TMC soccer player featured on the front page of The Republic

Former Olympian helps less fortunate – http://www.therepublic.com/view/local_story/Former-Olympian-helps-less-for_1396147809

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Jeff Cummings, the women’s soccer coach at Thomas More College, was having a tough time connecting with Emilee Buchanan.

Buchanan, a 2011 Columbus East graduate and one of Cummings’ starting defenders who helped the Cincinnati-area team to a 19-2-2 record, simply has been unavailable.

Cummings knows the Columbus East graduate has bigger priorities than soccer.

“She is the kind of student-athlete that any Division III school dreams of getting,” Cummings said of Buchanan, a junior. “We know she has interests other than soccer.”

Buchanan just returned from a spring break that had nothing to do with beaches and margaritas. She spent her “vacation” in El Paso, Texas, working at the Annunciation House, a shelter that benefits refugees and the homeless.

“That kind of work is the mission of the school,” Cummings said. “It is what we are all about.

“Emilee always is balancing things, and that’s OK. Most of the students here do the kind of work she was doing (in El Paso). How much she does is what’s rare.”

The summer of 2012, Buchanan spent two weeks volunteering at a medical clinic in Guatemala, and the past two spring breaks she has worked at the Annunciation House. This summer she will join her boyfriend, Columbus North and Wabash College grad Dylan Andrew, who works with the Peace Corps, in the Dominican Republic teaching preventative health for two months. Closer to home, she is working at Thomas More to take leftover food from the cafeteria and donate it to an organization that would make it available to the homeless.

And, by the way, she has to carve out time for a two-week trip this summer to Costa Rica with the Thomas More soccer team.

She accomplishes everything while handling the rigors of being a college athlete and taking an 18-unit course load in her nursing major. Despite that schedule, she was a Presidents Athletic Conference Academic Honor Roll student this past season. It should also be noted that she works as many hours as possible in the concession stands at pro sporting events in Cincinnati to pay for her altruistic trips.

“I think I changed when I took my first sociology class in college,” said Buchanan, who graduated from East in 2011. “People don’t do things because they don’t have the time. I started asking myself, ‘Do I have the time?’ There are injustices in the world.

Is it a priority really to help people who are poor and marginal?’”

Her answer was yes. She got busy.

Working on the United States-Mexico border, where El Paso and Ciudad Juarez are separated by a line, has made a huge impact on her life.

“It’s a border awareness experience,” she said. “Oh my gosh, they teach you a lot about immigration policy and the laws. You learn about why people come over (from Mexico). We would go into Juarez. There is violence there, drug cartels and economic injustice.”

In her trip to El Paso earlier this month, she worked on the renovation of two rooms of the century-old, red brick Annunciation House that is 10 blocks from the border. “We painted and re-did the floors and windows,” she said.

That wasn’t all.

Those who live at the Annunciation House are responsible for preparing meals as are the volunteers.

“Meals are a big deal because there are so many people,” Buchanan said. “We did a Thanksgiving in March. There were about 55 people living there.”

The steady work load makes the time pass, but it’s hard to ignore the suffering that refugees endure.

“A lot of people are hurting,” Buchanan said. “My heart, my passion, goes into these people. I know the feeling is that these people are a drain on our economy, but we learn. We know that people turn their heads to immigrants. Each year I’ve gotten close to a different set of people there. There is a huge communication barrier. They do not speak English, and my Spanish isn’t the best.

“But after two days they will tell you they love you.”

Refugees from Mexico, Central America and other places around the world wait at the Annunciation House for their asylum cases to be heard. Buchanan checks back. “I ask volunteers what happened to people. Some have been granted asylum, more haven’t had their case heard yet because it takes a long time, and most are sent back.”

It’s a lot for a 21-year-old to take upon her shoulders.

Her mother, Brenda Buchanan, has watched as her daughter’s college experience has changed her.

“Boy, did it ever,” Brenda Buchanan said. “With each new year, I still continue to see the changes in her. She seems more dedicated to her studies now and is very disciplined when it comes to homework. She’s always been a good student, but always had to work hard at getting good grades. It didn’t come natural. She seems to care much more about what kind of grades she makes now.

