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Quality of Life Speaker Series Returns for 2019 with First Talk of the Year

The Quality of Life Center Speaker Series returns for 2019 at California State University, Bakersfield on Monday, Feb. 4 from 6 to 7:15 p.m. in the Student Union Multipurpose Room.

The Quality of Life Center at CSUB seeks to promote projects that may enhance the quality of life in Kern County directly or by influencing policy. To do so, we partner with local schools and non-governmental agencies,” said Social Sciences and Education (SSE) Associate Dean, Dr. Tanya Boone-Holladay.

Kris Grappendorf is the first speaker of the year with her talk entitled, “Run, Jump, Play, Eat and Garden! Developing a Comprehensive School Site Wellness Program.” Grappendorf has been the Chair of the Kinesiology Department since 2012. Under her direction, the Department realigned its offerings to better fit with the career plans of students, who can now pursue concentrations in Allied Health, Applied Exercise Science or Physical Activity Leadership. Grappendorf’s research interests focus on gender equity in athletics and on the value of physical fitness for educational attainment.

The series features guest speakers who are raising awareness for the efficacy of school-site wellness programs and to highlight the work of CSUB faculty in promoting the quality of life in Kern County.

There will be featured guest speakers throughout the semester, including Dr. Alice Hays on March 4, 2019 to speak on Civic engagement and young adult literature and Dr. Jessica Williamson on April 8, 2019 to discuss self-compassion and wellness.

Free parking for the is available in Lots K1 and M. For more information, please contact Dr. Tanya Boone-Holladay at (661) 654-2219 or via email at

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