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SU Celebrates Global Entrepreneurship Week with Series of Events

Oct. 29, 2008

SELINSGROVE, (Pa.) – In celebration of Global Entrepreneurship Week, the Sigmund Weis School of Business at Susquehanna University will present two panel discussions featuring entrepreneurs and executives representing a variety of business perspectives and experiences. Slated for Nov. 18, the events will be moderated by John Resnick, host of the syndicated radio program Legends of Success. Panelists for the two events will be Peter Capolino, Michael E. Collins, Charles D. “Rusty” Flack Jr., Anne Kalin, Rocco A. Ortenzio and Denise Prince. Both events are free and open to the public.

Resnick is the creator and host of the nationally syndicated radio program Legends of Success, a show that includes rare one-hour interviews with America’s top CEOs and business leaders. Resnick is also a nationally respected business succession and estate planner with Resnick Associates, a second generation firm with offices in Harrisburg and Overland Park, Kansas.

Capolino is a 1967 graduate of Susquehanna University. He is founder of Mitchell & Ness Nostalgia Co., producer of historically accurate vintage pro sports uniforms. Based in Philadelphia, the company holds exclusive licenses to manufacture on-field authentic vintage uniforms for all the major professional sports leagues.

Collins, a 1973 graduate of Susquehanna, is a senior vice president and lending officer for the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia. He administers the bank’s Discount Window and oversees supervisory risk management activities, including off-site surveillance, regulatory applications, community and regional supervision, information systems, and consumer compliance examinations of banking organizations in the Third Federal Reserve District.

Flack is a 1976 graduate of Susquehanna. He is chairman and CEO of Diamond Consolidated Industries Inc., North America’s largest manufacturer of perforated metals. Over the past 29 years, Flack and his brother, Hal, have grown the company eleven-fold and Diamond has become the industry leader in the production of perforated metals and other materials for clients specializing in petrochemical, agricultural, automotive, aerospace, environmental, computer and other high tech applications.

Kalin, a Lewisburg resident and graduate of the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, is co-founder and director of The Children’s Medical Foundation of Central and Eastern Europe. The company raises money in the U.S. to donate to children’s hospitals in Poland, Ukraine and Romania. She also recently signed on as the senior business advisor to PharmaJet Inc., a global private drug delivery technology company that has developed a family of patented, proprietary needle-free injection technologies.

Ortenzio is a distinguished health care executive and leader who founded four start-up companies that he eventually took public and grew into successful and well-respected corporations. He currently serves as executive chairman of Select Medical Corp., a leading provider of long-term acute care, inpatient medical rehabilitation, outpatient physical rehabilitation and contract therapy services. He also is chairman of Select Asset Management & Trust Co., which manages the assets of high net worth individuals and institutional clients.

Prince is CEO of Geisinger Ventures, Geisinger Health System’s intellectual asset commercialization group. She also serves as CEO of both Geisinger Medical Management Corp. and Geisinger Community Health Services, and is a member of the board of ISS Solutions—Geisinger’s clinical engineering and IT services company—and SureHealth LLC—a retail and specialty pharmacy company.

The first panel discussion, The Future of Education, will examine how shifting demographics and business trends are requiring educators to adapt their teaching to ensure students remain prepared for future roles in the marketplace. The panel begins at 2:30 p.m. in Isaacs Auditorium of Seibert Hall.

The second panel discussion, Competing in a Global Economy: A Panel Discussion with Entrepreneurs and Executives will begin at 7 p.m. in Weber Chapel Auditorium. The panel will discuss how individuals, entrepreneurs, small-business owners and corporations can be more competitive in a global economy. The discussion will be followed by a question-and-answer period.

Contact: Gerald Cohen


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