This was one of the most interesting conferences I have ever been asked to attend as a faculty member. It was so refreshing to attend a conference with no expectations of presenting my data or professional interests, but rather to speak extemporaneously about fascinating topics of broad interest. I particularly appreciated the opportunity for meeting so many interesting people with a wide scope of interests and backgrounds.
Thank you & all the people at MSU who put the event together. I had a wonderful, extremely stimulating time --- far more than I had anticipated. I don't know what you could have done better except make it go one for another week so I could really get to talk with everyone in some depth. I came home thrilled with the quality of people I had met and the connections made. On the panels, I had conversations with fascinating people from professional backgrounds that I am not often exposed to --- and I was very impressed with them. I learned a lot.
Thank you again for the joint community and university event with a broad array of speakers and information. It is one of the highlights of my travels this year. This should be written up as a “best practice” for other universities. Maybe it already has been publicized that way. It is an excellent university / community program. It would have been somewhat of a “downer” if each audience was nor abundant or engaged. This was not the case this year, so whatever you did to get the crowds, that helped to make the success.
This was a terrific conference and I so appreciate being invited. I had a blast!
Michelle Benoit and Glen Pitre
Stacy Ulbig, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Political Science
Sam Houston State University
Director, Art for Empowerment Program
Southern Illinois University-Carbondale
Paul Von Essen
School Social Worker
Cherry Creek School District
Vice President, Global Affairs & Global Projects Specialist
Pangaea Global AIDS Foundation