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2014-2015 President's

Speaker Series

Cokie Roberts with President Weisenstein

I hope you are enjoying your summer! Here at West Chester University, summer classes are underway but we are already gearing up for the busy fall semester ahead. I hope to see you back on campus this autumn for Homecoming Weekend and other WCU traditions, and also for a popular new event, the President's Speaker Series.

In 2012 I began work on the President’s Speaker Series but the series has its roots in an earlier program – the Philips Lecture Series – which brought distinguished scholars and leaders to our campus from 1986-1995. Perhaps you were here on campus during that time, and were part of the sell-out audiences for Maya Angelou, Elie Wiesel, Frank McCourt, Jimmy Carter and Carl Sagan.

When I arrived at WCU in 2009, the Philips Lecture Series had been discontinued for financial reasons. But I knew I wanted our students, faculty, staff, alumni and the local community to have the opportunity to listen to, and learn from, extraordinary public figures on our campus. Once the necessary funds were raised, the President’s Speaker Series was launched with lectures by investigative journalist and author Bob Woodward and ABC News political commentator Cokie Roberts. This year, we look forward to welcoming Jackie Joyner-Kersee, who won three gold, one silver, and two bronze medals in the Olympics, as well as Emmy award-winning journalist Jane Pauley, who has been involved in national news reporting since 1975.

Ms. Joyner-Kersee will be speaking on November 21 on the topic of “Running the Race with Grace and Humility On and Off the Track.” On March 6, Ms. Pauley will present a talk entitled “Your Life Calling.”

Both events start at 8 p.m. and will be held in Asplundh Concert Hall. Tickets are $25 for orchestra seats and $20 for the balcony. Tickets go on sale Aug. 4 and can be purchased online at http://www.wcupa.edu/vas or by calling 610-436-2266.

Mark these dates on your calendar now. You won’t want to miss out on what are sure to be enlightening and thought-provoking evenings.

Sincerely,

Greg R. Weisenstein
President, West Chester University

 

Tickets due to go on sale August 4.

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Jackie Joyner-Kersee

Running the Race with Grace and Humility On and Off the Track

Friday, November 21, 2014 at 8 p.m.

Emilie K. Asplundh Concert Hall

Philips Memorial Building

Reserved Seating: Orchestra $25 • Balcony $20

 

As one of the most decorated female athletes of all time, Jackie Joyner-Kersee dominated the track and field circuit for 13 years and won three gold, one silver, and two bronze medals spanning four Olympic Games during her illustrious career. Sports Illustrated for Women magazine named Jackie Joyner-Kersee the Greatest Female Athlete of the 20th century.

 

She was selected as the recipient of the 2011 Dick Enberg Award. The award is presented annually to a person whose actions and commitment have furthered the meaning and reach of the Academic All-America Teams Program and/or the student-athlete while promoting the values of education and academics. The inaugural recipient of the Humanitarian Athlete of the Year, Joyner-Kersee is known worldwide for her interest in aiding others. She is the founder of the Jackie Joyner-Kersee Youth Center Foundation in her hometown of East St. Louis, Illinois, and Athletes for Hope, a charitable organization of professional athletes who get involved in charitable causes and inspire millions of non-athletes to volunteer and support their community.

 

She is the author of A Kind of Grace, in which she recounts how she overcame her difficult early years to rise to the top. A health advocate and humanitarian, she shares her life story and work with audiences around the country in inspirational keynotes.

 

image of Jane Pauley

Jane Pauley

Your Life Calling

Friday, March 6, 2015 at 8 p.m.

Emilie K. Asplundh Concert Hall

Philips Memorial Building

Reserved Seating: Orchestra $25 • Balcony $20

 

A respected broadcast journalist for over 30 years, Jane Pauley’s career has spanned morning, primetime, and daytime television, making her one of the most recognizable personalities in America. Pauley’s network television career began as co-host of NBC’s Today show. She also was founding co-anchor of Dateline NBC and host of the Jane Pauley Show.

 

A member of the Broadcast and Cable Hall of Fame, Jane Pauley has been honored with multiple Emmys and other awards, including the prestigious Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism, the Edward R Murrow Award for outstanding achievement, the Radio and Television News Directors Association’s Paul White Award for lifetime contribution to electronic journalism, the Gracie Allen Award for Outstanding Achievement by American Women in Radio & Television, and the first international Matrix Award from the Association for Women in Communication.

 

This practical, inspirational speech allows people to see themselves in a powerful new way. Jane Pauley shines a spotlight on people who, both by choice and by necessity, are reinventing themselves and "trying new things," such as starting new careers, learning skills, changing how they live, and after years of waiting, finally pursuing their dreams.