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Loras to host author featured in PBS documentary

DUBUQUE (KWWL) - Loras College will host a presentation title "Interrupting Generational Poverty Barriers, by Donna M. Beedle, Ed.D., on October 7th at 11:00 a.m.

Beegle is a national public speaker, discussion leader, trainer and the author of See Poverty...Be the Differenence!  The book is a resource book for professionals who work with people in poverty.  She has worked and written articles that give inside to the issue.

Her inspiring story and work have been featured in newspapers around the nation, on local TV and on national programs such as PBS. Her work will be featured in an upcoming PBS documentary titled Invisible Nation.

Beegle gre up in generational migrant labor poverty, leaving school for marriage at 15.  She had two children and continued to cope with poverty.  At 25 she had no husband, little education, and no job skills.  Over the course of 10 years she got a G.E.D., an A.A. in journalism a B.A. (with honors) in communication, a master's degree in communication with a minor in gender studies (with honors), and completion of a doctorate degree.

Beegle completed her doctorate in educational leadership at Portland State University in 2000, where she taught speech communication courses for eight years. She is currently president of Communication Across Barriers, a consulting firm devoted to improving communication and relationships. She is also founder of the new nonprofit, PovertyBridge; dedicated to changing lives for people in poverty.

Beegle's book, See Poverty...Be the Difference! will be available prior to and following her presentation. She will be available for book signing from 12:15-12:45 p.m. The cost of the book is $25 and can be paid with cash, check made out to Communication Across Barriers, or credit card.

This presentation is free and open to the public. Please contact Lisa Grinde, Ph.D., associate professor of psychology, at 588-7113 or lisa.grinde@loras.edu with any questions.

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