Select from the following restaurants:

Friday, November 2, 7:30 PM
David Bashor Memorial Organ Concert Series
Providence United Methodist Church (in the Sanctuary)
Maurice Durufle's Requiem w. the Chancel Choir

Friday, January 18

Lynn Ivey
CEO and Founder
The Ivey Memory Wellness Day Center
Topic: My Six Steps from Hopeless to Empowered Along My Parents' Dementia Journey


After 25 years in Corporate America, Lynn Ivey left a successful career behind for a very different life. The 61-year-old walked away from banking to care for her parents, who both battled dementia, and in the process found her life's passion . and a husband! Lynn now runs The Ivey, Charlotte's only memory wellness day center. She broke ground on the non-profit facility the same week her mom passed away. The Ivey provides daytime care for people living with memory loss from Alzheimer's and other types of dementia, and she's been helping care for other families for almost a decade now.

 

As Charlotte's only memory wellness day center, we provide second-to-none daytime care for your loved one in our stimulating, social environment. Each day at The Ivey is intentionally designed with the preferences, interests and needs of each member in mind.  The schedule is predictable to help with memory retention, but content varies to keep it interesting and stimulating. Everyday living activities are incorporated throughout the day to feel like home. Step inside The Ivey, and you'll find a surprisingly diverse membership - along with a strategically-diverse array of therapeutic and programmatic offerings.



Friday, January 25

Alexa Royden, Ph.D

Associate Professor

Political Science & Sociology Department

Queens University

Topic: Cyber Conflicts and Geopolitics*

Dr. Alexa Royden teaches World Politics, Chinese Politics, Contemporary American Foreign Policy, International Human Rights, International Terrorism and CORE 220.

Her research interests include global governance, international organizations, international security, nonproliferation and human rights. Her work to date investigates the evolution of legitimacy and public authority within international organizations, specifically the nonproliferation regime.

Education:

Ph.D., International Relations, University of St. Andrews
M.A., International Affairs, George Washington University
B.A., Rollins College

* see Great Decisions - Chapter 6

Coordinated by BG Metzler and Ruth McDevitt

Lunch Bunch

 

(The program is open seating and a special ticket is not required.

Coffee will be available in the atrium;

coffee is not to be brought into the Sanctuary).

Scott Allen Jarrett, Artistic Director of Bachakademie Charlotte, returns to Charlotte to lead a series of "Bach Experience." His unique approach explores the meaning of music through discussion and examples. Under his direction, the Cantata Choir, an auditioned chorus, will present the Friday morning program in the Sanctuary, rather than in Wolfe Hall.  

For eleven years Scott served as Director of Choruses and Assistant Conductor of the Charlotte Symphony, while also maintaining directorship roles at Boston University's Marsh Chapel and the city's Back Bay Chorale. His reputation extends nationally.

During a recent radio interview Scott shared the following: One of the things that always inspired me about Charlotte is that people here are interested in learning. it's not like they go to a concert to get their cards punched. They want to know what the music has to say. And basically, they are curious people, and this is the perfect music for them!

About the Cantata Series:

Throughout the year, Bach Akademie Charlotte performs various choral works of J.S. Bach and his contemporaries in informative, period performances. Combining the use of live excerpts, lecture notes, and thoughtful performance, the Cantata Series will inspire and educate audiences to reach a further understanding of what makes Bach's music unique in classical music repertoire.

Friday, March 22

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DR. JOHN SCHWANDT

Associate Professor of Organ
Director of the American Organ Institute,
University of Oklahoma School of Music

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Coordinated by BG Metzler and Ruth McDevitt

Friday, February 1, 10 A.M.

                                      Musical Program in the Sanctuary

Cantata Series

Lecture: BWV 65:
"Sie werden aus Saba alle kommen"
With the North Carolina Baroque Orchestra

Artistic Director - Scott Allen Jarrett

and the Cantata Choir

Click to download the program (pdf)

Friday, February 8

Dr. Justin Conrad


Department of Political Science & Public Administration
UNC Charlotte

Topic: U.S. Global Engagement and the Military


Justin Conrad is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Dr. Conrad studies international security issues, including terrorism and interstate conflict.

His research is funded by the National Science Foundation and the Department of Defense, and his work has been published in leading academic journals, including International Organization, the Journal of Politics and the British Journal of Political Science.  He is the author of the new book, Gambling and War: Risk, Reward, and Chance in International Conflict.  Dr. Conrad has appeared in, and his research has been cited by, a variety of international media outlets, including the Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Newsweek, Slate France, Salon, and Voice of America.

Dr. Conrad is also a key researcher at the Resources and Conflict Project, and co-editor of the Future of Global Security book series at the U.S. Naval Institute Press.  Professor Conrad received his Ph.D. from Florida State University and a master's degree from UCLA.


