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Meet the February 2015 Students of the Month

On-Campus Student: Whitney Swender

Whitney is a senior from Garden City working towards a major in Leadership Studies. Whitney first became involved with the department because the faculty and staff made her feel welcome. She also liked the fact that Leadership Studies is applicable to any coursework and work situation, as well as family, life, and employment. So far her favorite Leadership classes have been Women in Leadership and Civic Leadership. Both classes have been instrumental in Whitney's understanding of what Leadership represents. Because of her classwork, she has a greater appreciation for the many challenges that individuals serve when placed in Leadership positions. Outside of the classroom, Whitney likes to attend Encounter and FHSU exercise classes, spend time with family and friends, play intramural sports, as well as play golf. She is a former FHSU cheerleader and is also involved with Big Brothers Big Sisters.

Virtual Student: Jerry Yates

Jerry is a second year General Studies major from Springfield, Missouri. He is a returning student in the Virtual College and is currently pursuing a certificate in Leadership Studies. Jerry got involved with the Department of Leadership Studies by searching for available online degrees with Fort Hays and thought a Leadership Studies certificate would be a valuable thing to have. As he read about former students in the department, he saw a lot of himself in them. Careers they had included ministers, HR managers, and retail managers. At one point or another Jerry has had all of these jobs. At the moment he is employed as an Accounting Office Associate at a Wal-Mart, and is next in line to be interviewed for one of twenty Human Resource Manager Positions. He hopes the leadership class he is currently taking will help him become a successful leader. He likes the class because it challenges what he previously thought about leadership. In his free time, Jerry likes to play the guitar, write poetry, and carve wooden figures, canes, and plaques. He also likes to draw cartoons and portraits. He even wrote a book last summer titled Growing in Gracing. Jerry says it is about "the need for individuals to grow in showing unconditional love, and ways of making that a part of our daily lives.

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