Hardin-Simmons University Leadership Studies Program

Hardin-Simmons University Leadership Studies Program The Leadership Studies Program at Hardin-Simmons University is a multi-disciplinary academic minor in the Cynthia Ann Parker College of Liberal Arts.
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The Leadership Studies Program at Hardin-Simmons University is a multi-disciplinary academic minor with students and faculty from all areas of campus. All organizations throughout society need vibrant and effective leadership. They require leaders who have the insight to identify opportunities and threats and the abilities to rally others around them in pursuit of a common cause. Leadership studies students study the rules, principles, and theories of leadership in a diverse set of academic courses. From traditional management and organization theory to entrepreneurship and venture creation, students are exposed to many of the same concepts that are taught in business schools and touted by business consultants. In addition, leadership studies students also examine the concepts of leadership, teamwork, and organization from a liberal arts perspective. Leadership in theatre, critical thinking and problem solving, ethics, leadership in film, great leaders of history, cults and charismatic leaders, and quantitative analysis classes help introduce core concepts in different ways. Leadership studies students practice developing leadership and organization skills in a number of workshop and skills classes. Skill-based courses include model united nations, creativity, outdoor leadership, leading teams, and a variety of leadership workshop and travel classes. Students also develop skills and confidence through a variety of out-of-class and extracurricular activities.

FB memory from one year ago.  For those of us who share these experiences, the thought of taking traditional, in-class, ...
11/11/2019

FB memory from one year ago. For those of us who share these experiences, the thought of taking traditional, in-class, lecture-and-textbook classes is intolerable. This is better! This is what we do. Break free from the Matrix and see for yourself.

An announcement in today’s Chronicle of Higher Education for a groundbreaking new pedagogy to prepare students for the...
11/08/2019

An announcement in today’s Chronicle of Higher Education for a groundbreaking new pedagogy to prepare students for the future. We’ve been groundbreaking for years!!! This is one more piece of evidence that should convince everyone to come experience what we have to offer.

11/08/2019
Katy Trail - HSU Leadership Studies Program

Ran across a Katy Trail video online this morning and it reminded me of our wonderful week-long adventure. We will be on our January ride in two months. Hoping that we have interest in a summer ride before going to Ireland.

https://youtu.be/af4bRrYpriU

Bike ride by students in the Leadership Studies Program at Hardin-Simmons University from Kansas border to Mississippi River along the Katy Trail (and beyond...

11/04/2019

When we grade, “exceptional” means better than good—it is the top performance category. The students who wrote, organized, and put on the conference did an EXCEPTIONAL job. The participants, who gave up a good chunk of their weekend, were also EXCEPTIONAL—they invested their precious time to go above and beyond the ordinary. Kudos to everyone!!!

Parks and Rec. awards.

11/04/2019

When we grade, “exceptional” means better than good—it is the top performance category. The students who wrote, organized, and put on the conference did an EXCEPTIONAL job. The participants, who gave up a good chunk of their weekend, were also EXCEPTIONAL—they invested their precious time to go above and beyond the ordinary. Kudos to everyone!!!

Continental Congress Awards.

TCS3 is just about to get started.  Registration, training session, opening ceremony, and dinner break are finished (alm...
11/01/2019

TCS3 is just about to get started. Registration, training session, opening ceremony, and dinner break are finished (almost) and Session 1 is about to roll.

Had a fun night serving at the FBC Trunk or Treat event tonight.  Appreciative for so many students coming out to help!
10/31/2019

Had a fun night serving at the FBC Trunk or Treat event tonight. Appreciative for so many students coming out to help!

Our weekend retreat once again reinforced to me the value of learning beyond the classroom.  We are so much more than le...
10/30/2019

Our weekend retreat once again reinforced to me the value of learning beyond the classroom. We are so much more than lectures and textbooks. Try one of our classes next semester and see for yourself.

Foundations students had a WONDERFUL Fall Break weekend practicing the skills that we study in class at Big Country Bapt...
10/29/2019

Foundations students had a WONDERFUL Fall Break weekend practicing the skills that we study in class at Big Country Baptist Assembly. This experience is now part of this course—we will do it again next semester. Videos are coming!

10/21/2019
Bike Ride Across Texas Documentary

BRAT documentary video made by Art students for their video production class assignment. Forgive the overabundance of hair--it has since been tamed. :-)

Finally got a story written about our MUN experience last month.  We are now two weeks to Texas Crisis Simulation 3.
10/21/2019
Model United Nation Team represents HSU at first Dallas-Fort Worth Model United Nations conference | Hardin-Simmons University

Finally got a story written about our MUN experience last month. We are now two weeks to Texas Crisis Simulation 3.

On Sept. 21, the Hardin-Simmons Leadership Program’s Model United Nations team attended the Dallas-Fort Worth Model United Nations conference at UT Dallas. Two HSU students returned to campus having received individual honors, and the entire team represented Hardin-Simmons with excellent problem-s...

