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Director’s Note: “The Loop” Fall 2018

Greetings from the Staley School of Leadership Studies!

Mary Tolar, Director of the Staley School of Leadership Studies

At the time of this writing, several Staley School members are participating in the 20th Annual International Leadership Association’s Global Conference, where faculty members are highlighting various scholarship efforts, our students are competing in the undergraduate case competition, and all are learning, making connections, and building the relationships critical to advancing our work.

We recently hosted our 8th annual Spirit of Leadership celebration (more pictures HERE), and our theme was engagement in communities – locally, and around the world. As we reflect on all of the initiatives we have developed, I am struck by the diversity and the impact of our mission in action.

Since my last note, we have launched two new programs, and have many other exciting updates as well. This fall, we welcomed the first cohort of our new interdisciplinary doctoral program in Leadership Communication. Together, with the College of Arts and Science Department of Communications  Studies, and the College of Agriculture’s Department of Communications and Agricultural Education, the program is up and running, under the direction of Dr. Tim Steffensmeier.

Our new Cargill Fellows Program is also up and running as we approach the halfway point in the academic year. We are excited to continue our longstanding partnership with Cargill to offer this innovative leadership development program to K-State juniors in the Colleges of Business Administration, Agriculture, and Engineering. Led by Amanda Lee, Cargill Fellows learn and develop leadership through case studies, visits to Cargill facilities, and many other learning opportunities during the year-long program.

Many of our other programs and initiatives have continued to grow and develop. This past summer, we were fortunate to offer a civic leadership institute for the third year for the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders (YALI), in partnership with the US Department of State. K-State offered one of 28 Institutes in the country. As a result of a partnership developed through the YALI program, the Staley School offered its first reciprocal Leading Change Institute with DECLIC, a youth leadership development organization based in Senegal. Our partners were honored as this year’s Michael C. Holen Leaders-in-Residence earlier this fall.

Our Snyder Leadership Fellows Program is now in its fourth year, and we continue to offer alternative break and international service team experiences around the country and at sites across the globe.

To learn more, the following blog posts feature some more in-depth examples of our academic programs, service-learning, and civic engagement activities. We are proud to highlight some of the many ways you can see our mission in action!

Sincere thanks,


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