Semester Speakers

Joy Decker Borland

Retired Professor

Joy has worked as an actress and teacher for over 60 years.  She began by performing in her parents’ musical variety shows as a child, and has made entertainment her life-long passion.  She recently retired from Cuyahoga Community College as a professor of film, theater, and dance, and is enjoying a post-retirement career as a lecturer/teacher.  She particularly enjoys teaching the history and music of Broadway and Hollywood.

Felicia Zavarella Stadelman

Art Enthusiast

Through the Eyes of the Artist is an artist biography lecture series created by Felicia Zavarella Stadelman.  Inspired by her own enthusiasm for art, coupled with her education and background in art history, this program has been designed to provide a richer insight through the artist’s personal perspective.  For the past 15 years, Felicia has trained over 400 Art Docents and delivered art history lectures in schools and communities in the Cleveland, Rhode Island and Massachusetts area.

Jay Mager, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Jay is in his 12th year as an Associate professor of Biological and Allied Health Sciences at Ohio Northern University.  His research interests are in the behavioral ecology and its application to conservation and management of threatened/endangered birds.

Dr. Gregory Ferro


Dr. Ferro earned his doctorate degree at Pennsylvania State University. He is a renowned history teacher and lecturer. He has been interviewed numerous times and was a host of his own radio show “Straight Talk with Dr. Ferro.” Currently, Dr. Ferro teaches courses at the Chautauqua Institute.

Dr. Louis Zona

Director of The Butler Institute

Dr. Louis A. Zona has been associated with Youngstown State University since 1962 when he began his baccalaureate studies, graduating in 1966. Following his earning a master’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh in 1969, Dr. Zona joined the YSU Art Department faculty. In 1973, Dr. Zona earned his doctoral degree from Carnegie Mellon University and that same year introduced classes in museum studies and twentieth century art at YSU.

Tom Siegfried

Managing Editor

Tom is the managing editor of Science News Magazine.  He earned an undergraduate degree from Texas Christian University with majors in journalism, chemistry, and history, and has a master of arts with a major in journalism and a minor in physics from the University of Texas at Austin.  He is the author of three books.

Ruth Cole

Shakespeare/English Language History

Ruth Gerrard Cole holds two degrees from the College of Wooster in Sociology and English plus three years of additional graduate work in supervision, gifted, curriculum, and theology.  She taught English for thirty-three years, twenty-five of those at Austintown-Fitch where, for all of those years, she instructed an elective course in Shakespeare as well as coordinating the gifted program for nineteen years.  For the last twenty years she has continued to teach Shakespeare and English Language History in Chautauqua’s Special Studies program as well as Road Scholars there and other places.