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HHD Week: Film Premiere & Spirituality Conference

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Cal State Fullerton’s Health and Human Development (HHD) Week April 6-9 features the premiere of a documentary following the journey of Cindy Abbott, CSUF alumna and health science lecturer, who climbed to the top of Mount Everest and finished Alaska’s 1,000-mile Iditarod race while battling a rare and life-threatening illness; a spirituality conference; and career workshops for students. Events are free and open to the public.


Wednesday, April 6 through Saturday, April 9


Cal State Fullerton, Titan Student Union’s Portola Pavilion (unless otherwise noted)
800 N. State College Blvd., Fullerton, 92831


Wednesday, April 6

Inside Out Spirituality and Well-Being Conference

7:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. — featuring speakers and workshops. The conference’s schedule is available online. RSVP by March 28 by visiting the website

  • 8:45 a.m. Keynote — Lourdes Arguelles, emeritus professor, Claremont Graduate University, will present “Engaged Spirituality: Stories and Lessons for the 21st Century.”
  • 9:45 a.m. Workshop Presentation — Sapna Batra Chopra, CSUF lecturer in counseling, will discuss “Cultivating Compassion, Presence and Openness with Mindfulness Meditation.”
Saturday, April 9

“Banner on the Moon” film premiere and reception
4:30-8:30 p.m. — Titan Student Union’s Titan Theatre

A panel discussion will follow screening with Abbott ’93, ’96 (B.S. physical       education, M.S. kinesiology) and her husband, Larry Abbott. On her               expeditions, Abbott, who has Wegener’s Granulomatosis, takes a special banner to raise awareness for the National Organization for Rare Disorders. Funds raised at the screening will benefit the college’s new Inspiration Award to recognize a faculty member or student who perseveres in spite of significant obstacles. To reserve a seat, visit the “Banner on the Moon” website.


$2 per hour or $8 for a daily permit Monday through Friday. Details are available online


The second annual HHD Week provides a spotlight on relevant topics related to human health, development and lifelong learning. The week is designed to offer events and activities for students, staff, faculty members, and professionals.


The Health and Human Development Inter-Club Council and the College of Health and Human Development.

More Info:

Evelyn Somoza, College of Health and Human Development, 657-278-7299 or visit online

Media Contact:

Debra Cano Ramos, 657-278-4027