Speakers Bureau

Speaker's Bureau


For more information contact:

Kelly Snedden
Director of Communications 
SneddenK@newmanu.edu 
316-942-4291, ext. 2164
Office: SH330
 

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The Newman University Speakers Bureau consists of faculty and staff who are available to provide speeches and presentations to organizations and businesses. Any organization in the Wichita area is welcome to request a speaker to present at their organization. The Newman Speakers Bureau program is absolutely free of charge. 

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List of Topics

Business

Meetings, Madness, and Mayhem

Description:
Here's a riddle:  What do employees think is the number one time-waster?  Meetings!  Like it or not, meetings are a crucial part of operating any business or organization; without them there would be chaos and disorganization.  However, what makes some meetings result-oriented and effective while others leave people thinking they'd rather be sticking needles in their eye?  This presentation will discuss the common problems and issues associated with ineffective meetings, tips on how to run a productive meeting including a look at different leadership styles and offer specific techniques on how to handle disruptive members.

Teresa Raehpour, Director of Adult and Continuing Studies

About the speaker:
Teresa Raehpour is the Director of Interdisciplinary Studies B.A. and Sports Communication B.A. programs. She completed her undergraduate degree at Friends University and received her Master's degree in Communication from Wichita State University. She has been a communication professor and business consultant in the communication field for over 20 years. Her areas of expertise include professional presentation-making, vocal coaching, non-verbal communication, netiquette and technology communication barriers, small group training and cross-cultural communication. She has served as a consultant for The Boeing Company, USD 259, Wichita Technology Corporation, KTEC Pipeline Innovator program, Miss Kansas International participants and Congressional political candidates. 

The Strategic Planning Process: A Primer

Description:
This presentation has been designed for community and non-profit organizations who are beginning, or contemplating, the creation of a strategic plan. Dr. Austin, who directed Newman University's strategic planning process, will discuss mission statements, vision statements, core goals, timelines, and plan objectives. The presentation can be a one-hour, power-point driven introduction or a longer, interactive workshop in which Dr. Austin facilitates the creation of key planning documents.

Michael Austin, Ph.D., Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

About the speaker:
Dr. Michael Austin is the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Newman University, where he is also a professor of English. He holds a Ph.D. in English Literature from the University of California at Santa Barbara and has taught classes in world literature, British literature, rhetoric, and composition. He is the author or editor of six books, including a bestselling college textbook on the history of ideas. His most recent article, "Why I Read War and Peace on a Kindle (and Bought the Book when I Was Done)" will be published in the forthcoming collection, Why Read Literature in a Digital Age?

Careers

Health Care Professions:  The Who, What, When and Why

Description:
This lecture will explore the wide variety of options as a health care professional.  It includes the Who:  Who are the providers?  Who provides these services? ; the What:  What do the different health care professions do?  What type of skills, education, personalities are required? What is the difference between different providers? ; the When: Is there a required time in life to make this decision?  What time is involved in obtaining the education?  Is there a time in life that it's too late to make the decision?; and the Why:  Why are people drawn to these professions?  Why does a certain personality or skill set make you a successful provider? 

Sharon Niemann, CRNA, MHS

About the speaker:
Sharon Niemann is the Program Director for the Newman University Nurse Anesthesia Program and a practicing nurse anesthetist.  Sharon has been involved in the health care delivery system since high school, as a life guard, an EMT, a paramedic, a nurse and an advanced practice nurse anesthetist.  She has been involved in education of many health care professionals, as both an educator and a clinical preceptor, and is active in both state and national anesthesia organizations.  Sharon is currently pursuing her clinical doctorate.

Why think about customer service in the non-profit world?

Description:
People do not choose to work in the non-profit sector to get rich.  Rather they have chosen this work to attempt transformation of the lives of those they serve.  So why talk about customer service?  This presentation allows those in the non-profit sector to see how this tool will positively impact outcomes by enabling them to maximize impact and facilitating success.   This interactive presentation allows participants to learn hands-on skills that will make a difference. 

Rosemary Niedens, Associate Vice President for Academic Services

About the speaker:
Rosemary Niedens has been teaching servant leadership and leadership studies at Newman University for over twelve years.  Currently, she is the Associate Vice President for Academic Services with responsibility for freshmen programming, concurrent enrollment, academic support services as well as the ASC Community Leader Scholar program.  In service, Niedens serves on a variety of boards and committees as well as the co-area coordinator for the ASC Associate program.  She presents widely on the concepts of service and servant leadership in addition to providing retreats about growing in personal mission.

Education

Serving Children in Today's Schoolhouse 

Description:
This session centers on Classroom Management in the elementary school to eliminate bullying.  Best Practices help teachers transform their classroom into centers of activity where the students are engaged in learning, find relevance, share respect and build relationships to form caring classrooms where perspective taking is the norm. Target Audience: Teachers, grades pre-K – 6. 

Karen Rogers, Ed.D., Professor of Education

About the speaker:
Karen M. Rogers earned her Doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction from Oklahoma State University in 2000. Since then she has been an Associate Professor of Education at Newman University in Wichita, Kansas and an educational consultant.  Karen is the author of 10 children's book written in conjunction with the National Children's Educational Reform Foundation, Inc. and three children's non-fiction titles with the Rigby Literacy 2000 group.  She teaches Children's and Young Adult Literature and The Art and Science of Teaching class.  Her goal is to bring students and books together.

The Power of Story – Using Picture Books with Older Readers 

Description:
This session on literacy will cite research that promotes the Power of Story.  Common practices that impede reading attitudes and abilities will be addressed and best practices to enhance literacy strategies will be offered.  Those attending will be introduced to picture books for older readers through booktalk and will be provided with a bibliography for reference. Target Audience: Teachers, grades 3-12. 

