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b2ap3_thumbnail_3-16-DeVito-Lecture.jpgWaynesburg University will host guest lecturer Dennis Yablonsky on Wednesday, March 29, as part of the Rosetta Kormuth DeVito Lecture Series.

Yablonsky will offer his lecture, “Supply, Demand and the Future of Work in the Pittsburgh Region,” at 7:30 p.m. in the University’s Goodwin Performing Arts Center. Admission is free, and the public is cordially invited to attend.

Yablonsky is the Chief Executive Officer of the Allegheny Conference on Community Development and its affiliated organizations, which include the Greater Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce, the Pennsylvania Economy League of Southwestern Pennsylvania and the Pittsburgh Regional Alliance. A native of the Pittsburgh region, Yablonsky has an accomplished career in dynamic business growth and economic development.

He began his career leading two successful software companies, Cincom Systems in Cincinnati and the Carnegie Group in Pittsburgh. Yablonsky helped grow Cincom Systems into a $125 million global organization and turned the Carnegie Group into a $32 million publically traded company. Following these successes, he became the founding CEO of the Pittsburgh Digital Greenhouse and the Pittsburgh Life Sciences Greenhouse, innovative models for technology-based economic development.

From February 2003 to October 2008, Yablonsky served as the secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development, where he led the formulation of an economic stimulus program and helped develop the Governor’s $650 million energy fund. He adopted his current position in March 2009.

Today, Yablonsky serves on the boards of the Regional Industrial Development Corporation (RIDC), the Strategic Investment Fund (SIF), the Pittsburgh Life Sciences Greenhouse (PLSG), Vibrant Pittsburgh, the Senator John Heinz History Center and the Pittsburgh Public Theater. He is also a member of the University of Pittsburgh Institute of Politics Board of Fellows and a recipient of an honorary doctor of humane letters degree from Point Park University for his leadership in the Pittsburgh region. Dennis and his wife, Veronica, live in the Pittsburgh area and are the parents of two grown daughters.

Founded in 1849 by the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Waynesburg University is located on a traditional campus in the hills of southwestern Pennsylvania, with three additional sites located in the Pittsburgh region. The University is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) and is one of only 21 Bonner Scholar schools in the country, offering local, regional and international opportunities to touch the lives of others through service.

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Ashley Wise, Associate Director of University Relations

awise@waynesburg.edu or 724-852-7675

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Waynesburg University’s Rosetta Kormuth DeVito Lecture Series will host a guest lecturer Monday, Feb. 29, at 7:30 p.m. in Alumni Hall. Admission to the lecture is free, and the public is cordially invited to attend. 

The event will feature an evening with New York Times bestselling author Jeanne Marie Laskas, author of “Concussion,” the book that inspired the movie starring Will Smith. “Concussion” follows the story of Dr. Bennett Omalu, who made a startling discovery about the damage done to an NFL football player’s brain after game-related injuries. 

Laskas’ lecture will explore Omalu’s journey from publishing a research article, to being featured in GQ through Laskas’ own writing, to being the subject of a bestselling book and, now, a movie. 

Jeanne Marie Laskas is the author of seven books, including “Concussion,” “Hidden America” and the award-winning trilogy of memoirs: “Fifty Acres and Poodle,” “The Exact Same Moon” and “Growing Girls.” Most of her longform journalism now appears in GQ, where she is a correspondent writing about a wide variety of subjects. She has been writing for national magazines for 20 years, with work appearing in The New York Times Magazine, Smithsonian Magazine and many others. 

She has won more than a dozen Gold Quill awards for Excellence in Journalism and was a finalist in feature writing at the 2007 National Magazine Awards. Laskas serves as director of the Writing Program at the University of Pittsburgh, where she teaches creative writing. 

The Rosetta Kormuth DeVito series was created to explore topics related to business, culture and the arts. The lecture series addresses a variety of current topics that are of interest to graduate and undergraduate students and the community. 

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Ashley Wise, Assistant Director of University Relations

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b2ap3_thumbnail_DeVito.jpgWaynesburg University’s DeVito Lecture Series will host Dr. Robert Lupton Thursday, Jan. 15, at 7:30 p.m., in Alumni Hall. Admission is free, and the public is invited to attend Lupton’s lecture, “Toxic Charity – How Churches and Charities Hurt Those They Help, and How to Reverse it.”

