Marian University to host pre-symposium panel event

November 8, 2013

  FOND DU LAC, Wis. – Marian University will be hosting a pre-academic symposium panel event on Thursday, November 14 at 6:30 p.m. in the Stayer Center Auditorium. The presentation will center on the topic, “Opening Doors to the Pursuit of Happiness,” as part of the academic symposium’s focus on the American Dream.

Panelists include Valarie Boehm, a senior from Kewaskum Career Academy; Elba Carbajal, Spanish interpreter at Agnesian HealthCare; Deborah Henschel, AVP-Senior Mortgage Loan Officer at Johnson Bank; and John Thomsen, Ed.D., superintendent of St. Francis School District.

Boehm will present on facing and overcoming adversity through her educational experiences. She will outline the perception of the American Dream that high school student’s face.

Carbajal, a Wisconsin native and graduate of St. Mary’s Springs Academy and Leadership Fond du Lac, will present on her experience in business and service. Carbajal will speak to her experience serving as a VISTA coordinator for the UW-Extension and working with Hispanic youth.

Henschel will present on the financial barriers associated with the path to the American Dream. Henschel has worked in banking since 1996 to assist people in securing quality, safe housing, as well as providing guidance to individuals in order to establish financial stability.

Thomsen will present on the importance of college, career and life readiness. As superintendent, Thomsen’s research and life experience has led him to understand that students must be prepared for whatever they choose to do, especially through positive outcomes in schools and embracing tools and resources for the development of students.

The pre-symposium panel event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit