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Location: Location varies, see below.
Fee: No charge
Lifelong Learning membership not required 

Presented by Steve Warnstadt

Thessaloniki, the second largest city in Greece, has played a key role as an educational, cultural, and commercial hub for Greece, the Ottoman and Byzantine Empire over the past 2,000 years. From the Apostle Paul’s ministry and letters to the church there, from Ottoman rule and majority Jewish population, Thessaloniki has a diverse history. WITCC Government Relations Coordinator Steve Warnstadt will provide an overview of this often unknown gem.

Friday, March 22; NOON TO 1 P.M.
: Advanced Sciences Building, Wells Fargo Room, Room L110, Entrance 14, Parking Lot 4

Overcoming Test Anxiety: Science and Solution
Presented by Frank O’Neill

Tests can create crippling anxiety in students that make them perform below their true ability. Thankfully there are strategies that can help students be better prepared and less stressed for their exams. Dr. O’Neill will talk about the science behind test anxiety with an eye on solutions that have been studied and proven effective.

Monday, April 8; NOON TO 1 P.M.
: Dr. Robert H. Kiser Building, Room A208, Entrance 1 

Saving Souls in the Southwest: Missionary Work of Sister Blandina Segale and Mother Katherine Drexel
Presented by Helen M. Lewis

Despite their different religious orders, Sister Blandina Segale and Mother Katherine Drexel shared the same faith and similar ideals about converting to Catholicism the Native American tribes of the Southwest. However, in working with such Peoples as the Apache and the Navajo, each woman religious developed her own resources, her own leader- ship style, and her own personal attitude towards the Indians. Both Sister Blandina and Mother Katherine eventually established positive relationships that led to lasting missions, thus bringing about economic and educational betterment for the native peoples. By Euro-American standards, the Catholic missions helped improve living conditions for some Southwestern tribes. Join Western Iowa Tech Community College English Instructor Helen Lewis for this interesting presentation.

Friday, May 10; NOON TO 1 P.M.
: Culinary Demonstration Kitchen, D201, Entrance 14

Contact Mara Hall at 712.274.8733 ext. 1864 for further details. If you are interested in presenting in next semester’s Bacon Creek Back Porch Series, email Mara at 


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