Center for Engagement and Community Development
"Engagement is a form of research, teaching or service in which collaborative efforts between university and community stakeholders result in scholarly activity and community benefit around a public issue."
David E. Procter, Director of CECD
Wichita Downtown Development Corporation (WDDC) approached a group of Kansas State College of Architecture, Planning and Design students about revitalizing key parts of their city center. These “catalyst sites” are publicly owned and the city believed that their redevelopment could attract more people and businesses to the area.
Ten years ago, the Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art received a grant from the Kansas Art Commission to promote early childhood art education. This allowed them to consolidate the few classes they had under a new initiative: ArtSmart!, a program dedicated to teaching children about the composition and making of art. Classes are held weekly during the summer and during school breaks. According to Kathrine Schlageck, senior educator at the museum, the groups maintain a stable base of returning students.
Kansas State University Department of Agronomy and Department of Geology students are working together with the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) to clean up a plot of land contaminated by nitrates in Sylvan Grove, Kan. This two-acre plot of land has been tested and monitored by two classes of Kansas State University students since 2011.
This fall we welcome our five interns, Haley Acker, social media; Jennifer Butler, Rural Grocery project coordinator; Logan Falletti, writing and research; Jared Wasinger, media; and Katy Weidner, events.
Dr. Clayton is a senior scholar at the Center for Service and Learning at Indiana University- Purdue University, Indianapolis. She is a visiting scholar with the Institute for Community and Economic Development, University of North Carolina at Greensboro and she is a Visiting Fellow with the New England Resource Center for Higher Education.
Please join Dr. Clayton in Town Hall of the Leadership Studies Building to discuss how Kansas State University can continue edging toward a more engaged process of teaching and learning. There will be a reception with Dr. Clayton following the event in the School of Leadership Studies.
Todd Gabbard, an associate professor of architecture, invited local development groups to collaborate with his students, all Kansas State University Master of Architecture candidates, for a fresh look at challenges and opportunities in their communities. The idea sparked interest among several communities, including Colby, Cuba and Eureka.
The Office of the Provost and the Center for Engagement and Community Development (CECD) are excited to announce that we are awarding five engagement incentive grants for spring 2013. We had outstanding applications from a variety of academic disciplines and wish all of the applicants the best of luck in their future engagement endeavors.
K-State is pleased to announce the 2013 Excellence in Engagement Award Winners.
- Advancing Child Nutrition Programs in Kansas by Kevin Sauer
- Parks for the People: National Park Service National Historic Site at Nicodemus, KS by La Barbara James Wigfall, Josh Cheek, and Dede Brokesh
Nicodemus, Kan. may have been founded nearly 140 years ago, but for a group of students, faculty and staff at Kansas State University, this historical site is far from old news. Instead, it has resembled a new opportunity.
Kansas Department of Education's Division of Child Nutrition and Wellness, K-State's Department of Hospitality Management and Dietetics Recognized for collaboration on child nutrition
The Office of the Provost and the Center for Engagement and Community Development are happy to recognize Advancing Child Nutrition Programs in Kansas as one of two winners of the 2013 Excellence in Engagement Award. The program’s collaboration between Kansas State University’s Department of Hospitality Management and Dietetics and the Kansas Department of Education’s Child Nutrition and Wellness team seeks to improve child nutrition programs in schools across Kansas.
Kansas State University was awarded the 2010 Community Engagement Classification from the prestigious Carnegie Foundation. This elective classification is given to institutions where teaching, learning, and scholarship engage faculty, students, and community. In addition, Carnegie looks for a mutually beneficial exchange, exploration, and application of knowledge, information, and resources.
Technology, the Economy, and the Workplace
- Patents. K-State patents, corporate patent sites, country patent databases, federal patent resources, fee-based patent resources, and more.
- Technology Development. Development resources at K-State including the Commercialization Leadership Council, K-State Research Foundation, Advanced Manufacturing Institute, and more.
- Technology Transfer. Technology transfer office at K-State, other universities, the state of Kansas, and more.
- Business Development. Resources available to Kansas, including KTEC, Wichita State Center for Entrepreneurship, Kauffman eVenturing and more.