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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.


Apply to be a LEAD 212 Class Leader

The Staley School of Leadership Studies is accepting applications to serve as LEAD 212 class leaders during the fall 2020 semester.

Class leaders are students who help teach large lecture sections of LEAD 212: Introduction to Leadership Concepts. LEAD 212 Class Leaders are asked to facilitate small group discussions, lead active-learning exercises, create a learning community with their students and perform administrative functions, such as grading, attendance, etc. These students serve as a bridge between students and instructors;they are motivated to help students learn the academic discipline of leadership and adjust to the K-State campus community.

Applications are due by noon Monday, Jan. 27. Review the application packet, and then complete the online application.

Qualifications to be demonstrated by applicants:

  • Good academic and disciplinary standing at K-State — minimum 2.75 cumulative GPA.
  • Will be in at least their third year of college by fall 2020,  based on years in college, not credit hours.
  • Understand and believe in the mission of the Staley School of Leadership Studies.
  • Have previously taken a LEAD 212 or equivalent introduction to leadership course; and have taken/currently enrolled in LEAD 350.
  • Exhibit responsibility, positive attitude, confidence, flexibility, team orientation, a strong energy level and excellent communication skills.
  • Available for four training seminars in the spring, two hours per session; serving with the Flint Hills Breadbasket, approximately two hours; individual summer prep work, approximately eight to 10 hours; and the fall retreat, approximately eight hours.
  • Able to commit approximately five hours per week for fall 2020 for class time, class prep, grading and individual meetings, etc.

LEAD 212 Class Leaders will work five hours per week at $8 per hour during the fall semester.

After submitting an application, all applicants should RSVP to attend one of the interview dates from 2:30 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 28 or 6:30 to 9 p.m.  Thursday, Jan. 30, in the Leadership Studies Building. After completing your application you will be requested to RSVP for which interview session you can attend.

For any questions please contact Amanda Cebula at acebula@k-state.edu.

Apply for the Leadership Communication doctoral program

Applications for Kansas State University’s Leadership Communication Ph.D. are now being accepted. Domestic applications are due Jan. 15, and international applications are due Jan. 1. Apply online today.

Do you want to lead change, advance communication and engage communities?

This doctoral program is a research degree grounded in community-engaged scholarship. Students will explore the intersection of theories and methods of leadership, communication, and other areas of inquiry related to collaborative change. Through the study and practice of leading change, students will produce original research that contributes to making progress on the most difficult challenges of our times.

Strong candidates for this doctoral program are committed to:

  • Engaging with others to leverage diverse perspectives
  • Developing capacities to:
    • Conduct original research
    • Convene stakeholders
    • Facilitate change processes
  • Enhancing careers with foundations, NGOs, corporations, educational institutions, and governmental agencies

Our students bring a variety of academic backgrounds, professional experience, and civic interests to this program. Learn more about the students.

Our faculty have the research expertise and professional experience to customize your learning in the program. The faculty are from the Communications and Agricultural Education Department, Communication Studies Department, AQ Miller School of Journalism and Mass Communications, and the Staley School of Leadership Studies. Learn more about the faculty.

More details

For questions, contact Tim Steffensmeier, director of the Leadership Communication program and associate professor at the Staley School of Leadership Studies, at steffy@ksu.edu.

Welcome, new ambassadors

The Staley School of Leadership Studies welcomed a new class of Staley School Ambassadors at an Induction Ceremony on Monday, Dec. 2.

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.

The faculty, staff and current Staley School Ambassadors shared this welcome video with the new class at the Induction Ceremony.

Congratulations to the following K-State students:

Caroline Ayres
Alesha Bergner
Eden Brockman
Katie Cox
Austin Drake
Spencer Dugan
Lindsey Edwards
Reagan Evans
MacKenna Franssens
Macy Haas
Kaylee Hansen
Nathan Heeke
Justin Janzing
Kelsey Klein
Morgan Lanzo
Drake Lette
Gabriel Mitchell
Zachary Rankin
Madolynn Rink
Breezy Schroeder
JC Stewart
Regan Stonestreet
Erik VanSchijndel
Cami Wells
Kari Westberg
Abby White
Nate Williams

Learn more about Staley School Ambassadors.

Fall graduation reception

Fall 2019 Staley School of Leadership Studies graduates are invited to celebrate their graduation at a reception in the Leadership Studies building lobby from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13.

Graduates may bring your friends and family to celebrate this special day with the Staley School of Leadership Studies faculty and staff.

Enjoy refreshments, take pictures and receive a small gift from us to wear at graduation! This is a come-and-go event, so please join us when you are able.

RSVP to the event by Friday, Dec. 6.

Unable to be there? Complete the RSVP form so we can highlight you during the reception.

For questions, email slsinfo@ksu.edu. Event updates will also be available on Facebook.

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