California Lutheran University

An NPR news host emphasized the importance of listening at a time of much distraction in the world when he spoke in the Conejo Valley over the weekend. 

Morning Edition Host David Greene, appearing at a KCLU event on Saturday at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks, says this is a time when we should be listening to each other more.

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California Lutheran University is adding a film and television major.

For more than a decade, the Thousand Oaks-based university provided communication majors with the option of pursuing an emphasis in film and TV. But David Grannis, the program director of the new department, says that wasn't enough.

The fields of science, technology, engineering and math are becoming more attractive to college students across the South Coast. In fact, the number of science majors is rapidly increasing.

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A memorial service was held Saturday at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks to pay tribute to another one of the victims of the November 7th Borderline Bar mass shooting. 

Twenty-three-year-old Justin Meek graduated from Cal Lutheran in May with a degree in criminal justice.

California Lutheran University has granted a young woman its first scholarship that benefits Syrian refugees. 

Eighteen-year-old Rama Youssef has received the International Leaders Scholarship from California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks. It was created by an alumna who wanted to help Syrian refugees.

Youssef was born and raised in Damascus, Syria and lived there during the start of the Civil War.

“Many times, I literally was going to lose my life. It was very bad. We would just be walking in the street, and a bomb can literally take over,” she said.

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A documentary on California’s historic drought produced by a South Coast college professor and his students will be screened this week.

The film “Turf Wars: SoCal Water Conservation” takes a deep look into the state’s severe drought and its impacts.  It was created by a film professor and his two students at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks. 

Karie Portillo Guerra, who was a student when she helped create the film, says it was eye-opening to see the devastation in Central Valley towns that had pumped their groundwater dry.

A musician who toured the world with musicians like Mel Torme, but settled in Ventura County where he taught music for generations has died.

Elmer Ramsey was a music professor at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks for three decades.

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A South Coast university will be building a $30 million science center. 

California Lutheran University will be breaking ground on its Thousand Oaks campus later this month on what will become a three-story, 47,000-square-foot facility featuring 30 flexible science labs.

Two South Coast scientists have been awarded a large grant for research on proteins.

California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks analytical chemistry professor Katherine Hoffman and organic chemistry assistant professor Jason Kingsbury have received a $195,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to work with undergraduate students to research proteins that enable pathogenic bacteria to thrive.

Low-income children who are deaf or hard of hearing are getting help this summer on the South Coast.

Eleven-year-old Natalie Juarez, who has extreme hearing loss, wears implants that allow her to hear.

“Without my implants, I feel deaf. Like you can’t hear nothing,” she said.

But even with the implants, she still needs speech and language therapy, which is hard to come by in the summer when school is out. That’s why she and other kids who are deaf or hard of hearing are in a free eight-week program held at the nonprofit, No Limits, in Oxnard.

There’s an effort across the country to encourage students to pursue the fields of science, technology, engineering and math because there are plenty of job opportunities in those industries and not enough people to fill them. But, a South Coast university is going one step further. The university is targeting students from underrepresented groups.

Students and professors hike up Mountclef Ridge and through Wildwood Park in Thousand Oaks in the name of science. They’re exploring nature -- jotting down notes and snapping photos of the plants and animals they encounter.

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One of the creators of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington D.C. visits the South Coast.

Michael Berenbaum, a Holocaust scholar and filmmaker, spoke Sunday at the Holocaust Remembrance Day Commemoration at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks.

He serves as director of the Sigi Ziering Institute that explores the ethical and religious implications of the Holocaust at American Jewish University in Los Angeles. He served as project director for the Holocaust Memorial Museum.

A multimedia exhibit on the horrific realities of human trafficking comes to the South Coast for three days. 

“The Apathy Effect Exhibit: Igniting Empathy to End Exploitation” in the William Rolland Gallery of Fine Art at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks was open to the public on Friday and Saturday, and it continues on Monday.

Anna Lundsten grew up in St. Paul, Minnesota. When it came time to pick a college, she passed on some big name universities, deciding instead to go to a small, liberal arts school, a decision which landed her at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks.

A student at a South Coast university has invented an app to help police detectives solve crimes.

Henry Bulmer, who studies computer science and criminal justice at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks, developed an app that would direct a drone to take comprehensive crime scene photos .

“Because you don’t know what necessarily is going to be important in a case, you have to take photos of everything,” he said.

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