Land Grant Professionals Form Network: FALCON

Nov 15th, 2005 | By | Category: 17-2: Sustainability, Tribal College News

More than 20 tribal college representatives gathered in Minneapolis on May 26, 2005, to formalize their association of land grant professionals. The First Americans Land-grant College Organization & Network (FALCON) results from over 3 years of work providing professional development opportunities to those who work on land grant programs.

The group elected officers and approved by-laws at the May meeting. The first president is Terry Tatsey, land grant director at Blackfeet Community College.  Other elected officers include Virgil Dupuis, Salish Kootenai College, as vice president; Susan Given-Seymour, Northwest Indian College, as treasurer; and Martina McKinney, United Tribes Technical College, as secretary.

John Phillips, USDA/AIHEC liaison, served as the acting executive director. FALCON’s goals include maintaining the unique identity of the 1994 land grant institutions, fostering collaborative partnerships, and facilitating professional development.

Land grant goals are typically incorporated throughout a tribal college’s mission to serve communities, and faculty development needs are great regardless of department. Therefore, each and every tribal college faculty and staff are automatically considered members of FALCON.  No membership dues or application fees are required.  Faculty and staff only participate at the level at which they are comfortable.  Joining FALCON provides a network of tribal college expertise and resources to help land grant and non-land-grant professionals cope with the demands of the workplace.

As a new organization, FALCON’s first task is to educate and energize its membership by communicating the benefits of being active members of the association.  FALCON plans to provide opportunities such as scholarships, training events, mentoring programs, web-based collaboration, and face-to-face networking meetings.

For example, a mentoring program will match an experienced faculty or program director with a junior colleague.  Technical assistance workshops related to program development, research, or specific topical areas will be planned.

For more information, contact Terry Tatsey, email ttatsey@bfcc.org, or (406)338-7755.

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