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Taking Leadership to the Legislature will showcase student projects in Capitol

Monday, April 03, 2017

LAWRENCE – Students from universities across the state will demonstrate how they have applied leadership skills to create change in Kansas communities during the inaugural Taking Leadership to the Legislature event, hosted by the University of Kansas Institute for Leadership Studies. 

Hosted at the Capitol on Tuesday, April 4, the new event is an opportunity to celebrate and showcase the broad effect of leadership studies throughout the state. Legislators, Capitol staff and the public are invited to view the projects and interact with students from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the first-floor rotunda.

KU students will be joined by students from other Kansas universities: Emporia State University, Fort Hays State University, Kansas State University and Washburn University.

Tim Aspleaf, a senior from Overland Park majoring in political science and minoring in leadership studies, coordinated the event as a year-long independent study project.

For more information on the event, contact the Institute for Leadership Studies at leadershipstudies@ku.edu.

Nearly 25 projects will be on display. The students participating and their hometowns are as follows:

Emporia State University

  • Kay Andrews, Holton
  • Katie Barnhart, Olpe
  • Paul Reichenberger, Wichita
  • Jessy Schriefer, Paola
  • Justin Turner, Phillipsburg

Fort Hays State University

  • Ella Ingram, Colorado Springs, Colorado
  • Kayla Reid, Lyons
  • Shelby Stewart, Hill City
  • Payton Strecker, Spearville
  • Naomi Tenbrink, Spearville

Kansas State University

  • Maxwell Braasch, Prairie Village
  • Patrick Kenney, Manhattan
  • Emily Polston, Olathe
  • Emily Swan, Roswell, Georgia

University of Kansas

  • Tim Aspleaf, Overland Park
  • Mary Joyce, Leawood
  • Adam Klecan, Topeka
  • Laura Metz, Prairie Village
  • Jacquelyn Null, Medicine Park, Oklahoma

Washburn University

  • Sarah Edelman, Sabetha
  • Ryan Kelly, Topeka
  • Marissa Meis, Topeka
  • Katelyn Rollins, Topeka.

The Institute for Leadership Studies at KU practices the concept of leadership as a process rather than as a position of authority. The leadership studies minor has taught this approach, known as adaptive leadership, to hundreds of students over the past decade. It is part of the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences.