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”
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Every year, students have the opportunity to spend winter and spring breaks doing a number of things. Some students spend time at home or elsewhere, taking advantage of the opportunity for rest, relaxation, or additional hours to work at their jobs in their home communities or around Manhattan. But, through the Alternative Breaks program, the Staley School invites students to consider using their breaks to serve others. Continue reading “Fostering Leadership for Life: Alternative Breaks”
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”
In 2006, K-State’s office of Community Service Programs formally merged with Leadership Studies and Programs and later became part of the Staley School of Leadership Studies as the program now known as “HandsOn Kansas State.” Continue reading “Fostering Leadership for Life: HandsOn Kansas State”
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”
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”
International Service Teams, formerly part of Community Service Programs, first began in 1989. Since that time, over 400 K-State students have lived and worked alongside communities in 22 different countries on five continents. While the program, partners, and students have changed over the years, the core has remained the same—that service is reciprocal, that our teams are going to learn from and with the community, and that the service projects are driven and determined by our site partners. Continue reading “Fostering Leadership for Life: International Service Teams”
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”
A Transformational K-State Experience
By: Whitney Morgan (’12)
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”
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”
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!
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.
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”
Academic Mentoring is a program activity of HandsOn Kansas State, focused on the academic success of youth in the Greater Manhattan community. The Academic Mentoring program selects, trains, and places K-State students in school and community-based classrooms and programs that promote and support family literacy efforts and youth development. The Academic Mentors serve throughout the Greater Manhattan area, including the cities of Ogden, Wamego, and St. George. Continue reading “Academic Mentors Impact Local Youth through Wonder Workshop”
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”
Growing Leadership Capacity through Service-Learning
By: Lucas Shivers (’03)
Crunching leaves on a driveway while raking for senior citizens, clearing brush at Sunset Zoo next to the cheetahs, picking up litter along the interstate, building relationships as an international buddy, mentoring youth towards their goals—these are some of my most memorable times at K-State. Alongside fellow students at Leadership Studies and with brothers from Acacia Fraternity who center on Human Service, I’m soaked in so many experiences that continue to inspire my involvement with service today and also evoke a deep desire to give back to the organizations and communities that have helped make me the person I am. Continue reading “Letter from 20th-Year Engagement Initiative Committee Member, Lucas Shivers”
On Sunday, April 23, 2017 the Staley School of Leadership Studies hosted its annual Celebrating Service and Leadership event. This event is held to honor those who have demonstrated exceptional service, leadership, and civic engagement at K-State, in the Manhattan community, and beyond. Continue reading “Celebrating Service and Leadership 2017”
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”
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.
Read about these recent learning opportunities from students who attended the International Leadership Association (ILA) Conference, the IMPACT Conference, a site visit to The Gambia, and the McDonough Leadership Conference. Continue reading “Student Learning Extends Beyond the Classroom”
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”
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”
In the 2016-2017 school year, Kansas State University students had the opportunity to visit Denver, Colorado; Kansas City, Missouri; and Tahlequah, Oklahoma; to understand the various aspects of specific social issues through the Alternative Breaks program at the Staley School of Leadership Studies.
Alternative Breaks is an opportunity for students to participate in an intense service experience during their winter, spring, and weekend breaks. Participants travel to communities around the country where they work with local residents to address a pressing social issue. Breaks are open to K-State graduate, undergraduate, and international students.
Throughout the Midwest, teams of students performed a variety of tasks throughout their week-long trips ranging from cleaning, building, and working directly with the clients. Here’s an update from the Winter 2016 Alternative Break sites! Continue reading “Alternative Breaks: Highlights from 2016-2017”
A Message from the Chair of the Engagement Initiative, Casey Carlson:
My name is Casey Carlson (Leadership Studies minor, class of 1998). I am an alumna and fervent supporter of the Staley School of Leadership Studies, and I am honored to serve as the chair of the School’s 20th year Engagement Initiative. The goal of the initiative is to demonstrate the support that our alumni and friends have for the work of the Staley School. On behalf of my family and the School, I ask you to ENGAGE. Continue reading “Support the “Leadership for Life” 20th Anniversary Engagement Initiative”
Wildcats Leadership for Life, the Staley School’s alumni network, are excited to offer continued leadership development to all Staley School alumni and friends! Join us for our next professional development event on March 8th, featuring K-State alumnus Amanda Cebula of the Kansas Leadership Center. Learn more here: bit.ly/kstateYLE!
To join the video chat, use this link on March 8th: https://yle.adobeconnect.com/wlfl/
2017 marks the 20th year of leadership studies at Kansas State University!
Since 1997, we have engaged with students in ways that help develop and cultivate their leadership capacity. All who have been involved with us throughout our first 20 years have helped make up our foundation, and in this celebratory year, we’re looking to connect with more alumni, supporters, and friends!