The Reformation at 500 Years

Nov17Headline.pngBY: LAUREN COSTELLO

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


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

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 We will re-air the program the following Friday, November 17th right before elections take place.

Spooky Stats

Oct27Headline.pngBY: LAUREN COSTELLO

In searching for what to write about for this week’s article, I thought with Halloween right around the corner, why not share some facts about this holiday!

I actually learned a lot about Halloween, which is great because Halloween is my favorite holiday! I figured you pretty much went to school, dressed up for your school dance, came home, met your friends, went trick or treating, and called it a night. But there is so much more!

First, did you know that Halloween is actually more Irish than St. Patrick’s Day? It’s true! Halloween comes from a Celtic festival for the dead called “Samhain”. The Celts believed that ghosts of the dead walked around Earth on this holiday which led to people leaving “treats” out for them. Pretty cool, huh?

Another tradition for some New Englanders stems from cabbage. This idea involves pranksters collecting stinky and rotten vegetables and leaving them on their neighbor’s porch. Gross! Let’s hope that doesn’t happen to you this year.

What about Halloween colors? Where did orange and black come from. Well, orange is actually a symbol of strength and endurance while black is a symbol of death and darkness. Both colors, along with gold and brown, also relate to fall!

Next is my favorite, candy corn! Most people think this is the most disgusting thing they have ever eaten. But for some reason, I live for the day I see these bags go on the racks in the grocery store! In fact, nearly 35 million pounds of candy corn are produced each year!

And last, did you know that Halloween is the second highest grossing commercial holiday after Christmas?

Pretty interesting, right?

Make sure you tune to Channel 973 on Halloween to watch last year’s Halloween Costume Contest! Then, check the TV Guides the following week to watch this year’s show!

The Lighthouse: Pastoral Care Week

Oct20Headline.pngBY: LAUREN COSTELLO

The week of October 23rd to October 28th marks Pastoral Care Week, and there is no better way to highlight our Pastoral Ministries team than by with a brand new episode of The Lighthouse.

Next Tuesday, October 24th, The Lighthouse will air at it’s regular time, but this episode will be a little different from others. We decided to highlight the Pastoral Ministries team and find out why they love working at Oak Crest, what they love about interacting with the residents, and the best part about their job.

The show is set up a little differently, with the staff talking off camera about their experiences. It’s really great to see how each resident impacts the whole team in a different way.

So if you see one of the staff members from the Pastoral Ministries department next week, be sure to stop in and say “thank you” for all their hard work and dedication to the Oak Crest Community.

The Lighthouse airs on Tuesday, October 23rd at 10AM, 2PM, 7PM, 9PM, and 12 midnight. It can also be seen online the following day at



Scam, Safety, and Security

Oct13Headline.pngBY: LAUREN COSTELLO

Next week, Channel 973 will be airing two shows that have shown much interest for many residents; scams and falls.

Fall is here which means the holidays are right around the corner. With that being said, scammers are getting ready to pounce. They know “holiday season” is the prime time to sell products and if they try hard enough, they just might be successful.

The presentation will go over multiple different types of scams such as identity theft, credit card scams, phone scams, and so much more.

Last month on Legaline, we talked about what happens when these people try to call you. Most of the time they talk extremely fast to confuse you, causing you to become very flustered in hopes that you will just agree with whatever they are selling. One tip that was shared was asking for their contact information to call them back at a later date. Most of the time they will immediately hang up the phone.

Also airing next week is a show about household safety and campus falls. Again, falling is something that has happened to all of us at one point or the next, and it’s a scary feeling. But fear no more! Temica Hopson and Angie Stiars share some tips and tricks on how to keep your apartment clean and some things you can do to be more prepared.

Grab rails, bath mats, and step stools are all things that are extremely beneficial to many of the residents here at Oak Crest. In fact, a majority of the residents at Oak Crest have had changes to their bathroom to add more grab bars for safety when getting in and out of the shower. Angie encourages everyone to contact her if you would like some of the things she mentioned in her presentation added to your apartment.

Scam Prevention will air on Wednesday, October 18th and Household Safety will air the following day on October 19th. Make sure you tune to Channel 973 at 10AM, 2PM, 7PM, 9PM, or 12 midnight to stay alert and pick up some tips. Both programs will also be available 24 hours after they air online at



Meet the Students


Most of you go to dinner each night with your friends sitting at your regular table with those same faces serving you each night. But, how much do you know about those students who are bringing you your food, parking your scooters, and greeting you as you walk into the dining room?

Over the next few weeks we will be highlighting three students from each of the dining rooms. You’ll get to hear about what dining room they work in, what some of their hobbies are, where they’re going to school, and so much more!

So the next time you see those friendly faces in the dining rooms, you’ll know a little bit more about them!

The first episode featuring students from Windows Dining Room will air on Friday, October 13th at 10AM, 2PM, 7PM, 9PM, and 12 midnight. It will also be available the following day online at Make sure you check the TV Guides to see when the interview with students from the other two dining rooms will air.

Creating 50 Years of Television Through Our Residents

Sept29headline.pngBY: LAUREN COSTELLO

These days are ours
Happy and free! (Oh Happy Days)

….So sit back and relax, because you’re about to travel through 50 years of television!

This past month, Community Resources teamed up with the Philanthropy Department, The TV Studio, and team of one, Jeff Getek, to create something that is going to blow everyone away: A 2018 Resident Calendar.

So what does that mean exactly? Take a look at the picture below:

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Do you recognize those faces? Those are your fellow Oak Crest Residents acting as characters from the ever popular TV Show, Gilligan’s Island!

For 2018, an idea popped up about creating a calendar full of popular TV shows, using our residents as characters. And let me tell you, this was no small project.

Nadine Wellington, Josh Runkles, Stacey Schiano, and Jeff Getek had multiple meetings about how to approach this idea to create something so special to Oak Crest.

First, they needed to establish which TV Shows would be showcased. Then, which residents most closely resembled the characters in those TV shows. Next, the costumes, the makeup, the hair, the poses, etc! Months and months of planning that resulted in 3 days of photo shoots, hours of editing, and many, many, many revisions, to create one amazing calendar.

It was incredible to see how each resident transformed into their character when they walked into the studio. I had so much fun taking their pictures because they were having so much fun! For those few minutes, we got to travel back in time to when that TV show took place and really bring that to life.

Below are some behind the scene shots that were taken during the photo shoots.

EdSullivan_1.jpgJohn Gregory: The Ed Sullivan

IMG_0367.jpgLud Lankford, Elaine Lankford, Sonia Purol, Dennis Hoover: I Love Lucy

Bonanza_2.jpgBob Gralley, Bill Metzger, Jack Orth, Jim Fennesey: Bonanza

Thank you to everyone who helped!! Make sure you tune to Channel 973 on Friday, October 6th at 10AM to hear more about the calendar making process, along with some amazing stories from our residents. The show will also be available online the following day at


 Wednesday, October 18th from 3:30PM to 6PM outside of each dining lobby
Friday, November 3rd at the Treasure Chest Christmas Sale from 10AM to 2PM in the lobby of Erickson Hall
Cost: 1 calendar for $12 or 2 calendars for $20

All proceeds benefit the Benevolent Care Fund


Love at the Gala

Sept22Headline.pngBY: LAUREN COSTELLO

I think everyone was showing some love at the Love Boat themed Gala last Saturday. From the extensive balloon decorations, to the food, to karaoke in the Acorn, I think it was a fact that everyone had a great time.

The night started off with appetizers upstairs where everyone mingled with other residents and staff and enjoyed all the wonderful decorations and raffles. Then, the cruise horn blew and it was time for everyone to head downstairs to hear a few words from Stacey and Captain, Mark Roussey.

The night then kicked off with some dancing and wonderful food! We had it all; steak, crab cakes, tuna, mashed potatoes, veggies…and so much more but I have to stop naming them because it’s making me hungry! And of course, who can forget about all the different desserts.

Around 9PM the Acorn transformed into the Karaoke Lounge where everyone was cheering and singing in their best voice to their favorite songs. Don’t worry, we got that on film 🙂 The casino was packed as well, as residents, staff, and family tried to win big!

Make sure you tune to Channel 973 on Friday, September 29th to follow Josh Runkles around as he makes his way through Crestview Hall. The show will also be available the following day at