An inaugural pre-college program for Business students at Penn State Worthington Scranton was held on August 20 and 21 in the Gallagher Conference Center on campus. The Wachovia - Take Stock in Success program featured training, workshops and an internationally renowned guest speaker from the Smeal College of Business at Penn State.
First year and transfer students in the Business program participated in workshops including time management, active reading, learning resources, technology, and global communication. Registration for the workshops began at 8:30 am. A dinner and presentation was held on August 20 at 6 pm and featured guest speaker Patrick Cataldo, Jr., Associate Dean for Executive Education at Penn State University. His presentation, entitled Globalization & Diversity in Business, included participation from new and returning students enrolled in the business curriculum at the campus.
Mr. Cataldo is responsible for the design, development and delivery of executive education programs supporting the needs of clients worldwide. Dr. Cataldo is a member of the executive education faculty where he teaches strategic leadership and managerial effectiveness. He also lectures in courses on Managing Differences in Organizations, Survey of Management, Honors Management, Customer Service, and the First Year Seminar in Business.
Prior to coming to Penn State, he had extensive leadership and management experience with global training organizations in customer and employee education. He held senior executive training positions with SAIC (Science Applications International Corporation), Telcordia Technologies, Home Depot, Bellcore, Digital Equipment Corporation, and Honeywell. As a former Chief Learning Officer, he has significant P&L experience running customer training businesses as well as operating internal education businesses on a cost recovery basis. Internationally, he has traveled extensively doing business in over fifteen countries. He has lived and worked overseas in Dublin, Ireland, as the Chief Executive of a sales and service subsidiary. He started his career in education in Boston where he was a professor of business in sales and marketing as well as the Director of an Evening College. He has also been an adjunct professor of marketing at Brookdale Community College in Tinton Falls, New Jersey.
He received an honorary doctorate degree from Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, Michigan and has completed The Executive Program at the University of Virginia's Darden School of Business. He has an MBA degree from Boston College and his undergraduate degree in economics from St. Francis University in Loretto, Pennsylvania.
For more information about the Wachovia - Take Stock in Success Program or the Business Program at Penn State Worthington Scranton, contact Business Program Coordinator Ronald Yevitz at 963-2671.