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Sunday, May 19, 2019

8:00 AM - 11:00 AM: Conference Registration-HUB-Robeson Center
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM: Certificate Program: Level 1 (Must Pre-register)
This workshop provides a foundation for understanding the complex issues in strengthening or repairing relations in a town and gown community. Cities where university students comprise a significant percent of the population face special issues. Noise, over occupancy, parking, excessive littering, affordable housing, and alcohol use may create friction between university and city management, as well as student renters and permanent community members. These points of conflict can be a symptom of the larger issue of a disconnect between a university and the local government. This interactive session is designed for participants to engage with the instructors and each other in a reflective process of planning for the future in their community. To register, click here
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM: Certificate Level II (Must Pre-register)
This pre-conference workshop, Creating Communities of Partnership, with Peter Block and Bill Brewer, explores the role of university/city leader as community builder and connector of community players. This means acting as a convener of landlords, residents, students, developers, university departments and more. The purpose of this role is to build social capital through initiating new conversations among the parties. This convener of new conversations among citizens is designed to create a future for their community that is geared to resolution as opposed to needing to be right. Many of the issues facing our cities such as crime, alcohol or sexual violence are symptoms of the extreme isolation among neighbors. To register, contact Susan Stafford.  
1:00 PM - 6:00 PM: Conference Registration-HUB-Robeson Center
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM: ITGA Community Service Project (Must Pre-register)

What better way to add to your 2019 ITGA Conference experience than by giving back to the State College Community? You're invited to volunteer on Sunday, May 19 from 2-4 PM with fellow conference attendees at the Taproot Kitchen, located at 318 South Atherton Street. Taproot Kitchen is a local culinary venture that employs and empowers adults with autism and intellectual disabilities and utilizes excess produce from nearby farms. At this volunteer event, participants can expect to tidy up the pollinator garden, rejuvenate and add compost to flower and produce beds, and plant flowers and vegetables that will be used in future Taproot Kitchen creations. Volunteers are encouraged to represent their town or gown by wearing a shirt and/or hat that displays their collegiate or hometown pride! Sunscreen, insect repellent, water bottles, gloves, and equipment will be provided...all you need to bring is yourself. 

2:00 PM - 4:00 PM: Walking Tour: Stop, Look, Listen: Downtown State College Art Walk (Must Pre-register)
Each summer, thousands of art-enthusiasts flock to the State College and Penn State community to attend the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts. Although the 2019 Arts Festival isn’t until July, ITGA attendees can get a taste of the festival by joining Rick Bryant (Executive Director of the Arts Festival) for a walking tour of public art in downtown State College. This Mobile Session will be held rain or shine. This 1-mile walk will be taken at a leisurely pace and will involve hills.
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM: *Sustainability at Penn State: Innovations in Educating the Community (Must Pre-register)
From Antarctic climate change to mass consumer psychology, Penn State University is a global leader in sustainability research. But much of its work actually focuses on promoting sustainability in its own backyard. Attendees will tour university initiatives to promote sustainable community engagement. Highlights include a green roof, the campus arboretum, student farm, and a model solar home and biodigester. Tour ends at the Berkey Creamery for locally made ice cream!
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM: Professional Networking Tour (Must Pre-register)
Please join us for an evening of networking, wining and dining in our newly developed Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Plaza on May 19th from 6:00-8:00pm. We will have heavy hors d’oeuvres with a beer and wine tasting from local Pennsylvania businesses. You will experience live musical performances and have an opportunity to tour our Chamber of Commerce, Downtown State College Improvement District and hear from the founding members of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Plaza Committee! To register for this pre-conference event, click here