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Category: Leadership for Life – 20th Anniversary

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”

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.
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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”

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”

Support the “Leadership for Life” 20th Anniversary Engagement Initiative

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”

Leadership for Life: Celebrating 20 Years of Leadership Studies


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!

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