Forward Thinking Proceeds Great Achievement: NGSS Leadership Conference 2017

Science teachers across California gathered on Friday, March 10th 2017 at the Liberty Station Conference Center to show growing support for steadfast learning initiatives related to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).  Organizers of the NGSS Leadership Conference dedicated the day to presenting the most current information on California NGSS and educating attendees on what it looks like to transition and implement these philosophical standards inside a classroom. Many educators would agree that transferring philosophy into practice is the hardest and most important step. In an effort to meet these standards, district teams gathered together to collaborate and learn about each others implementation efforts. Each district hopes to refine their own NGSS implementation plans for the coming year.         

Sweet Like Thursday Morning: Rotary's Sweetheart Day

Approximately 150 million Valentine's Day cards are exchanged annually, making Valentine's Day the second most popular card sending holiday after Christmas. The Rotary 33 club is no stranger to the celebration of this popular holiday and last Thursday's luncheon highlighted the creative and musical undertone of the seasonal celebration. The Liberty Station Conference Center proudly hosts the downtown San Diego club every week and enjoys the way the club creatively celebrates each year. This year guest performers, San Diego State University Master of Arts, Musical Theater students, performed the Broadway hit song "Seasons of Love". The Valentine’s Day luncheon drew over 200 attendees from all over San Diego County. Cheers to another successful holiday luncheon!       

 

 

The San Diego Bike Share Program

The Liberty Station Conference Center is excited to announce their participation in the San Diego Bike Share Program, a coordinated city-wide effort to provide access to bicycle transportation at a low cost. The Liberty Station Community was one of the first areas of the city selected to host bike sharing stations, and one of the three stations will be located directly behind the LSCC, between our building and the neighboring business Massage Envy Spa. The program is scheduled to launch this summer.

The San Diego Bike Share Program is a joint venture between the City of San Diego and DecoBike, with the goal of promoting the use of bicycles within the local community. Bicycle use is a health and environmentally-conscious mode of transportation that helps reduce parking and traffic congestion around the city, and also helps create direct connections between local businesses, attractions, recreational sites, and public transportation options. The program will be available to both local residents and visiting tourists.

Here is an image of the proposed location for the bike station adjacent to the LSCC:

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As well as the distinctive bike racks proposed for the sharing stations:

Proposed bike rack for the San Diego                        Bike Share Program.

The other two sharing stations at Liberty Station will located at the nearby Hilton Homewood Suites and next to the USS Recruit (TDE 1). We will be featuring more information on this blog as the bike sharing program develops and the sharing stations here at Liberty Station become available for use. For more information regarding the program as well as other locations throughout the San Diego area visit the Information Page provided by the City of San Diego, as well as their FAQ site.

SAY San Diego General Staff Meeting & Health Expo

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On Friday, March 14, 2014 Social Advocates for Youth San Diego (SAY San Diego) hosted its annual General Staff Meeting and Health and Lifestyle Expo at the LSCC. The meeting convened more than 250 employees of the locally based nonprofit agency. The purpose of the meeting was to bring together all staff and acknowledge the past year’s accomplishment and honor four team members who have gone above and beyond to serve their clients and the community. The general staff meeting was followed by an expo, sponsored by Health Dimensions that highlighted the importance of health and well-being.

This was the first time that SAY San Diego has hosted this event at the LSCC and organizers were very pleased with the location and staff. “Prior to our event the LSCC staff were easy to work with, accommodating, and quick to respond.  Then day of our event they were present and helpful, the space was set up perfectly, as well as clean and bright.  They really helped create a positive atmosphere for our event,” said Allie Lindley, SAY San Diego’s lead organizer for this event.

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For more than 40 years, SAY San Diego has been devoted to serving and strengthening San Diego’s most vulnerable children, families and communities.  SAY provides services such as support for military families, before and after school care, child abuse prevention, school readiness, health promotion, and family self-sufficiency.   For more information, please visit the SAY San Diego website or follow them on Facebook.

Image and content kindly provided by SAY San Diego.

Rotary 33 March Program Events

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San Diego’s Rotary 33 Club, one of the five largest Rotary Clubs in the world, holds weekly programs at the LSCC. The organization, whose stated purpose is to “conduct humanitarian projects, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations and work toward world understanding and peace,” host a weekly program series allowing guest speakers and panel discussions to present on a wide variety of topics and issues. All programs are held at the LSCC on Thursdays at noon and members from the local community are welcome to attend by contacting them directly.


MARCH PROGRAMS


Thursday, March 13, 2014 - “2014 Camp Enterprise Kick Off”

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Every year the San Diego Rotary Club sponsors a three-day workshop for a selected group of eighty eleventh-grade students interested in business and the economy. The weekend camp, which includes presentations, panels, group discussions, and the opportunity to interact with local business leaders, is held at Camp Cedar Glen in Julian, CA, but the opening event will be held at the LSCC. More information about Rotary Camp Enterprise (RCE) can be found at the Rotary 33 website.


Thursday, March 20, 2014 - “Robert Dennard - Kyoto Prize Winner”

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Robert Dennard is a renowned electrical engineer and inventor, and among his many accomplishments is the creation of Dynamic random-access memory (DRAM), which is the RAM used on all personal computer systems. Dennard was award the Kyoto Prize in 2013.


