A Series of CSUSM Campus-Wide Events: April 2017
What Gives Your Life Meaning is the theme that the CSUSM Faculty Learning Community has created to increase awareness about palliative care and the importance of aligning healthcare decisions with our personal values. Through a series of campus events and activities, students, faculty and community members work together to get people thinking and talking about what is meaningful in their lives.
How do you like to be taken care of? Who takes care of you? Have you named your health care advocate?
Making Our Wishes Known: Advance Directives for Faculty and Staff
Tuesday, April 4, 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m., SBSB 4117.
Advance Directive Workshop for staff, faculty and administrators. Dr. Sharon Hamill, Faculty Director for the CSU Institute for Palliative Care at CSUSM will conduct the workshop to help participants understand the importance of creating an Advance Directive and assist with completing “The 5 Wishes” document. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
Exploring Palliative Care with Dr. Brian de Vries
Dr. de Vries will speak on LGBT & Later Life: Health Disparities | End of Life Care | Stigma, Discrimination and Resilience
Thursday, April 13, 12:00 p.m. -12:50 p.m., ACD 102 | In Partnership with the CSUSM LGBTQA Pride Center
About the Speaker: Brian de Vries, Ph.D., is Professor of Gerontology at San Francisco State University with adjunct appointments at Simon Fraser University (in Vancouver, BC) as well as the University of Alberta (in Edmonton). He received his doctorate in life-span developmental psychology from the University of British Columbia in 1988. He is a fellow of the Gerontological Society of America (GSA). Dr. de Vries served on the Institute of Medicine’s Board on the Health of Select Populations Committee producing the recently released book: The Health of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender People: Building a Foundation for Better Understanding. Dr. de Vries is former editor of Sexuality Research and Social Policy (2007-2011) and a former associate editor of The International Journal of Aging and Human Development (2000-2006). In addition, he has edited five books, including Kinship Bereavement in Later Life (1997), End of Life Issues (1999), Narrative Gerontology (2001), Gay and Lesbian Aging (2004) and Community-Based Research in LGBT Aging (2015); he has authored or co-authored approximately 100 journal articles, book chapters and professional publications; he has given 150+ presentations on the social and psychological well-being of midlife and older LGBT persons, bereavement, and life stories. With colleagues, he was recently awarded a multi-year grant from the National Institutes of Health to study minority stress among same-sex couples.
Are you kind to yourself? Are you true to yourself? Do you plan for yourself? What are you waiting for?
Think, Talk, Document, Share: Advance Directives for Students
Tuesday, April 18, 12:00 p.m. -12:50 p.m., ACD 102.
Who will speak for you if you are unable? Don’t think you need to worry about this at your age? Think again. Dr. Sharon Hamill, Faculty Director for the Institute for Palliative Care as CSUSM, and CSUSM Psychological Sciences Graduate Student Madeline Rayón, will demonstrate the importance of identifying what is important to students and providing this information in an Advance Directive. Empower yourself and take charge of your life!
WGYLM? Resource Fair & Public Art Project
Tuesday, April 25, 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m., USU Arcade.
The Public Art Project will include chalk drawings depicting responses to “What Gives Your Life Meaning?” The Resource Fair will have 22 agencies presenting information on Palliative Care and healthcare choices. Topics include: palliative care services, hospice, mindfulness, health promotion and more. Students can also make potential connections for volunteer opportunities. Students, staff & faculty welcome.
Author Rhonda Hayes Curtis talks about her memoir Love at the Last Minute
Tuesday, April 25, 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m, The McMahon House. Learn More about this FREE event and RSVP at: www.csusm.edu/go/rhonda
Bring your own brown bag dinner. We will start off the evening with a swag give-away at 5:30 p.m. Rhonda will speak from 6 – 7 p.m. and a Q&A will follow. After the talk, join us for a dessert reception and a book signing/meet and greet with Rhonda.
Rhonda Hayes promised to give her thirty-five-year-old dying daughter, Sherry, anything she wanted. When Sherry requested that her mother sign up for a dating site, Rhonda was panic-struck. What would people think? Only nine months earlier, Rhonda’s devoted husband, Greg, had died from cancer. Keeping her promise, Rhonda acquiesced to Sherry’s wish. Love at the Last Minute is a memoir about finding courage, acceptance, and love.