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LeaderBear Spotlight: Todd Euglow

5557This week’s #LeaderBear has been continuously giving back to Missouri State University.

Todd Euglow is a current alumni of Missouri State, where he received both his Bachelors’ in Sociology in 2010 and his Masters’ in Student Affairs in 2013.  Currently, Todd works as a Career Resources Specialist for the Career Center right here on campus.  Throughout his time at Missouri State, Todd has been a participant in Commerce Bank Emerging Leaders, and has served as a facilitator for our Distinction in Public Affairs program.

While an undergraduate student, aside from being an Emerging Leader, Todd was the Residence Hall Association President and Programming Communications Coordinator and was apart of the MACURH (Midwest Affiliate of College and University Residence Halls) Planning Team in 2010.

During his graduate studies, Todd served as Chi Sigma Alpha Honors Fraternity Vice President.  He also was a previous Co-Advisor for the Residence Hall Association and Advisor of the National Residence Hall Honorary.

During his professional career at Missouri State, Todd has been a past advisor for MSU-St. Baldrick’s student organization and served as a facilitator for Distinction in Public Affairs this past Spring semester.  He currently serves as one of the current Co-Advisors of Delta Sigma Phi Fraternity, and is apart of NASPA, a professional organizations for student affairs professionals in higher education, and NACE, the National Association of Colleges and Employers.

When asked how Distinction in Public Affairs and Emerging Leaders has impacted him, Todd responded:

“My involvement in the Commerce Bank Emerging Leaders program came at a pivotal time in my undergraduate career. Up until this leadership program, my only involvement on campus was through my Hall Council executive board and a general member of the Student Activities Council. Being a part of the Emerging Leaders program challenged my perception of involvement as well as allowed me step outside of my comfort zone. The program encouraged me to continue my involvement on campus on a larger scale. Had it not been for the leadership skills and connections I gained through Emerging Leaders, I would not have been as prepared to tackle my future leadership roles. Last year, I had the opportunity to serve as a facilitator for the Distinction in Public Affairs program. It was phenomenal to witness the impact that students can have on the campus and the city of Springfield through assessing and addressing the critical needs that exist within our community.”

Todd’s advice for younger students looking to get involved is:

“I am constantly challenging students to find opportunities to step outside of their comfort zone. I know from personal experience that once you begin to explore opportunities outside of your comfort zone, such as Emerging Leaders and Distinction in Public Affairs, your awareness of the possibilities that exist on campus will increase exponentially. It’s also important to remember that everyone has to do this at their own pace. Many students can get overwhelmed when they see their roommate or other students involved in an extensive number of activities. I think it’s important to start with one or two organizations that you really connect with initially. As someone who also works with students in the career development process, I try to educate students on the impact that involvement in leadership opportunities and student organizations can have on future employability. You do not have to be involved in 5 or 6 opportunities or organizations to accomplish this. Sometimes quality over quantity makes all the difference.”

If you are wanting to work with excellent faculty and staff such as Todd, and are interested in participating in our Distinction in Public Affairs program, look online at: http://www.missouristate.edu/studentengagement/leadership/dpa.htm.

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LeaderBear Spotlight: Marli Coonrod

This week’s #LeaderBear has been doing a LeaderBear_MarliCoonrodlot in her short time here at Missouri State.

Marli Coonrod is a Public Relations major expecting to graduate in Spring of 2017.  She plans to continue her education at Missouri State University to receive a Master’s Degree in Public Relations.  This past Spring she became a graduate of our Commerce Bank Emerging Leaders and found her strengths to be positivity, futuristic, restorative, includer, and woo. She got to use these strengths when she went through our LeaderShape Conference,which occurred this summer.

Aside from being an Emerging Leader and participant of LeaderShape, Marli has been involved in Student Government Association as Director of Student Affairs.  Within this, she helped to develop URSA, which is a student engagement camp hosted by Missouri State right before the start of the academic year.  She was selected as SGA’s January Senator of the Month and served on Parent’s Weekend Committee and multiple student hearing panels.  Marli is also involved in her sorority, Alpha Delta Pi, and serves on the Executive Board as Senior Panhellenic Delegate.  She was a 2015 Playfair Assistant, developed MSU: I’m First Generation organization, and currently is on the Dean’s List, volunteers regularly at the Ronald McDonald House, and is the Public Relations and Marketing Intern for March of Dimes and Campus Coordinator for the online blogging site, Studentrate.

