1. K-State home
  2. »Staley School of Leadership Studies
  3. »Special Events
  4. »Spirit of Leadership

Staley School of Leadership Studies

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

785-532-6542 fax

Summer Building Hours

Monday - Friday
7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 

Saturday - Sunday


28 May, Memorial Day
4 July, Independence Day

Radina's Hours

Monday - Friday
7:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. 

Saturday - Sunday

2 - 6 July

Join us September 28-29th, 2018! 

Spirit of Leadership

We invite you to join us for our 8th annual Spirit of Leadership on Friday, September 28thCelebrate with us on campus to connect with current students, faculty, former classmates, and friends of Leadership Studies. If you have not been back to join us for this event, this is the year!

6:30 p.m. Social with hors d'oeuvres and drinks/hosted bar

7:30 p.m. A short program in Town Hall with social following

Cost to attend is $20 per person

Spirit of Leadership

Tailgate at Cat Town

Tailgate at Cat Town with Leadership Studies prior to the K-State vs. Texas football game! Before kickoff, stop by our tent to mingle with Leadership alumni free of charge. RSVP for a Cox BBQ buffet available for $15 per person. Discounted group football tickets available — see below.

 Spirit of Leadership Tailgate

Spirit of Leadership Tailgate

Registration will be available in late June.

Need football tickets? Purchase a discounted group ticket:

K-State vs Texas
Saturday, September 29th, at Bill Snyder Family Stadium
$45 Tickets 
Tickets will be on sale between July 13-August 11

Staying the night? A block of rooms have been held at the following hotels:

The Bluemont Hotel:

1212 Bluemont Avenue
Manhattan, KS 66502
(785) 473-7091 – Ask for group: Spirit of Leadership block (must call to reserve in block)
$269/night – no minimum stay (breakfast included)
Reservations due by August 28

The Parkwood Inn & Suites:

505 S. 17th St.
Manhattan, KS 66502
(785) 320-5440 – Ask for group: Spirit of Leadership #2231 (must call to reserve in block)
$169.95/night – minimum two nights stay (breakfast included)
Reservations due by August 31

See more Manhattan hotel options here.

Questions: Contact Tamara at tamara@ksu.edu or 785-6085

Check out photos from past events:

Photos from 2016 Spirit of Leadership

Photos from 2015 Spirit of Leadership

Photos from 2014 Spirit of Leadership

Photos from 2013 Spirit of Leadership

Photos from 2012 Spirit of Leadership

Photos from 2011 Spirit of Leadership

Why come back?

"The Spirit of Leadership is the one time each year that I get to reconnect with mentors and peers who are making their mark on our world. I always come away with fresh ideas, inspiration, and lots of laughs." –Shawna Peters, Class of 2012


"Coming back for the Spirit of Leadership allows us to not only re-connect with friends and network with colleagues, but to recharge our motivations through the inspiration of our peers" -Michael Ellis, Class of 2012


"I go back because SLSS was foundational in my current success. Spirit of Leadership is like a family reunion. I go back to thank my moms and to meet my cousins. I will always give back to my family." -Ariel Anib, Class of 2012

why come back? why come back 2?