During the second week of classes, on three consecutive evenings (Sept. 5, 6, and 7), we will build on LVC's common reading for first-year students (David Isay's Callings) to welcome twelve community members who will share their experiences about the often bumpy and twisting paths they followed to find their purpose and passion in work. The event, described in greater detail under the tabs below, is co-sponsored by the First Year Experience Program, the College Colloquium, and the Center for Student Engagement.
Tuesday, September 5
The following speakers will share their stories from 6:30-8 p.m in Zimmerman Recital Hall:
Dr. John "Ski" Skyglieski:
“Dr. Ski” serves as the seventh president of the Harrisburg Area Community College (HACC), Pennsylvania's largest and oldest community college. A speaker, author and instructor, and Harrisburg Rotarian, Dr. Ski is the past chairman of the American Association of Community Colleges Board of Directors and a member of the 21st Century Commission on the Community Colleges. He currently serves on the boards of Harrisburg Boys and Girls Club, Harrisburg Regional Chamber and CREDC board, and Commonwealth of Pennsylvania's Workforce Investment Board. He also serves on several local, regional and national higher education advisory committees. A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Dr. Ski is the only member of his working-class family to graduate from college earning bachelor, master and doctorate degrees, including an honorary associate's degree from a community college. A biking enthusiast, he and his husband currently live in Harrisburg, PA with their Basenji dogs.
Mark T. Stout:
Mark T Stout is a Physician Assistant Specialist in Hershey, Pennsylvania. He graduated with honors from Penn State (State College) in 1983. Having more than 34 years of diverse experiences, especially as a physician assistant, Mark T Stout affiliates with Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, and cooperates with other doctors and specialists in the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center Physicians Group.
Chief Executive Officer of Downtown, Inc., a non-profit economic development organization driving, enhancing, and encouraging investment in historic downtown York PA. Silas also serves as the executive director of the York Business Improvement District Authority. A non-profit executive with experience in the fields of economic development, conservation, and cultural resource management, he enjoys applying the critical thinking, research and writing skills with the program management, institutional development, and coalition building skills that affect change in our communities and environment. Silas holds a Ph.D. in environmental history from Lehigh University (2014), a MA in history from Lehigh (2008), and a BA from Temple University (2006). His book, "On the Trail: A History of American Hiking," is now available on Amazon and through Yale University Press. He has also served as executive director of the Schuylkill River National Heritage Area and its non-profit management entity, the Schuylkill River Greenway Association. Previously he was a regional adviser in the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation & Natural Resources, where he served as a key contact person for the $40 million Community Conservation Partnership Program grant program, reviewed applications and made recommendations for funding. He was also the senior director at the Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor.
After graduating from Lebanon Valley College with a degree in Political Science, Brittany ditched plans to attend law school and accepted a position as a financial officer at a national health care law firm. The stress and toxicity of that job brought her to yoga and her life was forever changed. “Yoga woke me up,” she explains. “I realized I was going after the wrong goals and was letting life happen to me instead of the other way around. Yoga helped me tap into my authentic self and gave me the tools to live life on purpose”. Today, Brittany owns and operates two yoga studios, leads various yoga teacher trainings and retreats, and has created a system of yoga that combines the ancient practice with her knowledge of strength training and functional movement. Her most important role is empowering students to tap into their own personal power and giving them the tools to live their lives on purpose.
Wednesday, September 6
The following speakers will share their story from 6:30-8 p.m. in Zimmerman Recital Hall:
Louise Hyder-Darlington is an open-water long-distance swimmer. She has lived in Elizabethtown since 1989 with her husband Hugh and now grown children, Max and Mary. She was Access Services Librarian at Elizabethtown College for 15 years, and now serves as the Library Cataloging Specialist at Harrisburg Area Community College. Louise began her athletic pursuits at the approach of her 50th birthday by taking up running. She has always loved swimming. Challenged by a friend to try swimming around the Statue of Liberty in 2013, it marked her first open water swim and the hooked her on the open water life. Over the past four years, she has continued to challenge herself with more challenging and colder swims. Her personal goal is to swim the English Channel, complete the Triple Crown of open water and to respond to the calling to inspire others toward their own dreams; having already mentored an Elizabethtown College student to join her as the first Blue Jay to swim around Lady Liberty in 2014. As the saying goes, “if your dreams do not scare you, then they are not big enough.”