When asked about the impact Emerging Leaders and LeaderShape has had on her, Marli responded:

“I think the most important thing I took away from these programs is realizing how important our Public Affairs Mission is. We hear and see our mission all over campus, but through these programs, I had the opportunity to put this mission into practice and understand why it is such an important aspect that makes our University as great as it is. I know I wouldn’t be holding the leadership positions or have the confidence to go after the things I want without these programs giving me the support and push I needed. Even if one thinks they are not a leader, I encourage them to apply for these programs. They will change your life and show how easy it is for one to make an impact on campus, no matter where they are in their college career.”

Marli’s advice for younger students looking to get involved is:

“Get involved! Our university is lucky to have over three hundred organizations on campus. I promise you will find your passion through one. Getting involved is one of the easiest ways to feel more connected to the University, build your resume, and the best part…..to have FUN. These organizations are meant to be something that you enjoy doing. Connecting with others who share the same passion as yourself is an exciting thing, and something everyone should take advantage of. After college, you will graduate and you’re most likely not going to remember all of the classes you took, but the friendships you make now are ones that you will carry for the rest of your life.”

If you are interested in gaining leadership skills and getting more involved with the Emerging Leaders program like Marli, you can find more information on our website at: http://www.missouristate.edu/studentengagement/leadership/CBEL.htm.  Applications are due TODAY in the Office of Student Engagement (PSU 101), where you will also sign up for an interview slot.

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LeaderBear Spotlight: Emma Torno


This week’s #LeaderBear is the newly hired Leadership Student Specialist in our office.

Emma Torno is a Sophomore majoring in Communications and working towards her minor in Religious Studies.  She is expected to graduate in May 2018. Emma’s strengths are Arranger, Responsibility, Restorative, Harmony, and Includer.  A second year Centennial Leader, Emma has been very involved in a few different organizations.  Her involvements include being an active member of Alpha Chi Omega sorority, and helping with daycare and ministry at Northpoint church.  During Spring Break, she will be taking a mission trip to Nashville, TN, to serve individuals living in poverty and homelessness.

When asked how her experience in Centennial Leaders has impacted her, Emma responded:

“With being a part of Centennial Leaders, it has taught me a lot about uncovering strengths of not only yourself, but people in your team as well.  If you notice that someone is excelling in something, tell them!  They may not realize it themselves, so being able to give them the push of encouragement is important in letting the group run effectively.”

Emma’s advice for younger students looking to get involved is:

“Be proactive and look for things that interest you.  Experiment with activities on campus, classes, and community involvement to find where your passion lies.  Let each experience be an opportunity for personal growth.  Whether the experience is little or big, good or bad…there is something to be learned from everything.  Take time to reflect on those kinds of things.  It is important to never forget where you came from because that is what creates your story!”

Emma is very excited to be apart of the Leadership Development Team, and we are very excited to have her.  She is going to bring a lot of great enthusiasm, ideas, and strengths to the table, and we know with her passion for our leadership programs, she is going to excel and do great things within this position.

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LeaderBear Spotlight: Troy Korte

This week’s LeaderBear is one of our newest Commerce Bank Emerging Leader Facilitators!

Troy Korte is an active Missouri State University student studying Construction Management expected to graduate May 2017.  He is a graduate of the Commerce Bank Emerging Leaders program and Distinction in Public Affairs program.  His strengths are communication, significance, positivity, adaptability, and arranger.

While at Missouri State, Troy has been a very active leader.  He is the President and member of the Missouri State Division 1 and Division 3 Hockey Clubs and serves as the captain of the Division 3 Hockey team.  He is the President and member of Missouri State Men’s Club Soccer and Missouri State Women’s Club Soccer.  Troy is also a Multicultural Leadership Scholar and a brother of Delta Sigma Pi business fraternity.

