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.

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.

44th Annual Westlake Village Garden Club Garden Tour on Sunday, April 23, 2017

The Westlake Village Garden Club is holding their 44th annual Garden Tour on Sunday, April 23, 2017 (rescheduled from April 9) from 11 am to 4 pm. This award-winning tour includes 5 unique, one-of-a-kind gardens throughout the community.

Tickets available at www.westlakevillagegardenclub.com. Flat shoes are recommended & please, no pets. Lemonade & cookies served at one of the homes.

This is a 501(c)3 non profit organization that awards scholarships to local students and supports 12 non-profit organizations devoted to the enhancement & protection of our natural landscape.

Hugs 4 Hearts Festival in Simi Valley on Sunday, May 7, 2017

Hugs 4 Hearts Fest at 1765 Royal Avenue, Simi Valley will have with music, vendors, food, kids stuff and a silent auction. It is Sunday, May 7, from 10 am to 6 pm, Attendance is free. A booth is $50 plus a donation to the charity's silent auction. Harrison Hugs helps place AEDs (automated external defibrillators) in schools and donates them to schools as well. www.harrisonhugs.org