Friday, February 15

Mr. Bobbie Cavnar



2016 - 2017 North Carolina Teacher of the Year

2018 NEA Foundation's TopPublic School Teacher in the Nation

Topic: What I’ve learned: Lessons from four years as “Teacher of the Year”


In a period spanning 4 years of being a “Teacher of the Year,” I travelled the state, the nation, and the world speaking to teachers, administrators, and politicians about education. I sat on the State School Board, worked with Educational leaders in Germany, shook hands with the President in the Oval Office, and visited dozens of schools all over the world. In this presentation, I will share the most important lessons I learned from my time as “Teacher of the Year.”


    Born in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Bobbie Cavnar attended Florida State University where he received a Bachelor of Science in English Education in 1999. After graduating, he taught English and Journalism for four years in the Ft. Lauderdale area before moving to North Carolina with his wife Jenny. Mr. Cavnar is currently an Advanced Placement Literature teacher and English Department Chair at South Point High School in Gaston County where he has taught for the past 13 years.  In 2011 he earned a Master of Arts in English from The University of North Carolina at Charlotte, wherein his focus was English Renaissance Literature.

      Mr. Cavnar frequently conducts both local and state-level workshops for teachers and begins every school year by providing all beginning teachers in his district with a tour of his “Model Classroom.” Mr. Cavnar is the recipient of numerous awards for teaching excellence.  He is a five-time recipient of South Point High School’s “Most Inspirational Educator Award” (which is voted on by the students of the school), and two-time recipient of his district’s award for Outstanding Contribution to the Advanced Placement Program.  He is also a North Carolina State University Inspirational Teacher of the Year, South Point High School Teacher of the Year, Gaston County Schools Teacher of the Year, and the 2016 Southwest Region Teacher of the Year. On  April 7th, at a ceremony in Raleigh, Mr. Cavnar was named the Burroughs Wellcome Fund North Carolina Teacher of the Year for the  2016-2017 school year. Mr. Cavnar’s platform centered around the opportunity of a free, public, and equal education offered to all Americans being not only fundamental to the success of our society but also the keeping of a historical promise made in the founding documents of our nation.  

    Each North Carolina Teacher of the Year provides two years of service to the state and our nation. During his first year of service, Mr. Cavnar travelled the state speaking to teachers and students about educational issues. He travelled to 70 counties, attended over 100 different events, and spoke at nearly every major college of Education in the state. During both years of Mr. Cavnar’s service to the state, Mr. Cavnar sat on the State School Board as Teacher advisor and on the Governor’s Teacher Advisory Council, of which he is still a committee chair. Along with his frequent travel across the state, it was Mr. Cavnar’s role to work with a multitude of organizations including the State Legislature, The Department of Instruction, The North Carolina Association of Educators, BestNC, and The Council of Chief State School Officers, among many others.

    In 2017 Mr. Cavnar began his service to the nation with the other 55 state Teachers of the Year as North Carolina’s representative. In this role Mr. Cavnar traveled across the country meeting with officials and experts in order to share knowledge across state lines and to advise the Nation’s lawmakers and the Department of Education. During the summer he travelled to Germany to learn about their successes in occupational education. While there, he toured a variety of schools and factory training sites in four German States, and met with educational leaders at every level. During this year, Mr. Cavnar also travelled often to Washington D.C. to advocate and advise our nation’s leaders. He had face to face meetings with the Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, Vice President Mike Pence, and was able to meet with the President in the Oval office. Mr. Cavnar ended his two years of service at Space camp in Huntsville, Alabama, where he lived on campus for a week-long teacher training in STEM education.

     In 2017 Mr. Cavnar was awarded the NEA Foundation’s Horace Mann Award for Teaching Excellence, which is awarded to just 5 teachers in the nation for their contributions to education. As a winner of the Horace Mann, Mr. Cavnar became a finalist for the NEA Foundation’s highest honor, the Member Benefits Award for Teaching Excellence. the winner of which is given the title of “The Nation’s Top Public School Teacher.” This teacher is selected for their contributions to education, their advocacy for the profession, their community involvement, also for their actual classroom practice (which involves a lesson taught before a panel of judges in Washington D.C.).

    In February 2018, in front of ballroom packed with educational advocates, political leaders, and State TEachers of the Year from across the country, Mr. Cavnar was named “The Nation’s Top Public School Teacher.” In his acceptance speech, he put forth a declaration of his platform for the coming year which calls for the teaching of empathy as a skill through a renewed focus on the arts and humanities in public education.

     Today, Mr. Cavnar is back in his classroom at South Point High School in Belmont, North Carolina teaching Shakespeare and poetry with a focus on learning empathy through the careful study of Literature. Each day his two young daughters get off the school bus and walk to his classroom at the far end of campus where he waits to help them with their homework.


Lunch Bunch

 

Friday, February 22

Clarence D. Armbrister

14th President

Johnson C. Smith University


     Clarence D. “Clay” Armbrister became the 14th president of Johnson C. Smith University on January 1, 2018. Armbrister, who brings over 35 years of experience in the private and public sectors, has an extensive background at all levels of education, including time in senior administrative and leadership positions at Temple University, Johns Hopkins University, the School District of Philadelphia and Girard College. In addition to his background in education, Armbrister has held executive positions in law, government and finance. 

     Armbrister began his professional career as a lawyer in the Public Finance Department of Saul, Ewing Remick & Saul, leaving as a partner in 1994 to serve as Philadelphia City Treasurer, where he managed the city’s funds, investments and debt. In 1995, he coordinated the presentations of city officials which convinced the rating agencies to restore the City of Philadelphia’s debt ratings to investment grade from “junk bond” ratings.

    He went on to become the Managing Director of the Philadelphia School District, which at the time was the fourth largest school district in the country. Serving simultaneously as its chief financial officer and chief operating officer, Armbrister addressed head-on the issue of inadequate funding to urban schools compared to their suburban counterparts and significantly advanced the debate.   

    His return to the private sector as an investment banker at PaineWebber (subsequently UBS) saw him advance quickly, from a Vice President to a Director in the Municipal Securities Group, where he led nationwide efforts in underwriting transactions for issuers in the K-12 public education market.

    Armbrister’s strong belief in the transformative powers of education was the primary factor in his return to the field of education. Armbrister joined Temple University and for the next five years progressed from Senior Vice President for Administration to Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. During his tenure, Armbrister was responsible for $400 million in capital projects on several campuses and managed the campus through a rapid conversion from primarily a commuter school to a residential campus. He also led Temple’s management, planning and coordination of student affairs, facilities management services, campus safety services, intercollegiate athletics, computer and information services, affirmative action, enrollment management services, and management analysis. 

    Armbrister has also taught in higher education. He served as an adjunct faculty member at Temple, developing and teaching a municipal finance curriculum in the Beasley School of Law. Additionally, he served as Chief of Staff to the President and Senior Vice President at Johns Hopkins University and more recently, President and Chief Executive Officer at Girard College, a 170-year-old historically unique Philadelphia boarding school.

    Armbrister has been successful at the highest levels of municipal government, working with some of the most well-known politicians in the recent history of Philadelphia and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. He was appointed Philadelphia City Treasurer by then-Mayor Ed Rendell, who was subsequently elected Governor of Pennsylvania. Armbrister also served as former Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter’s first Chief of Staff. 

    He has a long history of volunteer service.  Currently he serves on the boards of Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health and Health Partners Plan, Inc. He is the former President of the Board of the National Adoption Center, and recently completed service on the board of the Community College of Philadelphia. When Armbrister was a practicing attorney he maintained memberships in the /American Bar Association, National Bar Association, Pennsylvania Bar Association, National Association of Securities Professionals, and Government Finance Officers Association.

A native of Miami, Florida, Armbrister received a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science (concentrating in public policy) and in economics from the University of Pennsylvania, and his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Michigan Law School. His wife, Denise, is a Senior Vice President of Wells Fargo Corporation and Executive Director of the Wells Fargo Regional Foundation, as well as the Wells Fargo Regional Community Development Corporation. Together they have five children and three grandchildren.


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Queens University Calendar

About the Series

The organ concert series at Providence UMC - inaugurated in 2016 - is named in memory of Dr. David Bashor, a member of the Chancel Choir for over thirty years, who served for over a decade as chair of the organ committee. Though many people were actively involved in the new organ project, David?s vision and dedication to this endeavor are largely responsible for the beautiful organ that now graces the Sanctuary. For his efforts Providence UMC will be forever grateful; we are delighted and honored to name the organ concert series in his memory.

About the Organ
The Sanctuary of Providence UMC is home to the Robinson Family Organ, which is Parkey OrganBuilders op. 14, incorporating the rebuilt Aeolian-Skinner organ (op. 1472) originally housed in the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC. Removed from the Kennedy Center, restored and reinstalled at Providence UMC in 2013, the Robinson Family Organ is the central instrument in the music ministry of the church where it leads congregational singing, accompanies the multiple choirs of the church, and presents itself in solo capacities depending on the needs of the services and the community.

Vincent Carr
Associate Professor of Organ
Indiana University

Friday, May 3rd    7:30 PM
David Bashor Memorial Organ Concert Series
Providence United Methodist Church - Sanctuary

Friday, April 19

Venue Change - Queens University Sports Complex

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Friday, March 29

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James Comey led the Federal Bureau of Investigation from 2013 to 2017, appointed to the post by President Barack Obama. His tenure was tested by new forces within and outside America's borders. He oversaw the federal response to mass shootings in San Bernardino in December 2015 and at Pulse nightclub in Orlando the following June, at the time the deadliest in the country's history. He also worked to address key leadership agility, and diversity issues within the Bureau.

Prior to his service at the FBI, Comey worked as a federal prosecutor in New York and Virginia as well as U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York and the U.S. deputy attorney general in the administration of President George W. Bush. In the private sector, he has worked at law firms and as the general counsel of Lockheed Martin, the world's largest defense contractor, and Bridgewater Associates, the world's largest hedge fund.

Comey is the 2017-2018 Gwendolyn S. and Colbert I. King Endowed Chair in Public Policy at Howard University. He has been an adjunct professor at the University of Richmond School of Law and a Hertog Fellow in National Security Law at Columbia Law School.

A native of the New York metropolitan area, Comey attended the College of William & Mary and the University of Chicago Law School. He and his wife Patrice have five children and live in northern Virginia.

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Carolinatix: James Comey

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Tuesday, March 26   7 p.m.

Belk Theater

Former FBI Director James Comey

 

Friday, March 15

Venue Change - Queens University Sports Complex

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Dr. Philip Dubois  

Chancellor, UNC Charlotte

Topic: "Ten Things to Watch at UNC Charlotte"

 

Friday, March 8

 

About the Series

The organ concert series at Providence UMC - inaugurated in 2016 - is named in memory of Dr. David Bashor, a member of the Chancel Choir for over thirty years, who served for over a decade as chair of the organ committee. Though many people were actively involved in the new organ project, David's vision and dedication to this endeavor are largely responsible for the beautiful organ that now graces the Sanctuary. For his efforts Providence UMC will be forever grateful; we are delighted and honored to name the organ concert series in his memory.

About the Organ
The Sanctuary of Providence UMC is home to the Robinson Family Organ, which is Parkey OrganBuilders op. 14, incorporating the rebuilt Aeolian-Skinner organ (op. 1472) originally housed in the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC. Removed from the Kennedy Center, restored and reinstalled at Providence UMC in 2013, the Robinson Family Organ is the central instrument in the music ministry of the church where it leads congregational singing, accompanies the multiple choirs of the church, and presents itself in solo capacities depending on the needs of the services and the community.

Friday, March 1st   7:30 PM
David Bashor Memorial Organ Concert Series
Providence United Methodist Church in the Sanctuary
Silent Film accompanied by Organ Improvisation

Friday, March 1st

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A native of Oakland, California, Philip L. Dubois attended the University of California, Davis, where he graduated in 1972 with an undergraduate degree in political science, earning election to the Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Kappa Phi honor societies. He then earned master's (1974) and doctoral (1978) degrees in the field from the University of Wisconsin Madison. Dubois began his academic career in 1976 at the University of California, Davis.

Over the next 15 years, he rose through the faculty and administrative ranks to full professor and held various administrative posts, including associate vice chancellor for academic affairs. In 1991, Dubois was recruited to UNC Charlotte, where he spent the next five and a half years as provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs. Dubois was credited with drafting a strategic academic plan, leading the development of the university's first comprehensive campus wide plan for information technology, and initiating programs to better serve nontraditional adult students. Under his leadership, UNC Charlotte also planned and launched its first doctoral programs.

On March 18, 2005, Dubois was named UNC Charlotte's fourth chancellor and assumed that role on July 15. Dubois has focused his efforts on building the University's visibility and support in the Charlotte region; long range planning for an expected enrollment of 35,000 students; completion of key capital construction and renovation projects in excess of $1.2 billion; improvement in the efficiency and effectiveness of critical business processes; and implementation of an intercollegiate football program starting in the fall of 2013. During his tenure, completed applications among freshmen and transfer students have grown by 91%, while overall enrollment has climbed to nearly 29,000 (a 38% increase).

Recent community recognition for Dr. Dubois and UNC Charlotte includes the Charlotte World Affairs Council World Citizen Award (2016), the CASE District III Inclusion and Diversity Leadership Award (2015), the Leo M. Lambert Engaged Leader Award (2014), the Belk Innovation in Diversity Award (2013), the Charlotte Energy Leadership Award (2013), the Charlotte Cornerstone Award (2012, for positive economic impact), the Creative Thinker's Award (2012, for UNC Charlotte Center City), and the Charlotte Regional Partnership Jerry Award (2009, for public sector contributions to economic development).