Karen Swensen Ronquillo (CANCELED)


Covering Katrina: Then and Now

Rodney Erickson/Katie O’Toole

Location: The Penn Stater, President’s Hall

Bio: After a five-year absence, award-winning journalist Karen Swensen has returned to New Orleans and WWL-TV to anchor the station’s 10 p.m. news.


Swensen left New Orleans for an anchor position at New England Cable News in Boston after a lengthy stay at WWL-TV that included award-winning coverage of Hurricane Katrina.


At NECN in Boston, Swensen wrote and produced a one-hour award-winning documentary called “Katrina: A Flood of Tears.” It was a first-person account of the storm and its aftermath that revealed the personal loss, strength and resilience of the people of the Gulf South. It premiered at Harvard University, where Swensen led a panel discussion on the storm.

“My husband and I have always said we’d return,” she said. “It was never a question of ‘if’ but ‘when.’ I knew we’d come back when a position opened that allowed me to work and spend ample time at home with my daughter. I am thrilled that that time is now!”


She said that, since she left WWL, she’s never passed up an opportunity to keep New Orleans in the news in New England. Swensen returned to Louisiana several times on assignment to cover the Katrina rebuilding effort, Katrina anniversaries and the Saints Super Bowl win. Of the Super Bowl, she laughed, “That was the third best day of my life, behind my wedding day and the day my daughter was born! I remember screaming on air, ‘WHO DAT? WE DAT! AND THAT’S DAT!'”


Swensen said it was family considerations four years ago that prompted her move to Boston, where her parents live. But it is also family which is now drawing her back. Her husband John is a native New Orleanian whose family roots here date back to the 1700s. Their wedding was celebrated in St. Louis Cathedral and their daughter, now 7, was born here.


“It’s not just enough for us or her to experience the culture of New Orleans a couple of times a year,” Swensen said. “I want her to grow up in it.”


Swensen said that the bond with Louisianians has stood the test of time and distance.


“It’s incredibly comforting. All these years later, I still get e-mails and letters from New Orleanians just checking in,” she said.

“The viewers here (in New Orleans) are different. They think of you as a journalist, but a neighbor, too. I don’t think there’s any other market where the professional journalist/viewer relationship is so intensely personal.”


Swensen began her broadcasting career at WWL-TV in 1993 as a part-time newsroom associate producer who anchored overnight news updates. Over her 12 years at the station, she climbed the ladder, becoming a reporter and then anchor, first of the “Early Edition” newscast, then weekends and ultimately the 10 p.m. newscast.


Over the years, she’s won sundry awards. At WWL-TV, she co-anchored the station’s continuous coverage of Hurricane Katrina, which earned WWL the George Foster Peabody, Edward R. Murrow and duPont-Columbia Awards.

In addition, at WWL-TV, Swensen earned six Edward R. Murrow regional awards for investigative journalism, writing and feature reporting. She won two regional Emmys, several Gracie and Gabriel Awards, as well as Associated Press and Press Club of New Orleans awards, including the prestigious Jim Metcalf Memorial Award for best broadcast writing.


Swensen graduated Phi Beta Kappa with Honors from Penn State with a degree in Political Science and was a Louisiana state finalist in the Rhodes Scholarship competition. She has a Master’s Degree in Journalism from Penn State.


Richard T. Clark

“Leading Responsibly in Healthcare”


TBD/ Katie O’Toole


The Penn Stater, President’s Hall



Richard T. Clark is retired chairman and CEO of Merck.  He served as chairman from April 2007 until December 2011. Mr. Clark was CEO of Merck from May 2005 through December 2010. He also was president of Merck from 2005 until May 2010. 


Previously, Mr. Clark held the position of president of the Merck Manufacturing Division, with responsibility for Merck’s global network of manufacturing operations, information services and operational excellence organizations worldwide. 


In a career spanning 39 years with Merck, Mr. Clark also held a broad range of senior management positions within the company’s manufacturing organization. Mr. Clark joined Merck in 1972 as a quality control inspector, and he progressed through a series of increasingly responsible roles in the areas of production, new products planning, industrial engineering and management engineering. He became vice president, Materials Management and Management Engineering in 1991. 


In 1993, Mr. Clark was appointed vice president, Procurement and Materials Management. He became vice president of North American Operations for the Merck Manufacturing Division in 1994 and senior vice president in 1996. In 1997, he was appointed senior vice president of Quality and Commercial Affairs. Later that year, Mr. Clark joined the Merck-Medco Managed Care subsidiary as executive vice president and chief operating officer.  He later served as chairman, president and chief executive officer of the newly named Medco Health Solutions, overseeing plans to prepare that organization to become a publicly traded company. He returned to the Merck Manufacturing Division as president in June 2003.


