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Press Release: Leading Authority on Catholic Education to give Salesian Center's 2006 Ruggiero Lecture, Mon. Sept. 11
Date: 9/6/2006

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Leading Authority on Catholic Education to Give Salesian Center's 2006 Ruggerio Lecture, Mon., Sept. 11

Dr. John J. Convey, Provost and St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Professor of Education at The Catholic University of America, will deliver the 2006 Ruggiero Lecture at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, September 11, in the Kresge Lounge in Billera Hall on the Center Valley Campus of DeSales University. Sponsored by the Salesian Center for Faith & Culture at DeSales, the event, which is free and open to the public, focuses on Catholic education. Convey will speak on "Catholic Identity: The Value-Added and Essential Component for Catholic Education."

Convey has been on the faculty of CUA since 1974 and is the top academic officer there. He is a leading strategic planning consultant for Catholic elementary and secondary school systems. He founded CUA's Center for the Advancement of Catholic Education and travels throughout the country offering analysis and counsel to Catholic school districts through a collaborative process undertaken with parents, parishioners, Church administrators and school officials. He is the author or editor of more than seven books about Catholic education, several that are considered essential texts in the field.

In 2005, Convey was awarded the Benemerenti Medal, a papal honor, for his three decades of service to CUA, the Church and the cause of Catholic education. Convey earned a bachelor's and master's degree in mathematics from LaSalle College and The Ohio State University, respectively and he holds a Ph.D., in research and evaluation from The Florida State University.

Formerly The St. Leonie Aviat Lecture on Catholic Education, the series was renamed The Anthony Ruggiero Lecture on Catholic Education in 2005, to reflect the endowment provided by the Ruggiero family of Bethlehem.

Anthony "Tony" Ruggiero was a well-known and widely respected educator in the Bethlehem Area School District, where he worked for 32 years. He taught French and social studies at Liberty High School, prior to his appointment as assistant principal and then principal in the 1980s.

He earned his master's degree in education from Lehigh University and completed post-graduate work at Georgetown University. He was an adjunct faculty member who taught the philosophy of education and helped supervise the student teacher program at DeSales University. He retired from public education in 1990. Upon his death in 1994, he bequeathed a significant gift to the University, which helped endow the lecture series.

Established in 2000, the Salesian Center for Faith and Culture promotes the interaction of faith and culture through academic initiatives that focus on the authentic integration of social concerns and gospel values. For more information contact the Salesian Center for Faith and Culture at 610-282-1100, ext. 1244 or SCFC@desales.edu

Press Release: Leading Authority on Catholic Education to give Salesian Center's 2006 Ruggiero Lecture, Mon. Sept. 11 | Posted on: 9/6/2006

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Tom McNamara, Executive D
irector of Communications
DeSales University | 2255 Station Avenue | Center Valley, PA 18034

610.282.1100 x1219 | Tom.McNamara@desales.edu

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