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Weinberg Campus Announces Spring Speaker Series
Weinberg Campus Announces Spring Speaker Series

Weinberg Campus, a senior living community in
Amherst, New York, will host a series of impressive speakers as part of its annual Speaker Series for residents and the public.  All events will take place afternoons and evenings at Weinberg Campus in the Meadows 2nd Floor Lounge, at 2650 North Forest Rd. Getzville, NY 14068 (the entrance closest to the Jewish Community Center).  Follow  “Event Today” signs on campus.

“Weinberg Campus Speaker Series is an educational speaker series bringing people and knowledge together,” noted resident and founder, Murray Gunner, 92.  A committee of residents assists Gunner in coordinating the series for fellow residents, family, friends and the public.

The Weinberg Campus Speaker Series has scheduled the following speakers for Spring 2012:

● Thursday, March 12th from 2:00-3:00 pm ~ “Dignity Gifts” presented by Carol Wittmeyer, Ed.D., St. Bonaventure University.  Dr. Carol Wittmeyer is a professor of Management at St. Bonaventure University.  She’s worked in industry, at several universities and the Raymond Foundation.  She started Dignity Gifts along with her daughter and some of her students to offer beautiful and functional gifts for the elderly.  Products are hand-made in the WNY region, and are practical and colorful. The staff is working on innovative technologies for the elderly that they anticipate will be on the market in a year or so.

● Wednesday, March 14th at 7:00-8:00 pm ~ “A Year in Afghanistan” presented by LTC. Craig R. Maefs, LTC US ARMY, Bronze Star Recipient.  LTC Maefs, who served as chief of current operations for the Combined Security Transition Command in Afghanistan from 2006 thru 2007, has graciously offered to share some of his experiences and observations regarding the cultural practices and differences in Afghanistan. With the focus on the positive changes and infrastructure being built in this country with a population of 30 million, he will report on the successful progress we hear so little about. 

● Wednesday, March 21st at 7:00-8:00 pm ~ “Full Service Historic Preservation” presented by Clint Brown, FAIA.  Buffalo Niagara region heritage architect Clinton Brown, FAIA, has over 30 years experience in historic preservation architecture and was recently welcomed as a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects for his service to the profession.  He is founder of Clinton Brown Company Architecture, a full-service historic preservation architecture firm that specializes in designing the revitalization of historic buildings and communities. The firm has worked on notable projects such as the Kibler Senior Apartments, the Niagara Arts and Cultural Center, and the Lister Block in Ontario.  

He is a member of the Erie Canalway Heritage Corridor Commission, the Richardson Center Corporation, and Vice President of the Willowbank School of Restoration Arts in Queenston.  He will speak about these and other exciting historic preservation projects in our area, where our future is being shaped by our past.

●Thursday, April 12th   2:00-3:00 pm ~ “What is GOOD About Being OLD?”  presented by Andrew Bienkowski, Psychologist, Author & Hospice Volunteer.  In this country we have been brainwashed to believe that being old is a bad thing, like a disease.  I believe this to not be true and in my classes try to “unbrainwash” people.  During this hour we will talk about why being old can be WONDERFUL.  Old age can be a source of wisdom, spiritual growth and meaning.

●Wednesday, April 18th at 7:00-8:00 pm ~ “Opening Up a Closed Society” presented by Murray Gunner, resident Weinberg Campus, past executive director Jewish Community Center and Jewish Council.  Believing in harmony among the different groups, after a tragic fire, Mr. Gunner worked to rebuild the community and recruited hundreds of members as well as overcame strong objections to the development of low-income housing.  After learning about his many years in the business world and working tirelessly for his community, it helps one to understand why he is still driven today to keep Weinberg’s residents well stimulated and doing all he can to continue enhancing the quality of life for his friends here.

Please visit www.weinbergcampus.org under “Upcoming Events” for more information about additional speakers scheduled for 2012.

The Weinberg Campus Speaker Series was created by a committee of residents in 2010 headed by Murray Gunner, with the assistance of Janet Gunner, Keith Elkin and Joan Lehman.  Additional committee members include: Irwin Arbesman, Gil Brink, Skip Doyle, Rena Margulis, Muriel Narotsky, Charles Passanese, Esther Robbins and Gilda Smith.

Weinberg Campus is a thoughtfully and uniquely designed residential community focused on providing a continually innovative approach to senior living, enabling area seniors to enjoy a healthy, independent and engaged lifestyle.  Located in Amherst, Weinberg Campus provides a variety of living options and customizable care programs to meet the needs of senior living, all in one location.


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