Karen Rogers, Ed.D., Professor of Education

About the speaker:
Karen M. Rogers earned her Doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction from Oklahoma State University in 2000. Since then she has been an Associate Professor of Education at Newman University in Wichita, Kansas and an educational consultant.  Karen is the author of 10 children's book written in conjunction with the National Children's Educational Reform Foundation, Inc. and three children's non-fiction titles with the Rigby Literacy 2000 group.  She teaches Children's and Young Adult Literature and The Art and Science of Teaching class.  Her goal is to bring students and books together.

Understanding How We Learn

Description:
This is a one or one and a half hour presentation intended for anyone interested in the learning process especially parents, educators, coaches, business leaders, or anyone who has the responsibility to impart knowledge and skills. Learning is a life-long endeavor and understanding the best ways to approach the learning process will help anyone faced with the task of acquiring new knowledge. This presentation will be interactive and is intended to be a broad overview of the current understanding of the research on learning. 

Steven Dunn, Ed.D. Professor of Education and Associate Dean, School of Education

About the speaker:
Steven Dunn, Ed.D., is the Associate Dean of the School of Education. He has been an educator since 1973, teaching at both the secondary and university levels. He has been a national and international consultant addressing such topics as curriculum design, literacy, positive learning environments, thinking skills, assessment, cooperative learning among others. He has presented on the topic of learning numerous times over the past 25 years and he is recognized in the professional community as an expert in this field.

Where Knowing Is Going: What It Means to Know Stuff in the Digital Age

Description:
The rise of the Internet over the past decade has fundamentally reconfigured the role of knowledge in our society. Like other major advances in information technology—such as the written alphabet, the book, the printing press, and the library—the Internet demands changes in how we teach and how we learn. In this presentation, Dr. Austin will briefly survey the transformation of "knowledge" from "an awareness facts" (the technology of the book), to "an understanding of how to find facts" (the technology of the library), and finally to "the ability to synthesize useful information from an overabundance of facts" (the technology of the Internet). He will close by discussing ways that teachers and educational institutions should respond to the eventual migration of nearly all knowable information to the Internet. 

Michael Austin, Ph.D., Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

About the speaker:
Dr. Michael Austin is the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Newman University, where he is also a professor of English. He holds a Ph.D. in English Literature from the University of California at Santa Barbara and has taught classes in world literature, British literature, rhetoric, and composition. He is the author or editor of six books, including a bestselling college textbook on the history of ideas. His most recent article, "Why I Read War and Peace on a Kindle (and Bought the Book when I Was Done)" will be published in the forthcoming collection, Why Read Literature in a Digital Age?

Health

Addiction and the Family

Description:
How does addiction or any other significant problem or issue affect the family and the development of the family members.  How will it manifest itself in the relationships and later life of the members.. 

Duncan Rose, Ed.D., M.S.W., LCAC, Professor of Counseling and Director of the Counseling Program

About the speaker:
Dr. Duncan Rose is the director of the counseling degree program at Newman University.  He has a doctorate in counseling psychology, a masters's in social work, and is a licensed clinical addiction counselor in Kansas.  He has been involved in addiction treatment and training for forty years in Kansas, Texas, Louisiana, Iowa and Minnesota, developing inpatient treatment programs, counselor training programs and adolescent treatment services.  He has been involved with the substance abuse educators committee (SAEC) since its inception in 1993 and helped draft the certification and licensure regulations for the state. 

Is a Yearly Mammogram Still Necessary?

Description:
This is a 30-40 minute look at why a yearly mammogram is so important for women age 40 and over.  There have been suggestions from various sources that question this practice.  I will look at those sources and discuss them as well as going over some mammography basics that may reassure those who may be faint of heart and encourage them to go get their mammogram. This program is for women of all ages. 

Kathy Hammond, M.S.Ed., Department of Radiologic Technology

About the speaker:
Kathy is an Assistant Professor of Radiologic Technology.  She has ten years of experience as a Diagnostic Radiographer, Mammographer and Instructor of Imaging Science.  She has taught a short course on Mammography to the senior students in the Radiologic Technology program at Newman University for 5 years.

  

Ouch! That Hurts – Pain Management in Children

Description:
Children experience many encounters with pain over the course of childhood.  Historically the phenomenon of pediatric pain has not been well understood and has been grossly undertreated. Current standards recognize the intricate connection between the physical, behavioral and emotional dimensions of pain in children. Data driven best clinical practices have now changed how pain is managed in children.  Dr. Fetterolf will present information in a one to one and a half hour program that will assist adults in understanding the pain experience in children and discuss a variety of management approaches.   

Bernadette Fetterolf, Ph.D., RN, CNS – Associate Dean of Nursing and Allied Health

About the speaker:
Dr. Bernadette Fetterolf is the Associate Dean of Nursing and Allied Health at Newman University and also an associate professor of Nursing. She received her PhD from Kansas State University in 2003 in Life Span and Human Development. Her nursing background includes 30 years in the acute care pediatric field and 20 years in nursing education.  She has presented both nationally and statewide on pediatric and pediatric critical care topics as well as nursing education. 

Stepping Out of the Darkness

Description:
Six years ago, depression overshadowed every aspect of my life.  I didn't understand what was happening, but I knew that everyday tasks were turning into monumental burdens.  After medical treatment and talk therapy, I am able to live a productive life and continue in a career I love.  I feel blessed to have the opportunity to speak to people about my experiences and hopefully dispel the stigma of depression. I've met many people through my speaking engagements and hope to encourage others to seek help and get back to a productive life. 

Mark Potter, Head Men's Basketball Coach

About the speaker:
Mark Potter is beginning his 14th year as Newman University's Head Men's Basketball Coach where he has compiled an overall record of 243-146.  Potter, a former Newman player and Assistant Coach, has compiled the highest winning percentage in Newman's basketball history.  In 1998, he was chosen to resurrect the men's basketball program after an 11 year hiatus.  Potter has had three teams represent Newman University at the national Basketball Tournament and has transitioned from NAIA Division II to the NCAA II ranks.  Coach Potter was twice selected Coach of the Year in the conference.  Potter's second passion is sharing his experience with severe depression and urging people to get help and treatment for the disease.

