Spring 2017 Martin V. Smith School of Business & Economic Speaker Series in Camarillo 2/10, 2/17, 3/10

Immersion in Syria’s plight, multicultural advertising and a philanthropist CEO, part of MVS Lecture Series

Director, producer and academic Vangelis Lympouridis will kick off the spring 2017 Martin V. Smith School of Business & Economics Speaker Series with a presentation about his immersive virtual reality production company, Enosis VR.

The CSU Channel Islands (CSUCI) series is called “Contemporary Topics in Business and Technology.”

The presentations begin at 12 noon in Malibu Hall 100 on the CSUCI campus at One University Drive in Camarillo. The presentations are free of charge and include lunch.

After Lympouridis’ presentation on Feb. 10, marketing professional Alex Perez will speak on Feb. 17 about LX-Marketing, which specializes in ads for multi-cultural audiences.

Finally, on March 10, the CEO of Sage Network & Communications will talk about his business, which has seen a 54 percent growth in revenue.

The MVS Speaker Series was developed by MVS Business & Economics Chair William Cordeiro, Ph.D.

“We tried to develop a variety of topics to introduce our audience to emerging approaches to using technologies to meet today's customers or clients,” Cordeiro said.

Friday, Feb. 10

Vangelis Lympouridis, Founder Enosis VR

Users of immersive technology developed by Vangelis Lympouridis can walk through the dusty, war-torn streets of Syria or tear up the asphalt in a Formula 1 racecar, to name just a few virtual experiences.

After a successful career in academia, Lympouridis, who holds a doctorate in Whole Body Interaction among other degrees, launched his immersive reality company, Enosis VR, after producing a series of innovative virtual reality (VR) projects with an interdisciplinary team of students while at the University of Southern California. 

Among them was “Project Syria: An Immersive Experience,” which was commissioned by the World Economic Forum and exhibited at the Sundance Film Festival among other prestigious venues.

Friday, Feb. 17

Alex Perez, President LX-Marketing

Latino, LGBTQ, African-American and Asian-American audiences are an advertising specialty for marketing professional Alex Perez. 

The senior ad executive manages national accounts across several different industries. Perez is a specialist in diversity and cultural dynamics in the advertising marketplace. He will share some of his insights on appealing to a diverse audience.

Friday, March 10

Bill Locker, CEO Sage Network & Communications

Former CEO of the Boys & Girls Club Camarillo (BGCC) will discuss his new role as CEO of Sage Network & Communications, which has seen a 54 percent growth in revenue during his tenure.

During Bill Locker’s tenure at the BGCC, he increased daily attendance from 200 to more than 500 youth and increased the BGCC’s reserves by more than 50 percent.

Children have been at the heart of many causes Locker has overseen. When he was CEO of Sierra Nevada Children’s Services, he established the first low-income Children’s Dental Clinic in Nevada County. Locker also spearheaded the building of Center for Hope, a $15 million comprehensive treatment campus for those suffering with drug addiction.

To RSVP, visit: go.csuci.edu/mvs-speakerseries.

Complimentary event parking is limited and only available in the designated parking lot.  Once on campus, follow the directional signage to event parking then follow the walking signage to the event location. Free parking is available at the Camarillo Metrolink Station/Lewis Road parking lot with bus service to and from the campus.  In order to waive bus fares, riders should present their event registration confirmation when boarding the CSUCI Vista bus, otherwise the cash-only bus fare is $1.25 each way. Buses arrive and depart from the Camarillo Metrolink Station every 30 minutes from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., Monday through Friday. For exact times, check the schedule at: www.goventura.org.

About California State University Channel Islands
CSU Channel Islands (CSUCI) is the only four-year, public university in Ventura County and is known for its interdisciplinary, multicultural and international perspectives, and its emphasis on experiential and service learning. CSUCI’s strong academic programs focus on business, sciences, liberal studies, teaching credentials, and innovative master’s degrees. Students benefit from individual attention, up-to-date technology, and classroom instruction augmented by outstanding faculty research. CSUCI has been designated by the U.S. Department of Education as a Hispanic-Serving Institution and is committed to serving students of all backgrounds from the region and beyond. Connect with and learn more by visiting CSUCI’s Social Media.

