Lecturer to Examine American Food Policy at Susquehanna University
Published on March 8, 2013
Business communications expert Lyle Orwig will discuss “American Food Policy at the Crossroads” March 20 at 7:30 p.m. at Susquehanna University. The free, public talk, this year’s Sigmund Weis Memorial Lectureship in Business, will take place in Faylor Hall, in Susquehanna’s Fisher Hall.
Orwig will take a look at such issues as sustainable local agriculture versus modern agribusiness; organic versus conventional farming; food security; and nutrition and health. He is chief executive officer and co-founder of Charleston/Orwig, a reputation management firm for companies operating as part of the nation’s food system. Orwig’s firm provides sustainability and social responsibility strategies, along with integrated marketing programs, for businesses in food production, processing and retail. Among his clients are Smithfield Foods, Bayer and Omega Foods.
Orwig and business partner John Charleston were inducted into the national Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Hall of Fame in 2005. In 2010 Orwig was named to The Farm Journal Foundation Board, where he provides counsel for the board’s Farmers Feeding the World initiative. In 2012 the Agricultural Relations Council and AgriMarketing magazine named Orwig one of two inaugural inductees into the Agricultural Public Relations Hall of Fame.
The Sigmund Weis Memorial Lectureship in Business was established in 1979 by the late Claire G. Weis in memory of her husband. Sigmund Weis (1883-1955) was an honors graduate in Susquehanna’s class of 1903. With his brother Harry (class of 1900), he founded Weis Pure Food Stores Inc. in 1912, and today, Weis Markets Inc. operates more than 150 stores in the Mid-Atlantic region. The purpose of the endowed Weis Lectureship is to bring prominent persons from business and public life to campus to speak on matters of interest to the university and the area business community.