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. We appreciate all who attended our presentations this year. A new slate of speakers will be announced in September for the 2019-2020 season.

If you would like to receive future notices of Speaker Series events, contact Caroline Fogarty at [email protected] or 503-718-6486.


Past Events

Why Music Matters

Monday, May 6 | 6:30 p.m. | Valley Catholic Elementary School

Presenter: Alison Balbag, PhD, DMA
Assistant Professor, Univ. of Southern California, Leonard Davis School of Gerontology
Alumna, Valley Catholic School

Dr. Alison Balbag is a musician, health changemaker, educator, and arts advocate. Through these lenses, she will discuss music’s influence at all ages across the lifespan and the big picture impact of supporting music and the arts.

Dr. Balbag investigates music’s influence on health and development at all ages across the lifespan. With doctorates in both gerontology and harp performance, her interdisciplinary music and science backgrounds grant her a unique insight into the arts, health, and wellness connection.