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President’s Lecture Series to begin August 30 with water safety talk

ISSUED: 3 August 2016
MEDIA CONTACT: Valerie Owens

SHEPHERDSTOWN, WV — Shepherd University and Shepherd’s Lifelong Learning Program are launching the President’s Lecture Series, beginning with a talk about the safety of swimming in the region’s lakes and waterways. The President’s Lecture Series, a new initiative started by President Mary J.C. Hendrix, is designed to involve the campus and community in discussions of topics of interest. All lectures are free and open to the public and will take place from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the Robert C. Byrd Center for Congressional History and Education auditorium. The following lectures are scheduled:

Tuesday, August 30—How Safe Is Your Recreational Water?

Amy J. Horneman, Ph.D., SM(ASCP), associate professor at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and Microbiology Lab director at the VA Maryland Health Care System, will discuss the safety of various types of recreational water sources in the region. Horneman will talk about the hazards people might face swimming in the ocean, as well as in freshwater rivers, lakes, ponds, and man-made water parks. Horneman will give an overview of some of the possible health hazards related to recreational water activities and will focus on the various infectious agents, including bacterial, parasitic, and viral, that swimmers, boaters, and fishing enthusiasts could possibly come in contact with. She will also explain how to participate in these activities safely.

Thursday, September 22—Finding Your Money Mind

Rob Hoxton, managing director of United Capital, will talk about the relationship people have with money and will take audience members through an interactive exercise based on the bestselling book “The Money Code” that will tell them whether they make monetary decisions based on fear, happiness, or commitment. The audience is encouraged to bring a smart phone, tablet, or laptop to play the “Your Money Mind” game.

Monday October 17—2016 Nobel Prizes 

This year’s Nobel Prizes will be announced October 3-10. During this President’s Lecture, members of Shepherd’s faculty will discuss the importance of the Nobel winners’ works, the nature of the prize in each discipline, the past recipients, and the impact it has on the world. Since 1901, Nobel has awarded prizes in the areas of physics, chemistry, medicine, literature, peace, and economic sciences. The prizes were made possible in 1895 when Alfred Nobel, a Swedish chemist and inventor, left $31 million in his will to fund the program.

For more information about the President’s Lecture Series, contact Karen Rice at 304-876-5135 or at There will be a reception following each event sponsored by the Shepherd University Foundation.

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