“She gets more involved in activities, too. She is more eager to learn and is like a sponge, absorbing as much knowledge as she can. She worked on her Spanish all last summer on her own. She was never like that in high school.”

Brenda Buchanan isn’t surprised to see her daughter packing so many things into each day.

“She hated being bored,” Brenda Buchanan said. “She had to have something to do at all times. Keeping her entertained was a bit of a challenge. And she always loved reading. Instead of sleeping with stuffed animals as a toddler, she slept with books.”

As a soccer player at East, Emilee Buchanan dominated in the midfield, eventually being named to the All-State First Team her senior season.

“Emilee was a fabulous player,” said East coach Ilya Schwartzman, who coached her all four seasons of high school. “She was very unselfish and team-oriented. And she was just a wonderful person. It was part of her character.”

Although Emilee Buchanan said she learned to be more concerned with what was happening in the rest of the world when she reached college, Schwartzman could tell she was a person who could make a difference.

“All individuals go through changes in life and develop as people,” Schwartzman said. “But you get a sense about what kind of human beings they are. She was a very unselfish, caring person who didn’t just focus on herself. She was open and supportive of her teammates. She took players under her wing. I think the world of Emilee.”

Although Buchanan didn’t play Division I soccer in college, Schwartzman noted that it’s a tremendous success story.

“We emphasize that our players’ future life is not about soccer,” Schwartzman said. “Soccer can be a part of their life, but we advise them that soccer just helps them grow. When they choose a college, it’s got to be a college they really like for academics and how they feel in that environment. For Emilee, Thomas More was a great fit for her. The soccer program was just an absolute bonus, a place she could play and contribute as a freshman.”

MainSource Market President Charlie Farber worked with Brenda Buchanan when he moved to Columbus is 2002 and met her family.

“I’ve had the pleasure of watching Emilee grow up,” Farber said. “She has an amazing attitude, and her outlook on life is very positive.

“She is someone who is committed, and she brings out the best in people. I have written letters of recommendation for her various programs where she has volunteered.”

Her parents, Brenda and Larry Buchanan, will continue to worry about her as she volunteers in poor communities and third-world countries.

“It does get easier with each one she takes,” Brenda Buchanan said. “I remember the summer between her junior and senior year in high school, she flew to Boston all by herself to attend a youth leadership forum on medicine. She was only 17, and it terrified me. It doesn’t bother me as much now, but I always will worry about her no matter where she is. She never has let the fear of the unknown keep her from doing anything. That’s what I really admire about her.”

Emilee said she will continue to push forward.

“It is physically tiring,” she said of her schedule. “You are extremely exhausted, but you come back (from an altruistic trip) with a renewed sense of gratitude. You are spiritually uplifted.”

 

Preparing for a Total Lunar Eclipse

Preparing for a Total Lunar Eclipse
Presented by:  Dr. Wes Ryle

What:
A total eclipse of the moon will begin during the night of Monday, April 14th and proceed into the early morning hours. This lecture will discuss the cause of eclipses, along with everything you need to know for observing this eclipse from your own backyard. It’s been more than two years since a total lunar eclipse was visible from our location.  Keep your fingers crossed for clear skies on the night of the eclipse!

Join us afterward for an up-close look at the stars, Jupiter, and more with telescopes at The Bank of Kentucky Observatory (weather permitting).

This talk is intended for a general audience.  All ages are welcome.  The event is free and open to the public.  Thomas More College faculty and students will assist visitors in using the telescopes at the observatory.

Like us on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/TheBankofKentuckyObservatory

When and Where:

Please note the later starting time due to the beginning of daylight saving time!

Saturday, April 12th

8:00 PM – Introduction and Talk – Steigerwald Hall in the TMC Saints Center (formerly the student center)
9:00 PM – Telescope Viewing – The Bank of Kentucky Observatory (weather permitting)

Both located on the campus of Thomas More College:
333 Thomas More Parkway
Crestview Hills, KY 41017

For more information or directions, go to: www.thomasmore.edu/observatory

Cost:
FREE and open to the public.  No reservations required.  All ages welcome.

Special Observatory Event:
Lunar Eclipse Camp-Out
Monday, April 14th – 10PM-4AM
Watch the Lunar Eclipse from the Grounds around the Observatory!
Drinks, snacks, and entertainment – weather permitting.

