each Fellow by growing their capacity to lead change upon return to their home countries.

The Fellows visited the Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library, Museum and Boyhood Home. Abilene, Kansas. Source: Diksha Beeharry, Mandela Fellow from Mauritius.

Continue reading “Mandela Washington Fellows: Week Three Reflection”

Mandela Washington Fellows: Week Two Reflection

The map of Africa decorates the Staley School, handcrafted for Africulture by fellow Manoa Rakotoarison, from Madagascar.

Two weeks ago, a group of Mandela Washington Fellows arrived in the city of Manhattan, Kansas for the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI), hosted by the Staley School of Leadership at Kansas State University. Continue reading “Mandela Washington Fellows: Week Two Reflection”

Mandela Washington Fellows: Week One Reflection

Last week, a group of Mandela Washington Fellows arrived in the city of Manhattan, Kansas for the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI), hosted by the Staley School of Leadership at Kansas State University. This remarkable group of young African leaders are here for a six-week Civic Leadership Institute. Throughout the course of the institute, the Staley School will facilitate opportunities for cultural exchange and leadership development to advance the work of each Fellow by growing their capacity to lead change upon return to their home countries. Continue reading “Mandela Washington Fellows: Week One Reflection”

Introducing the 2017 Mandela Washington Fellows

Mandela Washington Fellowship
For the second consecutive summer, from June 16 to July 30, the Staley School of Leadership Studies will host a group of 25 bright and emerging young civic leaders from Sub-Sahara Africa for a six-week Civic Leadership Institute. Throughout the course of the institute, the Staley School will facilitate opportunities for cultural exchange and leadership development to advance the work of each Fellow by growing their capacity to lead change upon return to their home countries.

Continue reading “Introducing the 2017 Mandela Washington Fellows”

Graduate Student Leadership Development Program Completes Second Year

2017 grad student leadership development program participants

This spring, the Staley School completed the second year of the Graduate Student Leadership Development Program! This partnership with the K-State Graduate School provides graduate students an opportunity to develop leadership skills to make positive change in their work, studies, and student organizations. Continue reading “Graduate Student Leadership Development Program Completes Second Year”

Letter from 20th-Year Engagement Initiative Committee Member, Mako Miller

More Than a Program—It’s a Family

Whenever someone mentions the Staley School of Leadership Studies, my face lights up! For me, it truly felt like a second home (and not because SSLS started out as Leadership Studies and Programs in two houses located on Manhattan Avenue). It was my home away from home because it had that family atmosphere. Leadership Studies is where I learned about my abilities and skills as a leader because the faculty and staff knew their students on a deeper level beyond the classroom. Continue reading “Letter from 20th-Year Engagement Initiative Committee Member, Mako Miller”

Snyder Fellows Celebrate Outgoing and Incoming Classes

On April 1, the Staley School of Leadership Studies hosted the “Celebration of Snyder Fellows” event. Faculty, advisers, and both classes of Snyder Fellows gathered to honor the 2016-2017 outgoing class of Snyder Leadership Legacy Fellows and induct the new 2017-2018 class. Here’s a look at what the outgoing class has accomplished and an introduction to the newly-selected class. Continue reading “Snyder Fellows Celebrate Outgoing and Incoming Classes”

Newly-Selected Class Leaders Prepare for Fall 2017

Last week, the Staley School of Leadership Studies announced the 57 students who were selected to serve as Class Leaders for LEAD 212: Introduction to Leadership Concepts for the Fall 2017 semester. Continue reading “Newly-Selected Class Leaders Prepare for Fall 2017”

Letter from 20th-Year Engagement Initiative Committee Member, Aubrey Abbott Patterson

Members of the first graduating class pose with the Staley School’s founders at Spirit of Leadership, where Bob and Susan were honored in 2012. From left to right: Aaron Otto, Casey Carlson, Dr. Susan M. Scott, Dr. Bob Shoop, and Aubrey Abbott Patterson.

Our Story: From Humble Beginnings to a Thriving Program

By: Aubrey Abbott Patterson (’98)

When I think about why I support the Staley School of Leadership Studies, I can’t help but think back to my time at K-State — when the program itself was still an idea, a vision of what could be. Continue reading “Letter from 20th-Year Engagement Initiative Committee Member, Aubrey Abbott Patterson”

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