Today is our commitment and planning meeting for this summer's study abroad adventure on the Emerald Isle!
10/18/2019

Today is our commitment and planning meeting for this summer's study abroad adventure on the Emerald Isle!

Super proud of these BRAT8 cyclists for giving up their Saturday morning to put in 31.2 tough miles to Albany.  Hard wor...
10/13/2019

Super proud of these BRAT8 cyclists for giving up their Saturday morning to put in 31.2 tough miles to Albany. Hard work, dedication, sacrifice, determination, and team work are the ingredients of success.

Good training ride tonight.  Getting longer and stronger.  Riding tomorrow and Saturday as well.  BRAT8!
10/10/2019

Good training ride tonight. Getting longer and stronger. Riding tomorrow and Saturday as well. BRAT8!

We are looking for students who want to do something extraordinary with their higher education.  Join us next semester!
10/04/2019

We are looking for students who want to do something extraordinary with their higher education. Join us next semester!

10/03/2019

Our January “Red River to Rio Grande” ride is shaping up to be our most participated-in ride to date. With veterans and newbies, BRAT8 is shaping up to be another wonderful adventure. #livelifelikecooper

We watched this today in our Model United Nations class while studying the founding and principles of the United Nations...
10/01/2019
Definition of Human Rights Video | What Are Human Rights? : United for Human Rights

We watched this today in our Model United Nations class while studying the founding and principles of the United Nations. We watched this with a sense of conviction and calling for action rather than just for information. There are exciting things in the works through our program--and these issues reside at the core of what's happening. :-)

https://www.humanrights.com/what-are-human-rights/

Watch video and learn the definition of , which you are entitled by virtue of being human. Learn more about the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the actions you can take to defend them and bring awareness.

09/23/2019

We are hoping to bring back something from our past (which we were very good at doing) to help our students of the future. Besides being a really good thing to do, it will give LDSP students access to career and internship opportunities with some of the biggest companies in the world. Stay tuned!

Some people go through life looking for the path of least resistance. Others seek out challenge and things more difficul...
09/22/2019

Some people go through life looking for the path of least resistance. Others seek out challenge and things more difficult. This group stepped up and did something extraordinary. We had a tremendous experience at DFW MUN. All were superb—and Alex Hudson was named Distinguished Delegate in the Security Council and Noah Jones was named Outstanding Delegate in the General Assembly. Super proud of the whole team for taking the difficult and better path!

09/21/2019

We are at UT-Dallas participating in the DFW Model United Nations Conference. Leadership Studies people taking the lead in an unmoderated caucus in General Assembly.

We are thankful for the support of the Hemphill family.  Congratulations!
09/19/2019

We are thankful for the support of the Hemphill family. Congratulations!

John J. Keeter, Jr. Alumni Service Award
Congratulations to Hilton Hemphill class of 1963! Hemphill graduated magna cm laude from HSU with a Bachelor of Arts in economics. He then earned a Master of Business Administration from Columbia University and married Carolyn Armstrong whom he met at HSU. He and his late wife, Carolyn, generously supported the university for many years, supporting myriad causes ranging from capital projects, to football, to custom HSU Bibles for new students. They established endowments for scholarships, athletic programs and the Leadership Studies program.

“A dream doesn't become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work.”  - Colin Powell
09/19/2019

“A dream doesn't become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work.” - Colin Powell

09/17/2019
The United Nations Sustainable Development Summit: 17 Goals to Transform Our World

There are so many points of connection between this video and what we do through the Leadership Studies Program (I'm typing as MUN students are coming in for class). We are hoping for big announcements about these connections in weeks to come.

United Nations: In 2015, 193 United Nations member countries adopted a new sustainable development agenda and global agreement on climate change. Now, at the...

09/17/2019
We are Enactus

“A management and social entrepreneurship program, heavy on experience-based education, with a multi-disciplinary and liberal arts perspective.” That’s how I describe our program to interested others in as few words as possible. We also emphasize the development of the “soft skills” needed by leaders in all types of organizations.

We plan to bring back an Enactus program (formerly SIFE) to our LDSP students. We had a very successful SIFE program for eight years. The service opportunities, experience- and resume-building activities, and connections to the more than 160 corporations that support and hire Enactus students is one more reason to join us in the Leadership Studies Program at HSU.

https://youtu.be/OT9bSTns4Q0

We believe investing in students who take entrepreneurial action for others creates a better world for us all.

09/11/2019
HSU Leadership Bike Ride Across Texas 7

We have a full team of cyclists for a January ride. Planning to honor Cooper again with this year’s adventure.

https://youtu.be/6LvAmWcowdw

Bike Ride from Abilene to Quintana Beach, TX in January 2019 to honor the memory of Cooper Potts--who died in an ATV accident September 2, 2018. The ride was...

09/06/2019
Tourism Ireland

The students have spoken. We are off to Ireland 🇮🇪 this summer! Time to get planning.

Traveling to Ireland? Here are 10 hacks you need to know ☘️

Who’s in?
09/04/2019
Leadership Director Plans Ireland Study Abroad Trip | Hardin-Simmons University

Who’s in?

