Dec. 9, 2013                                                                                                                       NewsBlast Vol. 4 No. 3
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Afternoon mental health forum with Abilene High School  
Morland Community Foundation aims to open community kitchen
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The mental health forum originally scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 21 was postponed due to inclement weather and will be rescheduled for a later date. We are sorry for the inconvenience and will notify you as soon as possible when the new date is set!
 
Wichita Downtown Development Corporation (WDDC) approached a group of Kansas State College of Architecture, Planning and Design students about revitalizing key parts of their city center. These "catalyst sites" are publicly owned and the city believed that their redevelopment could attract more people and businesses to the area.
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K-State to hold sustainability seminar open to public

Kansas State University will be hosting a sustainability seminar Jan. 7-9, 2014. This seminar is free to attend and open to the public, though the class may also be taken for either undergraduate or graduate credit. The seminar will discuss topics involving environmental sustainability, green engineering, life cycle analysis, sustainable development and sustainability science. For more information click here.
Afternoon mental health forum with Abilene High School

Though the evening mental health forum was postponed, the afternoon session was held. Abilene High School students participated in a deliberative discussion regarding the hard-to-talk-about issue of mental health. The biggest theme of the discussion was the need to reduce the stigma on getting help.

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Morland Community Foundation aims to open community kitchen
It took a few years, considerable fundraising and now the Morland Mercantile is now open for business. Since being established, the Morland Community Foundation will focus on another project: a community kitchen. There, residents of Morland will be able to make "homemade" products to sell in their grocery store.
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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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