"THE NERD" by the Wyoming Seminary Players
April 28 & 29- 7:30 p.m.
$3 in Advance, $4 at the Door
Buckingham Performing Arts Center
Wyoming Seminary Upper School Campus, Kingston, Pa.
"The Nerd" by Larry Shue is a play set in Terre Haute, Indiana in 1979. This hilarious comedy centers around architect Willum Cubbert and his housemates Axel and Tansy.
Axel would like Willum to get his life together. Tansy would just like to see him gain some gumption. How far would you go for friendship? For love? On Willum's 34th birthday, an old army buddy that he's never met (but who saved his life) shows up unexpectedly. Willum's life will never be the same!
The Cast of The Nerd:
Willum Cubbert: Richard C. Kraus
Tansy McGinnis: Erica Fletcher
Axel Hammond: Dylan Jolley
Warnock Waldgrave: Dominic Wright
Clelia Waldgrave: Katie Karpiak
Thor Waldgrave: Teddy Kraus
Rick Steadman: Max Liebetrau
Director: Ellen O'Brien Sherry
Students! Come dressed as a "nerd" for FREE admission Friday and Saturday. During intermission, the "nerdiest" dresser will be chosen via applause and win a prize!
The economic and ethical aspects of climate change will be discussed in a special free public lecture to be held on Tuesday, April 25 at 7:30 p.m. at Wyoming Seminary Upper School.
The speakers will be Professor Donald Brown, scholar in residence and professor of sustainability and law at Widener University Commonwealth Law School, and Keith Welks, Esq., deputy state treasurer for fiscal operations in the Pennsylvania Treasury Department.
The lecture, a presentation of Sem Speaks: A Global Topics Lecture Series, will be held at the Kirby Center for Creative Arts, 260 North Sprague Ave., Kingston, and is free and open to the public.
Brown will discuss the topic "On the practical importance of seeing and responding to climate change as a civilization-challenging moral problem." He will describe why he believes it is vital that governments face the moral and justice dimensions of responding to human-induced warming in order to develop and carry out effective climate-change policies. He also will discuss ways in which those who are concerned about climate change can best help the public understand the moral and ethical problems of the issue and how the issue is publicly debated.
Welks will explore "The importance of impact financing, particularly public financing, in combating climate change." He will explain the role of public financing in promoting clean, alternative and energy efficiency, and will discuss how public financing has changed during the past 15-20 years.
Audience members will have an opportunity to ask questions of the speakers following the lectures.
Brown teaches international environmental law, human rights law and climate change law at the Commonwealth Law School. He also is a part-time professor at the Nanjing University of Science and Technology in Nanjing, China, where he lectures regularly on climate change ethics. He also has served as a visiting professor at Nagoya University in Japan and Griffith University in Australia. Previously he served as associate professor of environmental ethics, science and law at Pennsylvania State University where he taught courses on climate change and sustainable development issues, and as an environmental lawyer for Pennsylvania and New Jersey. A contributing author to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, 5th Assessment Report, he is the author of "Navigating the Perfect Moral Storm, Climate Ethics."
As Pennsylvania deputy treasurer for fiscal operations, Welks oversees the processing of more than 24 million payments each year for more than $75 billion, and is responsible for developing and implementing special Treasury programs enabling Commonwealth assets to produce greater returns. He led the Treasury's creation of the Keystone Home Energy Loan Program (HELP) and the Better Choice program, designed to combat predatory payday loans. He also is actively involved in developing a secondary market to support energy efficiency financing for residential improvement and to transform energy conservation on college campuses and other built institutional environments. He has served as chief counsel of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Resources (DER), chief criminal deputy general for the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General, and founder and president of the Phoenix Land Recycling Company, a 501(c)(3) firm.
For more information about this lecture or the Sem Speaks lecture series, please call the Sem communications office at 570-270-2192.
Wyoming Seminary's new pilot girls wrestling program will be led by USA Wrestling's Assistant National Women's Coach Erin Tomeo Vandiver (pictured), announced Karen Klassner, Sem director of athletics, on Friday.
