Goals Met!


2018 is off to a great (and cold) start, but that doesn’t mean 2017 wasn’t a successful year.

On Friday, January 12th , Stacey Schiano and Beverly Venedam are here with a recap in a year with the Philanthropy Department. Huge milestones were made, and even greater things are expected for the 2018 year.

To highlight, a few major accomplishments included the Gala, both Bingos, the Golf Tournament, Staff & Scholar’s Fund, and the 2017 Benevolent Care Fund Telethon. Each event could not have been successful without the help of the Oak Crest residents.

Though the door to 2017 is shut, the 2018 door is wide open, and great things are on the horizon. Here are just a few dates to keep in mind for this year.

Wednesday, April 25th: Scholar’s Ceremony in Erickson Hall

Monday, May 21st: Golf Tournament at Rocky Point Golf Course

Saturday, September 15th: Oak Crest Gala

Tune in to Oak Crest Now on Friday, January 12th for more updates and more details about just how much money was raised for certain events.

BONUS: The theme for the 2018 Gala will be revealed

The program will also be available the following day at oakcresttv.com.



My Erickson Revealed

Dec29Headline.pngBY: LAUREN COSTELLO

Nowadays everything is available whenever we want it and we have the technology to access anything and everything 24/7. This is also true with the way you will start receiving information with the My Erickson App. Let’s get started…

Say you’re having a guest over for dinner tonight but you’re unsure of how many meals you have left. You get dressed and head down to the dining room to have them look your last name up and give you your count. You soon learn you only have one meal left and you cannot have your friend over for dinner anymore….ouch. BUT WAIT. What if you could walk over to your computer, phone, or iPad and find out without having to step foot out of your apartment?! SURPRISE–you CAN!

The My Erickson App creates a unique username and password for each resident who has a device enabling them to access the internet. Once logged in, you are able to access how many meals you have at any given time, a local directory,  all the dining menus, and so much more!

Below are some screenshots of what the app looks like after you have an account

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(An inside look at the Dining Menus section of My Erickson)


Screen Shot 2017-12-29 at 1.00.32 PM.png(An inside look at the Community Information page)


Screen Shot 2017-12-29 at 1.00.50 PM.png(An inside look at the Local Directory)


In fact, do you sometimes get tired of sitting through our TV Scroll if you are in need of a specific slide? Say goodbye to your old ways! With My Erickson you able able to view our TV Scroll at your own pace, scrolling and sifting through our slides until you come across the one you are looking for. Pretty convenient, right?

So now you’re probably saying, “Lauren, this sounds amazing, how do I get it?” Do not fret, we have you covered.

Step 1: Call the TV Studio to schedule an appointment

There will be two activation sessions for My Erickson:
Thursday, January 11th from 1PM to 4PM or
Friday, January 26th from 1PM to 4PM
Appointments take approximately 10-15 minutes. 

Step 2: Know your email address and your password to access that email address

In order to access your account on My Erickson you will need an email address. Please note that if you are a couple, you will EACH need an account. You cannot share an email address because each resident needs their individual account.

Make sure you also tune to Channel 973 on January 4th to find out more about this new application coming to Oak Crest. The program will also be available the following day at oakcresttv.com.

Test Your Knowledge

Dec18mainpic.pngBY: LAUREN COSTELLO

The holidays are a great time to spend time with family and play some fun games. So, why not incorporate some of these facts below!


Holiday sweaters and ugly Christmas parties are popular each year. But, did you know that the largest gathering of people wearing holiday sweaters is 3,473 people?! IT was recorded in 2015 at the University of Kansas when everyone showed up wearing bright colored sweaters!


Over in Denmark, people celebrate the New Year by shattering dished across the doors of houses of their family and friends! People living in the Netherlands also take part in this activity.

$22.7 billion is the number of estimated retail sales by department stores December of last year.

In 1907, the original ball lowered in Times Square on New Year’s Eve was made of iron and wood and decorated with 100 light bulbs.

There are 364 gifts mentioned in The Twelve Days of Christmas.

In 1949, the tree at Rockefeller Center was strung with 7,500 light bulbs. Today, more than 25,000 buls are strung on the tree which is more than 5 miles of lights!!


Everyone I know (well…mostly everyone I know) loves listening to Christmas music the day after Thanksgiving. And of course we all have our favorite holiday song we play over and over and over again…but the top three most covered songs are:
Silent Night: 26,496 versions
White Christmas: 20,721 versions
Jingle Bells: 19,080 versions


I hope you all enjoyed some of those facts and share them with your family over the weekend!


It’s the Holiday Season

Dec18Headline.pngBY: LAUREN COSTELLO

You all know the lyrics…”So whoop-de-do and hickory dock and don’t forget to hang up your sock!” You can catch this song on repeat at my house this holiday season (my roommate and I are big fans). But I’m an even bigger fan of what we have planned over the next few weeks!

We’ll kick things off the week of December 18th with a Monthly Call In Show wrapping up not only the month of December, but also the 2017 YEAR! Where did the time go?! The Town Hall Meeting with the Board also airs again on Thursday, December 21st. And that Friday we will be rearing a program involving scams. I’ll say it again, it’s the holiday season and scammers are hitting hard. Don’t give any personal information out!!

The week of December 25th will be filled with surprises for all! That Monday we will have a special holiday show called Christmas Remembrances filled with great passages and even better performances. On Tuesday, a special episode of The Lighthouse airs featuring two residents who went down to Helping Up Mission and volunteered for the day. The next day, I talked to Ilse Harrop in a show called Christmas Around the World. As you can see, we are really in the holiday spirit in the Oak Crest TV Studio.

