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Meet the November 2012 Students of the Month

On-Campus Student: Nicole Walz

Nicole is a senior majoring in Organizational Leadership and will begin her MLS in Organizational Leadership in January. After transferring to Fort Hays State University, she began exploring many different majors. Nicole changed her major to Leadership Studies after taking an online class. Nicole works as an administrative assistant for the Center for Civic Leadership. She has been a member of Leadership Studies Association for the last two years and is actively involved in Jana's Campaign, Inc. Nicole's involvement in Jana's Campaign allowed her to gain insight of the challenges presented in nonprofit organizations. Her favorite leadership class is LDRS 640: Principles of Civic Leadership. Nicole said, "The class allowed me to find an extreme passion and motivation within myself and examine the bigger picture, as well as realize my own purpose." In her spare time, she enjoys visiting family, traveling, and training for a half marathon.

Virtual Student: Laura Heisler

Laura Heisler is an online student from Topeka, Kansas. Her current major is General Studies. She is working toward her Leadership Studies Certificate. She chose to pursue the Leadership Certificate to develop greater career options. Laura said, "During my work years I think the role of leader has taken a back seat to being a follower. Studying leadership is a step in the right direction to becoming a higher-quality and informed leader." One of her favorite leadership classes is LDRS 300: Introduction to Leadership Concepts. One of her required class readings was Coach K's book which included college sports stories. Laura said that she "would admit the final project of reading and reporting on Coach K's book was so enjoyable it didn't feel like an assignment at all." Laura is a pre-school teacher and takes nine credit hours online every semester. In her spare time, she enjoys creating jewelry.

International Student: Yan Lijia (Apple)

It is Apple's first year at Fort Hays State University. She is majoring in finance. Apple is originally from Zhumadian City Henan Province, China. She chose to get involved with the Department of Leadership Studies because she says that "it is valuable for me to learn and can help me to know the history of leadership and teach me to become a better leader." Her favorite leadership class is LDRS 300: Introduction to Leadership Concepts. Apple said, "My teacher is a very kind and patient person that always helps us when we have problems with new words we cannot understand." In her spare time, Apple enjoys learning to play guitar and is taking a jazz dance class. She is also an active member of the Student Government Association.

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