Lady Saints to play in NCAA Division III Sectional Semifinals in Walla Walla, Washington!

Congratulations to our women’s basketball team who will play in the NCAA Division III Women’s Basketball Sectional in Walla Walla, Washington. The sectional will be played at the Sherwood Center on the campus of Whitman College on Friday and Saturday (March 14 and 15).  No. 1-ranked Thomas More College will play No. 17-ranked University of Texas-Tyler at 5 p.m. Pacific/8 p.m. Eastern in the first game on Friday and No. 7-ranked Whitman plays No. 20-ranked Christopher Newport University at 7 p.m. Pacific/10 p.m. Eastern.  The two winners from Friday will play at 7 p.m. Pacific/10 p.m. Eastern on Saturday for the right to advance to the Final Four.

Thomas More College will hold a viewing party (free to attend) on Friday March 14 at 7:00 pm in Steigerwald Hall (inside the Saints Center). The game begins at 8:00 pm EST.

For those who would like to watch the game from the web, here are the instructions. Go to www.tmcsaints.com. Click on Women’s, then click on Basketball. Click on the Schedule/Results page. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click on Video for the NCAA Tournament Sectional Semifinals game. Here is the link to that page: http://www.tmcsaints.com/sports/wbkb/2013-14/schedule Here is the link to the video stream: http://client.stretchinternet.com/client/whitman.portal

Words Contest winners announced

WORDS is the literary arts magazine of Thomas More College. This publication features original drawings, photographs, poetry and prose submitted by the Thomas More College students.

There will be a Words Celebration on Monday, April 7th at 7 p.m. This is a gathering of TMC winning writers and artists, along with food and music. Regional author Jim Minick will help us launch the event.  He writes poetry, fiction and memoir and can name every tree in the forest!

Thomas More College would like to congratulate the following TMC students on their excellence in writing and art.

WORDS WRITING AWARDS

Sandra L. Cuni Award
“Heaven in Paris”  memoir
Laura Barfield

Appalachia Award in Fiction
“Creek Eternal”
Tony Otten

Appalachia Award in Poetry
“Big City Dreams, 1924″
Courtney Neltner

UCA Award (2 winners)
“MacLean” poetry
Courtney Smalley

RUCA Award (2 winners)
“Wheelchari” fiction
Tony Otten

Kate Bilbo Aspiring Writer Award
“Heaven in Paris” memoir
Laura Barfield

WORDS ART AWARDS 

Karen Cress
“Life of the Mind”
The Art Department Choice Award

Ben Kleier
“Interpretation of Mario Donaldson¹s Shark Tooth”
Kate Bilbo Aspiring Artist Award

Cover Art Selection
“Little Baby Peanut”
Jacob Condon

A Tour of the Universe

A Tour of the Universe
Presented by:  Dean Regas, The Cincinnati Observatory

What:  
Rocket through space and sail among billions of stars and galaxies. Utilizing some very cool simulation software Dean Regas takes you up to investigate the structure and mind-boggling scale of the universe. Along the way you’ll stop at the Moon and individual planets. You’ll witness the variety of objects orbiting the Sun, and discuss Pluto’s fate. Then you’ll make the big jump out of the solar system into interstellar space and experience the vastness of our own galaxy, the Milky Way. Finally your stomach will drop as you sail outward to try and comprehend how many galaxies make up our universe.

Dean Regas is a co-host of Star Gazers, which airs on over 100 PBS stations around the world. He has been the Outreach Astronomer for the Cincinnati Observatory since 2000 where he has developed his skills as a dynamic public speaker and brings the complicated field of astronomy down to Earth for students of all ages.

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Join us afterward for an up-close look at the stars, Jupiter, and more with telescopes at The Bank of Kentucky Observatory (weather permitting).

This talk is intended for a general audience.  All ages are welcome.  The event is free and open to the public.  Thomas More College faculty and students will assist visitors in using the telescopes at the observatory.

Like us on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/TheBankofKentuckyObservatory

When and Where:
Please note the later starting time due to the beginning of daylight saving time!

