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Center for Engagement and Community Development

By engagement, we mean:

"The partnership of university knowledge and resources with those of the public and private sectors to enrich scholarship, research, and creative activity; enhance curriculum, teaching, and learning; prepare educated, engaged citizens; strengthen democratic values, and civic responsibility; address critical societal issues; and contribute to the public good."

Association of Public and Land Grant Universities

White Paper on Engagement, 2011

Meet Our Student Staff

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Chapman Center Update

The Chapman Center for Rural Studies has worked to preserve American history since 2008. Comprised of five faculty members and four student interns, their mission is to commit to researching, preserving, and sharing the history of rural Kansas. Research initiatives such as The Lost Kansas Project and Track to Settlement, are just some of many enterprises the Center has worked on in recent years. Read more here.

Engagement Benchmarking Tool

To track university engagement, an online survey of faculty and academic staff regarding their scholarly outreach and engagement was developed. Data collected through the K-State EBT demonstrate the university's collective commitment of time, scholarly resources, and research discoveries for the direct benefit of citizens, communities, and organizations in Kansas and communities worldwide. The EBT is a tool that benchmarks the university's progress toward Theme 4 of K-State's Vision 2025 plan, gathers data for re-accreditation of Carnegie's community engagement classification, and provides data used for reporting to the Kansas Board of Regents and the Higher Learning Commission.

Engagement Benchmarking Tool PDF

2013 Engagement Benchmarking Highlights

Tap to Togetherness

It all began at a Parents As Teachers meeting. Parents As Teachers is “a statewide organization to support early childhood education programs in Kansas with a parent education component,” according to the website (www.parentsasteachers.org).

Bradford Wiles, Assistant Professor in the College of Human Ecology and Extension Specialist, had taken his daughter to an informational Parents As Teachers meeting about a potential program. Julie Pentz, Associate Professor of Dance, presented an idea for bringing families together through tap dance.

AP Design Assists Wounded Warriors

Normally, graduate students in the Interior Architecture and Product Design program take on a school project. This semester, Associate Professor Vibhavari Jani, had something bigger in mind.

Jani partnered with Soldier Agricultural Vocational Education (SAVE), an organization started by Retired Maj. Gary LaGrange, a Vietnam War veteran. The organization's mission is to provide agricultural vocational education and healing resources to returning wounded soldiers.

CECD Hosts Brown Bag Engagement Event

A brown bag engagement event was held on October 2, 2015 from 12:00-1:00 p.m. in room 257 of Leadership Studies. Led by Dr. Briana Nelson Goff from Family Studies and Human Services, the presentation focused on characteristics of effective community-engaged scholarship. Read more here.

Bolton Brings Education to New 4-Hers

Professor Debra Bolton, Family and Consumer Sciences Specialist, said there is one goal that every U.S. family has in common. “Families want the American Dream,” said Bolton.

The problem, said Bolton, is that there are many families who “don’t always know the process for getting there.” That’s where “Reaching New Audiences in 4-H”, Bolton’s Engagement Incentive project, comes in. Read more here.

Restoring Justice in Manhattan

Gregory Paul, Assistant Professor of Communication Studies, partnered with Thea Nietfeld, a restorative justice practitioner who works for the Salina Initiative for Restorative Justice (SIRJ) for an engagement incentive grant project. Together, they created the Community Engagement for Restorative Justice in Manhattan, KS to employ a method of restorative justice within the Manhattan community that is designed to change the way people view the justice system. Compared to the cost to incarcerate in juvenile jail, it costs less per person per year to house a juvenile offender in residential youth facilities. Read more here.

Girl Scouts Partner Up

Although U.S. women are currently leading the way in terms of higher education, a 2015 National Science Foundation report found a lack of representation in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) majors. “While women receive over half of bachelor’s degrees awarded in the biological sciences, they receive far fewer in the computer sciences, engineering, physics, and mathematics and statistics,” said the National Girls Collaborative Project. Read more here.

2015 Engagement Incentive Grant Recipients

The Office of the Provost and the Center for Engagement and Community Development announced the recipients of the 2015 Engagement Incentive Grant Program. Established in 2006, Engagement Incentive Grants act as seed grants. They encourage K-State Research and Extension specialists, agents, and faculty to do engaged research, teaching and service. Read more here.

EdCats Reach Out

Dean of the College of Education Debbie Mercer is no stranger to the fact that the first few years of teaching are a challenge. Nationally, half of all new teachers leave the profession within the first five years. Those who stick around are key. The top predictor of K-12 student success is teacher effectiveness. To address both of these crucial issues, Mercer announced the creation of the Office of Innovation & Collaboration. Read more here.

CECD and the Staley School of Leadership Studies Kick Off Fall Engagement Brown Bags

K-State offers a variety of programs that provide opportunities to learn about and reflect upon engaged scholarship through research, teaching and outreach. The Center for Engagement and Community Development and the Staley School of Leadership Studies have designed a brown bag engagement series to promote professional development and enhance the student engagement experience. These professional development sessions are designed for faculty, graduate, and undergraduate students. The sessions will highlight the concept of university-community engagement, help faculty think about developing community-based research and engagement skills, and provide foundational training for the next generation of engaged scholars. Read more here.

And the Kremer Award Goes To... David Dowell!

David Dowell’s vision extends far beyond the walls of El Dorado Inc., a Kansas City, Mo. architecture firm. He employs his form of engaged teaching in the fifth-year architecture studio at K-State. Most recently, the studio he led, “Making a Mark”, was awarded the Kremer Prize for outstanding collaborative design achievements. Read the full story here.


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