Director’s Note A new year – a time of beginning. And while beginning typically has one looking forward, new beginnings also provide rich opportunity for reflection. We’ve been doing quite a bit of both recently!
As director of the School of Leadership Studies, I have the happy honor of reflecting on and acknowledging the contributions our students and faculty have made both on campus and in communities near and far, just in the last few months. In this edition of The Loop, we reflect on recent activities, events, and accomplishments – on the progress we’re making together on developing knowledgeable, ethical, inclusive leaders for a diverse and changing world.
connections, and celebrated K-State alumna Nabeeha Kazi Hutchins as our 2013 Michael C. Holen Leader-in-Residence. Our alumni continue to amaze! Wildcats Leadership for Life (WLFL) is growing, adding to its mentoring program opportunities for alumni to network, continue leadership learning, and contribute to our current students’ experience. We are most fortunate to have exceptional alumni and friends willing to invest meaningfully in our learning community. And let’s not overlook our own faculty and staff – SLS was recognized for our 3rd straight year of 100% participation in the All-University Campaign, receiving also the All-University Campaign Excellence award! I hope you will find some time to read through these pages and reflect on all that your leadership studies family has done and is doing, and look forward to all the good work that awaits! The new year, I know, will be filled with new opportunities – and much to celebrate when next we meet….
In the following pages, you’ll hear from students, faculty, and community partners about how service-learning is advancing understanding and building capacity to make a real difference on local and global issues – from hunger initiatives to disabilities studies to cultural diversity in community development. Leadership Studies As always, K-State Proud! has long employed and advocated for servicelearning as a powerful method of teaching and learning, and this year we partnered to establish and deliver an annual service-learning institute for the university. With service-learning a prominent feature in the university’s and colleges’ 2025 strategic plans, we can expect new Mary Tolar, Director and exciting opportunities to grow this essential component of our work in leadership studies.
In September, we welcomed alumni and friends to our annual Spirit of Leadership, where we shared our strategic vision, made and renewed