The Addictive Process—An Essential Symptoms Approach

Description:
This is a 60-120 minute talk about the process of developing addictive disease.  What are some of the indicators and true symptoms of alcoholism and chemical dependency. 

Duncan Rose, Ed.D., M.S.W., LCAC, Professor of Counseling and Director of the Counseling Program

About the speaker:
Dr. Duncan Rose is the director of the counseling degree program at Newman University.  He has a doctorate in counseling psychology, a masters's in social work, and is a licensed clinical addiction counselor in Kansas.  He has been involved in addiction treatment and training for forty years in Kansas, Texas, Louisiana, Iowa and Minnesota, developing inpatient treatment programs, counselor training programs and adolescent treatment services.  He has been involved with the substance abuse educators committee (SAEC) since its inception in 1993 and helped draft the certification and licensure regulations for the state.

The Epidemic of Type 2 Diabetes

Description:
This is a one hour presentation intended for the general public that gives an overview of Type 2 Diabetes. Information will include etiology, the growing prevalence of this disease, prevention, symptoms, nutrition, exercise, possible complications, and available management.  With the increased rate of obesity, especially childhood obesity, this disease has been making headline news. 

Debbie Strickert, Professor of Nursing

About the speaker:
Debbie Strickert is beginning her 20th year as an Associate Professor of Nursing.  She is an ARNP and also works PRN at Via Christi Family Medicine Clinics and PRN as a Diabetic Nurse Educator. She teaches medical-surgical nursing in Newman's BSN program and also co-coordinates the RN Refresher course.

 

Understanding Alzheimer's Disease

Description:
This is a one or one and a half hour presentation intended for family members of loved ones afflicted with this disease or lay people in the community who want to gain a better understanding of Alzheimer's Disease (AD). The etiology, pathophysiology, signs and symptoms are addressed. Non-pharmacologic and pharmacologic treatments are reviewed along with common behaviors and tips for therapeutic interactions. This is intended to be a broad overview of AD and is designed to better equip families in their care of individuals afflicted with AD. 

Amy Siple,M.N., Department of Nursing

About the speaker:
Amy Siple is an Associate Professor of nursing as well as a nurse practitioner (NP). She has been serving the needs of older adult residents in long term care centers as an NP for 12 years and is currently associated with the largest geriatric practice in Kansas, Wichita Medical Associates. Amy has lectured on the topic of Alzheimer's Disease (AD) more than 100 times in 10 states over the past 5 years. She is recognized in the professional community as an expert in this field.

Higher Education

The Non-Trad is the New-Trad in Higher Education

Description:
Most people tend to think of the stereotypical college student as one who graduates from high school and then goes on to a residential college or university, graduating after four years. That is "old-school" thinking these days! In this one-hour engaging presentation, Ms. Woods will explore the economic, sociological, and personal impact of adults who return to college and finish their degree.

Allison Woods, Admissions Counselor for Adult Students and Veterans

About the speaker:
Allison Woods has worked as an Admissions Counselor for Adults for over five years and is currently the Admissions Counselor at Newman University for Adult Programs and Veterans. Additionally, she has worked with adults in a variety of educational and non-profit settings for over 15 years. Allison earned her bachelor's degree at the age of 38, which gives her first-hand knowledge of the difficulties adult and non-traditional students face. Allison is also a military spouse and easily connects with our service men and women who desire to use their VA benefits to earn their college degree. She is an accomplished speaker, having presented on a wide range of topics throughout the Midwest as well as in Mexico and Singapore. 

What's New at NU

Description:
Dr. Noreen Carrocci, President of Newman University, speaks about higher education issues with a special emphasis on the quality and affordability of private, non-profit higher education in Kansas and nationally.  She loves to talk about Newman University – our sponsors (the Adorers of the Blood of Christ), our history, what's happening today, and what we're planning for the future.

Noreen M. Carrocci, Ph.D., President of Newman University

About the speaker:
Noreen M. Carrocci, Ph.D. is the fourth female and the first lay woman to hold the office of president at Newman University. She began her tenure as president in 2007. Dr. Carrocci has a strong background in Catholic higher education that includes experience in and out of the classroom. She came to Newman from Spring Hill College in Mobile, Ala., where she served as provost and vice president for Academic Affairs (1998-2007).  Carrocci also served as faculty and administrator at the University of St. Thomas (MN; 1994-98), and Saint Louis University (1979-1994). She received her undergraduate degree in communication and psychology from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. She then earned a Master of Arts and a doctoral degree in communication from the University of Kansas.

Which college?  How to choose.

Description:
As students begin high school, they receive an increasing barrage of mail and contacts from colleges and universities.  This presentation offers ideas about questions that should be asked and answers that should be received to make an informed decision about where to apply to college and where to ultimately attend.  The presentation will conclude with a question and answer period. Some of the questions considered include:

  • Where do you want to be in four years? 
  • How important is major selection?
  • What should you look for on a campus visit?
  • What is your comfort level about…?
  • How much should parents impact this decision? 
  • How do you compare sticker price with actual cost of attending?

 

Rosemary Niedens, Associate Vice President for Academic Services

About the speaker:
Rosemary Niedens has been teaching servant leadership and leadership studies at Newman University for over twelve years.  Currently, she is the Associate Vice President for Academic Services with responsibility for freshmen programming, concurrent enrollment, academic support services as well as the ASC Community Leader Scholar program.  In service, Niedens serves on a variety of boards and committees as well as the co-area coordinator for the ASC Associate program.  She presents widely on the concepts of service and servant leadership in addition to providing retreats about growing in personal mission.

History

Alexander the Great in Afghanistan

Description:
The legend of Alexander the Great looms large in history and in the popular imagination.  The realities of his campaigns in Asia also tell a story of the harsh realities required for winning a land battle and winning the peace in a region dominated by harsh geography, decentralized political factions and limited resources. What can we learn from the past as we pursue our own aims in Afghanistan? 

