Series raises ‘level of conversation’

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Throughout the years, the College of Allied Health has tried to give students many opportunities for real-world job exposure, one of them being the Distinguished Speaker Series, which started back in 2011.

“Our first speaker series began in fall 2011 and continued through the spring of 2012,” said Dr. Chuck Sands, dean of the College of Allied Health. “We are now in the middle of our second year and will finish this year with three great speakers.”

The next part of the series will be on Feb. 11, from 6-8 p.m., in the Innovator’s Auditorium at the Dr. Robert K. Jabs School of Business. The guest speaker will be Dr. Steven Hooker, Arizona State University professor in the exercise and wellness program and School of Nutrition and Health Promotion.

His presentation is titled “Connections Between the Built Environment and Physical Activity: Crystal Clear or Clear as Mud?”

“I have seen the list of previous speakers and the speakers for this year and they are all well-respected in their fields and I am very humbled and honored to be included in this series,” Hooker said.

Sands said he proposed the idea of the series in 2010 to California Baptist University.

“This is an opportunity for students, especially, to hear an excellent presentation from an expert in their field and to raise the standard of academic professionalism within the college,” Sands said. “A phrase I use regularly to describe this event is that I want us to ‘raise the level of conversation’ in the College of Allied Health.”

Each speaker is asked to present on a topic representing his or her expertise, field of study or current work and research.

This series will continue on March 18 with a presentation from Dr. Charles Sands III, dean and professor at the McWhorter School of Pharmacy at Samford University. Sands will be speaking on “The Evolving Role of te Pharmacist in the Health System.”

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