The SSMO Foundation Speaker Series is our gift back to the community that supports our campus. These free, informative discussions complement the SSMO Bethany Center Speaker Series and provide our community with timely educational information from trusted sources.

Thank you for your interest in our Speaker Series. A new slate of presentations will be announced in September for the 2017-2018 year.

2016-2017 Speaker Series Highlights

Our season highlights included:

scott_jones_speaker_seriesThe Changing Landscape of the Adolescent Brain                                           

Adolescence is a time of significant brain development. Understanding how adolescents’ brains change during this period not only allows us to better understand their behaviors and actions, but provides insight on how environmental influences shape their development. For example, adolescence is a time of increased vulnerability to negative environmental factors, such as stress and drugs and alcohol, but is also a time of increased opportunity to the positive influence of activities such as exercise and music.

Monday, October 17 | VCES Cafeteria
Presented by Scott Jones, Ph.D. Candidate | OHSU Department of Behavioral Neuroscience


1000 Mitzvahs – How Small Acts of Kindness Can Heal, Inspire and Change Your Life

What is a Mitzvah? It is defined as a command to perform an act of charity for others. 1,000 Mitzvahs shares the author’s two-and-a-half year journey from sorrow to inspiration through simple daily acts of kindness. Each act of kindness highlights the many ways in which one person can touch the lives of others in simple, yet meaningful ways. 1,000 Mitzvahs is a testament to the transformational power of kindness and a call to action for those who would like to make a positive impact – no matter how large or how small.

Tuesday, November 15 at 6:30 p.m. | VCES Cafeteria
Presented by Linda Cohen, Author, Coach and Speaker |


kathryn_calcagno_speaker_seriesCollege Savings 101 – Planning the Best Future for your Child

We all have questions about how to save for a college education. At this presentation, you will learn all of the ins and outs of college savings plans, what types of accounts and investment vehicles can make a real difference; and also how much is recommended and how to deal with competing priorities for limited resources.

Monday, March 13 at 6:30 p.m. | VCES Library
Presented by Kathryn Calcagno, Managing Director | First Republic Private Wealth Management



Opioid Drugs: Balancing Safety with Effective Pain Management

Many people suffer from chronic pain, a major public health concern in the U.S. Patients with chronic pain deserve safe and effective pain management. At the same time, our country is in the midst of a prescription opioid overdose epidemic. Prescription opioids can help relieve pain but also come with serious risks and potential complications – and must be prescribed and used carefully. Increasing your understanding of facts around pain and medication risks can help you work with your health care provider to make sure you or your loved one are getting the safest, most effective care.

Wednesday, April 19 at 6:30 p.m. | Shalom Center at Maryville
Presented by Terri Fagan, R.Ph., Geriatric Pharmacist & Director of Clinical Services | Consonus