The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


March 5, 2013

Speaker emphasizes building leaders ‘the right way’

JOHNSTOWN — Evan Offstein took a look at 50 or so high school students in front of him Tuesday and saw the next generation’s educators, business administrators and community leaders.

Then, the author and Frostburg State business ethics professor challenged the teens to lead “the right way.”

“If you’re here, chances are you are going to be leaders in college and your careers, too,” Offstein told a group of Bishop McCort, Conemaugh Valley, Forest Hills, Greater Johnstown and Richland students that was mostly comprised of class officers and student council members. “I’m asking you today to make a commitment to do it right – to lead with honor and integrity.”

That’s the West Point way, said Offstein, a West Point graduate and former military intelligence officer who wrote “Stand Your Ground” about the elite New York-based U.S. Military Academy’s leadership-based education in 2006.

Offstein served as keynote speaker at a Pennsylvania Highlands Community College leadership program Tuesday as part of its annual John B. Gunter leadership series. High school students attended a day of events that included a panel discussion with local educators, business and manufacturing leaders.

“We talked about taking initiative,” said Louis Vuckovich, a program organizer, saying one workshop focused on building resumes beyond jobs and titles.

“That bottom section of the resume – where it shows what you’ve really done in your community.”

Now is the time for the young leaders to start, Offstein said.

Leading, he said, means doing what it takes to make those around them better, not just personal goals.

Enron’s leaders, then-Chairman Kenneth Lay and former CEO Jeffrey Skilling were intelligent executives who built the energy company into a billion-dollar powerhouse, but then watched it slip through their hands thanks to greedy decisions, he reminded them.

“They didn’t tell the truth,” Offstein said.

Oftentimes “small decisions” are the ones that truly build character, he added, saying gossiping, cheating on tests and buying fake IDs are simply a matter of right and wrong.

“Take the high ground,” Offstein said.

Robert DeLusa, a Conemaugh Valley senior, called it “sensible advice,” the kind that will help guide him toward his goal of becoming a teacher in the years to come.

“It means a lot, given my leadership goals in life – and what it takes to be successful,” he said.

Offstein praised Penn Highlands’ program Tuesday.

“I took a couple like this in high school and it shaped the trajectory of my life,” he said.

To read stories in their entirety, visit one of these links:

Click here to subscribe to The Tribune-Democrat print edition.

Click here to subscribe to The Tribune-Democrat e-edition.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
  • Halfway house inmates can ease back into society

    Prison life can be a time warp.
    When inmates are locked away – for months, years, decades – society moves forward: Technology evolves, major events occur, pop culture changes. From a personal perspective, families and friends live their lives: weddings, funerals, graduations, births, retirements. All the while, criminals bide their time, existing in a regimented world of cement walls and metal bars.
    Almost all of them eventually rejoin society, though.

    April 19, 2014

  • Crime board took aim at house

    Johnstown’s unemployment rate is around 8 percent.
    One-third of the city’s population lives in poverty.
    Burglaries and assaults significantly increased between 2010 and 2012. There is a thriving illegal trade in heroin and prescription drugs.
    Given those conditions, it can be challenging for Johnstown Community Corrections Center residents to find jobs when living in the facility or to avoid falling back into a criminal lifestyle upon their release.

    April 19, 2014

  • Homicides linked to center

    Three homicides that took place in Johnstown last year involved either a suspect or victim who previously resided in the Community Corrections Center.
    Police Chief Craig Foust confirmed the name of one victim, who spent almost two months in the facility on Washington Street during 2007, a time period verified by the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections.

    April 19, 2014

  • bachota Volunteers helping to spruce up community

    Walls and ceilings inside the Cambria County Library look clean and bright with fresh new coats of paint on them.
    The work was recently done by inmates from the Johnstown Community Corrections Center.

    April 19, 2014 2 Photos

  • alanna Hartzok targets income disparity

    Alanna Hartzok described herself as being a conservative progressive.
    The Franklin County resident said she is in favor of conserving environmental resources, education opportunities, Social Security and Medicare, while wanting to progressively address wealth inequality, health care and taxation.

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • Denne, Williams & Stanton Records hearing scheduled

    A Cambria County judge will consider complaints filed by two Johnstown residents seeking documents related to the city’s municipal waste water operation at hearing at the end of this month.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Sen. Bob Casey Casey targets heroin

    The heroin trade has brought addiction, death, violence and theft to Johnstown and other Pennsylvania communities.
    Figuring out how to deal with those issues is difficult for local, state and federal officials.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Drive-in to open with high-tech projector

    Drive-in movie theaters and the term “state of the art” seldom share the same sentence.
    But that will soon be the case for the Silver Drive-In, it’s owner said. The Scalp Avenue site, often marketed as a nostalgic summer night escape, soon will boast a high-end projector capable of displaying the latest and greatest blockbusters in razor sharp high-definition, theater owner Rick Rosco said.

    April 18, 2014

  • Sheetz work underway

    Earthmoving is underway at Richland Town Centre for a nearly 6,500-square-foot Sheetz store.
    And the real estate broker marketing the land says a 3,000-square-foot retail building will be built next door.

    April 18, 2014

  • new councilman Judge fills City Council vacancy

    A lifelong Johnstown resident who has never sought election to public office was named Thursday to fill the vacancy on City Council.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

AP Video
Raw: More Than 100,000 Gather for Easter Sunday Raw: Greeks Celebrate Easter With "Rocket War" Police Question Captain, Crew on Ferry Disaster Raw: Orthodox Christians Observe Easter Rite Ceremony Marks 19th Anniversary of OKC Bombing Raw: Four French Journalists Freed From Syria Raw: Massive 7.2 Earthquake Rocks Mexico Captain of Sunken SKorean Ferry Arrested Raw: Fire Destroys 3 N.J. Beachfront Homes Raw: Pope Presides Over Good Friday Mass Raw: Space X Launches to Space Station Superheroes Descend on Capitol Mall Man Charged in Kansas City Highway Shootings Obama Awards Navy Football Trophy Anti-semitic Leaflets Posted in Eastern Ukraine Raw: Magnitude-7.2 Earthquake Shakes Mexico City Ceremony at MIT Remembers One of Boston's Finest Raw: Students Hurt in Colo. School Bus Crash Deadly Avalanche Sweeps Slopes of Mount Everest

Would you like to see the Johnstown Community Corrections Center remain open after its lease runs out on Oct. 11, 2015?

I'm not sure
     View Results
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide