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K-State, Fort Riley renew partnership at ceremony

By Kristina Jackson

Kansas State University and Fort Riley renewed their military-to-university community partnership at a signing ceremony Wednesday afternoon on the K-State campus.

K-State president Kirk Schulz and Maj. Gen. Paul E. Funk II, 1st Infantry Division and Fort Riley commanding general, signed a document reinforcing the institutions’ relationship.

First signed in 2008, the partnership allows each institution access to resources it would not otherwise have.

Schulz said it has also created Wildcat fans around the world.

“The solders come to athletic events, and it doesn’t matter who’s playing, they’re there and they’re enthusiastic,” Schulz said.

Funk met a K-State graduate student working on her dissertation about the nutrition of soldiers in Fort Riley’s dining facilities.

“We have access to a great university,” Funk said. “If we have a problem, I know we can go to the university.”

In the future, both Schulz and Funk said they hope to continue to find ways for students to work on research and outreach with soldiers and their families. Whether it is soldiers bringing energy and enthusiasm to a volleyball game or professors offering expertise to the base, Schulz said the university and Fort Riley can work together so that “everyone finds their experience exceptional.”

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