From 2008 to 2009 he served as board chairman of the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA), which represents the country’s leading pharmaceutical research and biotechnology companies. Mr. Clark is chairman of Project Hope, an international health care organization that works in developing countries to help eradicate infectious diseases, train health professionals and educate parents and their children on how to prevent and treat diseases. Mr. Clark is also a member of the Board of Trustees of PENN Medicine, an enterprise consisting of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and the University of Pennsylvania Health System, which is dedicated to medical education, biomedical research and excellence in patient care. He also serves on the American Securities Advisory Board, Automatic Data Processing, Inc. (ADP) Board of Directors, Corning Board of Directors, and the Washington & Jefferson College Board of Trustees.


Mr. Clark earned his bachelor’s degree in liberal arts from Washington & Jefferson College, and his M.B.A. from American University. He served as a lieutenant in the U.S. Army from 1970 to 1972 before joining Merck.


*This installment of the Penn State Forum is made possible in part by the Jon W. Oswald Lecture Endowment 


Don Roy King

donking.jpgTopic: The Serious Art of Comedy Television (well, maybe not that serious)



Robert Pangborn/ Patty Satalia


Location:  The Nittany Lion Inn, Ballroom


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He is now directing his sixth season of NBC’s Saturday Night Live.  That work has earned him two Primetime Emmys and five nominations.  He has also been nominated for five DGA Awards. 


Mr. King is also the creative director for Broadway Worldwide, a venture that brings theatrical events to theaters and pay-per-view cable.  The company has produced four major productions, all directed by Mr. King: the 2010 Tony- winning musical, Memphis, the final performances of Smokey Joe’s Café; the Stephen Sondheim revue, Putting It Together  with Carol Burnett; and the musical, Jekyll & Hyde.


In 2001 he ended a fourteen-year run as the creative director of CBS News and director/senior producer for The Early Show and CBS This Morning.  Other CBS credits include the live finale shows of the first four Survivor series, Eye to Eye with Connie Chung, Bob Simon: Back to Baghdad, The Smithsonian Anniversary Specials, Camera Three, and daytime Winter Olympics coverage in France, Norway and Japan.


After leaving CBS, he directed the network pool coverage of the first September 11th Memorial Service at Ground Zero in Manhattan.  In addition, he directed numerous talk show pilots including, The Robin Quivers Show, Fergie, and Day to Day with Rachael Ray.  He periodically sits in as the director of The View on ABC.


For over six years Mr. King directed Good Morning America for ABC.  He also directed numerous Barbara Walters Specials and two seasons of the variety series, Kids Are People Too.


Other network credits include: Judgment Night: DNA for Fox; America Alive, a daytime series for NBC; and A War Called Peace for PBS.


Mr. King has won three other Emmys for his work – one for directing The Mike Douglas Show; another for producing and directing Toys on the Town, a musical special with Shields and Yarnell; and the third for heading the design team that revamped the graphic look of CBS News.  He has also been nominated for twenty-one Emmys as a writer, producer and director.  Other recognition includes two Ohio State Awards, an American Bar Association Award, a San Francisco State Award, a New York Public Relations Award and three Golden Quills.  (Mr. King is most proud, however, of several amateur boxing titles he won in his thirties. His ring career, by the way, had nothing at all to do with the tonsorially-challenged man whose name he shares.)


Mr. King also has a broad theatrical background; and his television credits include the original cast versions of the Broadway musicals, Tintypes and The Me Nobody Knows.  Other theatrical productions for television include Monteith and Rand on Broadway, The Passion of Dracula, and Richiardi’s Chamber of Horrors, a magic special.  His collegiate acting training has come in handy, too.  This year he played Daybreak director Merv in the Harrison Ford big-screen comedy, Morning Glory.  He also served as the 2nd unit director and television consultant on that movie.


His other credits range from telethons to sports: concerts for MTV, including its first two New Year’s Eve parties; The Easter Seal Telethon; two seasons of the syndicated series, Comedy Tonight; The Charles Perez Show, the pilot for Paramount’s Entertainment Tonight; The David Susskind Show; An All-Star Tribute to Jazz with George Benson, Dizzy Gillespie and Stan Kenton; WFL Football and Pittsburgh Pirate Baseball.


