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Mohler Lecture Celebrates McPherson College's Past

posted Oct 31, 2012 in CAMPUS EVENTS

The 2012-2013 McPherson College Lecture Series will begin with not one speaker, but five.

Bill Grove, Dr. Paul Hoffman, Doug Lengel, Pearl Miller and Dr. Shay Maclin will join together in a panel discussion affirming the past, celebrating the present and anticipating the future of McPherson College on its 125th anniversary. Dr. Bruce Clary will act as moderator of the panel.

The lecture will begin at 2 pm. Nov. 4 in Mingenback Theatre on the campus of McPherson College.

"The Mohler Lecture is one of several events this fall lifting up the 125th anniversary of McPherson College," said Dr. Steve Gustafson, director of planned giving and coordinator of the annual college lecture series. "The audience will have the opportunity to hear a panel of outstanding speakers, each bringing his or her perspective on the heritage of the college while focusing on an opportunity for a bright future rooted in the liberal arts."

Grove, a 1965 alumnus, has a 39-year career in education as teacher, principal and superintendent – including seven years teaching in Africa.

Dr. Hoffman was president of McPherson College for two decades, which included the centennial of McPherson College.

Lengel is a 1982 alumnus, was a 2007 McPherson College Young Alumni Award recipient and has a decades-long career in education as a college professor and administrator.

Miller is a 1967 MC alumna and has taught at secondary schools in Nigeria, worked in Iowa public and school libraries and works today as a volunteer with a number of peace, justice and sustainable living agencies. She is also a current member of the college Alumni Board.

Dr. Maclin is a 2000 alumna and is the current dean of students and assistant professor of education at McPherson College.

Dr. Clary will moderate the panel and is a 1977 alumnus. He is associate professor of English and is the Maurice A Hess Chair in English.

The Mohler Lecture series was started in 1975 through the generosity of Dr. Robert and Mrs. Fern Shoemaker Mohler to enrich a variety of academic experiences at McPherson College.

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