Tag Archives: Trustee Porch Discussions

Becker previews 2013 Season at final Porch Discussion

For the final Porch Discussion of the season, the board of trustees fittingly invited Institution President Thomas M. Becker to speak during Week Nine’s presidential-themed week.

The discussion took place on the Hultquist Center porch Wednesday morning and covered the weekly themes and committed speakers for the 2013 Season.

Audience members then asked about the process of selecting topics and speakers and whether Chautauquans are involved.

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Becker outlines strategic initiatives at first porch discussion

Chautauqua Institution President Thomas M. Becker said the Institution’s strategic plan extends its horizons to 2018 at Wednesday morning’s first Trustee Porch Discussion of the season.

“The plan itself requires that we continue to study and continue to discover the key elements to this and then respond to them accordingly,” Becker said.

Early stages of the plan, adopted by the board of trustees, allowed the Institution to learn lessons about the value of cost and revenue that were garnered from the deep analysis, he said.

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Porch Discussion covers education, planning morning lecture platform

Sherra Babcock, director of the Department of Education, received mixed reviews on the morning lecture series from those attending Week Eight’s Trustee Porch Discussion.

One attendee suggested the lecture themes each week are becoming too broad, while another said they had become too specific.

“It’s wonderful to have different points of view about that,” she said in response.

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Joan Brown Campbell and Maureen Rovegno, director and assistant director, respectively, of the Department of Religion, address attendees of Wednesday’s Trustee Porch Discussion at the Hultquist Center. Photo by Demetrius Freeman.

Religious diversity occupies conversation at Trustee Porch Discussion

The Rev. Joan Brown Campbell, director of the Department of Religion, kept the conversation to interfaith dialogue within the strategic plan at Wednesday’s Trustee Porch Discussion.

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Marty Merkley, vice president and director of programming, speaks to a crowd on Hultquist Center porch Wednesday morning on the importance of the arts for the weekly Trustee Porch Discussion. Photo by Demetrius Freeman.

Merkley discusses program operations at Porch Discussion

Marty Merkley is a maestro, a magician, a juggler — but not in the literal sense.

At least, that’s how Jill Bellowe, Chautauqua Institution Board of Trustees member, introduced him at Week Five’s Trustee Porch Discussion on Wednesday.

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Sebby Baggiano, Chautauqua Institution vice president and treasurer, and Geof Follansbee, vice president and Chautauqua Foundation chief executive officer, discuss the Institution’s financial sustainability during the Chautauqua Institution Trustees Porch Discussion Wednesday on the Hultquist Center porch. Photo by Ellie Haugsby.

Porch Discussion covers closing the fiscal gap, creating sustainability

Filling in the fiscal gaps occupied Wednesday morning’s Trustee Porch Discussion at the Hultquist Center.

Sebby Baggiano, vice president and treasurer, and Geof Follansbee, vice president for development and Chautauqua Foundation chief executive officer, both spoke on the topic of “Financial Sustainability.”

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Members of the Chautauqua Institution Board of Trustees, senior staff and community met at the Hultquist Center Wednesday morning to discuss the Institution’s recent marketing efforts. Photo by Demetrius Freeman.

Porch Discussion sheds light on marketing impact of PBS special

George Murphy, Chautauqua’s vice president and chief marketing officer, said he wants Chautauqua to “own” surrounding marketing areas and “attack” problems at the Main Gate, but most of all, he wants to draw people in.

Murphy spoke to nearly 60 people Wednesday on the Hultquist Center porch about the Institution’s recent marketing strategies and the effects of the WNED documentary “Chautauqua: An American Narrative.”

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