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Inauguration Week Schedule

Dr. Botzman was presented with a Misericordia University sweatshirt at the introductory press conference
Dr. Botzman was presented with a Misericordia University sweatshirt at the introductory press conference on Dec. 3, 2012
Monday, November 11

The Dr. Midori Yamanouchi Lecture Series presents
ISHMAEL BEAH - A Long Way Gone: A Story of Redemption and Hope

As a former child soldier in Sierra Leone left orphaned by the war, Ishmael emerged intact from this chaos and has become one of its most eloquent chroniclers. His story helps humanity see through the horrors of war to find the places in the heart of tenderness, redemption and hope.

7:30 p.m., Lemmond Theater, Walsh Hall
Free open to the public. Reservations required.
Tickets (570) 674-6719.

Tuesday, November 12
Student Cooking Competition

Dr. Thomas Botzman will lead a team of “chefs” against teams of students during a culinary competition in the Metz Dining Room.

11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Banks Student Life Center, Metz Dining Room

 Wednesday, November 13

Presentation of Student Service Projects

Misericordia University students volunteer their time and talent locally and around the world in the spirit of our founders and sponsors, the Sisters of Mercy. Campus Ministry will highlight many of these projects with a display in the Banks Student Life Center.

11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Banks Student Life Center

Original Poetry Reading
The English Faculty of Misericordia will read original poetry in honor of President Botzman's inauguration.
2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m., McGowan Room, Bevevino Library
Free and open to the public.

Thursday, November 14

A Presentation of Faculty and Student Scholarly Work

Students and faculty from each of Misericordia University’s three academic colleges will present highlights from their research and scholarly work.

3 to 5 p.m., Lemmond Theater                              
Free and open to the public. 

Fr. Leo Patalinghug - Host of Grace Before Meals

Fr. Leo Patalinghug is a parish priest in Millersville, MD and is the host and founder of Grace Before Meals, an apostolate to strengthen families and communities around the dinner table. He has appeared on ABC, CBS, PBS and The Food Network sharing a message of hope and bringing people together, one meal at a time.

7 p.m., Insalaco Hall
Free. Open to the Public

Friday, November 15

Inauguration Liturgy
10:30 to 11:30a.m., Lemmond Theater, Walsh Hall
Dignitary Luncheon                                                      
Noon to 1 p.m., Insalaco Hall                                                                

Special reception for delegates, trustees and inauguration ceremony participants.

By invitation only.

Inauguration Ceremony
2 to 4 p.m.
Lemmond Theater, Walsh Hall

Celebrate the Inauguration of Dr. Thomas Botzman as he is installed at the 13th President of Misericordia University.
Invitation only. RSVP required.

Inauguration Reception
4:30 p.m., Insalaco Hall

The entire campus community and friends from around the world are encouraged to meet and greet Dr. Thomas Botzman upon his installation as Misericordia’s 13th President. Light refreshments will be served. Free. Open to students, faculty, staff, alumni, and special guests.

Saturday, November 16

Community Service Projects
Join us as we celebrate the Inauguration of Dr. Thomas Botzman by engaging in community service projects at multiple sites in Northeast Pennsylvania. Celebrate spirit and mission of our founders and sponsors, the Sisters of Mercy.

9 a.m. to Noon
Various locations. Students, faculty, and staff are invited to participate.

Trustee Associates Gala and Inauguration Dinner
6 p.m., Insalaco Hall

Misericordia University is pleased to honor our generous donors and celebrate the Inauguration of Dr. Thomas Botzman. The Tambur Family and the Tambur Family Foundation will be honored as the 2013 Trustee Associates.

Invitation only.