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Interested in proposing an event? We now have a proposal form that is easy to complete on-screen and emailed to the WISE office. We look forward to hearing about your ideas for events on and off campus!

    • 05/29/2024
    • 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
    • Zoom only

    {No Registration Required}

    Spotlight Presentation => "Abandoned at Birth: Searching for the Arms That Once Held Me" by Janet Sherlund

    Only 10 states make birth records available to American-born adoptees. For adult adoptees born during the mid-20th century era of closed adoptions, this presents a painful obstacle to discovering their origins and ending the driving hunger to know their own identity. 

    Janet Sherlund poignantly captured her journey finding her origins in her memoir,  "ABANDONED AT BIRTH: Searching for the Arms That Once Held Me". In her talk, Sherlund paints a vivid portrait of the detachment and longing of an adopted child and the lifelong quest to find her biological mother, the trauma caused by this primal separation, and the dogged determination it takes to face the forces of opposition—both internal and external—to finally attain answers.


    Janet Sherlund raised her family and served on nonprofit boards in education, health, and the cultural arts before writing her memoir, Abandoned at Birth. Her single most significant life event was being given up for adoption at birth. Being adopted made her feel as though she was living a “borrowed life,” undermined her sense of trust and personal value, and impacted every decision she made. It also led to a lifelong quest to find her biological mother with the hope of finally feeling a tether to this world, a sense of belonging, and ultimately, herself. Her memoir fulfilled a dream of becoming a published author, as well as raising awareness about loss and grief in adoption and why it takes more than love to survive that trauma. A graduate of Colgate University, Sherlund lives on the island of Nantucket off the coast of Massachusetts with Rick, her husband of forty-five years. Abandoned at Birth is Sherlund’s first book.

    (information from Google Books website)

    • 05/30/2024
    • 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Tsotsis Family Academic Center, Assumption University
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    31st ANNUAL MEETING & Luncheon

    Thursday, May 30th, 2024  11:00 am

    Assumption University

    Tsotsis Family Academic Center Ballrooms

    11:30 am Welcome by Jim Keevan and Introduction of President Greg Weiner

    12:00 pm Annual Meeting: General Business and voting on bylaw changes

    1:00 pm Spring Buffet Luncheon $25.00 per person

    (Guests Welcome)


    (Gluten-free and vegetarian options available)

    Assorted bread and rolls. Deli platter with turkey, ham, tuna salad and hummus. Cheese platter.  Condiments. Homemade potato salad and garden salad (dressings on the side). Lettuce, tomato and pickle tray.  House made kettle chips. Family style dessert plate on each table. Coffee (regular and decaf) or iced tea.


    • 05/31/2024
    • 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
    • Zoom only

    {No Registration Required}

    Spotlight Presentation =>

    Linda Ambrus Broenniman had no idea of her father’s true identity growing up. Raised as a Catholic girl in Buffalo, NY by two physicians, it wasn’t until an untimely incident that she discovered that her father was actually descended from one of Hungary’s most notable Jewish families—the Politzers. The remarkable lives she uncovered, including 300 years of her family’s Hungarian history, inspired her book, THE POLITZER SAGA, as well as a permanent exhibit of the same name at the Hun­gar­i­an Jew­ish Muse­um and Archives in the Rum­bach Syn­a­gogue in Budapest.

    From the 18th century in the Austro-Hungarian Empire to the present day in America and Hungary, Linda tells the story of family almost lost to her father’s secrets, including doctors and lawyers, entrepreneurs and industrialists, writers and musicians, artists and art collectors. She shares the heart-wrenching and inspiring stories of their lives, including that of her own mother, Dr. Clara Ambrus, recognized by Yad Vashem as a righteous gentile for her heroism in World War II.


    Linda Ambrus Broenniman grew up in Buffalo, New York. She is the middle child of seven born to Hungarian physicians who survived World War II and started their new life in the US in 1949. Linda graduated from Swarthmore College with a BA in psychology. Several years after getting her MBA from Carnegie Mellon, she left mainstream corporate America to follow her path as an entrepreneur, building companies in technology and biotech. She let her passion for uncovering hidden potential in unexpected places guide her. And she allowed this passion to fuel her search for her hidden family. Linda lives in Great Falls, Virginia with her husband of 28 years and their dog, Juno.

    (Author bio from Google Books website)

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