Jenna Druck Center's Spirit of Leadership Conference

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On November 9, 2013, the Jenna Druck Center’s Young Women's Spirit of Leadership Program hosted a conference that brought together 250 girls from around the San Diego area. Over the course of the day-long event the young women were able to connect and interact with over forty female business and community leaders who shared insight, advice, and encouragement.

The theme of the conference was “Leading Yourself,” and emphasized that “being a leader starts with knowing yourself.”

The conference included addresses from several speakers, a catered meal, as well as breakout sessions which focused on topics such as goal setting, discovering personal strengths and values, developing decision-making skills, and learning how to more effectively communicate with others. The keynote address was given by Dr. Jackie Freiberg, bestselling author and expert on innovative leadership.

The Jenna Druck Center is a San Diego based non-profit with the stated mission to “transform the lives of young women and bereaved families in our community.” Along with the award-winning Spirit of Leadership Program, the Jenna Druck Center also sponsors the Families Helping Families Program, which provides support groups and education events for families who have recently lost loved ones.

More information regarding the purpose and services offered by the Jenna Druck Center can be found out their website or on their Facebook information page.

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Images from the event provided by Images by Lisette Facebook Page.

Resolve: New Year's Weight Loss Challenge Event

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On Saturday, February 8, 2014, Dr. Ryan Hummel hosted the Maximized Living event “Resolve: The New Year’s Weight Loss Challenge.” Emphasizing a “level-headed approach” to healthy living that is sustainable long after the initial enthusiasm of New Years Resolutions wears off, the Maximized Living program focuses on “Five Health Essentials” that equally focus on the mind, body, nutrition, exercise, and detoxification of the body.

Dr. Hummel is a locally-based chiropractor and owner of the Hummel Chiropractic Center. More information can be found at both his company and Maximized Living websites.

Rotary 33 February Program Events

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San Diego’s Rotary 33 Club, one of the five largest Rotary Clubs in the world, holds weekly programs at the LSCC. The organization, whose stated purpose is to “conduct humanitarian projects, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations and work toward world understanding and peace,” host a weekly program series allowing guest speakers and panel discussions to present on a wide variety of topics and issues. All programs are held at the LSCC on Thursdays at noon and members from the local community are welcome to attend by contacting them directly.

Here on the LSCC Events Blog we will present an overview of all programs at the beginning of each month, and then each week spotlight the upcoming event with more detailed information.


FEBRUARY PROGRAMS


Thursday, February 13, 2014 - “San Diego's Bi-National Economy”

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A panel of experts will discuss how San Diego’s location near the Mexico border offers a number of unique opportunities for local businesses.

 

Panel Speakers:

  • Stephen B. Williams - Sentre Partners, Chairman of the Mexican Business Center of the SD Chamber of Commerce, and Co-Chairman of the Smart Border Working Committee
  • Enrique Esparza, Jr. - President of the Tijuana EDC, Board Member of the US Mexico Chamber and Otay Mesa Chamber

Thursday, February 20, 2014 - “2014 Business Forecast”

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A panel representing several local business development organizations will share their perspective on the upcoming year, including business forecasts and the possible impact on San Diego businesses.

Panel Speakers:

  • Kris Michell - Downtown Partnership (Moderator)
  • Mark Cafferty - San Diego Regional EDC
  • Jerry Sanders - San Diego Chamber of Commerce
  • Joe Terzi - San Diego Tourism Authority
  • Tyler Orion - CONNECT

Thursday, February 27, 2014 - “LinkedIn”

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Rick Itzkowich, a renowned expert on LinkedIn, will give a presentation on how businesses can best utilize the popular website LinkedIn.


The Maritime Alliance's Blue Tech & Blue Economy Summit

On November 7th and 8th the LSCC hosted the Blue Tech & Blue Economy Summit, a two day event sponsored by The Maritime Alliance, a San Diego-based nonprofit with the stated mission of "Promoting Blue Tech & Blue Jobs."

The first day of the conference focused on Marine Spatial Planning & Marine Spatial Management, and the second day centered around Marine Spatial Planning and Sustainable Maritime Industries. A number of exhibits showcasing new research, technology, and information were on display for seminar attendees, and daily events included small breakout sessions and panel discussions, all of which were subsequently broadcasted over closed-circuit television. The keynote speaker on the first day was Zdenka Willis, Director of the U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System, and Sandra Whitehouse, Senior Policy Advisor to the Ocean Conservancy provided the keynote address on the second day.

A full list of the events can be found at the Maritime Alliance's conference website

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Additional photographs from the event can be found at the event's Flickr site.

Scripps Health's Culture of Excellence Management Meeting

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On August 07, 2013, the Scripps Health Human Resources team held their Culture of Excellence Management Meeting at the LSCC. This annual event provides an opportunity for the San Diego-based health care system to present information and statistics collected over the course of the preceding year as well as recognize employees and other affiliated individuals for exemplary work. The organization was also able to celebrate being named as one of Fortune Magazine's annual list of America's "100 Best Companies to Work For." The company received a #56 ranking on the prestigious list. 

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Over a breakfast provided by To the Point Catering topics such as ongoing patient satisfaction as well as the results of an extensive survey process undergone by the organization throughout 2012 and 2013 were presented and discussed.

More information about the entire Scripps health care system can be found at their website.