Kansas State University: Office of Engagment

K-State is designed to maximize the investment Kansans have made in higher education to better themselves and their communities. Through mutually beneficial relationships with public and private sector partners, K-State is leveraging its research, te


Kansas State University has always been proud of its land-grant mission and university-community engagement approach. Whether by welcoming students to its campus or taking university expertise to people across the state, K-State has taken seriously its mandate to make the resources of the university open and accessible to all Kansans. 


Through K-State Research and Extension, distance education, service learning, arts outreach and community-based research, K-State faculty and staff have a rich history of working with Kansans and communities worldwide. This collaborative work is captured in the idea of engagement. Engagement emphasizes campus and community partnerships – through research, teaching and service – where groups collaborate on critical issues in reciprocal, mutually beneficial ways. 


The Office of Engagement is a campus-wide resource dedicated to providing value to both university and off-campus communities through expanded outreach and engagement. On campus, we advocate for, facilitate and celebrate engaged initiatives. For our off-campus partners, we serve as a portal to expert university faculty and resources that address community needs, goals and dreams. We function as a liaison for groups, agencies and communities connecting with faculty to tackle needs and opportunities in areas of economic development, community coaching, public health, entrepreneurship, arts development, environmental stewardship and community visioning.

Services Provided

Advocacy & Public Policy

  • Issues Related to the Geographic Location of a Business
  • Kansas Business Issues
  • Community Involvement
  • Women’s Business Issues

Business Planning

  • Census Data

Management Issues & Training

  • Leadership/Professional Development

Import & Export Assistance

  • Translation Services

Libraries & Research Organizations

  • Business Research Resources


  • Student Provided Research

Office, Laboratory & Meeting Space

  • Conference/Meeting Space
  • Event Facilities
  • Incubator Space
  • Office Equipment & Furniture
  • Office Space

Economic & Property Development

  • Consulting
  • Revitalization
  • Watershed Planning

Technical Assistance

  • Commercialization
  • Technology Transfer


  • Annual Budget
  • Bookkeeping
  • Business Plan
  • Cash Flow Projections
  • Financial Statements
  • Marketing Plan
  • Pre-Business Planning
  • Topics Related to Developing & Maintaining a Small Business
  • Hazardous Waste Generation Avoidance
  • Health & Safety Training
  • Business Management
  • International Trade

Internship Programs & Student Services

  • Web Design

Nonprofit Development

  • Board Development
  • Funds Development
  • Organizational Audits
  • Strategic Planning
  • Accounting
  • Human Resources
  • Technical Services
  • Grants Management
  • Legal Ramifications
Contact Information
Tim Steffensmeier
103 Leadership Studies Building
1350 MidCampus Drive
Manhattan, KS 66506
(785) 532-6808