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Press Release: Forum for Ethics in the Workplace to Host Breakfast Discussion on Sub-Prime Mess, Thurs., Sept. 18, at DeSales
Date: 9/5/2008


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Forum for Ethics in the Workplace to Host Breakfast Discussion on Sub-Prime Mess, Thurs., Sept. 18, at DeSales

The Forum for Ethics in the Workplace will host an ethics breakfast featuring community activist Alan Jennings and real estate professional Doug Patt at 7 a.m., Thursday, September 18, in the White Pavilion at the DeSales University Center in Center Valley.
 
The event is titled, "Sub-Prime Values? Ethical Issues and the Business of Owning a Home." During the event, Jennings, executive director of the Community Action Committee of the Lehigh Valley and Doug Patt, president and owner of Prudential Patt, White Realtors, will share ideas on how the nation might respond to the fallout from the mortgage crisis, as well as what responsibilities are shared by lending agencies and brokers, financial institutions, individuals and the general public as it relates to homeownership.

 "The American dream of homeownership is becoming a nightmare for borrowers and lenders leaving us to wonder what went wrong, what can be done to turn the mess around.  Amid the financial concerns, there are, of course, serious ethical issues that need to be considered," said the Reverend Thomas Dailey, OSFS, director of the Salesian Center for Faith and Culture and managing director of the Forum.

Since 1980, Jennings has been with the Community Action Committee of the Lehigh Valley, which also directs the work of the Lehigh Valley Coalition on Affordable Housing.  Jennings has been a staunch advocate on numerous subjects of local concern.  CACLV was hailed by United States Attorney Patrick Meehan for our work in bringing the Real Estate Center's fraudulent practices to their attention.  In addition, says Jennings, "As a member of the Board of Directors of the National Community Reinvestment Coalition and a member of the Pennsylvania Coalition for Responsible Lending, we have been in a leadership role in this fight."

Patt runs one of the more respected and largest real estate companies in the Lehigh Valley. Prudential Patt, White Real Estate has been operating since 1953 and has multiple offices in the Lehigh valley and the Pocono region. As a realtor, he has seen, and can speak to, both sides of this continuing crisis.

Attendees have a unique opportunity to interact with the presenters and engage with others to promote ethics in the workplace. Participants will enjoy a buffet breakfast and table discussions based on the keynote address.  Registration and breakfast is $25 per person or $175 for a table of 8.  Those wishing to attend can register online or send a check made out to the Forum for Ethics in the Workplace to Lore McFadden-Westwood, The Forum for Ethics in the Workplace, DeSales University, 2755 Station Avenue, Center Valley, PA, 18034.  For more information, email the Salesian Center or call 610-282-1100, ext. 1244.

The Forum for Ethics in the Workplace, is a partnership institution of the Salesian Center for Faith and Culture at DeSales University on January 1, 2006. The Salesian Center for Faith and Culture was established in 2000 to promote the interaction of faith and culture, in a mutually beneficial engagement, through academic initiatives that focus on the authentic integration of social concerns and gospel values. By its collaboration with the Forum, the Salesian Center is able to extend its mission of social engagement into the corporate world and is able to capitalize on the working relationships that the Forum has already established in the business community. The Salesian Center supports intellectual activity in research studies, dialogue events including public forums and lectures and partnership programs. For more information about the Salesian Center for Faith and Culture and the Forum for Ethics in the Workplace, click on the Salesian Center icon on the DeSales University Website.

Press Release: Forum for Ethics in the Workplace to Host Breakfast Discussion on Sub-Prime Mess, Thurs., Sept. 18, at DeSales | Posted on: 9/5/2008

For more info:
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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