Mary L. Seifert Cultural Series

The history of the Mary L. Seifert Cultural Series

Mary L SeifertMary L. Seifert's rich family history with Clarion University can be traced to 1907 with the enrollment of her mother, Sabina Mooney-Seifert, and her uncle, Charles A. Mooney. From 1909 to 1912, her grandfather, John A. Mooney, served as a trustee for the Clarion Normal School. Shortly after her mother’s and uncle's graduations in 1909, their two younger siblings, Thomas W. and John A., were to follow family tradition by attending Clarion. Two of Seifert's uncles became medical doctors after furthering their education at the University of Michigan. To date at least 18 members of her extended family have graduated from Clarion.

Seifert loved music and the arts. As an investment in young people, she chose to endow a culture and lecture series at Clarion University to ignite the passion for learning that she encouraged. Through that endowment, the Mary L. Seifert Cultural Series Endowment of the Clarion University Foundation, Inc., was established to provide the Clarion University community with cultural experiences that inspire learning through thoughtful discussions.

More about Mary Seifert can be found here.

In honor of Mary Seifert Clarion University holds an annual series of events tied to a particular cultural theme. The theme of the 2019-20 Mary L. Seifert Cultural Series is "Conservation and Sustainability: Body, Mind, Earth."

Seifert Series SPRING 2019 Events  


Activity:   Glow Yoga
Date:         February 2nd, 2019
Time:         8:00 p.m.
Location:  Gemmell Multi-Purpose Room
Glow Yoga





Activity:     Zumba
Date:           February 9th, 2019
Time:           8:00 p.m.
Location:    Gemmell Multi-Purpose Room





Mindfulness with Joseph Croskey and Mark Lepore
Date:            March 12th, 2019
Time:            6:00 p.m.
Location:     Gemmell Multi-Purpose Room

Want is Mindfulness? How can it contribute to your personal sustainability? Come find out with this Mindfulness program facilitated by our own Joseph Croskey and Mark Lepore. Activities will include: Guided Imagery, Meditative Breathing, BIO Feedback, and Autogenic Activity.






Lecture/Activity:  Hope Grows with Lisa Story
Date:        March 19th, 2019
Time:        (two sessions) 12 – 1:30 p.m. AND 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Location: Gemmell Multi-Purpose Room

Lisa is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Certified Thanatologist with experience working in hospice and grief. Lisa holds a Master of Science in Counseling Psychology from Chatham University, a Certificate in Addictions Counseling from Waynesburg University, and a Certificate in Horticultural Therapy from the Horticultural Therapy Institute from Denver, Colorado. She has written programs using gardens and nature as a way to understand grief and understanding the elements of self-care while caring for others.

Please come in comfortable clothing. You will be taking part in some gardening activity and you will take your own plant away from the program! Seating is limited to the first 100 participants for each session.





Hope Grows




Lecture:  Roger Coup, Pennsylvania Game Commission biologist, will talk about the role of hunters in conservation.
Date:        April 15th, 2019
Time:        7:00 p.m.
Location: Gemmell Multi-Purpose Room






Lecture:  Scott Russell Sanders
Date:        April 22nd, 2019
Time:        6:00
Location: Gemmell Multi-Purpose Room

As an antidote to the destructive culture of consumption dominating American life today, Scott Russell Sanders calls for a culture of conservation that allows us to savor and preserve the world, instead of devouring it. How might we shift to a more durable and responsible way of life? What changes in values and behavior will be required? Ranging geographically from southern Indiana to the Boundary Waters Wilderness and culturally from the Bible to billboards, Sanders extends the visions of Henry David Thoreau, John Muir, and Rachel Carson to our own day.

Scott Russell Sanders



Last Updated 3/13/19