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Clarke Mackin-Mailander Faculty Lecture, Feb. 13

posted on January 15, 2007

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Clarke College will host the faculty lecture of this year’s Mackin-Mailander Lecture Series on Tuesday, Feb. 13, at 7:30 p.m. in Jansen Music Hall on the Clarke campus. Andrew Priest, PT, Ed.D., chair and associate professor of physical therapy at Clarke, will present the lecture entitled “The Relationship Between Human Health and the Environment.” Admission is free and the public is invited to attend.

In the lecture, Priest will address environmental influences on individual, national, and worldwide health.  He will examine positive and negative natural environmental factors on health as well as how human utilization of environmental resources can be both a benefit and detriment to human health.  He will also explore potential solutions to today’s environmental health problems. 

Priest has served as chair and associate professor of physical therapy at Clarke College at for the past four years. Prior to coming to Clarke, he was a faculty member and physical therapy program director for the Texas Tech College Health Sciences Center. He has been a physical therapist for 18 years and has worked in higher education for 12 years, teaching courses in pathophysiology, pharmacology, and primary care.

He has worked in a variety of physical therapy settings, including serving for five years as a physical therapist in the United States Army. He has had a lifetime interest in human health and loves spending time in the outdoors.

Priest holds an undergraduate degree in physical education from Brigham Young College, a master of physical therapy degree from Baylor College, and a doctoral degree in higher education from Texas Tech College. He and his wife Carol have been married for 21 years and they have five children.

The Mackin-Mailander Lecture Series was established in the spring of 1997 after Clarke received gifts from two alums, Mary Mackin ’34 and Verna Slattery-Mailander ’20, to establish an endowed lecture series. The annual series consists of three lectures, including a prominent outside speaker, a faculty lecture and an alum lecture.

For more information, contact the Clarke College Public Relations Office at (536)588-6318.

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