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LeaderShape Catalyst Feb. 24

Help students explore their leadership potential, identify how to contribute to groups and causes they care about, and how to be a catalyst for themselves and the communities around them. Faculty and staff can nominate students to attend LeaderShape Catalyst until Monday, Nov. 20.

Hosted by the nationally recognized nonprofit LeaderShape®, this one-day program is valued by major corporations and other institutions as a catalyst for leadership engagement.

The event will be held Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018, and is open to WSU juniors and seniors only.

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Emerging Leaders Spring Applications Open

Spring applications are now open for Emerging Leaders, WSU Student Involvement’s first-year student leadership certificate program. Designed for highly motivated first-year students, participants will develop skills to be future leaders at and beyond WSU. Spring applications are open until Sunday, Jan. 14. Students can register at

Based on the Social Change Model, this program allows participants to gain a better understanding of their individual values and the impact they have on their leadership style.

Getting stuck on the road to success

By Rueben Mayes

“One who gains strength by overcoming obstacles possesses the only strength which can overcome adversity.”  Albert Schweitzer

Have you ever been stuck on a problem and thought, is there a solution, will I ever find a pathway that gets me back on track and successful? You would think with all the information at our finger tips the light at the end of the tunnel would reveal itself easily. I will never forget a critical time in my first NFL training camp with the New Orleans Saints when I was stuck and ready to throw in the towel. My left Achilles tendon was sore and I was battling fatigue in the Hammond, Louisiana training camp. My dream of playing professional football was fading before my eyes because my injury became the center of my adversity and I did not see a way out. I called my then girlfriend and now wife Marie (married 29 years) and told her to buy two round-trip tickets to Jamaica for I was done. She encouraged me to call my agent. I got good advice from my agent, “go to sleep and talk to the coach in the morning”. New Orleans Saints Head Football Coach Jim Mora said everything would be fine, just take a few weeks to rest the Achilles. That year I would earn NFL Rookie of the Year and be selected to play in my first NFL Pro Bowl.

There are always pathways or solutions to help us move through times when we are stuck. Whether it’s new information, involvement of a team member or consultant, or just a good night sleep to get a fresh perspective, we need to be flexible and open to all the options before us. Every day the work we do offers the opportunity to grow if we are willing to seek all the resources around us. No problem is too small or large that can’t be solved in our desire to succeed.

Nov. 28 – Five Keys to Success in Leadership, Work and Life

The Administrative Professional Advisory Council (APAC) and the Office of the President are pleased to sponsor:

Five Keys to Success in Leadership, Work and Life
by Reuben Mayes, Chief Development Officer Pullman Regional Hospital

To attend this free seminar, please  register in Skillsoft by November 20.   To attend, please register here

Open to all staff and faculty

Tuesday, November 28, 2017    9:30–11:15 a.m.      CUB Jr. Ballroom

8:45: Check In
9:30: Welcome and Introductions
9:40: Rueben Mayes Address
10:25: Table Group Discussions
10:45: Open Forum Discussion
11:15: Adjournment

AMS sites scheduled Everett, Puyallup, Spokane, Tri‑Cities, and Vancouver, Yakima. Additional sites can be added upon request.

WSU Spokane(SAC 401A )
WSU Vancouver(VECS 309 )
WSU Tri-Cities(East 224 )
Puyallup REC (Puyallup)
University Centers -North Puget Sound WSU (Everett)
WSU Yakima

This seminar will be recorded for later viewing.