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March 13: New Farms for New Americans is Topic of Panel Discussion

Next "We Have Ag!" panel discussion is from 6-7:30 p.m. March 13 in Ostrander Auditorium.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, 3-9-2018

Mankato, Minn. – The next panel discussion in a Minnesota State University, Mankato 2017-2018 “We Have Ag!” colloquium series will be held Tuesday, March 13 and address “New Farms for New Americans: Growing Food, Community & Wealth.”

The event, free and open to the public, is from 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 13 on campus in Centennial Student Union’s Ostrander Auditorium.

The 2017-2018 “We Have Ag!” colloquium series is intended to highlight the University’s distinctive academics, research and industry connections in agriculture, food and natural resources. The series events will be live-streamed.

The format for each session will be a moderated panel discussion with an introduction, two-five speakers for five-eight minutes each, questions and open discussion for 20-30 minutes and closing remarks. All views are welcome. Deliberative discussions and light refreshments will follow each event.

One of the March 13 panel speakers is Gracia Johnson, a paralegal/outreach worker for Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services in St. Paul, Minn. Another panel speaker is Abdi Sabrie, TRIO academic advisor at South Central College who was recently appointed by Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton to the newly created Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board.

The event may also include one or more additional panelists from the agriculture industry, public and private organizations, community organizations or education.

For more information about the colloquium series, including on-demand video of previous events and a list of upcoming topics, please visit the series website or contact the University’s Office of the Provost by phone at 507-389-1333.

“These are great forums in which to learn about the success stories of Minnesota State Mankato students, alumni, faculty and staff in their academics, research and industry connections,” said Marilyn Wells, provost and senior vice president for academic affairs. “These events will also help us explore our future potential as a Non-Land Grant College of Agriculture (NLGCA), a designation we achieved in 2015. We invite the campus and local communities to attend and join us in determining our destiny.”

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 14,712 students, is part of the Minnesota State system, which includes 30 colleges and seven universities.

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