Lisa runs a small farm in Fredericksburg PA, where she's homeschooling her two children and raising several kinds of livestock. She graduated from Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, with degrees in English and Government, and earned her M.A. and Ph.D. in English Literature at the University of Delaware. Her informal resume includes skills such as turkey calling, gardening and canning, and bringing nearly-dead piglets back to life.
Mary works as the Aquatics Director and Head Swim Coach at Lebanon Valley College. She describes herself as “a humble swimming instructor of 45 years who has found her calling, loves her career, and pursues it every day.” She coaches up to 1,500 young people per year, conveying her passion about the techniques and joys of swimming.
Carl Johnson, M.D.
Carl Johnson is a pediatrician and Director of Medical Technology at Optum Technology. He was not called to medicine, but recognized in college that he possesses the capacity to support and care for people in vulnerable moments in their lives. As a physician, he recognizes that the system of work and healthcare professionals could improve with technology – a recognition that drives his current passion to facilitate collaboration between technologists and healthcare professionals so that everyone can benefit from the advances in modern medicine, especially in information technology and analytics. He still helps (and on occasion inspires) systems, which are made of groups of people, which are made of individuals, to innovate in order to help others.
Thursday, September 7
The following speakers will share their story from 6:30-8 p.m. in the Bishop Library Atrium:
Robin Spielberg is Partner and Chief Operations Officer of Kosson Talent, a talent booking agency in Pennsylvania representing performing artists on tour. She has over 25 years of experience in the entertainment business as an actor, musician, author, composer, educator and entrepreneur. A firm believer in doing what you love and loving what you do, Robin was signed as an artist to North Star Records in the 1990s and created six albums for the label before founding her own label in the year 2000 (playMountain Music). She currently has 17 recordings and her music appears on over 40 compilations around the world and has sold over one million recordings. Her Pandora radio station has over six million listeners per year. Named the prestigious Steinway Artist Roster, she tours as a soloist as well as with her own acoustic ensemble, “American Tapestry.” She has performed from New York City’s Carnegie Hall to the California Center for the Arts and every place in between. She owns and operates Spobs Music, Inc., a publishing company affiliated with The American Society of Composers & Publishers. She has taught as an “Artist in Residence” through the California State University system, Eastern Tennessee State University, Juniata College, The Mayo Clinic and Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She serves as Celebrity Artist Spokesperson for the American Music Therapy Association, and gave a popular TEDx Talk on the connection between music and wellness. Her memoir about her life on the road and forays into the music business, Naked on the Bench: My Adventures in Pianoland, won the Reader’s Favorite Gold Medal Award in 2014. She is a member of The National Association of Recording Arts & Sciences and a voter in the annual Grammy Awards. Currently serving as Secretary of the Board for the Ohio Arts Professionals Network, she is a founding member of Tony-award winning Atlantic Theater Company, and is also a member of the Screen Actors Guild, ASCAP, and The American Federation of Musicians. She holds a B.F.A. from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and is an Adjunct Professor at Millersville University in the music business department.
Katonah Rafter is Vice President of Marketing for Fame House in Philadelphia, an award-winning global agency that offers direct-to-fan marketing and e-commerce for musical artists. Katonah was Fame House's third full time hire and has been with the company since early 2012. She oversees the Marketing & Strategy Department, directly supervising the account teams and marketing specialist functions (paid media, email marketing, data). Instrumental in team operations across the company, she plays a key role on select priority accounts. Katonah holds a Master's Degree in Music Business from NYU, as well as a BA summa cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania. Before joining Fame House, she spent five years working in artist management and radio.
Rob Webb is a high school physics, astronomy, and STEM teacher and planetarium director at Pequea Valley School District in Lancaster County. Rob knew in 10th grade that he wanted to be a physics teacher, has been doing it for the past 12 years, and still loves it. His passion is clear in his dedication, consistent teaching innovations, and his spearheading an initiative yielding a $100,000 grant for his school’s planetarium through the Farmer’s Insurance Thank America’s Teachers program, paving the way for a full renovation of the facility to be finished in Spring 2018.
