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Woodard to Present Clarke's Mackin-Mailander Alumni Lecture

posted on March 3, 2006

Virginia Spiegel Woodard, a 1971 graduate of Clarke College, will present the alumni lecture in this year’s Clarke College Mackin-Mailander Lecture Series on Tuesday, March 21, at 7:30 p.m. in Jansen Music Hall on the Clarke campus. Woodard’s lecture is titled “Mentally Healthy Campus Culture: Oxymoron or Possibility?” Admission is free and the public is invited to attend.

Woodard’s lecture will pursue the question of what it takes to foster a mentally healthy campus for a diverse student body. Woodard approaches the theme of cultural impacts on mental health with two questions. First, what does it mean to have a mentally healthy campus culture? Second, how does our understanding of cultural diversity inform our concept of a mentally healthy campus? Mary Pipher, the first speaker in this year’s lecture series, defines a healthy person as “one who can grow and learn from all experiences.” To Woodard, a healthy campus culture is one that assists faculty, staff, and students in adjusting to change and in making meaning out of their experiences.

Woodard is an expert in multicultural issues, family therapy and student development. She currently serves as the curriculum coordinator at the College of Iowa’s Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine. Throughout her career, she has had extensive contact and collaboration with students through both student affairs and academic affairs positions. She has previously served as a visiting assistant professor in the division of counseling, rehabilitation, and student development at the College of Iowa and from 1989-1996 was an assistant professor of psychology at Clarke College.

Woodard has presented 15 national counseling conferences and over 20 regional workshops or meetings, particularly in the areas of diversity issues and higher education. She holds a bachelor of arts degree in biology from Clarke, a master of arts degree and a Ph.D. in counseling and human development from the College of Iowa.

For more information, contact the Clarke College Public Relations Office at (563)588-6318.

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