Listening to You!

Tune in for a LIVE call-in show on Channel 973 on Monday, February 29th at 10:00 AM
Tune in for a LIVE call-in show on Channel 973 on Monday, February 29th at 10:00 AM
by Christopher Taydus
ctaydus@erickson.com

One of the biggest goals of Oak Crest TV and Oak Crest Now is making sure that residents voices are heard. Be it advertising their group or organization, or expressing their views on different topics and subjects, we make sure that you are heard. That includes being heard by the Oak Crest Administration. Once a month, the community’s TV station hosts a LIVE Call-In Show featuring members of our executive team. This forum gives our residents a direct link to the Directors of the community to express their questions, comments, concerns, and compliments on the air. Continue reading

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Dining Out & Clockin’ In

Dining Services is the focus of the latest episode of Clockin' In with Barbara Zorn.
Dining Services is the focus of the latest episode of Clockin’ In with Barbara Zorn.
by Chris Taydus
ctaydus@erickson.com

Started in 2015, Clockin’ In with Barbara Zorn gave residents the opportunity to learn more about the people and departments that they wanted to learn more about. In the first shows, we took the time to meet the Philanthropy & Communications departments and the Dining Services Administration. The show gave you a unique look into the staff’s personal lives and the duties they perform here at Oak Crest.

In the latest episode, Barbara meets with the management teams from the three dining rooms here at Oak Crest. Lead by Paul O’Callaghan, Steve Sweeney, and Aziz Iskander, the Oak Crest Dining Rooms are responsible for feeding many of the 2,100 residents each and every day, sometimes more than once a day. So learning the various responsibilities of the dining staff members is important to understanding how the dining rooms operate.

This show will cover a variety of topics from the impact of the upcoming Signature Dining changes to the role of the student servers in keeping our residents content during their daily meals. So be sure to tune in for this episode of Clockin’ In with Barbara Zorn on Friday, February 26th at 10:00 AM with replays at 2:00 PM, 7:00 PM, 9:00 PM, and 12:00 AM only on Channel 973. The show will also be available the following day at www.oakcresttv.com.

The Latest & Greatest

The TV Studio Staff has been working the last few weeks to get equipment installed across the campus.
The TV Studio Staff has been working the last few weeks to get equipment installed across the campus.

by Christopher Taydus
ctaydus@erickson.com 

Many people don’t know, but the Oak Crest TV Studio staff, besides being responsible for the day to day operations of Channel 970 and 973, they are also responsible for the audio/visual equipment across the campus. This includes every video projector and sound system on campus. In the past few weeks, Josh Runkles and the studio staff have been implementing some new equipment throughout the campus.

The first thing you might notice is the new computer carts in the three classrooms, the Garden Room, the Crestview Conference Room, and the new computer in John Erickson Hall. In an effort to make presenting easier, the computers were put in those rooms to give residents, staff, and visitors a simple way to show pictures, slideshows, and videos even if they don’t have easy access to a laptop or tablet that can be hooked up to the audio/visual system.

The computers are equipped with the Microsoft Office suite, two different internet browsers (Microsoft Internet Explorer and Google Chrome), and access to YouTube video streaming service. The computers are already hooked up in the Conference Room, Erickson Hall, the Garden Room, and the Town Center Classroom. The studio expects the Village Square and Crestview Classrooms to be ready to go by February 19th.

Another new feature in the classrooms are new whiteboards. This might trigger the question, “What so technical about a whiteboard?” The new whiteboards are also the projector screens. This will allow presentations to be projected directly onto the white boards, giving the presenter the opportunity to draw ‘on the screen’. This will also prevent residents and staff from having to pull down projector screens, and will prevent all presenters from accidentally drawing on the drop down projector screens and permanently marking them.

The final piece of new audio/visual equipment to make it to the Oak Crest Campus is a new mobile classroom. The mobile classroom was intended to offer residents, staff, and visitors the opportunity to have audio/visual capabilities in rooms that don’t have built in systems. In the past year, while the studio conducted a trial run of the first mobile classroom, the system has been used in lobbies, craft rooms, dining rooms, and departmental offices. While the mobile classroom idea isn’t new, the second of these carts is new, with a few upgrades from its predecessor. The new cart features more easily accessible controls and plugs, hidden speakers, and a different, more advanced monitor.

If you are interested in learning more about the new equipment or existing equipment, including how to operate the systems, please don’t hesitate to contact the TV Studio at (410)663-3013 or by e-mailing studio@oakcresttv.com.

The Wheel Deal

Oak Crest now chats with resident Harvey Jacob about his newest classic car and what this model of car means to him.
Oak Crest now chats with resident Harvey Jacob about his newest classic car and what this model of car means to him.
by Lauren Costello
lmcostello@erickson.com

It’s a bird…it’s a plane…it’s a Comet? Here at Oak Crest we have a large number of Oak Crest residents who have great stories to share, and lucky for us, we were able to find one with a “classic” story.

Resident, Harvey Jacob, is a proud owner of a Classic 1961 Mercury Comet as of a month ago. Ever since Harvey can remember he has always had a passion for cars. He is no stranger to what it takes to own a classic car. In fact, he’s owned several Classics throughout his life; he’s even owned a few Harley Davidson motorcycles over the years. And it doesn’t stop with Harvey. He was able to share his passion with his sons who have owned their fair share of Classic cars as well. In fact, Harvey says they might even have more knowledge when it comes to cars than he does!

He bought his Mercury Comet in Newark, Delaware from a man who completely restored the car with his daughter. During the interview, you will be able to see some of the certain features the daughter picked out for the car. Harvey said it’s funny to see the difference between the father’s style compared to what the daughter had planned.

Thanks to Harvey, we were able to drive the car around Loop Road, listening to all the stories of how the car came to be. When I got in the car, the first thing I noticed were the red leather seats with an entire red painted interior. It was really interesting to see all the features of the car from the roll down windows, to the radio knobs, to the huge steering wheel.

When Harvey drove back around to Town Center, we got out of the car and he showed me the engine and the speakers in the car. The engine was spotless- it was the cleanest engine inside any car I have ever seen; he wasn’t kidding when he said you could eat your dinner off of it! The trunk opened to expose two huge red and white speakers in the back. Again, Harvey noted how this was the daughters idea.

To learn more about the car, The Classic 1961 Mercury Comet will air on Oak Crest Now on Thursday, February 11th at 10AM, 2PM, 7PM, 9PM, and 12 midnight. You can also visit oakcresttv.com the following day to view the program online.

UPDATE – Friday, February 19th, 2016

The show featuring Harvey Jacob and his 1961 Mercury Comet is now available at www.oakcresttv.com