Events

Thomas Colloquium on Free Enterprise presents Allyson Felix on Thursday, September 14, 2023 at 7:00pm at Stambaugh Auditorium.

Allyson Felix stepped on the world stage as a passionate 18 year old in her first Olympic Games. She has redefined athletics as she continues to cement her iconic status on and off the track. Felix has amassed 13 global titles, 10 US Championships, 11 Olympic Medals, a World Record and delivered the fastest 400m relay split in World Championship history. She holds the most US Track & Field Olympic medals of all time. Her accomplishments solidify her as one of the greatest female athletes ever and has garnered attention from Vogue, Glamour, Essence, Self, O Magazine, Sports Illustrated, and Elle.

Felix has proven herself a force on the track, but has still made time to graduate with an elementary education degree from the University of Southern California. She also serves as an ambassador for Right to Play and Play Works, as well as being a member of The President’s Council on Fitness, Sport, and Nutrition. Felix fought for new maternity policies for female athletes and continues to fight against discrimination in the athletic world. Recently, she turned her attention to helping the NFL’s Nnamdi Asomugha provide Los Angeles area teens with tools to prepare themselves for higher education through their ACTS College Summit. Felix remains at the forefront of the fight for equality for all in sports and in life.

Tickets to the lecture are free and available on a first-come, first-served basis with a limit of four per person. Tickets will be available beginning August 8, 2023 on the Stambaugh Auditorium website. For more information, visit the YSU Lecture Series website.

Thomas Colloquium on Free Enterprise presents Indra Nooyi on Thursday, March 23, 2023 at 7:00pm at Stambaugh Auditorium.

Indra Nooyi is a business powerhouse. She was responsible for growing PepsiCo’s revenues from $35 billion to $63.5 billion. She oversaw a portfolio of global brands and diversified products enjoyed by consumers more than one billion times a day in more than 180 countries and territories around the world. As PepsiCo’s director of global strategy, Nooyi led the company’s restructuring, including the divestiture of its restaurants into the successful YUM! Brands, Inc; the acquisition of Tropicana and merger with Quaker Oats; the merger with PepsiCo’s anchor bottlers; and the acquisition of Wimm-Bill-Dann, the largest international acquisition in PepsiCo’s history. Nooyi currently serves on the boards of Amazon, Philips, and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, and is an independent director of the International Cricket Council.

Celebrated for her hallmark motto of “do well by doing good,” Nooyi was chief architect of Performance with Purpose, PepsiCo’s pledge to do right by being responsive to the needs of the world through sustainable growth initiatives such as making more nutritious products, limiting the company’s environmental footprint, and empowering people in the communities PepsiCo serves. With appearances in Forbes’ “The World’s 100 Most Powerful Women,” Fortune’s “Most Powerful Women,” and TIME’s “100 Most Influential People in The World,” Nooyi has been sought-out for her business insights and messages on leadership, inclusivity and change.

Tickets to the lecture are free and available on a first-come, first-served basis with a limit of four per person. Tickets will be available beginning February 7, 2023 on the Stambaugh Auditorium website. For more information, visit the YSU Lecture Series website.

The Youngstown State University Penguins take on the Southern Illinois University Salukis at Stambaugh Stadium on Saturday, November 19, 2022. Game time is 12:00pm. For tickets, call 330-941-1YSU or visit their website for ticket and game day information. Go Guins!

The Youngstown State University Penguins take on the University of South Dakota Coyotes at Stambaugh Stadium on Saturday, October 29, 2022. Game time is 2:00pm. For tickets, call 330-941-1YSU or visit their website for ticket and game day information. Go Guins!

The Youngstown State University Penguins take on the Indiana State University Sycamores at Stambaugh Stadium on Saturday, October 15, 2022. Game time is 2:00pm. For tickets, call 330-941-1YSU or visit their website for ticket and game day information. Go Guins!

Thomas Colloquium on Free Enterprise presents John Hope Bryant on Thursday, October 13, 2022 at 7:00pm at Stambaugh Auditorium.

John Hope Bryant is often referred to as the Conscience of Capitalism. Most recently he was named one of Atlanta Business Chronicle’s “Most Influential Atlantans”, one of Georgia Trend Magazine’s “Notable Georgians” and one of LinkedIn’s “Top Voices”. Bryant was also recognized as one of the “Most Admired CEOs” in 2018, American Banker magazine 2016 “Innovator of the Year”, INC.’s “The World’s 10 Top CEOs” (honorable mention), and one of Time magazine’s “50 Leaders for the Future” in 1994.

Bryant is the Founder, Chairman, and CEO of Operation HOPE, Inc. the largest non-profit, best-in-class provider of financial literacy, and economic empowerment services in the United States. He is also the Chairman and CEO of Bryant Group Ventures and Founder and Principal of The Promise Homes Company, which is the largest minority-controlled owner of single-family rental homes in the United States. Both have experienced explosive growth under Bryant’s leadership. Five former US presidents have recognized his work, and he has served as an advisor to three sitting US presidents from both political parties. In 2016, Bryant became the only private American citizen to inspire the renaming of a building on the White House campus, when the US Treasury Annex Building was renamed the Freedman’s Bank Building.

Tickets to the lecture are free and available on a first-come, first-served basis with a limit of four per person. Tickets will be available beginning August 29, 2022 on the Stambaugh Auditorium website. For more information, visit the YSU Lecture Series website.

Thomas Colloquium on Free Enterprise presents Tony Hawk on Wednesday, September 21, 2022 at 7:00pm at Stambaugh Auditorium.

The most recognized action sports figure in the world, Tony Hawk was just nine years old when his brother changed his life by giving him a blue fiberglass Bahne skateboard. By 14 he’d turned pro, and by 16 he was widely considered the best skateboarder on earth. He was world champion 12 years in a row and is a 16-time X Games medalist. In 1999, he became the first skater to ever complete a 900, the holy grail of vert skating. Shortly thereafter, he teamed up with Activision to launch Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater, now a billion dollar video game franchise. He has created a Tony Hawk brand that includes Birdhouse Skateboards, Hawk Clothing, and the Tony Hawk Signature Series sporting goods and toys. Hawk authored a New York Times bestseller and oversees his films, television and commercial production company, 900 Films. In 2022, a biographical documentary film titled “Tony Hawk: Until the Wheels Fall Off” by award-winning director Sam Jones debuted on HBO, giving an in-depth look at Hawk’s legendary career and personal life. He founded The Skatepark Project, which has given away over $10 million to over 650 skatepark projects throughout the United States that serve over six million visitors a year.

Tickets to the lecture are free and available on a first-come, first-served basis with a limit of four per person. Tickets will be available beginning August 15, 2022 on the Stambaugh Auditorium website. For more information, visit the YSU Lecture Series website.

The Youngstown State University Penguins take on the Duquesne University Dukes at Stambaugh Stadium on Saturday, September 3, 2022 in the Penguins’ Home Opener. Game time is 2:00pm. For tickets, call 330-941-1YSU or visit their website for ticket and game day information. Go Guins!