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K-State launches statewide community visit initiative; Flint Hills visit will be Sept. 1

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MANHATTAN — Kansas State University is coming to your community.

As the nation’s first operational land-grant university, K-State is launching a new presidential initiative focused on the people of Kansas and their communities. Every academic year, K-State will visit nine communities throughout the state to listen and learn from the Kansans who live there. The initiative kicks off with the first community visit on Thursday, Sept. 1, in the Flint Hills region of Riley, Pottawatomie and Geary counties.

The community visits will include a day of conversations, events to highlight community partnerships and extension relationships, service projects and recruitment activities. The events for each regional community visit will be free and open to all Kansans: community members, leaders, families, current and future students and parents.

“With our leadership in all 105 Kansas counties, K-State is uniquely positioned to serve Kansans in a diversity of ways unmatched by any other university,” said K-State President Richard Linton. “Our community visit initiative gives us the opportunity to celebrate and expand upon our relationships across the state, ensuring we are continuing to find new and innovative ways to meet the needs of the people of Kansas.”

To celebrate the upcoming Flint Hills regional community visit, Manhattan Mayor Linda Morse will sign a proclamation declaring Sept. 1 as K-State & Community Partnership Day. The signing will occur at the Manhattan City Commission meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 16.

The Flint Hills regional community visit will include a variety of events throughout the day to connect with the community and celebrate multiple partnerships in the area. Everyone is invited to three major public events on Sept. 1:

• Community open forum, 8:30-9:30 a.m., Hilton Garden Inn, Manhattan Conference Center. Linton and K-State students will host a dialogue about university and community connections and the student experience.

• Mobile food distribution service project, 4 p.m., C-1 parking lot, Chester E. Peters Recreation Complex. Through HandsOn Kansas State, community members, students, faculty and staff can participate in a service project to address food insecurity in the community.

• Calling all ‘Cats, 6-7:45 p.m., K-State Alumni Center Ballroom. Interested students and their families can hear from current students and experts to learn about the K-State experience. Registration starts at 6 p.m. and the program starts at 6:30 p.m.

View a full schedule of activities for the Flint Hills visit 

After the Flint Hills visit, the other regional community visit dates for the fall 2022 semester include:

• Tuesday, Sept. 27, Ford County/Dodge City.

• Wednesday, Nov. 2, Greater Kansas City area.

• Monday, Dec. 5, Central Kansas/Salina.

The five spring 2023 semester locations will include locations in northeast, south central, southeast, southwest and northwest Kansas. More details about each visit will be provided closer to the dates.

The community visits will help to shape K-State’s new strategic plan to become a next-generation land-grant university. These regional community visits will serve as an important first step in how K-State engages Kansans through this planning process and how the university listens to communities throughout the state about the future of K-State.

Learn more about the community visit initiative

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Derek Nester
Derek Nesterhttps://sunflowerstateradio.com
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.

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