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The students and affiliated faculty of the Interdisciplinary PhD in Leadership Studies are excited to share our December newsletter highlighting our accomplishments and progress. We hope you take the time to stay up to date with our program, and if you have feedback, please let us know.

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College of Education, Department of Leadership Studies

The PhD in Leadership (LEAD) program prepares scholar leaders to research and act for the common good. Recognizing that complex challenges require an integration of responsible leaders from various community sectors, program graduates will transform education, government, and nonprofit organizations to strengthen human and community capabilities.

 

LEAD STUDENTS & THEIR PROGRESS
The LEAD program currently consists of five cohorts with 47 students.  Twenty-seven students are in dissertation or qualifying paper, and 20 in coursework. 
GRADUATION
Congratulations to the fall 2016 graduates, Elizabeth LeQuieu and Kateryna V. Ligon. We are very proud of all your hard work!
ALUM SPOTLIGHT
We are pleased to announce the arrival of Stephen Lowell Phillips Goodman, the first born child of alumnus Hunter Goodman and her husband, Mark. Congratulations to the Goodmans, and we wish you well on your parenting journey!
Dr. Malcolm Glover, a LEAD alum, was recently published in the International Journal of Public Leadership. His peer-reviewed journal article titled "Leading across cultural borders: A communitarian approach to global development," offers interesting perspectives on humanitarian work in apartheid South Africa. Glover has also authored a peer-reviewed book chapter titled “Global interdependence: The inclusive nature of humanitarian leaders at Heifer International.” His chapter will be published in the upcoming book, Breaking the zero-sum game: Transforming societies through inclusive leadership.
FAREWELL TO DR. COURTWAY
Thank you, Dr. Courtway for your leadership on this campus. We wish you the best of luck in the College of Business.
UPCOMING WELL-BEING EVENTS
We are offering several well-being events in the coming months. First, the Welcome Back Dinner will take place on Saturday, January 14 at 7 p.m. The event will be held at ZAZA’s. You can build-your-own salad and Napoli-style pizza and enjoy gelato. Join us for great food and trivia! Second, on February 15 at 8 p.m., we will meet at the Joint Venture. They perform many kinds of improvisation, based entirely upon ideas from the audience.  Every show is different, so don't miss out on the fun!
STUDENT SPOTLIGHT
Lisa Cooley lives in Cleveland, Mississippi, where she works for the Chamber of Commerce as the Director of their Main Street program. She is an Adjunct Marketing Instructor at Delta State University and a grant writer for the Delta Arts Alliance.  Lisa holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of North Alabama and a Bachelor of Communication with a concentration in Public Relations from the University of Central Arkansas. She graduated from Conway High School. Cooley is a member of Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society and Delta Mu Delta Business Honor Society.

Lisa’s work in community development led her to the LEAD program. Her hope is that through the program she will learn more about how research can influence community development. Lisa stated, "Though I'm still really new in the program, I have enjoyed it so much.  It's inspiring to be surrounded by teachers and students with such diverse interests who are all so passionate about their work.  I've learned so much in just one semester, I can't wait to see what the rest of the program brings."

SEASON OF GIVING
Phillip D. Fletcher is the founder and executive director of The City of Hope Outreach (CoHO), a 501 (c) 3 non-profit in Conway, Arkansas. The mission of CoHO is to provoke hope in individuals,  families, and communities for the glory of God. Through initiatives such as CoHO Academy, Hope Home, CoHO Gardens, and Community Development. 
 
I enjoy spending time with people on a daily basis and working with them to see the possibilities of new opportunities occur.  I have to admit at times it can be emotionally, physically, and spiritually taxing but constantly I seek to answer this one question, "What am I doing on behalf of others?" 
 
Nonprofit work is extremely rewarding and as a PhD candidate myself, the opportunities for organizational and staff development are limitless.  I would encourage each of you to get involved with an organization, especially CoHO.  If you are looking for mentorship in nonprofit development or simply educating a young child, CoHO is the place for you! 
LEAD faculty members and their families will be assembling "Pay it Forward" bags to distribute to those in need. The idea of the one gallon Ziploc bag is to provide daily necessities to those in need. You are to keep these bags in your car and distribute when necessary. We challenge you to take part in this idea and give back!
APPLY FOR THE FALL 2017 COHORT
We are currently taking applications for the 2017 cohort – to start in the Fall of 2017.  Click here for more information on our application process.  The deadline to apply is April 1, 2017.
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