Meet the September 2011 Students of the Month
On-Campus Student: Laura Dougherty
Laura is a senior at Fort Hays State, originally from Colby, Kansas. She is pursuing her Bachelors of Science in Organizational Leadership and a minor in Business Administration. She chose to become involved with the Leadership Studies Department because she had “heard about what a great program the Leadership Department was, as well as its reputation for having rewarding courses, amazing instructors, and a ‘family feel.’” Her favorite Leadership class that she has taken so far is LDRS 450: Advanced Leadership Behaviors, which she is currently enrolled in. She enjoys studying behaviors and skills from both the leader and follower perspective and finds that this class gives her many practical skills that she can apply to her life and career. Outside of academics, Laura is involved in many extracurricular activities. She is a member of the Fort Hays Honor Society, Leadership Studies Association, Mortar Board, Omicron Delta Kappa, Model United Nations and a church group.
Online Student: Kimberly Smith
Kimberly is an Organizational Leadership major from Abilene, Kansas. Kimberly’s husband’s job requires her family to move every few years, so she chose the Department of Leadership Studies because she wanted a degree that she “could apply to a wide variety of occupations to reduce any limitations (she) found in a local job market.” Kimberly says that she has enjoyed all of her Leadership classes, but if she had to choose her favorite, it would be LDRS 670: Leadership and Personal Development as it allowed her to apply many academic principles to her own life experiences and behaviors. Kimberly added that she has “met some truly amazing and wonderful people (both instructors and fellow students) who have had a huge impact on (her) views of leadership.” Kimberly is a stay-at-home mom to two boys and she enjoys teaching yoga and Pilates, reading, knitting and gardening in her spare time.
International Student: Sui Yunting (Tiffany)
Tiffany is a junior at our partner university— Shenyang Normal University in China, where she is currently pursuing her Leadership Studies degree. She decided to become involved with the Department of Leadership Studies because she believes it will help her explore her potential, develop her talents and help her be a better leader. She also wanted to better understand collaboration, teamwork and influence. Her favorite class so far has been LDRS 480: Leadership and Team Dynamics, because it has helped her to more thoroughly understand teamwork. She enjoys the in-class activities as they have helped her better recognize team energy and personal strengths. Tiffany’s hobbies include swimming, playing badminton, singing and playing the saxophone. She is also a member of the English Club in the College of International Business.
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