SJC Welcomes Woodrow Wilson Fellow Don Winkelmann

February 18, 2009

BROOKLYN AND PATCHOGUE, NY - FEBRUARY 19, 2009 - St. Joseph's College has announced that Woodrow Wilson Fellow Don Winkelmann will visit the College on the week of March 23-27, 2009. As part of his visit, he will deliver a public lecture entitled, "An Agricultural Nexus: The Environment, the Poorest, and Productivity" on both campuses. The lecture, which will take place in the McGann Conference Room, located in OConnor Hall on the Long Island Campus on Monday, March 23 at 12:40 p.m., will be followed by a discussion with faculty and students. On Wednesday, March 25, Mr. Winkelmann will present his lecture to the Brooklyn campus in the Tuohy Hall auditorium at 12:40 p.m. Aside from public lectures, Mr. Winkelmann will spend the week exchanging ideas and sharing his unique insights with students, faculty and administrators on a wide range of issues.

Don Winkelmann has been forging ties among agricultures academic, private and public sectors in developing countries for 30 years. A former professor of economics at Iowa State University, he headed the Economics Program of the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center in Mexico from 1972 to 1985, which focuses on building improved technologies for maize and wheat farmers in developing countries. He ran the Center until 1995, at which time he chaired the Technical Advisory Committee for The Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), whose mission aims to achieve sustainable food security and reduce poverty in developing countries through scientific research. Currently, he is actively involved with the Santa Fe Council on International Relations as well as the Santa Fe International Folk Art Market.

Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellows connect a liberal education with the world beyond the campus by bringing thoughtful and successful practitioners to colleges for a week of classes and informal discussions with students and faculty. Fellows, who include government officials, business leaders, journalists, environmentalists and medical ethicists, are matched with small colleges chosen for their commitment to the goals of the program. Together they help to equip students for the social, political and economic settings they will enter and illuminate the roles they may play as professionals and informed citizens.

In 2007, the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) accepted an invitation from the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation to administer its nationally renowned Visiting Fellows program, which has been developing and conducting programs in higher education since 1945. More than 200 colleges have participated in the Visiting Fellows program since 1973. This is the sixth consecutive year that St. Josephs has hosted a Woodrow Wilson Fellow at the College.