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Spring 2013 Leadership News

Students learn global leadership

LDRS 600: Seminar in Organizational Leadership: Global Leadership, is an upper-division, interdisciplinary course introducing students to the emerging field of global leadership. Students gain an understanding of global leadership and social responsibility by participating in various service-learning projects throughout the semester. This spring semester, the LDRS 600 students completed service-learning projects addressing global issues including immigration and the DREAM Act, food waste in the United States and throughout the world, addressing poverty through the lens of world religions, and fund-raising for FHSU's annual Numana food packaging event. After completing these projects, students presented a formal presentation and wrote a personal reflection paper discussing their applied learning in global leadership.

LDRS 600: Seminar in Organizational Leadership: Global Leadership is an elective course in the Department of Leadership Studies and the capstone course for the Certificate in Global Leadership. For more information about the Global Leadership Certificate, contact

Men of Merit

Congratulations to Dr. Justin Greenleaf, Assistant Professor of Leadership Studies, and Organizational Leadership majors, Josh Doak, senior, and Tre' Giles, sophomore, who were recently named 2012-13 Men of Merit. The FHSU Men of Merit award recognizes men who positively define masculinity through challenging norms, taking action, and leading by example, while making outstanding contributions to FHSU and/or the community. Join us in congratulating these men on this well-deserved honor. Please visit for more information about this award.

Congratulations to Dr. LeAnn Brown

Congratulations to Dr. LeAnn Brown for successfully completing her Ph.D. in Global Leadership with a concentration in Organizational Management. She completed her Ph.D. through Indiana Tech in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The title of LeAnn's dissertation was The Experiences and Perceptions of Leader-Managers: A Human Resources Study on Leadership-Management Selection, Development, and Practices in State-Owned Enterprises in China. We are proud of you, Dr. Brown, and congratulations on this achievement!

Washburn Leadership Challenge Event

Leadership Challenge EventFive FHSU students participated in the Washburn Leadership Challenge Event in Topeka, KS on March 7-8, 2013. The FHSU team included Emily Goad, junior in Organizational Leadership, Trevor Henningsen, freshman in Organizational Leadership, Alyssa Peppiatt, junior in Organizational Leadership, Megan Rinkenbaugh junior in Organizational Leadership, and Michaela Sasse, freshman in Biology. The students had the opportunity to attend a conference on Thursday which featured guest speakers Kim Borchers, Director of Appointments, Jason Kander, Missouri Secretary of State, and David Kensinger, Governor Brownback's Chief of Staff. On Friday, 140 students spent 8 hours in an invigorating competition. Each team member was assigned a role as part of a political campaign. Throughout the day, they would encounter different challenges as they would experience in reality with that leadership position. They met with community leaders and opposing teams to gather essential information. The students were evaluated on individual work, team collaboration, and role-playing exercises. The team was advised by the Department of Leadership Studies faculty members Seth Kastle and Brett Whitaker.

L3 goes to Topeka

Students in the L3- Live. Learn. Lead. learning community traveled to Topeka, KS on March 7-8, 2013 to spend time in service and learning. Thursday was spent at the Topeka Rescue Mission serving meals, cleaning, touring the facilities, and working in the Hope and Distribution Centers. On Friday, the group toured the Kansas Capitol building, met with Representative Sue Boldra, and sat in on the House legislative session. It was an extremely rewarding trip for the students and faculty sponsors. Among the L3 students attending were Devin Burghart-Martin, Alissa Williford, Elizabeth Scherbarth, Kelsie Erlenbusch, Danielle Herl, Jessi Haulman, Reyna Rodriguez, Ali Sedbrook, Deleon Stephen, Austin Koeller, Devonte Brock. Faculty sponsors were Jill Arensdorf, Justin Greenleaf, and Brett Bruner.


FHSU students participate in Model UN

Nineteen FHSU students participated in the Midwest Model United Nations in St. Louis, Mo. February 20-23, 2013. Three FHSU students won awards at this year's conference. Seth Bailey, Senior, Organizational Leadership major, and Tyler Hayes, Senior Organizational Leadership major received "Outstanding Delegation Honorable Mention" representing Australia in the Economic and Social Council Plenary. Jacob Kessler, Senior, Political Science major, won "Outstanding Delegation Award" and "Delegates Choice Award" representing India in the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice committee. The students attended 37.5 hours of meetings over a 3 day period. Thank you to Leadership Studies faculty members Dr. Curt Brungardt and Mr. Brett Whitaker for preparing the students for this experience.

Brungardts' Recognized by Kansas State University

BrungardtsDrs. Curt and Christie Brungardt, both FHSU Leadership Studies professors, were recently named as 2013 K-State Alumni Association Fellows. They were chosen to receive this award from the K-State College of Education alumni.

According to the website, The K-State Alumni Fellows Program is sponsored by the Dean's Council, the President's Office and the Alumni Association. The program recognizes alumni who have distinguished themselves in their careers. The 2013 Alumni Fellows will visit the K-State campus on February 20-22, 2013.

Congratulations Curt and Christie on this incredible honor. We are proud of you!


LDRS Faculty publish

Congratulations to Leadership Studies faculty members Ms. LeAnn Brown, Dr. Curtis Brungardt, Dr. Brent Goertzen, and Mr. Brett Whitaker on their recently published scholarly work in three peer-reviewed journals.

Brown, L.M., Whitaker, B.L., Brungardt, C.L. (July 2012). A proposed framework for global leadership education: Learning objectives and curricula. Journal of Leadership Education 11(2), 214-225.

Brown, L.M. (July 2012). Two dimensional model of leadership: Integrating transformational leadership and learning culture to generate innovation in organizations. Nonprofit Digest: The Journal of Innovation for Nonprofit Leaders and Scholars 2(2), 23-42.

Goertzen, B.J. (2013). Assessment adrift: Review of the current state of assessment of academically based leadership education programs. Journal of Leadership Studies 6(3), 55-60.

LDRS 310 in the News

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
Bark for Life
Elementary students help with project

Fall 2012 Deans Honor Roll

Congratulations to the following Fort Hays State University LDRS students. They have been named to the Deans Honor Roll for the fall 2012 semester.

  • Seth Bailey
  • Melissa Bush
  • Kari Castor
  • Kendra Clark
  • Joshua Doak
  • Laura Dougherty
  • Tyler Hayes
  • Kate Kill
  • Jennifer Lester
  • Tyson Miller
  • Lauryn Morstorf
  • Russell Mortinger
  • Derik Newell
  • Regan Ochs
  • Kyle Sramek
  • Paul Stevens
  • Brittany Wade
  • Shelbi Wiles
  • Morgan Wilk
  • Jiaqi Zhang
  • Heran Zhao
  • Sijia Zhou
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