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Conversations with Community Leaders Series Continues at Moravian College

Roberta Marcus, past president of the PSBA - March 1
State Representative Robert Freeman ’78 - March 15

Roberta MarcusBethlehem, Pa., February 16, 2011— Conversations with Community Leaders Series continues at Moravian College when Roberta Marcus, past president of the Pennsylvania School Board Association (PSBA) visits Moravian College on Tuesday, March 1, at 7 p.m., in the UBC Room of the Haupert Union Building. Representative Robert Freeman ’82, who represents the 136th Legislative District in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, will return to speak at his alma mater on Tuesday, March 15, at 7 p.m., in the UBC Room of the Haupert Union Building. Representative Freeman was originally scheduled for February 1 but the event was rescheduled due to inclement weather. The program is open to the public and admission is free of charge.

Marcus began her school board service with the Parkland School District in 1995. In 2008, Marcus received the PSBA’s Master School Board Member accreditation. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Queens College of the City University of New York and has served on the boards of the Parkland SD Community Advisory Council, the Lehigh Valley Business/Education Partnership, Parkland Community Library Steering Committee and the Renew Lehigh Valley Leadership Council. She has been a member of the PSBA Commission on Effective School Governance, Platform Committee, Forums Advisory Committee, Legislative Action Council as well as the Parkland SD PSBA liaison, Lehigh County Legislative Coordinator, Region 8 Assistant Regional Director and NSBA’s Federal Relations Network.

Marcus has been honored with a Pennsylvania House citation and Senate resolution for her service with the Parkland Community Library and the U.S. House of Representatives Congressional recognition for her “Spirit of Volunteerism.

Representative Freeman earned his bachelor’s degree in history and political science from Moravian College, graduating magna cum laude in 1978. He also received a Masters degree in history from Lehigh University. Freeman was first elected to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in 1982 and has served as executive director of the Senate Democratic Policy Committee. Representative Freeman is a legislative leader in the areas of land use, urban development and smart growth. He has authored the Elm Street Program designed to revitalize older residential neighborhoods. Freeman is the chairman of the House Local Government Committee and has served on the committees of Labor Relations, Local Government, Environmental Resources and Energy, and State Government.

"These conversations are intended to raise awareness of the nature of such problems in the region and provide insight into the personal motivations, commitments and experiences of individuals whose careers are dedicated to addressing these needs," said John Reynolds, professor of political science at Moravian, who helped organize the series.

Please note that Moravian College encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation or have questions about the physical access provided, please contact John Reynolds at 610-861-1408 or reynoldsj@moravian.edu, at least one week prior to the event.

Moravian College is a private, coeducational, selective liberal arts college located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Tracing its founding to 1742, it is recognized as America's sixth-oldest college. Moravian partners with students to build a strong foundation for their future. Visit the College’s Web site at www.moravian.edu.