CSU Channel Islands Spring Library Lecture Series in Ventura County, February to May 2017

CSU Channel Islands’ Library Lecture Series is a gift to Ventura County with campus faculty lending their expertise to current events, health care, the arts, science, the environment and a variety of other topics. Included in this spring’s library lecture selection is a closer examination of ISIS; advances in chemotherapy; diversity in Ventura County; literature and fantasy femme fatales.

The lectures are scheduled at libraries across Ventura County and are free and open to the public.

Blanchard Community Library (119 N. 8th Street, Santa Paula)

Tuesday, Feb. 21, 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Laundry in 18th and 19th century Mexico (Bilingual Presentation)

Behind the starched and polished image of the respectable upper class Mexican citizen in the 18th and 19th centuries were armies of “lavanderas” or laundresses. Professor of History Marie Francois, Ph.D. has studied this labor-intensive work, which often provided these independent contractors with the means to support their families. 

Tuesday, Mar 21, 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Won’t You Be My Neighbor? Examining Changes in Racial/Ethnic Diversity across Ventura County Neighborhoods.

Ventura County’s increasing racial and ethnic diversity has mirrored national trends over the past decade, but has occurred unevenly. Most neighborhoods in Ventura County are more ethnically and racially diverse, but many neighborhoods have actually decreased in diversity. Assistant Professor of Sociology Luis A. Sánchez, Ph.D., will discuss these changes and how geography affects neighborhood diversity.

Tuesday, April 11, 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Algorithms - the rules of modern living (Bilingual Presentation)

From online purchasing to Google searches to dating, algorithms are behind numerous aspects of modern living. Program Chair and Professor of Computer Science Michael Soltys, Ph.D., will explain algorithms and the concepts behind computer programs that keep our lives running smoothly.

Channel Islands Boating Center (3880 Bluefin Circle, Oxnard)

Thursday, April 13, 6:30 to 8 p.m.

With whom do we share the planet?  Examples from the fish world.

When we lose biodiversity, it’s a warning sign — the proverbial canary in a coal mine. To illustrate the importance and majesty of biodiversity, Biology Lecturer Steven Norris, Ph.D., will treat the audience to photos of colorful and even startling African and Mexican fish species, and explain why fish diversity and the health of our natural habitats is linked to our own survival.

Thursday, May 4, 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Adapting to stress: surviving hydrothermal vents, intertidal zones, and changing oceans

Resilient sea life, even a worm living in hellish conditions in deep-sea hydrothermal vents, can teach us about the very boundaries of life. Assistant Professor of Biology Geoff Dilly, Ph.D., will take his audience deep into the ocean with photos taken on deep sea dives and submarine trips to visit these remarkable creatures and learn what they can teach us about the survival of many other species on a swiftly-changing planet.

City of Camarillo Public Library (4101 E. Las Posas Rd., Camarillo)

Monday, Feb 27, 6:30 to 8 p.m. 

Is Eugenics History? Mass Sterilization of People with Disabilities

About 20,000 people, 70 percent of them with disabilities, were sterilized in California at the beginning of the 20th century. That’s because California’s eugenics law was passed in 1909, causing castrations, tubal ligations and forced birth control. Assistant Professor of Health Science Kristen Linton, MSW, Ph.D., will explain the eugenics law, and how ghosts of this period of history may persist today in our attitudes toward sex when it comes to people with disabilities and in a law that remains on the books.

Monday, March 27, 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Fantasy Femmes Fatales: Women of Mythology and Poetics of Power

They could turn men to stone. Give them power in battle. Or lure sailors to their deaths. Assistant Librarian Colleen Harris-Keith, M.L.S., M.F.A, Ed.D. will explore the intriguing fantasy femme fatales in books, movies, plays and music. Mythological female characters like the sirens, Circe, Medusa, Helen of Troy; Athena and Aphrodite had great and fearsome power and their lure has intrigued us through the centuries. Harris-Keith will discuss why these characters have persisted and how authors and poets’ treatment of them affect how we see them.

Monday, April 24, 6:30 to 8 p.m.

ISIS and Ideology
ISIS, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, is covered a great deal in the media, but there is little understanding of where ISIS came from, what it’s about and why it persists. Assistant Professor of Sociology Reha Kadakal, Ph.D. will discuss the ideological roots of ISIS and its terror, its appeal to some, and the conditions of its total defeat so that peace and stability can return to the region.

Grant R. Brimhall Library (1401 E. Janss Rd., Thousand Oaks)

Wednesday, March 22, 7 to 8 p.m.

