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.
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Dr. Gregory Eiselein, Donnelly Professor of English and University Distinguished Teaching Scholar, director of K-State First
Squad Goals: This presentation is about the joys (and struggles, but mostly joys) of working with others. We know that learning is social and that social learning environments work better than isolated or individualistic ones. In what ways is the same true of work? If our best work is done collaboratively, how do we support and coordinate with each other, and just plain get along in the ways most likely to achieve collective goals? One of the keys may be sharing what matters most to us and why, thinking through the principles that guide and motivate our work and writing out the unwritten rules of a #modeloffice.
Noon-1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 12
RSVP by Nov. 11 for the Zoom link
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Dr. Debra Bolton, director, Intercultural Learning and Academic Success
Life-Long Learning to Find Common Ground: My father used to tell me, "Know something about everything and everything about something, and you will always be able to find common ground with another person." In this talk, I will describe my penchant for music, literature, geography, art, and people, which inform my work in intercultural development.
Noon-1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25
RSVP by Feb. 24 for the Zoom link
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Chief Ronnie Grice, assistant vice president, Division of Public Safety
Dr. Cheryl Grice, director of strategic relations
Chief Grice and Dr. Grice will share some of the life lessons they found to be the most inspiring on their journeys thus far in life. Personal and professional experiences work together to shape a person's and a couple's views on leadership. Hear how managing change, balancing work and family life, serving others and facing pivotal moments have enriched both of their careers and their family life.
Noon-1 p.m. Thursday, April 15
RSVP by April 14 for the Zoom link
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 and Design, Dow Center for Multicultural and Community Studies at K-State Libraries, College of Arts and Sciences Diversity Committee