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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

785-532-6085 ph
785-532-6542 fax

Fall Building Hours

Mon-Fri | 7am to 10pm
Sat & Sun | Closed

Holiday Building Closings
Sept 2, Labor Day
Nov 28 & 29, Thanksgiving

Radina's Coffee Hours
Mon-Thurs | 7am to 6pm
Fri | 7am to 5pm

What Matters to Me and Why 

Embracing Values, Building Community

This informal lunchtime series builds and strengthens 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. 

What Matters to Me and Why encourages 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. 

Fall 2019 Lectures


The Irony of A Life in Student Life

By Dr. Thomas Lane, Vice President for Student Life & Dean of Students

Dr. Thomas Lane
Thursday, September 19, Noon to 1pm

Town Hall in the Leadership Studies Building

As a first-generation student from central Illinois who nearly failed out of college his freshman year, Dr. Thomas Lane will reflect on a twenty-five year career working in Higher Education with a diverse array of students and navigating through often difficult campus issues. In his talk, he will share personal and professional experiences that have shaped his views on leadership and serving students as well as pivotal moments that clarified values he carries with him today.

How to Attend the Lecture

Attending in person? RSVP by September 17.

Joining us by Zoom? No RSVP Required, join the lecture here.


I'm Going Home

By Dr. Be Stoney, Associate Professor, Physical and Multicultural Education

Dr. Be Stoney

Thursday, October 10, Noon to 1pm

Town Hall in the Leadership Studies Building

My talk will share the impact of returning home...how the "paths" to returning to one's home town - to past and current experiences - resurfaces familiarity and (un)common landscapes in our neighborhood and family. I'm reminded that it is where I've come from and where I have been that directly connects me to students, colleagues, and my position in life.

How to Attend the Lecture

Attending in person? RSVP by October 8.

Joining us by Zoom? No RSVP Required, join the lecture here.


Precedents, Purpose, and Paths Forward: Why History Matters to Me, and Why

By Dr. Justin Kastner, Associate Professor, Department of Diagnostic Medicine/Pathobiology

Dr. Justin Kastner

Thursday, November 14, Noon to 1pm

Town Hall in the Leadership Studies Building

In this talk, Justin Kastner will share how “looking to and learning about the past” has fueled his academic and personal development, love of learning, and service to society in his twin roles of university professor and community pastor. In addition to duly acknowledging the research and teaching value of historical scholarship, Justin will showcase how scholarly and practical crafts affiliated with history have enriched his family life, ushered in remarkable friendships, and inspired paths forward.

How to Attend the Lecture

Attending in person? RSVP by November 12.

Joining us by Zoom? No RSVP Required, join the lecture here.

Past Lectures

Provost Charles Taber, Spring 2019

Personal Responsibility for Social Justice
What individual, personal responsibility do members of a community have to promote social justice? When social injustice is rooted in history and the past behavior of others, why should I as an individual have any responsibility to do anything about it? What roles do universities have in creating a just society?

Watch Provost Taber's Lecture

View a list of additional past lectures.

This series is sponsored by the Staley School of Leadership Studies, College of Education, and College of Architecture, Planning & Design, Dow Center for Multicultural and Community Studies at K-State Libraries, College of Arts & Sciences Diversity Committee