Old Main on a late February evening. Site of the Global Food Security Seminar, the Fulbright Enrichment Seminar hosted by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA).
On the evening of February 29, 2012, Fulbright students from across the country in the fields of agricultural and environmental sciences, biology and biomedical sciences, economics, engineering, and public health gathered in the rotunda of Old Main to begin four days of discussions and problem solving exercises related to food security challenges.
Edwin Rajotte, professor of entomology, arrived early to the reception. Rajotte is the Seminar Program Chair and Judge for presentations made by students later in the week.
This four-day event, held at University Park, introduced participants to technological innovators, scientists, and experts in academia, public-private consortia, private sector companies, policy groups, and research and development laboratories.
The Seminar focuses on the important topic of Global Food Security and showcased individuals and organizations who are working towards advancing sustainable, agriculture-led growth to increase availability of food for growing populations, to make food affordable, and to increase incomes of the poor.
Fulbright students in the rotunda of Old Main.
The opening reception gave students a chance to introduce themselves to faculty, students studying at other universities, and reach out to administrators and officials sponsoring the event.
Visitors arrive greeted by Janet Haner (right) of the University Office of Global Programs at Penn State.
Nearly 70 participants and supporters made their way to Old Main for the opening reception.
Ascending the stairs to the belltower of Old Main.
As part of their introduction to the University Park campus of Penn State participants were given the opportunity to climb to the belltower and take in the view. This outlook is opened for special guests of the University.
Evening view from the roof of Old Main looking south across State College, PA towards Tussey Ridge.
Even after a day of rain and a lingering mist the evening view of campus was excellent as guests made their way around the balcony.
LR: Jerrson Placido Escobar and Peter Mugisha
Jersrson Placido Escobar studies at Texas A&M and brought his experience of food security issues from Colombia. Peter Mugisha is studying at Washington State University as a student from Rwanda. During the next few days a wide range of ideas and experiences would be shared among the group.
Participants in the 2012 Fulbright Global Food Security Symposium.
A group photo was the last bit of business before participants made their way to the Hintz Alumni Center for dinner, opening remarks, and the keynote address by Roger Thurow.