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

Select from the following restaurants:

  • Napa on Providence - tables of six
  • Rooster's at Southpark - tables of six
  • Mezzanotte Ristorante
  • Bistro la Bon (Cotswold Village location)

Friday, May 3rd    7:30 PM

Musical Program in the Sanctuary
David Bashor Memorial Organ Concert Series
Providence United Methodist Church - Sanctuary

Friday, April 5


Friday, September 27

Dr. Jacob Wobig

Associate Professor

Political Science and Public Administration Department

Wingate University

Great Decisions Topic: Nuclear Negoations Back to the Future

I grew up in a small ranching town in western Nebraska called Valentine, and I attended the University of Nebraska - Lincoln to study political science and international relations. After graduating in 2001 I went to the University of Iowa College of Law, where I became Editor in Chief of the Journal of Transnational Law and Contemporary Problems. My interest in politics was already firmly entrenched by this time and through undergrad and law school I worked as a volunteer in about half a dozen campaigns for local and statewide offices (ask me sometime about my story about the Dean Scream). After law school I worked briefly for the Saunders County Attorney in Wahoo, Nebraska before becoming an associate at the Lincoln law firm Baylor, Evnen, Curtiss, Grimit and Witt.

Research Interests:
International and comparative human rights, international law, democratization and
democratic consolidation, political violencwe.

2013      Ph.D. Department of Political Science, University of Nebraska ?Lincoln
2004     J.D. University of Iowa College of Law
2001     Bachelor of Arts, University of Nebraska ?Lincoln

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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.

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.

Friday, March 1

Magdalena Krajewska

Associate Professor
History and Political Science
Wingate University
United States of America

Great Decisions Topic:Documenting Americans

A Poltical History of National ID Proposals in the US

Dr. Magdalena Krajewska is an associate professor of political science at Wingate University. She joined Wingate in August 2011. She has lived in Poland, Germany, Great Britain, and the United States. Dr. Krajewska received her undergraduate degree in government and economics at the London School of Economics and Political Science and her PhD in political science at Brandeis University. She specializes in comparative and American politics.


Dr. Krajewska is the author of Documenting Americans: A Political History of National ID Card Proposals in the United States, published in 2017 by Cambridge University Press.


Documenting Americans is the first and only comprehensive, book-length political history of national ID card proposals and developments in identity policing in the United States. The book focuses on the period from 1915 to 2016, including the post-9/11 debates and policy decisions regarding the introduction of technologically-advanced identification documents.


Dr. Krajewska’s research interests are identification documents, national ID cards, identification policies, citizenship, immigration, homeland security, public policy, British politics, EU politics, and American politics.


Dr. Krajewska regularly teaches courses such as Global Perspectives in Economics and Political Science; Western Industrial Democracies; Immigration, Identification, and Policing; American Government; and Public Policy.


Dr. Krajewska presented her work at prestigious international conferences in London, Berlin, Montreal, Washington, DC, Boston, Chicago, San Diego, Philadelphia, Nashville, and Seattle, and participated in invitation-only seminars in Warsaw, Washington, DC, Boston, Charlottesville, Chapel Hill, and Tucson. She gave multiple invited talks, including at the National Archives in Washington, DC.


Dr. Krajewska is a board member of the North Carolina Political Science Association. She received numerous awards and fellowships and was named Professor of the Year by the Wingate University Chapter of Phi Eta Sigma.

Friday, March 1st   7:30 PM

Musical Program in the Sanctuary
David Bashor Memorial Organ Concert Series
Providence United Methodist Church in the Sanctuary
Silent Film accompanied by Organ Improvisation

Friday, March 8


Dr. Philip Dubois  

Chancellor, UNC Charlotte

Topic: "Ten Things to Watch at UNC Charlotte"


Lunch Bunch


Coordinated by BG Metzler and Ruth McDevitt

What's Going on at Queens University?

Queens University Calendar

Friday, May 24

Dr. Beth Elise Whitaker

Associate Professor

Political Science and

Public Administration Department

University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Great Decisions Topic: Global Migration

Dr. Beth Elise Whitaker is an associate professor of political science at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte who works on migration and security issues in Africa. She has done extensive research on the politics of African migration, including attitudes toward immigration, comparative refugee policy, and diaspora engagement in homeland politics. She has conducted fieldwork in Kenya (2005-2006, 2015, 2016), Tanzania (1996-1998, 2003), and Botswana (2005). With a grant from the Minerva Initiative of the U.S. Department of Defense, Whitaker and colleagues launched the Resources and Conflict Project to examine how rebel groups? illicit funding strategies influence the dynamics of civil conflict. As a Fulbright Scholar in Kenya, she conducted research on U.S.-African counter-terrorism cooperation.

