JSerra President Visits with Prestigious Universities

University of California, Los Angeles

President of Pepperdine University, Andrew Benton, along with several members of  his staff met with JSerra President, Frank Talarico, and JSerra Board Member Chris Cox in late August. The visit extended well into the afternoon at the university’s gorgeous Malibu campus. The same day UCLA’s esteemed Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs, Janina Montero, met with both gentlemen at the Bruins’ Westwood campus.

Pepperdine University in Malibu, California
Cornell University

“We are incredibly fortunate to be located near some of the finest higher educational institutions in the world. The obvious dedication to education at all levels exhibited by President Benton and Vice Chancellor Montero is inspiring,” said Frank Talarico, JSerra President.  “The time they took to meet with us and brainstorm regarding future projects was exceptionally uplifting and showed what excellent stewards they are of their discipline.”

JSerra will continue to turn to both institutional resources for advice as we persistently look for ways to refine and improve all aspects of JSerra’s operations. This is one of the ways we will fulfill our desire to give the best educational experience possible to each of our students.

Board Member Cox traveled to New York and met with Shawn Felton, Senior Associate Director of Admissions for Recruitment at Cornell University. “The meeting was very productive. Sr. Assoc. Director Felton was exceptionally helpful in his discussion with me and offered valuable insights which will benefit JSerra,” said Cox. “We are very grateful Cornell is sending an Admissions Representative to meet with JSerra students, faculty and administrators this September. I encourage all students interested in UCLA, Pepperdine, Cornell, or any other universities to reflect their interest on Naviance as soon as possible.”

JSerra hosts Surviving and Thriving in High School Night with college guidance mentor Debbie Morgan

*A Press Release from JSerra Catholic High School

JSerra Catholic High School is offering the Orange County community a free opportunity to have their questions answered about when to start looking into colleges for their children.

College guidance mentor Debbie Morgan will moderate a workshop called “Surviving and Thriving in High School.” The event is scheduled for Aug. 25 at the JSerra Pavilion at JSerra Catholic High School. It begins at 6:30 p.m.

“It is never too early to begin the process of thoughtful preparation – academically and personally,” Morgan said. “It is becoming more imperative for students with the hope, dream and goal of one day attending college to become well acquainted with what will be expected of them.”

“Debbie offers important tips on how to prepare for the future during these uncertain times. We hope parents take advantage of this one-time opportunity to hear from one of the region’s foremost education experts,” said Frank Talarico, JSerra President.

While the presentation is geared toward families with middle school and high school-age students, it offers information of value to all parents looking for tips about how to improve their children’s educational opportunities, Morgan said.

Morgan’s professional background includes serving as Capistrano Unified School District’s director of college guidance services from 1998 to 2007. She has an English degree from the University of Southern California.

About JSerra Catholic High School

Just eight years old, JSerra Catholic High School is quickly becoming one of the region’s top university preparatory institutions. Its graduates include National Merit Scholarship winners, Ivy League university students and Division I collegiate athletes. Located in San Juan Capistrano, the school features $110-million facilities, including a state-of-the-art $40 million athletic complex. For more, visit www.jserra.org.

Frank Talarico: JSerra H.S. thrives as public schools wane

*Currently running in the Orange County Register, By Frank Talarico, JSerra President

Last school year, after participating in a lifelike medical-simulation program offered by JSerra Catholic High School, senior Tom Joseph came away more excited than ever to study medicine in college and ultimately become a doctor.

“I love the program because it gives real hands-on experience with the hospital and real-life practice of medicine,” Tom said following an intense emergency-simulation exercise at Mission Hospital. “It allows me to learn what to expect in college and later in med school.”

To read the complete article click here.

Click her for more on the Pre-medical Magnet Program. 

Pepperdine admissions director tours JSerra

JSerra President Frank Talarico with Laura Kalinkewicz, Pepperdine University admissions director

JSerra seniors who are registered on Naviance had a special opportunity to meet with Pepperdine’s new admissions director, Laura Kalinkewicz.

Arriving on campus for her first visit to JSerra in mid-August, Kalinkewicz was very impressed with the grand tour she was given by JSerra faculty member and Pepperdine alum Laura Kennedy. During an interactive luncheon with administrators, academic department heads and faculty,  Kalinkewicz pointed out how much JSerra and Pepperdine have in common.

“All agreed our Christian faith, its application to our curriculum and manifestation to serve our communities and the world at large, unite us in a similar educational purpose, vision and mission. Opportunities for future collaboration are a natural outcome of this tremendous visit,” said Frank Talarico, JSerra president.

JSerra Catholic High School Announces New Choral Director Brian Dehn to Lead Award Winning Choir

*A press release from JSerra Catholic High School

(San Juan Capistrano, CA)–Music instructor and member of the Chorus America, Brian Dehn will now lead JSerra’s Choral Department beginning July 2011.

Dehn, former music instructor at Cornelia Conelly School in Anaheim looks forward to continually building onto the successful program Choral Director Andrew Alvarez has built at JSerra four short years ago.

“I am proud and honored to be chosen to lead JSerra’s Choral Department, I look forward to many great additions and traditions that JSerra has instilled in the Choral program,” said Dehn.

We congratulate and thank Andrew Alvarez, exiting JSerra Choral Director, for his amazing work with the JSerra choir.  Andrew introduced choral music to JSerra and in four short years he built a program that has achieved rave reviews from audiences across the world, including Pope Benedict XVI, has performed in churches in Florence and Rome, including St. Peter’s Basilica, has won regional and national choral festivals and competitions, and brought great prestige and pride to JSerra.

