25 years ago, the vision of Bishop Wayne Clymer and Dr. Ron Phillips, a United Methodist professor of agriculture on the U of MN Ag Campus, brought together resources and direction needed to start Project AgGrad, which seeks to address root causes of world hunger in developing countries through providing advanced degrees to selected students in production agriculture at the U of MN. Five AgGrads have now returned home and provide leadership, education, research and mentoring that touches many others in an ever widening circle of influence. The 6th student is currently at the University of MN.
The AgGrads are returning to MN in August for an anniversary celebration which culminates in the Project AgGrad Silver Anniversary Celebration on August 26. Attendees will be rewarded with presentations from the returning AgGrads Debo Olaoye from Nigeria, Kingsley Ayisi from Ghana, Tsitsi Ndowora of Zimbabwe, Jenipher Bisikwa from Uganda, Toi John Tsilo from South Africa, and current student Cathrine Ziyomo of Zimbabwe. Former Senator George McGovern, a champion of fighting hunger in children will give the keynote address, “Ending Hunger in Our Time.” Good food and exceptional music performed by Greta Oglesby and the Rev. Dennis Oglesby round out the evening.
Everyone is invited to attend this joyous celebration of past accomplishments and future expectations. The cost for the dinner is $30/each. Donations are being accepted to underwrite other Celebration costs.
For more information and the Reservation Form, pick up a Project AgGrad brochure in the Commons, see Janelle Vaubel, Lyle Christianson or Hank Garwick (or call Hank at 612.825.3926).
The Project AgGrad Silver Anniversary Celebration will be held Aug. 26, 6 – 9:30 PM at the McNamara Alumni Center on the University of MN Minneapolis Campus.