Center for Civic Engagement and Democracy

Saint Patrick Speaker Series


Partnering with the St. Patrick Center

During the 2011-12 academic year, the Center for Civic Engagement and Democracy will sponsor a public service speaker series to support the work of the St. Patrick Center of St. Louis. The St. Patrick Center (SPC) works with people who are homeless to create permanent positive change. The SPC accomplishes their mission by providing employment, housing, and mental health services. Within each of these service areas there are multiple programs providing holistic care.

The Center for Civic Engagement and Democracy will organize a speaker’s bureau of Maryville Faculty and staff based on identified interests and needs of the staff at the SPC. Six speakers, from across all academic units, will be recruited to provide a presentation or workshop to select groups at SPC. Final session topics will be mutually agreed upon by SPC and the Center. The Center for Civic Engagement and Democracy will provide a $50 stipend to participating faculty to cover their expenses and time in providing these sessions. Session timing, length and content will be mutually determined with SPC but Possible topics include: the use of music therapy to benefit individuals with mental illness, strategies to deal with interpersonal violence, strategies for starting a business, differentiating instruction for diverse learners, etc. The University contacts are Alden Craddock (Center for Civic Engagement and Democracy) and Michael Kiener (Rehabilitation Counseling Program). The St. Patrick Center contact is Nancy Box, Senior Director of Employment Services.

The collaboration embraces the mission of Maryville University and the Center for Civic Engagement and Democracy by striving to be a community-focused institution and promoting an understanding that all citizens must be actively engaged in their local, national and global communities to both strengthen those communities and assist those less fortunate. Developing this partnership will provide benefits for both SPC and Maryville University. SPC will gain no-cost professional development for their staff and clients on topics of identified interest from select Maryville faculty. Maryville faculty and students may identify opportunities at SPC for practicums, internships, Maryville Reaches Out, volunteering, service learning and employment.

Education – October 26, 2011

Paul Mack will be inviting participants to share some things they know about working with homeless individuals, and sharing some knowledge of his own. Mack will lead participants in scripted role-playing, followed by unscripted role-playing with invited participant and dialogue substitution (a la street theatre).

Paul Mack can also teach use of Guided Imagery, a useful technique for helping individuals reframe stressful situations. Mack’s work will conclude with debriefing and invited feedback.

Music Therapy – November 30, 2011

Soo-Jin Kwoun, Ph.D., MT-BC, is an Associate Professor of Music Therapy at Maryville University. Dr. Kwoun received her undergraduate degree in vocal performance from Sang-Myoung University in Seoul, Korea and her masters in music education with an equivalency in music therapy from the University of Iowa. Dr. Kwoun’s clinical work has been with children with visual impairments and developmental disabilities, and older adults with dementia.

Music Therapy is an established health profession that uses music as a medium to help individuals of all ages gain and regain their functioning levels. In this presentation, the role of music in enhancing individuals’ cognitive, physical, communication,

Leadership and Complexity – February 24, 2012

Dr. Elizabeth (Liz) Buck is the director of the Nursing Program at Maryville University. She has had many years of academic administrative experience and retired from the US Air Force Reserves after serving 23 years.

As the world grows more uncertain, the models that we use to guide our actions as leaders need to change. This session will focus on the principles of complexity science and complex adaptive systems and how we can apply them to the leadership and management situations we face today.

Yoga – March 21, 2012

Julie Bergfeld works as the Director of Learning Design and Technology at Maryville University. To balance the sometimes stressful life behind a computer, she finds solace in her running and practice of teaching yoga. Bergfeld believes that yoga can touch the most untouchable and inflexible lives. Bergfeld is a persistent marathon runner and regularly wins races at the Master’s (over 40) level. Most recently she completed Level 2 Training with Baron Baptiste and teaches based on the Baptiste Power Vinyasa Yoga style. To keep supple for the rigors of marathon training, Bergfeld also enjoys a Yin practice, which is slowly unwinding her hips and hamstrings. Bergfeld completed her Yoga Alliance certification at the 200-hour level in 2008 and has been practicing yoga since 2000.

This interactive presentation will cover the basics of yoga and what it means to live a “yogic” life. The presentation will dispel the Western belief that yoga is merely a set of postures and movements. We will look at the eight steps outlined in the centuries old Yoga Sutras, attributed to Patanjali, that are believed to lead to the state of yoga and reflect on how they relate to our modern lives. We will also discuss a growing body of research on how yoga is becoming used in medicine in helping with such things as addiction, depression, and anxiety.

Domestic Violence – April 27, 2012

Dr. Carrie Ellis-Kalton is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Maryville University. Dr. Ellis-Kalton received her bachelor’s in psychology, and master’s and doctoral degrees in counseling psychology from the University of Missouri-Columbia. She completed her doctoral internship at the St. Louis Department of Veterans Administration Hospital. Her primary courses of instruction include Psychology for Trauma, Psychology of Women, Abnormal Psychology, Counseling and Senior Seminar. Dr. Ellis-Kalton is a member of the St. Louis County CIT Training Committee, and regularly teaches CIT training to officers, and provides Disaster Psychology training for the Town and Country Police Department CERT Program. Dr. Ellis-Kalton also founded and serves as chair for the Maryville Coalition to End Interpersonal Violence and as Maryville Representative to the National Partnership to End Interpersonal Violence. Dr. Ellis-Kalton also founded and serves as faculty advisor to the student organization M*PWR (Maryville Promoting Women’s Rights), which annually holds awareness and charity events such as the Race Against Violence which benefits Safe Connections, the Charity Trivia Night and Silent Auction which benefits Kathy J.Weinman Shelter, and the Vagina Monologues which benefits the YWCA’s Sexual Assault Response Team. In 2009, Dr. Ellis-Kalton and M*PWR, received the 2009 President’s Award for Excellence in Civic Engagement. In her campus and community service, she has a passion for issues related to violence, trauma and women’s issues, and avidly works with students to be agents of social change. A graduate of Maryville’s Action Research Seminar, she is actively engaged in the scholarship of teaching and learning, particularly regarding the use of service learning and technology in teaching. Dr. Ellis-Kalton was the recipient of the 2007 Advisor of the Year Award, Maryville’s 2009 Outstanding Faculty Award, and the 2009 Emerson Excellence in Teaching Award.

Seventy-five percent of us have experienced a traumatic event. Knowing what makes an event traumatic, how trauma impacts people, and how to appropriately and effectively respond is known as the Trauma-Informed Response. When used in the workplace, personal relationships, education and other environments, the Trauma-Informed Response improved relationships, strengthens health, improves service outcomes, and yields higher staff morale. From this presentation, participants will learn about the biological, psychological and social impact of traumatic events on the individual, as well as basic trauma informed skills for appropriate and effective response and collaboration for success.