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Paraguayan professor to speak

By The Mercury

Clotilde Benitez, professor and head of the human ecology department at the National University of Asuncion in Paraguay, will give the keynote address Saturday at the meeting of Kansas Paraguay Partners at Kansas State University.

The lecture, which marks the group’s 50th anniversary, will be at 9:30 a.m. in the K-State Student Union and is open to the public.

Benitez, who has a master’s degree from Kansas State University, also will meet with College of Human Ecology administrators and faculty to develop ongoing partnerships between Kansas State and the National University of Asuncion.

“The history of the human ecology program in Paraguay is a K-State story,” said Virginia Moxley, co-director of the Institute of Academic Alliances and former dean of the College of Human Ecology. Kansas Paraguay Partners is an affiliate of the U.S. Department of State sponsored Partners of the Americas Project.

Benitez’s department, part of the College of Agricultural Engineering, has 150 students and 12 faculty. It grew out of a Kansas Paraguay Partners project in Paraguay between Mimi Smith, associate professor in the foods and nutrition department at Kansas State University, and Lic. Lilé Gonzalez, director of the Teacher Training Institute in San Juan Bautista, capital of the Department of Misiones, Paraguay.

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