Cheryl Golden, Ph.D., Professor of History and Director of the Division of Humanities

About the speaker:
Cheryl Golden is a professor of ancient history at Newman University.  Completing advanced degrees at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill and the University of Houston, her teaching and research interests include Greece, Rome, the ancient Near East in areas related to legal, military and political history.  She is currently editing an article on Thucydides' geographic analysis of Thrace and a book on Poisons in the Roman World for Routledge. Working at Newman has allowed Golden to explore a variety of subjects as a generalist, teach abroad in the Netherlands and escort students abroad to England, Italy and Greece.

Is Willa Cather an Historian of the Great Plains?

Description:
Willa Cather is one of the United States' greatest prose stylists.  Is she also an historian, in particular of the Great Plains?  Dr. Rohrbach examines Cathers' works set on the Great Plains, with special emphasis on her masterpiece My Antonia, to explore this challenging question.  Dr. Rohrbach's Czech heritage sparked her interest in this research, an interest which has grown into a passion.  She uses maps, charts, and quotes to further illustrate her thesis and conclusion. 

Charlotte Rohrbach, ASC, Ph.D., Director of Mission and Archives

About the speaker:
Dr. Rohrbach, a professor emerita in history, has served in many administrative positions at Newman University during her over 30 year tenure.  She is currently the Director of Mission and Archives.  She received her masters degree in History from Creighton University and her doctorate in American Studies from St. Louis University.  Her doctoral research was on Willa Cather as an historian.  She has lectured throughout Wichita and Kansas on various topics including Cather, the Great Plains, Native Americans, and United States Immigration.

Our bickering Founding Fathers and their mixed up, imperfect inspired Constitution"

Description:
Previously titled "Interpreting the Constitution Today: What Can We Really Say about the 'Framer's Intent'", this presentation has been specifically designed for Constitution Day lectures and presentations. Drawing on his recent book, That's Not What They Meant: Reclaiming the Founding Fathers from America's Right Wing (Prometheus, 2012), Professor Austin examines recent claims from both liberals and conservatives about what the Framers intended when they drafted the Constitution. Deriving an actual "framer's intent" is extraordinarily difficult, Austin argues, because the Framers did not themselves agree about what they were doing in Philadelphia during the summer of 1787. Ultimately, the most coherent conclusions we can draw from the historical record deal with the political process that the Constitution created rather than with any specific issues faced by the delegates. The real legacy of the Founding Fathers to us is a system of disagreement, debate, and compromise that has kept democracy vibrant in America for more than 200 years.

Michael Austin, Ph.D., Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

About the speaker:
Dr. Michael Austin is the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Newman University, where he is also a professor of English. He holds a Ph.D. in English Literature from the University of California at Santa Barbara and has taught classes in world literature, British literature, rhetoric, and composition. He is the author or editor of six books, including a bestselling college textbook on the history of ideas. His most recent article, "Why I Read War and Peace on a Kindle (and Bought the Book when I Was Done)" will be published in the forthcoming collection, Why Read Literature in a Digital Age?

Tour the Cathedral Kilgen Pipe Organ

Description:
Many people are enjoying tours of the newly renovated and restored Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Wichita but few have experienced the amazing "works" of the Cathedral Kilgen pipe organ in the choir/organ loft. Learn of and experience the sights and sounds of this nearly 3,000 pipe musical treasure of the Cathedral from long-time Cathedral organist, Carole Pracht. (A separate tour of the entire Cathedral may also be arranged.)

Carole Pracht, Instructor/Piano, Organ

About the speaker:
Carole Pracht is a pianist, organist, and teacher. Present positions include Newman University instructor of keyboard studies and choral assistant, principal organist for Wichita Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception and accompanist for the Heart of American Men's Chorus. She continues to serve the Kansas and National Music Teachers' Associations and the American Guild of Organists. A regional adjudicator and clinician, Carole's passion for piano and organ is reflected in many students throughout years of teaching who are now organists, pianists, teachers and supporters of music for future generations. Personal music goal: "Excellence in the performance of all musical styles with an added emphasis for excellence in church music."

Women's Work: Poisons and Women in Roman Culture:

Description:
The topic of poison in any society readily brings to mind both accidental and intentional hazards. Household cleaning products and pesticides serve to make our homes safe from some contaminants while creating dangers themselves.  The medicine cabinet, containing prescription drugs and other remedies, holds cures, usually safe for the patient, but potentially fatal to others.  Outside the household industrial pollution gives us ecological concerns. The city of Rome in the first centuries B.C. and A.D. dealt with many of the same problems. The Roman senate crafted legislation to regulate the sale of hemlock, aconite and opium in the market place and the women who knew how to use these substances.  In western literature there is the perception that women who murder do so by stealth or cunning while men murder through force.  In the Roman court room and in Roman literature we find examples of women taking advantage of their roles as cooks, healers, mothers, providing food, medicine, and other potions to their unsuspecting "loved ones" only to have their victims fall to feminine foul play.  Why? 

Cheryl Golden, Ph.D., Professor of History and Director of the Division of Humanities

About the speaker:
Cheryl Golden is a professor of ancient history at Newman University.  Completing advanced degrees at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill and the University of Houston, her teaching and research interests include Greece, Rome, the ancient Near East in areas related to legal, military and political history.  She is currently editing an article on Thucydides' geographic analysis of Thrace and a book on Poisons in the Roman World for Routledge. Working at Newman has allowed Golden to explore a variety of subjects as a generalist, teach abroad in the Netherlands and escort students abroad to England, Italy and Greece.

Literature

Adapting History into Dramatic Literature

Description:
The oldest extant play or artifact of dramatic literature is The Persians by Aeschylus, originally produced in 472 BCE.  Dramatic literature, a written record of past theatrical events and sub-genre of literature is studied every day all over the world.  The Persians is unique in the canon of ancient Greek plays that usually drew their subjects from mythology, for it is a history play. Shakespeare wrote at least 10 history plays, using Holinshed's Chronicles as a major source. Most of Frederick Von Schiller's work could also be classified as history plays.  In the 20th century popular plays such as A Lion in Winter and A Man for All Seasons also fit the genre.  In turning history into dramatic literature, what choices does the playwright make in deciding how to tell the story? How can their view slant perceptions of the actual events in the telling.  How can a playwright turn dry sometimes mundane events into exciting theatre? This lecture will look at the 2500 year old dance between history and theatre in an attempt to inspire new history plays. 

