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Cargill Fellows Applications Due March 17

Undergraduate students in the College of Agriculture, Business, or Engineering with an anticipated graduation date of December 2021 through December 2022 (students with junior standing by fall 2020) are encouraged to apply for the Cargill Fellows Program. Applications are due at 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, March 17.

Cargill Fellows group photo
The Cargill Fellows program, a partnership between the Staley School of Leadership Studies and Cargill, offers students a unique and tailored leadership development experience. Cargill Fellows will practice leadership skills necessary to work confidently, cross-culturally, and thrive in an era of complex and continual change. The program will provide students with the preparation to begin their career with a unique advantage beyond their technical education. Their exposure to and practice with skills such as adapting to change, engaging in diverse environments, and critical thinking will cultivate professional competencies that will prepare them for a successful launch into industry.

Cargill Fellows will receive and participate in the following:

  • $1,000 scholarship
  • Guaranteed interview for an internship at Cargill for summer 2021
  • Monthly one-on-one leadership coaching with a Cargill coach
  • Unique and exclusive networking opportunities with Cargill professionals
  • Site visits to area Cargill facilities, headquarters, plants, etc.
  • Leadership development rooted in industry values and expectations

Applications are due by 11:59 p.m. on March 17. For more information on the program, visit our website or contact Roberta Maldonado Franzen, rfranzen@ksu.edu.

Applications open for Snyder Leadership Legacy Fellows

Undergraduate students who will enter their final year at K-State during the 2020-21 academic year are invited to submit an application for Snyder Leadership Legacy Fellows. Snyder Fellows will be involved in unique opportunities for personal leadership development as they prepare for life after graduation.

In addition to engineering the greatest turnaround in college football history, Coach Bill Snyder has been a champion of developing leaders—both on and off the football field. It is because of this commitment that the Staley School of Leadership Studies, in partnership with K-State Athletics, is thrilled to offer the Snyder Leadership Legacy Fellows program, a leadership development program that honors his work in developing a family of leaders.
Coffee Talks with Coach Bill SnyderThe Snyder Fellows program will begin its sixth year in April 2020. The year-long program will include a class of outstanding K-State undergraduate students entering their final year at K-State. Snyder Fellows will participate in a variety of leadership development activities to help prepare for the transition from college and for engagement as lifelong leaders. Through generous contributions from supporters of Coach Snyder and the Staley School, this noncredit development program will be offered at NO COST for all selected students.

The Snyder Leadership Legacy Fellows will:

  • Participate in a leadership development program rooted in Coach Snyder’s 16 Goals for Success.
  • Attend a two-day retreat focused on goal setting and leadership development.
  • Take part in exclusive personal and professional development events with successful athletes, scholars, and business leaders throughout the year.
  • Participate in leadership dialogues with Coach Snyder.
  • Engage in one-on-one leadership coaching sessions with Staley School faculty members and campus partners through the critical transition from college to career.
  • Mentor youth in the Manhattan community with a group of Fellows, through youth sports coaching in partnership with the Manhattan Parks and Recreation Department.
  • Make a difference on campus and in the community through hands-on service and mentoring activities.
  • Join the network of Snyder Fellows alumni dedicated to forming a long-lasting impact.

All applications must be submitted by noon Feb. 21. For more information on the Snyder Leadership Legacy Fellows program, visit the website or contact Staley School faculty members Kaitlin Long or Tori Burkhart at 785-532-6085 or snyderfellows@ksu.edu.

Volunteer opportunities for MLK Jr. Day

All members of the Manhattan, Kansas, community and all K-State students are invited to participate in HandsOn Kansas State’s MLK Jr. Day of Service.

Join us as we celebrate the life of Martin Luther King Jr. from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Jan. 25. Individual registration is open until Jan. 24. Groups and families are also welcome! To register a group, contact HandsOn Kansas State at 785-532-3670 or handson@k-state.edu.

Volunteers will arrive at Kansas State University’s Staley School of Leadership Studies at 9 a.m. for a snack while and discussion about what this day means to the community and Martin Luther King Jr.’s commitment to loving your community. From there, volunteers will depart to various sites. Transportation assistance can be provided with early notification through the registration form.

The MLK Jr. Day of Service is recognized across the country in honor of King and is being led by the world’s leading organization for volunteer work, Points of Light, and the Corporation for National and Community Service. Millions of Americans will come together for this day of national service and dialogue to honor his memory.

