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Inaugural conference a success

The Interlink Alliance's first Faculty Development Conference exceeded expectations
Mar 29, 2010
From staff reports

More than 100 people attended The Interlink Alliance's inaugural Faculty Development Conference, ?Teaching the Millennial Student: Best Practices in Teaching and Learning,? on March 19-20 at Spelman College in Atlanta.

The Interlink Alliance*
is a consortium of eight Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) and Ohio University. It focuses, among other objectives, on discussing the best practices for faculty, staff and institutions in instructing African-American students so they excel to their full potential.

The crowd grew to 140 to listen to the keynote speaker, John Silvanus Wilson, Jr., executive director of the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities, and former member of the Spelman College Board of Trustees.

Tyrone Carr, director of The Interlink Alliance, attended the speech.
"[Wilson] spoke of his passion for improving HBCUs and how The Interlink Alliance can accomplish this by its core mission and adopting best practices for success," Carr said. "He praised The Interlink Alliance for the work that it has started."

The weekend had several highlights, Wilson's speech among them. But to Carr, to choose just one moment would be a disservice to the conference.

"To me, the highlight of the weekend was seeing all of our hard work come together," he said. "We had committee members that had been meeting for over five months, via conference calls only, put together a conference of this magnitude. This, again, speaks to the notion that we can do more and better together than we can do by ourselves."

Plans are already being developed for the next conference, which will focus on student leadership development, to take place in southwest Ohio, and many are even looking further ahead than that.

"Immediately following the [keynote speaker] luncheon, two separate member institutions approached me inquiring if they could host the next faculty development conference," Carr said. "Attendees also stated that it was one of the best conferences they had ever attended."


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Published: Mar 29, 2010 8:00 AM

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