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first_img Make a comment Community News faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Business Newsmaker Senior Living Industry Expert Joins Montecedro as Sales Counselor Julianne Powdrill brings 18 years of sales experience to Altadena-based Episcopal Communities & Services retirement community Published on Friday, August 10, 2012 | 1:18 pm Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy More Cool Stuff First Heatwave Expected Next Week Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Subscribecenter_img Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Community News 11 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Business News EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS MonteCedro, a planned Episcopal Communities & Services (ECS) Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC), announced today that California native Julianne Powdrill has joined the community’s sales team as its newest sales counselor. In this role, Powdrill will be responsible for creating and maintaining relationships with prospective residents, establishing move-in requirements, and utilizing her expertise in the senior living industry to assist the MonteCedro sales and marketing department in achieving its goals and objectives.“With her extensive marketing and sales experience, we are excited to have Julianne join our sales team,” states Peggy Buchanan, Director of Sales and Marketing at MonteCedro. “Her knowledge and skill set will provide MonteCedro with the necessary tools the organization needs for continued growth.”As an 18-year veteran in the senior housing industry, Powdrill developed her sales and marketing skills through various positions in senior housing and non-profit organizations. Prior to joining MonteCedro, Powdrill was the Marketing Associate for a retirement community in Southern California. Within 18 months, she exceeded occupancy goals and increased residency by 75 percent. Powdrill was also responsible for creating and implementing marketing plans and overseeing all elements of the marketing department. Previously as Director of Marketing Services for New Life Management and Development, she assisted communities throughout Southern California with strategic planning and marketing plan development.In the non-profit sector, Powdrill held development positions in event marketing and fundraising. As the Financial Advancement Coordinator at Southern California Presbyterian Homes, she maintained a 1,500 member donor database, prepared financial reports, managed event logistics for an annual Golf Classic fundraiser, and her team raised $1.6 million. As the Director of Development at the Arthritis Foundation, Powdrill generated sponsorships for two annual fundraising walks and produced collateral materials.A graduate of California State University, Northridge, Powdrill received her Bachelors of Arts in Anthropology. She currently resides in Reseda, Calif. with her family.About MonteCedroMonteCedro, a planned Episcopal Communities & Services (ECS) Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC), is located in Altadena, Calif. As the first CCRC in the San Gabriel Valley area in more than 20 years, MonteCedro will feature a performing arts auditorium, movie theater, underground parking, heated swimming pool, home health services, formal and informal restaurants, and Masterpiece Living® enrichment program. Groundbreaking is scheduled for 2013.For more information about MonteCedro, please contact Peggy Buchanan, Director of Marketing and Sales for MonteCedro at (877) 282-1584 or visit www.montecedro.org.For more information about Masterpiece Living®, please visit www.mymasterpieceliving.com. Herbeauty6 Lies You Should Stop Telling Yourself Right NowHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty7 Most Startling Movie Moments We Didn’t Realize Were InsensitiveHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyStop Eating Read Meat (Before It’s Too Late)HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyBohemian Summer: How To Wear The Boho Trend RightHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyZac Efron Is Dating A New Hottie?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHe Is Totally In Love With You If He Does These 7 ThingsHerbeautyHerbeauty Top of the News last_img read more

