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Connecting through Social Distancing

Connecting through Social Distancing

Join Cal Lutheran Alumni for "Connecting Through Social Distancing" series featuring important conversations with Cal Lutheran faculty, staff and alumni on topics that keep us connected.  

Connecting through Cooking

Monday, May 18, 2020 at 10:00am

Featuring Antonio Sessa '15

Learn to make an easy and delicious pasta dish at home with Cal Lutheran alum Antonio Sessa ‘15. Antonio is the Chef and Owner of Made in Italy Bistro in Westlake Village and has been a private chef for a number of celebrities.



Past Webinars

Stress Management: Can't Live Without It

Thursday, March 19, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Featuring Dr. Bruce Gilles

Are you tired of feeling "stressed out?" Would you like some new ways of coping with stress? This seminar will provide some common sense, daily ways of managing stress to a healthy level.

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Giving Our Attention to the Future of Caregiving for an Aging Population

Thursday, March 26, 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Featuring Dr. Jamshid Damooei

By 2050, when the last Baby Boomers turn 85, the number of Americans aged 65 or older is projected to increase to almost 89 million, which will make up 20.2% of the estimated total U.S. population. This seminar will discuss this study which opens our eyes to the reality of our time and its challenges by mid-21st century.


Staying Productive While Working from Home

Tuesday, March 31, 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Featuring Jody Skenderian, Executive Director of Development Programs for California Lutheran University

How do you stay motivated while working from the couch? How do you run a meeting with kids and pets running around the “office”? This presentation will share some useful tips and best practices for keeping your productivity up while working from home.

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Thinking About Rethinking

Thursday, April 2, 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Featuring School of Management faculty Jim Cathcart

This is a window of opportunity that we seldom get in life. We are forced to interrupt our life and work patterns for an extended time. Now is your chance to rethink virtually everything in your world. Your daily routines. Your attitudes toward many things, people and experiences. Your goals and dreams. The standards you choose to live by. The ways in which you want to emerge from this passage. The things you want to learn more about. The skills you want to sharpen and much more.

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Coping During the Coronavirus

Thursday, April 9, 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Featuring Dr. Beth Turner, interim Director of Counseling and Psychological Services and licensed psychologist

Learn about how stress affects us, the unique mental health impacts of quarantine and ways to take care of yourself and manage stress right now.

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Trusting What You Can't See: Effective Management of Remote Teams

Thursday, April 16, 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Featuring Dr. Stacy Thayer, adjunct professor for the Graduate School of Psychology

The sudden change to remote work has left many leaders and managers struggling to adapt to the nuances of managing a remote team. Are your remote employees engaged? How do managers connect to their employees? How do you gauge productivity? Learn managerial and leadership skills that can help you navigate the challenges of a virtual working environment and lead your team to success.

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Shelter-in-place: How to Manage Family Relationships during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Tuesday, April 21, 2020, 10:00 am – 11:00am

Featuring Dr. Jamie Banker, Associate Professor, Master of Science in Counseling Psychology

Is COVID-19 strengthening or straining your family relationships? Some family members are now spending more time together than they ever expected or possibly ever wanted. While other family members are experiencing isolation and loneliness due to required social distancing. In this webinar, Dr. Banker will discuss the nature of family relationships during the COVID-19 pandemic. She will also offer tips and advice for supporting family relationships during this health crisis.

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Life in the Times of COVID-19: What you need to know and how you can protect yourself

Thursday, April 23, 2020, 10:00 am – 11:00am

Featuring Dr. Paloma Vargas, Assistant Professor of Biology

SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19 has changed life as we know it. Safer at home orders have been given changing socializing patterns to “flatten the curve”. We will briefly review the timeline of the pandemic, break down the basics of the virus, and discuss tips on maintaining safe measures for you and your family whether you are at home or are an essential worker. We will also discuss what the challenges of lifting stay at home orders and how that will be affected both by biology and human behavior. Finally, if time permits, we will look at a timeline for development or treatments/vaccines.

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The Value and Values of Storytelling in Difficult Times

Thursday, April 30, 2020, 10:00 am – 11:00am

Featuring Dr. Jean Sandlin, professor of Communication and Associate Dean of Interdisciplinary Programs and Community Outreach

With Stay Well at Home orders in place in much of the country, many of us find ourselves spending more time with our immediate family and carving out time to digitally connecting with family and friends. In this webinar, Dr. Sandlin will share the research that most brands already know - stories are effective in building our identities, fostering common values and nurturing a sense of belonging. She’ll share simple techniques to help us seamlessly weave stories into our everyday lives to strengthen family bonds.

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Startup Survival During the Pandemic

Thursday, May 7, 2020, 10:00 am – 11:00am

Featuring Mike Panesis, Executive for Cal Lutheran’s Center for Entrepreneurship

Running a startup in a prosperous economy involves very high risk. Doing so during a pandemic is beyond risky, shifting the focus from growth to survival. This session will discuss measures that startups can take to survive the pandemic and perhaps emerge in a favorable position to recover quickly.