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News release prepared by: Beth Bohn, 785-532-2535,

Monday, Nov. 8, 2010


MANHATTAN -- Kansas State University President Kirk Schulz is leading a delegation of university administrators to Basra, Iraq, as guests of Maj. Gen. Vincent Brooks, commanding general of the 1st Infantry Division.

"The whole experience, seeing the soldiers, the security and the level of dedication, really brings home the sacrifice our troops are making," Schulz said.

Accompanying Schulz on the trip are K-State's Virginia Moxley, dean of the College of Human Ecology; Jeff Morris, vice president for communications and marketing; and retired Lt. Colonel Art DeGroat, director of military affairs.

Escorts on the trip are Lt. Col. Steve Isenhour and Traci Scott, regional liaison officer for Maj. Gen. Brooks.

"Seeing soldiers when they are forward deployed provides an incredible perspective for us," DeGroat said. "Seeing the soldiers in their environment helps us better understand how we can better serve them in the future."

"We're interested in seeing the conditions soldiers live in and how they access online classes," Moxley said. "Because of the work K-State and the College of Human Ecology do with soldiers' families, this trip will help us develop programs that are even more meaningful."

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