CSUB nursing alumni to hold "Spirituality: The Power of Hope" seminar

August 27, 2008
Kathy Miller, 661/654-2456, kmiller26@csub.edu or
Michele Newel, 661/654-2720, mnewell1@csub.edu
The Power of Hope seminar Photo

The California State University, Bakersfield alumni nursing chapter is holding its third annual "Spirituality: The Power of Hope" seminar on Monday, Sept. 22 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. in the Doré Theater at CSUB.

The seminar will provide practitioners, spiritual advisors and families with insight and tools to provide stability, strength and a sense of hope to those who are emotionally and physically ill.

Elizabeth Andal, CSUB nursing professor and faculty adviser of the alumni association nursing chapter, believes spirituality plays a key role in everyone's life, across all cultures and ethnicities. "Each human being's spirituality is the power in overcoming adversities and meeting the challenges of life's realities," she said.

Community spiritual leaders scheduled to speak include: Rabbi Dov Yitchak Neal, Central California Jewish Network executive director; Sandy Johnson, San Joaquin Hospital executive director of chaplain services; and Emad Meerza, spokesperson for the Islamic Shoura Council of Bakersfield. A panel discussion will be moderated by Russ Sempel, president of the Kern County chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, or NAMI.

"These are key experts in this community who contribute to the lives of its members," Andal said. "Their work helps in numerous ways because they are here."

NAMI Kern County is co-sponsoring the event. The seminar is free and open to the public. Donations are welcome. Check-in begins at 5:30 p.m. Refreshments will be provided to all registrants from 5:30 to 6 p.m.

To register or for additional information, contact Andal at (661) 654-3114 or eandal@csub.edu.