Shuttle Columbia Tragedy is Topic of Distinguished Alumni Speaker Series Lecture

October 24, 2007

Wendy A. Owen, vice president, strategic communications initiatives and global services at Lockheed Martin Information Systems & Global Services (LMIS&GS), will present a lecture on Thursday, November 1 at 7:00 p.m. in the HUB Auditorium on the University Park campus. The lecture is the first in the Distinguished Alumni Speaker Series sponsored by the College of Health and Human Development Alumni Society.

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Owen’s lecture is entitled “The Space Program after the Shuttle Columbia Tragedy: A Story of the Human Spirit.” The lecture is free and open to the public.

Owen is responsible for all internal and external communications activities, including media relations, employee communications, special projects, advertising, marketing communications, and customer support, for Lockheed Martin’s PAE Group. Customers include the U.S. Department of Defense and all military branches, Department of State, the United Nations and many other government agencies.

Owen was named to her current position in 2007 after holding positions of increasing responsibility within the corporation. Before joining LMIS&GS, Owen was vice president of communications for Lockheed Martin Technology Services.

Owen holds a bachelor’s degree in Recreation and Park Management from Penn State.  She has completed graduate coursework in Mass Communications at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University, and the University of California, Berkeley.  She is a member of the Board of Advisors of the Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) Institute of Penn State, WXPN Radio from the University of Pennsylvania, and the Board of Directors of the National Challenger Centers.  In addition she is a lifetime member of the Girl Scouts of America and currently serves as chairman of the Board of the newly formed Girl Scouts of Central & Southern New Jersey.  She also belongs to the International Association of Business Communicators and the Public Relations Society of America.

Owen received Penn State’s Alumni Fellow Award in 2004.  She has been the recipient of more than 30 communications and writing awards throughout her career.

The Distinguished Alumni Speaker Series was established by the Board of Directors of the College of Health and Human Development Alumni Society in order to feature prominent graduates of the college who are leaders in their field. The Board’s mission is to facilitate and promote the participation of alumni in activities that support the College’s pursuit of excellence.  


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