In his lecture, Lupton takes an in-depth look at caring, well-meaning people and their tendencies to unintentionally do more harm than good in their attempts to assist those in need. He talks about the principals of charity and the unintended consequences and offers practical remedies to correct the harm and replace it with new paradigms of service.

Dr. Lupton has invested the past 43 years of his life in inner-city Atlanta as a Christian community developer and entrepreneur who brings together communities of resource with communities of need. In response to a call that he first felt while serving in Vietnam, he left a budding business career to work with delinquent urban youth. His life’s work has been the rebuilding of urban neighborhoods where families can flourish and children can grow into healthy adults.

Through Focus Community Strategies (FCS) Urban Ministries, a non-profit organization which he founded, Dr. Lupton has developed three mixed-income subdivisions, organized two multi-racial congregations, started a number of businesses, created housing for hundreds of families and initiated a wide range of human services in his community.  

He is the author of five books: “Compassion, Justice and the Christian Life,” “Renewing the City,” “Return Flight,” “Theirs is the Kingdom” and “Toxic Charity.”  

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Ashley Wise, Senior Writer/Editor

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b2ap3_thumbnail_3-Kassalow.jpgWaynesburg University’s DeVito Lecture Series will host Dr. Jordan Kassalow Tuesday, February 25, at 7:30 p.m. in the Goodwin Performing Arts Center. Admission is free, and the public is invited to attend Kassalow’s lecture, “Social Entrepreneurship: How to Change the World.”

In his lecture, Kassalow will share the many challenges one encounters in finding purpose, and once found, translating that into action and impact. He will discuss how to overcome the many barriers that exist in the pursuit of creating a sustainable enterprise that serves the needs of the poor.

Kassalow is the founder and CEO of VisionSpring, a social enterprise that allows people in developing countries access to affordable quality eyeglasses. VisionSpring has served more than one million customers through a network of 9,000 female vision entrepreneurs in more than 18 countries.

In addition to VisionSpring, Kassalow is the founder of Scojo New York and the Global Health Policy Program at the Council on Foreign Relations. Prior to his position at the Council, he served as director of the River Blindness Division at Helen Keller International. Kassalow is a fellow of non-profit foundations including Draper Richards, Skoll, Ashoka, and is a Henry Crown Fellow at the Aspen Institute. He also was recently named to Forbes Impact 30.

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Contact: Ashley Wise, Communication Specialist
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Waynesburg University brings to campus speakers that enrich the lives of students through topics that explore faith, learning and serving. In January, two accomplished speakers visited campus to share with students, faculty and staff about science and art.

As a speaker in The Crosby Lecture Series, Dr. Thomas E. Mallouk, professor of chemistry and physics at Pennsylvania State University, spoke Tuesday, Jan. 17 about "Light Harvesting and Water Splitting in dye-sensitized solar cells.” His topic provided valuable insight for chemistry, engineering and science students.

“[Mallouk] is like a walking encyclopedia,” Jeffery Johns, a junior biology major at Waynesburg University said. “I am so glad that I had the opportunity to hear him speak and talk with him privately; he has a lot to offer the scientific community.”

Dr. Mallouk has written and published more than 300 scientific publications and has received multiple honors and awards including the Eberly College of Science Medal from Penn State University in 1998 and the American Chemical Society Award in 2008. Mallouk is also an associate editor of the Journal of the American Chemical Society.

Waynesburg University also hosted Makoto Fujimura Tuesday, Jan. 31, as part of the Rosetta Kormuth DeVito Lecture Series. His lecture, “Generative Thinking – Towards Culture Care Values,” detailed the unity between contemporary art and Christianity.

“There is a line that says you can paint or you can worship, but not both,” Fujimura said. “But faith and art is a relationship.”

Fujimura, the founder of the International Arts Movement, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the arts, is a prominent cultural influencer in both secular and faith-based media. His artwork is featured worldwide in many major cities, including New York, Hong Kong and Tokyo.

The Rosetta Kormuth DeVito series was created to explore topics related to business, culture and the arts and addresses a variety of current topics that are of interest to graduate and undergraduate students and the community. The Glenn A. and Jane L. Crosby Lectures brings to the University visiting scholars who are distinguished in their disciplines.

Through generous friends of the University, students receive the unique opportunity to attend these lectures free of charge. Influential speakers distinguished in their respective disciplines give lectures in classes, at chapel and at public events and offer question and answer sessions for interested students, faculty and staff after each presentation. 

 

 

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