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About the Donald P. Lauda Wellness Lecture

Established in 2002 through a grant from the Kaiser Permanente Foundation, The Donald P. Lauda Wellness Lectureship was established to bring knowledge to the CSULB campus and the community at large through an innovative series of presentations by renowned experts in mental, physical, and spiritual health.  Beginning in 2012, the Lauda Wellness Lecture Series has been incorporated as the signature event for inaugural “College of Health & Human Services Wellness Week” and will be held in the campus landmark building, the Walter Pyramid.  The lecture series draws a wide audience of attendees that includes students, alumni, faculty, and members of local and regional civic and private organizations, as well as friends and supporters of the University. 

Donald Lauda envisioned the annual wellness lecture as a community forum for exploring important health and wellness issues. As such, Kaiser Permanente shared his vision and provided funds to begin an endowment that would encourage broader support. Since its inception, several community members and corporate partners, particularly PacifiCare, have since made contributions to help grow the lectureship.  The Lauda Wellness Lecture series presents outstanding lectures on topics of widespread interest in the field of wellness. Topics are chosen to provide information and insight into wellness to further our understanding and move us to engage in a more healthful life.   Our speakers are selected to educate, challenge, and inspire us with the latest in theory, research, philosophical, and practical innovations in attaining, maintaining, and promoting health throughout the life span.