Three-Day Symposium of Events at Lenoir-Rhyne University

March 30, 31, April 1, 2022

Lenoir-Rhyne University and Imagine One Companies

3 Day Symposium of Events

Education, Encouragement, Support and Love for Others Through the Power of Storytelling, Art and Entertainment.

This year focusing on equality, caring, addiction and recovery! Supporting Lenoir-Rhyne Writers Series and Ben’s Friends.

Wednesday, March 30, 2022
Visiting Writers Series Benefit Presentation
PE Monroe Auditorium
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

6:00—7:00 Doors open
7:00—8:00 Presentation by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
8:00—8:20 Audience Q&A
8:20—9:20 Reception in PEM lobby

Thursday, March 31, 2022
Visiting Writers Series Event
Stories of Health and Hospitality
Chenelle Bragg, John T. Edge, Steve Palmer


6:00—7:00 Doors Open—PE Monroe Auditorium
7:00—8:30 On-Stage Conversation with Chenelle Bragg, John T. Edge and Steve Palmer, moderated by Juliet Kuehlne
8:30—9:30 Book signing and Reception, PE Monroe Auditorium

Friday April 1, 2022
MENTAL WELLNESS FORUM In-Person (and virtual)
Belk Centrum, Lenoir-Rhyne University Hickory Campus
Doors open at 8:30am


9:00–9:50am:  Mindfulness and Soul-Care with Sandra Boozer

10:00–10:50am: Promoting Equity in Mental Health with Jennifer Neitzel and Justin Perry of the Educational Equity Institute

11:00–11:50am:   Exploring Family Dynamics & Toxic Masculinity with Juliet Kuehnle & Chef Jamie Lynch (exploring his personal story with addiction/sobriety and fame as a celebrity chef)

12:00–12:50pm:  How to Build Resiliency and be Trauma-Informed with Vernisha Crawford

1:00–1:50pm:  Mental Health and the Food & Beverage Industry: Understanding Burnout & Addiction. Panel with Juliet Kuehnle & Chefs Alyssa Wilen, Sam Diminich, & Chayil Johnson (Q&A around the food & beverage industry, personal mental health struggles, supporting coworkers, etc.)

2:00–2:50pm:  The Art of Meditation // Marianne Huebner (HopeWay Center)   Art supplies will be provided.

3:00–3:50pm:  Finding Your Why – Andrea Skidmore (Anuvia Recovery & Prevention Center)

The Art of Compassion: Mental Wellness Forum has been approved by NBCC for 1 CE for each presentation (for up to a total of 7 CEs). Lenoir-Rhyne University is solely responsible for all aspects of the program. NBCC Approval No. SP-3852.

Approved for NASW-NC CEs – 1 CE credit by NASW-NC (#A-377-3242022), with an option of up to 7 credits. You do NOT need to attend all sessions to earn CE credit hours.

Friday Evening, April 1, 2022
Martina McBride
PE Monroe Auditorium

6:00—7:00  Doors Open—PE Monroe Auditorium
7:00—7:45  On-Stage Conversation with Martina McBride
7:45—9:00  Martina McBride musical performance

The Art of Compassion

Three-Day Symposium of Events
at Lenoir-Rhyne University

March 30, 31, April 1, 2022

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