King called for all of us to be the beloved community we are and act in love and service. We invite you to volunteer your time and lend a hand in the Manhattan community.

HandsOn Kansas State is a program of the Staley School of Leadership Studies that promotes civic learning and leadership through meaningful volunteer and service opportunities between campus and community. HandsOn strives to develop socially-responsible citizens, knowledgeably equipped for active participation. Learn more.


Learn all about LEAD 212 and the minor

Have you been curious about the Staley School of Leadership Studies? Join this Facebook Live event to learn about the classes, the minor, the faculty, and hear from current students at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 6.

The leadership studies minor and the nonprofit focus are both great enhancements to any major field of study at Kansas State University. But why? How can pairing the leadership studies minor benefit you now and in your future career and life after K-State? Tune in and find out!

We’ll cover FAQs and will be happy to answer your questions live.

🎤 Mike Finnegan, instructor in LEAD 212: Introduction to Leadership Concepts
🎤 Nate Williams, freshman in food science/pre-med with a minor in leadership studies
🎤 Emily Lowe, senior in human development and family sciences with a non-profit leadership minor and a LEAD 212 Class Leader

This discussion will be beneficial for:
✔️ Students considering K-State
✔️ Students considering a Leadership Studies minor
✔️ Families interested in learning more about the value of their students’ coursework in Leadership Studies




Mike and two students will explain why LEAD 212:
✔️ Is invaluable to K-State students
✔️ Becomes a a pathway to the Leadership Studies minor
✔️ Will enhance and compliment any major area of study at K-State
🐟 …and we’ll explain why students throw a six pound salmon across the room in this class!

Spring 2020 LEAD 212 courses are offered…
⚫ Section A | 9:30-10:20 a.m. | MWF
⚫ Section B | 9:30-10:45 a.m. | T/U
⚫ And online!

LEAD 212 is offered every semester, in person and online, to help meet students’ busy schedules.

HandsOn hosts final mobile food distribution of the semester

HandsOn Kansas State will host its last mobile food distribution of the semester in conjunction with Harvesters Community Food Network of Topeka starting at 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8, in parking lot C-1 of the Chester E. Peters Recreation Complex. 

The mobile food distribution is open to all members of the K-State and Manhattan community with fresh fruits and vegetables offered at no cost, while supplies last.  

Residents of Jardine Apartments are able to walk over and receive a ride home after picking up their produce.

For more information or questions about the mobile food distribution contact HandsOn Kansas State at handson@k-state.edu.

Dr. Justin Kastner to share “What Matters to Me and Why”

Dr. Justin Kastner, associate professor in K-State’s department of diagnostic medicine/pathobiology, will present as part of the What Matters to Me and Why lecture series Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019. The presentation will take place in Town Hall, Leadership Studies Building, from noon to 1 p.m.

Justin Kastner
In his talk entitled, Precedents, Purpose, and Paths Forward: Why History Matters to Me, and Why, Kastner will share how “looking to and learning about the past” has fueled his academic and personal development, love of learning, and service to society in his twin roles of university professor and community pastor. In addition to duly acknowledging the research and teaching value of historical scholarship, Kastner will showcase how scholarly and practical crafts affiliated with history have enriched his family life, ushered in remarkable friendships, and inspired paths forward.

A free box lunch will be provided starting at 11:45 a.m., and an RSVP is requested by Nov. 12. Read a full event description and sign up here.

A Zoom link is available.

This informal lunchtime series supports K-State’s Principles of Community by encouraging reflection on matters of personal values, beliefs, and motivations in order to better understand the lives and inspirations of those who serve and shape the University. This event is sponsored by the Staley School of Leadership Studies, and supported by an interdisciplinary, cross-campus planning team.




Cats 4 Cans drives community engagement, serves those in need

Students from The Staley School of Leadership Studies at Kansas State University will be visiting homes throughout the Manhattan, Kansas, community to spread awareness about food insecurity and collect donations for the Flint Hills Breadbasket. For residents who want to donate, students will provide instructions and make requests at pre-visits Oct. 30-31, and canned goods or monetary donations will be collected Nov. 1-3. Checks can be written to the Flint Hills Breadbasket.

Students from the 2017 LEAD 212 class collect donations for the Flint Hills Breadbasket.