"It's the thought that counts:" On the pragmatics of gift-giving 

Is giving a gift card "less thoughtful" than giving someone merchandise? What if it was cash instead? Can it ever be "polite" to refuse a gift? And if so, how do we decide? One of humanity's most cherished cultural and interpersonal rituals is the practice of gift-giving. Drawing from social scientific research, Communication Lecturer Daniel Usera, Ph.D., will explore some communicative complexities of both giving and receiving gifts.

Wednesday, April 26, 7 to 8 p.m.

Logistics and Labor: Recent Developments at West Coast Ports

The colorful communities and serene beaches along the California coastline are only part of the story. Also along the coastline are massive ships and dynamic ports that have an integral role in local, regional and global economics. Assistant Professor of Sociology Elizabeth Sowers, Ph.D. will discuss the logistics industry, which is the detailed organization of a complex operation like our California shipping ports. Sowers will explain recent strikes and labor uprisings among logistics workers, and how this affects the mechanics of our economy.

Ojai Library (111 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai)

Saturday, Feb. 11, 1 to 2:30 p.m.

TADA! Validating the Magic of Theatre and Dance

After 45 years, a bit of magic has come to the state of California. On Sept. 26, Governor Jerry Brown signed SB 916, the TADA! Act into law. Written by Senator Ben Allen of Santa Monica, the Theatre and Dance Act will provide all students in California access to dance and theatre as part of their public education. Assistant Professor of Performing Arts Heather Castillo, M.F.A., will talk about the benefits of this move and what it means to students and the larger community.

Saturday, March 11, 1 to 2:30 p.m.

Thinking Like a Mountain Lion: Learning to Live With Wild Neighbors

Recent human-wildlife conflicts in the Santa Monica Mountains show us definite changes in the way 'fringe dwellers' relate to shared space. Environmental Science & Resource Management Lecturer Dan Maher, Ph.D., will talk about how wildlife management has changed through the years to serve better both mountain lions and people. Maher will also share findings from ongoing studies helping us learn to live with our wild neighbors.

Saturday, April 8, 1 to 2:30 p.m.

Virginia Woolf and James Joyce

In the early years of the 20th century, just as Picasso, Modigliani and others were transforming European art in order to represent a new sensibility, so too were Virginia Woolf (1882-1941) and James Joyce (1882-1941) creating what we now think of as modern fiction. Both were innovators in bursting open the boundaries of conventional writing to better express a new reality. Professor of English Joan Peters, Ph.D., will discuss Joyce and Woolf and how they reflected a new age of unprecedented individual freedom and a social volatility erupting into revolution and war. Together, Woolf and Joyce created the blueprint for fiction as we now know it.

Saturday, May 13, 1 to 2:30 p.m.  

Growing Awareness: Pathways to Healthy Happy Food Security and Increased Community Cohesiveness Via the Creation of Community Gardens.

Learn the art of designing, developing and sustaining community gardens from Environmental Science & Resource Management, Communication Lecturer Dan Maher, Ph.D. and Patricia Browne, R.N., who is also President of Camarillo Community Gardens. Maher and Browne will share tips on crop choice, rotation, pest control and other small-scale horticultural tips based on similar demonstration projects going on at CSUCI.

Simi Valley Library (2969 Tapo Canyon Rd, Simi Valley)

Sunday, Feb. 19, 2 to 3 p.m.

Chemotherapy: Background for Basic Understanding

Chemotherapy has come a long way with therapy personalized for each individual and the type of cancer they are fighting. Biology Lecturer Zin Htway, Ph.D., will explain companion and complementary diagnostics as well as targeted therapy. In other words, tumors are analyzed at a molecular level to determine the best way to eliminate them. The lecture will include a discussion of promising developments in treating a specific type of lung cancer.

Sunday, April 9, 2 to 3 p.m.

Poets of Dissent/Poetas del Desacato

Languages Lecturer Maythe Ruffino, M.A., and three other area poets will share work that denounces racism, sexism, discrimination, war and the killing and persecution of innocent people, including children. Ruffino, who will read her poetry in Spanish, shares the belief that art has a commitment not to serve as a political manifesto, but to touch the deepest fibers of humanity to stand in solidarity and help transform society. This poetry series is a call for resistance and survival of humanity.

