March 9, 2010
Elizabeth Blevins, Director, Office of Communications
Office: (740) 351-3810; FAX: (740) 351-3179; Cell: (740) 464-4854
940 Second Street – Portsmouth, Ohio 45662
Web site: www.shawnee.edu
Shawnee State University Announces Two Keynote Speakers for Celebration
Dr. Helaine Daniels, a native of Portsmouth, is an
international development specialist and professional
trainer whose work has taken her around the world. She has
traveled to 58 countries in Asia, Africa, South America,
Europe, Central America, the Middle East and the Caribbean.
Her work within the United States includes service to
numerous non-profit organizations and several universities,
as well as the private sector. She earned her doctorate at
Harvard’s Graduate School of Education. She has held
directorships at Harvard University, Morehouse College and
Clark Atlanta University.
Daniels began her professional career as a reporter for the
Boston Globe newspaper. She has served as an adjunct
professor in Social Policy at the Simmons School of Social
Work in Boston and in the private sector, she has worked
with Hewlett Packard and Mobil Oil. She has consulted for
the United Nations, the World Bank, USAID, the International
Foundation for Education and Self-Help, Africare, and
numerous other international organizations.
Daniels attended Washington Elementary School, McKinley
Middle School and Portsmouth High School in Portsmouth,
Ohio. While at PHS, she was inducted into the National Honor
Society during her junior year and earned honorable mention
in Latin on the National Merit Exam. She played the clarinet
in both the marching band and the orchestra. She was a
member of Tri-Hi-Y and participated in Youth in Government.
She also worked as a student assistant in the office of the
Dean of Students.
Daniels will be speaking at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 8 in
the Sodexo Ballroom at the University Center.
Dr. Patrick Drumm, an associate professor of psychology at
Ohio University–Lancaster, works with a chimpanzee using
sign language at an animal park in Albion, Indiana. Having
taught sign language to chimpanzees since the late 1970s,
Drumm knew where every signing chimp was located in this
country, and no signing chimp was known to be at the animal
park in Albion. But after seeing Coby the chimp in Albion
trying to communicate with park patrons, Drumm began to
research the chimp’s past.
Coby apparently had learned how to use sign language
sometime in his life. Drumm was able to establish that the
chimp lived with unidentified owners until he was five years
old, and during his first few years with his original
owners, Coby was apparently taught how to sign.
Drumm will present his current research on his experiences
with Coby, “The Wild Child of Albion, Indiana,” at 11 a.m.
on Friday, April 9 in Clark Memorial Library’s Flohr Lecture
The lectures are free and open to the public.