Great Cause for a Great Community

Dec1Headline.pngBY: LAUREN COSTELLO
LMCOSTELLO@ERICKSON.COM

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

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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.

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Armchair Travel: Utah

Nov24Headline.pngBY: LAUREN COSTELLO
LMCOSTELLO@ERICKSON.COM

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

Nov17Headline.pngBY: LAUREN COSTELLO
LMCOSTELLO@ERICKSON.COM

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

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BY: LAUREN COSTELLO
LMCOSTELLO@ERICKSON.COM

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

Nov3Headline.pngBY: LAUREN COSTELLO
LMCOSTELLO@ERICKSON.COM

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.

Spooky Stats

Oct27Headline.pngBY: LAUREN COSTELLO
LMCOSTELLO@ERICKSON.COM

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
LMCOSTELLO@ERICKSON.COM

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 oakcresttv.com.

 

 

Scam, Safety, and Security

Oct13Headline.pngBY: LAUREN COSTELLO
LMCOSTELLO@ERICKSON.COM

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 oakcresttv.com.

 

 

Meet the Students

Oct6Headline.pngBY: LAUREN COSTELLO
LMCOSTELLO@ERICKSON.COM

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 oakcresttv.com. Make sure you check the TV Guides to see when the interview with students from the other two dining rooms will air.