“Due to Andrew’s great work he leaves a program that is highly acclaimed and one that has attracted the attention of other choral directors,” said Frank Talarico, JSerra President and CEO. “As a result, we are blessed to have strong interest from very talented choir directors who are excited about the opportunity to fill some big shoes left by Andrew’s departure. Brian possesses the expertise, experience, and vision to lead the JSerra choral program on the path of continued success established by Andrew Alvarez.  We are very fortunate to have found someone with Brian’s skill set to take over one of JSerra’s strongest and most valued programs.”

Dehn comes to JSerra with an extensive musical background from Chapman University in Orange, CA. Completing his Bachelors of Music in conducting, vocal performance and music education Dehn comes from Corneila Connelly School in Anaheim as their lead music instructor for the past 7 years.

 

About JSerra Choral Department

In four short years JSerra built a Choral program that has achieved rave reviews from audiences around the world, including Pope Benedict XVI. The JSerra Choral program has performed in churches in Florence and Rome, including St. Peter’s Basilica, and has won regional and national choral festivals and competitions, and brought great prestige and pride to JSerra. For more, visit www.jserra.org.

 

About JSerra Catholic High School

Just eight years old, JSerra Catholic High School is quickly becoming one of the region’s top university preparatory institutions. Its graduates include National Merit Scholarship winners, Ivy League university students and Division I collegiate athletes. Located in San Juan Capistrano, the school features $110-million facilities, including a state-of-the-art $40 million athletic complex. For more, visit www.jserra.org.

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Students Get a Taste of Medicine

*In the current issue of the Capistrano Dispatch

This is  a monthly column written by President/CEO Frank Talarico

Frank Talarico, JSerra President & CEO

The old man gasped for air, his blood pressure dangerously low and dropping. His heart rate was extremely rapid. The nurse heard crackling and vibrations in his lungs. The situation was bad. And getting worse.The diagnosis: Rule out sepsis, an infection rapidly spreading through the bloodstream.

The prognosis: Without quick and decisive treatment, death from hypoperfusion.

Fortunately, the scene playing out at Mission Hospital happened inside a conference center classroom. And the old man? He’s a lifelike breathing, talking patient simulator called SimMan.

SimMan is an important teaching tool that distinguishes JSerra’s medical program from a handful of others around the globe. Twenty-two high school juniors and seniors huddled breathlessly around the dummy as Connie Gagliardo, Mission’s executive director of critical care and trauma services, attempted to revive him with fluids pumped through an IV.

“His blood pressure is going up,” she announced. “His circulation and heart rate are normalizing. His blood pressure is increasing.”

She leaned toward SimMan, and asked how he felt.

“I’m so sick,” SimMan groaned.

“Thank God he’s talking,” Gagliardo said. “He feels so sick, but his ability to now talk is a great sign of improvement. He was in a state of severe shock. We must keep assessing. Remember: Look. Listen. Feel, and treat.”

SimMan wasn’t the only one in shock during the recent lesson.

“Most students should feel a bit panicked about this type of work,” Gagliardo said afterward. “They are probably asking themselves, ‘Can I really do this?’”

The answer, she says, is yes—with hard work and determination.

As studies progress and clinical experiences are lived they will become more comfortable in crisis situations, she said. Today was about how to systematize the assessment and treatment of chaos and crisis.

That’s part of the beauty of the program. Not only is the material life-and-death, it prepares students for the rigors of medical school. Some will discover that medicine is not for them, and that’s okay.

Senior Tom Joseph says he’s more pumped than ever about becoming a doctor like his father.

“I love the program because it gives real hands-on experience with the hospital and real life practice of medicine,” he said. “It allows me to learn what to expect in college and later in med school.”

Read more: The Capistrano Dispatch – Students Get a Taste of Medicine

Former Toshiba VP Carol Chaffee to Lead New Business Magnet Program

JSerra announced that math teacher and former corporate senior executive Carol Chaffee will lead JSerra’s new business magnet program.

Chaffee, a former vice president of sales for nationally-renowned public companies such as Toshiba America Information Systems, said she looks forward to preparing students for the rigors of collegiate business education.

“JSerra is revolutionizing the high school experience,” said Chaffee, who will hold the title Business Magnet Program Director. “Its partnership with Mission Hospital to train the next generation of medical professionals is cutting edge. And now, our affiliation with UC Irvine’s highly ranked Paul Merage School of Business will help prepare students for business school in a way unheard of until now.”

Carol Chaffee featured in OC Metro's Movers & Shakers

Chaffee has worked as a top sales executive, an executive recruiter and as an entrepreneur. She founded “C” Enterprises, Inc., a computer parts manufacturer that she sold in 1991.

Mark Simons, President and CEO of Toshiba America Information Systems, said Chaffee’s diverse experience and knowledge make her the perfect candidate to lead the new program.

“With Carol’s teaching experience coupled with her business acumen, the program will offer students a sound business education background as well as real-world business situations,” he said. “JSerra, this new program and most of all the students will benefit from her talented leadership.”

JSerra’s President and CEO Frank Talarico agrees.

“We are blessed at JSerra to have teachers with incredible workplace accomplishments and resumes educating our students,” he said. “Carol built a company that did $5 million in annual sales, and worked with distinction alongside top executives at some of the region’s best-known companies. We are thrilled that she will develop and nurture and grow one of our marquee new programs.”

To learn more about the program or to apply click here

Also click here to see OC Metro’s Movers & Shakers featuring Carol Chaffee