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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

Building Hours

8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Radina's Coffeehouse & Roastery
Closed until further notice.

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 2020


 Ellyn Mulcahy 

Ellyn R. Mulcahy, Ph.D., MPH, director of the Master of Public Health Program and associate professor, Diagnostic Medicine and Pathobiology

Talking about...
Dr. Mulcahy was born and grew up in Ireland. She was immersed in family, attachment to person and place, and tradition. Her education, even though it was what she would describe as a typical and traditional pathway in today’s world, continues to open up ideas, experiences, and new horizons. Dr. Mulcahy will share how she blends old and new traditions in her current life, how adaptability and resilience have not only been key personality traits but necessary, and how her life experiences have helped her work alongside her students. Dr. Mulcahy will talk about her role in public health, public health challenges, and how we can move public health and education forward.

Noon-1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 29
RSVP by Oct. 28 for the Zoom link


Greg Eislein 

Dr. Gregory Eiselein, Donnelly Professor of English and University Distinguished Teaching Scholar, director of K-State First

Talking about...
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


Spring 2021


Debra Bolton  

Dr. Debra Bolton, director, Intercultural Learning and Academic Success

Talking about...
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


 Ronnie and Cheryl Grice 

Chief Ronnie Grice, assistant vice president, Division of Public Safety
Dr. Cheryl Grice, director of strategic relations

Talking about...
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


Past Lectures

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