When asked how our leadership programs have impacted Troy, he responded:

Emerging Leaders was definitely my favorite leadership program at Missouri State. Through the sports I have played you learn things like leadership and team building but those Emerging Leader Monday sessions taught me so much about communication and maximizing different people’s strengths to reach an end goal. The retreat was a great cap on the program with being able to spend an entire weekend with everyone and how we focused on our weaknesses then the last day was all building ourselves up.”

Troy’s advice for younger students looking to get involved is:

“My advice to younger students would be to get involved as much as you can and have fun. I have met so many interesting people and learned so many things through the programs and clubs I have been a part of. There is a club out there for everyone. Also college is supposed to be the best time of your life. You have to prioritize and get things done but go out and have fun. If you have all your homework done go to out on a Tuesday night or go the park on Thursday afternoon. Reward yourself after finishing a big test.”

If you are interested in getting involved with Emerging Leaders or Distinction in Public Affairs, check out the website at: http://www.missouristate.edu/studentengagement/leadership/.  Our first informational meeting and applications will be available on Monday, October 26th from 5-6 in PSU 308.

Applications for Distinction in Public Affairs can be found at: http://www.missouristate.edu/studentengagement/leadership/DPA.htm.

To be an Emerging Leader, please find our application at: http://www.missouristate.edu/studentengagement/leadership/CBEL.htm.

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LeaderBear Spotlight: Jordan Wolfe

This week’s LeaderBear LeaderBear_JordanWolfe is teaching young Bears leadership skills.

Jordan Wolfe is a Sophomore at Missouri State University studying Elementary Education.  Throughout her time in college, Jordan has been very actively involved in multiple things.  She first got involved in our Leadership Programs by graduating from the Emerging Leaders program.  This then led her to apply and be selected as one of our Centennial Leader facilitators this fall.  Jordan leads discussions and activities to help Freshman Centennial Leaders grow in their leadership skills.  In her academics, she has already passed the MoGEA and was recently admitted into the School of Education. She is a recipient of the Multi-Cultural Scholarship and was previously able to help interview other potential recipients.  She has also earned the Provost Scholarship and a scholarship from the Olathe Rotary Club for her leadership work.  Jordan is also an active member of Phi Eta Sigma, a scholar program, and this past year, she was accepted in to the National Scholars Collegiate Committee.  She is a member Sigma Kappa, and plans to take on more leadership roles within her chapter.  Jordan currently serves as a representative for FSLSA.  She is involved in StuMo Campus Ministry and participates in the organization’s small groups and was Captain for a co-ed intramural soccer team. Currently, she is serving on the Public Relations Committee and acting as a greeter for their Thursday night sessions.  Jordan is planning to get involved in their Relay for Life Committee and other various clubs available on campus.

When asked how our leadership programs impacted Jordan, she replied:

“I was most impacted within the program during the emerging leaders retreat that we attended in the spring. I was so impacted by the various activities we participated in within the program.  I grew emotional within the activity where we stepped forward and backwards based on our personal life. It showed me that even some of the greatest leaders on campus have weaknesses and characteristics or pasts they overcame. It showed the diversity of the amazing people I was connecting with and truly helped develop a better sense of cultural competence. Another activity I grew from was the activity in which all other individuals were blindfolded and I was there leader. I had to communicate effectively to a large group of people. I learned to guide a large group only using my voice because they were not able to see where they were going or see what I was saying. It was eye opening how easy it became for me to be able to guide all these people through the obstacle course and get them to the finish line. I cannot wait to see what other opportunities impact me as much as this retreat had.”

Jordan’s advice for younger students looking to get involved is:

“The advice I would give to the younger students of Missouri state would be get involved as much as possible. I think students fail to get involved at a younger age and they miss some of the best growth opportunities on this campus.  I would also advice students to check out Campus Link to check out different organization on campus as well as ways to do service in the Springfield area.  I would also advice younger students to really rely on the older member within organizations. Although every student comes into Missouri State with a different leadership background, this campus is able to take an individual and give him or her clubs to grow and become leaders.”

If you are interested in getting involved with Emerging Leaders or Centennial Leaders, check out the website at: http://www.missouristate.edu/studentengagement/leadership/.  Applications to be like Jordan and be in the Emerging Leaders program can be found at:  http://www.missouristate.edu/studentengagement/leadership/CBEL.htm.

