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K-State's Center for Engagement and Community Development to have Engagement Symposium

Sunday, September 23, 2007

MANHATTAN -- Kansas State University's Center for Engagement and Community Development and the Kansas Campus Compact are sponsoring the K-State Engagement Symposium: A Focus on Service Learning and Engaged Scholarship.

The symposium will be 1-5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11, in the Cottonwood Room at the K-State Student Union. Registration is free and the public is invited to participate. Other universities and colleges the area also have been invited to participate. Refreshments will be served.

The symposium is to bring together a diverse group of K-State faculty to discuss their work on issues facing Kansas. Faculty members also will talk about their engaged research and teaching through service and experiential learning. Topics of discussion include promoting healthy behavior, expanding public engagement in civil dialogue, preserving historic neighborhoods, creating collaborative learning centers with seniors and improving water quality through community partnerships.

The event highlights the engaged work happening at K-State and is a way to generate potential new ways of conceiving and conducting research and teaching.

David Procter, center director, will open the symposium. He will be followed by Dan Kahl, Extension liaison to the center, who will speak on its importance and its connection to K-State Research and Extension.

Two faculty panels will follow Kahl. The first panel, at 1:30 p.m., will be Focusing on Engaged Scholarship. It will feature faculty who have received grants from the center, including: Melissa Bopp, assistant professor of kinesiology; Elizabeth Fallon, professor in kinesiology; Sheri Smith, assistant professor of regional and community planning; Elaine Johannes, assistant professor of family studies and human services; Mike Bradshaw, associate professor of family studies and human services; Carol Ann Holcomb, professor of human nutrition; Donna Schenck-Hamlin, K-State Libraries instructor; and Daryl Youngman, associate professor with K-State Libraries.

The second panel, Focus on Service Learning, will begin at 3:15 p.m. It will feature faculty members who are focused on using service learning, including Alok Bhandari, associate professor of civil engineering; Tim Steffensmeier, assistant professor of speech communication; and Gayle Doll, assistant professor and director of the Center for Aging. Mary Marston, director of the Kansas Campus Compact, a group dedicated to encouraging student community service and co-sponsor of the symposium, will also participate in the panel.

The symposium will wrap up with information about the fall 2007 Engagement Incentive Grants at 4:30 p.m.

Source: David Procter, 785-532-6868, dprocter@k-state.edu
News release prepared by: Megan Wilson, 785-532-6415, media@k-state.edu

This article was posted on Sunday, September 23, 2007, and is filed under Family Studies & Human Services.