Molding leaders

The Fort Hays State University Department of Leadership Studies thanks the communities across northwest Kansas for your support of our program and students over the past 20 years. We have grown from a program with approximately nine students in 1993 to a program being offered to more than 2,000 students across the world. As you may know, students in our program enroll in a Field Work in Leadership Studies course (LDRS 310). The purpose of this interdisciplinary course is to help move the students from the study of leadership to the actual participation in a leadership project.

As part of LDRS 310, students are asked to serve as citizen leaders in a local community project of their choice in conjunction with an existing organization. Course activities include: recognizing a community problem, working with other concerned citizens to develop a plan of action, and implementing that plan. This is an academic service-learning course which is a culmination to the Leadership Studies program core courses. Service-learning combines the benefits of meaningful service to the community with curriculum-based learning and guided reflection. We hope that you and your organization will consider working with a LDRS 310 team in the future.

From 3 to 5 p.m. Nov. 13 at Memorial Union, we will be hosting a workshop for our current and potential new community partners. Whether your organization has worked with our LDRS 310 teams for many semesters or you would like to learn more about ways to partner with our department, please plan to attend. Department faculty will be present to facilitate discussion on the LDRS 310 class outcomes, as well as discuss previous and potential project ideas. We hope that you will join us. Thank you for your support of the Department of Leadership Studies and the community.

Jill Arensdorf, chairwoman and assistant professor, FHSU Department of Leadership Studies