Current events lecture series begins Feb. 4 at Penn State Harrisburg

Penn State Harrisburg is launching a series of public discussions on current events starting Wednesday, Feb. 4 with a look at the nation’s financial crisis.

Featuring faculty from the college’s School of Business Administration, the presentation is free and open to the public at noon in the Gallery Lounge of the Olmsted Building. For information, phone (717) 948-6303.


We will be presenting three very different topics in the monthly series, based on the events of the day," said organizer Marian Walters, associate dean for research and graduate studies. "We chose the nation’s financial crisis for the first installment, obviously because it is the most pressing issue facing us in our day-to-day lives at this time."

She added, "At the present time, we are planning a look at the first 100 days of the Obama administration featuring faculty from our School of Public Affairs for the April discussion with March’s topic to be determined closer to that time in order to identify a current event of equally pressing interest and impact. Established to support our outreach commitment to the community, the series will most definitely have an immediacy involved in the topic choices."


Penn State Harrisburg is unique as a college in the breadth of its academic programs and faculty expertise ranging from science to engineering, to business, to public affairs, to education and the humanities,” Walters added. “And since one of our strengths is that broad range of capabilities, we determined it would be of great value to the college and the general public to organize the series to discuss pressing current event issues.”

Patrick Cusatis, assistant professor of finance, will be the lead presenter for the Feb. 4 discussion. Cusatis joined Penn State Harrisburg in 2002 and has been an instructor for Penn State since 1993. Prior to joining Penn State, he was a senior vice president in charge of municipal derivatives and municipal remarketing at Tucker-Anthony. He has also specialized in municipal new product development for Lehman Brothers in New York City.

Frequently called upon by regional and national media for his expert comment on financial issues, Cusatis has published numerous articles in books and journals including the Journal of Financial Economics, the Journal of Applied Corporate Finance, and the Municipal Finance Journal. His research has been highlighted extensively in the financial press, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Barron's, Fortune, Forbes and Business Week.

For the panel discussion, Cusatis will be joined by four School of Business Administration faculty who will further examine the nation’s financial crisis. They are Associate Professors of Finance Premal Vora and Qiang Bu, Assistant Professor of Economics Ji Wu, and Interim School Director Stephen Schappe.


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Last Updated May 06, 2010