Mark T. Mannette, M.F.A , Director of Theatre

About the speaker:
Mark T. Mannette received his MFA in Shakespeare and Renaissance Literature in Performance from Mary Baldwin College in partnership with the American Shakespeare Center. A member of Actor's Equity since 1998, Mark has acted in over one hundred plays, playing such roles as Leontes in A Winter's Tale and Oscar in The Odd Couple. From 2007-2011 he was a theatre professor at St. Andrews Presbyterian College in North Carolina. His history play, The Butcher, The Thief, and the Buyer of Beef was produced there in 2008. From 1998-2003 he was the Resident Playwright for the Orange County Regional History Center in Orlando.  His history play, Dr. Phillips & the Rainmaker was published in 2003. He is also co-founder of the Playwrights Round Table in Orlando and member of the Playwrights' Center in Minneapolis.

Drawn to Marvel: Pop-Classicism and Poetry of Comics

Description:
Myth did not end in the Middle Ages; midrash didn't muddle to a close with Medieval Rabbis. The urge to explore what is not, to contain what our brains can't, evolves as culture evolves, making, say, the trinity of Wonder Woman, Superman, and Batman as worthy of poetic inquiry as any postmortem pantheon.    Today's superhero poetry, like the best superhero archetypes themselves, takes one of four tacks to draw us back to marvel.  Poems in this genre return wonder to the world by making the mundane super.  They return wonder to the world by making the super mundane.  They return wonder to modern myths by reviving the superhero, reconnecting the latter to its ancient origins.  And finally, they return wonder to the very tradition of the mythic by reconnecting us to the sublime, to the Romantic even, through a "pop" back door. 

Bryan Dietrich Ph.D., Professor of English

About the speaker:
Bryan D. Dietrich is the author of six books of poems, Krypton Nights, Universal Monsters, Love Craft, The Assumption, Prime Directive, and The Monstrance.  His poems have appeared in The New Yorker, The Nation, Poetry, Ploughshares, The Paris Review, Harvard Review, Yale Review, and many other journals.  He has won The Paris Review Poetry Prize, a Discovery/The Nation Award, and a Writers at Work Fellowship, Bryan has also been nominated for both the Pushcart and the Pulitzer Prizes. 

A Glimpse into a Medieval Manuscript

Description:
This presentation centers on the beautiful seventh-century Lindisfarne Gospels. The history, visual and literary features of the manuscript will be explained through selections from the gospel of John and one or more of the synoptic gospels. 

Susan Crane-Laracuente, Ph.D., Professor  of English and Chair of the Division of Arts & Sciences

About the speaker:
Susan Crane-Laracuente is an Assistant Professor of English and has taught courses in writing, the structure and history of English, world literature and Latin.  She earned a degree in English with a focus on medieval literature in Old English and Latin in 2006 from Stony Brook University in New York. She serves on the editorial board of This Rough Magic, an online academic journal dedicated to the teaching of medieval and renaissance literature.

Riddle Me This: Latin and Old English Riddles

Description:
Many cultures around the world have created riddles to teach and to entertain. Some riddle traditions are traceable through centuries; the ancient Anglo-Saxon riddle tradition is among these. This interactive presentation offers tantalizing examples of Anglo-Saxon riddles originally composed in Latin and Old English. 

Susan Crane-Laracuente, Ph.D., Professor  of English and Chair of the Division of Arts & Sciences

About the speaker:
Susan Crane-Laracuente is an Assistant Professor of English and has taught courses in writing, the structure and history of English, world literature and Latin.  She earned a degree in English with a focus on medieval literature in Old English and Latin in 2006 from Stony Brook University in New York. She serves on the editorial board of This Rough Magic, an online academic journal dedicated to the teaching of medieval and renaissance literature. 

Why Do We Love Stories? The Evolutionary Background of the Human Love of Fiction

Description:
This presentation is drawn from Professor Austin's recent book Useful Fictions: Evolution, Anxiety, and the Origins of Literature (University of Nebraska Press, 2010), which brings the insights of evolutionary psychology, cognitive psychology, and game theory to bear on one of the most puzzling questions that evolutionary biologists face: why do creatures whose survival depends on the ability to gather accurate information have a universal attraction to fiction? To answer this question, Austin looks at humanity's most primal, basic emotion: the fear of being eaten by a predator. For humans (as for many other creatures), the anxiety produced by this fear can be incapacitating, and early humans developed an ingenious strategy for dealing with this anxiety: they neutralized it with stories. This lively presentation features video clips, slides, and references to a wide variety of literary texts.

Michael Austin, Ph.D., Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

About the speaker:
Dr. Michael Austin is the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Newman University, where he is also a professor of English. He holds a Ph.D. in English Literature from the University of California at Santa Barbara and has taught classes in world literature, British literature, rhetoric, and composition. He is the author or editor of six books, including a bestselling college textbook on the history of ideas. His most recent article, "Why I Read War and Peace on a Kindle (and Bought the Book when I Was Done)" will be published in the forthcoming collection, Why Read Literature in a Digital Age?

Why Shakespeare Wrote His Own Plays

Description:
In reaction to the recent release of the Roland Emmerich's film Anonymous which asserts that the Earl of Oxford, not William Shakespeare, wrote the canon of plays and poems normally attributed to William Shakespeare, Professor Mannette throws down the gauntlet in opposition to that point of view. In this lecture, Mannette demonstrates how Shakespeare as a man of the theatre not only wrote the plays and poems, but evidence corroborating that fact can be found in the writing of his contemporaries and the plays and poems themselves. Some think it impossible that someone without a college education could have written such a body of work and that the plays are written with an insider's view of politics and court intrigue. What about all of the other aspects of life depicted in his work? For those seeking an informed and impassioned rebuttal to the current film or those who wish to defend the Oxfordian claims in debate a format, invite Professor Mannette to speak on the simple subject that Shakespeare was in fact Shakespeare.

Mark T. Mannette, M.F.A , Director of Theatre

About the speaker:
Mark T. Mannette received his MFA in Shakespeare and Renaissance Literature in Performance from Mary Baldwin College in partnership with the American Shakespeare Center. A member of Actor's Equity since 1998, Mark has acted in over one hundred plays, playing such roles as Leontes in A Winter's Tale and Oscar in The Odd Couple. From 2007-2011 he was a theatre professor at St. Andrews Presbyterian College in North Carolina. His history play, The Butcher, The Thief, and the Buyer of Beef was produced there in 2008. From 1998-2003 he was the Resident Playwright for the Orange County Regional History Center in Orlando.  His history play, Dr. Phillips & the Rainmaker was published in 2003. He is also co-founder of the Playwrights Round Table in Orlando and member of the Playwrights' Center in Minneapolis.

WWDDWW:  What Would Dante Do...With Werewolves?

Description:
The werewolf tale is a Gothic tale, a tale that tells us we need to address the repressed buried within ourselves, lest it be released to consume us. Native American tradition provides us with the names of three different types of werewolf—the Nagual, the Manitou, and the Wendigo—which, while ultimately incarnating the same potentially destructive force, help us define the source of manifestation. The idea of what role the will plays in damnation is central, also, to Dante's design of Hell in The Inferno, and the categories that Dante uses to define the levels of culpability for sin—symbolized as the leopard, the lion, and the she-wolf—can be used to define the parameters of the werewolf archetype and its commentary on humanity, culpability, and the mind. 

Bryan Dietrich Ph.D., Professor of English

About the speaker:
Bryan D. Dietrich is the author of six books of poems, Krypton Nights, Universal Monsters, Love Craft, The Assumption, Prime Directive, and The Monstrance.  His poems have appeared in The New Yorker, The Nation, Poetry, Ploughshares, The Paris Review, Harvard Review, Yale Review, and many other journals.  He has won The Paris Review Poetry Prize, a Discovery/The Nation Award, and a Writers at Work Fellowship, Bryan has also been nominated for both the Pushcart and the Pulitzer Prizes. 

Marriage and Family

What Science is Telling Us about Healthy Marriages and Families

Description:
Recent large scale studies have provided burgeoning evidence suggesting that there are a few critical elements that are evident in vitalized marriages. Furthermore these elements can be learned and applied with compelling results.  Mike Duxler Ph.D.  will present preliminary findings of a recently completed nationwide research study that involved  800 Wichita married couples with children.  There will be discussion involving how these findings can be applied to families, communities and state policies.  

Mike Duxler, Ph.D., Professor of Social Work

About the speaker:
Mike Duxler, Ph.D., Associate Professor School of Social Work, has most recently directed Catholic Charities' Marriage for Keeps (MfK) research project.  MfK was one of 8 sites across the country to implement one of the largest random assignment marriage studies ever conducted. Mike Duxler is a national speaker in the area of strengthening marriages and has been working with local, state and the federal government in helping to shape effective social policy that better supports healthy families.  Dr. Duxler has been a faculty member at Newman University since 2002. Prior to coming to Newman he was a clinical practitioner, for 14 years, specializing in marriage and a family researcher at Timberlawn Psychiatric Hospital in Dallas, Texas. 

Personal Development

Communication:  It's Not Just All Talk

Description:
From the day you were born, you have been communicating.  In fact, we actually spend about 75% of each day engaged in some form of communication.  So, one might wonder since we communicate so much, why do we have so many communication problems? The reason:  we communicate poorly!  The key to improving relationships in marriage, at work, and within families is the ability to communicate effectively.  This presentation will explain some of the basic concepts of communication, expose some of the major stumbling blocks that cause us problems and offer suggestions on how to be a more effective communicator. (Time:  1 hr apx.). 

Teresa Raehpour, Director of Adult and Continuing Studies

About the speaker:
Teresa Raehpour is the Director of Interdisciplinary Studies B.A. and Sports Communication B.A. programs. She completed her undergraduate degree at Friends University and received her Master's degree in Communication from Wichita State University. She has been a communication professor and business consultant in the communication field for over 20 years. Her areas of expertise include professional presentation-making, vocal coaching, non-verbal communication, netiquette and technology communication barriers, small group training and cross-cultural communication. She has served as a consultant for The Boeing Company, USD 259, Wichita Technology Corporation, KTEC Pipeline Innovator program, Miss Kansas International participants and Congressional political candidates.

How to Get Started Writing your Spiritual Memoir

Description:
This workshop will help you find engaging subjects and experiences to write about.  In addition, we will practice some of the techniques associated with vivid personal writing, such as dialogue, description, sensory writing, scene, voice, figurative language, apt word choice, and well-sculpted sentences with good muscle tone. Ultimately, the workshop will set you on the path toward writing with power and vitality, qualities that are welcome in any type of writing. Please allow a minimum of one hour for this presentation, ideal length is two hours. 

Marguerite Regan, Ph.D., Professor of English

About the speaker:
Marguerite Regan is Assistant Professor of English at Newman University where she teaches courses in writing, British and World Literatures, and Shakespeare, among others.  She received her Ph.D. in English from the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville in 2001.  Recently, she rewrote and edited the book The Journey Home: Autobiography of an American Swami. In addition to the writing of creative nonfiction, her research interests include eighteenth-century literature and the cultural poetics/politics of food, particularly the rise of a dietary protest literature in England from the late seventeenth to the early nineteenth century.  She has also published and presented articles on the use of food and food imagery in the works of James Joyce and in the yoga tradition.

