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Reflecting on our student programs

There is a seasonality to higher education and the American education system that is reliable and consistent. We have a fall and a spring semester, with a month-long break between, and a week-long break during each term. The summer brings its own set of programming and enrollment, and we have a moment to breathe before starting again in August.

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Recognizing students for leadership and service

On Sunday, May 3, students, faculty, staff, friends and family from the Staley School of Leadership Studies and across Kansas State University gathered to recognize the success and honor the achievements of several K-State students at the Celebrating Service and Leadership awards program.

For the first time since the inception of this awards program, the event took place digitally over Zoom and Facebook Live. While guests could not gather physically, the importance and value of coming together was not lost in this virtual event.

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Nominate Staley School faculty, staff for Rost Award

K-State students are invited to nominate a member of the Staley School faculty or staff for the Staley School’s 2020 Rost award.

The nomination for is just four short questions. Any nomination submitted will be presented to the faculty/staff nominated, so this is also a great opportunity to pass on a positive message of support regardless of the awarded recipient. Nominations are due by 5 p.m. April 29.

Established by the Staley School of Leadership Studies Ambassadors, the Rost award recognizes faculty/staff who exemplify the mission statement of the Staley School, which is to develop knowledgeable, ethical, caring, inclusive leaders for a diverse and changing world.

The winner of this award should not only demonstrate these characteristics in their own lives, but should also inspire others to become better leaders.

The Staley School Ambassadors will form a committee, review nominations and carefully select the 2020 recipient. The recipient will be notified in early May.

View a list of past recipients.

K-State senior reflects on an unusual last semester

Guest writer Anna Spexarth is a senior at Kansas State University, planning to graduate in May 2020. She is majoring in public relations with minors in leadership studies and art. She is also a student public relations coordinator for the Staley School of Leadership Studies, specializing in social media.

If you had told me three and a half years ago I would be taking all of my classes online, that I wouldn’t be able to give proper goodbyes to my classmates and professors, and wouldn’t be walking across the stage, attempting not to fall, after I wrapped up my final classes as a K-State student, I would have told you that was crazy.

Anna with Willie Wildcat
Anna Spexarth, freshman year at K-State

But here we are.

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Sixth class of Snyder Fellows announced

The Staley School of Leadership Studies at Kansas State University is excited to announce the sixth class of the Snyder Leadership Legacy Fellows Program.

The Snyder Leadership Legacy Fellows program is named for, and based on, coach Bill Snyder’s 16 Goals for Success. Coach Bill Snyder is known for his commitment to leadership development, the program continues to build on his example. Snyder Fellows will engage in a variety of leadership development workshops, activities and events during the 2020-21 academic year, kicking off with an intensive retreat in the fall. Fellows will engage with youth in the Manhattan community, and develop their own capacity to lead with a leadership coach of their own.

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