Center for Civic Leadership to sponsor first-ever leadership camp for adults

Leadership for middle school and high school students has been a major focus for Fort Hays State University's Center for Civic Leadership, and now adults can get in on the fun and the training with the first-ever Leadership 101: College Camp for Adults, from June 8-10 on the university campus.

Themes for the camp include what adults in leadership roles need -- round table discussions; discussions and training in such areas as ethical leadership and creativity; Introduction to Leadership Theory; work in supervisory leadership; and workshops in leadership and personal development.

And not even an adult leadership camp would be complete without the Ropes Course where individuals and teams learn to work together in a challenging but enjoyable physical challenge.

One hour of graduate credit and two hours of undergraduate academic credit is available with the camp. Accountants may also use this experience for up to 10 continuing professional education credits.

"This is an opportunity for adults to learn leadership in a relaxed environment on the FHSU campus," said Jill Arensdorf, instructor of leadership studies at FHSU. "We hope to bring anyone interested in leadership to campus."

Cost is $179, which includes all workshops, materials and meals. The early bird deadline for registration -- which can be fulfilled online or by mail -- is May 15. Mailed registrations must be postmarked by that date. Regular registration of $199 must be postmarked by May 26. Spouse registration is $50, which covers the welcome reception, a luncheon and a dinner.

The event is sponsored by FHSU's Center for Civic Leadership and the Department of Leadership Studies.
The Web site,, has a link to printable registration forms for those who prefer the mail.

Featured speakers and presentations include:

--Introduction to Leadership Theory, presented by Arensdorf, discussing answers to the question, "Where does leadership come from?"

--Supervisory Leadership, presented by Dr. Brent Goertzen, chair of FHSU's Department of Leadership Studies, where participants can learn ways to integrate leadership into their organizations.

--Creativity, presented by Linda Ganstrom, professor of art and leader of FHSU's award winning ceramics program, who will give campers the chance to have fun and be creative in the ceramics lab.

--Dinner at Smoky Hill Country Club with keynote speaker Dr. James Forsythe, retired FHSU history professor and dean of the Graduate School.

--Leadership breakout sessions.

--Ethical Leadership, presented by Goertzen, which offers an understanding of the application of leadership theory in maintaining ethical discipline and creating ethical climates in organizations.

--Leadership and Personal Development, presented by Christie Brungardt, instructor of leadership studies, which focuses on leaders from the individual perspective with an emphasis on self-awareness, effective communication and building relationships as a basis for developing individual leadership skills.

--Round Table Discussions, in which participants will have the opportunity to reflect on what they have learned during camp and to create implementation strategies.

Through it all, participants will be able to address leadership challenges that confront them in a fun, camp atmosphere that will include hands-on activities, Hays visitor's packets with coupons, experiences in the "new" downtown Hays, lunch with the Alumni Association Board of Directors and a tour of the Memorial Union renovation.

Those who want to make the time a get-away will also have a variety of community events and attractions available: the HOG Rally Parade; the Sternberg Museum of Natural History; the recently and beautifully renovated and expanded Hays Public Library; Hays Aquatic Park; Historic Fort Hays; Gella's Diner and Liquid Bread Brewing Co. (Hays' own micro-brewery); and shopping in the Chestnut Street District in downtown Hays.

More information on these and other local attractions is available on the Web at

Contact Jill Arensdorf or Chantelle Buxton with questions at (785) 628-4303 or by e-mail to

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