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Greetings from Iraq

K-State President Kirk Schulz is visiting Iraq this week as a guest of Fort Riley's Big Red One. While serving as K-State's ambassador to the Middle East he'll tour the Army base, visit landmarks in the area and meet with K-State students and alumni in Basra.

Schulz will provide updates throughout the journey via his blog, YouTube videos, Twitter and Facebook. There will even be a public, interactive question-and-answer session via live chat.

So boot up, log in, follow or friend Schulz to catch him bringing Purple Pride to the Big Red One.

The Delegation

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," said retired Lt. Col. Art DeGroat, K-State's director of military affairs. "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," said Virginia Moxley, dean of K-State's College of Human Ecology. "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."

This trip is being funded by private gifts made to the President's office by alumni and friends of K-State. The U.S. Army is providing meals, accommodations, and transportation. No state tax dollars are being spent on this trip.

See Notes from Iraq.

See slide presentation from the president's speech, The K-State Military Affairs Experience: Engaging Our Military Partners (pdf).