The JSerra Business Magnet Program traveled with over 35 members to UCI to attend the first of the college’s 2012-2013 Distinguished Speaker Series. Headlining this event was president of the Disneyland Resort, George Kalogridis.
Located in the campuses’ Irvine Barclay Theatre, the students were greeted to a spectacle that could only be expected from the happiest place on earth.
Mickey Mouse and his helpers danced down the aisles of the lecture hall, performing on stage before the arrival of the speaker. The students were not expecting such a performance, and were pleased by the surprise. “ I sat down and all of a sudden Mickey Mouse came skipping out of no where. I felt like I was at Disneyland…it was incredible,” said JSerra senior John McCarthy.
After the initial performance was over, George Kalogridis began his presentation, which proved no less engaging. Kalogridis covered the major transformation of the Disneyland California Adventure Park over the last few years, and how it stemmed from the support and critique of the Disneyland guests and employees alike.
Following Kalogridis’ speech, students were asked to reach under their seat where they found a unique version of the Mickey Mouse hat. Once put on, the guests were all treated to a light show emitting from the Mickey ears, showcasing the room in color, to end the night on a magical note.
The University of California, Irvine hosts the annual international student college fair, Tuesday, September 25 at 2 p.m.
The event will host opportunities to speak with college representatives from all UC campuses, selected Cal State universities, community colleges, and private four-year universities. College representatives will provide helpful tools and information to international students about their campus, application process, scholarships, visa processes, and more.
The JSerra Business Magnet program is half way through it’s inaugural year and has already opened an on-campus student run store, designed a spill-proof liquid container for the school, attended multiple seminars and conferences among many other great accomplishments.
The Business Magnet program had the honor of hearing speakers share their knowledge and experiences this year, but the program has also attended a seminar at University of California, Irvine last November hosted by Bixby Land Company President and Chief executive, Bill Halford.
UCI Paul Merage School Of Business was so impressed by the students at the seminar they have been invited to another seminar with speaker Jim McCluney, Chief Executive Officer Emulex corporation.
The Business Magnet Program students will be visiting Fullerton College March 3 to participate in the Future Business Leaders of America Southern Sectionals competition.
Many of the students are taking exams on business topics of their choice and many others will be doing co-op test where multiple students will work together on a range of topics.
Junior Max Palmer and senior Cody Dupuis will be competing in the Global Business group testing.
“We are excited to put the knowledge of ours together and the things we have learned in our intro to business course. We plan on making it to Nationals together and expect great success from our classmates as well,” said Palmer and Dupuis.
Saturday, October 28 marks a great accomplishment with JSerra’s Artists In Residence program. Opening Night of the Laguna Beach Art Museum’s exhibit “The Best Kept Secret,” featured a selection of JSerra’s photography students.
Under the direction of Regina Stehney, the students had the opportunity to show their work in this retrospective art show-featuring artist from 1965 to 1971 that were also on faculty of UCI.
Hosting JSerra students in the downstairs gallery and displays student photography work from their book “Beauty Perceived” that was recently published through the JSerra Fine Arts department.
The exhibit at the Laguna Beach Art Museum is opened to the public until January 21.
Climbing the Great Wall of China not once but twice, JSerra’s Director of Counseling Olivia Huie sat down with JSerra Blog to offer some interesting fun facts about this anteater alumnus.
How long have you been an Academic Counselor?
I’ve been a counselor for six years and at JSerra for three years.
What is your favorite topic to cover during the year? College and purpose
Were you involved in any clubs in high school or college?
I was the associated student body treasurer, secretary and president (not at the same time). I was also the founder of our drama club, so I was the drama queen.
What do you hope to accomplish before you retire?
I’d love to travel to at least a dozen different places out of the country. I’d also like to obtain a doctorate degree at some point.
What was your first job? I worked retail at a men’s clothing store in the mall.
What was your favorite high school memory?
Hanging out with friends at the same lunch table and eating chili cheese fries from the food truck that came everyday. We didn’t have a bistro or a cafeteria for that matter.
What was your childhood dream job? I wanted to be a pediatrician.
Were you voted anything in high school? I was voted class clown and best smile.
What’s your favorite sports team?
Notre Dame football is my favorite and only because I married into the cult.
If you could live in any time period other than now, what would it be?
The 60’s because it seemed groovy.
Who or what was your inspiration that drove you to become a Counselor?
I wanted to become a counselor when I worked with underprivileged youth in downtown LA. I figured they needed a good role model and a leader to help guide them to opportunities. I felt like I needed to be that person to be the “change I wanted to see in the world.”
Food: Yogurtland, wine and cheese
TV Show: American Idol and HGTV
Animal: turtles and owls
Sports team: Chicago Bulls and ND Irish
Vacation spot: Costa Rica
Author: I love Paulo Coehlo
Who is your celebrity crush? You’ll have to ask me this in person I’m not sharing. I don’t want him to find out.
Favorite band growing up: Milli Vanilli, until they got caught lip syncing at their own concert, and I saw it on TLC.
Fun Facts and Random Acts
In grad school, I decided to pick up running and had this goal to run a marathon before the age of 30. So, I joined Team in Training, an organization that raises money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. I had a special connection to blood cancer, so I thought it would be a great idea to train and give back at the same time. I ran my first marathon in 2006 and have since completed four marathons and eight half marathons including Los Angeles, San Francisco and Chicago. I’m currently training to complete the Nike Women’s Marathon in San Francisco this fall. I not only do it for the medals, but mainly to help those in need.
I also love photography and have won two contests where my pictures have been placed on the front pages in magazines.
Lastly, in the short time I’ve been a counselor I have been promoted twice to director of counseling.