it’s spring!! build a container garden for your deck, porch, stoop, sidewalk…
What is it about getting older that makes you just want to grow things? I’m not sure when it happened for us, exactly, but it hit one day and we couldn’t ignore the longing. We had the itch: to make something with our hands, to live off the land, and to go back to a simpler time. The feeling also conveniently coincided with spring so we knew it was time to give it a shot!…
WELLNESS SURVEY - all Lesley folks, please take this survey!
Lesley University is conducting a health and wellness survey to enhance the wellness program offerings sponsored by Human Resources and WELLynx, the University’s wellness programming committee. This survey will provide WELLynx the information needed to develop relevant wellness programming.
Please take a few moments to complete this survey. All responses are anonymous and confidential. Once the information is tabulated, we will provide an update to the Lesley community.
Please complete the survey by close of business on April 18, 2014.
Remember when you made that promise to yourself to get a better handle on your finances this year? Well April is the perfect time to reassess your progress on your money goals as part of Financial Literacy Month.
The following esteemed honorary degree recipients will address Lesley University graduates at Commencement on Saturday, May 17, 2014 at the Blue Hills Bank Pavilion in Boston:
“The Giver ” author Lois Lowry has twice won the Newbury Medal, among many awards she has received for her contributions to children’s literature. The movie version of “The Giver,” starring Jeff Bridges and Meryl Streep, is set to debut in August.
Priya Manickchand is Guyana’s minister of education, and the former minister of human services and social security. She is a tireless champion for the nation’s most vulnerable children, the elderly, the disabled and women.
National Book Award-winning poet Nikky Finney has garnered wide acclaim for her writing about African-Americans living in the south. Her book of poems, “Head Off & Split,” won the 2011 National Book Award for Poetry, and she was a Distinguished Writer in Residence at Lesley in summer 2012.
Cuban-born photographer Abelardo Morell is a former Guggenheim fellow and won the International Center of Photography 2011 Infinity Award in Art, among many honors. His work has been collected by museums and galleries around the world, and he lives in Brookline.
WORK IN PROGRESS: LU Community of Scholars Day - Friday, March 28, 2014
Community of Scholars Day honors inquiry, research, and scholarship at Lesley University. All members of the Lesley community are invited to participate in a day that focuses attention on scholarship in various stages of development.
The overarching theme for this year is WORK IN PROGRESS.
This theme was chosen to encourage the sharing of works that represent various stages of scholarship, and to celebrate risk-taking with respect to going public with scholarly pursuits that impact others in significant ways.
Community of Scholars Day reflects the many stages of scholarship that are evident in our work as artists, teachers, innovators, activists, researchers, and citizens. It is this diverse approach to, and appreciation of, scholarship that energizes our learning community. It is this approach to our respective studies that elevates an emphasis on process above product.
The Center for Teaching, Learning, & Scholarship invites the community to enjoy over 50 presentations and poster sessions that represent collaboration in many forms: work between students and faculty members, exchange of ideas between individuals that results in new understandings and/or perspective-sharing, partnerships of varying kinds, and much more.
Anti – inflammatory Strawberry Smoothie (Dairy free, gluten free, vegan, delicious) 2 cups of water 1 banana 1 cup frozen or fresh strawberries 1/2 cup frozen mango 1/2 cup frozen pineapple 1/2 cup frozen shelled edamame 1/4 cup dried coconut flakes 3 tablespoons of plant protein powder (brown rice, pea, etc.) 1 1/2 teaspoons of miso teaspoon of ground turmeric 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
Add ingredients to blender and blend on high for 1-2 minutes.
MINDFULNESS MONDAYS - Special 3/27 THURSDAY Staff/Faculty Session and remaining March schedule
SPECIAL MINDFULNESSSESSION for faculty and staff on THURSDAY, MARCH 27, 2014 from 9AM to 11:30AM
Facilitator: Professor Nancy Waring, Ph.D. Associate Professor, Mindfulness Studies Faculty Coordinator
Time: 9 a.m. –11:30 a.m.
