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Sivik, Berlinski, Williams to participate in YSU series

Penguin alumni will offer lectures in virtual format. Those who don’t have access to Facebook may obtain a Webex link.

YOUNGSTOWN — Youngstown State University graduates Bob Sivik, Claudia Berlinksi and Jessica Williams will participate in virtual programs as part of this month's Alumni Lecture Series.

Sivik, vice president of Ticket Sales & Service for Haslam Sports Group, will present "An Inside Look at Sports Management" on Thursday (July 16) at 7 p.m.

His talk will touch on his career with the Cleveland Browns, Columbus Blue Jackets and Cleveland Cavaliers including insight on how to prepare for work in sports management and ways to gain access to opportunities in sports.

Sivik oversees the entire ticketing process for the Cleveland Browns and Columbus Crew. His main responsibility is to provide great service to season-ticket holders, fill each stadium with fans and develop talent for the organization.

He has served six years with the Cleveland Browns as Director of Season & Groups Ticket Sales and Vice President of Ticket Sales & Service, two years with the Columbus Blue Jackets and nine years in the NBA with the Cleveland Cavaliers in multiple roles.

Sivik earned a bachelor's degree from Youngstown State University in marketing management (2002). He also played football at YSU from 1997-2002.

Berlinski, the McDonough Museum Coordinator, will provide insight into the museum's Emerging Artist Program on July 23 at 7 p.m.

The Emerging Artist Program focuses on new and emerging visual and performing/performance artists. Berlinksi will revisit emerging artists from fall 2019 and spring 2020 and give a sneak peek at the upcoming spring 2021 visual emerging artist.

Berlinski is a native of Buffalo where she earned her BFA in printmaking from Buffalo State College. Ohio has been her home since receiving her MFA in printmaking at Ohio State University. She has been teaching at Youngstown State University for 20 years where she has also served within the Department of Art as Foundations Program Coordinator and Assistant to the Chair.

Most recently, she has taken on the role as museum coordinator at the John J. McDonough Museum of Art. In addition to her responsibilities at YSU, she exhibits nationally and regionally, contributes to print portfolio exchanges and curates and adjudicates group exhibitions.

Williams, a two-time YSU graduate, will speak on "Resiliency and Child Welfare" on July 30 at 7 p.m. She earned her bachelor’s and master’s of social work degrees in 2015 and 2019, respectively.

In addition to supervising a team of caseworkers, Williams is an educator and mentor for Youngstown State University’s Social Work Department’s University Partnership Program, of which she is a former participant.

Her lecture will provide a first-hand account of a survivor of childhood abuse and neglect. She will discuss how those experiences led to a professional career in the child welfare field and what services are offered to keep children and families safe.

Featured speaker Phyllis Johnson will provide additional resources regarding available education at YSU.

Williams' love for child welfare, building and strengthening families and devotion to her work stems from her first-hand involvement within that system. She spent the majority of her childhood in relative and foster home placements, and an eventual adoptive home due to chronic issues of substance use, homelessness and neglect by her biological parents.

She strives to use her own experience as a platform for resiliency and determination to inspire others and promote hope.

Those who don’t have access to Facebook may obtain a Webex link to view the lectures by emailing Heather Belgin at