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09-26-2014

Bestselling Author Regina Calcaterra to Speak at Clarkson University, Oct. 8

New York Times Bestselling Author Regina Calcaterra will speak on Wednesday, October 8, at 7 p.m. in the Cheel Campus Center Barben Rooms at Clarkson University (#12 on the map at http://www.clarkson.edu/about/clarkson_map.pdf ).

Regina CalcaterraDuring her presentation, "Beginnings Do Not Define Endings," she'll speak about her memoir, Etched in Sand: A True Story of Five Siblings Who Survived an Unspeakable Childhood on Long Island, an inspiring and triumphant coming-of-age story of tenacity and triumph.

The event is free and open to the public and will include a book signing.

Three weeks after its release, Etched in Sand debuted on the New York Times Best Seller list and nine months later returned and rose to No. 2 on the Non-Fiction E-Books list and No. 6 on the Non-Fiction Combined Print & E-Books list by this summer.

Calcaterra is currently an attorney working for the State of New York. Her painful early life, however, was quite different. Calcaterra and her four siblings persevered an abusive and painful childhood only to find themselves faced with the challenges of the foster-care system and intermittent homelessness in the shadows of Manhattan and the Hamptons.

A gut wrenching and gripping story, Etched in Sand chronicles Calcaterra’s rising above her past, while fighting to keep her brother and three sisters together through it all. Through Etched in Sand, Calcaterra shares the scrappy survival instincts, mishaps, adventures and unbreakable bonds of a group of voiceless parentless siblings.

For the past 25 years Calcaterra has spent her policy, managerial and legal career in both the private and public sector.

Calcaterra recently served as executive director of New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Moreland Commission on Utility Storm Preparation and Response, which investigated the response and preparation of New York’s power utility companies with respect to several major storms impacting the State including Hurricanes Sandy.

Calcaterra’s state appointment rose from her position as chief deputy to Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone, where she assisted him in managing the day-to-day operations of the county and managed the county’s response and immediate recovery to Superstorm Sandy.

The majority of Calcaterra’s private sector experience was as a partner to Barrack, Rodos & Bacine, an internationally recognized securities litigation firm where she represented defrauded public and labor pension funds from those who committed corporate fraud on Wall Street.

Calcaterra has been the recipient of several honors and awards, including being honored by the Children of Bellevue, Chair and famed chef Tom Collichio for serving as a role model for foster children, and receiving the Speak Out for a Child Award from CASA-NYC and the Maxine Postal Humanitarian Award, the East End Women’s Network Woman of the Year Award and the Geraldine Ferraro Award of Courage.

For more than a decade Calcaterra, served as a frequent commentator of policy and politics on FoxNews, CNBC, and Fox 5 and also contributed op-eds to Newsday and other media outlets on national and local issues. She proudly serves as a board member to You Gotta Believe, an organization that works towards finding older foster children forever homes.

Calcaterra is a graduate of SUNY New Paltz and Seton Hall University School of Law and is admitted to practice law in the State of New York, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the Eastern and Southern US District Courts.

The event is sponsored by the student group Spectrum.

Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in five alumni already leads as a CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. Located just outside the Adirondack Park in Potsdam, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university for undergraduates with select graduate programs in signature areas of academic excellence directed toward the world's pressing issues. Through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, sciences and the health professions, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and engineering innovation with enterprise.

[A photograph for media use is available at http://www.clarkson.edu/news/photos/rcalcaterra.jpg .]

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Annie Harrison, Director of Media Relations, at 315-268-6764 or aharrison@clarkson.edu.]

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