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LeaderBear Spotlight: Cody Stout

LeaderBear_Cody StoutThis week’s LeaderBear has been building leaders at Missouri State.

Cody Stout is a senior at Missouri State University planning to graduate this upcoming May with a Bachelor’s in Construction Management.  Cody has played a very active role in numerous organizations and opportunities at Missouri State, including our Commerce Bank Emerging Leaders program.  He was not only a participant and graduated from the program, but he continued to become a former facilitator to help other participants get the same experience he did.  Currently, Cody is the Chief Justice of Inter Fraternity Council and Secretary of Sigma Lambda Chi honors fraternity.  He is a member of Generation Bears, which is put on by the Construction Management program designed to mentor freshman beginning the program.  Cody is a part of the ASC Design-Build Estimating Team for Missouri State, and he and others will be competing against an estimated 20 schools in Nebraska later this semester.  In the Springfield community, Cody will be volunteering at the Bass Pro Outdoor Fitness Festival, which will take place in late October.

When asked how our leadership programs impacted Cody, he replied by saying:

“Emerging Leaders gave me the ability to work with various types of people, towards a specific goal. While working with those individuals, you are able to learn so much about them and in the end each other’s differences no longer matter. It provided me with knowledge and experience that I couldn’t have received anywhere else. The friendships that I was able to form will last a lifetime and provide me with lasting support through my endeavors after college.”

Cody’s advice for younger students looking to get involved is:

“My advice to younger students is regardless if you have found your place or not, keep pushing yourself out of your comfort zone and keep giving yourself opportunities to thrive. When you are constantly trying to better yourself and take on new opportunities, you allow others to do the same because you are their inspiration. Always be better then what people perceive you as.”

If you are interested in getting involved like Cody, and are a Junior or Senior, applications to be a Commerce Bank Emerging Leaders Facilitator are due TODAY at 4pm in the Office of Student Engagement.  Do not miss out on this great opportunity!  More information can be found at:  http://www.missouristate.edu/studentengagement/leadership/CBEL.htm

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LeaderBear Spotlight: Timothy “Scott” Steelman

This week’s #LeaderBear was one of our many students that participated in the first ever LeaderShape Institute at Missouri State.

LeaderBear_ScottSteelmanTimothy “Scott” Steelman is majoring in Special Education and expects to graduate in 2019.  He has been very involved and one of the biggest involvements Scott is proud of is Advocates for Disabilities (A4D), an organization that started this past semester.  This organizations gives opportunity for anyone to be member, regardless of a disability or not.  Currently, Scott has a petition in process for keeping regular incandescent lightbulbs.  If you would like to learn more about the cause and sign the petition, you can find it at the Facebook page – “Continuance of Incandescent Light Bulbs Petition”.

When asked how our leadership programs, specifically the LeaderShape Institute, impacted Scott, he replied by saying:

“The Leadershape program impacted me the most by teaching me leadership skills that I can carry and use with me forever.”

Scott’s advice for younger students looking to get involved is:

“One bit of advice that I would give younger students is that it is never too late and never too early to become a leader.”

If you are interested in getting involved in any of our leadership programs, be sure to go to our website at: http://www.missouristate.edu/studentengagement/leadership/.

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LeaderBear Spotlight: Dominiece Hoelyfield

This week’s LeaderBear had the opportunity to be one of six facilitators at Missouri State University’s LeaderShape Institute this past summer.

DominiLeaderBear_DominieceHoelyfieldece Hoelyfield was raised in the town ranked #2 for successful singles; Bloomington, Illinois.  She graduated from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale and Illinois State University with a Bachelors of Arts in Radio/TV and a Masters of Science in College Student Personnel Administration.  Dominiece then brought her skills to Missouri State, where she opened the first LBGT Resource Center on campus and is a two time recipient of the Division of Student Affairs Award.  She currently works as the Assistant Director for the Multicultural Center and Programs Coordinator for LGBT Student Services.   Dominiece not only facilitated at our LeaderShape Institute, but she has played a facilitator role in our Distinction in Public Affairs program.  Her strengths are Woo, Command, Ideation, Adaptability, and Futuristic.

