January 16, 2012 FOND DU LAC, Wis. — Marian Universitywill be hosting a presentation on Tuesday, February 7, in the Stayer Center as part of its ninth annual Academic Symposium, “Is a University Really Necessary?” This panel presentation will focus on “Enhancing the Professions through the University” and builds on ideas discussed at last November’s presentation.Featured panelists will include William Lamb, police chief of the City of Fond du Lac; Carolyn Zibert, MS, RN, clinical nurse specialist at Children’s Hospital and Health System of Wisconsin; Jim Krahn, vice president of Specialty Packaging Group and Dr. Michael Doherty, professor of information technology at Marian University. The panelists will speak from the viewpoints of their respective fields on how professional programs, liberal arts and the university institution all relate to each other.“This panel continues the discussion of key questions about liberal arts, a quality academic education and employment that began last November and will culminate at the spring Academic Symposium March 26-27,” said John Weir, member of the Academic Symposium Committee. “The conclusions coming from this process will help shape valuable changes to higher education, benefiting not only the individual and their employability, but also the entire community. We welcome the participation of community members to share in this dialogue.”This event is free and open to the public. RSVP is appreciated but not required. To register and view a complete list of presentations, visit firstname.lastname@example.org or call 920-923-8937.