Shanell Johnson is the Executive Director of Transformation Youth Services, LLC, a youth services organization based in Baltimore. A 2006 LVC graduate, Shanell developed a human service organization as part of her coursework. Before graduating with an M.S. in Human Service Administration from the University of Baltimore and Coppin State University, she founded Transformation Youth Services, and over the past few years she has worked with dozens of students, tutoring grades K-8 Baltimore City Public Schools in reading, writing, and math. Her goal is to have her own learning and recreation center and a transportation fleet in Baltimore, where there is a pressing need for after-school and recreation programs. Her Sociology studies at LVC played a key role in how she views the needs of society and how she can use her skills to help her community. Her passion and calling is teaching and providing opportunities to inner city youth.
Colloquium Speakers - Fall 2017
"The Artist in the Age of 'Likes': Creative Desire in a Decade of Technology and Political Upheaval"
Adam Tavel | Sept. 13 | 5-6 p.m. | Bishop Library Atrium
Poet and LVC alumnus Adam Tavel will explore the personal and public challenges artists face in the early 21st century in their search for purpose, audience, and fulfillment. LVC will host Adam Tavel as a writer-in-residence on the LVC campus from September 11-16, when he will be available to meet with classes and smaller groups of students. Co-sponsored by the College Colloquium Series, the Department of English, and LVC’s Visiting Writers’ Series, “Writing: A Life.”
"The Trouble with My Name"
Javier Ávila | Sept. 19 | 6-7 p.m. | Lutz Recital Hall
The high-octane, poignant, and hilarious one-man show The Trouble with My Name consolidates Ávila’s talents as a poet and professor. It is a tour-de-force that will make audiences laugh, cry, and embrace the autobiographical journey of a man who moves between cultures to provide a fascinating perspective of American Latinos who struggle to dispel misconceptions about their identity and place in the world. The Trouble with My Name examines the issues of language, race, and social justice in an eye-opening performance where Ávila engages the audience as he tells the story of his life and reads poetry that illustrates what it means to be the American of the future. Ávila’s show breaks barriers and embraces the diversity of a nation whose history is rich and colorful. The message transcends boundaries of race, ethnicity, and geography. It is a show not to be missed.
"Sexuality, Relationships, and Desire"
Patricia Fonzi & Karen W. McCraw | Oct. 11 | 6-7 p.m. | Zimmerman Recital Hall
How do you think about and express your own sexuality? How do desire, attraction, and sense of self affect our sexual choices? How can we express our sexual desires in ways that are healthy, safe, productive, and affirming? What about the effect of pornography, social media, and other cultural trends in the expression of sexuality? What’s the difference between gender identity, gender expression and sexual orientation? These are among the key questions that Karen McCraw and Patricia Fonzi of the Family Health Council of Central PA will explore, with special emphasis on the complex realities confronting college students and young people today who are just beginning to explore the often fraught terrain of sexuality, relationships, and desire.
Patricia Fonzi is the President and CEO of Family Health Council of Central PA (FHCCP). She is responsible for strategic planning, new program development, program funding strategies, and the financial and operational administration of FHCCP to ensure the overall success of the organization. As President/CEO her aim is to build relationships and partnerships with the communities served by FHCCP in order to grow and cultivate the programs we offer. During her 20 year career at FHCCP, Patricia served as a Vice President and Director of Development, where she oversaw all community services and development activities for a wide variety of state and federal programs and grants covering the 24-county service region. Patricia has a Master’s in Counseling from Edinboro University and a Bachelor’s in English/Education from St. John Fisher College.
Karen Wollner McCraw is Vice President of Advocacy and Development at the FHCCP. She has worked for 17 years in non-profit healthcare, including 12 years in management role. Karen served as a sexuality educator for Planned Parenthood, working with diverse audiences in schools, drug and alcohol treatment settings, and correctional facilities. She administered a comprehensive HIV care program, an intervention for first-time, low-income mothers, and other initiatives. Karen’s current role involves advocating with state and federal legislators around publicly funded reproductive healthcare, HIV services, and other safety-net programs. She identifies opportunities for new initiatives and secures funding for those initiatives, with a commitment to improving the health status of underserved individuals and ensuring access to quality health care across Central PA.
Throughout the day (Wed. Oct. 11), Patricia and Karen will be available to speak with classes and meet in more informal settings with smaller groups of students.
"Motivation: The Root of Desire"
Dr. William J. Freed | Nov. 7 | 6-7 p.m. | Lutz Hall
Dr. William J. Freed, Senior Investigator, National Institutes of Health and the National Institute on Drug Abuse, is a neuroscientist whose work probes the complex workings of brain dopaminergic neurotransmitter systems, Dr. Freed will share his knowledge and insights into the physiological roots of human desire.
