Former LSU director to talk happy rooms on Hope Channel

Iris Landa, La Sierra’s former director of advising and orientation.
Iris Landa, La Sierra’s former director of advising and orientation.

August 13, 2009
By Darla Martin Tucker

RIVERSIDE, Calif. – ( ) When Iris Landa created a so-called “happy room” in her home several years ago to help deal with the loss of her husband, she embarked on a journey that would bring joy to others around the world.

On Fri., Aug. 14, Sat., Aug. 15 and Mon., Aug. 17 the Hope Channel in Silver Spring, Md. will broadcast Landa’s interview with “Really Living” television show host Don Schneider. Landa served for 33 years as director of advising and orientation at La Sierra University. She retired in 2007. Schneider recently interviewed Landa about her happy rooms created in various parts of the world and on some of her other outreach projects.

The shows will air at Eastern Standard Time, 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. on Aug. 14; 5 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Aug. 15 and at 7 a.m. on Aug. 17. Schneider also serves as president of the North American Division of Seventh-day Adventists in Silver Spring. The Hope Channel is available on Direct TV Channel 368, on satellite television and through the Internet at

Landa re-designed the den in her home into a happy room years ago, a room where she and her husband had spent many happy hours. She used her favorite colors of lime green, yellow, orange and red, pulled out old carpeting and painted the paneling and existing furniture to match her color scheme. She also hand-stitched five Thai silk wall hangings for the room and used books and specially selected toys to fashion a whimsical, cheery space.


PR Contact: Larry Becker
Executive Director of University Relations
La Sierra University
Riverside, California
951.785.2460 (voice)

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