Montana State University
The Year of Engaged Leadership 2013-14

A year-long celebration of Leadership at Montana State University

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Montana State University's Year of Engaged Leadership highlights the many events and activities of the university that help develop the leadership skills of students, faculty, staff and community members. The Year will run from Aug. 2013 to May 2014.

Often referred to simply as the Year, it will include a number of academic and non-academic programs. Events each month will focus on a single characteristic of leadership, including commitment to personal growth, listening, empathy, awareness, healing, foresight, conceptualization, stewardship, persuasion and building community.

The Year will kick off in September with the university's annual Freshman Convocation. The convocation speaker will be Yann Martel, author of the award-winning novel "Life of Pi," which was made into an Academy Award-winning film. The free, public event is set for Sept. 5 at the Brick Breeden Fieldhouse.

The Year will also feature a number of events, some familiar and some new, that will provide opportunities for students, faculty, staff and community members to hone their leadership skills. A few examples of these activities include a faculty-staff day of service in the community, alumni/student mentor brown bag discussions, and a leadership film series. The idea behind the Year is that every person has leadership qualities. The Year is intended to help draw out those qualities and, in the process, advance others.