Hardin-Simmons University Leadership Studies Program

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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.

As with tennis, racquetball, golf, karate, and other skill-based sports, true proficiency in leadership is developed from more than just a formal study of concepts.  To excel in sports and leadership, students must practice their games with the intention of getting better.  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.  The bike ride across Texas is a workshop class--it gives students a chance to practice implementing what they learn in their classes while carrying out a real project.

To get the best picture of the many diverse and interesting educational experiences that do through the Leadership Studies Program, visit our program's Facebook page.  Here is the link--"like" it and keep up with us during the year:  https://www.facebook.com/HSULeadership/

Here is a link to our program pages on the HSU website: http://www.hsutx.edu/academics/leadership/


Some LDSP activities from the 2014-2015 school  year.

Campus leaders, HSU Round Up Weekend

Purple Jackets, HSU Preview Weekend

Ninja New Year, Leadership Late Night

Vienna International Model United Nations

Top of the Rock, NYC, Organization Builders

HEB Foundation Camp, Outdoor Leadership

Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge, Lawton, Oklahoma, Outdoor Leadership

Community Service Day in Clyde, Texas

United States House of Representatives Press Room, Great Leaders of History

Lake Mineral Wells State Park, Outdoor Leadership

Schoenbrunn Palace, Vienna, Austria, Model United Nations

HEB Foundation Camp, Koosh, Outdoor Leadership

Crossing the Thames River in London, Model United Nations

Central Park, NYC, Organization Builders

Belvedere Palace, Vienna Austria, Model United Nations

Spring 2015 LDSP graduates

Campus visit by LDSP alumna, Lyndsay Mathews, on her way to work in Uganda for a year.

Teaching international students how to two-step on eve of Texas Collegiate Model United Nations Conference.

Meeting with LDSP alumna, Lyndsey Hoeffer, in her workplace at the Family Research Council in Washington D.C., Great Leaders of History

HEB Foundation Camp hike, Outdoor Leadership

Melonball Leadership Late Night

Texas Collegiate Model United Nations Conference at HSU.

Human Stratego Leadership Late Night

Mid-point stop on BRAT3, Leadership Workshop



Assembled this video in January, 2015 while preparing for a faculty development presentation on traveling with college students. Put together a collection of pictures from some trips with HSU LDSP students. Wish that we had FB and camera phones when doing eight years worth of SIFE projects and presentations.

"I've Been Everywhere...In Texas" Performed by Brian Burns

Here's a list of the picture descriptions. It takes a long list to describe everywhere.

