KARL GRADUATE PROGRAM
CLINICS, WORKSHOPS, CONFERENCES & TOURS
The KARL Graduate Program includes specialized professional improvement clinics, workshops and big issue conferences on a regional and statewide basis. Frequent surveys will present options for interest areas to develop into training and travel opportunities. The graduates generating the interest for clinic/workshop topics will be asked to serve as the planning and implementation teams. The KARL office and Graduate Program staff will serve as logistical coordinators, fee collection services and will coordinate the event marketing and event operations. The graduates will in essence have ownership in the events. The KARL Board alumni relations task force will be asked to serve as a sounding board as the staff develops site location options, names of trainers and tour options and intended outcomes to meet the objectives of the event coordinating chair and their teams.
*TOURS: The KARL Graduate Program Intrastate (Kansas), Interstate (US Domestic) and International Study Tour Exchange destination options will be surfaced from surveys of the graduates with general tour opportunities (ultimately) marketed 2-5 years in advance of the projected travel dates.
Participants will be able to register for a destination well in advance through a process known as “Bank-a-Tour”: Registrants can register upon a tours announcement, then pay off the estimated price immediately (with latitude for final payment price adjustments if estimated costs increase) or, may pay in monthly installments. Staff will keep a record (Excel file) of tour registrants and their payment progress.
Given adequate demand we may also consider setting up closed offerings to classes for 10th anniversary return trips to their KARL Program International Study Tour destinations. If not filled by class members and their spouses, the available seats open to other alums, followed by present and past board members, on a first come first served basis. The first tour would be led by Dr. Vincent Amanor-Boadu in 2017 to Ghana; In 2019 to India with Dr. Sajid Alavi and in 2023 to Peru with Elsa Toburen, etc.
The greatest benefits of the KARL Graduate Program are to: 1) increase support of the two year KARL Program by alumni thus expanding their network 2) provide life-long learning and professional improvement opportunities 3) enhance quality of life experiences for graduates and their spouses through cultural exchange travel opportunities and 4) greatly enhance network development with other state and international agricultural leadership alumni and networks beyond the KARL family network.
*In order to participate in national and international tour study tour cultural exchange experiences, KARL graduates and their guest must be actively supporting the current program at a minimum of $250 per household per year.
The KARL Graduate Program will work through the KARL, Inc. ALUMNI RELATIONS TASK FORCE of the KARL Board. The committee is charged with monitoring continuing education, leadership achievements and marketing, as well as motivating all alumni to support the current class budget. The Committee is assigned to: Encourage the development of more KARL fundraising/alumni appreciation/educational events (including annual alumni conferences plus domestic and International Study Tours for alumni and spouses. The KARL Graduate Program is fee based (self funded) so as to not compete with the two-year KARL Program fund development effort.
August 21-30, 2013
The KARL Graduate Program 2012 International Tour went to Sweden July 22 to August 2. The Domestic Tour will go to Alaska, August 21-30, 2013. Registration was due March 1. Future tours announced soon. Groups are generally limited to first 36 registrants. Contact Jack for more details.
To register for an upcoming event, send the registration forms and fees directly to the office. For Domestic and International tours of the KARL Graduate Program, contact the office to see if program support is at or above the qualifying level for tour participation and request registration materials. Payments to the current KARL Program class may be paid by credit card electronically via our PayPal button but registration for KARL Graduate Program activities must be paid by check and mailed to:
KARL Graduate Program
101 Umberger Hall
Manhattan, KS 66506