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Chris Hotaling to Speak, Sign Books Oct. 25
Written By Lexi March '13, PR Intern
Life was good ... until a freak accident left a UC grad with a brain injury.
Utica, NY (10/18/2012)- When Utica College alumni Chris and Amy Hotaling were thinking about their future after college, they certainly didn’t have a brain injury in mind. After Chris’s injury in 1999, their lives would change drastically.
Chris, a guidance counselor at a New York City high school, heard the fire alarm and was leaving the building when a student accidentally hit him with a steel door. After being sent home from the hospital with a headache and instructions to take a few painkillers, Chris got progressively worse.
The couple will discuss their life and experience with brain injury as well as strategies they use when helping other families touched by such trauma. The presentation will take place on Thursday, Oct. 25 from 10 to 11:15 a.m. in the Carbone Family Auditorium located in Economic Crime, Justice Studies and Cybersecurity building at Utica College. The presentation is open to the public.
The pair were college sweethearts while working toward their Utica College degrees. Chris received his bachelor’s degree in psychology and Amy received her degree in criminal justice. Both graduated with the class of 1983.
Chris and Amy will host a book signing at the Utica College bookstore from 3 to 5 p.m. that day for their book, “Learning to Live Again…A Day at a Time.” The book discusses their journey on the long road of recovery after Hotaling’s injury from each of their perspectives.
For more information about the presentation or the book signing, contact Dave Roberts, adjunct professor of psychology, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (315) 269-4522.
About Utica College – Utica College, founded in 1946, is a comprehensive private institution offering bachelors, masters and doctoral degrees. The College, located in upstate central New York, approximately 90 miles west of Albany and 50 miles east of Syracuse, currently enrolls over 3,700 students in 37 undergraduate majors, 27 minors, 22 master’s and two doctoral degree programs.
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