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Posted: Thursday Feb 16, 2012




February 16, 2012

Saint Vincent College School of Social Sciences, Communication, and Education will present Richard Schulte as the second speaker in the fourth edition of its lecture series on Aging and Spirituality at 3 p.m. Monday, March 19, at the Fred M. Rogers Center. His presentation is entitled, “Getting By with a Little Help from My Friends.” Admission is free and open to the public.

“Friendship is a basic human need,” Mr. Schulte commented. “Philosophers from Aristotle on have written about friendship. The Wisdom literature of Sacred Scripture provides good practical advice about friendship. In John’s Gospel, Christ calls his followers ‘friends,’ a significant change in relationship. Christian thinkers put Christ in the center of true friendships. But friendships are not just important in a person’s emotional and spiritual life; in fact, scientists have become interested in the effect of friendship on brain chemistry and physical health. Maintaining and fostering friendships are especially important as we age.”

A 1964 graduate of Saint Vincent Prep School, Mr. Schulte earned a bachelor of arts degree in English from Saint Vincent College in 1968, a master of arts degree in English from the University of Pittsburgh in 1975 and a master of science degree in organizational leadership from Geneva College in 2000.

He worked for more than 30 years at Bettis Laboratory in West Mifflin, most recently as program director of employee development. At Bettis, Mr. Schulte was responsible for facilitating positive change and helping employees develop the social relationships that are the basis of effective teams. He became interested in studying friendship after the untimely deaths of two of his best friends several years ago.

Mr. Schulte was a member of the adjunct faculty in English at Saint Vincent College from 1986 to 2000 when he taught a course in technical writing. He is also active in Saint Vincent alumni activities and a volunteer at St. Emma Monastery. He is a veteran of the U.S. Army which he served from 1969 to 1972.

Persons of all ages are welcome to attend and share in the discussion and questions.

Parking for the physically challenged is available at the Fred M. Rogers Center. All participants may park in Parking Area A and enter the Rogers Center at the first floor entrance.

Reservations are not required. For additional information, phone 724 805-2522.


Photo: Richard Schulte 


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