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BELL LECTURE SERIES

3/28/2006 —

Michael DiBerardinis, Pennsylvania Secretary of Conservation and Natural Resources, will serve as keynote speaker for the fourth and final program in Penn State Brandywine's Clarence D. Bell Public Service Lecture Series.

The program, "Democracy and Leadership in Public Administration and Conservation," will be held on Monday, April 10, from 5:00-6:00 p.m. in the Commons/Athletic Center, Room 203 (Large Conference Room).

Secretary DiBerardinis will speak about the state's efforts in organizing and facilitating community groups to work towards protection of the state's natural resources.

The campus community and general public are invited to attend the discussion, which is aligned with the campus' new minor in Civic and Community Engagement.

Penn State Brandywine is located on Route 352 and Yearsley Mill Road, one mile north of Granite Run Mall. For information on the Lecture Series, call 610-892-1427. For more about Penn State Brandywine, visit the campus website at www.de.psu.edu.

The overall format of the Lecture Series is as follows: Each panelist will discuss their past and current experience in the non-profit community service field, and give background about their organization and agency mission. The discussion will also include information on how students can prepare for careers in the non-profit sector.

The campus established this lecture series to honor the memory of the late PA State Senator Clarence D. Bell, and to perpetuate his devotion to serving the population of Delaware County. The grant for the seminar series was acquired from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania's Department of Community & Economic Development.

About the Senator: Pennsylvania State Senator Clarence D. Bell, who died July 26, 2002 at the age of 88, served Delaware County's 9th District for more than four decades. At the time of his death, he was the longest-serving public official in Pennsylvania and was considered the "dean" of the Senate. Widely-known as a champion of veterans, unions, consumers, and motorists, the senator also was instrumental in the development of Penn State Brandywine, playing a key role in obtaining state funding for all of the major buildings now on the campus.

For more information on the Clarence D. Bell Public Service Lecture Series, visit our Center for Civic and Community Engagement website.

The campus established this lecture series to honor the memory of the late PA State Senator Clarence D. Bell, and to perpetuate his devotion to serving the population of Delaware County. The grant for the seminar series was acquired from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania's Department of Community & Economic Development.

The campus community and general public are invited to attend these lively panel discussions, which are aligned with the campus' new minor in Civic and Community Engagement.

Penn State Brandywine is located on Route 352 and Yearsley Mill Road, one mile north of Granite Run Mall. For information on the Lecture Series, call 610-892-1427. For more about Penn State Brandywine, visit the campus website at www.de.psu.edu.

Highlights from the Previous Events

The campus kicked off the Bell Lecture Series on January 23, with "What Does it Mean to Be Penn State?" Panelists included John Vairo, first CEO at Penn State Brandywine; George Franz, current director of academic affairs at Penn State Brandywine; and Fran Alloway from the Delaware County branch of the Penn State Cooperative Extension.

The inaugural session began with an introduction to Sen. Bell, a very good friend of John Vairo. Mr. Vairo then continued with a history of the Delaware County campus, and discussed what it means to be a land-grant institution. Fran Alloway discussed the PSU Extension program and its connections and projects in Pennsylvania. Dr. Franz finished with a report on the status of the campus and what it is doing for civic and community engagement.

Program Two: The second program was held on February 13. The program featured "Non-Profits Working for the Community." Panelists included Bill Clark, President/Executive Director of Philabundance; Maria Thuy, Program Director of the Indo-Asian American Council; and Sheri Houpt, of the Housing Partnership of Chester County.

Philabundance is the Delaware Valley's hunger relief organization. Founded in 1984, Philabundance has provided food for over 60 million meals. The group's role is to collect donated surplus food and distribute it to local organizations serving people in need.

Maria Thuy, Program Director of the Indo-Asian American Council located in Philadelphia, discussed the multiple community services their group offers, including a charter school. She also discussed the Delaware County campus' long-term relationship with the Council in providing PA Literacy Corp students to work with adult students at the center.

Sheri Houpt is an active member of the Penn State Alumni Association and serves as Program Manager at Housing Partnership of Chester County, a non-profit group under contract with the Chester County Department of Development that provides education and resources for first time homebuyers. In addition she has developed other initiatives to educate homeowners facing foreclosure, credit card problems, etc.

Program Three: The third program was held on March 20 and featured "Business Serving the Community." Alan Hirsig, retired CEO of ARCO Chemical Company, discussed ARCO's community engagement programs, and also about the directions a retired CEO can take to contribute to the wider Philadelphia community. Maribeth Baker, principal at Vanguard and chairperson of Vanguard Volunteers, discussed how Vanguard contributes to the community and how the company encourages employees to do so as well.

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