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Dr. Bernard Grenway to serve as first Distinguished Lecturer of 2011-2012

The University of Maine at Presque Isle is pleased to announce that it will begin its 2011-2012 University Distinguished Lecture Series with a talk by author, education consultant and radio host Dr. Bernard Grenway.

Dr. Grenway, an UMPI alumnus and the President of Grenway Consulting Group of Washington, D.C., will deliver his talk Diversity in Action: From Culturemorbus to Culturesanus on Thursday, Sept. 22 at 7 p.m. in the Campus Center. In his latest book, Motivation, Psychology, and the Black Employee, Dr. Grenway defines Culturemorbus as a social disease that manifests when people of diverse demographics refuse to recognize the ways they are similar. He will discuss “effective ways that Americans can work on recognizing what unites them, thus tapping into their collective humanity.”

Dr. Grenway will be spending the week on campus to participate in several activities. He will kick off an international college tour on his Baltimore-based radio show live from his alma mater, discussing issues about diversity for modern college students. Dr. Grenway and his team also will continue work to shoot a documentary highlighting the various groups of people that he has met in his life; including those living in the United Arab Emirates, Jamaica, Canada, China, Denmark, Africa, Australia, and across the United States. Excerpts of this journey will be shown at UMPI and the full two-hour radio documentary will be available for purchase.

During his time at UMPI, Dr. Grenway will also enjoy the University’s annual Homecoming festivities as well as speak to several classes, ranging from a Social Work class and a Business Communication course, to the Men’s Soccer Team – he participated in UMPI Athletics in college – and the student club Native Voices.

Dr. Bernard Grenway, the lead consultant and President of the Grenway Consulting Group, has held numerous executive positions in various industries including human service, education and non-profit organizations. He specializes in Organizational Development, Corporate Training and Development, Strategic Planning, Employee Motivation, Organizational Psychology, Operations Management and Academic Research. In addition to his vast consulting and executive background, Dr. Grenway currently serves as an Assistant Professor of Management at the University of Maryland’s (UC) School of Undergraduate Studies, where he was nominated for the Stanley J. Drazsek teaching award. He is also a Full-Time Professor of Business at Kaplan University in Hagerstown, Maryland.

Dr. Grenway holds a Bachelor of Liberal Studies from the University of Maine at Presque Isle, a Graduate Certificate of Executive Leadership from Cornell University’s Johnson Graduate School of Management, a Master of Science in Human Relations and Business from Amberton University, a MBA in Global Management and a Ph.D. in Applied Management.

The University’s Distinguished Lecture Series was established in 1999. Each year, the UDLS Committee sponsors five to six speakers who come from Maine and beyond, representing a range of disciplines and viewpoints. While the emphasis tends to be on featuring visiting academics, it is not exclusively so. The speakers typically spend two days at the University meeting with classes and presenting a community lecture.

Grenway’s lecture is free and the public is invited to be a part of this special evening. All are invited to a reception for Grenway in the Campus Center’s Allagash Room at 6 p.m. – light refreshments will be served – as well as a book signing following his talk. For more information, contact the University’s Community and Media Relations Office at 768-9452.