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 SRU Alumnus, Alaskan Petroleum Expert to Lecture Monday 

 

SPOTLIGHT

4/14/2005

Contact: K.E. Schwab  -- 724-738-2199;  e-mail: karl.schwab@sru.edu

SRU ALUMNUS, EXPERT ON ALASKAN PETROLEUM TO LECTURE AT ALMA MATER MONDAY

     SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Joe E. LaRocca, a native of  North East, and a 1953 graduate of Slippery Rock University, will return to his alma mater for three days, starting Monday [April 18] to detail his recently published book "Alaska Agonistes: The age of Petroleum," subtitled "How Big Oil Bought Alaska."

     A journalist for more than 40 years in both print and broadcast and across four states, he spent more than 20 years, 1967-1986 in Alaska. His non-fiction, self-published work, is an anecdotal political history of the modern oil industry in Alaska and some of its social, economic, cultural and environmental implications for the state and the nation.

     The book is based on his work as a newsman in Alaska covering local, state, national and international politics as they relate to Alaska's emergent role as a major oil producing province of the world.

     LaRocca, who earned his bachelors degree in English and social studies and holds an MPA at Harvard, will be featured at a 2 p.m. lecture in Bailey Library on the opening day of SRU’s Annual arts festival, Kaleidoscope. His visit will also include lecturers at a number of classrooms in courses related to the topic.

     An Army veteran, who served in Korea, LaRocca, was a reporter at the Telegraph in Painesville, Ohio, and city editor of the Erie [Pa.] Morning News as well as press secretary to the Secretary, Pennsylvania House of Representatives. He was an investigative writer and field representative for the Carnegie Hero Fund Commission, assistant news editor of the Daily news-Miner in Fairbanks, Al., legislative correspondent  and resources editor for the News-Miner in Juneau, reporter, legislative correspondent, commentator for KFRB-KTVF in Fairbanks, and for the  Alaska Broadcasting System, and was a founding editor and publisher of  CounterMedia, The Alaska Journalism Review and Public Affairs Journal. He holds numerous awards and was founding director of The Fairbanks North Star Borough Trans Alaska Pipeline Impact Information Center.

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