Beyond the Lectern: A Q&A with Amelia (Amy) Evans, PhD, Associate Professor For this issue of the Addiction Studies Leader, we caught up with associate professor and New Jersey native Amelia (Amy) Evans, PhD. A licensed professional counselor, Dr. Evans's professional and academic interests include research, online student engagement, training (particularly in the area of co-occurring disorders) and ethics in counseling. What attracted you to the Graduate School? The training of counselors to understand and competently treat co-occurring disorders. What do you like most about teaching at the Graduate School? The people! The students, staff and faculty are all wonderful. What four people would you take to coffee? My daughters and my mom—amazing people in my life. Not all of my girls drink coffee, though. I'll go with hot cocoa and tea for some. What's the best advice you've ever received? Be quick to listen, slow to speak. Who has been the most influential person in your career? Professors. Plural. I can't pick just one. What professional accomplishments are you most proud of? The chance to have an influence on students. What book are you currently reading? I'm reading [World War II fiction novel] All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. Fascinating writing and plot line structure. What music do you listen to in the car? I rarely listen to music. I'm usually listening to a book or podcast. How do you spend your free time? With my immediate family What's your idea of a perfect day? In a hammock in the Boundary Waters, listening to the loons, watching the clouds go by. Connecting with Students at Summer Festivals 2019 Twin Cities Pride Festival An estimated 300,000 people gathered for the annual Twin Cities Pride Festival in Minneapolis from June 22-23, 2019—with representatives of the Graduate School among Festival-goers. Faculty, staff, students and alumni talked with visitors at the Graduate School's booth, sharing the invitation to "Study, Practice, Change Lives and Be a Counselor." The weekend included a parade and more than 400 exhibitors at Loring Park. (L to R): Justin Thomas, addiction counselor and Advanced Practice student; Kate Gray, student success coordinator; Tashina Martinson, admissions and recruitment specialist; John Engebreth, executive director of Minnesota outpatient treatment programming for Hazelden Betty Ford; and Tina Konkel, Advanced Practice student. hazelfest 2019 Indie pop artist Jeremy Messersmith, singers/songwriters Chris Kroeze, Jesse Larson, Kat Perkins and Nicholas David of the popular TV show The Voice, and local comedians, storytellers, and inspirational speakers created the lineup at the feel-good hazelfest sober music festival on August 3 at the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation campus in Center City, MN. Graduate School representatives were on hand to enjoy a beautiful summer day and connect with attendees interested in pursuing careers in addiction counseling. In addition to stage performances, hazelfest included yoga sessions, magic shows, food trucks, a petting zoo and multiple recovery-focused exhibitors. (L to R): Tashina Martinson, admissions and recruitment specialist; Integrated Recovery for Co-Occurring Disorders online student Mike Dalton and his wife; addiction counselor Andeea Dugstad ('17) and Advanced Practice student Mycah Hoaglin. Educating, Training and Inspiring Future Counselors Graduate School professors Daniel Frigo, PhD, and Zachary Hansen, EdD, recently had the opportunity to inspire future counselors at the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES) conference in Seattle, Washington. Their presentation, "Working with Students in Recovery," touched on recovery identity and best practices for supporting students recovering from addiction as they navigate personal, academic and professional challenges. Chastain Addresses Grief and Recovery at Canada Conference In September, assistant professor for the Graduate School, David Chastain, PhD, was a session speaker at the Recovery Capital of Canada addiction conference held in Ontario. Chastain's presentation addressed counseling skills regarding the grief process, experiences of loss, the realities of death and how grief interacts with substance use, recovery and relapse. The Recovery Capital conference, with a focus on evidence-based addiction recovery solutions, takes place each fall in six cities across Canada. Jamison Joins National Academic Leaders at Assessment Conference Assistant professor Jorja Jamison, PhD, LP, recently traveled to Michigan, where she joined other academic leaders at the Higher Learning Commission's workshop "Emerging Leaders in Assessment." Jamison gained valuable tools to help the Graduate School continue to improve its measures of academic learning and align the School's assessment plan with its learning outcomes. The Higher Learning Commission is an independent organization that accredits degree-granting post-secondary educational institutions in the North Central region.