Saturday, March 22nd
8:00 PM – Introduction and Talk – Steigerwald Hall in the TMC Saints Center (formerly the student center)
9:00 PM – Telescope Viewing – The Bank of Kentucky Observatory (weather permitting)

Both located on the campus of Thomas More College:
333 Thomas More Parkway
Crestview Hills, KY 41017

For more information or directions, go to: www.thomasmore.edu/observatory

Cost:
FREE and open to the public.  No reservations required.  All ages welcome.

Future Open House Dates:
Saturday, April 12th – 8PM
Preparing for a Total Lunar Eclipse
Presented by: Dr. Wes Ryle

Date Night at the Observatory

Date Night at the Observatory
Presented by: Dr. Wes Ryle

What:
The skies are full of tales of love and loss. Join us for a romantic evening discussing some of the myths and legends associated with constellations, planets, and moons. What better gift could you give your significant other on the day after Valentine’s Day than a date night at the observatory?

Join us afterward for an up-close look at the stars, Jupiter, and more with telescopes at The Bank of Kentucky Observatory (weather permitting).
This talk is intended for a general audience. All ages are welcome. The event is free and open to the public. Thomas More College faculty and students will assist visitors in using the telescopes at the observatory.

Like us on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/TheBankofKentuckyObservatory

When and Where:

Saturday, February 15th
7:00 PM – Introduction and Talk – Steigerwald Hall in the TMC Saints Center (formerly the student center)
8:00 PM – Telescope Viewing – The Bank of Kentucky Observatory (weather permitting)

Both located on the campus of Thomas More College:
333 Thomas More Parkway
Crestview Hills, KY 41017

For more information or directions, go to: www.thomasmore.edu/observatory

Cost:
FREE and open to the public. No reservations required. All ages welcome.

Future Open House Dates:

Saturday, March 22nd – 8PM
A Tour of the Universe
Presented by: Dean Regas

Saturday, April 12th – 8PM
Preparing for a Total Lunar Eclipse
Presented by: Dr. Wes Ryle

Thomas More College Hosts “An Evening of Excellence” on January 13, 2014

Started in 2006 by the Thomas More College Office of Enrollment, the Evening of Excellence is an annual celebration of TMC applicants’ academic achievements and recognition of their families’ support. Guests join Thomas More representatives from the James Graham Brown Honors Program, Chancellor’s Servant Scholars, and Office of Enrollment for an evening of fine dining and fellowship.

President David A. Armstrong and the Thomas More Community are proud to host the following distinguished high school students for this year’s event:

Savannah Lear
Brianna Berry
Andrew Jensen
William Neltner
Riley Kinsella
Evan Harmeling
Grifffin Stanley
Sarah Brown
Rebecca Thaman
Sara Thesing
Bridget Thesing
Kaitlin Delape
Maria Rechtin
Kim Lohbeck
Laura Finke
Catherine Tuttle
Christina Whitley
Nicholas Auteri
Maria Linkugel
Jennifer Packard
Mathew Krabacher
Sarah Kunkler

February 1st Observatory Open House

Eyes in the Sky: A History of Space Telescopes
Presented by:
  Dr. Wes Ryle

What:  

From the surface of the Earth, the majority of the cosmos is hidden from us.  While our atmosphere fosters and protects life on Earth, it also blocks light and information from the Universe around us.  Many of the great discoveries of the past 50 years are due to a fleet of craft launched into space to serve as remote observatories.  This talk will overview some of the most important spacecraft to date, including the Chandra X-ray Observatory and the Hubble Space Telescope, as well as future missions like the James Webb Space Telescope.

Join us afterward for an up-close look at the stars, Jupiter, and more with telescopes at The Bank of Kentucky Observatory (weather permitting).

This talk is intended for a general audience.  All ages are welcome.  The event is free and open to the public.  Thomas More College faculty and students will assist visitors in using the telescopes at the observatory.

Like us on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/TheBankofKentuckyObservatory

When and Where:

Saturday, February 1st
7:00 PM – Introduction and Talk – Steigerwald Hall in the TMC Saints Center (formerly the student center)
8:00 PM – Telescope Viewing – The Bank of Kentucky Observatory (weather permitting)

Both located on the campus of Thomas More College:
333 Thomas More Parkway
Crestview Hills, KY 41017

For more information or directions, go to: www.thomasmore.edu/observatory

Cost:

FREE and open to the public.  No reservations required.  All ages welcome.

