Banner images: View of Engineering Hall and Maquina fountain from the north, The University of Cape Town hosted the LeaderShape Institute in 2008, Civil and environmental engineering students Jonathan Blanchard, Kevin Orner and David Tengler receive a plaque from five communities in Ecuador that will benefit from a new water pipeline the students implemented in June 2009, Kelvin Redd led a four-hour workshop about the Servant Leadership philosophy in November 2010 for students and staff. Faculty, staff, and students helped restore five new acres of prairie and plant rain gardens at the 2010 Day of Caring, United Way of Dane County, Wisconsin. Four students two faculty attended the Annual Greenleaf Servant Leadership Conference in Atlanta. The goal for 2011 is to send as many as 15 students.

Suzanne & Richard Pieper Family Foundation Endowed Chair for Servant Leadership

Servant Leaders

Past students or faculty members who put servant leadership principles into practice:

Jonathon Blandford is currently active in the Peace Corps, serving in Uganda. His primary projects include developing sustainable blocks for use in housing construction and improving sustainable water systems.

Jose Ernesto Saransig Perugachi is working on his Thesis in Ecuador. With funding approved by Prof. Jeff Russell, Servant Leadership Chair, Mr. Saransig’s thesis work stems from an earlier engineering project that repaired a water system and improved access for five communities. Mr. Saransig’s project goes further to look at ways to document and preserve what is in the local environment and, at a later stage, use local plants to enhance water quality and conservation. Mr. Saransig is the first person in his indigenous community to attend college and he has been faithful to his roots and community service.

Kevin Orner is a Graduate Student working in Panama in an International Masters Program with the University of South Florida. In his community, he has assisted and led many projects and seminars regarding water usage, management and sustainability, fixing various water related vessels, environmental health work, basic English lessons, and training Peace Corps volunteers among and endless list of activities.

Nate Haugen served in the Peace Corps in Honduras as a civil engineer working on water sanitation. He researched, designed and constructed potable water systems for communities in his region, including an orphanage, and worked on sanitation projects to improve the environmental impact of the communities and to help sustain their living areas for future generations. Nathan worked with a youth baseball league in his Hondoran community and brought teams to the capital city’s national tournament. Local parents led the team as coaches, and supporters in the U.S. donated equipment.