Whitaker is co-author with John F. Clark of Africa?s International Relations: Balancing Domestic and Global Interests (Lynne Rienner, 2018) and her articles have appeared in Political Research Quarterly, Journal of Conflict Resolution, Journal of Peace Research, African Studies Review, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, International Migration Review, Third World Quarterly, and Journal of Refugee Studies, among others.

From 2010 to 2012, Whitaker served as chair of the African Politics Conference Group, a network of political scientists who study Africa. She worked previously at the Brookings Institution and the American Council on Education and has consulted for the U.S. Department of State, the Social Science Research Council, the United Nations Foundation, and Save the Children Fund. She received her Ph.D. in 1999 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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, April 19

Venue Change - Queens University Sports Complex


Friday, April 12

Dr. Margaret Commins

Associate Professor,

Political Science & Sociology Department

Queens University

Great Decisions Topic: The US and Mexico Partnership Tested

Dr. Margaret Commins teaches courses in Latin American politics, U.S.-Latin American relations, international political economy, comparative politics of developing countries and immigration politics. She also enjoys teaching in the general education program.

Her research interests include the political economy of international trade and finance, U.S.policy toward Latin America, immigration, and the scholarship of teaching and learning.. She has presented and published papers on the political economy of U.S. support for free trade in Latin America and the pedagogy of teaching about immigration.

Ph.D., M.A., Political Science, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
B.A., History and Political Science, Gettysburg College

Friday, March 29

Dr. Lorien Faucher

Director of Global Education

Providence Day School

Vice President

Global Education Benchmark Group

Great Decisions Topic: Decoding US-China Trade

Dr. Loren Fauchier is currently the Director of Global Education at Providence Day School in Charlotte, and the Vice-President of the Global Education Benchmark Group, a consortium of 150+ independent schools in the U.S., Canada, Britain and Turkey.

He was the 2014 recipient of the NAIS Global Citizen Award. Before coming to Providence Day, he taught 17 years at Queens University of Charlotte in the Department of Political Science and International Studies and before that at the University of Washington.

He is a graduate of the Johns Hopkins University program in Nanjing, China, and completed his doctoral research in China. He frequently travels to China with students. He currently participates in a working group of educational leaders who seek to create schools of the future based on global competencies and self-learning.

Tuesday, March 26   7 p.m.

Belk Theater

Former FBI Director James Comey


Friday, March 22



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

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 15

Venue Change - Queens University Sports Complex

Tony Zeiss

Executive Director of Coca Cola Consolitated's T-Factor workplace culture transformation.Training Initiative.

Recently, Executive Director of the Museum of the Bible.

Title of Presentation: Museum of the Bible in Washington DC, (first of its kind in the world) Power point and video describing the museum and its impact.

P. Anthony Zeiss, Ed.D.Executive Director, Museum of the Bible - an innovative, global, educational institution, whose purpose is to invite all people to engage with the history, the impact, and the narrative of the Bible. The MOTB is currently under development near the National Mall in Washington, DC.

President Emeritus of Central Piedmont Community College, Charlotte, North Carolina

Dr. Zeiss holds a Doctorate in Community College AdministratioDr. Zeiss holds a Doctorate in Community College Administration from Nova University, a Master’s degree in Speech (Radio and Television), and a Bachelor’s degree in Speech Education from Indiana State University. 


In 1992, he became the third president of Central Piedmont Community College (“CPCC”), serving approximately 70,000 students per year.  During his tenure, the college grew from one campus to six and was recognized as a national leader in Workforce Development.   Dr. Zeiss has authored or co-authored several books on economic development, adult literacy, national workforce development and American History.  His most recent publications include four books on creating high-performance employees and a novel on the Revolutionary War.


Dr. Zeiss is a professional speaker and a frequent keynoter on resource development, workforce development, leadership, and career development.


Dr. Zeiss is past Chair of the Board of the American Association of Community Colleges, past Board Chair for the League for Innovation, and was the Association of Community College Trustees’ National CEO of the year for 2004-2005. 


Dr. Zeiss served eight years on the board of the Zig Ziglar Corporation, four years on a Colorado Bank board, is the Board Chair of the Charlotte (NC) Novant Healthcare Southern Piedmont Region, and leads a twenty-nine county Global Economic Initiative for the Charlotte, NC, region.


Dr. Zeiss became the first Executive Director of the Museum of the Bible on January 1, 2017.


Following a very successful museum opening, Zeiss and his wife returned to Charlotte and is now the first Executive Director of Coca Cola Consolidated’s  z-Factor training initiative to help CEOs transform their workplace into faith-based cultures.


Dr. Zeiss and his wife, Beth, have two sons, a daughter-in-law, and two grandchildren.


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).

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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