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Friday, June 23, 2006

Chautauqua Institution hosts Spanier

Penn State President Graham B. Spanier will be the featured morning amphitheater speaker at Chautauqua Institution on Thursday, July 6.

He appears as part of the Week Two theme "Education: Our Children and the World" and will speak on the topic of "Today's College Student."A national leader in higher education, Spanier led the Kellogg Commission on the Future of State and Land-Grant Universities, was president of the National Council of Family Relations, chairman of the board of the Christian Children's Fund and serves on the board of Junior Achievement International. He was appointed Penn State's 16th president in 1995. Spanier has been the guiding force behind several historic academic initiatives, including the creation of an honors college, the Penn State World Campus, the College of Information Sciences and Technology, and new programs in forensic sciences and security and risk analysis. He has promoted increased internationalization of the University and expanded Penn State's outreach efforts." We are pleased to welcome President Spanier for a two-day visit with northwestern Pennsylvania alumni and friends and a talk on the important topic of youth at Chautauqua," said Jack Burke, chancellor of Penn State Erie. Spanier serves as chair of the National Security Higher Education Advisory Board and is a member of the National Counterintelligence Working Group. He served as chair of the board of directors of the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges, is co-chair of the Committee on Higher Education and the Entertainment Industry, served as chair of the Big Ten Conference Council of Presidents/Chancellors and is vice chair of the Worldwide Universities Network. Rustum Roy of Penn State's Materials Research Institute and Evan Pugh professor emeritua of the solid state, also will speak during the afternoon session. He has been elected to the national academies of science/engineering of the United States, Russia, Japan, Sweden and India. For the last decade he has been deeply involved in Whole Person Healing. His lecture is part of the week's afternoon series, "The Necessary Three-legged Stool for Rebirth of a National Culture: Religion -- Science -- Healing."In honor of Spanier's lecture, the Chautauqua Institution's historic Athenaeum Hotel will offer room packages that include gate fees and meals at a special discounted rate for Penn State alumni, employees and students. The Penn State Alumni Association will host a box lunch with Spanier following his lecture. The cost is $25 and includes Chautauqua's daily gate fee (parking is extra). Make reservations with Rebecca Grimaldi, assistant director of development and alumni relations, at extension 6367 or via e-mail. Go to for information.

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