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K-State Today Student Edition

April 25, 2012



Center for Engagement and Community Development's 2012 Engagement Symposium Thursday

By Lauren Swirbul

The Center for Engagement and Community Development's 2012 Engagement Symposium, "A Day of Learning: Communities Engaging Landscape," will be from 12-5 p.m., Thursday in the K-State Student Union.

The event will begin with open viewing of posters at 12 p.m. followed by a welcome by David Procter, the center's director, and the keynote address by Robin Moore. Moore's address is titled "Natural Learning Initiative." Both Procter's welcome and Moore's address will be hosted in the Flint Hills Room.

Moore has worked in the field of landscape architecture as an educator, researcher and consultant. He is an international authority on the design of children's play and learning environments, user needs research and participatory public open space design.

The remaining symposium agenda appears below:

2:15 p.m.
Room 212 – "Engaging Communities through Gardens"

Alan Stevens
"Our Community…A More Colorful Place"

Linda Teener
"Planting Manhattan's Garden Together"

Cheryl Boyer
"A Fruitful Partnership: The Kansas Health Foundation and K-State Research and Extension Community Gardening Grants"

Flint Hills Room – "Learning Gardens"

Lee Skabelund
"Learning from Demonstration Rain-Gardens and Living Roofs"

Katie Kingery-Page
"Landscape of Learning: Design Action Research in Manhattan, KS"

Jon Hunt and Anna Wiehe
"Growing Art and Design in Northview's Learning Garden"

3:30 p.m.
Flint Hills Room – "Community Gardens and Well-Being"

Candice Shoemaker
"School Gardens for Health and Well-Being"

Judy Burch
"Beneath the Surface: The Schowalter Community Builds a Therapeutic Garden"

Room 212 – "Growing Food and Social Systems"

Rhonda Janke
"What We Know About Local Food"

Spencer Wood
"Poverty, Place and Food: An overview of Findings from a Recent Survey of Residents in Kansas City, Kan."

Catherine Bylinowski
"New Roots for Refugees and Other Urban Farmers"

4:30 p.m.
Flint Hills Room

Closing – Stephanie Rolley, department head of landscape architecture/regional and community planning