Then, before you know it, New Year’s will be here and we will be ringing in 2018! Make sure you pick up a TV Guide from the communication racks in each lobby to see what will be airing each day. And remember, when you’re seeing family over the holidays, pull up oakcresttv.com and show them what’s been happening at Oak Crest over the past year!

Happy Holidays Everyone!

Great Cause for a Great Community


It’s that time of year again! The 9th Benevolent Care Fund Telethon is back on Friday, December 8th! We’ve changed things up a bit, so instead of going live for 4 hours, we will now be on the air for 3. But do not worry, it will be a shorter show with greater content, so mark your calendars now.

The TV Studio and Philanthropy Department have been planning a great day for the past few months. We will be having raffles on the half hour, prizes throughout the entire day, and a special performances and skits featuring some of your favorite staff and residents.

But wait, there’s more! Does the name Ken Singleton ring a bell? Former Orioles baseball player? Current sports commentator? Here, I’ll include a picture below to help


Ahhh yes, now you remember, right? Well lucky for Oak Crest he will be here during the Telethon! Jeff Getek will be talking to him about his career in baseball, his current job as a sports commentator, and so much more. Make sure you tune in next Friday to see his interview.

I won’t say much more because I don’t want to ruin the surprises, but you definitely do not want to miss this day. If you want to see the action live, come down and peek in the windows and see what’s going on!

The Telethon will be live next Friday, December 8th from 10AM to 1PM. If you are able, please call in and donate to the Benevolent Care Fund, we would love to hear from you.

Armchair Travel: Utah

Nov24Headline.pngBY: LAUREN COSTELLO

This past March I went out to Utah with my roommate from college, and let me tell you, it was quite the time. I learned a lot about myself, about nature…and that Utah is a very, very interesting place.

We started off our trip in Salt Lake City and made our way down the state, eventually ending in Las Vegas. The first stop we made was a place called Antelope Island. The day was rainy and cloudy so it wasn’t the best start to the trip, but we did get to see so much water and the Great Salt Lake!

The next day we woke up and headed to Park City to meet up with a few of our sorority sisters to go skiing. This was probably one of my favorite parts of the trip. When they say there is nothing like West Coast skiing, they are right.

Then we made a 4 hour trek to Moab, where we spent two days visiting Canyonlands and Arches National Park. It was here at Canyonlands that I thought I would not make it back to Baltimore. To hear the story, you’ll have to watch the show on Monday.

After Moab, we drove another few hours to a very small town called Torrey where we went to a park called Capitol Reef. We spent one night here and went horseback riding near the back of the park.

Next, we drove another 2 hours until we hit Bryce Canyon; a huge highlight of the trip. We had beautiful weather the entire day of hiking, which was nice since some of the other days were rainy.

After Bryce, we hit our final destination on the trip; Zion National Park. It was a huge bummer because it was raining the entire day at the park causing some of the trails to close. We ate lunch at a cute little brewery in the park, then went to get our race bibs for our half marathon the next day.

I won’t bore you with the details of the race, but it was definitely not what we were expecting for a half marathon…

After we ran, we drove the last leg of the trip; about 3 hours to Las Vegas. No better way to end a trip.

Overall, it was an amazing experience and I’m so glad I made it out to Utah. To hear more about my trip make sure to watch Channel 973 on Monday, November 27th at 10AM, 2PM, 7PM, 9PM, and 12 midnight. It will also be available the following day at oakcresttv.com.

My talk on Utah & Las Vegas will be the following day in the Auditorium on Tuesday, November 28th at 7PM. Hope to see you all there!

The Reformation at 500 Years

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A few weeks ago in Erickson Hall, Catholic scholar Rosann Catalano and Protestant scholar Christopher Leighton led a great discussion that got many residents thinking.

The dynamic duo kept the conversation light and funny, but also touched on many important concepts stemming from the Catholic and Protestant groups. Some of these topics included what to expect from the church in the coming years, the idea of the Bible and Mary, and why young people are not as involved.

Since the program ran about an hour and 45 minutes, the show will air in two parts on Tuesday, November 21st and Wednesday, November 22nd. The program will also be available 24 hours after it airs on oakcresttv.com.

We Honor You



This past Thursday seats were filled with Oak Crest residents, but more importantly, Oak Crest Veterans. This day was to honor you and thank you for your service.

The event started with three residents marching down the aisle in Erickson Hall. Then, we sang the National; Anthem, and Jim Truitt led us in prayer.

Next, Executive Director, Mark Roussey, spoke and told everyone “thank you” and said what a special day this was. It was great to see the entire hall filled with residents, their family members, and staff.

After Mark spoke, resident, Louise Kaufman, recited a powerful poem that then led into a very thrilling performance by Charles Wissinger. He portrayed Audie Murphy, most decorated soldier from World War II. Everyone was taken aback at how great his performance was.

As Charles Wissinger left the stage, The Benfield Brass Band grabbed their instruments and played a number of patriotic songs. Like they do most years, when they played the medley of all the Armed Forces songs, each resident stood for their branch.

It was a day filled of true patriotism and it was great to see those Oak Crest residents honored.

The program will air on Wednesday, November 15th at 10AM, 2PM, 7PM, 9PM, and 12 midnight. It will also be available the following day at oakcresttv.com.

Meet the Candidates


It’s that time of the year again to elect your new representatives to the Resident Advisory Council. These are the elected residents who act as a liaison between residents and staff, mostly focusing on the areas of each Executive Team member.

This year, there are 8 residents running for 5 positions on the RAC. You, the residents, will get to cast your ballot and decide who you would like to see on the Council.

If you haven’t already, make sure you stop by the lobby in each community to read more about the candidates and find out more about their background.

The show will air on Friday, November 10th at 10AM, 2PM, 7PM, 9PM, and 12 midnight. It will also be available the following day online at oakcresttv.com. We will re-air the program the following Friday, November 17th right before elections take place.