Southern Mini Land-Grant Conference
Wednesday, March 20, 2019
8:00 am Welcome and Joint Session Objectives – Jack Payne (UFL)
8:15 am Institution to Institution Partnerships
Moderator – Lona Roberston (UArk)
Confirmed presenters – Tim Cross (UTK), Jeff Kuehny (LSU), Lloyd Walker (AL A&M)
Brief description – Program redundancy among institutions in the same state, or neighboring states, is not cost effective and may create questions during accreditation visits, state governing bodies’ assessments or other inquiries. This session will present examples of partnerships and collaborations that are working and their benefits. One program that the session may highlight is the Alliance for Cooperative Course Exchange in the Plant Sciences (ACCEPTS).
Goals and expected outcomes – To encourage collaboration among the Southern Region land-grant institutions to reduce redundancy and share resources (e.g. faculty and programs).
9:45 am Break
10:15 am Enhancing Public/Private Partnerships
Moderator – Saied Mostaghimi (VA Tech)
Confirmed presenters – Walter Hill (Tuskegee), Steve Lommel (NCSU), Robin Safley (Executive Director, Feeding Florida)
Brief description – This session is designed to highlight the success factors and best practices of public-private partnerships along with a discussion of roles, expectations, and responsibilities of each partner. There will be an opportunity to hear from a panel of four leaders/professionals representing various types of public-private partnerships. The panelists will also share skills and assets and identify mutual benefits of sustaining partnerships.
Goals and expected outcomes –
Participants will have a greater understanding of what are considered “best practices” in the development of public-private partnerships
Participants will have a greater understanding of the risks and benefits potential
Participants will identify potential partners and/or improve existing partnerships or collaborations
12:00 pm Lunch
1:30 pm Welcome Back – Robert Taylor (FAMU)
1:35 pm Rural-Urban Connections
Moderator – Nancy Cox (UKY)
Confirmed presenters – Patrick Stover (TAMU), Steven Turner (SRDC), John Dole, (NCSU), Stephan Goetz (NE Center for Rural Development)
Brief description – Despite media attempts to portray urban and rural areas as hopelessly disconnected, the reality is that the social, economic, and environmental health of both types of communities, and all those in between, are linked and interdependent on one another. Efforts are underway across the country to address common concerns, better understand interconnections, and strengthen collaborations across communities.
Goals and expected outcomes – Participants should walk away with knowledge of what is currently being done in some areas to strengthen linkages and increase collaboration between urban and rural entities. Participants may decide that more attention is needed on this topic and perhaps there could be a Southern focus to the topic.
3:30 Communicating Impacts of Your Programs
Moderator – Rodd Mosel (CARET)
Confirmed presenters – Faith Peppers (UGA), Frankie Gould (LSU), Scott Cummings (TAMU), Ruth Borger (UFL)
Brief description – The National Impacts Database has a revised platform and new guidelines have been established to elevate the quality of impact statements for the LGU system. This session will provide an overview of the new system and how it can best be used to inform stakeholders of LGU impacts.
3:30 – Introduction; Why do we need impact reports? How to be effective impact storytellers – Faith Peppers
4:00 – Preview of the new landgrantimpacts.org site and resources available on the site you to use – Frankie Gould (participants are encouraged to bring their laptop so they can use the site, download materials and ask questions)
4:30 – Tour the new National Impact Database input and review features – Scott Cummings (hands-on practice, laptops needed; Ruth Borger and Frankie Gould assisting with hands-on)
4:55 – Questions?