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Meet the March 2013 Students of the Month

On-Campus Student: Russell J. Mortinger

Russell is a sophomore majoring in Organizational Leadership. He is originally from Hays, KS. Russell says he decided to get involved in the Department of Leadership Studies because "(his) wife knew (he) would enjoy and excel in Leadership Studies because of (his) leadership throughout a military career as an Infantry Sergeant." His favorite class is LDRS 300: Introduction to Leadership Concepts, because it allowed him to better comprehend "the concept of leadership rather than just simply leading and following." Outside of academics, Russell is involved with the Defensive Tactics Club, Army Reserves, VFW, American Legion, and volunteering. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time outside with his wife and two dogs, hosting barbeques and bonfires, working out, and preparing for the birth of his son in July.

Virtual Student: Holly Weiss

Holly is a senior majoring in English Secondary Education and pursuing a minor in Organizational Leadership. She is originally from Anthony, Kansas. She is involved on-campus as the president of Delta Zeta sorority, former president of Panhellenic council, as a member of Tigers 4 Life, Order of Omega, and Students for Concealed Carry. She is also a Student Government Association senator. Holly enjoys her involvement in philanthropy events, sisterhoods, and social events within these organizations. In her spare time, she enjoys reading books, watching movies, and attending athletic games. Holly views her minor in Organizational Leadership as beneficial to helping her succeed in potentially achieving her Masters in Higher Education and Administration. She hopes to one day work for a university in Student Affairs or Greek Life.

International Student: Xiaodong Yuan (Mohican)

Mohican is a junior majoring in Organizational Leadership. He is originally from Henan, China. Mohican chose to pursue this major because, "(he) realized that few people know how to take the responsibility to stand up and be a leader. Leadership courses help (him) to prepare for success in both personal and professional life. We can be trained to be accountable and share responsibility for social and environmental issues. (He) wants to be a person who takes part in (his) community by communicating with others toward goals that can help society." His favorite class he has taken thus far is LDRS 306: Leadership and Team Dynamics. Before taking this course, Mohican said he saw more value in working independently. Now, Mohican says, "I am able to see the benefits of a well-structured team and how to use specific tools to make a team more effective, profitable, and increase productivity. Therefore I think it is interesting to learn how to motivate team members to participate through group cohesion and positive teamwork to make a more unified and wonderful team."

Outside of class, Mohican enjoys experimenting with electrical projects. He says, "I am passionate about electricity and how it can help humans put an end to potentially harmful energy sources." He also enjoys reading A Man Out of Time by Nikola Tesla. He is also involved in Journalism Club, Bring Me Hope Charity Donation for Orphans, and Japanese Culture Club.

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