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APLU's Alvis Writes Article on Global Learning in Agricultural Education Magazine
Samantha Alvis, Ph.D.
Director, International Development and Programs
Samantha Alvis, APLU's Assistant Director for International Development and Programs, penned an article on the importance of global learning in higher education in the September-October issue of the Agricultural Education Magazine.
APLU’s Alvis Presented at the Third Annual Summit on Global Food Security and Health
Samantha Alvis, Ph.D.
Director, International Development and Programs

APLU’s Samantha Alvis, Ph.D., Assistant Director of International Programs and Development presented as part of a panel on The Many Dimensions of Global Food Security at the Third Annual Summit on Global Food Security and Health at the Schar School of Policy and Government, George Mason University. 

APLU's Anderson to Present at Two Higher Ed Conferences
Eugene L. Anderson, Ph.D.
Vice President, Access and Success
APLU's Eugene Anderson will address how HBCUs can play a critical role in diversifying the tech industry at the HBCU CSe Faculty Summit on Oct. 26, sponsored by Google and White House Initiatives on HBCUs. Anderson will also participate in a panel on higher ed policy influencers at the ASHE Conference on Nov. 10. 
Jared C. Avery
APLU’s Avery to Present at the 2016 National Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) Week on Monday, October 24th
Jared C. Avery, Ph.D.
Associate Director, Access & Success

APLU's Jared Avery will present on how HBCUs, specifically the historically black, land-grant universities, help build a diverse and highly-skilled workforce in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

APLU's DeFreese to Present at the Fifth African Higher Education Week and RUFORUM Biennial Conference 2016
Michelle DeFreese
Leland International Hunger Fellow
APLU's Michelle DeFreese will present on the topic of Public-Private Partnerships for Skills Development at Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA) and will examine lessons learned from engaging the private sector for innovation and skills acquisition in public research universities in Africa. 
APLU's Michaels to Speak at Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities Annual Conference
Julia Michaels
Deputy Executive Director, APLU Center for Public University Transformation
APLU's Julia Michaels will examine lessons learned from innovation across urban public research universities. Michaels will present on Urban Universities for HEALTH, which aims to build a diverse health and biomedical research workforce to address health disparities. 
Wendy Fink
Fink Presents on Ag Careers and Workforce
Wendy Fink
Director of Food, Agriculture & Natural Resources and Executive Director of the BAA Academic Programs Section

Wendy Fink, APLU's associate director for Food, Agriculture, and Natural Resources, served as a panelist at the North American Food & Ag HR Roundtable. The panel examined how employability skills have changed in food and agriculture fields, where they need to change further, and what universities can do to help agriculture graduates develop skills such as teamwork, leadership, communications, and professionalism.

Montague Demment
Demment Honored with 2016 AIARD Award for Distinguished Service
Montague Demment, Ph.D.
Vice President, International Programs

Montague (Tag) Demment was honored with the Association for International Agriculture and Rural Development's 2016 Distinguished Service Award. The award recognizes a demonstrated public service that has advanced AIARD’s purposes, innovative contributions to AIARD programs, and extended service in the international arena and in AIARD.

Travis York Head Shot
York to be Lead Presenter at NASPA's Students Success in Higher Ed Conference
Travis York, Ph.D.
Assistant Vice President, Academic and Student Affairs

Travis York will lead a comprehensive look at evidenced-based transformative activities occurring across pathways into and through post-secondary education.  While the session focuses on four portions of the college path—holistic enrollment, transfer students’ sense of belonging, retention initiatives, and senior completion grants, the overarching focus is towards how institutions can vertically align suites of transformative activities to achieve increased gains overall student persistence and aid in closing achievement gaps.  

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