About California State University Channel Islands
CSU Channel Islands (CSUCI) is the only four-year, public university in Ventura County and is known for its interdisciplinary, multicultural and international perspectives, and its emphasis on experiential and service learning. CSUCI’s strong academic programs focus on business, sciences, liberal studies, teaching credentials, and innovative master’s degrees. Students benefit from individual attention, up-to-date technology, and classroom instruction augmented by outstanding faculty research. CSUCI has been designated by the U.S. Department of Education as a Hispanic-Serving Institution and is committed to serving students of all backgrounds from the region and beyond. Connect with and learn more by visiting CSUCI’s Social Media.

2017 Lexus Ventura Marathon, Half Marathon and 5K on Sunday, October 22

The 2017 Lexus Ventura Marathon, Half Marathon and 5K are planned for Sunday, October 22. The race course have changed this year and now will be point to point, downhill courses running from Ojai to Ventura. Free waffle breakfast after the race too! Learn more at www.venturamarathon.com.

Additional events planned include Kids Sand Runs and 100, 62 and 30 Mile Bike Rides.

The event is managed by Vendurance Sports, a Ventura County-based running club and event management company aiming to bring high-quality, well-organized and affordable events to the region.

Also in the plans is the Ventura Beach Party 2017 on Saturday, 10/21 from 10am to 6pm and Sunday, 10/22 from 7am to 3pm. Beachfront event will feature local vendors, live music, kids' activities and a craft beer garden next to the Ventura Pier. More at www.venturabeachparty.com.

2nd Annual Singletrack Stampede 22K & 42K Trail Runs in Calabasas on Saturday, March 4th

The 2nd Annual Singletrack Stampede "Trail of the Ancients" 22K and 42K Trail Runs take place on Saturday, March 4th at 4232 Las Virgenes Road, Calabasas. Races start at 7:30am on 95% single track trails in the Las Virgenes Canyon. Register at ultrasignup.com/register.aspx?did=39106.

8th Annual Wild and Scenic Film Festival in Ventura March 3-4, 2017

Tickets on sale now for the Ventura Hillsides Conservancy’s 8th Annual Wild and Scenic Film Festival

Tickets are on sale now for the Ventura Hillsides Conservancy’s (VHC) 8th annual Wild and Scenic Film Festival (WSFF). Held high on the hill at Ventura’s Poinsettia Pavilion, 3451 Foothill Rd., on Friday and Saturday, March 3 and 4, the WSFF offers audiences the chance to enjoy a series of award-winning short films that celebrate the beauty and bounty of our natural world.

This very popular annual event brings a national tour of award-winning independent short films to Ventura for two nights only. Highlights of this year’s film lineup, which differs each night, include: river rafting with President Jimmy Carter, swimming upstream with a wild salmon, scaling the Seven Summits with a female Bangladeshi adventurer and the hiking 60 miles in Utah’s back country with Genghis Khan, an articulate “desert dawg” and his owner.

In addition to viewing films, attendees also enjoy live music, special guests, popcorn, home baked cookies, food, beer, wine and the chance to win high-end raffle items that include original artwork, outdoor gear, dining-out certificates and more.

Ticket prices are $20 for General Admission or $35 for “Silver Circle” seats. “Silver Circle” tickets include reserved seating plus one drink ticket for a glass of beer or wine. The festival also serves as a membership drive for VHC. For $50, purchasers receive a one-year VHC membership plus two General Admission tickets or for $100, they receive a one-year VHC membership plus two “Silver Circle” tickets.

The WSFF is supported by donations from several local businesses and community organizations. This year’s event sponsors include: Castoro Cellars, City of Ventura Environmental Sustainability, Fletcher Chouinard Designs, For Your Home Furniture, Law Offices of Richard L. Francis and Assoc., Patagonia, Poseidon Brewing Co., Rabobank, Real Cheap Sports, REI, Two Trees Brewing Co., Slaughter, Reagan and Cole, LLC, Ventura Community Bank and Ventura Water.

To purchase tickets, visit www.venturahillsides.org/events. For more information on tickets or sponsorship opportunities, call VHC at: (805) 643-8044.

The Ventura Hillsides Conservancy is dedicated to preserving and protecting Ventura's hillsides, waterways and wildlife. Founded in 2003, the 501(c)(3) non-profit organization is supported by over 500 members, local business and government partners. The land trust manages 80 acres of land near the Ventura River and is working toward the purchase of its first hillside property. Further information about the Conservancy is at: www.venturahillsides.org.