Meet the November 2011 Students of the Month
On-Campus Student: Maureen Duffy
Maureen is in her first year at Fort Hays State. She is currently pursuing a Global Leadership Certificate. Maureen chose to re-enter school after ‘retiring’ from 27 years of working as a physical therapist. She then decided to become involved with the Leadership Studies Department because she had “experienced unsatisfactory supervision and management” in her career and felt that she “could benefit from better leadership skills.” Her favorite Leadership Studies class is currently LDRS 300: Introduction to Leadership Studies because this “course has allowed me to see the leadership (or lack thereof) I have experienced over my career in a different light. If I had only had a course like this one years ago, I feel that I would have been a more effective teammate in my work environments.”
Maureen enjoys traveling and spending time with her husband, John, and her dog, Boomer, a retired service dog. She also serves as a Disaster Specialist for the American Red Cross and enjoys the interaction with volunteers, clients, and community partners, as well as making a difference in the lives of her neighbors during a time of crisis.
Online Student: Kateryna Chlumsky
Kateryna is a Political Science and Public Administration major originally from the Ukraine, although she has now lived in the United States for the past ten years. She currently works as a business owner in Larned, Kansas. When asked why she chose the Department of Leadership Studies she said that her decision was based on “the nature of my personality.” She explained that being a leader is “a hard and responsible role” and that “to perform leadership it means to believe in yourself and others.” Kateryna says that she has enjoyed all of her Leadership classes and believes that they are all connected and very valuable.
Outside of academics, she enjoys a variety of cultures, dancing, traveling, and speaking several foreign languages. In conclusion, Kateryna thanked the wonderful staff and outstanding leaders in the department.
International Student: Zhang Jinzhou (Charles)
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