Alumni Lecture Series starts April 19

The Youngstown State University Alumni Lecture Series presents “The Role of Arts and Culture Organizations in the Economic Revitalization of the Valley” on Thursday, April 19 at the McDonough Museum of Art.

A networking session with alumni will begin at 5:30 p.m., with the presentation and panel discussion beginning at 6:30.

Bryan DePoy is the dean of the Youngstown State University College of Fine & Performing Arts.

Bryan DePoy

Bryan DePoy, dean of the YSU College of Fine and Performing Arts, will present and lead a panel discussion regarding the role of arts and culture in the Mahoning Valley’s economic development. The presentation will elaborate on the regional Power of the Arts initiative and the critical role arts and culture have and will continue to play in the revitalization of the region.

Other scheduled lectures include:

  • Wednesday, May 9. “Trends in Education” in the McKay Auditorium of the Beeghly College of Education. An alumni-networking session will begin at 5:30 p.m. with the panel discussion at 6:30. Mary Lou DiPillo, interim dean of the Beeghly College of Education, and Germaine Bennett, educational/human resource consultant, will moderate a panel discussion on school bullying, teacher evaluation systems and dual enrollment.
  • Thursday, July 12, 7 p.m. “Characteristics of American Organized Crime.” Fred Viehe, professor of American Urban History in the YSU College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, will discuss the role of primitive attitudes and behavior concerning American organized crime and the underworld’s significant involvement in hedonistic culture.
  • Thursday, Sept. 20. “X-planes and Hypersonic Transport” by alum Peyman Givi. Time and location to be announced.
  • Thursday, Oct. 18. Panel discussion on “Competing in the Global Market: Opportunities for Regional Businesses.” Time and location to be announced.
  • Wednesday, Oct. 24. “Public Protection: The Role of Certification and Licensure from a National Perspective of 25 Years in Emergency Medical Services” by alum William E. Brown. Time and location to be announced.

The cost for each lecture is $5 per person for Alumni Society members and $7 for non-members. Reservations are required a week in advance of the lecture. To make reservations or for more information, visit YSU’s Alumni page, call 330-941-1591 or email