March 25, 2014                                                                                                      NewsBlast Vol. 4 No. 12
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Four national thought leaders in engagement will highlight this year's K-State Engagement Symposium on April 7, 2014, from       9 a.m. to noon in the Kansas State Student Union. This years Engagement Symposium focuses on "The Centrality of Engagement in Higher Education: Integrating Engagement across the University." Engagement is a form of research, teaching or service in which collaborative efforts between university and community stakeholders result in scholarly activity and community benefit around a public issue. Four breakout sessions will explore engagement in core mission areas of university work including research, teaching, outreach and Extension, and measurement and reporting. K-State faculty and staff will also highlight their work in conversation with the invited leaders. 


The annual K-State Engagement Symposium is free and open to all faculty, students and general public. We ask that you pre-register for the symposium by March 31. The symposium is sponsored by the Office of the Provost, the Center for Engagement and Community Development and the School of Leadership Studies. Learn more. 

A chance to participate in a public issues forum
on Mental Health

As part of President Obama's call for a national dialogue on mental health, the Eisenhower Presidential Library, Museum and Boyhood Home invites the public to attend this free program held in the Library Building Courtyard on March 27, from 7 to 9 p.m. An issue guide developed by ICDD and the National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI) Kansas identifies three approaches to providing mental health care.  


Forum attendees will gather around tables to discuss the different options. The community will discuss whether an individual with the mental illness should be able to decide for him/herself what treatment to receive, if the community should be able to decide what treatment is necessary, and alternatives to incarceration of mentally ill individuals. Summaries of each small group discussion will be forwarded to Creating Community Solutions, a consortium of organizations encouraging the national dialogue. CCS members will report the results to national leaders. Read more. 

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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