Southern Mini LGU Joint Sessions

 Southern Mini Land-Grant Conference
Joint Sessions
Wednesday, March 20, 2019

8:00 am           Welcome and Joint Session Objectives – Jack Payne, Senior Vice President, Insitute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, Univ. of FL

8:15 am           Institution to Institution Partnerships

Moderator – Lona Roberston, Associate Dean for Academic Programs, Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences, University of Arkansas

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).


Partnership Programs for Kentucky/Tennessee Tobacco Research and Education – Tim L. Cross, Chancellor, Institute of Agriculture, University of Tennessee

ACCEPts:  A Model for Sharing Online  Courses Between Universities – Jeff S. Kuehny, Professor and Resident Director, LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens, Louisiana State University

Alabama Agricultural Land-Grant Alliance – A Model for Institutional Collaboration – Lloyd T. Walker, Dean and 1890 Research Director,  College of Agriculture, Life, and Natural Sciences, Alabama A&M University

9:45 am           Break 

10:15 am         Enhancing Public/Private Partnerships

Moderator – Saied Mostaghimi, Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Virginia Tech

Brief description – This session is designed to highlight 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

Presentations –

Partnerships at North Carolina State University: What’s Works and What Doesn’t – Steve Lommel, Associate Dean for Research, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, North Carolina State University

Developing Strategic Partnerships in the 1890 Land-Grant System – Walter Hill, Dean, College of Agricultural, Life and Natural Sciences, Tuskegee University

Appreciating Partners Perspective – Building Success – Robin Safley, Executive Director, Feeding Florida

12:00 pm        Lunch 

1:30 pm          Welcome Back – Robert Taylor, Dean and Director, Land Grant Programs, Florida A&M University

1:35 pm          Rural-Urban Connections

Moderator – Nancy Cox, Dean and Director of Land Grant Programs, College of Agriculture, University of Kentucky 

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.

Presentations – 

Urban-rural Interdependency – Stephan Goetz, Director, Northeast Regional Center for Rural Development

Focus on the Positive: Community Successes – Steve Turner, Director, Southern Rural Development Center

Ensuring Rural Student Access to Post-secondary Education:  A North Carolina Example – John Dole, Associate Dean for Academic Programs, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, North Carolina State University

The Role of the LGU and Health in Urban-Rural Connections – Patrick Stover, Vice Chancellor and Dean, Agriculture and Life Sciences, Texas A&M AgriLife

3:00                 Break 

3:30                 Communicating Impacts of Your Programs

Moderator – Rodd Mosel, Oklahoma State University CARET Delegate and President,
American Plant Products & Services, Inc. 

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.

Presentations – 

Introduction; Why do we need impact reports? How to be effective impact storytellers Faith Peppers, Director of Public Affairs and Chief Communications Officer, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, University of Georgia

Preview of the new site and resources available on the site you to use – Frankie Gould, Director, Communications and Public Relations, Louisiana State University AgCenter
(Participants should bring their laptop so they can use the site)

Tour the new National Impact Database input and review features – Ruth Borger, Assistant Vice President University Relations, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, University of Florida
(Hands-on practice, laptops needed; Faith Peppers and Frankie Gould assisting)