As a producer, director, writer and composer, Mr. King has developed a variety of series, specials, documentaries and musicals.  Many of these were produced for local stations including WCBS and WNEW, New York; KDKA, Pittsburgh; KGSC, San Jose, California; and WPSX, State College, Pennsylvania.


Michael E. Mann

michaelmann.jpgTopic:  Confronting the Climate Change Challenge”



TBD/Patty Satalia


Location:  The Penn Stater, President’s Hall


Bio: Dr. Michael E. Mann is a member of the Penn State University faculty, holding joint positions in the Departments of Meteorology and Geosciences, and the Earth and Environmental Systems Institute (ESSI). HE is also director of the Penn State Earth System Science Center (ESSC).


He received his undergraduate degrees in Physics and Applied Math from the University of California at Berkeley, an M.S. degree in Physics from Yale University, and a Ph.D. in Geology & Geophysics from Yale University. Current areas of research include model/data comparisons aimed at understanding the long-term behavior of the climate.


Dr. Mann was a Lead Author on the “Observed Climate Variability and Change” chapter of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Third Scientific Assessment Report and in 2007 shared the Nobel Prize with other IPCC authors. He has been organizing committee chair for the National Academy of Sciences ‘Frontiers of Science.’ He has received the outstanding publication award from NOAA and in 2002 was selected as one of the 50 leading visionaries in science and technology by Scientific American. Dr. Mann is author of more than 130 peer-reviewed and edited publications, and recently co-authored the book Dire Predictions: Understanding Global Warming with colleague Lee Kump. He is also a co-founder and avid contributor to the award-winning science website “RealClimate.org.”

Linda Patterson Miller

lindamiller_pic.jpgTopic: Searching for the Lost Generation



TBD/Katie O’Toole



(formerly scheduled for the Nittany Lion Inn, Ballroom)


Bio: Linda Patterson Miller (B.A., Hope College; M.A., Ohio State University; Ph.D., University of Delaware) is Professor of English at Penn State Abington, where she has taught American literature since 1984, earning teaching awards including the Atherton Award for Excellence in Teaching (2004). 


Miller publishes in all areas of American studies, but her specialty is early twentieth-century American literature and art.  Her articles on American writers have appeared in such journals as Mosaic, Renascence, American Transcendental Quarterly, Journal of Modern Literature, North Dakota Quarterly, Studies in American Fiction, The Mailer Review, The F. Scott Fitzgerald Review, and The Hemingway Review, and in several edited book collections.  Dr. Miller’s books include (with Randall M. Miller) The Book of American Diaries (Avon, 1995) and Letters from the Lost Generation: Gerald and Sara Murphy and Friends (Rutgers University Press, 1991; paper 1993).  Letters from the Lost Generation, which reexamines the personal and literary relationships between F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, John Dos Passos and Archibald MacLeish, among others, was published in an expanded edition (University Press of Florida, 2002). 


Miller is presently completing another book on the American expatriate artists in France (The Summer of ’26), and her Reading Hemingway: In Our Time (Kent State University Press) is forthcoming.  Professor Miller has lectured nationally and internationally on modernist art as it relates to American literature and art, and she is a popular speaker and book discussion leader for the Pennsylvania Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities.  Prof. Miller served as guest scholar for C-Span’s two-hour show on Hemingway, aired live from Key West, Florida, as part of C-Span’s ongoing series American Writers: A Journey Through History. 


Miller has been a Danforth Foundation Associate as well as a Lilly Foundation Post-Doctoral Fellow.  She has served as a scholarly consultant on expatriate American writers and artists for American Playhouse, PBS, and most recently for a special exhibition (Making It New: The Art and Style of Sara and Gerald Murphy) at Williams College Museum of Art in 2007 followed by a selected national tour, including Yale University and The Dallas Museum of Art in 2008.  She has long served as a Board member of the Ernest Hemingway Foundation, and she chairs the Editorial Review Board for The Cambridge Edition of the Letters of Ernest Hemingway, to be published as a multi-volume series by Cambridge University Press.  Miller wrote the Foreword for Volume 1, forthcoming in 2011.  Miller was most recently selected as the Penn State Humanities Laureate for 2011-12.

Fred Anderson

fredanderson.jpgTopic: War and Peace in American History



TBD/Patty Satalia


Location: Nittany Lion Inn, Ballroom


Bio: Fred Anderson received his B.A. from Colorado State University in 1971 and his Ph.D. from Harvard in 1981. He has taught at Harvard and at the University of Colorado, Boulder, where he is currently Professor of History. He has held fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Charles Warren Center of Harvard University, the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, and the Rockefeller Foundation. 


