Contact: Allison Benner, College Relations Associate – Media, 610-740-3790


Cedar Crest College’s Conference Incorporates Creative and Research Presentations, Workshops and Exhibits by Students and Faculty

Allentown, PA (April 27, 2005) – With the recent introduction of the new USDA Food Pyramid and nutrition recommendations, the American population is once again urged to evaluate their health habits and make changes to ensure a longer, healthier life. In an effort to promote awareness of the many factors that contribute to overall well-being, Cedar Crest College will hold its 2nd Annual Conference on Health and Wellness on May 4 - 5, 2005. This year’s conference will explore “The Art and Science of Wellness” through creative and research presentations, workshops and exhibits.

The conference will open with a keynote speech by Alex Rae-Grant, M.D., president of the medical staff in the division of neurology at Lehigh Valley Hospital and director of the Multiple Sclerosis Center of the Lehigh Valley.

“With its theme of “The Art and Science of Wellness,” the conference will endeavor to bring together the arts and sciences as a way of portraying a more integrative conceptualization of health and wellness,” says Dr. Micah Sadigh, a psychology professor at Cedar Crest and one of the chairs of this event. “In addition to scientific presentations, a combination of creative-artistic activities and exhibitions highlight the importance of a mind-body-spirit approach to promoting health and preventing disease.”

Through research lectures, workshops, performances, demonstrations and classes, the two-day conference will address topics ranging from energy healing, spa cuisine and plant therapy to genetic and environmental health risks for cancer and the emergence of infectious diseases on cruise ships. “There’s something for everyone at this year’s conference,” says Suzanne Weaver, professor of social work at Cedar Crest and co-chair of the event. “There are an abundance of opportunities for attendees to learn about their personal health through body fat analysis, blood pressure screenings and food demonstrations. But we’ve also included opportunities to stimulate mental well-being as well – the nature lover can tour the arboretum while another takes in a dance performance.”

The 2nd Annual Health and Wellness Conference continues the College’s commitment to providing students and the greater Lehigh Valley with programs that focus on improving the health and wellness of the community. Since the first conference last year, the College has expanded The Health Connection, a campus-wide program to improve mind, body and spirit. Under that umbrella, the College has offered a number of successful programs, lectures and workshops for the campus and the larger community on topics such as nutrition, fitness and spirituality.

The public is invited to attend any of the conference events. A schedule of events is outlined on the next page and a complete schedule will be available at www.cedarcrest.edu. For more information, please contact the College Relations Office at 610-740-3790.



7:00 p.m.

Welcome - Dorothy Gulbenkian Blaney, Ph.D., President of Cedar Crest College

Keynote Address: A Long View of Wellness - Alex Rae-Grant, M.D.

Poetry Readings


7:30 – 8:30 a.m.

Aqua Aerobics – Rodale Aquatic Center

9:00 a.m.

Welcome – Carol Pulham, Ph.D., Provost of Cedar Crest College

The Fragmented Self – A play written, directed and performed by Cedar Crest faculty and students. To be followed by a discussion.

10:00 – 11:00 a.m.

Everything You Wanted to Know About Energy Healing But Were Afraid Who to Ask: Reiki, Shiatsu, Tai Chi and Thee! – Stephen A. Shechtman, Ed.D.

10:00 – 11:00 a.m.

Plants and People: Therapy Through Horticulture – Kelly Austin, Ph.D., Curator,

Cedar Crest Arboretum

10:00 – 11:00 a.m.

Where to Place the Blame: Investigating Genetic and Environmental Health Risk

for Cancer – Student presenters

10:00 – 12:00 p.m.


10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Blood Pressure Screenings and Body Fat Analyses

10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Arts in Motion – Arts Society and Jill K. Odegaard, M.F.A

10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Art and Epidemics – Student presentation and exhibit

10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

The Modern Fight – Student choreography and dance performance

11:00 – 11:15 a.m.

Emergence of Infectious Diseases on Cruise Ships – Student presentation

11:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

How Life Causes Death: Spurious Correlations and Health and Wellness – Richard M.

Kliman, Ph.D , and John A. Cigliano, Ph.D.

11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Massages – Awakening Arts

11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Wisdom of the Women of My Family – Vignettes by students

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

What We Have Accomplished – Joan Laffey, Dean of Student Affairs remarks on the progress

Cedar Crest College has made with regard to health and wellness.

1:00 – 2:00 p.m.

Spa Cuisine – Martine Scannavino, M.S. and Jane Ziegler, M.S.

1:00 – 1:15 p.m.

The Effects of Cats on Human Physiological Reactivity – Student presentation

1:15 – 2:15 p.m.

Hatha Yoga – Christi Rutkowski

1:00 – 4:00 p.m.


2:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Walk on the Wellness Side: Tour the William F. Curtis Arboretum – Kelly Austin, Curator

3:00 – 3:30 p.m.

Healing Through the Visual Arts – Jill Odegaard, M.F.A.

3:45 – 4:30 p.m.

“Visions of the Future” Biology/Psychology/Sociology/Spiritual Panel Discussion – Cedar

Crest Professors

4:30 – 4:45 p.m.

Awakenings and Slowly Getting There Fast – Student Dance Performances, choreographed

by Robin Gerchman, M.Ed. in collaboration with Nicole Hockenberry

4:50 p.m.

Closing Remarks, Marie Wilde, M.S., Associate Provost

5:00 p.m.

Madrigal Singers

6:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Yoga – Awakening Arts

For more information, please contact the College Relations Office at 610-740-3790.



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