Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Ring Day 2011

We are proud of our music therapy students who will be Ring recipients this weekend at Ring Day. Ring Day is an important tradition at SMWC, and typically involves juniors in their second semester, but it is based on accumulation of a certain number of credits, so transfer students are also eligible. The Woods ring is a strong symbol of the SMWC history and tradition, connecting every person who wears it. The ceremony involves faculty in all their regalia, a service in the Church of the Immaculate Conception, the Chorale singing, family and friends attending, etc. Excitement and energy are very present on our campus this week in anticipation of this big day!

Music therapy Ring recipients this year include:
Katherine Mendenhall
Nicole Gilberti
Jena Jones

Thursday, March 3, 2011

March at the Woods

Spring is finally approaching after a very cold winter! We'll know spring has arrived at the Woods when we see buds on the trees.

This has been an exciting week for our music therapy students as they were able to meet Lori Alviso Alvord, M.D., author of "The Scalpel and the Silver Bear", which the students were assigned to read this semester. Alvord was the first female, Navajo surgeon and was a speaker on the College's 4-Star Series last night.

The students had the opportunity to do some book discussions in class this week, followed by lunch with Dr. Alvord yesterday and then the lecture at 7:00 p.m.

Alvord's message of encouraging each of us to embrace the Navajo ideal of "Walking in Beauty" and bringing harmony to all facets of our lives, the lives of others, and the environment, resonated with those of us who have chosen to serve others through music in healthcare.