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Fall 2011 Leadership News

LDRS Faculty author textbook

Mr. David Foster and Dr. Brent Goertzen are two of four authors on a new leadership textbook, Emergency Services Leadership: A Contemporary Approach. Foster is an adjunct professor for the Department of Leadership Studies and has spent his career in the emergency services field. He received both his undergraduate degree in Disaster/Emergency Management with a minor in Leadership from the Rochester Institute of Technology and master's degree at Fort Hays State University (FHSU) in Leadership. Dr. Goertzen is an Associate Professor in Leadership Studies at FHSU. His line of research has been in leadership theory and assessment, both of which are critical to the discipline. We congratulate Mr. Foster and Dr. Goertzen on this accomplishment.

Generations: Creating an FHSU Legacy

The Department of Leadership Studies Graduate Assistant, Kristin Tardif was featured in the FHSU Foundation's publication, Cornerstone. Click the article title above to view article.

LDRS 310 in the News

Creating alternative forms of fun
FHSU students collect supplies for shelter house
FHSU class keeps dream moving
BBBS participants take aim at the outdoors
Leadership class brings awareness to men's health

Four Leadership Studies men receive Men of Merit honors

Three Leadership Studies faculty members were selected as recipients of the FHSU ‘Men of Merit’ award. Congratulations to Dr. Curt Brungardt, Mr. Brett Whitaker, and Mr. John Montgomery on receiving this outstanding honor.

Junior Organizational Leadership major Levi Unruh from Hays, KS was also selected as a 2011-2012 Men of Merit recipient. Levi served on a LDRS 310 project team that worked to create a Sexual Assault Response Advocate (S.A.R.A.) program here on the FHSU campus. Congratulations Levi for this incredible honor!

The goal of the ‘Men of Merit’ project is to recognize FHSU men who positively define masculinity through challenging norms, taking action and leading by example while making outstanding contributions to FHSU and/or the community.

Outstanding FHSU 'Men of Merit' will be featured on a poster to be distributed throughout campus. This poster will be designed to raise awareness of these men's accomplishments and visibly acknowledge the importance of recognizing men who challenge stereotypes and are working to redefine what it means to be a man in today's society.

Shadow Day gives prospective students a glimpse of being a Leadership Studies major

On October 26 and November 2, the FHSU Department of Leadership Studies hosted a total of 17 juniors and seniors in high school for the first annual Shadow Day program. Prospective high school students had the opportunity to attend a LDRS 300: Introduction to Leadership Concepts class with an Organizational Leadership major. The students then ate lunch in the McMindes Dining Hall where high school students could ask their Leadership Studies peer mentors questions about Leadership Studies, FHSU, or the college experience. After lunch, prospective students and their parents then went on a campus tour and ended their day with a Question & Answer session with a panel of Leadership Studies faculty and students. Interns from the Center for Civic Leadership also presented at the Q&A session about different programs that students could get involved with like Tigers in Service and the American Democracy Project during their college career.

FHSU's Brungardt to speak out against domestic violence at regional conversation

One of many who have lost a loved one to domestic violence, Dr. Curt Brungardt, Omer G. Voss Distinguished Professor of Leadership Studies at Fort Hays State University, will speak out against violence against women on Wednesday, Oct. 26, at a regional conversation on Engaging Men and Boys in Stopping Violence Against Women.

In 2008, Brungardt's stepdaughter, Jana Mackey, was murdered in a case of domestic violence. Since that day, Brungardt and his wife, Dr. Christie Brungardt, assistant professor of leadership studies, have created Jana's Campaign, a national group of advocate and volunteers dedicated to reducing domestic violence and to carrying on the work of Jana, who was a sexual assault and domestic violence advocate and who promoted public policy that supported women and their rights.

"Domestic violence is often a hidden act," said Curt Brungardt. "Too often it is seen as a private matter between partners. It is not. Domestic violence is a public issue. Domestic violence is a public crime that demands a public response."

The Region VII Conversation, from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Kauffman Foundation Conference Center in Kansas City, Mo., is in response to Vice President Joe Biden's call to action to stop violence against women. This event will be one of 10 town hall events that the U.S. departments of Education, Health and Human Services, and Housing and Urban Development will hold during the last week in October.

Brungardt will speak at 8:35 a.m. on behalf of Jana's Campaign.

Faculty Receive Grant Monies

Two faculty members in the Department of Leadership Studies were recently awarded grant monies for innovative projects. LeAnn Brown, Instructor, wrote and was awarded a Tilford Diversity Grant for a collaborative program entitled Tell Your Story, a new Global Leadership Project Initiative, which will be held on campus this fall.

Patricia Blanton, Instructor, received grant dollars through the FHSU Undergraduate Research Experience process. Students taking the fieldwork class, LDRS 310, through our China partnerships will research the impact of service-learning in China.

Faculty Gives Presentation at Indiana Tech University

Instructors Brett Whitaker and LeAnn Brown presented at Indiana Tech University during their Immersion Weekend about research that the two instructors did while in China. They highlighted Fort Hays State University's innovative curriculum model for teaching Leadership Studies at their partner universities in China.

Brungardt Receives Award

Congratulations to FHSU Assistant Professor of Leadership Studies, Dr. Christie Brungardt. She was recently chosen as the 2011 recipient of the Kansas Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (KACRAO) Ev Kohls Equal Education Opportunity Award. Christie was recognized for her work on equality in higher education at a luncheon/awards banquet on Thursday, September 29th here in Hays.

Blanton Presents in China

Another congratulations goes out to Instructor of Leadership Studies, Patricia Blanton. She was recently accepted to present at the 2011 China Public Economic Development Forum in Beijing on October 22-23. She will share her presentation entitled, "Economic Development: Built on a foundation of theory and practice, each to his own." Patricia also received an Undergraduate Research Experience grant for her service-learning research in China.

Leadership Alum Presents Internationally

Keith Clayton, an FHSU Organizational Leadership graduate ('06, '08), recently presented his doctoral research work at an international conference. Clayton, a doctoral candidate at Regent University in the School of Global Leadership & Entrepreneurship, was invited to present at the Autonomous Learning World Caucus (ALWC) at Oxford University, U.K. The ALWC is an opportunity for students to view the interactions of some of their professors with top scholars in the field and to see how well they are respected in the global community for their individual and collective contributions to the field. Additionally, Clayton was inducted as a Beta Phi Fellows in the Fellows of the Beta Phi Society during a ceremony at the High Table of Exeter College.
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