Memorial Day celebrated around county

Memorial Day is Monday, May 28, and the national holiday is being celebrated in several ways across the county.

In Camarillo, the 53rd annual Memorial Day Service will be held from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Conejo Mountain Funeral Home, 2052 Howard Road, Camarillo, and will feature the Legion Riders, a performance by the Camarillo Community Band and the Gold Coast Pipe Band, and a white dove release, as well as keynote speaker Bob Horrell.

The 28th Annual Memorial Day Ceremony in Westlake Village will begin at 10:30 a.m. at the Pierce Brothers cemetery at 5600 Lindero Canyon Road. The event will feature the Air National Guard band and 1,400 flags on display.

The city of Port Hueneme’s Memorial Day celebration will begin at 8:30 a.m. at Port Hueneme City Hall, 250 N. Ventura Road, and will feature musical performances and special speakers.

For a full list of Memorial Day events, see the Happenings section.

CSU, Channel Islands, recognized by Peace Corps

California State University, Channel Islands, has been recognized as one of the top volunteer-producing minority-serving institutions by the Peace Corps, having had 11 graduates join the service since the University’s opening.

Karina Casarez, who graduated from the university in 2017 with a degree in psychology, became the latest Peace Corps volunteer this year and now works with the volunteer organization in Myanmar.

“Sometimes it’s still incredible for me to believe I’m here when I remember sitting in your classroom and hearing about Peace Corps,” Casarez told Professor of Global Studies Andrea Grove, Ph.D. “I was also able to travel to some pretty amazing places around the country, such as one of the most famous pagodas, Shwedagon Pagoda.”

Political Science Lecturer Christopher Scholl, who worked with the Peace Corps in Dominica, says that the university’s Model U.N. program prepares students for the highly competitive application process.
“Students in the Model U.N. program have an interest in not only understanding the world better, but trying to resolve the problems of the world,” said Scholl. “The Model U.N. gives them a taste of doing that. In some regards, the Peace Corps is the next logical step.”

For more information about CSUCI and the various programs, visit www.csuci.edu.

Oxnard high schools to become more college-ready

The Oxnard Union High School District has adopted a policy that will align graduation requirements with university entrance requirements, ahead of enrolling at a California State University or University of California campus, receiving applause from Latino advocates.

The new policy, set to roll out over a five-year period, will require students to take certain university entrance required courses, known as A-G. These courses meet the rigorous standards required for entrance into the state-level schools.

In the 2016-2017 school year, only 34 percent of district students met the California University requirements, and only 22 percent of Latino students met the mark, says Eder Gaona-Macedo, executive director of Future Leaders of America based in Oxnard.

“This is a big step for us in recognizing that our students are capable,” said Gaona. “We’re definitely setting the standards a little higher for students in Oxnard and by doing so we can create healthier and prosperous communities.”

Survey open for Thomas Fire evacuees

The Ventura County Transportation Commission and University of California, Berkeley, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering are encouraging Ventura County residents who evacuated during the Thomas Fire to take part in a survey as part of a research project.

The project, dubbed Understanding the Decision-Making Process of Evacuees, was designed to help researchers better understand wildfire evacuations and analyze how individuals make decisions during emergencies.

All participants will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win one of five $200 Amazon gift cards. To participate, visit https://berkeley.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_5A2yZRTA2HI5ebb&Q_JFE=0.