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Winter College

Monday, 02.25.19

Winter College is a time to enrich your mind while engaging with some of Walsh University's top faculty in the areas of theology, health, history, and music, just to name a few. Enjoy the beautiful Naples area while reconnecting with fellow alumni and friends from across the country, February 25-27, 2019.

Enjoy a myriad of courses such as Hamilton: the Man and the Musical;, Rock and Roll: More Than a Mirror, and more! Monday's cocktail hour will also feature a presentation from Fr. Manning entitled God Created the Demon Whiskey So the Irish Wouldn't Rule the World! Please join us in sharing stories sure to bring a smile to the faces of us all.

This is also a time to celebrate the 18-year tenure of Walsh University’s sixth president, Richard Jusseaume, who recently announced he will be retiring within the next year.  Come join him at Winter College as he reflects Monday night on his time as one of Ohio’s longest-serving university presidents.  

Tuesday's dinner also includes a presentation "Economic Outlook for 2019" by leading Huntington Bank's Chief Investment Officer John Augustine.

If you have any additional questions or would like to reserve your spot today, please contact Andrea Singarella at asingarella@walsh.edu or 330-490-7567.

Register BY January 30


Tuition is $500 per person, which covers the costs of all your classes and the majority of your meals during Winter College 2019. (*Travel, hotel stay, and optional local excursions are not included in tuition cost.)

Hotel Information

Our campus for Winter College 2019 is the Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples, FL, located at 2600 Tiburon Drive, Naples, FL.

A rate of $299 per night has been secured for our group for the dates February 25-27. Should you wish to extend your stay beyond Winter College, that special room rate will be available for the 3 days prior to and 3 days following the event, based on availability. Reservations can be made online at Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort through January 30.

Courses & Faculty

Session 1

Hamilton: The Man and the Musical

Presented by Dr. Douglas Palmer

The Broadway mega-hit Hamilton, Lin-Manuel Miranda’s R&B and hip-hop-infused adaptation of Ron Chernow’s biography, is undoubtedly one of the most successful pieces of musical theatre of all time. This course will introduce the music of Hamilton and illustrate how the musical choices and the casting of African-American actors illustrate a deeper interpretation of American history at the moment of its founding. “Hamilfans” and newcomers to the musical will have plenty to enjoy while exploring the history of the American Revolution, the drafting of the Constitution, and the political battles of the early American Republic.

About the Presenter: 
Dr. Douglas Palmer is the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs and a professor of History at Walsh University. Dr. Palmer has been at Walsh since 2005 and has served as Chair of the Division of Humanities, Executive Director for Global Learning, and Associate Dean of Academic Innovation prior to his appointment as Provost in 2015. He has a Ph.D. in History from Ohio State and his research focuses on the history of the Age of Enlightenment and Revolutions in Europe and America. Dr. Palmer was a Fulbright Scholar at the Universiteit Utrecht in the Netherlands and a post-doctoral fellow at the Emory University School of Law where he taught legal and constitutional history.

Session 2

One Man's 45-Year Journey from What was Non-Conventional Health to Accepted Principles

Presented by Don Caster '72

In 1978, Don Caster left the world of education to open Raisin Rack Natural Foods. In this course, he discusses the key supplements, foods and habits for maintaining good health over time.

About the Presenter:
A 1972 graduate of Walsh University, Don Caster’s interest in the world of natural food began when his mother died unexpectedly of malnutrition as a result of cancer treatments. This motivated him to explore alternative diets, nutrition and the healing power of the body. Based on extensive research, he identified the need for natural and more healthful alternatives to conventional processed foods. To create a resource for people seeking organic, vegetarian and gluten-free groceries, he and his wife Paulette (’72) decided to leave their teaching positions and open a health food store. The first Raisin Rack opened in Canton in 1978 and another was later opened in Columbus, an early entry to the health food retail trend that is prominent today.

Session 3

One on One with Jesus in the Gospel of John

Presented by Father Patrick Manning

In our short session we will reflect on a few passages from the Gospel of John that reveal just how precious each individual (and that includes you and me) is to Jesus, the Son of God. 

About the Presenter: 
Fr. Patrick Manning, is Associate Professor of Theology at Walsh University and Associate Professor of Church History and Systematic Theology at St. Mary Seminary, Cleveland. Fr. Manning has also taught at Hiram College, the University of Mount Union, and the Pontifical College Josephinum seminary, Columbus, where he served as Vice-President and Vice-Rector. Fr. Manning has spent semesters teaching at both the Walsh University Campus in Rome, Italy, and at St. Patrick Seminary College, Maynooth University, County Kildare, Ireland. He has been teaching part-time at Walsh University since 1982, and full time since 2009.

Session 4

Rock and Roll: More than a Mirror

Presented by Dr. Britt Cooper

Music throughout history has reflected the culture of the community from which it springs. In the United States, however, music has played an even larger role at times, serving as a catalyst for social change, racial integration, and greater equality. Dr. Cooper will discuss (and perhaps perform) specific songs that not only reflected society, but informed progress and transformed culture for the better. 

About the Presenter:
Dr. Britt Cooper is the Chair of Fine and Performing Arts, Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities at Walsh University. He directs two university choral ensembles: the Walsh University Chorale and the Walsh Chamber Singers, an auditioned touring ensemble. In May of 2018, the Chamber Singers completed their third performing tour in Italy, highlighted by singing Mass at St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican.

Session 5

Social Media and Your Children, Grandchildren, & Great-Grandchildren: What You Need to Know

Presented by Teresa Fox

Just as we prepare today’s youth for life in the real world, it is important to prepare them for life in the online world. What are the risks in the world of social media and how young is too young? This session will discuss navigating the online world and what’s safe for your children, grandchildren, or great-grandchildren. Social media expert and mother Teresa Fox shares tip and tricks and other critical information you need to know.

About the Presenter:
Teresa Fox is Vice President for Marketing and Communications at Walsh University. With more than 20 years of marketing experience, Teresa provides leadership for integrated University marketing strategies and promotional activities of the University’s Office of Integrated Marketing and Communications, which includes all digital marketing and social media. As the mother of two children, ages 12 and 16, she uniquely understands the impact of social media on today’s youth and the challenges and fears of raising children in this digital era.

Session 6

Stories on Leadership

Presented by A.J. Hyland and Sandy Pierce

 In this session, A.J. Hyland and Sandy Pierce share stories from their combined more than 60 years of executive leadership.

About the Presenters: 
A.J. Hyland is the retired president and chief executive officer for Hyland Software, Inc. A.J. joined the company in 1993 and held a variety of roles over his 20 years there. He was part of the quality assurance team until 1995 and then moved into the sales department. In 1997, A.J. was promoted to president of Hyland Software. In 2001, he was promoted to CEO.
A.J. retired from Hyland Software in January, 2013.

Sandy Pierce is Chairman - Huntington Bank Michigan, Private Client Group and Regional Banking Director. She  joined Huntington in 2016 after the FirstMerit merger and leads the following corporate-wide revenue segments: Huntington Private Bank, Huntington Insurance Agency, Huntington Auto Finance and RV/Marine. Sandy also has management responsibility for Huntington’s Community Development initiatives and Huntington’s Regional Presidents across its eight-state footprint. Sandy is Chair of Huntington Bank Michigan.


Walsh University Winter College is sponsored by Huntington Bank.