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K-State Today Student Edition

March 11, 2013

Challenge accepted: Student leaders gather at retreat for intensive development experience

By Communications and Marketing

Developing leaders at Kansas State University challenged their skills this month with a retreat at Rock Springs 4-H camp near Junction City.

Wildcat Leadership Challenge was a four-day intensive leadership development experience sponsored by the School of Leadership Studies, Student Governing Association and Payless ShoeSource. The students -- who hail from across the state, the country and around the world -- met in both large and small groups to discuss issues of personal strengths, diversity and inclusion, and adaptive leadership. The students created action plans for exercising leadership through positive social change on the Kansas State University campus and in the community. Students also created focus groups around the areas of student engagement, Greek life, academic advising, diversity, sustainability, and communications and marketing.

Participating students included:

Kimberly Gerstner, junior in hotel and restaurant management, and Austin Scheideman, sophomore in mechanical engineering; both from Colby; Beth Reichenberger, junior in political science, De Soto; Magen Witcher, junior in pre-professional elementary education, Elkhart.

From Greater Kansas City: Morgan Denton, freshman in environmental design, Leawood; Shai Washington, freshman in political science, Lenexa; Austin Bergeron, junior in milling science and management, Nicholas Rohrbaugh, sophomore in management, and John Rosa, sophomore in chemistry, all of Olathe; James Geary, senior in management; and Felicia Walker, sophomore in animal sciences and industry; both from Overland Park; and Alyne Roemerman, sophomore in dietetics, Shawnee.

Kristen Graham, sophomore in pre-psychology, Junction City.

From Manhattan: Samantha Cox, junior in pre-professional elementary education; Corey Kidd, sophomore in arts and sciences-open option; and Pedro Miller, master's student in counseling and student development.

Landon Leiker, sophomore in pre-professional secondary education, Marion; Jared Marcuson, senior in pre-professional secondary education, Oberlin; Drew Ewing, freshman in industrial engineering, Spring Hill; Jodi Roberts, junior in milling science and management, Topeka; John Tyler Seitz, sophomore in life sciences, Winfield; and Nicole Armbrister, junior in animal sciences and industry, Zurich.

From out of state: Kaley Oldani, master's student in civil engineering, Dublin, Calif.; Adrienne Besler, junior in elementary education, Evergreen, Colo.; Sara Joyce, freshman in chemistry, Land O' Lakes, Fla.;Taylor Poindexter, junior in kinesiology, Chicago, Ill.; and Brett Herder, freshman in biology, Lee's Summit, Mo.

From out of country: Qingling "Kelly" Li, junior in food science and industry, and Yuming Li, senior in marketing, both from China; Prakarsh Tiwari, master's student in industrial engineering, India; Belema Iyo, junior in pre-journalism and mass communications, Nigeria; and Gerald Mashange, sophomore in mathematics, Zimbabwe.