2019 (All In) VOICES

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11 a.m. – noon

Showcase Panel

Join us in Foster Auditorium in the Paterno Library for a moderated Showcase Panel featuring three of our books. Delve deeper into the stories of Grace Hampton, Shih-In Ma, and Tim Parker. No signup required.

1-2 p.m.

Building a Life After Cancer by Marjorie Miller

A two-time cancer survivor by the age of 26, Marjorie Miller discusses taking life one day at a time. After a double mastectomy and reconstruction surgeries for breast cancer just months before her wedding, Marjorie and her husband Sean build a house, and then build a family through adoption. Marjorie discusses being a full-time working mom who balances exercise classes, playdates, PTO meetings and multiple doctor’s appointments a week.

Finishing What I Started: An Army Veteran Returns to Campus After 20 Years

by Jason D. Winters

A less than academically stellar sophomore student leaves campus in 1996 for active duty Army service, and returns after three combat deployments and a twenty year career to student life as a Super Senior, concurrently pursuing three minors, two undergrad degrees, and a master’s degree. To accomplish his education goals and keep up with his peers, he must overcome war-related, but unseen, health challenges, throwing himself into physical endurance challenges just to feel alive.

Michael’s Second Wind by Michael Keller

Michael received a life-saving double lung transplant in December 2016. He will share is story of what it was like to grow up with Cystic Fibrosis (CF) and his transplant journey.

36 Years of Maturation:  Rediscovering Self by Mike Miltenberger

Throughout life we look for our niche.  Knowledge, set-backs, and experiences can take us farther than we can image.

Radical Self Love by Alisa Vasquez

Perfectionism can lead you down a dangerous and self-destructive path. With my experience competing in pageants, and my addiction to success, loving myself is a challenge when I don’t live up to unrealistic expectations. However, learning how to love every single aspect of myself, and giving myself the same grace that I would give others, has transformed my perspective on what true self-acceptance is.

2-3 p.m.

Failure, Faith, & Freedom by Carmen Gass

When your mom dies five days before your twelfth birthday, life is tough. It’s easy to see how your ambition would be to become a doctor to cure the cancer that killed her. But what happens when your plans get derailed by Organic Chemistry and an M.D. is off the table? What do you do then?  Fast forward a couple of decades and you get diagnosed with the same disease?  (Oh, forgot to mention your dad dies from pancreatic cancer)  Life can be full of challenges but they can be overcome.

In Search of the Mystery by Shih-In Ma

Shih-In Ma has known pain and grace. Twenty-five years ago, she had a spiritual insight which propelled her out of her corporate life into a search for Reality, studying with teachers in diverse spiritual traditions and spending four years in India with Amma, the Hugging Saint.  She aspires to expand hearts and minds, her own and those of others, that all beings may be happy and free from suffering.  May hearing her story may impart some comfort, insight or inspiration.

Without Borders by Salem Awwad

We have one life, but many lives and we will go on this wild journey of laughter, sadness, happiness, and the equivalent to a one-sided narcissistic therapy session together. This is the story of the first three lives I have had the opportunity to live and experience: Birth on an Airplane, The Day the Towers Fell, and The 28th. You’ll laugh, you probably won’t cry, but you will hopefully leave understanding what it means to be an Arab/Filipino Man growing up and living in the great state of Alabama pre and post 9/11.

From Teacher to Career Preparator: a life-changing experience

by Kouame Remi Oussou

How I became a workforce development specialist and a career counselor.

3-4 p.m.

Relentless Hope by Tim Parker

Born into the ideal suburban family in Central Pennsylvania, Tim appeared to have a perfect life. Once adulthood struck he suffered a career ending injury, miscarriages, divorce and isolation. Listen to his journey through brokenness and how he was relentless in his pursuit of hope.

Michael’s Second Wind by Michael Keller

Michael received a life-saving double lung transplant in December 2016. He will share is story of what it was like to grow up with Cystic Fibrosis (CF) and his transplant journey.

Lifting While Climbing by Grace Hampton

The story of five generations of strong, achieving Black women who were inspired by the granddaughter of an ex-slave. Their achievements will be presented against a back drop of the history, culture and life events that shaped their lives.

 

4-5 p.m.

 

In Search of the Mystery by Shih-In Ma

Shih-In Ma has known pain and grace. Twenty-five years ago, she had a spiritual insight which propelled her out of her corporate life into a search for Reality, studying with teachers in diverse spiritual traditions and spending four years in India with Amma, the Hugging Saint.  She aspires to expand hearts and minds, her own and those of others, that all beings may be happy and free from suffering.  May hearing her story may impart some comfort, insight or inspiration.

Without Borders by Salem Awwad

We have one life, but many lives and we will go on this wild journey of laughter, sadness, happiness, and the equivalent to a one-sided narcissistic therapy session together. This is the story of the first three lives I have had the opportunity to live and experience: Birth on an Airplane, The Day the Towers Fell, and The 28th. You’ll laugh, you probably won’t cry, but you will hopefully leave understanding what it means to be an Arab/Filipino Man growing up and living in the great state of Alabama pre and post 9/11.

An African Apology to the African-American Community by Emmy Muhoza

Most often, Africans are seem to be indifferent of the pain and racial terror that is lived day-to-day by African-Americans. This is mainly due to our uneducated ignorance about the history of slavery, racial inequality and racial terror that blacks in the U.S have faced and still face yet we go through it too. This is an apology from an Africa to the African-American community and a pledge to be stand with them in the struggle for civil and human rights.

(All In) VOICES is here! Imagine a supportive and safe environment where people can interact and share their life experiences in an effort to promote inclusion, encourage civil discourse to reduce bias, and challenge narrow perspectives to grow. When we listen attentively to one another, we honor our lived experiences.

(All In) VOICES takes place Wednesday, February 13th, with our Showcase Panel from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m, and session between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. We hope to see you there!