first_imgStudent Diversity Board and Chinese Cultural Club held its second Diversity Dinner for over 50 people in Regina South on Friday evening in an event that focused on cultural diversity and featured three speakers and small-group discussions.Senior Catherine Sullivan, international co-chair of student government, started off the night by welcoming everyone to the second Saint Mary’s diversity dinner, this time hosted by the Chinese Cultural Club.Lanzhen Li, one of Saint Mary’s visiting Fulbright Scholars, gave a cultural presentation on the importance of food in China.“The Chinese eat everything with four legs besides a table, and anything with wings besides a plane,” Li said. “There is a Chinese saying that says ‘food is heaven.’”Senior Nicole Weaver said she also appreciates the Chinese food, both for its cultural significance and taste.“I came tonight because I thought it was a great opportunity to try Chinese food,” Weaver said. “Also, Chinese food is like heaven to me.”Junior Veronica McDowell, the secretary of the Chinese Cultural Club, introduced the evening’s meal, which was a collaborative effort.“Half of the Chinese cuisine was cooked by members of the club, while the other half was donated by the Ho Ping House in South Bend,” she said.Sophomore Yaqi Song, co-president of the Chinese Cultural Club, said, “To have this dinner was a great opportunity to give students the ability to learn outside of their classes.“I think that this chance was a delicious and fun one. Eating this food reminds me of being home, which is in Chengdu, Sichuan Province, China,” she said.The assistant director of global education, Alice Yang, said the dinner could also lead to a deeper engagement with Chinese culture.“Chinese classes are offered to us on Saint Mary’s campus, so it is important to take advantage of learning more about other countries, like China,” Yang said.Sullivan said, “I was so impressed with these [diversity] dinners so far. People have been responding so positively and I feel as though the community is coming together in a new way through these dinners.”Tags: Chinese cultural club, Chinese food, Diversity Dinner, Lanzhen Li, Student Diversity Boardlast_img read more

first_imgAnd her hard work has been recognized. “She’s resilient,” Castillo said. “In the dance, she has to stomp as hard as the guy, she has to manage the faldeo and do all these things at the same time. I feel like that’s what I’ve been doing, just like balancing all these things at once but trying to be resilient and trying to have that smile on my face and push through the pain.” She’s a Bovard Scholar, a Norman Topping scholar and one of the only students from her high school in Thermal, Calif., to attend USC in the last few years. But her successes are not simply accidents — they’re a compilation of years of hard work and sticking to her goals. Outside of class, Castillo’s main release is baile folklórico. She has danced since seventh grade, when she wandered into a high school dance group after learning about it from a woman at a conference she attended at school. This is a passion Castillo continues to pursue 100 miles away from her usual dance floor.  As she held the wooden rod of the Bovard flag in her hands and stood around the fountain, watching faculty and staff roll in and listening to the announcer, Castillo could barely contain her excitement. She had just started her first semester at USC a month before, and she was already representing her cohort of Bovard Scholars, a feat she never would have imagined a few years prior. Now in college, her goal remains the same: to pay her family back for the sacrifices they have made since coming to the United States. Castillo remembers the long days her mom would work in the fields and the summers she would spend picking grapes in the 120-degree heat alongside her. Castillo also recalls her junior year of high school when her grandmother fell ill. She was back home in Guanajuato, Mexico, when her grandmother was diagnosed with terminal cancer.  Castillo and her family would not be able to see her before she passed away. Castillo and her parents are undocumented, so making the return to Mexico would be permanent. Castillo couldn’t help but smile as she recalled his reluctance to leave her dorm room on move-in day. As her mother helped her set up her bed, Emiliano defiantly told with her about how he was going to move in with Castillo, and there was no one who could stop him. Trumpets blasted and cymbals clashed as Selene Castillo walked among the other student representatives across Alumni Park last month. She sported a black and red robe, but it wasn’t her graduation day — she was taking part in Carol Folt’s inauguration as USC’s 12th president. “If I can’t change the world, at least I know I changed his mentality, and I’m happy,” Castillo said. But her grandmother made her mother promise not to leave. And it’s a promise that has kept Castillo going. As the oldest of four, she is the only child without papers. Her three younger siblings are all citizens, but Castillo was born in Guanajuato, a home she left when she was 2 years old. “It’s like that promise that my mom didn’t leave because of me — there’s no going