Future Open House Dates:

Saturday, February 15th  -  7PM
Date Night at the Observatory

Saturday, March 22nd – 8PM
Topic TBA

Saturday, April 12th – 8PM
Preparing for a Total Lunar Eclipse

TMC Hosts Dec 7th Observatory Open House – “Things That Go *BOOM!* in the Night”

Supernovae — Things That Go *BOOM!* in the Night
Presented by:  Dr. Thomas Pannuti

What: 
Supernova explosions are amongst the most dramatic events that occur in our Universe. Observations of these explosions in our own galaxy commanded significant interest during the course of human history (including a mention in Hamlet!) while the discovery of these events in nearby galaxies has become routine in modern astronomy. Supernovae have continued to command a considerable amount of interest from both observational and theoretical perspectives among the community of professional astronomers. In my talk, I will provide historical background on the study of these objects along with current theories about how these explosions occur, unresolved issues in the studies of these sources and the uses of supernova explosions as probes for cosmology.

Dr. Thomas Pannuti is an associate professor of space science and astrophysics at Morehead State University. He works at the Space Science Center at MSU and is a faculty member in the Department of Earth and Space Sciences. His research interests center on multi-wavelength (X-ray, optical, infrared and radio) observations of Galactic and extragalactic supernova remnants.

Join us afterward for an up-close look at the moon, stars, and more with telescopes at The Bank of Kentucky Observatory (weather permitting).

This talk is intended for a general audience.  All ages are welcome.  The event is free and open to the public.  Thomas More College faculty and students will assist visitors in using the telescopes at the observatory.

Like us on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/TheBankofKentuckyObservatory

When and Where:
Please note that this event begins at 7PM due to the end of Daylight Saving Time!

Saturday, December 7th
7:00 PM – Introduction and Talk – Steigerwald Hall in the TMC Saints Center (formerly the student center)
8:00 PM – Telescope Viewing – The Bank of Kentucky Observatory (weather permitting)

Both located on the campus of Thomas More College:
333 Thomas More Parkway
Crestview Hills, KY 41017

For more information or directions, go to: www.thomasmore.edu/observatory

Cost:
FREE and open to the public.  No reservations required.  All ages welcome.

TMC Sponsors Reading by Regional Authors Michael Henson, Rhonda Pettit, and Writer-in-Residence Pauletta Hansel

November Visiting Author flyerRegional authors Michael Henson and Rhonda Pettit join Thomas More College’s Writer-in-Residence Pauletta Hansel to read from and discuss their newest works of poetry and prose as part of Thomas More College’s Creative Writing Vision Program Visiting Author Series. Join us for this free literary event on Wednesday, November 13th at 7:00 pm at Joseph Beth Booksellers in Crestview Hills, KY. Signing will follow.

Michael Henson is the author of three books of fiction and three of poetry. His newest work, the novella Tommy Perdue (MotesBooks), is a memorable and revealing morality tale straight out of 21st century America which explores issues of community and addiction in urban life.  UC professor Rhonda Pettit’s courses explore the intersections between creative writing, literature, and women’s studies. Her new poetry collection, Fetal Waters (Finishing Line Press, 2013), offers lyrical observation and discussion of race, gender, and war.

Thomas More College’s Writer-in-Residence, Pauletta Hansel, is the author of four poetry collections, the latest of which, The Lives We Live in Houses (Wind Publications, 2011), has been described by former North Carolina poet laureate Cathy Smith Bowers as a “beautifully crafted and deeply felt walk through the many mansions of the human heart.”

Thomas More College’s Fall 2013 Creative Writing Vision Program Visiting Author Series is supported by a grant from the John A. Schroth Family Charitable Trust, PNC Bank, Trustee.

TMC Hosts Nov 9th Observatory Open House – “Humans in Space: Past, Present & Future”

Humans in Space: Past, Present & Future
Presented by:  Dr. Wes Ryle

What: 

The first human was launched into space in 1961.  Since that time, we’ve sent astronauts to the Moon and built space stations in Earth orbit.  The largest such facility to date, the International Space Station, has been continually occupied by humans for almost 13 years.  Join us as we discuss the people and technology that have enabled humans to live in space, as well as some of the cutting edge ideas for reaching further into the cosmos. 

