September 17, 2015                                                                                                        Newsblast Vol. 5 No. 5
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Engagement Incentive Grant Recipients
Small Town Grocery with a Twist
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Center for Engagement and Community Development
Dean of the College of Education Debbie Mercer is no stranger to the fact that the first few years of teaching are a challenge. Nationally, half of all new teachers leave the profession within the first five years. Those who stick around are key. The top predictor of K-12 student success is teacher effectiveness. To address both of these crucial issues, Mercer announced the creation of the Office of Innovation & Collaboration. Read More.  
The Office of the Provost and the Center for Engagement and Community Development announced the recipients of the 2015 Engagement Incentive Grant Program. Established in 2006, Engagement Incentive Grants act as seed grants. They encourage K-State Research and Extension specialists, agents, and faculty to do engaged research, teaching and service. Read More.   
Rural Grocery Initiative 
In a small, Swedish-based community that boasts a population of 226 people, one grocery store has found a way to meet the unique needs of their community, and beyond. 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.