December 7, 2015                                                                                                  Newsblast Vol. 6 No. 3
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It all began at a Parents As Teachers meeting. Parents As Teachers is "a statewide organization to support early childhood education programs in Kansas with a parent education component," according to the website (

Bradford Wiles, Assistant Professor in the College of Human Ecology and Extension Specialist, had taken his daughter to an informational Parents As Teachers meeting about a potential program. Julie Pentz, Associate Professor of Dance, presented an idea for bringing families together through tap dance. Read more.

AP Design Assists Wounded Warriors

Normally, graduate students in the Interior Architecture and Product Design program take on a school project. This semester, Associate Professor Vibhavari Jani, had something bigger in mind.

Jani partnered with Soldier Agricultural Vocational Education (SAVE), an organization started by Retired Maj. Gary LaGrange, a Vietnam War veteran. The organization's mission is to provide agricultural vocational education and healing resources to returning wounded soldiers . 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.