Kansas Paraguay Partners 2015 Annual Meeting

Kansas Paraguay Partners had their annual meeting on March 14, 2015.  We were honored to have Paraguayan Ambassador Igor Pangrazio, Steve Vedder President of Partners of the Americas and two of his staff form Washington, DC.  The board had a welcoming dinner the previous evening.  The program included:

  • a panel of members who talked about what KKP and Paraguay have meant to them,
  • news from POA by Steve Vetter, Sherrita Wilkins, Ukiah Busch.
  • Ed O’Malley President of Kansas Leadership Circle told us about the Center.

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Celebrating 50 Years of Partnerships

That was the theme of the Kansas Paraguay Partners Annual Meeting held in Manhattan Kansas on March 8. We aren’t actually 50 years old but we are helping celebrate the Partners of the Americas anniversary.  We actually date to 1968 which makes us 46.  In addition to celebrating POA’s 50th we featured the collaboration that helped create the program of Human Ecology at the National University in Paraguay (see pervious post).

Here are some pictures from our meeting. I did not catch the name of the Paraguayan student who sang so beautifully.  If anyone can tell me, I will edit this and add her name.  She deserves it.

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Human Ecology in Kansas and Paraguay


Pictured here are Clotilde Benitez and Mimi Smith Zabalio at the Kansas Paraguay Partners (KPP) meeting March 8, 1014.  Clotilde is the Dean of the College of Human Ecology at the National University in Paraguay and a graduate of Kansas State University (KSU).  Mimi Smith Zabalio is a long time member and supporter of KPP and the founder of the Paraguayan Human Ecology program. In the 1980s Mimi was a professor at KSU and working with Paraguayan counterparts on a variety of projects.  Out of these efforts came support from the Kellogg Foundation to establish a program for educating rural development professions in the College of Agronomy at the National University of Asuncion. This became the Department of Human Ecology in Paraguay. Most of the faculty of this program received degrees from KSU.  Other KPP members involved in these efforts were Lois Redman, Barbara Stowe, Meredith Stroh and Clara Dubbs.  I am certain that I haven’t credited all of those involved and invite additions and corrections.

2013 Annual Meeting

The Kansas Paraguay Partners Annual Meeting was held Saturday March 9.  The theme of the meeting was the Development of Democracy in Paraguay with a panel of political scientists who had participated in a CIRD related project in Paraguay.  Here are some photos from the meeting.


Professor Jared Larson


Professor Miguel Gonzalez-Abellas


Professor Bob Beatty


Panel of Political Scientists


Professor Michael Smith


Professor John Barnett


Paraguayan Ambassador to USA Fernando Pfanni


Professor Ed Flentje


Kansas Paraguay Partners President Jay Newton


Kansas Paraguay Partners Annual Meeting

Parking for the Kansas Paraguay Partners meeting this weekend.

If you are coming in on the turnpike take Lawrence exit 202 (US 59S, Iowa Street).  Drive south on Iowa to 9th street.  Turn left or east and proceed to Mississippi (there is a convenience store on the left and a liquor store on the right).  Turn right toward the campus.

There is a parking garage on the left that is on the north side of the Kansas Union (the meeting place).  You can park there for $1.50 per hour or you can proceed to the south side of the Spencer Art Museum, turn right and proceed to parking lot 91.  After 5 pm on Friday and all day Saturday you can park there for FREE.  There is a tunnel that you can take to the Union.  There are many floors so find the elevator.

March Newsletter

The March Kansas-Paraguay Partners newsletter is in the mail and available here. Just click on the newsletter tab at the top of this page.  It is full of great stuff.  Take a look.

Annual Meeting

Join us at the Kansas-Paraguay Annual Meeting.  It will be held in the Mallot room of the University of Kansas Student Union on Saturday March 9.  Coffee at 8 am.  The theme is the developing democracy in Paraguay.  Registration and lunch costs $25.  It promises to be an excellent meeting.

There is a quarterly board meeting the evening before.  Join us for that as well.  It will start with a small meal at 6 pm in the English Room of the Kansas Union


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