"Praise the Lord" in Church Music - A workshop for church organists/pianists

Description:
Serving the Church in music is a challenge of musicianship and knowledge of liturgy! Improve your musicianship, service playing knowledge and skill. Expand your repertoire, and re-inspire your "musician self" in service to your church and worship of God. Presented by Carole Pracht, Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception organist.

Carole Pracht, Instructor/Piano, Organ

About the speaker:
Carole Pracht is a pianist, organist, and teacher. Present positions include Newman University instructor of keyboard studies and choral assistant, principal organist for Wichita Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception and accompanist for the Heart of American Men's Chorus. She continues to serve the Kansas and National Music Teachers' Associations and the American Guild of Organists. A regional adjudicator and clinician, Carole's passion for piano and organ is reflected in many students throughout years of teaching who are now organists, pianists, teachers and supporters of music for future generations. Personal music goal: "Excellence in the performance of all musical styles with an added emphasis for excellence in church music."

Speech 101

Description:
"Ugh!  They want me to speak??  I should have paid more attention in speech class!"  Sound familiar?  Let's face it.  Most people do not enjoy public speaking but often find themselves in a position where they have to present:  work, church, civic meeting or volunteer opportunity.  This seminar is a beginning level, skills-based workshop designed to refresh and reacquaint you with a few basics of oral presentation—all designed to help you become a more confident and effective speaker!  Topics covered include handling your anxiety and nerves, polishing your vocal delivery skills and enhancing your body movements and facial expressions.  This is a very fun and relaxed workshop designed for you to feel more confident and secure in your ability to get up in front of a group and speak. (Time:  1 hr apx) 

Teresa Raehpour, Director of Adult and Continuing Studies

About the speaker:
Teresa Raehpour is the Director of Interdisciplinary Studies B.A. and Sports Communication B.A. programs. She completed her undergraduate degree at Friends University and received her Master's degree in Communication from Wichita State University. She has been a communication professor and business consultant in the communication field for over 20 years. Her areas of expertise include professional presentation-making, vocal coaching, non-verbal communication, netiquette and technology communication barriers, small group training and cross-cultural communication. She has served as a consultant for The Boeing Company, USD 259, Wichita Technology Corporation, KTEC Pipeline Innovator program, Miss Kansas International participants and Congressional political candidates.

Professional Development/Leadership

Coach Leadership: Making "Difficult" Conversations "Doable"!

Description:
Coach Leaders know that leadership is all about relationships. However, creating and executing a difficult conversation has the power to cause significant inner turmoil for even the most experienced leader. Fearing the outcome of the conversation may cause some leaders to nervously deliver an awkward message which only serves as a wedge in the relationship. Or, equally disastrous, is the tendency to postpone the conversation until insurmountable walls are formed, and the inevitable message is delivered with a force far exceeding necessity. Gina will take you through steps of using Positive Intent, and Reflective Feedback: a "frame" for leaders to enter into conversations that make even the most seemingly difficult conversation "DOABLE"! 

Gina Marx, Ed.D., Professor of Education

About the speaker:
Dr. Gina Marx is an Associate Professor in the Graduate School of Education Department and works with aspiring school leaders.  She also coaches school leaders, and is an Associate Member of Coaching For Results, Inc. and an Associate Certified Coach through the International Coaching Federation.

 

Conquering Self: A Key Competency for Effective Leadership

Description:
To lead effectively, you need to know and understand yourself.  This means becoming aware of our triggers or hot buttons--things that people say or do that set us off and get in the way of our ability to exercise leadership.  We will explore the following questions:  What are your triggers?  How do you respond when triggered? Am I more or less effective at engaging in acts of leadership when I'm triggered?  How can I manage my triggers?  This interactive talk will allow you to identify your triggers and then explore ways of managing them.

Audrey Curtis Hane, Ph.D., Graduate Dean and Professor of Communication

About the speaker:
Dr. Audrey Curtis Hane is the Dean of Graduate Studies at Newman University, where she is a professor of Communication. Dr. Hane has won several awards, including the E.C. Buehler Outstanding Teaching Fellowship Award from the University of Kansas in 1995 where she earned her Ph.D., and the Newman University Outstanding Mentor Award in 1999. Her expertise and commitment to teaching earned her the 2003 Newman University Teaching Excellence Award, an annual recognition to a full-time faculty member who has demonstrated an innovative or dynamic approach to courses, course revisions, and teaching techniques. In 2004, she was awarded the excellence in academic advising award in response to her work with student advisees. In 2006, the Wichita Business Journal named Dr. Hane to its "40 Under 40" class. In addition to her teaching and research, Dr. Hane has conducted communication training for many clients, including the City of Wichita, Sedgwick County, the State of Kansas, the United Way, Wichita State University and others. She has also served as a communication consultant for Learjet Bombardier Aerospace, the Hunter Health Clinic, Grace Presbyterian Church, the Junior League of Wichita and the Kansas Health Institute. She is a member of the National Communication Association.

Let's Do Lunch

Description:
Come brush up on your business dining etiquette.  We'll cover strategies for building relationships with colleagues and clients whether you're gathered around the conference table or the dining table. The following topics will be covered: Practicing business meeting etiquette; Planning a successful business lunch; Dining etiquette for business meals.  Professional etiquette will help you gain confidence, differentiate yourself in a competitive market, and honor your organization's commitment to quality and excellence. 

Audrey Curtis Hane, Ph.D., Graduate Dean and Professor of Communication

About the speaker:
Dr. Audrey Curtis Hane is the Dean of Graduate Studies at Newman University, where she is a professor of Communication. Dr. Hane has won several awards, including the E.C. Buehler Outstanding Teaching Fellowship Award from the University of Kansas in 1995 where she earned her Ph.D., and the Newman University Outstanding Mentor Award in 1999. Her expertise and commitment to teaching earned her the 2003 Newman University Teaching Excellence Award, an annual recognition to a full-time faculty member who has demonstrated an innovative or dynamic approach to courses, course revisions, and teaching techniques. In 2004, she was awarded the excellence in academic advising award in response to her work with student advisees. In 2006, the Wichita Business Journal named Dr. Hane to its "40 Under 40" class. In addition to her teaching and research, Dr. Hane has conducted communication training for many clients, including the City of Wichita, Sedgwick County, the State of Kansas, the United Way, Wichita State University and others. She has also served as a communication consultant for Learjet Bombardier Aerospace, the Hunter Health Clinic, Grace Presbyterian Church, the Junior League of Wichita and the Kansas Health Institute. She is a member of the National Communication Association.

