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Saturday, Feb. 4, 2012

Mount St. Mary’s College — Doheny Campus, 10 Chester Place, Los Angeles 90007
8:30 a.m. — 9:00 a.m. Registration

Fee - $40 for the day or $20 for one class (parking included)

Contact Dionna Watson, 213.477.2962, or

9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Financial Well Being in 2012 and Beyond Crime Fiction and Society: See Society through a Killer’s Eyes
10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Exploring Movement Psychology of Happiness
12:15 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. Lunch on your own
1:30 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. Crafting Your Career Identity
1:30 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. Seeing the Light: Exploring Ethics through Movies

Your Financial Well Being in 2012 and Beyond:

Tax rates are set to change January 1, 2013. Are you ready for these changes? The further ahead you start your tax planning, the more strategies you will have to save money. Learn about smart planning opportunities from two wealth management experts, and plan for your financial future.
Karen Longhurst: First Vice President, Wealth Structuring Group, Merrill Lynch, Carmen Portnoy: CFP, CIMA, CAP, Wealth Management Advisor, First Vice President – Investments, The Portnoy Group, Merrill Lynch

Crime Fiction and Society: See the World through a Killer’s Eyes:

Crime fiction and thrillers are some of the most popular books today. Why? Because it’s fun to figure out the mystery. But it’s more… through mysteries we interact with a world we would never want to enter: drug cartels, arms dealers, political misdeeds. We learn about the pain of the world while delighting in a good story. This workshop will explore how fiction shows truth, no matter how dark that truth may be.
Marcos McPeek-Villatoro, Assistant Professor, English, Fletcher Jones Endowed Chair in Writing, Mount St. Mary’s College, MA, MFA, University of Iowa

Exploring Movement:

Do you ever think about how we physically interact with our environment? Do you ever wonder how we navigate through Space? Do you ever wonder what systems make this possible? Exploring Movement will provide basic knowledge regarding how our muscles, skeleton, pulmonary, cardiac, and nervous systems interact to support the physical requirements of our daily lives and the importance of movement to overall health. To fully engage in this class wear comfortable clothes so you can move!
Dr. Deborah Lowe, Director and Chair, Department of Physical Therapy, Mount St. Mary’s College, MS, Duke University\ PhD University of Wisconsin, Madison

Psychology of Happiness:

Traditionally, psychology has focused on a model of disease: assume that there is something wrong and treat it. It has largely neglected what goes right in life, or how human beings flourish. Positive Psychology proposes a complementary field of research that looks at positive emotions, happiness, virtues and strengths, wellness, and other related topics. This workshop will explore the “good life” and provide practice exercises for improving life satisfaction.
Natalie Dymchenko, Psychology Lecturer and Graduate Admissions Counselor, Mount St. Mary’s College, MA Claremont Graduate University

Crafting Your Career Identity:

Everyone could use a refresher course when it comes to their career. Join us at this interactive workshop, where you’ll learn tips on revising your resume, crafting a dynamic cover letter, discovering social media/networking tips to advance your career, and interviewing advice. Whether you are in need of a career change or looking to land your first job out of college, this workshop is designed to re-inspire and support you in your professional pursuits! Note: Please bring one hard copy of your resume to the workshop.
Marcy Newman, Assistant Director, Career Services, Mount St. Mary’s College, MEd, University of Southern California

Seeing the Light: Exploring Ethics through Movies (3 hours):

Love movies? Join us! Movies are a powerful medium. They provide insight into moral reasoning, help us reflect on the human condition, and turn our gaze inward and take stock of our own lives. We will proceed in 3 parts: (1) The Human Condition, (2) Ethical Theory, and (3) Ethical Reflection. We will draw from contemporary movies.
Email for a short list of films she will draw from
Dr. Wanda Teays, Chair, Philosophy Department at Mount St. Mary’s College, MTS, Harvard University, PhD, Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec