USF ‘Culture & Conversation’ to present vaccine discussion

October 20, 2021

FORT WAYNE, Ind.—The University of Saint Francis will host a discussion on vaccines during its next “Culture & Conversation” event at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 27 in the Cougar Den on campus, 2701 Spring Street. The public is invited to the free event.

The Multicultural Center and Student Activities Council present the discussion, and panelists will discuss vaccines from a scientific, medical, spiritual and educational perspective.

Panelists include:

  • Dr. Michael Bechill, Associate Professor of Biology
  • Dr. Jeff Easley, Assistant Professor of Physician Assistant Studies, Medical Director
  • James Huth, Principal, Bishop Luers High School
  • Sister Maria Gemma Salyer, Philosophy and Theology Adjunct/Sisters of St. Francis of Perpetual Adoration

Refreshments will be provided. The Cougar Den is located behind Trinity Hall.

Culture & Conversation is a series of panel discussions on political and/or cultural topics intended to raise awareness of the world around us—from our backyards to places across the globe. Audience members are encouraged to ask the panelists questions using Poll Everywhere, a live anonymous polling software.

For more information, contact USF Director of Diversity & Inclusion Dr. Paul Porter at 260-399-7700, ext. 6304 or

Founded in 1890 in the Catholic Franciscan tradition, the University of Saint Francis offers more than 60 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs through the College of Health Sciences, College of Arts, Sciences, and Business and College of Adult and Distance Education. In addition to its traditional programs, USF designs focused curricula for working adults in Fort Wayne, Crown Point and online. USF Downtown houses the university’s business and music technology programs while offering enhanced internship and networking opportunities for students. The University of Saint Francis campus experience includes 18 athletic programs boasting two individual and four team NAIA national championships and is recognized as an NAIA Five-Star Champion of Character institution. Approximately 2,200 students from a broad geographic region attend USF.