Feb 27, 2012

Youth Congress Visits Cal Lutheran University

On Wednesday, February 8th, Youth Congress Leadership Program participants visited Cal Lutheran University (CLU). First, the Campus Experience Coordinator, Wes Sullivan, welcomed and congratulated us on taking the first step on the journey of colleges and careers. He talked about school life from a more academic standpoint, discussing subject variety, academic liberty, integration with community, and religious freedom on campus. He then yielded the floor to the Student Body President, Jesse McClain, who related to us his experiences and how CLU allows him to express and explore his talents. He answered our questions regarding college life and the balance between academics and recreation on campus; from mountain biking to social clubs to singing in choir, CLU offers something for everyone. We then separated into groups and took a tour of the 225-acre campus. We were shown the comfortable dorms, the classrooms that accommodate twenty or so students, the chemistry laboratories, CLU’s state-of-the-art green building, and the athletic fields. The meeting concluded with a question and answer session with Director of Admission, Michael Elgarico, who told us that because so many applicants have incredible grades and high SAT scores, what really makes an individual stand out is their extracurricular activities. Overall, this was an informative meeting that broadened our college perspectives.
                  Jane Chen

Feb 7, 2012

Senior Congress VIII, “Best Ever”

Some 300 seniors attended the Eighth Annual Senior Congress hosted by the Future Foundation at St. Max’s Church on February First. Most of the attendees were from Thousand Oaks, Westlake Village, Agoura Hills, Calabasas and neighboring communities, but a handful came from as far as Pacific Palisades and Santa Barbara. Participants were treated to five dynamic presenters covering this year’s theme, “Eat, Play, Sleep: Healthy Senior Living.” Attendees were welcomed with free coffee in the morning and provided with their choice of a healthy lunch sandwich from Sprouts.

The impressive list of speakers included: Andrea Gallagher, Certified Senior Advisor (CSA), Life Coach, President, Rethinking Your Future and Co-President, Senior Concerns; Tori Cohen, RD, Clinical Nutrition Manager, Los Robles Regional Medical Center; John Horton, MD, Family Practice; Andrea Koval, Director, Goebel Senior Adult Center; and Andres E. Giron, MD, Sleep Specialty.

Dr. Giron's Discusses Sleep
Comments from attendees who filled out the evaluation forms were overwhelmingly positive. Actual comments included: “best ever; very helpful; excellent; very well done; well organized; worth coming for; useful; current; very nice; great exposure to many options; informative and educational.” One participant said “please continue these programs.” And another asked, “Can you do this in Santa Monica or L.A.? Please!” The lunch from Sprouts was also described as the “best ever,” and “fantastic.” Many seniors appreciated that a veggie sandwich was included in the lunch choices.

The number and quality of the sponsor exhibits also drew praise: “wonderful information; very helpful; a great forum.” The speakers were described as: "excellent; interesting; engaging; informative; outstanding; terrific; and exceptional." They liked one presenter's sense of humor and describe another as "fun and good." But the main emphasis seemed to be on information and learning and every presenter got high marks in that regard. One senior pointed out that the audience itself was a great resource: “Networking with other seniors was invaluable.” 

Overall, Senior Congress VIII was a great success. Committee Chair, Carolyn Kopp, MS, CMC and the twenty members of the Senior Congress VIII Committee did an outstanding job in organizing and conducting this year’s event. 
      Photos by Pat Morgan