Food insecurity in Riley County is 17.5 percent and the poverty level in Manhattan, Kansas, is 25.4 percent.* These percentages are among the highest of all counties in Kansas. The Flint Hills Breadbasket’s mission, ‘To minimize hunger and poverty through the distribution of available food and to nurture projects that will help alleviate hunger and poverty,’ aims to help alleviate and reduce these numbers in the local community. More than 18,000 individuals received food from the Flint Hills Bread Basket in 2018. Learn more about the Flint Hills Breadbasket.

Items needed most at this time include:

  • Condiments such as ketchup, mustard, barbecue sauce and salad dressings
  • Pudding and Jell-O mixes
  • Cake/muffin mixes
  • Juice
  • Crackers
  • Granola bars
  • Hamburger Helper
  • Canned meat
  • Macaroni and cheese dinners
  • Ramen noodles

The Cats 4 Cans project is part of the LEAD 212: Introduction to Leadership Concepts coursework. Students are studying food insecurity and hunger, and actively applying leadership concepts in the local community as a service-learning project. Cats 4 Cans is an annual fall activity that has been active for almost 20 years.  This activity fulfils the Staley School mission: Developing knowledgeable, ethical, caring, inclusive leaders for a diverse and changing world. Learn more about The Staley School.

Students walk through Manhattan, Kansas, neighborhoods to collect donations for the Flint Hills Breadbasket.

“We appreciate the community support of our students as they go door to door around Manhattan,” said Tamara Bauer, instructor at The Staley School of Leadership Studies. “This kind of assignment allows our students to get real experience working with the community towards a common goal, and will give them the skills they need to solve problems in their careers and lives after K-State.”

For more information or for questions, contact Tamara Bauer at tamara@ksu.edu.


*Source: Feeding America and U.S. Census websites

Director’s Note: Fall 2019


Dr. Trisha Gott, Interim Director of the Staley School of Leadership Studies

Greetings from the Staley School of Leadership Studies!

With each new semester comes new excitement, perspective, and possibility. Here at the Staley School, we are so thrilled to welcome students, faculty, and staff back to campus this fall. We have enjoyed celebrating the many ways our students and faculty engaged in leadership throughout the warmer months.

This summer, we had many students complete meaningful internships with Cargill as a part of our Cargill Fellows Program. We had a team of four students spend seven weeks with our International Service Teams program in Nyeri, Kenya. In May, Dr. Chance Lee, Assistant Professor and Director of the Nonprofit focus, taught a leadership course to students at Jilin University about American leadership concepts in Changchun, China. In July, three Staley School alumni joined Kerry Priest, SSLS Associate Professor, at the Association of Leadership Educator’s Conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico. They presented several workshops and each received an award. We are so proud of our faculty, alumni, and students who continue to develop their capacity to lead and make an impact.

We have such great momentum moving into the fall semester. It seems that change often accompanies each new semester, in the best possible way. I am so excited to have stepped into the position of Interim Director for the Staley School, as Dr. Mary Hale Tolar serves as the Interim Vice Provost of Student Success. As I lead the Staley School and temporarily take over the responsibility of the Director the Staley School, Dr. Tolar will be providing leadership in the student retention, success and progression areas of the university’s strategic enrollment management efforts.

Another very exciting change taking place this fall is the transition of LEAD 212 from a two-credit course to now three credits. Our faculty and class leaders have taken great initiative in leading this! As we continue to advance the undergraduate learning experience, we look forward to another year collaborating with our students in the Nonprofit focus and Global Food Systems Leadership Secondary Major.

We have officially welcomed our second cohort of students into the new interdisciplinary doctoral program in Leadership Communication. We are energized by the learning and leadership that our doctoral program cultivates and we are very excited about the wealth of knowledge that this new group will bring into the program. Our research endeavors are also deepening in other ways as faculty partner with community organizations and Kansas Leadership Center’s Third Floor Research program to change how we understand leadership at individual and community levels.

What an incredible semester we are embarking on! Be sure to mark your calendars for October 4 & 5, 2019 for our 9th annual Spirit of Leadership in Manhattan. We would love for you to join us as we celebrate and connect. We will also be hosting a reunion for our International Service Teams, Class Leaders and Snyder Leadership Legacy Fellows at this year’s event.

This fall we are walking forward boldly as the Kansas State University turns a new page on how to serve students, our state, and our country. SSLS is excited to be pushing our edges to understand how we too can serve by sharing our knowledge and by understanding the rich experiences of the members of the communities we love so deeply.

Sincere thanks,



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