McDonough, AAUW partner for third year of 'Great Decisions Series'

Marietta College's McDonough Center for Leadership and Business, along with the Marietta Branch of The American Association of University Women (AAUW), is once again hosting a six-week educational program titled, The Great Decisions Series 2008.

This is the third year for the program at Marietta.

Great Decisions, which is designed to enrich the international understanding of people in the Marietta community, will be held from 2-4 p.m. Sundays from Jan. 27 to March 2 in the McDonough Center. Registration is currently underway and continues until Nov. 15.

"This program is a great way for policymakers to know what communities across the United States think about current global issues. It also allows our leadership students to practice critical facilitation skills," said Dr. Gama Perruci, dean of McDonough.

Marietta's series is part of a national program sponsored by the Foreign Policy Association (FPA) in New York City. According to its Web site, FPA is a non-profit organization dedicated to inspiring the American public to learn more about the world. Founded in 1918, FPA provides independent publications, programs and forums to increase public awareness of, and foster popular participation in, matters relating to those policy issues.

Marietta's program offers the possibility for members of the community to learn more about current world issues and concerns through reading written materials, listening to formal presentations, and discussing the material with the aid of facilitators.

The topics for the 2008 series will include: The European Union, Latin America, U.S.-China trade policy, Russia, Private Philanthropy and Iraq.

Each session will begin with an expert in the field giving a one-hour background discussion, followed by McDonough students facilitating a discussion by participants. At the end of the program, those in attendance will fill out a ballot with questions related to the topic. Those will be mailed to FPA headquarters to be included in a report that is distributed to the White House, Congress and key government agencies.

Class size is limited, so anyone interested in attending The Great Decisions Series 2008 should mail an $18 registration fee (make checks payable to Marietta College) to:

McDonough Leadership Center

215 Fifth Street

Marietta College

Marietta OH 45750

Attention: Great Decisions Series Registration

For information go to the McDonough website.

The McDonough Center is named in honor of Bernard P. McDonough (1903-85), a self-made industrialist and entrepreneur who ran wide-ranging global business interests from his Marmac Corporation headquarters in Parkersburg, W.Va. From humble beginnings, he built an industrial empire after World War II with diverse holdings, including concrete plants, construction companies, shoe factories, marine barges, lawn and garden tool factories, and sand and gravel operations.

In 1986, through a generous $5.5 million gift from McDonough's wife, Alma McDonough, and the McDonough Foundation, Marietta College established the Bernard P. McDonough Center for Leadership and Business. The Center offered one of the first comprehensive undergraduate leadership programs in the United States.

During the 2007-08 academic year, McDonough is celebrating its 20th anniversary.