Lehigh Valley campus newspaper announces new speaker series

September 02, 2014

CENTER VALLEY, Pa. – The Penn State Lehigh Valley student-run newspaper, State of the Valley, has announced a new speaker series for the fall, "Be Heard: Advocacy, Storytelling and Creativity in the Digital Age." The series, which is free and open to the public, kicks off Sept. 10 with a presentation by Allentown native and nationally recognized speaker, journalist and commentator Pamela Varkony. Events in October and November will be presented by Jack McAllum, author and long-time Sports Illustrated writer, and William Childs, creative director at The Morning Call Media Arts Group, respectively. Each event will take place at 1 p.m. in Room 302 at the campus in Center Valley.

"As the student-led news source for our campus, State of the Valley's goal is to inform, entertain and inspire our readers to find common cause in their educations and campus activities," said Bob Gallagher, senior corporate communication major and managing editor of the paper. "This speaker series is offered to the campus and community as a means to highlight the ways that effective writing is important for all kinds of professions and purposes."

Sept. 10 – "Writing for a Cause"

Pamela Varkony, nationally recognized speaker, writer and commentator

1 p.m. in Room 302

An Allentown resident, Varkony's stories appear in national and regional publications, and on NPR and PBS. Her stories cover subjects from business ethics to the status of women in the developing world. She has worked on four continents as a journalist, lecturer and women’s advocate. She currently serves on the Pennsylvania Commission for Women and lectures on gender diversity and the impact of equality on business and government cultures.

Oct. 8 – "Writing to Tell Stories"

Jack McAllum, author and longtime writer for Sports Illustrated

1 p.m. in Room 302

Jack McCallum, of Hanover Township, is a former newspaper reporter and was a long-time senior writer at Sports Illustrated where he is now a special contributor. He is the author of 10 books including "Dream Team," a New York Times best-seller, and "The Prostate Monologues," an account of his battle with prostate cancer. In 2005, he was elected into the writer's wing of the Basketball Hall of Fame. He teaches communications and writing at Muhlenberg College.

Nov. 12 – "Creativity in Writing"

William Childs, creative director at The Morning Call Media Arts Group

1 p.m. in Room 302

Childs' entire 26-year career has been focused in the creative field for which he has received numerous awards and recognitions. Childs has created designs and marketing campaigns for diverse clients that include Coca-Cola, Coors-Light, Cars.com, Metromix, Coachmen, Miller-Lite, Yuengling, Takamine Guitars and The Baltimore Sun. He resides in Allentown.

  • Pamela Varkony

    Pamela Varkony will present the first lecture in a series coordinated by State of the Valley, the Penn State Lehigh Valley student newspaper, on Sept. 10.

    IMAGE: Courtesy of Pamela Varkony
  • Jack McAllum

    Jack McAllum is the second speaker slated for the new State of the Valley speaker series at Penn State Lehigh Valley. He will present on storytelling on Oct. 8.

    IMAGE: Courtesy of Jack McAllum
  • William Childs

    William Childs is the final speaker in the State of the Valley series at Penn State Lehigh Valley. His Nov. 12 presentation will focus on creativity.

    IMAGE: Courtesy of William Childs
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