Dr. Coleman Patterson, director of the leadership studies program and professor of management and leadership, traveled to Ireland this summer for sabbatical and to explore opportunities for study abroad trips. He plans to return next summer with a group of students for a Cross-Cultural Leadership co...

09/04/2019
HSU Leadership Studies Program - Study Abroad in Vienna 2016

Words from our 2016 LDSP students about the benefits of summer study abroad in Austria. Are we heading back this summer? We will talk about it in this week’s Late Night. All HSU undergraduates are welcome!

Video produced by Hardin-Simmons University to describe study abroad experience with students in the Leadership Studies Program.

08/30/2019
Bike Ride Across Texas 1 - 8 Music Videos

The new year is up and rolling. We have our first information and interest meeting tomorrow at noon for upcoming long-distance bike rides. We’re excited to see who will respond to the call for this adventure of a lifetime.

Compilation of recap videos from our first eight bike rides. Rides are organized and executed by students in the Leadership Studies Program at Hardin-Simmons...

We have a new YouTube channel.  Check out our videos and those in our specialized playlists.  Subscribe and keep up with...
08/22/2019
HSU Leadership Studies

We have a new YouTube channel. Check out our videos and those in our specialized playlists. Subscribe and keep up with our adventures.

A new year is upon us and many great experiences await.  Join us and get the most out of your college experience.
08/22/2019

A new year is upon us and many great experiences await. Join us and get the most out of your college experience.

08/19/2019
Leadership Studies Highlights

Reject ordinary. Our classes and opportunities are available to all HSU students. Stop by 107 Skiles to get involved. Don’t miss out.

Memories from some of our recent “beyond the classroom” adventures. Included are clips from Vienna, four bike rides, New York City, and presidential library visits.
#stampede2019 #going2hsu #hardinsimmons #hsuleadership #hsulife

07/28/2019
Ireland Summer 2019

My kids were 6, 4, and 1 when I became director of the Leadership Studies Program. They have grown up participating in program activities and travels and interacting with LDSP students. Their personalities and ways of understanding the world have been shaped by the opportunities provided by our program and students.

We were fortunate to explore Ireland together as a family this summer as part of a sabbatical to discover places to study and visit on future study abroad adventures with HSU students. Here’s a short look at some of the things seen and adventures to come.

A solemn lesson from Vienna.
07/25/2019

A solemn lesson from Vienna.

We had a more solemn morning exploring monuments from a very dark period in Vienna’s history. Adolph Hitler, when he was about the age of our students, lived in Vienna. It was here that his warped philosophy of hate and bigotry started to take form (see Mein Kampf, Chapter 2). The apartment he lived in during those early years is about two-thirds of a mile from our dorm. He walked the same streets that we’ve walked in the past 12 days.

We walked to his apartment building this morning and took note of brass plaques on the sidewalks in our neighborhood. They represent the Jewish residents who were evicted from their apartments and deported—many to concentration camps. One source that I found said that “In total, 950 Jews from the Neubau District fell victim to annihilation.”

We stopped by the Academy of Fine Arts, where Hitler was twice rejected admission, and visited a memorial to the Jews under Nazi control and a memorial against fascism and war. A stop at Heldenplatz, where Hitler addressed a huge crowd of Austrians after the Anschluss in 1938, and a visit to the Flak towers in Augarten finished a meaningful morning of visits.
#hsutravels #cowboysinvienna

07/25/2019
Mexico to Canada Bike Ride 2017 (GoPro) - HSU Leadership Studies Program

The song that we used for our 2017 Mexico-to-Canada Bike Ride video appeared in something I watched tonight. It made me think of these wonderful memories. We are definitely not a “textbook and lecture” program.

Bike Ride Across the States 2017. Students in the Leadership Studies Program at Hardin-Simmons University rode bicycles from Eagle Pass, Texas to the border ...

07/20/2019

More wonderful memories from last summer.

In case you ever wondered how our long distance rides get started, here's a clue.  A couple of hours and Google Maps.  M...
07/13/2019

In case you ever wondered how our long distance rides get started, here's a clue. A couple of hours and Google Maps. Might this be our third Mexico-to-Canada ride??? :-)

Since we're looking at maps and travels.  Here's where we've gone since last summer (excluding our time and extra travel...
07/06/2019

Since we're looking at maps and travels. Here's where we've gone since last summer (excluding our time and extra travels in Vienna). Oh, the places you'll go with HSU Leadership Studies. Why be normal???

The pink line across and around the the map is where we traveled this past month.  Looking forward to taking LDSP studen...
07/06/2019

The pink line across and around the the map is where we traveled this past month. Looking forward to taking LDSP students back and sharing a similar adventure in the future.

We’ve been to Vienna six times. It is always fun seeing the excitement in the eyes of students as they see and experie...
06/29/2019

We’ve been to Vienna six times. It is always fun seeing the excitement in the eyes of students as they see and experience new things. Looking forward to similar moments on upcoming adventures in Ireland. These are some of the things seen in the past week. It’s not one thing that makes us different, it’s everything!

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