Join us afterward for an up-close look at the moon, stars, and more with telescopes at The Bank of Kentucky Observatory (weather permitting).

This talk is intended for a general audience.  All ages are welcome.  The event is free and open to the public.  Thomas More College faculty and students will assist visitors in using the telescopes at the observatory.

Like us on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/TheBankofKentuckyObservatory
When and Where: 

Please note that this event begins at 7PM due to the end of Daylight Saving Time!

Saturday, November 9th

7:00 PM – Introduction and Talk – Steigerwald Hall in the TMC Saints Center (formerly the student center)
8:00 PM – Telescope Viewing – The Bank of Kentucky Observatory (weather permitting)

Both located on the campus of Thomas More College:
333 Thomas More Parkway
Crestview Hills, KY 41017

For more information or directions, go to: www.thomasmore.edu/observatory

Cost:

FREE and open to the public.  No reservations required.  All ages welcome.

Future Open House Dates:

Saturday, December 7th  -  7PM
Dr. Tom Pannuti, Morehead State University

Learn More About TMC Adult Programs

TAP Open House
November 12th 4:00 p.m. 6:30 p.m. 

Visit TAP at the Crestview Hills Campus or the Blue Ash location to learn more about the adult and professional degree programs at Thomas More College.

Enrollment representatives will be available to answer your questions and provide information to help you understand the available options at Thomas More College for busy professionals.

  • Graduate programs available in Business or Education.
  • Undergraduate programs include Business, Communication, Healthcare Management and the RN-BSN.

Stop by one of our locations:

  • Center for Adult and Professional Education at 365 Thomas More Parkway, Crestview Hills, KY 41017.
  • Blue Ash Center at 4340 Glendale-Milford Rd., Suite 170 Cincinnati OH 45242 (Business Programs offered in Blue Ash)5024 TMC Open House Card.indd

 

Thomas More College Biology Field Station Annual Conference Scheduled for Nov. 13 & 14

CALIFORNIA, KY, October 22, 2013 – The Thomas More College Biology Field Station welcomes the Ohio River Mollusk Group, along with the Freshwater Mollusk Conservation Society.  They will be holding their annual scientific conference and business meetings at the Thomas More Biology Field Station. Talks will range from the basic life history of freshwater mollusks to conservation plans and restoration efforts. Top maleaologists from around the country will be in attendance to share their latest research findings.

Ohio River Mollusk Group Meeting Announcement

Directions to the Biology Field Station can be found at: www.thomasmore.edu/fieldstation/directions.cfm

TMC Hosts Oct. 19 Observatory Open House – “Solar System Moon Tour”

Solar System Moon Tour
Presented by:  Dr. Wes Ryle

What:
Planets tend to get all the attention in conversations about the Solar System, but moons can be interesting places too!  This talk will focus on some of the more interesting moons in our Solar System.  We’ll discuss the formation of our own Moon, the Galilean moons of Jupiter, the hazy atmosphere of Titan, and the doomed fate of Triton, just to name a few.  Every moon has a story and you’ll be sure to find a favorite!

As an added treat, Thomas More College admissions counselors will be on hand before and after the lecture to speak with students interested in going to college.  If you know of any high school students beginning to make plans for their future, be sure to invite them to this open house!

Join us afterward for an up-close look at the moon, stars, and more with telescopes at The Bank of Kentucky Observatory (weather permitting).

This talk is intended for a general audience.  All ages are welcome.  The event is free and open to the public.  Thomas More College faculty and students will assist visitors in using the telescopes at the observatory.

Like us on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/TheBankofKentuckyObservatory

When and Where:
Saturday, October 19th
8:00 PM – Introduction and Talk – Steigerwald Hall in the TMC Saints Center (formerly the student center)

9:00 PM – Telescope Viewing – The Bank of Kentucky Observatory (weather permitting)

Both located on the campus of Thomas More College:
333 Thomas More Parkway
Crestview Hills, KY 41017

For more information or directions, go to: www.thomasmore.edu/observatory

Cost:
FREE and open to the public.  No reservations required.  All ages welcome.

Future Open House Dates:
Saturday, November 9th  -  7PM
Humans in Space: Past, Present, & Future

Saturday, December 7th  -  7PM
Dr. Tom Pannuti, Morehead State University