FVCC symposium to share inspirational stories

Print Article

Students studying communications at Flathead Valley Community College will brave the podium to share their personal stories of survival for this year’s Many Voices Symposium on April 9.

Hosted by FVCC Assistant Professor Amy Pearson, the presentation will allow both current students and alumni of the college to speak on some of the specific struggles they overcame in their pursuit of success.

“FVCC students have made it and are making it through difficult times and showing up here ready to share and learn at the college,” Pearson said. “Their stories of survival are intriguing and complicated tales of making it through to the other side wiser and better than before.”

FVCC alumnus and cancer survivor Jesse Mahugh will serve as the symposium’s keynote speaker, and eight students will share their stories about overcoming experiences such as mental illness, abuse, single parenthood, and the death of a loved one.

Speaking on the struggles of living in a home with mental illness, 20-year-old Mia Kelso, a first-year communications student from Whitefish, will deliver her first public speech for the event.

Her story delves into a household broken by her father’s absence and struggle with drug addiction, and the resulting depression that took hold of her mother and brother’s lives.

“No one wants to talk about it because it’s really hard to talk about,” Kelso said. “I just think that so many people have gone through either a hardship or a very similar story.”

Her hope in openly sharing her story, she said, is that someone listening will relate and glean from it some sense of hope.

“The hope is that everyone will leave this symposium inspired and replete with best practices for survival,” Pearson said.

Following the presentations, the audience will choose three students to receive a monetary award funded by an FVCC Foundation Enhancement Grant.

Luke Dowler will provide musical entertainment while the audience’s votes are tallied.

The free public event will take place April 9 at 7 p.m. in FVCC’s Art and Technology Building in the community room.

For more information, contact Pearson at (406) 756-3904 orapearson@fvcc.edu.

Reporter Mary Cloud Taylor can be reached at 758-4459 or mtaylor@dailyinterlake.com.

Print Article

Read More Local News

Olney-Bissell honors longtime volunteer for introducing students to fishing

April 17, 2019 at 5:39 am | Whitefish Pilot Photos of students smiling while holding up their prize catch pulled from a frozen lake and students working diligently in the classroom dissecting fish. In many of the photos is volunteer Leonard...

Comments

Read More

District looks at future for current Muldown building

April 17, 2019 at 5:14 am | Whitefish Pilot New plans for the current Muldown Elementary School building have a few staff and parents scratching their heads. The Whitefish School District is currently in the midst of constructing a new school...

Comments

Read More

Bill could fully fund conservation fund

April 16, 2019 at 3:01 pm | Whitefish Pilot Legislation has been introduced in Congress to fully fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund. The Land and Water Conservation Fund Permanent Funding Act would create dedicated funding for the con...

Comments

Read More

City Council adopts annual goals list

April 16, 2019 at 2:59 pm | Whitefish Pilot Whitefish City Council Monday approved its goals list for what it hopes to accomplish in the next few years. Council annually adopts a list of goals for the coming fiscal year, though items on the l...

Comments

Read More

Contact Us

(406) 862-3505
312 E. Second Street
Whitefish, MT 59937

©2019 Whitefish Pilot Terms of Use Privacy Policy
X
X