July 15, 2015                                                                                                                  Newsblast Vol. 5 No. 7 
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Rural Grocery Initiative 

Welcome to the Team, Kolia!  


Kolia Souza is the newest member of the RGI team. She is joining us at RGI as a Graduate Research Assistant. Kolia is currently pursuing two Master of Science degrees in Architecture and Community Development. She also holds Bachelor of Science degrees in Textiles and Interior Design.  Read more 

Center for Engagement and Community Development

And the Kremer Award Goes To... David Dowell! 


David Dowell's vision extends far beyond the walls of El Dorado Inc., a Kansas City, Mo. architecture firm. He employs his form of engaged teaching in the fifth-year architecture studio at K-State. Most recently, the studio he led, "Making a Mark", was awarded the Kremer Prize for outstanding collaborative design achievements. Read more


Professor Wins Treanor Architect Faculty Award 


Professor Michael Gibson was awarded the new Treanor Architects Faculty Award for his fifth-year architecture studio entitled "Curtain Wall Studio: Innovation in Curtain Wall Assembly Systems." The studio focused on increasing the efficiency of the curtain wall system. This system is something Gibson said is common to commercial architecture, and is easy to take for granted.

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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.