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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
724.852.7675 or awise@waynesburg.edu

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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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