When asked how our leadership programs impacted her, she replied by saying:

“Getting to know the students and how fabulous they are in leadership positions.”

Dominiece’s advice for younger students looking to get involved is:

“Teamwork makes the dream work!”

If you are interested in getting involved in Distinction in Public Affairs, applications will be available in October!

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LeaderBear Spotlight: Julie Daoust


This week’s LeaderBear was awarded the Pepsi-Cola Public Affairs Scholarship along with five other students at this year’s New Student Convocation.  Julie Daoust is a Senior at Missouri State majoring in Communication Studies. Julie has been highly involved in our leadership programs.  She has participated in Distinction in Public Affairs and Commerce Bank Emerging Leaders, and this past Spring semester, she had the opportunity to be a facilitator for other Emerging Leader participants. She also attended Missouri State University’s first ever LeaderShape Institute this Summer.  Aside from her involvement with leadership programs, she is a member of Alpha Sigma Alpha sorority, Order of Omega, and Lambda Pi Eta, and has served on the Panhellenic Executive Board for the past two years.  She currently is serving on the board as the Vice President of Academics.   Other notable involvements include being a PlayFair Assistant during Welcome Weekend for the past two years and a Peer Leader this semester.  Outside of campus, Julie is an active volunteer with Big Brothers, Big Sisters of the Ozarks.  She is a Big Sister and this past Summer interned with Big Brothers, Big Sisters of the Ozarks as a Special Events Intern.

After graduating this upcoming May, Julie is planning to apply to be a Leadership Consultant for her sorority, Alpha Sigma Alpha and later continue to her education to get a Masters in Student Affairs.

When asked how our leadership programs impacted her, she replied by saying:

“Going through the leadership programs on campus such as Commerce Bank Emerging Leaders and Distinction in Public Affairs definitely gave me the confidence to seek leadership positions within the Missouri State Community. I was able to discover more about myself and my leadership strengths and learn more about to efficiently use those strengths, especially when I work with others. These programs also allowed me a chance to network early on during my time at Missouri State. I’ve built friendships and connections that I’ve been able to go back to anytime I’ve needed something. Being a part of Distinction in Public Affairs also allowed me to get involved with the Springfield community and learn more about the university and how to implement our three pillars in the Public Affairs Mission. This program taught me more than any class could have taught me, as I was actively engaged in upholding the Public Affairs Mission.”

Julie’s advice for younger students looking to get involved is:

“Advice that I would give to younger students would be to find your place on this campus and don’t be afraid to try something that you never would have considered joining when you were in High school. College is an exciting world and the opportunities we are surrounded with are endless. It is a time to grow and learn, not only with academics as you prepare for your future, but also as an individual. There is at least one organization or student group on this campus that everyone can personally connect with. Find that place and make the most of your college career. The time flies by and before you know it your time will be up. Make sure you leave MSU happy with what you got involved in and not regretting the opportunities you didn’t seek.”

If you are interested in getting involved like Julie, and are a Junior or Senior, applications to be a Commerce Bank Emerging Leaders Facilitator will be out next week.  Do not miss out on this great opportunity!

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LeaderBear Spotlight: Danielle Parker

This week’s LeaderBear has been very active at Missouri State University.  Danielle Parker is a Senior at Missouri State and is majoring in Early Childhood Education. Danielle Parker is an active member of Sigma Kappa and is Vice President of Special Tours for University Ambassadors. She also participated in our Distinction in Public Affairs program.

When asked how our Distinction in Public Affairs program impacted her, Danielle responded:

“It was definitely a challenging and eye-opening experience. We really got to take charge and figure out as a team how we were going to make a change in our community. Having these opportunities continue to help me to develop as a leader, a team player, and public speaker. I thank MSU and Leadership Development for giving me these experiences.”

Danielle’s advice for younger students looking to get involved is:

“Challenge Yourself. Never be afraid to go out of your comfort zone and try something new. Missouri State offers us so many opportunities and it’s our personal choice whether or not we take advantage of them. You only get so many years before you leave college and enter the real world so make the most of them!”



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