Civic Institute announces changes, hosts symposium

Dr. Peter Benekos, dean of the Mercyhurst College School of Social Sciences, is the new executive director of the Mercyhurst Civic Institute, replacing Dr. Art Amann, who is now located at Mercyhurst North East where he oversees the Public Safety Institute.

The Civic Institute has been relocated to 511 E. 34th St., although Benekos can still be reached at his main campus office in Preston Hall, 109; phone, 824-2328. Amann may be reached at 725-6230.

As part of the changes at the Civic Institute, Benekos recently announced two promotions: Amy Eisert to director and George Fickenworth to assistant director of the Institute. Eisert has been instrumental in the initiatives of the Erie Policy and Planning Council and in strategic projects for children and youth. Fickenworth has facilitated treatment court initiatives in Erie County and has been prominent in drug and alcohol evaluations and community collaborations.

In addition, Dr. Laura Lewis, chair of the sociology/social work department at Mercyhurst, will continue to work with the Institute and has been named a Research Fellow.

These changes reflect the expanding responsibilities of the Institute and the increasing number of projects and community partnerships, including the Poverty Project.

The Institute will host a symposium from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 3, in Mercy Heritage Room to present the new college/community initiatives that are being facilitated by the Institute.

Included will be brief presentations to familiarize faculty with the Institute staff and their projects and specialty areas, as well as to identify resources available to faculty and students, and to explain faculty collaboration with the Institute.

Refreshments will be provided.
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