He is the author or editor of five books, including Crucible of War: The Seven Years’ War and the Fate of Empire in British North America, 1754-1766 (New York: Alfred A. Knopf; London: Faber and Faber, 2000), which won the 2001 Francis Parkman Prize as best book in American history. Together with Andrew Cayton, he has recently published The Dominion of War: Empire and Liberty in North America, 1500-2000 (New York: Viking; London: Atlantic Books, 2005). His most recent book, The War That Made America: A Short History of the French and Indian War (New York: Viking, 2005), was the companion volume for the Public Broadcasting System television series of the same title. He and Andrew Cayton are currently engaged in writing Imperial America, 1672-1764, a volume in the Oxford History of the United States.


In the Fall of 2010 the Dean of Arts and Sciences named Anderson a College Professor of Distinction.

Lisa Genova

lisagenova.jpgTopic: “Still Alice: Understanding Early Alzheimer’s



TBD/Patty Satalia


Location: The Penn Stater, President’s Hall


Bio: Dr. Lisa Genova is the author of The New York Times best-selling novels Still Alice and Left Neglected. Genova’s debut is an undeniably poignant story about a lesser known form of Alzheimer’s Disease–the early-onset form that affects people is their 30s, 40s, 50s and 60s. Powerful and compelling, the book has been hailed as “moving and haunting,” “a work of pure genius,” “insightful, tragic, inspirational” and “Heartbreakingly real.”  Her latest work, Left Neglected has received immense praise from the press and esteemed authors such as Jodi Picoult, Jacquelyn Mitchard, and Brunonia Barry.

As both a trained neuroscientist and a woman who watched her grandmother suffer through Alzheimer’s, Genova deftly marries science and compassion within Still Alice as her protagonist, 50-year-old Alice Howland, unravels at the hands of early-onset Alzheimer’s Disease. The novel begins with Alice in the prime of her life–she’s a cognitive psychology professor at Harvard and a world-renowned linguistics expert with an equally successful husband and three grown children. But the disease takes hold swiftly, and we cannot help but read on to watch it change Alice’s relationship with her family and the world –forever. A remarkable celebration of life, love, family, and the intricacies of the human mind, Still Alice will spark private thoughts, public conversations and hopefully raise awareness of this debilitating disease.

Still Alice received critical acclaim, including the 2008 Bronte Prize and was a finalist in the general fiction category of the 2008 Next Generation Indie Book Awards. It was a winter 2009 Barnes and Noble Discover Pick; a Jan. 2009 Indie Next Pick; and a Feb. 2009 pick in both the Borders and Target book clubs.


An instant best-seller, Left Neglected also makes use of Genova’s background as a neuroscientist as it tells the story of a woman who suffers severe brain trauma that completely erases the left side of her world.  As she struggles to recover, she discovers she must embrace a simpler life, and in doing so begins to heal the things in she’s left neglected in herself, her family, and the world around her.

Genova graduated valedictorian from Bates College with a degree in Biopsychology and has a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Harvard University. She has done research on the molecular etiology of depression, Parkinson’s Disease, drug addiction, and memory loss following stroke. She is a proud and active member of the Dementia Advocacy & Support Network International and DementiaUSA and is an online columnist for the National Alzheimer’s Association. She spends a considerable amount of time acting on stage in Boston and in local independent films.


Genova lives with her family in Cape Cod, MA.

Joseph Bozich

joebozich.jpgTopic: “Corporate Social Responsibility: Changing Lives 1 Shirt at a Time”


Introduction/ Moderator:

TBD/Katie O’Toole


Location: Nittany Lion Inn, Ballroom


Bio: Mr. Bozich has over 20 years of extensive manufacturing, sourcing, marketing and operations experience. Mr. Bozich is a graduate of Vanderbilt University with a B.S. in Mathematics.  While at Vanderbilt Mr. Bozich was the 1985 NCAA National Bodybuilding champion and served as a spokesperson for Weider Enterprises, Gold’s Gym, and Mattel Corporation.  He began his apparel career as Vice President of Sales and Marketing with Gold’s Gym and quickly advanced to the position of President of the consumer products division. 


Mr. Bozich founded Knights Apparel in 2001, and today along with Nike is one of the two largest suppliers of college licensed apparel in the United States.  Knights Apparel also holds exclusive rights with the NBA and NHL.


Mr. Bozich is married with three children and resides in the Chicago area.  He was named Ernst & Young’s 2005 Entrepreneur of the Year for the Illinois Region and currently sits on the Board of Trustees for the Illinois Multiple Sclerosis Society.