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    ‘Economic Recovery … Will We Know When We See It?’

    Duquesne's Beard Institute Panel to Tackle National, Regional Questions

    When will the unemployment rate return to normal? Why isn't the economy growing more quickly? What jobs are predicted for growth? How is the Western Pennsylvania economy performing?

    These questions will be part of the discussion at a Beard Institute breakfast panel on Thursday, Jan. 20, from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. in the Duquesne University Power Center Ballroom.

    The forum Economic Recovery 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014... Will We Know When We See It? will address national topics in the wake of the recession and will examine local and regional economic questions compared to national trends.

    The panel of experts in supply chain management, investment and economics will provide insight as to when the public can expect to see tangible gains in economic recovery and conduct a question-and-answer session. Panelists will include:

    • James A. Szilagy, chief supply chain officer, UPMC
    • Malcolm E. Polley, executive vice president and managing director, S & T Wealth Management
    • James B. Burnham, distinguished service professor, Donahue Graduate School of Business at Duquesne.

    The moderator will be Tom Nist, director of responsible financial management at the Beard Institute, director of graduate programs and the Donahue Chair in Investment Management at the Palumbo-Donahue School of Business at Duquesne.

    "The Beard Institute Speakers Forum showcases experts, from both the academic and professional worlds, to address current issues in business," said Jim Byrne, executive director of the institute. "Workshops like this illustrate the Beard Institute's mission to create practical strategies that add measurable value to the business community."

    Cost is $25 per person. A detailed schedule of events and information on how to register can be found online at

    Duquesne University

    Founded in 1878, Duquesne is consistently ranked among the nation's top Catholic research universities for its award-winning faculty and tradition of academic excellence. The University is nationally ranked by U.S. News and World Report and the Princeton Review for its rich academic programs in nine schools of study for nearly 10,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and by the Washington Monthly for service and contributing to students' social mobility. Duquesne is a member of the U.S. President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction for its contributions to Pittsburgh and communities around the globe. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Princeton Review's Guide to Green Colleges acknowledge Duquesne's commitment to sustainability.