Graduating Student Presentations at the Fall 2017 Residency

A Recipe for Motivation, with Graduating Student Katherine Valenzuela. There is a gap between the understanding of nutrition and the utilization of this knowledge for athletic motivation. This presentation looks into this gap, or many gaps, making connections that can serve as a tool for athletic practice. This work begins with an introduction to the central tenants of motivation, including flow and behavioral resolve, and looks into the role of neurobiology in digesting and circulating emotion throughout the body. This presentation addresses the chains of influences that impede and or optimize the biological conditions necessary for a motivated mental state. These chains of influences include communication pathways between the brain and the gut, as well as nutrition, hormones, social environment, and gender. This presentation concludes with consideration on how to augment our biology to help circumvent motivational malaise.

Finding and Sharing Voice in the Holistic Choir, with Graduating Student Susan Wilkes. “Singing within a group creates positive holistic health outcomes for adolescents. This presentation explores and suggests methodologies that develop adolescent group singing experiences for the purpose of improving wellbeing in physical, mental/emotional and social areas of adolescent health. This presentation will give participants the opportunity to actively improve their overall health and wellbeing through the shared experience of singing together. We will sing, move, divide into small groups, reflect and sing as a large group. Using this experience as a foundation, we will develop awareness of how overall health is impacted by this activity and can be incorporated into daily life for continued benefit. The conclusion of the presentation will include handouts of practiced activities as well as resources for use in classroom and community settings.”

Fragile Little Bluebird, with Graduating Student Desiree Wyble. A reading from this young adult novel, a speculative, post-dystopian story exploring the love relationship of two twelve-year-old girls, Nectar, the extrovert, and Blu-Mari’aya, the introvert, live in year 150,052 on Antarctica. They both struggle to overcome the limits of their own narrow self- perspective in order to be together, one being introverted and careful; the other being outgoing and concerned with social status. Told in first-person, present-tense, the novel focuses on the temperament and emotional lives of these two girls, each telling their story.

From left: Sarah Van Hoy, Louella Morgan-Richer, Kate Aubin, Kristen Farrell, Jan Booth, and Kelly McDowell

The Light of Home Within, with Graduating Student Kristen Farrell. In her thesis, “Return to the Garden House: Embracing the Longing for Ancestors and Place,” Kristen reflects deeply on her lifelong search for belonging – both belonging to a “people” and belonging to a place on the Earth. Whether one’s ancestors have deep roots in one place, or many; and whether someone has always called one place home, or belonged to many places, the questions “Where do I belong?” and “Who do I belong to?” can be complex, contradictory, and exhilarating . In this presentation, Kristen will discuss significant ideas that have emerged on her own journey, share some of her art and experiential genealogy practices, and involve the audience in several short reflective activities. (Group sharing will be optional). Attendees will leave with suggestions for starting or continuing their own exploration of roots and place.

Mending Fashion: Sustainable Design for the Fashion Production Industry, with Graduating Student Kelly McDowell. During this presentation, you will learn about fibers, textiles and fashion production and manufacturing process that are currently in place that have become destructive to the environment and people. This presentation will also show how the consumer can shift the harmful process with their purchasing power and learn how to dress sustainability.

Re-imagining the End of Life: Fresh Thinking and Old Wisdom, with Graduating Student Jan Booth. “Over 30 years of working as a nurse in end-of-life care, I’ve seen that navigating aging, serious illness, and dying within our complex health care system is often confusing, isolating, crisis-driven, and dis-heartening. I’m interested in being part of a different cultural conversation that draws instead from the newer, disruptive ideas about death and dying — as well as from the best of old, human wisdom. How might talking more openly about dying help us live more intentionally and with greater well being? What might be possible:

  • If we re-imagined the end of life as a vital, purposeful stage of human development?
  • If practices of healing – forgiveness, gratitude, and letting go – were essential parts ofour care plans?
  • If wisdom informed our challenging decision points, instead of fear?
  • If preparation for death allowed us to live more fully the time that we have?

If the hard work of caregiving was sustainable and meaningful for both family and professional caregivers? This workshop will review the significant cultural shift that is happening with the emergence of new models for aging and dying, discuss how nurses might transform end-of-life care through “”coaching conversations”” about what matters most to people — and provide some time for participants to reflect on their own ideas about meaningful living and dying.

Re-Storyation- Reimagining the Narratives that Shape Our Worlds, with Graduating Student Rachel Economy. To change and re-design systems, we need the capacity to re-design the invisible stories beneath them. To respond to change, we need to be able to vision and revision, build and rebuild. Come explore how story can help us build alternatives, care for ourselves and each other, keep our imagination muscles alive and centered in our individual and collective action, and re-story our worlds.

Releasing Stories from the Body: A Self Exploration to Unlock Trauma, Strengthen Resilience and Redefine Self Through Embodied Practices, with Graduating Student Louella Morgan-Richer. “How do we distinguish between trauma and grief? What are the layers of both physical and emotional trauma and where does it live in the body? As I searched through studies on trauma, on healing from trauma, on building resilience in the face of unforeseen, unwanted, frightening, painful life events, and began practices that I hoped would help me heal, I slowly began to recognize that “my” problem was not one problem, nor was it mine alone. In this presentation, we will look at trauma in the body and the harm it can do when not addressed. Using a combination of personal story and academic research I’ll guide you through my own experience as I utilized different embodied practices feeling my way into my doubts, fears, anxieties, blocks, and dis-ease my body held.

Time for Change: Using the V.A.L.U.E. Framework for Assessment for Sustainability-Focused Organizations, with Graduating Student Crystal Hamlin. “This presentation will review the assessment I did of one alternative organization, The New School, as a proponent of sustainability and social equity, and how the organizational structure of this democratic school unintentionally perpetuates some of the inequities that the school intends to avoid. I will introduce the tool I created, A V.A.L.U.E Framework, that provides a structure with which to assess other alternative organizations for their own value and mission alignment as proponents of social change.

Work in NOT a Job: Pathways to work readiness (a classroom model), with Graduating Student Amber Ortiz. “Through an interactive presentation. I will introduce my work as a career readiness facilitator and worker in the field of growth & recovery. I will provide a review of trauma informed practices and a tool for organizational assessment and explore the workbook and facilitator’s guide that I created as part of my final project.

The Z ProtocolTM Materia Medica, with Graduating Student Zelda L Johnson. The Z ProtocolTM is a pilot study developed from the research of close to 50 complementary and alternative medicine modalities for the management or self-care of hypertension. An underlying etiology of hypertension is stress. We will look at how these modalities, or materia medica, lower blood pressure, reduce stress as well as increase performance. The audience will experience several CAM modalities that have proved therapeutic value using mental, emotional, physical, environmental and spiritual strategies.

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