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Mary L. Seifert Cultural Series

The history of the Mary L. Seifert Cultural Series

Mary L SeifertMary L. Seifert's rich family history with PennWest Clarion can be traced to 1907 with the enrollment of her mother, Sabina Mooney-Seifert, and her uncle, Charles A. Mooney. From 1909 to 1912, her grandfather, John A. Mooney, served as a trustee for the Clarion Normal School. Shortly after her mother’s and uncle's graduations in 1909, their two younger siblings, Thomas W. and John A., were to follow family tradition by attending Clarion. Two of Seifert's uncles became medical doctors after furthering their education at the University of Michigan. To date at least 18 members of her extended family have graduated from Clarion.

Seifert loved music and the arts. As an investment in young people, she chose to endow a culture and lecture series at PennWest Clarion to ignite the passion for learning that she encouraged. Through that endowment, the Mary L. Seifert Cultural Series Endowment of the PennWest Clarion Foundation, Inc., was established to provide the PennWest Clarion community with cultural experiences that inspire learning through thoughtful discussions.

More about Mary Seifert can be found here.

Seifert Series 2024 


Event:       Tamburitzans
Date:         February 9th, 2024
Time:         7:30 p.m.
Location:  Marwick-Boyd Auditorium

"Eighty plus years, several international tours, hundreds of performers, and hundreds of thousands of audience members later, the Tamburitzans' show is an annual tradition for some, and a delightful new surprise for others. Year after year, generation after generation, the Tamburitzans dazzle audiences across the country with elaborate costumes and incredibly versatile musicians, singers, and dances. "

- The Tamburitzans : About Us : Our Story



Event:        Jeffrey Kottler, PH.D.
Keynote:  Mysteries of Human Behavior
Date:         April 24th, 2024
Time:         6:00 p.m.
Location:  Hart Chapel


"Jeffrey A. Kottler is a professor, psychologist, author, consultant, workshop leader, keynote speaker, and social justice advocate who has spent the past 40 years working throughout the world to promote personal and professional development among professionals and marginalized groups.

Jeffrey has worked as a teacher, counselor, therapist, and consultant in a variety of settings including a preschool, primary and secondary school, university, mental health center, crisis center, medical school, and corporate settings."

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-All programs are free and open to the public. 













Last Updated 2/21/24