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Staley School of Leadership Studies

Staley School of Leadership Studies
Kansas State University
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1300 Mid-Campus Drive N.
Manhattan, KS 66506

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What Matters to Me and Why

What Matters to Me and Why Speaker Series


This informal lunchtime series is designed to build and strengthen bonds between people who teach, learn, and work together daily, and to foster understanding of how each of us embraces our values and K-State’s Principles of Community.

The purpose of What Matters to Me and Why is to encourage reflection within the K-State community on matters of personal values, beliefs, and motivations in order to better understand the lives and inspirations of those who serve and shape the University. The presenter is encouraged to share a story of their personal journey - how they have chosen to live their life, the core values they have adopted, the personal choices they have made and lessons they have learned.


Spring 2018 Schedule

Wayne Goins
University Distinguished Professor, Professor of Music and Director of Jazz Studies
"Literacy, Legacy, and Consistency: A Director's Dilemma" 

Thursday, February 8, 2018, 12:00 noon - 1:00 pm

Town Hall, Staley School of Leadership Studies

I'm watching my life as a spectator, as I also live it as an actor in a real time drama. As time goes by, I find myself becoming more concerned with three issues that influence my personal academic, philosophical, and social agenda: Consistency; Literacy; and Legacy. What, how, and why do I deal with it?

Click here to RSVP by February 6  

Read full bio here


Peter Dorhout
Vice President for Research & Professor of Chemistry
"Cheerful Service - A Leadership Philosophy Formed on the Trail"

Thursday, March 1, 2018, 12:00 noon - 1:00 pm

Town Hall, Staley School of Leadership Studies

The ideals of Scouting and leadership have always been part of my life, even when they took a back seat during college and in my early career as a chemist, they were always on the journey with me.  I am an Eagle Scout - I use the present tense, because you earn it before you’re 18, but you live it throughout your life.  Scouting grounded me even while we moved around the country; I attended three different high schools in three different communities: urban, suburban, and small-town.  Merit badges such as camping, wilderness survival, hiking, and orienteering all taught me how to be self-sufficient, to not lose my way, and how to lead others.  I plan to lead the lunch group through my journey of leadership development, professional growth, and volunteer service, each of which has kept me company on the trail.

Click here to RSVP by February 27

Read full bio here

Pat Hudgins
Associate Director, K-State Career Center
“Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow”

Thursday, March 29, 2018, 12:00 noon - 1:00 pm

Town Hall, Staley School of Leadership Studies

I often pause when I look back with wide, open eyes of amazement, of the things I have accomplished in life, and then look forward squinting to see what the future holds. A journey never ends because there is always a road ahead, no matter which way you go. So, I choose to go and show integrity. So, I choose to go and lead the way. So, I choose to go and be a voice for the unheard. Education is power. I realized that many years ago. I grew up in Cleveland, Ohio, and the people who were part of my education there influenced me in my journey to do more and give more. I want to share nuggets of Guidance that Influence Values in Everyone. (G.I.V.E.) I will share from my foundation of faith and education my journey to become an elected official and run for Board of Education.

Click here to RSVP by March 26   

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Christy Craft 
Associate Professor, Special Education, Counseling and Student Affairs
"My Search for a Meaningful Vocation"

Thursday, April 26, 2018, 12:00 noon - 1:00 pm

Town Hall, Staley School of Leadership Studies

My story is one characterized by a deep desire to experience authenticity and meaningfulness in life, and it involves letting go of some formative ideas and identities and embracing new ones. It also involves challenges that I have faced, and opportunities that I have gained, as I have tried to more fully understand and experience the intersection of three salient dimensions of my identity: family, work, and faith. I invite you to listen as I share some of the experiences that I have had and the insights that I have gained so far.

Click here to RSVP by April 23   

Read full bio here 

Fall 2017 Schedule

Tim de Noble
Professor and Dean, College of Architecture Planning & Design

Tim de Noble

"The Limitations of Limits"

September 14, 2017, noon - 1 p.m.
Town Hall, Staley School of Leadership Studies

I have been blessed to have an older sister and ‘brother-in-law’ with Cerebral Palsy who together have shaped my private and professional lives. Through them I have witnessed great individual strength and determination, fearless love, and humanity revealed, not just in their actions, but in those that recognized and celebrated their indomitable spirits. Both Beth and Phil have passed in recent years, but their impact on me and on their community of Santa Barbara, California continues. My story is their story - and I hope it will also impact those who hear it.

RSVP by Monday, September 11!

Read Mr. de Noble’s full bio!


Dr. Soumia Bardhan
Assistant Professor and Director of Global Communication Initiatives, Communication Studies
BardhanFinding My Indian “Self” to Represent the “Other” in Western Academia

October 12, 2017, noon - 1 p.m.
Town Hall, Staley School of Leadership Studies

It's been more than sixty years since India’s independence from British rule, partition with Pakistan, and the Hindu-Muslim sectarian violence that accompanied it. Yet, in the last few decades observers have been exposed, more than ever, to the religious fault lines that divide India. As a Hindu raised in post-partition India, with a social justice agenda in examining Muslim cultures and the diversity of discourses and practices within Islam, I often encounter the questions: Are you Muslim? As an Indian-Hindu, whose voice do you represent through your scholarly endeavors? In the historical backdrop of the Hindu-Muslim tension in the Indian subcontinent, how do you define/understand social justice and who/what do you seek it for? Working within a West-centric academic paradigm, I have been invested in challenging the absence of diverse portrayals of non-Western/marginalized communities in Western academia. In the wake of these questions and concerns, I have often considered the challenges of addressing my role as a scholar/teacher accessing and representing the life worlds of groups that are marginalized and groups I do not belong to. I invite you to my journey of self-introspection—how I consciously understand my experiences/identity(ies), utilize my experiential Indian “self” to inform my scholarship/teaching, and endeavor to credibly represent marginalization and the Muslim “Other” in Western academia.

RSVP by Monday, October 9!

Read Dr. Bardhan’s full bio!


Professor Jerry Jay Cranford
Acting/Directing/Movement, Department of Theatre


"From Small Town to Broadway and Back Again"

November 9, 2017, noon - 1 p.m.
Town Hall, Staley School of Leadership Studies

Raised in rural Oklahoma, musical theatre somehow became instrumental in my life. With the guidance of some amazing teachers, I became an actor.  This led me to a career in theatre, performing on Broadway and all over the world with artists such as Sutton Foster, Lea Salonga, Colm Wilkinson, Norm Lewis, Julia Murney, John Tartaglia and the stars of the Lawrence Welk Show. As a director and choreographer, I have been fortunate to work across the United States and Canada collaborating last summer with DreamWorks Studios on a new musical. Join me to discuss the pathway and values that led me through a field of constant rejection, huge weight loss, friends lost to drugs and alcohol, coming out of the closet, marriage, children, graduate school later in life and a transition to teaching. There are so many things I would tell my college-aged self but I can't so I'll share it with you!

RSVP by Monday November 6!

Read Professor Cranford’s full bio!


This series is sponsored by the Staley School of Leadership Studies, K-State’s College of Education, and The President’s Committee on Religion.