National leader in psychology of religion recognized with Samaritan award
Dr. Kenneth Pargament, psychology, and Distinguished Scholar at the Institute for Spirituality and Health at the Texas Medical Center, is now part of a list that includes former first ladies Betty Ford, Barbara Bush and Rosalynn Carter. Pargament is being presented the 2012 National Samaritan award today (Nov. 1) during a ceremony in Denver.
The award honors individuals who have made significant contributions to human health and growth. The Samaritan Institute, which chooses the winners, explains that honorees "have demonstrated a religious sensibility in their work and personally and professionally exemplify the ideals of the Samaritan program."
According to the Institute, Pargament is "a leading figure in the dramatic resurgence of attention to the vital connection between religion and mental health through his research, writing and worldwide consultation."
"I feel very honored to be recognized by the Samaritan Institute, a pioneer in the movement toward mental health care that integrates mind, body and spirit," Pargament said.
He has been a national leader in the psychology of religion and in the effort to bring a more balanced view of religious life to the attention of social scientists and health professionals. Having published extensively on the vital role of religion in coping with stress and trauma, he is the author of two books—"The Psychology of Religion and Coping: Theory, Research, Practice" and "Spiritually Integrated Psychotherapy: Understanding and Addressing the Sacred," published in 1997 and 2007, respectively. He is also the editor-in-chief of the forthcoming two-volume "APA Handbook of Psychology, Religion, and Spirituality" to be published by the American Psychological Association in 2013.
Pargament has served as a consultant with several foundations, the National Institutes of Health and the World Health Organization. He received the 2009 Oskar Pfister Award from the American Psychiatric Association in recognition of his work in the area of religion and mental health.
The Samaritan Institute is an association of accredited counseling centers with offices in 400 cities throughout 29 states and Tokyo. The centers provide more than 650,000 sessions of behavioral health care for individuals, couples, families, and organizations annually. Samaritan Centers are supported by 26 denominations and faith traditions.
Pargament has taught at BGSU since 1979 and has directed over 25 doctoral students in clinical psychology.
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Musician, conductor and broadcast journalist Bill McGlaughlin to visit
Music students and fans of conductor, composer, musician and radio personality William (Bill) McGlaughlin will get to spend time with him when he visits the University Nov. 5-12. McGlaughlin's radio program "Exploring Music" is heard daily at 11 a.m. on Toledo's WGTE-FM, and across the country.
McGlaughlin is this year's guest artist for the Dorothy E. and DuWayne H. Hansen Series in BGSU's College of Musical Arts. The public is invited to an evening with him on Nov. 7. The free program begins at 7 p.m. in Kobacker Hall of the Moore Musical Arts Center, where he will share his thoughts and approaches to music and the business of music.
He will also conduct the BGSU Wind Symphony in an 8 p.m. concert on Nov. 9, also in in Kobacker Hall. Tickets can be ordered online by visiting www.bgsu.edu/arts or by calling 372-8171.
McGlaughlin is most widely known for his work in broadcasting, as host of Peabody Award-winning "St. Paul Sunday" and "Exploring Music," as well as programs from Wolf Trap and the Library of Congress. He says he is proud to have begun his professional life as an "honest musician," playing trombone with the Philadelphia Orchestra and Pittsburgh Symphony. In addition, he spent 25 years as an orchestral conductor with posts ranging from the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra to 12 seasons as music director of the Kansas City Symphony. Over that period, McGlaughlin received numerous awards for adventurous contemporary programming from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers.
During his visit to BGSU, he will work with composition, brass, conducting and string students and conduct the Bowling Green Philharmonia in a rehearsal.
The Hansen Musical Arts Series Fund was established in 1996 to bring significant representatives of the musical arts to share their talents with BGSU students and members of the Bowling Green community. Past Hansen Series guests have included Marin Alsop, Branford Marsalis, Terence Blanchard and Bob McGrath from "Sesame Street," among others.
For more information, call the arts box office at 372-8171.
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