GSC: Graduate School Workshops- Feb. 26, Mar. 12, Mar. 26

The Graduate Studies Center is hosting three upcoming workshops for students interested in attending graduate school. Details for each worskhop are below.

Applying to Graduate School Workshop – Feb. 26

On Thursday, Feb. 26 from 5 to 6 p.m. in El Dorado Hall, Room 140, students are invited to attend a workshop on applying to graduate school. This workshop will provide resources and information needed for graduate school, such as when to start looking at graduate schools and how to begin. We will review the typical requirements for graduate schools and how to fulfill them.

Graduate School Workshop – Mar. 12

On Thursday, March 12, from 5 to 6 p.m. in El Dorado Hall 140, students are invited to attend a Graduate School workshop. Learn how to prepare for the next step, information on various schools and their requirements for admission, and the benefits of attending graduate school.

How to Request Letter of Recommendation Workshop – Mar. 26

On Thursday, Mar. 26 from 5 to 6 p.m. in El Dorado Hall 140, students are invited to attend a workshop on how to successfully request a letter of recommendation for graduate school admission. Learn proper etiquette and what it takes to request a letter from your professors or employers.

For additional information, contact Sara Alcala, GSC Counselor, at ext. 3578 or

2015 Spring Speaker Series - Feb. 27, Mar. 13, Apr. 17

The Martin V. Smith School of Business & Economics will host three more speakers as part of their Spring Speaker Series. All events will be held Noon to 2 p.m. in Malibu Hall 100.

The speaker for Friday, Feb. 27 is Zohar Ziv, the recently retired COO of Deckers Outdoor Corporation, the footwear designer and maker parent company of the UGG and Teva brands. At Deckers, he participated in managing growth from $250 million to $1.8 billion in nine years; transitioning the company from a domestic wholesaler to a multi-channel global brand operator, expanding the international business from 10% to 35%, and developing a retail organization of over 140 stores with advanced eCommerce and Omni Cannel capability. 

On Friday, March 13, President and CEO of FaceFirst, Joe Rosenkrantz will speak about his facial recognition software platform. FaceFirst is being used worldwide for surveillance and law enforcement. Rosenkrantz is avid tinkerer and hobbyist, and believes in having a balance in life between work and fun.

On Friday, April 17, Co-founder and Chairman of Blue Ocean Enterprises, Curt Richardson, will speak about his investment career, including the launch of Otterbox. Richardson discovers, creates and invests in business opportunities and makes strategic investments in commercial real estate. Richardson created the first prototype of a waterproof case in his garage in the early '90s and in 1998, Otterbox, a Fort Collins-based company that is an innovator of protective solutions for leading global handheld manufacturers, wireless carriers and distributors, was born. He served as the CEO at Otterbox for 14 years, and the rapid growth and success of Otterbox led to the creation of Blue Ocean Enterprises.

Please RSVP for 2015 Spring Speaker Series if you plan to attend. Events are free and open to the public; lunch is included.

For more information, contact Jennifer Iden, Business & Economics Coordinator, at ext. 3979 or

African American Achievement Awards Luncheon – Feb. 27

On Friday, Feb. 27 from 12 to 2 p.m. in the Grand Salon, Intercultural Services will host the African American Achievement Awards Luncheon. This event honors individuals for their endless effort to create, sustain and promote all forms of diversity within the community. Students will have an opportunity to dine with community leaders and live music. 

Students that RSVP by Friday, Feb. 20 will receive business cards to help them network.  Please RSVP here.

For additional information, contact Motoko Kitazumi, Coordinator of Intercultural Services, at ext. 3243 or

Grad Fest- Mar. 4 & 5

Grad Fest 2015 will be held on Wednesday, March 4 and Thursday, March 5 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the Grand Salon. 

Grad Fest provides students who are eligible to commence the opportunity to meet their commencement needs in one convenient time and place. Designed as a “one stop shop,” students wishing to participate in the graduation ceremony can:

  • Buy a cap and gown
  • Pick up day-of parking permits
  • Take graduation portrait photos
  • Purchase announcements
  • RSVP for the actual event
  • Join the Alumni & Friends Association
  • Speak with career services

Take care of last minute records issues.Please note - graduating students only need to attend Grad Fest on one day, either March 4 or 5.  Attendance on both days is not required.

If you are interested in volunteering, or for additional information contact Amanda Carpenter, Assistant Director of Career Development Services and the Henry L. “Hank” Lacayo Institute Internship Program, at ext. 2565 or

The Strawberries are Coming! – Mar. 4

On Wednesday, March 4, Islands Café will welcome the CI community for our 4th-annual strawberry festival. Celebrate with us from 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. and savor great foods from our gourmet strawberry themed menu. Everything strawberry! Just picture all of your favorite foods taken over by delicious farm fresh strawberries: salsas, french toast, flank steak, paninis. and of course chocolate for dipping – just to start.

