MANHATTAN, KANSAS, U.S. — The International Grains Program (IGP) announced on May 28 the hiring of two new staff members, Patrick Hackenberg and Lisa Long, to fill the positions of educational media coordinator and event coordinator, respectively. 

They joined the IGP team on May 28.

“I am excited to be welcoming Pat and Lisa to the IGP team. They bring significant experience and creativity to the IGP institute advancing our objective to deliver innovative and quality programs,” said Mark Fowler, IGP associate director.

As the educational media coordinator, Hackenberg is responsible for managing graphics for course promotions and presentations, website analytics, IGP YouTube channel content, video support for course promotions, manager of the online reference library, among other tasks. In addition, Hackenberg will be supporting the Distance Education Program through video and media development and integration.

A Kansas State University graduate, Hackenberg gained more than 22 years of involvement with
the communications industry. Prior to joining IGP, he worked in the Department of Communications and Agricultural Education at KSU as a graphic designer. His experience also includes working with representatives from the National Agricultural Biosecurity Center, the Department of Homeland Security, and the CIA to design a series of technical information reporting guides covering a variety of diseases currently affecting animals and humans.

“I’m looking forward to the new position that provides a chance for me to use my communications skills and the latest technology to help promote the International Grains Program at Kansas State University,” said Hackenberg.

Taking over the position of event coordinator, Long is responsible for planning, organizing and coordinating administrative and organizational details regarding all IGP activities. Also a graduate of Kansas State University, Long has had over 10 years of experience in planning and executing events for organizations. Recently serving as program coordinator for the Global Campus at Kansas State University, Long has extensive training with logistics, design, and preparation for marketing onsite materials such as brochures, signs and fliers.

“I have a passion for lifelong learning, and I am certain this will be a great place to combine my event management, relationship management skills and knowledge of outreach education,” Long said. “As a Kansas farm girl, I have a deep respect for the impact that the International Grains Program and the grain science industry have on feeding people throughout the world.”