SAGE lecture to focus on homeland security

Senior Adults Gaining Enrichment (SAGE), an outreach program of Penn State Lehigh Valley, will hold the first lecture of its four-part series on March 5. Each SAGE session begins with coffee at 10:30 a.m., the featured speaker at 11 a.m. and lunch at noon. The speaker for the first session is Robert Mateff director of emergency management services for Northampton County and vice-chairperson of the Northeast PA Counter Terrorism Task Force, who will discuss, "What Does Homeland Security Look Like in our Hometown?"

Mateff has been director of Northampton County emergency management services since January of 2008 and previously served as the deputy director for operations and training for 10 years. He has worked in public safety for more than 20 years, holding positions in law enforcement, emergency medical services and emergency management. Mateff has a bachelor's degree from DeSales University and professional credentials in emergency management. He currently serves as the vice-chair of the Northeast Pennsylvania Counter-Terrorism Task Force.

The schedule for the remainder of the lecture series includes:

"The Vietnam Conflict: Its Implications on Today's Events," to be presented on April 2 by Emory Guffrovich, director of enrollment management at Penn State Lehigh Valley and Vietnam Veteran, who served in 1967 and 1968.

On May 7, David Livert, associate professor of psychology at Penn State Lehigh Valley, will present "Having Friends Makes us Healthy."

On June 4, Douglas Hochstetier, associate professor of kinesiology at Penn State Lehigh Valley, will present "The Examined Life: Ethical Decision-Making in the 21st Century."

The cost of the four-part series is $45. The event is open to adults age 55 and over, but reservations are required. To reserve a space, contact Carol Buddock at 610-285-5058 or e-mail The Penn State Lehigh Valley Corporate Learning Center is located at 100 Brodhead Road, Suite 120, Bethlehem, Pa.

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Last Updated February 10, 2010