As I reflect on the past semester, and all the work, learning, and growth represented in the pages that follow, I am amazed. I am not surprised – we have bright and hardworking students, committed and engaged faculty and staff, visionary and supportive donors and friends – and we have been busy! But I am still amazed. Amazed and grateful for this extraordinary community – and all the opportunity it presents. The updates and stories shared here, by and about our students, faculty, friends and community partners, present a powerful forward trajectory. We are truly on the move. From the time we shared our strategic plan for the School last fall, we have made significant progress towards many of our benchmarks and are entering an exciting new phase for the School of Leadership Studies.
You will read about advances in our curriculum, including the addition of a national online certificate in community-engaged leadership with Points of Light, and a semesterabroad option for completing the minor. Through our service-learning coursework we are deepening community partnerships with Special Olympics, Geary County Food Pantry, Harvesters, Flint Hills Breadbasket, and local schools. Significant investments, led by Dave and Ellie Everitt and Mary Lynn and Warren Staley, are seeding and launching key strategic initiatives, and helping us advance in meaningful ways the conversation, scholarship, and practice of effective civic leadership. We
celebrate K-State’s most recent Truman Scholar, Ross Allen, and his leadership on campus and in the community. Community leadership shines brightly, too, in our 2014 Susan M. Scott Award recipients Nancy Bolsen and Olivia Collins. As we pursue the bold goals of our strategic plan, and become the School of Leadership Studies we need and aim to be, we continue to reflect on and celebrate the support and partnership of so many who share our commitment to this work. We welcome new faculty members Eric Hartman and Brandon Kliewer! – and look forward to reporting on their contributions in future editions…. And this fall at our Spirit of Leadership event, we will celebrate the investment made by the School’s Advancement Council that most assuredly brought us to this place. Please mark your calendar now – Friday, October 24, 2014, 7 PM (the Friday night of Homecoming Weekend) – to join us as we celebrate our honored guests, welcome alumni, and connect with one another. When I look around, from my most fortunate vantage point, I see the imprint and impact of so many of you who have informed, supported, and resourced the exciting activity in our classrooms, throughout the building and campus, and in our communities. Sincere thanks for your continued commitment and investment in developing the next generation of knowledgeable, ethical, caring, inclusive leaders for this remarkably diverse and changing world! As always, K-State Proud!
Mary Tolar, Director