Let's Get Passionate!  Leadership thru Enthusiasm

Description:
 Vince Lombardi once said, "If YOU are not fired with enthusiasm, you will BE fired…with enthusiasm!"  Having an enthusiastic spirit is crucial to being an effective leader.  Passion, fervor and energy are the keys to positively motivating and inspiring others.  This highly interactive discussion is presented in workshop format and will explain the nature of enthusiasm, help participants to personally re-discover what inspires them, and teach specific verbal and nonverbal communication techniques that will improve one's ability to motivate others.  (Time:  1 hr apx.) 

Teresa Raehpour, Director of Adult and Continuing Studies

About the speaker:
Teresa Raehpour is the Director of Interdisciplinary Studies B.A. and Sports Communication B.A. programs. She completed her undergraduate degree at Friends University and received her Master's degree in Communication from Wichita State University. She has been a communication professor and business consultant in the communication field for over 20 years. Her areas of expertise include professional presentation-making, vocal coaching, non-verbal communication, netiquette and technology communication barriers, small group training and cross-cultural communication. She has served as a consultant for The Boeing Company, USD 259, Wichita Technology Corporation, KTEC Pipeline Innovator program, Miss Kansas International participants and Congressional political candidates. 

Narratives as Inspiration: Motivating Your Audience to Act

Description:
Have you ever been asked to speak to an audience, only to have the usual questions run through your head:  What should I say, and how should I say it? Why does everyone nod their head when I'm speaking, but then nothing happens?  They hear the same stuff all the time; what can I say to fire them up?  Learn how to capture the power of the narrative in order to move your audience to action.  We will examine how to design motivating messages by delivering powerful stories.  In particular, you will learn how to tell stories that uplift and motivate by utilizing two proven strategies:  the challenge plot and the connection plot. 

Audrey Curtis Hane, Ph.D., Graduate Dean and Professor of Communication

About the speaker:
Dr. Audrey Curtis Hane is the Dean of Graduate Studies at Newman University, where she is a professor of Communication. Dr. Hane has won several awards, including the E.C. Buehler Outstanding Teaching Fellowship Award from the University of Kansas in 1995 where she earned her Ph.D., and the Newman University Outstanding Mentor Award in 1999. Her expertise and commitment to teaching earned her the 2003 Newman University Teaching Excellence Award, an annual recognition to a full-time faculty member who has demonstrated an innovative or dynamic approach to courses, course revisions, and teaching techniques. In 2004, she was awarded the excellence in academic advising award in response to her work with student advisees. In 2006, the Wichita Business Journal named Dr. Hane to its "40 Under 40" class. In addition to her teaching and research, Dr. Hane has conducted communication training for many clients, including the City of Wichita, Sedgwick County, the State of Kansas, the United Way, Wichita State University and others. She has also served as a communication consultant for Learjet Bombardier Aerospace, the Hunter Health Clinic, Grace Presbyterian Church, the Junior League of Wichita and the Kansas Health Institute. She is a member of the National Communication Association.

Servant Leadership and Personal Mission: Putting the Pieces Together

Description:
John Henry Cardinal Newman famously stated that everyone has a life mission that has been entrusted to no other.  For many, this mission may be operationalized in the concepts of servant leadership.  Stressing the first and foremost duty of a leader is to serve the group led; servant leadership offers a pragmatic approach to growing in leadership.   This interactive presentation allows participants to begin the process of exploring their own leadership potential using these concepts of servant leadership.   

Rosemary Niedens, Associate Vice President for Academic Services

About the speaker:
Rosemary Niedens has been teaching servant leadership and leadership studies at Newman University for over twelve years.  Currently, she is the Associate Vice President for Academic Services with responsibility for freshmen programming, concurrent enrollment, academic support services as well as the ASC Community Leader Scholar program.  In service, Niedens serves on a variety of boards and committees as well as the co-area coordinator for the ASC Associate program.  She presents widely on the concepts of service and servant leadership in addition to providing retreats about growing in personal mission.

Shepherds vs Sheep Herders: The Importance of Leading from the Front

Description:
The figure of the good shepherd has long represented, in both sacred and secular traditions, the ideal leader. Shepherds care for their sheep, protect them, and lead them towards shelter and nourishment. But Shepherds have not always been so well thought of. In the ancient world, there were very few shepherds as we understand the term, but there were a lot of sheep herders—unskilled laborers who cajoled, abused, and often injured sheep in an attempt to get them to move in a specific direction (which often involved the sheep being shorn or slaughtered). The most important difference between the shepherd and the sheep herder was the position that they occupied. Shepherds led from the front. They went first into the dangerous places, and they led with the sound of their voice, which the sheep learned to trust. Sheep herders stood at the back and tried to coerce movement with threats and physical force. The figures of the shepherd and the sheep herder provide deep and compelling metaphors of the difference between leaders and managers. This presentation of 45-60 minutes will focus on these metaphors as the basis for discussing the role of visionary leadership in business, educational, and non-profit organizations.

Michael Austin, Ph.D., Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

About the speaker:
Dr. Michael Austin is the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Newman University, where he is also a professor of English. He holds a Ph.D. in English Literature from the University of California at Santa Barbara and has taught classes in world literature, British literature, rhetoric, and composition. He is the author or editor of six books, including a bestselling college textbook on the history of ideas. His most recent article, "Why I Read War and Peace on a Kindle (and Bought the Book when I Was Done)" will be published in the forthcoming collection, Why Read Literature in a Digital Age?