Celebrating Black History Month

•February 25, 2008 • Leave a Comment

By interviewing prominent leaders in local communities, heraldstandard.com is recognizing and celebrating the essence of Black History Month.


The site will be updated regurally throughout the month of February.


Join us as we celebrate the achievements of the black community by submitting replies with your personal comments and stories.


‘Lift Every Voice’

•February 25, 2008 • 1 Comment

Robert Esquivel interviews local jazz musician, Harold Betters

•February 25, 2008 • 1 Comment

Betters’ Biography

After graduating from Connellsville High School, Betters studied music at Ithaca College in New York and then the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music.

He ended up playing in New York City, which was the Mecca for jazz back in the 1950s.

After playing in several different bands, he toured with the legendary Ray Charles.

But a short while later, Betters returned to Connellsville because he didn’t want to be away from home.

“I didn’t like life on the road,” Betters said. “It just wasn’t for me, and my wife and I decided to come back home.”

He began playing at the Balcony in Pittsburgh six nights a week for 17 years.

It gained a reputation as the “place Harold built.” “I always thought I had the best of both worlds,” Betters said.

“I was able to play jazz on a nightly basis, and at the same I was able to have a normal family life in Connellsville,” he added. “I was very lucky.”

Betters said he also played in the band for the Mike Douglas show in Cleveland but even that was too far away from home.

“I had a lot of fun playing there, but I didn’t like being away from home,” Betters said.

Emmanual Dr. Osagie interview, Part II

•February 8, 2008 • Leave a Comment

Emmanuel Osagie, Ph.D. chancellor of Penn State Fayette, The Eberly Campus

•February 5, 2008 • Leave a Comment

 Dr. Emmanuel I. Osagie has worked in postsecondary education as a teacher, professor, director and administrator.  He has always been involved in local community partnerships as a way of bridging the academic enterprise and the community.   

 Dr. Osagie received his Ph.D. and M.S. n Agricultural Economics from Louisiana State University and his B.S. from Southern University, graduating Magna Cum Laude and as the most Outstanding Student Graduate. After graduation, he served as an assistant professor and later an associate professor in the department of economics at Southern University, Louisiana.  

  As a faculty member, Dr. Osagie’s teaching style was such that his students were always challenged to maximize their learning by relating classroom content to real world phenomena.  This principle is grounded in his belief that experiential learning promotes deep understanding and that teaching and scholarship are not mutually exclusive. Dr. Osagie combines an energetic do-it-now spirit into his work, and his leadership style is essentially grounded in participation.  When he initiated the strategic planing process as dean of a business school, it worked effectively because the entire academic community – administration, faculty, students, and local business leaders – were engaged.  

(Biography courtesy of Penn State, The Eberly Campus)

A journey in education

•February 4, 2008 • 2 Comments