Place: UHall Room 3-094
Faculty and Staff are WARMLY INVITED to participate in this Mindfulness workshop, featuring Mindfulness Meditation instructions, practice and discussion. WE WILL TALK ABOUT HOW WE CAN TRAIN OUR MINDS TO CHANGE OUR BRAINS TOWARD OPTIMAL WELL BEING.
Some reasons one might find mindfulness useful: Calm, concentration, focus, recognition that our thoughts are just thoughts and not necessarily true, development of self-compassion and compassion for others, loosening of self-judgment and judgment of others, ability to stay in the present moment and not get caught up in worries about past and future—all of this supported by research done on meditators using fMRI. Of course this requires practice, practice, practice.
MANAGING UP - Professional Development Workshop 3/19 -- DON'T MISS!!
Open to All Employees
HR’s Professional Development Training “Managing Up” is scheduled Wednesday, March 19th from 9 AM to 12 NOON in UHall Room 2-078.
Date: Wednesday, March 19th
Time: 9 AM to 12 NOON
Location: University Hall 2-078
Facilitator: Jane Joyce, Director, HR
Managing up is a skill that every employee needs to learn. Recognize that it is YOUR responsibility to build this critical relationship. This attitude will get you the results you want. Understand the boss’ priorities, likes and dislikes, sense of urgency and style of communication and target your behavior accordingly. In many ways, managing up is simply having the right attitude and realizing you have the ability to make things better.
With your busy schedule, it can be hard to find healthy eating options for your family, and convince your kids to actually eat the nutritious food you find. That’s why during this first week of National Nutrition Month, we shared resources to make your job a little bit easier.
APRIL CONFERENCE: Arts and Global Health: Art, Memory, and Testimony in the Aftermath of Trauma
Arts and Global Health: Art, Memory and Testimony in the Aftermath of Trauma
5th annual Arts in Healthcare Conference at Lesley University
April 11-12, 2014 - 10 LMHC CEUs available
How might the arts facilitate an awareness, expression and processing of powerful feelings such as fear, anger, and grief and help communities heal and advocate for their needs in the aftermath of trauma?
In light of atrocities such as genocide, war, school shootings, acts of terror, and community and gun violence, the arts are powerful “containers” in that they can be used to create symbolic metaphors that hold and ultimately transform painful experiences. Additionally, visual art, dance, movement, drama, writing, and music can be used to identify the complexity of difficult experiences and open up a multiplicity of perspectives —expressing feelings, bearing witness, testifying and remembering—which together uncover new meanings and raise further questions at the individual and communal level.
This conference, open to all clinicians, educators, artists, activists, students, clergy and community leaders, offers several perspectives and approaches to dealing with violence through the arts. Participants will learn strategies from experts in the field who have used the arts to help address issues of conflict in their professional practices and communities, and will gain an understanding for the implementation of these strategies through experiential engagement in arts processes.
To register for this conference, please contact Beth Chambers at 617.349.8833 or email@example.com.
Early-Bird Registration (received on or before March 21)
General Public: $195 (single day $125)
Lesley Alumni, Faculty and Sponsors: $165 (single day $95)
Students: $50 (single day $30)
Late Registration (received after March 21)
General Public: $225 (single day $140)
Lesley Alumni, Faculty and Sponsors: $180 (single day $110)
Students: $60 (single day $35)
Friday 9:00am - 3:30pm: Voices of Memory, Voices of Testimony
Dr. Karen Frostig, President and Artistic Director of The Vienna Project, is an interdisciplinary artist, author, educator and cultural historian. She will present her work as an international activist who deals with traumatic memory, inherited erasures, and new forms of testimony.
Dr. Lawrence Langer, Professor of English Emeritus at Simmons College, is the foremost scholar of the Holocaust in the field of literature and testimony. )
Dr. Anna Ornstein, Emerita Professor of Child Psychiatry at the University of Cincinnati, specializes in the interpretive process in psychoanalysis, psychoanalytic psychotherapy, child psychotherapy and the process of recovery following the survival of extreme conditions. Anna is author of the book My Mother’s Eyes, a collection of stories about her camp experiences.
Dr. Shanee Stepakoff is a psychologist, registered poetry therapist and published poet. She has a particular interest in the healing power of the visual, performing, and literary arts in the aftermath of trauma. Her work as a clinician has taken her across many continents and cultures. Her background includes postdoctoral training in ethnopolitical conflict, trauma studies, and child development.
