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 oakcresttv.com.



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 oakcresttv.com.



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 oakcresttv.com. 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 oakcresttv.com.


 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 oakcresttv.com.


Resident Life Updates: The Farewell Edition

Sept15Headline.pngBY: LAUREN COSTELLO

With the month of September coming to a close, Director of Resident Life, Catherine Cohen, will also be closing a chapter of her life.

On Monday, September 25th, Catherine will begin her new role as an Administrator in Training under the guidance of Heather Uttenreither who is the Director of Continuing Care. Even though she will no longer be the Director of Resident Life, you’ll still see her face around campus.

The picture above shows Catherine with the managers of Resident Life, who each ask her a few questions during the show. You’ll find out what Catherine wanted to do as a child, what the next race she wants to run is, and what her favorite memory was in Resident Life. There were many laughs…but there were also some tears.

We don’t want to give too much away, so you’ll have to watch Channel 973 on Friday, September 22nd at 10AM to find out more!

If you miss the 10AM episode, you can always watch again at 2PM, 7PM, 9PM, or midnight. The episode will also be available the following day at oakcresttv.com.

Best of luck, Catherine!

2018 Overnight Trips



2017 has been a great year so far with trips, events, and so much more! But, wait until you see what’s in store for 2018.

Tina Moskunas stopped by our studio with some updates on amazing trips for the next year, and let me tell you, I want to go on all of them! The best part about signing up for these trips is you have absolutely nothing to worry about. Zero. Zilch. Nada.

Golden Travel Services, LLC. plans the entire trip, covering the cost of excursions, meals, tips, and anything else you can think of. Most of the trips discussed have escorts that will lead you to and from your destination so you don’t have to worry about getting lost or meeting the group. On some of the trips there will be an escort for the entire duration in case residents need extra help.

Now, I don’t want to spoil what some of the trips are so I’m going to post some pictures below of places that we discussed in the show. The only catch is I’m not going to tell you where they are from! You’ll have to watch to figure out 🙂 But they are truly beautiful!




See? I bet you are dying to know where these places are!! Don’t worry, you can find out on Tuesday, September 12th at 10AM. And if you miss that time, you can watch again at 2PM, 7PM, 9PM, or midnight. The program will also be available online the following day at oakcresttv.com.

Hurricane Harvey

Sept1Headline.pngBY: LAUREN COSTELLO

This past week the city of Houston experienced what many are calling one of the worst disasters in Texas history; Hurricane Harvey.

This is the first major hurricane of 2017, causing more destruction and upset than anyone could have imagined. So far, there have been 39 confirmed deaths and thousands of houses completely destroyed. Recover from this hurricane is expected to take many years.

On Thursday, August 7th, Josh Runkles and Jeff Getek sit down to discuss what happened in Texas and the effects the storm has on Eagles Trace. In case many residents are unaware, there is an Erickson Community in Houston, named Eagles Trace. Thankfully, this community did not undergo flooding, but they were still right in the midst of everything. Many employees could not get back to their house because the roads were too flooded to drive.

Eagles Trace has been in contact with Corporate and many other members of the Erickson Community throughout the entire catastrophe. I think this is something that makes Erickson so special; no matter what the circumstance, no matter where, members of Erickson will be there to support them in any way they can.

Below are some pictures taken from Hurricane Harvey






Make sure you tune into Channel 973 on Thursday, August 7th to find out more specific details and how Houston will rebuild. The episode will also be available the following day at oakcresttv.com.