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Community Learning Series Fall 2014

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Fall 2014 Community Learning Series

"Wellness for LIfe"

Director of Academic and Disability Support Services
(510) 869-6616
3100 Telegraph Ave., Suite 1000

photo: participants at the DPM & FNP Medical Mission at San Ysidro, 2014




Valerie Landau, MA
Director of Assessment

Tuesday, September 16
Noon – 1:00 PM, Peralta MOB 4003

Play more, exercise more, and learn more! Hear about recent breakthroughs in neuroscience and educational research during the past five years.  We will explore myths and facts about study habits and test taking, and hear about the latest studies related to learning! 

Lunch for the first 20!


Richard Rocco, PhD

Wednesday, September 17
Noon – 1:00 PM, Peralta MOB 4003

FDA regulations define a prescription or over the counter (OTC) drug as any substance intended to treat, diagnose, mitigate, prevent or cure a disease. Existing Federal regulations require that the FDA monitor OTC drugs for truth in labeling, safety and proof of efficacy. In 1994 the US Congress exempted all OTC dietary supplements and herbal medicines from FDA regulations. Marketing efforts  have blurred the distinction between regulated and non-regulated OTC drugs.  This talk will show how to identify OTCs that are under FDA regulation and those herbal medicines and dietary supplements that are not required to meet any FDA requirements. 

Lunch for the first 20!

MEDICAL MISSIONS TO PANAMA: Samuel Merritt BSN, ABSN, FNP, PA, and PT students!

Chris Ayeko RN, FNP Student, IHC President
Sharon Gorman PT, DPTSc, GCS, FNAP, IHC Faculty Advisor 
IHC members and trip participants

Tuesday, September 23
Noon – 1:00 PM, Peralta MOB 4004

Samuel Merritt University's International Healthcare Club (IHC) organized two medical trips to rural Panama this past April and August. Students from the BSN, ABSN, FNP, PA, and PT programs collaborated in bringing primary care and health education to indigenous​ communities. Come hear more about these adventurous medical trips and potential future trips. Enjoy lunch and learn about the benefits and rewards of inter-professional education and practice.

Lunch for the first 20!


John Furey, Founder of the MindTime Project

Wednesday, September 24
Noon – 1:00 PM, Peralta MOB 4003

From the moment we are born we are learning. Developing even a simple understanding of how we learn can dramatically impact our success and decrease the stresses often experienced by both teachers and learners. In this engaging and eye opening presentation, John will introduce the concepts of the MindTime/Thinking Styles framework which will positively serve all participants in the learning environment.

Lunch for the first 20!


Tim Dutra, DPM
Lacey Beth Peck, DPM Class of 2016
Megan Allen, DPM Class of 2016

Thursday, September 25
Noon – 1:00 PM, Peralta MOB 4003

The School of Podiatry and the Family Nurse Practitioner Program partnered this past spring, bringing foot and primary health care to the underserved population in San Ysidro, California.  San Ysidro is home to the world's busiest border crossing, where U.S. Interstate 5 crosses into Mexico at Tijuana.  Enjoy lunch and learn about the benefits and rewards of inter-professional education and practice.

Lunch for the first 20!


Chris Ayeko, (Republic of Moldova 2007-09)
Alex Crowder, (Togo 2006-2008)
Bobby Shannon, (Chad 2004-2006)

Tuesday, September 30
Noon – 1:00 PM, Peralta MOB 4004

SMU’s Returned Peace Corps Volunteers share experiences from their service, and outline potential opportunities in the Peace Corps for SMU graduates. 

Lunch for the first 20!


Stephanie Gruber, Nutrition Consultant and NeuroNutrient Therapy Specialist

Wednesday, October 1
Noon – 1:00 PM, Peralta MOB 4004

Do you have any of these complaints?
Anxiety, Stress, Perfectionism, Panic Attacks, Stiff Muscles, Poor Concentration, Low Energy, and/or Totally Stressed Out?!

Join Stephanie Gruber for a hands-on experiential training about supporting mood and energy balance using targeted amino acid protocols! We’ll explore the 5 different areas that affect our moods and begin supporting optimal neurotransmitter function for better moods and decreased cravings! We will even complete a trial during our chat so you can see for yourself, and be amazed at just how effective these protocols can be.

Lunch for the first 20!


Anglyn Sasser, Psy.D., Staff Psychologist, The SHAC

Tuesday, October 7
Noon – 1:00 PM, Peralta MOB 4003

Join Dr. Anglyn Sasser, from the SHAC (Student Health and Counseling Services), for a discussion of healthy ways to manage stress and reduce test anxiety. The mind-body connection is very important for overall good health.  Specific cognitive and behavioral interventions will be presented!

Lunch for the first 20!

INTEGRITY:  What is it and do I have it?

Kenneth Boxton, Assistant Dean of Operations, The School of Nursing

Wednesday, October 8
Noon – 1:00 PM, Peralta MOB 4004

Integrity is the hallmark of a person who demonstrates sound moral and ethical principle both publicly and privately. A person displaying integrity draws others to them because they are trustworthy and dependable. This means they are principled and can be counted on to behave in honorable ways EVEN when no one is watching. Come join us for an insightful discussion!   

Lunch for the first 20!

SCIENTIFIC WRITING FAQs: Tips for Content, Structure, and Organization

Michelle DeCoux Hampton, PhD, RN

Tuesday, October 14
Noon – 1:00 PM, Peralta MOB 4003

Health education requires students to adapt creative writing skills learned in secondary education to scientific writing assignments in undergraduate and graduate courses. Students often engage in this process by trial and error, resulting in additional time rewriting and potentially lower course grades. This workshop will address some common errors in scientific writing and will improve your next paper! The presentation will also be followed by a question and answer session regarding graduate education in Nursing specifically led by DNP Program Director, Dr. Michelle DeCoux Hampton. 

Lunch for the first 20!


Mark Abelson, MS, Academic Support Coordinator

Tuesday, October 21
Noon – 1:00 PM, Peralta MOB 4003

Does your mind wander when you need to focus? If you feel like you’ve wasted hours trying get projects started, zoned out during important lectures, or learned concepts but failed to recall details, then we invite you to join us for a conversation on practices that support improved attention, concentration and memory. We will cover environmental and emotional management strategies, discuss the drifting mind, and introduce new habits that can improve quality of study time for all learners. 

Lunch for the first 20!

IHI OPEN SCHOOL CHAPTER: Discussion About the Troy & Alana Pack Patient Safety Act (Prop. 46)

Michael J. Negrete, Pharm.D
Officers of IHI Open School Chapter

Date To Be Confirmed

SMU's new Institute for Healthcare Improvement Open School chapter invites you to participate in a dialogue on California's proposed, "Troy and Alana Pack Patient Safety Act" (Proposition 46).  Robert Pack, sponsor of the act began his decade-long mission to improve patient safety after he lost his two children in a tragic accident caused by a women intoxicated with pain killers prescribed by several different physicians.  Come hear Bob describe his view of the system breakdown that led to this tragedy and discuss the pros and cons of various approaches to redress the problem.  

Lunch for the first 20!

Teaching a Skill in 4 Steps!  

Cherri Choate, DPM

Thursday, November 6
Noon – 1:00 PM, Peralta MOB 4004

Learning is a lifetime commitment.  An easy 4-step method of teaching a skill will be presented.  Come learn how to teach or come to learn something new!  

Lunch for the first 20!


Carl Johns, Massage Therapist
Instructor McKinnon Institute

Massage is a wonderful antidote to stress. Come enjoy 15 min. of rejuvenating massage. Signup appointments will be announced through your SMU Email account later this fall! Massage by appointment only.