April 9, 2001





Washington, DC – On Tuesday, April 24, 2001, Indiana University Northwest (IUN) will be presenting a conference entitled “The American Steel Industry in Crisis” in conjunction with Congressman Pete

Visclosky (IN-01), Vice-Chairman of the Congressional Steel Caucus.  The summit, which will take place beginning at 7:45 a.m. in the Savannah Center Auditorium on the campus of IUN, will further the ongoing dialogue about how best to tackle the steel import crisis that continues to plague the domestic steel industry.


            Illegally traded steel has created nothing short of an emergency situation for the domestic steel industry and the communities that it supports nationwide, including those in Northwest Indiana” Congressman Vislcosky said.  “As a graduate of Indiana University Northwest, I am thrilled to partner with the IUN School of Business and Economics in hosting this valuable summit on the plight of the domestic steel industry. Our distinguished panel of guests will present a well-rounded perspective on the steel crisis, and what it means to families throughout the nation.”


“This is a valuable opportunity for Northwest Indiana leaders and citizens to better understand how the steel crisis is effecting us as a region, and as a nation,” said Randy Jacobs, executive dean of the IU Northwest School of Business.  “The university and the School of Business are extremely excited to be working with Pete in providing the forum for this critical issue.  We feel it is very important to work collaboratively with others in the region to help provide information to the community that generates awareness and dialogue influencing our quality of life."  





Tuesday, April 24, 2001, from 7:45 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.




Savannah Center Auditorium, on the campus of Indiana University Northwest in Gary, Indiana


Event Agenda:


7:45 a.m. to 8:15 a.m.            Continental Breakfast

8:30 a.m. to 8:35 a.m.            Welcome – Dr. Bruce W. Bergland, IUN Chancellor

8:35 a.m. to 9:45 a.m.            Panel, with question and answer period, entitled “The National Dilemma”

·        Congressman Pete Visclosky -- Moderator

·        Mr. George Becker, Chairman, Stand Up For Steel Coalition

·        Mr. Andrew G. Sharkey, III, President and CEO, American Iron and Steel Institute

·        Dr. Gary Lynch, IUN Professor of Economics

9:45 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.          Break

10:00 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.       Panel, with question and answer period, entitled “The Threat to Hoosier Communities”

·        Lt. Governor Joe Kernan – Moderator of Panel

·        Ms. Beth Kaminski, President and CEO, Ancilla Health System

·        Mr. Dave Bochnowski, President and CEO, People's Bank     

·        Mr. Joe Turner, President, Primary Energy: A NiSource Subsidiary

·        Mr. Jack Parton, Director, United Steelworkers of America District 7

·        Dr. Stephen Hewlett, Superintendent, Duneland School Corp.

11:15 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.        Concluding Remarks                





Reporter Contacts:

Paul Chandler, Congressman Pete Visclosky’s Office, 202-225-2461

Roxane Geraci, Indiana University Northwest, 219-980-6686