News Release

David Bernard
Public Relations Associate, Public Relations
320 DuPont Highway
New Castle, DE 19720

Learn the Facts About Lyme Disease

Protect yourself with expert advice at the Wilmington University Speaker Series on November 2

Lyme disease and other tick-borne illnesses are widespread in the northeast U.S., according to experts, and can carry long-term and potentially debilitating complications. Learn how to protect yourself and your family at the Wilmington University Speaker Series this fall.

"Lyme Disease: What You Need to Know Now," a panel discussion on the disease's cause and effects, prevention and treatment, will take place on Thursday, November 2 at 6:30 p.m. in the Doberstein Admissions Center auditorium on WilmU's New Castle campus at 320 N. DuPont Highway.

Panelists are scheduled to include Peter Schwartzkopf, speaker of Delaware's House of Representatives and co-chair of the state's 2015 Lyme disease prevention task force; Dr. Lori Irelan, chair of WilmU's nurse practitioner master's degree program;  Marilyn Williams, executive director of the Lyme Disease Association of Delmarva; Dr. Rebecca Benson, associate professor of nursing at Wesley College and chair of the Delaware Lyme Disease Oversight Board; and Alina Pfeifer, Mrs. Delaware 2015, who suffers from the chronic effects of Lyme disease and advocates for its victims. Dr. Lisa Drews, chair of WilmU's nursing leadership master's degree program, will moderate the program.

This event, sponsored by WilmU's College of Health Professions, is free and open to the public, but registration is requested. Reserve your seat or watch live-streamed coverage of the discussion at For more information about the Wilmington University Speaker Series, contact  Katie Burke at

About Wilmington University

Wilmington University is a private, nonprofit institution committed to providing career-oriented, traditional and online associate, undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degree programs. The Wilmington University difference starts with our flexible, year round class schedules and full online learning availability and our graduates end with substantive degrees through one of the lowest tuitions in the tri-state region. Combined with our intense focus on academic excellence and individualized attention to our students in our degree and certificate programs and doctoral degrees, the WilmU difference is reflected in our students' achievements and alumni successes. For more information, contact Wilmington University at 302-356-INFO (4636), via email at, or visit

Published: Wednesday, October 11, 2017 - New Castle, DE