Speaker Date Topic
Dan Davis Jul 24, 2018
New Archaeology Project in Caesarea, Israel

DRC Sponsor: Shannon Duncan

Professor Dan Davis, Head of the Classics Department at Luther College, teaches courses in the archaeology of ancient Rome and ancient Greece, Greek, and Latin mythology and classical history. He received his BA Degree from the University of Iowa, his Master's Degree from Texas A&M University, and his Doctoral Degree from the University of Texas at Austin. An active scholar and leader of archaeological projects, Professor Davis is the author of many peer-reviewed articles and is currently writing two books. His research interests focus on marine archaeology, ship technology, ancient harbors, classical archaeology, maritime trade and seafaring.

Professor Davis will speak to our club about his new, multi-year archaeology project located in Caesarea, Israel. The Roman port town of Caesarea was built by Herod the Great in the 1st Century B.C.

Pat Lien and Students Aug 07, 2018
National History Day Contestants

Program Sponsor: Lorraine Borowski

Pat Lien, accompanied by student from St. Benedict School, will be on hand to share information with our club regarding local participation in the 2018 National History Day Contest.

National History Day is a nonprofit educational organization that promotes the teaching and learning of history in middle and high schools around the world through a variety of programs for teachers and students. The largest program is the National History Day Contest. Established in 1974, the National History Day Contest encourages more than half a million middle and high school students around the world to conduct original research on historical topics of interest. Students present projects at the local and affiliate levels. The top two projects from every category are invited to the Kenneth E. Behring National History Day Contest at the University of Maryland at College Park.

Kurt Oettel Aug 14, 2018
Advances in Immunotherepy

DRC Sponsor: Lorraine Borowski

Inspired by the suggestion of our friend and T-Bock's hostess Penny Bockman and her recent cancer treatment experience, our club will be visited by Dr. Kurt Oettel, MD, a board certified hematologist specializing in cancer and blood disorders and medical oncology at the Gundersen Heath System's La Crosse Campus. Dr. Oettel will be describing the use of imunotherepy in the context of his extensive background in the field.

Immunotherapy is treatment that uses certain parts of a person’s immune system to fight diseases such as cancer. It describes the stimulation of one's own immune system to work harder or smarter to attack cancer cells. Its definition also extends to the application of immune system components, such as man-made immune system proteins, as treatment. In the last few decades immunotherapy has become an important part of treating some types of cancer. Newer types of immune treatments are now being studied, and they will likely impact how we treat cancer in the future.

Dr. Oettel attended medical school at the University of Wisconsin, Madison and performed his residency at Fletcher Allen Health Care (now known as the University of Vermont Medical Center) in Burlington, Vermont. He also completed a Fellowship in Medical Oncology at the University of Wisconsin. He presently serves as Chairman of the Gundersen Health System's Board of Oncology.

Liang Chee Wee Aug 28, 2018
Northeast Iowa Community College - President's Update

DRC Sponsor: Jim Iversen

DRC member and Northeast Iowa Community College President Dr. Liang Chee Wee will provide our club with an update on the programs and plans associated with the college. Dr. Wee has served as NICC President since 2012 and prior as the Calmar Campus Provost starting in 2007. Before his arrival at NICC, he worked at Luther College for 15 years, first teaching in the Department of Economics and Business, then serving as Chair of the department.  In 2001, he accepted the position of Associate Dean for Advising and Special Programs and Registrar. Dr. Wee holds a Bachelor of Science and a Bachelor of Arts in management information systems, a Master's of business administration, and a Ph.D. in business administration, all from the University of Arizona, Tucson.

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