Nov. 4, 2013                                                                                                                   NewsBlast Vol. 4 No. 5
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Students collaborate with state environmental agency to reduce soil nitrates
Kansas State University Department of Agronomy and Department of Geology students are working together with the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) to clean up a plot of land contaminated by nitrates in Sylvan Grove, Kan. This two-acre plot of land has been tested and monitored by two classes of K-State students since 2011.
ICDD holds Deliberative Discussion Training in Johnson County, Kan.  

The Institute for Civic Discourse and Democracy held a deliberative discussion training session for Johnson County Libraries on Oct. 28 and 29. "The libraries in Johnson County want to do more in providing civic spaces for citizens to come together and talk about important issues," said Dr. David Procter, director of ICDD.

 

Dr. Dan Kahl, K-State Research and Extension; Dr. Donita Whitney-Bammerlin, professor of Organizational Behavior, Leadership and Training; and Rick Miller, Johnson County Extension; along with Procter, presented to 16 library staff members on how to structure public issue facilitations, some of the best practices in facilitation, how to handle conflict during a facilitation and the different types of decision making. These members of the library staff are now ready to facilitate community meetings.
Kansas State University established the Institute for Civic Discourse and Democracy (ICDD) in 2004 to enhance democracy through improved community deliberation. Soon after, the Center for Engagement and Community Development (CECD) was created by K-State in 2006 to connect the resources of the university to significant issues of public need facing Kansas and communities worldwide. To help sustain rural communities due to growing economic problems, CECD launched the Rural Grocery Initiative (RGI) in 2008.
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