Throughout the day (Tuesday, November 7), Dr. Freed will be available to speak with classes and meet in more informal settings with smaller groups of students.
Colloquium Speakers - Spring 2018
"The Madhouse Effect and the Desire to Preserve a Habitable Planet"
Prof. Michael Mann, Penn State University | Feb. 6 | 6-7 p.m. | Zimmerman Recital Hall, Suzanne H. Arnold Gallery
One of the world’s leading experts on anthropogenic global climate change, Dr. Michael E. Mann is distinguished professor of atmospheric science and director of the Earth System Science Center at Penn State University. His research involves the use of theoretical models and observational data to understand better Earth’s climate system.
In 2017, he received the Stephen H. Schneider Award for Outstanding Climate Science Communication from Climate One. A fellow of the American Geophysical Union, American Meteorological Society, and American Association for the Advancement of Science, he is co-founder of the award-winning science website RealClimate.org. Author of more than 200 peer-reviewed and edited publications, Dr. Mann has published three books: Dire Predictions: Understanding Climate Change (2008), The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars: Dispatches from the Front Lines (2012), and The Madhouse Effect (2016) with Washington Post editorial cartoonist Tom Toles.
"Desire & Devotion: The Living Images of Hinduism and Buddhism"
Prof. Justin McDaniel, University of Pennsylvania | Feb. 27 | 5-6 p.m. | Zimmerman Recital Hall
Statues and other images in Buddhism and Hinduism are not just inanimate objects or works of art, but are seen by many as living images with their own biographies, desires, and emotions. Their devotees do not simply see them as symbols, but as complex emotional beings that can and do act in the world. In this talk, Dr. Justin McDaniel will discuss the very idea of living images and how modern Hindus and Buddhists in South and Southeast Asia relate to them. Dr. McDaniel, professor of religious studies and undergraduate studies chair at the University of Pennsylvania, earned his Ph.D. from Harvard University’s Department of Sanskrit and Indian Studies and teaches at the University of Pennsylvania. His research focuses on Lao, Thai, Pali, and Sanskrit literature, art and architecture, and manuscript studies. His first book, Gathering Leaves and Lifting Words, won the Harry Benda Prize. His second book, The Lovelorn Ghost and the Magic Monk, won the Kahin Prize. His third book, Architects of Buddhist Leisure, was just published and explores Buddhism and Public Culture in modern Asia.
"Capital's Desire and the Fantasy of Nature: Power, Culture, and (Re)Production in the Web of Life"
Prof. Jason W. Moore, Binghamton University | March 15 | 7-8 p.m. | Zimmerman Recital Hall
Dr. Jason W. Moore is an environmental historian and political economist in the Department of Sociology at Binghamton University and coordinator of the World-Ecology Research Network—a global community of scholars and activists committed to the study of historical change—including the history of present—as if nature matters. Moving beyond the fragmentation of the world into “Nature” and “Society,” Prof. Moore pursues analyses of historical change that take human organizations as producers and products of the web of life. A prolific writer and innovative thinker, he is the author of dozens of peer-reviewed journal articles and chapters, and six books, including History of the World in Seven Cheap Things (with Raj Patel, 2017), and Capitalism in the Web of Life: Ecology and the Accumulation of Capital (2015).
"Desire & Safety in A Violent World"
Prof. Tom McAllister | March 26 | 4-5 p.m. | Bishop Library Atrium
“An exceptionally talented novelist” is how one critic described Tom McAllister—“funny, biting, and bold.” Prof. McAllister is associate professor in Temple University's First Year Writing Program. He is the author of three books: his 2010 memoir, Bury Me in My Jersey (Villard, 2010), and novels: The Young Widower’s Handbook (Algonquin, 2017), and How to Be Safe (Liveright Publishing, forthcoming 2018). His many short stories and essays have been published widely, while his “Things You’re Not Proud of” was included in The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2015. Professor McAllister also co-hosts the Book Fight podcast, which posts new episodes every Monday. As one reviewer wrote, the podcast “feels like eavesdropping on the most interesting conversation at a party.” In 2015, the podcast won a Philly Geek Award for Best Streaming Media Project. He also works as the nonfiction editor at the literary magazine and small press Barrelhouse, which publishes online issues, print issues, and books, and runs many different readings, conferences, and other community events.