Friday evening 4:00-6:00pm: Images of Memory, Images of Testimony
An art exhibit and reception featuring artists’ work from Violence Transformed, an annual series of visual and performing arts events that celebrate the power of art, artists and art-making to confront, challenge and mediate violence.
Dr. Olivia Cheever, Ed.D, is adjunct faculty in Lesley University’s Expressive Therapy Division and Interdisciplinary Studies Division, and is also faculty in the Mind/Body Program at Longy School of Music of Bard College. Olivia is a Guild Certified Feldenkrais® Somatic Educator and Bones for Life® Trainer as well as a certified Somatic Leadership Coach in Leadership Embodiment of Wendy Palmer.
Elizabeth Valentine, LMT, is a Somatic Hands On Practitioner, Teacher, Movement Therapist and Leadership Coach of 30 years, with businesses in West Concord and Cambridge, MA. She also creates programs based on Embodiment and Mindfulness for teens and families in both private and public schools. Elizabeth is also a certified Aston Movement Therapist and a certified Somatic Leadership Coach in Leadership Embodiment of Wendy Palmer.
Dr. Angelica Pinna-Perez has worked as a creative arts therapist and psychotherapist, practicing community based mental health counseling since 2003. She has worked clinically in the US and abroad with a passion for cross cultural work and international outreach. She is devoted to the integration of the arts in contributing to healing for individuals, families and communities. Her scholarly interests are in the application of expressive arts in the service of bringing healing to those who have experienced trauma and oppression.
Dr. Nisha Sajnani, PhD, RDT-BCT is the coordinator of the Drama Therapy program and faculty in the Expressive Therapies PhD program at Lesley University. She is also visiting faculty at New York University in the Harvard Program for Refugee Trauma. Dr. Sajnani is the editor of Drama Therapy Review, the journal of the North American Drama Therapy Association (NADTA). Her research interests intersect trauma studies, critical race studies, performance, and social memory. Her most recent book is entitled Trauma-informed Drama Therapy: Transforming Clinics, Classrooms, and Communities (co-edited with David R. Johnson, 2014, Charles C. Thomas).
Lesley University Diversity Council meetings are open to all faculty and staff of the Lesley community and we invite you to join us. Community emails from LUDC will announce meeting locations and include agendas.
Spring 2014 – SAVE THE DATES
March 18 LUDC Monthly Meeting (10:30 – 12:00PM), Location TBA
March TBA Spring lecture
April 15 LUDC Monthly Meeting (10:30 – 12:00PM), Location TBA
April 24 Culture Fest – Portuguese-Speaking
May 21 LUDC Retreat, (8:30AM – 1PM), Alumni Hall
If you have any comments or ideas you wish to share with the council, please feel free to email the steering committee at DiversityCouncilS@lesley.edu.
March 20: LU presents film "Moolaadé" in celebration of Women's History Month
Film description: Four young girls flee their village because fear of female circumcision. They seek refuge with a woman who has previously protected her daughter from the ordeal. This is a film of politics and anger, but also a film of beauty, humor, and deep affection for human nature.
Thursday March 20 - 5.30pm - UHall Amphitheatre 2-150
Sign-up to have a free Personal Financial Counseling session with a TIAA-CREF Certified Financial Planner. Space is limited so sign up now by calling 866.843.5640, Monday thru Friday, 9 AM -8 PM. Dates and locations follow:
LUCAD, Rm 208: Thursday, March 13th, 9 AM – 4 PM (hourly)
Porter (HR Conf. Rm.) Tuesday, April 15th, 9 AM – 4 PM (hourly)
Porter (HR Conf. Rm.) Tuesday, October 4th, 9 AM – 4 PM (hourly)
Porter (HR Conf. Rm.) Tuesday, November 18th, 9 AM – 4 PM (hourly)
Lesley Long Term Care Insurance Program Enrollment Period Ends
The last day to enroll in the LTC plan insured by Genworth and receive streamlined underwriting. Please contact Genworth Insurance Customer Service at 800.416.3624 if you have questions.