Missouri Western strives to develop men and women with a capacity for leadership expressed in service to others.
The process of leadership is practiced and learned through a number of experiential activities and roles; employment, community service, student organizations, and coursework all contribute to knowledge and understanding of leadership.
The Center for Student Involvement sponsors a number of activities designed to help students reflect on experience and understand the process of leadership and how their contributions can make a positive impact on their community. The following is a list of the most common programs we offer here at Missouri Western.
The purpose of the Barbara Sprong Leadership Challenge is to provide Missouri Western students with an opportunity to acquire and enhance leadership skills so that they may assume leadership roles while in university and after graduation. The program is named in honor of Barbara Sprong, a former member and president of the Missouri Western Board of Regents.
Purpose: The purpose of the Barbara Sprong Leadership Challenge is to provide Missouri Western students with an opportunity to acquire and enhance leadership skills so that they may assume leadership roles not only at Missouri Western but also following graduation. The program is named in honor of Barbara Sprong, a former member and president of the MWSU Board of Regents and a past leader in the St. Joseph community.
Eligibility: All full-time Missouri Western students who have a 2.5 cumulative grade point average are eligible to apply for the Leadership Challenge. Students who complete the program without absences will receive one hour of credit through the Western Institute (Motivation and Leadership: CED 121). The program is designed to accommodate 24 students.
Topics: Community Service/Civic Engagement Work Ethic/Personal Ethics Conflict Resolution Compromise Communication Leading/Following Multiculturalism Leadership Government Leadership
Some of the Past Presenters: The President of Missouri Western State University, Dr. Robert Vartabedian; Dr. Mark Laney; Steven Craig; Missouri Western faculty and staff including Dr. Brenda Blessing and Steve Potter; and community leaders Karen Graves, Pat Dillon and Lowell Kruse; Alexis Herman (former United States Secretary of Labor) and many others.
The Registered Student Organizations (RSO) Leadership Summit is a retreat held exclusively for the top leaders of Missouri Western’s campus community. Facilitated by the Center for Student Involvement, the retreat is designed to help these leaders continue to develop and improve their chapters, in addition to planning ways to strengthen the campus community as a whole. Many different facilitators have participated in this retreat, along with many different students, making it a very valuable experience for campus leaders.
Minor & Certificate Program
Leaders gain experience through their campus involvement; you can gain a better understanding of group dynamics, ethics, personal interactions, and other important leadership skills with a graduate certificate in leadership studies or a leadership studies minor. Find out more about our Leadership Studies – Graduate Certificate and our Minor in Leadership Studies, which has several different areas of concentration to best fit your leadership needs!