Mark your calendars! The November Mission Talk presented by Director of Mission Effectiveness Charlotte Rohrbach, ASC, Ph.D. will take place at noon Wednesday, Nov. 16 in the Dugan-Gorges Conference Center. The location for the talk has been changed because of the number of people wanting to attend.
“I have been giving Mission Talks for every year that I have been in this position and the reason is, people who have been here for awhile have said ‘You know, I’d like to hear more about these various topics, etc.’, and so I think I probably started it around the time of the 75th anniversary of the university, which would have been in 2008,” said Rohrbach.
“I began with four talks a year and usually I had a theme with them, something that made them hold together in some form or another,” she added. “I would give the majority of them and then we reached a point where we did a series of eight which expanded over two years. That one was done at the time of our 80th anniversary and it dealt with the man who served as the first president of the university who was also a diocesan priest.”
Last year the theme revolved around the Adorers of the Blood of Christ in different parts of the world and the social justice issues they are involved in. This year’s theme is all about the people behind the names of the various Newman University campus buildings.
One of the individuals who will be discussed at the Mission Talk is Clementine Zerr, ASC, who the Clementine Security Building is named after.
“She’s a very important person in the sense that she lead the Adorers from Europe over to this country, and she was actually part of the original four who came to this property,” explained Rohrbach.
Photos of the current buildings and their previous appearances will be shown along with virtual tours and stories. There is also a complimentary lunch buffet.
Reservations must be made no later than 5 p.m. Nov. 15 by emailing Rohrbach at [email protected] or by calling 316-942-4291, ext. 2167.
A special “Collect the Deck” card will be available at this event. It is also rumored that Rohrback has a secret stash of cards in her keeping. Add to your collection while learning more about the history of the campus at the Nov. 16 Mission Talk.
This article has been revised to reflect the following corrections:
Correction: Nov. 15, 2016
The location of the talk and the RSVP date were changed to accommodate the number of people wishing to attend.