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K-State Today

September 29, 2020

C. Clyde Jones receives UFM Grassroots Award

Submitted by Linda Teener

C. Clyde Jones, retired dean of the College of Business Administration at Kansas State University, was presented the UFM Community Learning Center Grassroots Community Education Award at its recent annual meeting.

Jones was recognized for playing a broad role in grassroots community organizing to serve many local community service needs. Jones's first experience with awareness of community needs was through becoming a member of the Manhattan Social Services Advisory Board. Beginning in 1990 and many times following, Jones was involved with periodic community needs assessment surveys.

Jones has been involved with Shepherd's Crossing since it was founded in 2001, working as a counselor before becoming development coordinator. With his efforts, funds have increased from $100,000 to more than $400,000 per year.

Jones has also been active in the Greater Manhattan Community Foundation. He played a key role in organizing a one-stop community search engine that holds information about community programs and services. It is called MIDGE, after his wife.

The Grassroots Community Education Award is an annual recognition given by UFM Community Learning Center to someone who has made an outstanding contribution to grassroots community education and learning. This year marks the 37th time UFM has presented this award.

UFM Community Learning Center is a creative educational program serving K-State, the Manhattan area and communities across the state of Kansas. Learn more at www.tryufm.org.