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Source: Art DeGroat, 785-532-0369, degroata@k-state.edu

Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2009

K-STATE, FORT RILEY TO RENEW MILITARY-UNIVERSITY COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIP

MANHATTAN -- A model partnership between Kansas State University and Fort Riley will be renewed at a signing ceremony Thursday, Aug. 27, at the K-State Alumni Center.

Signing the partnership renewal will be K-State President Kirk Schulz and Maj. Gen. Vincent Brooks, commanding general of the 1st Infantry Division and Fort Riley. The signing ceremony will start around 4:40 p.m. in the Alumni Center's Great Room.

A formal institutional partnership between K-State and Fort Riley was first established by Jon Wefald, former K-State president, and Maj. Gen. Bob Durbin, former commanding general of Fort Riley, in April 2008, according to Art DeGroat, director of military affairs at K-State.

The agreement was designed to serve as a model military- to university-community partnership, DeGroat said.

The agreement sets the following objectives:

* Enhancing each institution's ability to accomplish its mission through collaboration;

* Enhancing the professional and personal quality of life for each institution's constituent communities;

* Creating new and innovative opportunities and programs that add great value to each institutions through partnership; and

* Increasing capacity at each institution to steward, manage and sustain major resources through collaboration, innovation and partnership.