A group of retired faculty members, led by Chemistry professor Janet Del Bene, have formed the YSU Academy, an organization consisting of 18 retired YSU faculty members.
The purpose of the Academy is to promote stimulating intellectual discussions about topics across all disciplines and to provide a forum for collegial interaction. Del Bene said she started the Academy at the suggestion of Ronald Mikolich, a local cardiologist, who told her of a similar group that had been formed at his undergraduate university, Johns Hopkins.
The YSU Academy meets monthly on campus during the Fall and Spring semesters. At each meeting, one of the members makes a presentation on a topic of his/her choosing, and then the group engages in discussion. The group then adjourns to the MVR restaurant for lunch and additional discussion.
“We have had some very interesting and lively discussions,” Del Bene said.
Topics presented thus far have included Christopher Columbus by George Beelen of History; Numerology by Stephen Schildcrout of Chemistry; Physics in Sports by Stephen Hanzely of Physics; and Climate/Environmental Challenges of the 21st Century by Lauren Schroder of Biology. Del Bene made a presentation on her mentor, Nobel Prize laureate Sir John A. Pople. President Jim Tressel attended the group’s meeting in December.
In addition to Beelen, Schildcrout, Hanzely, Schroder, and Del Bene, members of the YSU Academy are Lowell Satre of History, Ronald Gould of Music, Donald Mathews of Marketing, Dorcas Fitzgerald of Nursing, Richard Shale of English, Richard Mitchell of Art, Stephen Sniderman of English, Alfred Bright of Art, William Binning of Political Science, Joseph Edwards of Music, Ikram Khawaja of Geology, Gary Salvner of English, and Charles Singler of Geology.