U.S. Capitol (Memorial Day Concert)
U.S. Supreme Court (tour, meeting, and reading of decisions)
Lincoln Memorial
U.S. Capitol lawn for PBS Memorial Day Concert
President Obama and Michelle at Tomb of Unknowns on Memorial Day (Caleb and Holly took pictures)
Country Club Plaza in Kansas City
Applebee’s Restaurant HQ
Kauffman Stadium and KC Royals
U.S. State Department Building in Washington D.C. for NMUN opening ceremony
FDR Memorial in Washington D.C. (as Hurricane Sandy headed for shore)
Washington D.C. subway
Security Council MUN at Howard Payne University
100-milers at end of BRAT2 at FBC Family Life Center in Liberal, Kansas
Texas-Oklahoma border on BRAT2
Rest stop in Anson, Texas on BRAT2
Riding from Tuscola to Abilene on BRAT2
DQ in Premont, Texas on BRAT2
Rendezvous at McD in Junction, Texas on BRAT2
DQ in Premont on BRAT2
Lunch at feed and food store in Tilden, Texas on BRAT2
Morning at Windsong cabins at HEB Camp on BRAT2
School presentation at Taylor Elementary on BRAT2
Oklahoma-Kansas line on BRAT2
Newspaper story on BRAT2 in Canadian, Texas
Climbing wall at 4-H Center in Brownwood, Texas
Rock climbing at Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge in Lawton, Oklahoma
Outdoor Leadership #5 challenges at HEB Camp
Outdoor Leadership #2 in hut at HEB Camp on hike
SIFE training conference and job fair in Dallas, Texas
Outdoor Leadership #2 team building challenge at 4-H Center in Brownwood
Gelato at shop in Vienna
Natural History Museum elephant in Vienna
The Wiener Riesenrad at Prater in Vienna
Strauss Statue in Stadtpark in Vienna
Friends (Anna and Mirjam) from IU/HSU Organizational Behavior class in Vienna
Modern Security Council participants at HPU MUN in Brownwood
Railroad Museum in Brownwood during HPU MUN conference
Gloriette at Schoenbrunn Palace in Vienna
Rathaus in Vienna after Mayor’s Reception
Vienna grafitti on wall outside Beethoven apartment museum
Central outdoors area at UNO-City, Vienna UN Headquarters
Upper Belvedere Palace in Vienna
Overlooking Lower Belvedere Palace in Vienna
Outside of Rathaus in Vienna waiting for Mayor’s Reception
Karlskirche in Vienna
Central outdoors area at UNO-City, Vienna UN Headquarters
Cafeteria at United Nations complex in Vienna
Grounds of Belvedere Palace in Vienna
Stefaniewarte at Kahlenberg, Austria overlooking foothills of the Alps
Bridge over Thames with Parliament Building and Big Ben in background
Sitting on lion in Trafalger Square in London
Bridge over Thames with London Eye in background
Big Ben and Parliament Building in London
Garfunkel’s restaurant in London
Loretto Chapel in Santa Fe, New Mexico
Shopping in Santa Fe, New Mexico
Outdoor Leadership #4 setting up for melonball at Glorieta in New Mexico
Native American market and building in Santa Fe, New Mexico
FBC Abilene cabin at Glorieta, New Mexico
Outdoor Leadership #4 challenge in Glorietta, New Mexico
Chipotle in El Paso, Texas at start of BRAT1
Approach to Guadalupe Pass on BRAT1
Guadalupe Pass peak on BRAT1
West Texas oil pump
Blue Bell Ice Cream floats at Rexall Drug Store on square in Jacksboro, Texas
Waffle Map at hotel in Graham, Texas on BRAT1
New battery at car shop in McKinney, Texas
Bike ride in Sweetwater, Texas
Bike ride to Abilene from Ballinger, Texas
On top of Mount Scott with Outdoor Leadership #2 in Lawton, Oklahoma
Stefaniewarte at the Kahlenberg overlooking Vienna
Organizational Behavior class at IU in Vienna
Archery range at Brownwood 4-H Center with Outdoor Leadership #3
Group hike with Outdoor Leadership #3 group at HEB Camp
Rappelling at Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge with Outdoor Leadership #3
Group campsite at WMWR with Outdoor Leadership #3
Garmin headquarters warehouse in Kansas City
Schoenbrunn Palace in Vienna
Feet on meeting point for Parliament Building Tour in Vienna
Outdoor Leadership #4 team after challenge at Windsong camp at HEB
Kansas City Star newspaper building after tour
Fellowship of Christian Athletes HQ in Kansas City
Garmin HQ in Kansas City
Applebee’s new HQ in Kansas City
NMUN Conference in Washington D.C.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial in Washington D.C.
Climbing at WMWR with Outdoor Leadership #5
Heading out from campus for start of BRAT1
Warp speed ride to see Star Trek on BRAT1 in McKinney, Texas
Starting point for BRAT2 in Brownsville, Texas
VIMUN sign in at conference hotel in Vienna
Post-awards ceremony photo at UN HQ in Vienna
Howard Payne University MUN simulation participants 2014
Howard Payne University MUN simulation participants 2013
In airport heading to Vienna for 2013 VIMUN
Franfurt airport heading to Vienna with Mike from Dallas
Schoenbrunn and Gloriette in Vienna
Neighborhood Billa grocery store in Vienna
Upper Belvedere in Vienna 2013
Karlskirhe in Vienna 2013
Clock in Vienna
Mozart Statue in Vienna
Fancy dining in Vienna apartment
Central outdoors area at UNO-City, Vienna UN Headquarters
Guadalupe Mountains National Park campsite on BRAT1
Texarkana, Texas and Texarkana, Arkansas on BRAT1
The Wiener Riesenrad at Prater in Vienna
Overlooking Schoenbrunn from Gloriette
Crown Center in Kansas City
R.A. Long Mansion and K.C. Museum in Kansas City
Arthur Bryant’s BBQ in Kansas City
Kauffman Stadium and KC Royals
Quality Hill in downtown Kansas City overlooking old West Bottoms
Hallmark HQ in Kansas City
Garmin HQ in Kansas City
FCA HQ in Kansas City
K.C. Masterpiece in Kansas City
Gary and Min wannabes at Garmin in Kansas City
Natural History Museum elephant in Vienna
View of Upper Belvedere in Vienna
View of Prague Castle in Prague, Czech Republic
Faculty recognition certificate at IU in Vienna
Chicago airport waiting for departure to Vienna (take two)
Boarding plane to Vienna in Chicago
Arriving in Vienna 2008
Pizza place on Mariahilferstrasse in Vienna
Exploring Donauinsel in Vienna
Crossing the Donau (Danube) in Vienna
Purchasing train tickets to Melk and Krems in Vienna
Train to Melk in Vienna
Main walking street in Melk, Austria
Center square at Melk Abbey in Melk, Austria
Hundertwasserhaus in Vienna
Escalator into subway in Prague, Czech Republic
Center square in Prague with Tracy
Overlooking river to Prague Castle with Tracy
Czech restaurant with Dr. Woodfin in Prague
Gates and square at Prague Castle in Prague
Bus station in Prague for trip back to Vienna through Brno, Czech Republic
Final resting place of Emperor Franz Joseph at Kaisergruft in Vienna
Patient ladies waiting in Vienna shoe store during a euro-flop purchase
View of Vienna and Danube from Donauturm in Vienna
Reading at IU Commencement Ceremony in Vienna
IU Commencement Ceremony in Vienna with graduate student (Sabina)
Normal occurrences with group at the Prater in Vienna
Climbing web in Prater in Vienna
Clowns in Prater in Vienna
Grand Hall of Pillars in Austrian Parliament Building in Vienna
Austrian Parliament assembly hall
Austrian Royal Library in Hofburg Palace complex in Vienna
FanZone in Heldenplatz in Vienna during 2008 Eurocup
FanZone at Rathaus in Vienna during 2008 Eurocup
Soccer shoes and ball at Museumquartier in Vienna
Vienna Philharmonic concert at Schoenbrunn Palace in Vienna
Crossing Beautiful Blue Danube on footbridge in Vienna
Natural History Museum elephant in Vienna
IU Ping Pong tournament organized as class group project in Vienna
Rappelling in Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge with Outdoor Leadership #1
Fall LDSP retreat at Butman Methodist Camp in Merkel, Texas
Chicago airport ticket gate after missed flight on previous day to Vienna
HSU students outside IU building in Vienna
Schoenbrunn Palace in Vienna
Team building exercise with Outdoor Leadership #2 at 4-H Center in Brownwood
Low ropes course with Outdoor Leadership #1 at 4-H Center in Brownwood
Group photo at end of first-ever Outdoor Leadership class trip—at HEB Camp near Leakey, Texas
Rappelling and climbing site for Outdoor Leadership #1 in WMWR near Lawton, Oklahoma
On top of Elk Mountain at WMWF with Outdoor Leadership #1 in WMWR near Lawton, Oklahoma

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