NWU Alumni Share Professional Contributions at Annual Visions & Ventures Symposium; Watch Lectures

Nebraska Wesleyan will kick off its 125th anniversary celebration with the university’s annual Visions & Ventures Symposium.

The Visions & Ventures Symposium brings to campus experts who discuss and debate issues of global significance. This year, in honor of the anniversary, the symposium will feature NWU alumni who have made significant contributions to the areas of social responsibility, human health, hunger, and education. The symposium theme is, “Our Story Continues.”

The symposium will be held September 19-20, and will begin with a special performance by the University Choir who will sing "Threshold," which was written by Jean Henderson ('65), professor emeritus of music. "Threshold" was composed in honor of graduates of Nebraska Wesleyan University past, present, and future on the occasion of Henderson's retirement.

Lectures will be webcasted live and archived lecture video will be available for viewing online. Click here to access our webcasting portal. To view archived lectures, click the "On Demand" tab in the portal. 

The following is a schedule of speakers and their topics for this year's symposium.

Wednesday, September 19

Visions & Ventures Symposium: Our Story Continues

7 p.m., O’Donnell Auditorium

“Providing Models of Social Responsibility and Obtaining the American Dream”

Panelists: Hon. John M. Gerrard (’76), U.S. District Court Judge for District of Nebraska; Vidette Mixon (’74), Director of Corporate Relations for Wespath Investment Management, a division of the United Methodist Church; Judith Patrick (’72), Board of Directors, President and CEO of the Women’s Foundation of California

Thursday, September 20

Visions & Ventures Symposium: Our Story Continues

9:30 a.m., O’Donnell Auditorium

“Contributions Toward Human Health”

Panelists: Denise Bulling (’82), Senior Research Director, University of Nebraska Public Policy Center; Susan Schultz (’86), Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Iowa College of Medicine; Scott Shipman (’91), Director of Primary Care Initiatives and Workforce Analysis, Association of American Medical Colleges

Visions & Ventures Symposium: Our Story Continues

2 p.m., O’Donnell Auditorium

“Opportunities to End Hunger”

Panelists: Mark Eisenhart (’90), Senior Business Development Manager-Pfizer Account, Adayana; Douglas Maxwell (’68), Professor Emeritus, Department of Plant Pathology, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Scott Young (’01), Executive Director, Food Bank of Lincoln

Elder Gallery Talk: “I Am Because We Are: Photos of Africa”

3:30 p.m., Elder Gallery, booksigning to follow

Betty Press (’64), Photographer, Adjunct Professor of Photography, University of Southern Mississippi

Visions & Ventures Symposium: Our Story Continues

7 p.m., O’Donnell Auditorium

“Education Policy and Practice”

Panelists: Erin Duncan (’96), Federal Lobbyist, National Education Association; Jay Lemons (’83), President, Susquehanna University; Antwan Wilson (’95), Assistant Superintendent, Office of Postsecondary Readiness, Denver Public Schools

All events are free and open to the public. O'Donnell Auditorium is located at 50th Street and Huntington Ave.

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Hon. John Gerrard ('76), U.S. District Court Judge
Vidette Mixon ('74), Director of Corporate Relations, Wespath Investment Management
Judith Patrick ('72), President of Women's Foundation of California
Denise Bulling ('82), Senior Research Director, Univ. of Neb. Public Policy Center
Susan Schultz ('86), Professor, Dept. of Psychiatry, Univ. of Iowa
Scott Shipman ('91), Director of Primary Care Initiatives, Assoc. of American Medical Colleges
Douglas Maxwell ('63), Professor Emeritus, Dept. of Plant Pathology, Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison
Scott Young ('01), Executive Director, Food Bank of Lincoln
Betty Press ('64), Adjunct Professor of Photography, Univ. of Southern Mississippi
Erin Duncan ('96), Federal Lobbyist, National Education Association
Jay Lemons ('83), President, Susquehanna University
Antwan Wilson ('95), Assistant Superintendent, Office of Postsecondary Readiness, Denver Public Schools