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

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.

Professor Wins Treanor Architect Faculty Award

Professor Michael Gibson was awarded the new Treanor Architects Faculty Award for his fifth-year architecture studio entitled "Curtain Wall Studio: Innovation in Curtain Wall Assembly Systems." The studio focused on increasing the efficiency of the curtain wall system. This system is something Gibson said is common to commercial architecture, and is easy to take for granted. Read more here.

Welcome Nancy Daniels!

Current Position: Nancy Daniels is the Community Vitality Specialist for Kansas State Research and Extension.

Role as a CECD Member: Daniels is the Extension Liaison to the Center for Engagement and Community Development.

First Became Involved with CECD: Daniels’ love of community development started with her volunteer work. She says it began in college. “I was like most students” said Daniels, “and didn’t have a clear idea of what I wanted to do when I came out of college… it was my volunteer work that really made me get a sense of social justice issues.” Read more about Nancy here.

Meet our New Writing Intern, Maggie!

Maggie Stanton is a junior with majors in both Mass Communications and Communication Studies. She is from Overland Park, Kan. and is CECD’s feature writing intern. Maggie will create news blasts and report on university engagement. Read more about Maggie here.

Small Town Studio

Todd Gabbard, professor in the Department of Architecture, launched the Small Town Studio. The year-long graduate design studio has two goals. One goal is to provide underserved rural communities with architecture visioning and design services. The second goal is for students to experience “real-world dynamics such as community and client interaction, consensus building and project management skills.” Read the full story here.

Excellence in Engagement Awardees Announced!

The Center for Engagement and Community Development is proud to announce the 2015 winners of the Excellence in Engagement Award. The award was established in 2011 and recognizes Kansas State Research and Extension and campus faculty initiatives that demonstrate innovative and/or sustained efforts in university/community engagement. You can read the full story and proposals here.

Farewell, Lindsey!

The Center for Engagement and Community Development would like to wish a happy graduation and well wishes to our Event Planning and Special Projects intern, Lindsey Schmeidler. Schmeidler will be graduating K-State with a Bachelor of Arts in History and a minor in Women’s Studies. She has worked on numerous projects for CECD including the 10th Anniversary Celebration of ICDD, Kid’s Voting Manhattan & Ogden, and the CECD Public Issues Facilitation Workshop. Schmeidler is also a member of the K-State Women’s Rowing team. She will be moving to Chicago, Illinois in July to begin law school at Chicago-Kent School of Law with hopes to pursue a career in public interest law. Congratulations and thank you for all of your hard work, Lindsey!

Project 17 Rural Enterprise Grant

Kansas State University’s Center for Engagement and Community Development (CECD) was awarded a grant in 2014 from the USDA Rural Development. This rural business enterprise grant supports Project 17, a rural regional development initiative, which seeks to improve the economic opportunities and quality of life of those who live and work in 17 Southeast Kansas counties. The counties include Allen, Anderson, Bourbon, Chautauqua, Cherokee, Coffey, Crawford, Elk, Franklin, Greenwood, Labette, Linn, Miami, Montgomery, Neosho, Wilson, and Woodson. Read the full story here.

Engagement Benchmarking Tool Highlights K-State's Commitment to Engagement

In early 2014, the Office of the Provost and the Center for Engagement and Community Development administered K-State’s Engagement Benchmarking Tool in order to capture a snapshot of campus engaged work for 2013 and to establish an engagement benchmark by which to measure our university’s progress on engagement. Highlights of the EBT reveal 64.4 FTE dedicated to engaged activity; a university salary investment of $4.16 million toward engaged work; and over $47 million in extramural funding generated by K-State engaged projects. The full EBT report can be read here.

Incentive Grant Recipients

The Kansas State University Provost and the Center for Engagement and Community Development have established the Engagement Incentive Grants. These “seed grants” are designed to assist K-State faculty and Research and Extension specialists and agents to engage more fully with communities in teaching, research, and outreach. Engagement is a form of research, teaching or service, which emphasizes partnerships and collaboration, in which collaborative efforts between university and community stakeholders, resulting in scholarly activity and community benefit around a public issue. 


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