The 2022 Wall of Fame awards ceremony was held on November 17 in the high school auditorium. The recipients were: David Lee Lightner (Class of 1960) and Scott J. Fabian (Class of 1985).
The Student Council assisted with welcoming guests, the school provided refreshments in the lobby, and the high school choral ensemble opened the ceremony with the singing of our National Anthem and the High School Alma Mater. President, Ken Bloss, provided opening remarks before introducing the Wall of Fame Chairman, Ron Reichard.
Ron first provided a summary of David Lee Lightner’s accomplishments. David is currently Professor Emeritus in the Department of History, Classics, and Religion at the University of Alberta, Canada. His areas of expertise include American Economic and Labor History, Nineteenth-Century United States, Slavery and Antislavery, and the 1930’s Great Depression and New Deal. He is the author of several books and a contributor to a number of periodicals. Since David was unable to attend the ceremony, his brother, Jeff (Class of 1958) accepted the award on his behalf. Ron read remarks provided by David thanking the SVAA for this honor.
Ron then introduced Scott Fabian who described the charitable foundations he and his wife began after their social media management company, The Fabian Corporation, became successful. Their first charitable foundation was the St. Ambrose Foundation, which provided free websites and domain hosting for official Catholic organizations. They later established OPAT, One Project at a Time, whose goal is to change one person, one family, one community…one project at a time. Scott is currently the Affiliate Coordinator for Habital for Humanity, Monroe County. Scott thanked the SVAA for the award, as well as his family, and many of his Class of 1985 classmates, who have also contributed to their community, etc. in various ways.
Jaime Vlasaty, the Superintendent of the Saucon Valley School District, was unable to attend the ceremony due to illness but provided a video congratulating the recipients and thanking them for their many achievements. The Saucon Valley High School Principal, Walter Pawlowski, also provided remarks thanking the recipients, the SVAA, and encouraging students to work to the best of their ability, while being kind and respectful to others.
A luncheon was provided by the school following the ceremony.
The Saucon Valley Alumni Association is very grateful for all of the assistance provided by the Saucon Valley School District and the students for this annual event.
David Lee Lightner is a retired Professor of History, who served at the University of Alberta, Canada, for the majority of his career and whose areas of expertise include American Economic and Labor History, Nineteenth-Century United States, Slavery and Antislavery, and the 1930’s Great Depression and New Deal. He is also the author of several books and a contributor to a number of periodicals.
David graduated from Hellertown High School in 1960. In 1963, he received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the Pennsylvania State University. The following year, he received a Master of Arts degree from the University of Pennsylvania. In 1969, Lightner was awarded a Doctor of Philosophy degree from Cornell University.
During the period from 1969 to 1970, David held the post of Assistant Professor of History at the University of Illinois Chicago. In 1970, he moved to St. Olaf College as an Assistant Professor of History and remained there until 1974. In 1974 and 1975, Lightner served as a Research Assistant at the City College of New York. From 1975 to 1977, he worked as an Assistant Professor of History at the University of Connecticut.
In 1977, David joined the University of Alberta in Alberta, Canada, as an Assistant Professor of History, a post he held until 1982, when he became an Associate Professor of History. In 2006, Lightner was promoted to the post of Professor of History at the University of Alberta.
During his career, Lightner penned several books, including “Labor on the Illinois Central Railroad, 1852-1900: The Evolution of an Industrial Environment” (1977), “Asylum, Prison, and Poorhouse: The Writings and Reform Work of Dorothea Dix in Illinois” (1999), “Slavery and the Commerce Power: How the Struggle Against the Interstate Slave Trade Led to the Civil War” (2006), and “Winnie Lightner: Tomboy of the Talkies” (2016). He also contributed to such publications as the Canadian Review of American Studies, Civil War History, Illinois Historical Journal, Journal of Transport History, Mid-America, and Lincoln Herald.
Currently, David is a Professor Emeritus in the Department of History and Classics at the University of Alberta. He is a member of the American Historical Association, Organization of American Historians, Economic History Association, and Canadian Association of University Teachers.
Scott Fabian graduated from Saucon Valley High School in 1985 and from West Chester College in 1989. He and his wife, Joan, began a social media management company, The Fabian Corporation, in 1996.
In 1996, they also established the St. Ambrose Foundation, which provided free websites and domain hosting for official Catholic organizations. In 2012, they established OPAT, One Project at a Time. Scott is currently the Affiliate Coordinator of Habitat for Humanity of Monroe County.
HABITAT FOR HUMANITY OF MONROE COUNTY / AFFILIATE COORDINATORHabitat for Humanity of Monroe County’s mission is to eliminate poverty housing by building decent, affordable homes in partnership with qualifying families. Scott coordinates the daily activities of the organization, which seeks to provide every homeowner in Monroe County with a safe and healthy home in which to live.
PRESIDENT / CEO ST AMBROSE FOUNDATION
The St Ambrose Foundation is a 501c3 non-profit Corporation that offers free websites to any official Catholic organization in the world. With the technical assistance of Roy Hinrichs, this ministry continues today through http://catholic-church.org/ serving hundreds of organizations. In 2012, the Foundation embarked on an additional venture entitled One Project at a Time.
PRESIDENT / CEO
One Project at a Time (OPAT)
One Project at a Time (OPAT) is a 501c3 non-profit corporation devoted to walking with those in poverty. It recognizes the principles of human dignity and equality of all people and assists those in poverty throughout the world to be engineers of their own path out of poverty. OPAT, through programs and services, supported by people in partnership, believes positive change can be made, one person, one family, and one community at a time.
The Story Behind OPAT
One Project at a Time evolved from an idea that was forming for about ten years. When one looks at the totality of poverty in the world, it is easy to throw one’s hands up in the air and declare, "I can't do anything about that." But you can!
OPAT has developed specific projects that are profound and long term so anyone, absolutely ANYONE, can make a significant impact on the poor. While there are many great organizations doing wonderful charitable work, OPAT has found many who have fallen through the cracks and desperately need help. Access http://opat.org/ for additional information.
COORDINATOR OF EDUCATION AND VOLUNTEERS
Monroe County Correctional Facility (February 2016 – October 2020)
The goals of the Monroe County Correctional Facility are to: