Statewide conference to explore reciprocity in community and university partnerships

8th November 2011

NEW ALBANY, IN (Nov. 8, 2011) – The most effective university and community partnerships are a two-way street. How do we define best practices in building strong, reciprocal partnerships? What roles do such partnerships play in addressing the Hoosier Brain Drain?

Faculty, students, staff, and the community can be part of the conversation during the University Partnerships and Reciprocity Conference from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday, Nov. 14. Participants can attend the conference in person at IUPUI or can join in via video conference from IU campuses across the state, including IU Southeast.

Indiana University leaders, faculty, staff and students will join with representatives from their sister universities and the business and nonprofit communities across the state to explore the questions about entrepreneurial thinking, job placement in a difficult economy, and if Hoosier universities are cultivating leadership skills that will enable graduates to motivate and empower others.

A talk by Donald F. Kuratko will begin the conference, followed by two separate discussions lead by IU Vice President for Engagement Bill Stephan and IU Kokomo Chancellor Michael Harris.

The afternoon will be split into two breakout sessions with panel discussions focusing on job placement, internships, service learning, community partnerships, and grassroots economic development.

At 2:45 p.m., Monday, Nov. 14, IU Southeast Chancellor Sandra Patterson-Randles will convene the Grassroots Economic Development panel addressing best practices for successful mentoring, professional development for business leaders, and entrepreneurship programs. The panel will include:

  • Larry Mand, vice chancellor emeritus and professor emeritus, IU Southeast (moderator)
  • Blayr Barnard, regional director, Southeast Indiana Small Business Development Center
  • Uric Dufrene, Sanders Chair in Business, IU Southeast
  • James Williams, equity director, Middleton Reutlinger.

The sessions will be shown by video conference in University Center North at IU Southeast. Attendees are encouraged to bring a brown bag lunch for the luncheon keynote.

Made possible by the Lilly Endowment Inc.’s 2008 Sustaining Grant to Promote Educational Opportunities through Collaborations, this conference is part of the endowments goal’s of supporting entrepreneurship, internship, service learning, leadership development and job placement activities on all of IU’s campuses.

The live conference takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the University Place Conference Center on the IUPUI campus in Indianapolis. The registration deadline is Nov. 10. For more information, please visit

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