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Clarion University–Venango Campus will host three Frederick Douglass Scholars on Tuesday, July 1, at 12:45 p.m. in Room 208, Frame Hall, at the campus. Each of the three presentations will last approximately thirty minutes. The program is free and open to the public.

The Frederick Douglass Scholars Program provides university experience for doctoral candidates primarily from historically black colleges and universities.

Arlesia Williams is a doctoral candidate in Adult and Higher Education at Northern Illinois University. Her research interests are in Adult Learning, Human Resource Development, and International and Multicultural Education. She received Bachelor of Science and Master of

Science degrees from Illinois State University, and an M.S.Ed from Northern Illinois University in Adult and Higher Education. Ms. Williams received the Outstanding Graduate Student Award in May 2008 and the Carter Woodson Scholars Doctoral Fellowship for the 2008 academic year. She is a member of Kappa Delta Pi Honor Society in Education for excellence in the field of education as a doctoral student, Phi Beta Delta International Honor Society, and The National Scholars Honor Society. She is working with Dr. Barrie Brancato, professor of education, in an instructional strategies and management class. She will discuss "Learning in Foreign Lands: Experiences of Doctoral Students and Faculty in International Programs."

Elizabeth A. Watson is a doctoral candidate in The City University of New York (CUNY) Graduate Center's Art History program. Ms. Watson earned undergraduate degrees at the University of California Santa Cruz (B.A., Art History) and Berkeley (B.S., Civil Engineering). Before graduate school, she worked in environmental engineering. Her current research interests include Latin American architecture and urbanism. Ms. Watson conducted her dissertation research in Uruguay (2005-2006) under a Fulbright Grant. She is co-teaching with Professor Cathie Joslyn, Professor of Art, teaching Art 110: The Visual Arts, an art appreciation course that introduces students to artists and issues in the art world. Her presentation, "Paris, New York, Madrid, and Montevideo," examines the experiences of artist Joaquin Torres-Garcia in those four cities.

Laura Straughn is from Pensacola, Florida. She earned her bachelor's degree in psychology from Florida State University and her master's degree in counseling from Fordham University. Currently, Ms. Straughn is entering her third year in the Counseling Psychology Ph.D. program at Howard University. She has a wide range of clinical experience in counseling people on issues regarding substance abuse, stress management, grief, domestic violence, and psychiatric illness. At

Clarion University, she is co-teaching the graduate level course Foundations in Education with Dr. Greg Goodman as her mentor. Her presentation will be "Socio-Cultural Factors That Affect Marital Satisfaction for Black Couples."

For more information, contact Jerri Gent, director of marketing and university relations, at 676-6591, extension 1215.

Clarion University-Venango Campus, located in Oil City, is the oldest regional campus in Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education. The campus provides high-quality educational programs and personalized services to help students succeed. Students can begin any of Clarion University’s 90+ bachelor’s degrees at the Venango Campus, earn an associate degree, a bachelor’s or master’s degree in select areas, obtain a one-year certificate or participate in a variety of professional development and personal enrichment courses. The campus is home to Clarion University’s School of Nursing and Allied Health and its Department of Applied Technology. Clarion University-Venango Campus is committed to serving the needs of the community.

8/20/2008 11:33 AM

Venango Campus to host Frederick Douglass Scholars' research presentations