The MSU Leadership Institute strives to host a number of multifaceted events that offer participants the opportunity to engage in leadership training through a variety of activities. Our special events are so much more than a mere lecture or training. We aim to make each one different and engaging in new and exciting ways. At our special events, participants will find new perspectives and insight into what it is to be a leader.
Wednesday, September 25th
4:00pm in the Engineering and Physical Science Building Room 103
Reception to follow
Free and open to the public
Supreme Court expert Marcia Coyle will give MSU students a great opportunity to stay well informed and politically engaged as she broadcasts live via webcam for a discussion on America’s most pertinent current issues, from gun rights to campaign finance laws to same sex marriage.
The MSU Department of Political Science will lead an afternoon of political discussion and civil discourse as Coyle, journalist, lawyer, and Chief Correspondent for the National Law Journal, sheds light on the current status of American politics.
The discussion will be moderated by Professor Eric Austin of the MSU Political Science Department in conjunction with a host of student panelists. Austin teaches many classes on public administration and is currently researching psychoanalytic theory and phenomenology in public administration.
Coyle has won several awards for her reporting and journalism. Such awards include the George Polk Award for legal reporting, the Investigative Reporters and Editors Award for outstanding investigative reporting, the American Judicature and Society’s Toni House Journalism Award for a career body of work involving coverage of the nation’s courts and justice system, and the Scripps-Howard Foundation Award for environmental journalism.
Following the event, there will be a reception in the atrium of EPS.
- The College of Letters & Science
- Department of Political Science
- MSU Leadership Institute
- Office of the Provost
- Office of the President
Tuesday, September 26th
11:30am-1:00pm in Strand Union Building room 187
Free pizza and dessert
The MSU Leadership Institute will host its annual Open House, Tuesday September 26th in SUB 187 (Located in the basement of the Strand Union Building, right next to the Office of Financial Aid Services.
In addition, join the Leadership Institute in conversation about what leadership means to ASMSU, the Leadership Institute, and its hardworking staff. This special event also serves as an opportunity for the Leadership Institute to inform students about the Year of Engaged Leadership mentorship services, and educate them about the various leadership programs planned for the semester.
This leadership program is sponsored by:
Convocation Writer’s Voice Contest
Enter a poem, essay, or short story in the Convocation Writer’s Voice contest for the chance to meet Yann Martel, author of “Life of Pi.” All award winning writers will meet Martel in person at the awards ceremony, to be held in the Renne Library between 3:00pm and 4:00pm on Tuesday, September 5th. First Prize will also include $100, while several other great prizes will be given out to other award winning contestants. All members of the community are encouraged to apply.
Entries are due by 5 p.m. August 15th, and are limited to 1000 words each. All entries should be emailed as an Adobe PDF file to email@example.com and must be accompanied by a cover sheet that lists the contestant's name, telephone number, email address, whether the contestant is a student (including name of school) or community member, the title of the work, and whether the entry is short fiction, poetry, or an essay. Contestants may submit one entry per person.
Enter here for a chance to meet Yann Martel: Convocation Writers Voice Contest.
Convocation Master Class
Apply for a spot in this year’s Convocation Master Class, led by ASMSU and the MSU Leadership Institute featuring “Life of Pi” author, and convocation speaker, Yann Martel. The class consists of two sessions, a pre-master class on August 29th and the official master class on September 5th to precede the convocation speech. Applicants are advised to read the text “Life of Pi” before submitting an application.