Wendt Character Initiative Staff

Mary Bryant
Mary Bryant
Assistant Director of Programming and Media, Wendt Center for Character Education

MFA, University of Iowa
BA, University of Iowa

Office Phone: 563.589.3201
E-mail: MKBryant@dbq.edu 
Office Location: 346 Charles & Romona Myers Center
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Mary Bryant joined the University in 2015 and provides administrative support to the Director of the Wendt Character Initiative. She earned a BA in Biology, Theatre Arts, and German and an MFA. in Comparative Literature—Translation from the University of Iowa.

Annalee R. Ward
Annalee R. Ward
Director of the Wendt Center for Character Education
Professor of Communication

PhD, Regent University
MA, Colorado State University
BA, Calvin College

Office Phone: 563.589.3715
E-mail: ARWard@dbq.edu 
Office Location: 347 Charles & Romona Myers Center
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Dr. Annalee Ward directs the Wendt Character Initiative, a campus-wide effort to promote excellent moral character and lives of purpose.  She brings a passion for students and a love of learning to the work of guiding the various programs.  After a long career as a professor of communication arts, her generalist background, interest in ethics, rhetoric, and popular culture, along with work on the art of preaching inform her work in the Center.

"It's a privilege to work collaboratively with students, faculty, and staff in an environment where a meaning-filled University Mission guides our work all for the glory of God."

Her research interests are diverse, and currently she facilitates a research team that produces an online journal, "Character and . . .".

Some of her publications include: Mouse Morality: The Rhetoric of Disney Animated Film; “The Tourist Gaze and the Church: Megachurch as Tourist Site;”  “Gran Torino and Moral Order;" and “Multi-dimensional Media of Theme Parks and Museums.”

Vanessa Espinosa
Vanessa Espinosa
Administrative Assistant, Wendt Center for Character Education

Office Phone: 563.589.3440
E-mail: VEspinosa@dbq.edu 
Office Location: 352 Charles & Romona Myers Center