Bigger and better every year, the strawberry festival now includes the opportunity to speak with Will, a local strawberry farmer, who will discuss the current climate of the strawberry industry. Don’t miss your chance to take pictures with our new strawberry mascot and have the chance to win prizes and enter our free strawberry picnic basket drawing. 

For additional information, contact Amy Shick, Catering Manager, at ext. 8905 or

Dreamer (AB 540) Information Session and Ally Training – March 6

On Friday, March 6, there will be an Information Session and Ally Training that will better prepare you to meet student needs. The morning session includes the Information Session on the changing legal landscape our Dreamers (DACA/AB 540 students) must traverse and includes a student panel.  We will cover all the basics of the laws and how they relate to faculty, staff, and administrative roles at CI, as well as gain student perspectives.  The afternoon Ally Training session will offer the opportunity to explore scenarios with students, faculty, administrators, and staff on how to be an ally.  Lunch will be provided to participants.   

The morning information session will take place 9:30 a.m. to Noon and the afternoon Ally Training will take place Noon to 4 p.m.  Both sessions will be held in the Petit Salon. 

To RSVP for the information session, 9:30 a.m. to Noon, RSVP for the information session here.

To RSVP for the Ally Training, Noon  to 4 p.m., RSVP for the Ally Training here

For additional information, contact Melissa Olague, Centers Coordinator, at ext. 2608 or

Women’s Recognition Luncheon – March 11

Women's Recognition LuncheonIntercultural Services is pleased to invite you to celebrate the women that are “Anchoring the definition of Feminism” in their everyday lives. The top performers from the Slam Poetry event on Monday, Feb. 23 will be asked to present at the Women’s Recognition Luncheon. The Women’s Recognition Luncheon is on Wednesday, March11 from Noon to 2 p.m. in the Grand Salon. 

RSVP and nominate someone that you think should be recognized for their hard work by Saturday, Feb. 28 at

For additional information, contact Motoko Kitazumi, Intercultural Services Coordinator, at ext. 3243 or

Lessons from Ferguson- March 11

Gaye JohnsonJoin us on Wednesday, March 11 at 7 p.m. in Malibu Hall 100, for a discussion on of the recent events in Ferguson. Guest speakers Gaye Theresa Johnson, Associate Professor of Black Studies at UCSB, and George Turner, public defender George Turnerat the Juvenile Division of the Inglewood Courthouse in Los Angeles will engage in a public conversation on issues such as police brutality, militarization, and discuss how these issues affect us locally. The speakers will also welcome questions and comments from the audience.

This event is sponsored by the Center for Multicultural Engagement and Instructionally Related Activities Committee.

For additional information contact Melissa Olague, Centers Coordinator at ext. 2608 or at

Free BioMetric Health Screening – March 11

On Wednesday, March 11, all CI staff and faculty employees can receive a free BioMetric Health Screening.  The event is sponsored by Anthem Blue Cross & CalPERS, but it is open to anyone regardless of your health coverage. 

You may have heard that you need to “know your numbers,” and now you can!  Receive readings for blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar, body mass index (BMI), and waist circumference. 

Please RSVP here if you plan to attend.

For additional information contact Janet Korsmo, HR Assistant, at ext. 3181 or

St. Patrick’s Day – March 14

St. Patrick's Day ParadeThe campus community is invited to participate in Ventura’s annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Saturday, March 14 featuring President Rush as a parade judge!

This year’s theme is “Honoring Our Troops” and students, clubs and organizations, as well as faculty and staff are all welcomed to join the University’s parade entry. The parade will begin at 10 a.m. and travel along Ventura’s Main Street. 

All CI parade participants are encouraged to wear their CI red attire. Students, faculty and staff interested should contact  no later than March 5.

For additional information contact Celina Zacarias, Director of Community & Government Relations, at ext. 8920 or

Business & Investment Strategy in the Context of Fast-Changing Technology – April 24

On Friday, April 24, from Noon to 1:30 p.m. in Malibu 100, the CI community is invited to attend a luncheon presented by the Institute for Global Economic Research (IGER). U.S. and Global Economic outlook for both short-term and long-term will be discussed. This will be followed by how fast changing technology is reshaping business strategies. What should businesses do to win in a very competitive global economic environment? Finally, it will be followed by investment implications for stocks and bonds.

Please RSVP for Business & Investment Strategy in the Context of Fast-Changing Technology.  The event is sponsored by IGER, Wells Fargo, Rabobank, Union Bank, and the Martin V. & Martha K. Smith Foundation.  Click here to view the event flyer. (PDF)

For additional information, contact Jennifer Iden, Business & Economics Coordinator, at ext. 3979 or

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