Media advisory: Media invited to attend Ford County open forum, other K-State community visit events on Sept. 27
Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2022
As part of the new Kansas State University presidential community visit initiative, K-State will host a community visit in Ford County on Tuesday, Sept. 27. (Photo credit: Dodge City Convention & Visitors Bureau)
ANNOUNCEMENT: As part of the new Kansas State University presidential community visit initiative, K-State will host a community visit in Ford County on Tuesday, Sept. 27. The visit includes a day of activities to engage with, listen to and learn from Kansans in Dodge City and the Ford County region.
President Richard Linton and K-State Connected 'Cats students Marissa Ramirez, senior in construction science and management, Dodge City, and Joshua Diazdeleon, senior in elementary education, Liberal, will lead several events throughout the day, including community conversations, recruitment activities and events to highlight community partnerships and K-State Research and Extension relationships.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS: View a schedule with full details for the Sept. 27 Ford County community visit.
All events are free and open to all Kansans: community members, leaders, families, current and future students and parents.
Media are invited to attend multiple community visit events throughout the day on Sept. 27:
• Community open forum, 8:30-9:30 a.m., Mariah Gallery, Boot Hill Museum, 500 W. Wyatt Earp Blvd., Dodge City. Linton and K-State students Ramirez and Diazdeleon will host a dialogue about university and community connections and the student experience.
• Listening and learning session: Preparing and supporting the local workforce, 10:15-11:45 a.m., Library, Dodge City Community College. Join a facilitated conversation about workforce needs in the community and strategies for meeting those needs.
• Rattlesnake Creek watershed, 2-3:15 p.m., farm near Kinsley. Participate in a conversation about water management partnerships in the Rattlesnake Creek watershed. Learn how farmers and WaterPACK, a grassroots organization, use K-State water management resources and hear from stakeholders, including the Nature Conservancy, K-State Research and Extension and the private sector.
• Listening and learning session: Preparing for and responding to disasters, 5:15-6:15 p.m., Ford County Office of Emergency Management, 1506 W. Comanche St., Dodge City. Take part in a discussion about how the Ford County Office of Emergency Management partners with K-State Research and Extension and others to provide a coordinated effort to encourage emergency preparedness and respond to disasters, including tornadoes and wildfires.
• Calling all 'Cats, 6-7:45 p.m., Mariah Gallery, Boot Hill Museum, 500 W. Wyatt Earp Blvd., Dodge City. Interested students and their families can hear from current students and experts to learn about the K-State experience. Registration starts at 6 p.m. and the program starts at 6:30 p.m.
ARRANGEMENTS: Media members attending the community open forum or other events throughout the day should RSVP to email@example.com or call 785-532-2535 by 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23. View a schedule with full details for the Sept. 27 Ford County community visit.
MEDIA AVAILABILITY: A brief media availability with Linton and students Ramirez and Diazdeleon will occur shortly after the open forum.
ABOUT THE COMMUNITY VISIT INITIATIVE: The new K-State presidential community visit initiative focuses on the people of Kansas and their communities. Every academic year, K-State will visit nine communities throughout the state to listen and learn from the Kansans who live there. Read the recent news release for more information.
QUESTIONS: Please contact staff with K-State News and Communications Services at 785-532-2535 or firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.