Each year, Wyoming Catholic College welcomes lecturers from the wider academic community to the town of Lander—distinguished men and women who contribute complementary perspectives across a wide range of disciplines. This year’s lecturers (and the dates of their presentations) are:
Russell Hawley, Casper College
Mr. Hawley graduated from the University of Colorado in 1991 with a degree in fine art. His artwork has appeared in the America’s Smithsonian anniversary traveling exhibition, in “Islands in the Cosmos: The Evolution of Life on Land” by Dr. Dale A. Russell, in “Oceans of Kansas” by Michael Everhart, and several issues of Prehistoric Times magazine. Aside from being the Tate Geological Museum’s Educational Specialist, Russel also gives tours, writes articles for the museum newsletter, and produces illustrations for the museum displays.
J. Scott Olsson, Wyoming Catholic College
Dr. Olsson received his bachelors of science in physics at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, before completing his doctoral studies at the University of Maryland, College Park in applied mathematics. Prior to teaching at Wyoming Catholic College, Dr. Olsson was a senior research scientist at the Human Language Technology Center of Excellence at Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Olsson primarily teaches mathematics and natural science at the college, while also helping with its unique Latin program
Elizabeth Reyes, Thomas Aquinas College
After graduating from Thomas Aquinas College in 2003, Dr. Reyes earned a master’s degree in English literature from the University of Dallas, eventually earning her doctorate (with honors) at its Braniff Graduate School’s Institute of Philosophic Studies for her dissertation, “Ishmael’s Cetological Quest: A Progression of Imagination in Melville’s Moby-Dick.” She has been a member of Thomas Aquinas College’s faculty since 2011
Teresa Walters, Pianist
Described as ‘The International First Lady of Piano’ by The New York Times, Teresa has performed as recitalist and orchestral soloist on six continents and in most of the 50 United States at venues including Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center in New York, Wigmore Hall in London, the Salle Cortot in Paris, Moscow’s Great Hall, Australia’s International Conservatorium and Jerusalem’s Concert Hall. She is known for her commitment to music as the ultimate universal language, and for her vision of music as ministry. She is equally at home in the world’s major concert halls or in campus and community settings where her popular “Keynote Comments” endear her to audiences.