The Loop: Newsletter for the School of Leadership Studies

Leadership Studies Opportunities/ Events


Undergraduate and graduate students at colleges and universities in the United States are invited to honor James "Rhio" O'Connor's spirit of self-determination and intellectual curiosity by writing an essay about one of the two following subjects:

Subject Choice #1

Please write an essay about how Rhio’s story inspires you and what you would do if you faced the same challenges that he faced. What steps would you take if you were given a dire cancer prognosis? How would you conduct your research and make an informed decision when choosing a treatment? Would you look beyond chemo, radiation and surgery if they had little to offer? What resources would you use to make an informed decision – friends, teachers, clinicians, researchers, other patients, libraries, etc?

Subject Choice #2

Please write an essay about cancer and our progress in preventing and treating this disease since the “War on Cancer” was announced over 41 years ago. Are we making progress in curing cancer since 1971? If so, where? Why has the incidence rates of many cancers continued to increase? Why is cancer the leading cause of death by disease in children and of adults under the age of 85? What should be done to improve progress in curing or preventing cancer? You can take any approach you feel is best. Be sure to define the problem and provide realistic solutions.

For more information and to receive a copy of the Application and Rules please visit: this website or write our Scholarship Coordinator at:


BOYS & GIRLS CLUB has eight sites around the Manhattan community, and is in need of helping hands for our before and after school programs. For all youth related degrees this would be a great experience! BUT ALL majors and backgrounds are welcome!

2 days+ & 2 hours+/per week
Build a positive relationship with 1-4 Boys & Girls Club members
20+ hour OR semester-long commitment

2 hours/week
Program-based, helping to enhance the daily programs as well as interact with the Club kids at your assigned site.
20+ hour OR semester-long commitment

Please contact:
Project/Volunteer Coordinator, Boys & Girls Club of Manhattan

  • Meals on Wheels Drivers : The Riley County Senior Center needs Meals on Wheels drivers for Fridays. Please call (785) 537-4040 to volunteer!
  • In a student organization on campus? : We have tons of projects this month that need big numbers of volunteers! Check out our April opportunities on our website.

    Check out for a complete list of volunteer opportunities and for more information on how to sign up!

Upcoming Campus Events


Student Opportunities


In December of 2011, a group of students decided to get together to initiate a new fraternity at K-State called Kappa Sigma Upsilon under the American Criminal Justice Association. The fraternity is a nationally recognized group that welcomes students who share the same interest in the field of law and justice. Students, however, must meet at least 1 of the following requirements:

  • Be a major in Criminology, Pre-Law, Law Enforcement Option for Park Management & Conservation, or other similar major
  • Has taken or will be taking at least 1 course related to law and justice
  • Have committed to community service with an agency related to criminal justice (e.g. RCPD Auxiliary, etc)

If you would be interested in applying, please fill out the attached application to this e-mail and contact our Director for Recruitment, Daniel Flores, at: to schedule an interview.

Our website is still under construction, however, the following previews will provide you a general idea of who we are and what we do:

  • James "Rhio" O'Connor Memorial Scholarship: The James "Rhio" O'Connor Memorial Scholarship Fund is offering its scholarship again this year. It is an essay contest open to all college students. The essay subject concerns cancer and the scholarships are $5,000 for first place, $2,000 for second place, and $1,000 for third place. Students can receive more information and request an application packet at this website:
  • K-State Hero Awards: Do you know an inspirational leader on the K-State campus who doesn't receive the recognition they deserve? Do you know someone who volunteers in the Manhattan and K-State community? Do you know someone who makes K-State a better place? Nominate them for a K-State Hero Award! A $500 K-State Hero Award will be awarded to 5 K-State Heroes this semester. Nominate a K-State Hero at

Kansas State University School of Leadership Studies

  • Updated: 9/17/14