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Friday, May 18, 2012

-- The Black Male Leadership Development Institute will hold its annual graduation ceremony at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 19, at the August Wilson Center for African American Culture, 980 Liberty Ave., downtown Pittsburgh. Forty young men will graduate from the program on Saturday, and the event will feature a keynote address by K. Chase Patterson, president and CEO of Corporate Diversity Associates (CDA), an independent consulting firm specializing in diversity recruiting support services for major corporations. Patterson is also president of the Hawthorne Perkins Group, a brand management and public relations consulting firm.

-- Auditions for Colonial Theatre's summer production of The Music Man take place at 7 p.m. May 29-30 at Massey Theater. Please bring 32 bars of a musical theater song. The performance will take place the final weekend in July. All roles are open.


-- Shellie Hipsky, associate professor of education, has been named a "Super Professor" by FacultyRow, puting her among the top 205 academics worldwide according to the organizations' rankings.

-- Economics Professor Brian J. O'Roark published a stdy with Race Fans 4 Freedom examining the link between NASCAR and the overall health of the economy. Among the study's key findings: track attendance has decreased as unemployment has increased; sponsorships are down since 2007; and low-budget teams have suffered disproportionately as sponsors stick with higher-profile teams. Read the full study.

*WELLNESS TIP* Plants are a cause of poisoning to preschoolers. Some common poisonous houseplants include poinsettias, philodendron, dieffenbachia, and caladium. Teach your children not to put plants, fruits, or berries in their mouths without asking a grown-up first.


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