Sem's girls wrestling program, first announced in January 2017, will begin as a pilot program in fall, 2017, and its members will train with the school's nationally-ranked boys wrestling program. The expansion of Sem's wrestling program to include a girl's program reflects the burgeoning nation-wide popularity of the sport.
Vandiver has served on USA's senior women's world team coaching staff since 2009 and helped lead the 2012 and 2016 Olympic women's wrestling teams. In 2016 Helen Maroulis was the first woman to win a gold medal for the United States in women's wrestling, competing in the 53k weight class. Vandiver also coached the 2016 Pan American Championship team, served as head coach for the Junior National Team and Cadet National Team and has led the Women's University National team and Women's Junior World Team.
As a member of the U.S. Olympic Training Center wrestling coaching staff for resident athletes, she has worked with many U.S. senior women wrestlers who have won World and Olympic medals for the United States.
A Pennsylvania native, Vandiver wrestled at Grove City High School and was the first girl in state history to place at districts and win a match at the regional high school boys wrestling tournament. She wrestled at Lock Haven University before joining the U.S. Olympic Training Center as a resident athlete. She was a member of the 2001 and 2006 U.S. World Teams, placing seventh in the 2006 games; won the 2008 U.S. Open and was a four-time U.S. Open runner-up. She has earned medals in international competitions and holds gold medals from the Dave Schultz Memorial International and New York AC International. She is a graduate of the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, with a bachelor of science degree in history.
"We are thrilled to have such an incredible coach join our staff," Klassner said. "She is one of the best-known names in women's wrestling."
Scott Green, Sem boys head wrestling coach, told USA Wrestling he believes Sem has a good model in place for success in girls wrestling.
"We have a national brand established here and we are in a unique position to really impact girls wrestling at the high school level," he said. "With Erin coming back to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and to the Northeast, it will be really exciting for girls to train here. She will have a big impact on our school, as well as on girls wrestling in the Northeast in general."
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Students in grades 7-12 who enjoy learning about art, math, virtual reality and the air around us are invited to attend a spring STEM Saturday at Sem Event on Saturday, April 22. The program will be held at Nesbitt Hall, Wyoming Seminary Upper School, 201 North Sprague Ave., Kingston.
The event will begin at 9:00 a.m. and end at 11:00 a.m. and is free and open to the public.
The event will offer three stations providing an interesting variety of subjects. In celebration of Earth Day, there will be an Earth Day station that will examine air quality and particulate pollution around the world, including pollution sources and how trees reduce air pollution. Students will learn how to measure particulate and carbon dioxide levels on campus, using AirVisual Node air quality monitors.
A second station will offer an introduction to virtual reality, using Google Cardboard and PlayStation VR to explore games, movies and other content while learning about this new technology.
A third station will consider the mathematical aspects of art, illustrating how artists in the 1500s accurately used perspective in their paintings. Students will use these concepts in creating their own artworks.
Reservations for this event are required. REGISTER HERE >
This STEM Saturday at Sem event is an aspect of the STEM School's programming which includes a foundational science course for Sem freshmen as well as public lectures on issues related to science, technology, engineering and math.
The Louis Maslow STEM School at Wyoming Seminary seeks to engage and inspire students interested in science, technology, engineering and mathematics through holistic and integrated paths of study. Students in the program will be prepared for collegiate study and able to respond to rapidly changing global challenges and advances in technology in today's world.
Lower School science faculty John Eidam and Jill Carrick, and Upper School Math Chair Jim Doherty and seven Lower and Upper School students attended the inaugural #LeadLikeAGirl STEM Leadership conference: A Conference for Risk-Takers and Changemakers, hosted by Stuart Country Day School of the Sacred Heart in Princeton, N.J.
The keynote speakers were Dr. Ellen Stefan, former Chief Scientist at NASA, and Debbie Sterling, CEO and Founder of Goldieblox. Conference sessions included presentations in STEM, business, social media, and life skills.