Media advisory: University and Fort Riley to renew partnership at signing ceremony; leaders available for interviews
Thursday, Sep. 10, 2015
On Thursday, Sep. 17, Kansas State University and the 1st Infantry Division and Fort Riley will renew their seven-years-and-counting university-to-military community partnership at the K-State-Fort Riley Partnership Renewal Business Meeting. | Download this photo.
MANHATTAN — On Thursday, Sep. 17, Kansas State University will renew its seven-years-and-counting university-to-military community partnership with the 1st Infantry Division and Fort Riley at the K-State-Fort Riley Partnership Renewal Business Meeting. Media are invited to attend.
Kansas State University President Kirk Schulz and Fort Riley's Maj. Gen. Wayne Grigsby will renew the institutional partnership in an on-campus ceremony beginning at 4 p.m. Sep. 17 in the Tadtman Boardroom at the K-State Alumni Center. The two leaders will meet and briefly discuss the partnership before signing a resolution.
Following the signing at 4:45 p.m., Schulz and Grigsby will be available for interviews.
Several university administrators and a majority of the Fort Riley leaders will attend the ceremony, which marks the fifth partnership renewal between both institutions.
In April 2008, former university president Jon Wefald and former 1st Infantry Division and Fort Riley commanding general Maj. Gen. Robert E. Durbin established a formal institutional partnership between Kansas State University and the 1st Infantry Division at Fort Riley. The agreement was designed to serve as a model military-to-university community partnership. It is the first and only comprehensive partnership of this nature.
"K-State's partnership has been and will remain the flagship program of our expanding military and veterans enterprise," said retired Army Lt. Col. Art DeGroat, executive director of military and veterans affairs at Kansas State University and lead agent for the program. "Collectively, this partnership advances K-State 2025 and Fort Riley 2020 strategic goals. Individually, it is enhancing our peoples' lives — both in the military and in our campus community."
Media are asked to RSVP to email@example.com by noon Tuesday, Sep. 15.
A copy of the resolution is available in advance by contacting DeGroat at 785-532-0369 or firstname.lastname@example.org.