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Community Forum on Civic Engagement at West Chester University

West Chester Borough mayor Carolyn Comitta,
one of the panel members for the community forum on civic engagement
taking place Monday, November 11.

West Chester University faculty, a WCHE 1520 radio host, and West Chester Borough mayor Carolyn Comitta are participating in a community forum on civic engagement on Monday, Nov. 11, in lecture room 151 of the University's Schmucker Science building on S. Church St.

Open and free to the public, the panel discussion is being moderated by West Chester University associate professor of Communication Studies and event organizer Michael Boyle. "We are excited to bring all of these different perspectives together to see how we can move the conversation on civic engagement forward in a positive way," says Boyle.

The forum's panelists will be Chester County native Cynthia Ericson whose weekly news hour program, "This Week in Business," on WCHE focuses on the local, national and international business community as it relates to Chester County business leaders.

A graduate with honors in political science from Widener University, Ericson also received professional training from the Central Atlantic School of Commercial Lending and the Central Atlantic School of Banking at Bucknell University.

Professors L. Meghan Mahoney and Eryn Travis with the University's department of Communication Studies and assistant professor of political science at WCU, Chris Stangl, also are taking part in the discussion. Mahoney conducts research on new and social media as they relate to social change, while Travis has experience in public relations, legislative communications and media relations, having served as a legislative assistant in the Washington, D.C. office of Delaware representative Michael Castle. Professor Stangle teaches political theory and constitutional law and has a particular interest in the First Amendment. A member of West Chester's political science faculty since 2006, he received his Ph.D. degree from the University of Wisconsin.

The forum will conclude with questions from audience.

Cynthia Ericson is a lifelong resident of Chester County, PA. She graduated, with honors, from Widener University with a B.A. in Political Science. She also received professional training from the Central Atlantic School of Commercial Lending and the Central Atlantic School of Banking at Bucknell University. Cynthia has 25 years of experience within financial services in both banking and insurance.

She is a two time Pennsylvania Penny Award Winner for Outstanding Strategic Direct Marketing from her work at CoreStates Bank. Her experience also includes American International Group (AIG), Continental American Life Insurance Company and her own marketing consulting group, Ericson Strategic Marketing Solutions. Visit Cynthia's website at

Cynthia is also a Rotarian with the Greater West Chester Sunrise Rotary Group where she is a Board member, Chair of Public Relations and recently voted Vice President of the Club.