back for me. I just have to keep on pushing forward,” Castillo said, her voice cracking. “She’s so bright, she’s so eager,” said Jennifer Colin, the executive director of Bovard Scholars and summer programs, who works with Bovard Scholars like Castillo. “And then she has this added personal mission, which really comes through when you talk to her. She is glowing about inspiring students to our summer community and showing them life outside of the valley and really encouraging them to see beyond their immediate circumstances.” Emiliano has followed in her footsteps quite literally, as he has taken up baile folklórico just as Castillo did throughout middle and high school and has already set his sights on college. Selene Castillo sits in the lounge of El Sol y La Luna, the Latinx floor at Fluor Tower. She lives there with seven suitemates. (Andrea Diaz | Daily Trojan) “Soy Mexicana de corazón,” Castillo said. ”I’ve always been super in touch with my culture. And that’s why I do baile folklórico, and that’s why I like to speak Spanish. And it’s something that keeps me connected and reminds me every step of the way, who I am. I’m a DACA student and I’m from Mexico.” “The previous night, I was talking to my mom, and I was telling her about how I would have never imagined that,” Castillo said. “I was telling her, imagine I was born — we’re from Mexico — and the doctor telling her, ‘You know what? Someday your kid is going to be at USC.’” Getting to USC wasn’t easy for Castillo. She said that the counselors at her high school did not provide much help or resources for students applying to four-year universities like USC. But Castillo’s main support came from the Bovard Scholars program, which she discovered accidentally when she sat down next to a friend at lunch and saw the program’s flyer among his belongings. USC’s Grupo Folklórico was the first thing she looked for when attending the campus involvement fair in September. Now, a few afternoons a week, the space in front of Heritage Hall becomes her studio. She’s exhilarated as she dances, empowered by bailes like el jarabe tapatío of Guadalajara, Mexico. The bailes provide a bridge between her passion and her daily life. For Castillo, the most important part of her journey has been helping her brother and two sisters aim high so that doors continue to open for them like they did for her. She’s especially happy to see her own motivations rub off on her second-grade brother Emiliano, the youngest, whose excitement about the future matches  Castillo’s.  For Castillo, coming to USC was a bit of a culture shock. Though she’s a resident of El Sol y La Luna, Fluor Tower’s Latinx floor, there are not as many Latinx students on the floor as she expected. “A lot of our kids, you know, the day it gets hard, they quit,” said Gustavo Sandoval, Castillo’s high school anatomy and physiology teacher and baile folklórico instructor. “Selene is just that rare type of kid that she thrives on the pressure. It’s like, if it wasn’t hard, it wasn’t fun for her. And the other thing is, she never gave up.” Castillo, a freshman majoring in international relations, considers herself lucky.  “It’s just a few people that actually speak Spanish to me on the floor,” she said. “Sometimes I catch myself speaking in Spanish, and I have to apologize and translate it to English. So, for me, that’s really hard. It’s something that I have to overcome.” “Just to hear how much she’s accomplished, so much, it’s just gratifying as an educator,” Sandoval said. “It makes you feel like you’re actually doing a difference because the biggest thing for educators is, ‘Do we impact somebody?’ And here’s someone that I can tell you that we had an impact on her. And I know she’s going to have an impact on a bunch of people as well.” “At the time, my dad would say [to my mom], ‘You know what, I don’t care. We’ve been here for so many years. It’s OK if you leave. If you want to do that for your mother, it’s OK, we’ll leave,’” Castillo said. “I come from Coachella Valley, so we’re all Latinos,” Castillo said. “My high school is 99.9% Latino. Our teachers are jamming out to Mexican music from class to class, like it’s paisa, it’s Mexican, Mexican. Being here is a totally different atmosphere. Talking to other friends on the floor and just comparing music taste and stuff is just — I’m in another world.” As Castillo looks toward her next few years, she’s not quite sure what to expect. All she knows is that her next steps will be rooted in her culture and the values she’s grown up with. Castillo misses switching back and forth between English and Spanish, using Spanglish words and translating for her family and acting as an interpreter for parents at school.last_img read more

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