OCAC Newsletter

March 2015

Director's Corner - A Message from Dr. EPH

Happy Social Work Month!

Congratulations for all of your contributions and the contributions that you will continue to make on behalf of individuals, families and children in our communities. The NASW is happy to celebrate its 60th year anniversary this year. Quite fitting, the theme for this year is "Social Work Paves the Way for Change" an outcome that we can all attest to in our work. The NASW OC Unit in collaboration with the Black Social Work Caucus will host the annual Social Work Month event at OCAC on Saturday, March 14th from 9am-1pm where we will recognize the OC Social Worker of the Year.

In recognition of Social Work Month there are a number of activities planned throughout the month at UPC and the academic centers. Please take some time to attend one of the events and celebrate all of the accomplishments of the profession.
the profession and all that it has accomplished.

Make it a Great Day,

OCAC 2015 Grad Event

Monday, May 11, 2015 @ 6p-Midnight

Hilton Costa Mesa, 3050 Bristol St, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Ticket prices: $35 in March, $40 in April

Get your tickets from any OCAC Caucus member, during tabling (Tuesdays, Thursdays, & Fridays during U-Break), or on our online store https://squareup.com/market/orange-county-social-work-caucus).

Cash Bar | Sit-Down Dinner | Live Entertainment | DJ | Raffles | Dancing

Must be 13+ to attend.

Dress Code: Formal Attire

OCAC Merchandise For Sale

Look for our table every Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday during Universal Break! We also have an online store -- https://squareup.com/market/orange-county-social-work-caucus.

This is our largest fundraiser for the OCAC Grad Event!

March Social Work Month Events

Social Networking with a Purpose

Thursday, March 12 @ 11am-1pm, Classroom B

Women Leading the Way in Orange County

Thursday, March 12 @ 11am-1pm

Morgan Stanley, 1901 Main Street, Penthouse, Irvine, CA 92614

In partnership with Vanguard University and Hope for the Warriors.

RSVP with angel.nguyen@morganstanley.com

NASW Family Violence & Awareness Symposium

Saturday, March 14 @ 9am-1pm
Students: FREE; 3 CEUs will be provided for this session.

RSVP with pringleh@usc.edu

Pet Therapy & Stress Management

Tuesday, March 24 @ 11:30am-12:45pm, Classroom B

Presenter: Jodi Smith, LCSW

Baked Potato Sale

OCAC Caucus brings you another much awaited baked potato sale on Tuesday, March 24 and Thursday, March 26 during U-Break! $5 for a loaded potato, and all proceeds go towards our 2015 OCAC Grad Event.

Paving the Way for Change

WHO: USC Social Workers!

WHAT: Make sure you participate in the Social Work Month 2015 Campaign by sharing why you selected the Social Work profession! “I chose Social Work Because...”


(A) UPC Gabilan Courtyard, or

(B) Virtually by uploading a selfie on social media & using the following hashtags:




* Email laralome@usc.edu to include you in the raffle!

WHEN: During universal break on March 3, 5, 10, 12, 24, 26


Your participation will allow you to enter a raffle to WIN some cool prizes! Winners will be announced on March 12 at 12:30pm

Ongoing Monthly Hygiene Products Drive

OCAC Christian Caucus will be having bins around OCAC collecting hygiene donations on an ongoing monthly basis to donate to the ShareOurSelves local outreach program in Costa Mesa. Contact Sharrise at boop@usc.edu with any questions.

Looking for donations of soap, hand sanitizer, toothbrushes, toothpaste, dental floss, mouthwash, deodorant, shampoo & conditioner, shower gel, razors, shaving cream, sunscreen, lotion, feminine hygiene products, and socks.

Latino(a) Social Work Caucus E-Board 2015-2016 Positions Available

All positions are currently in need of being filled for the next academic year. If you are interested, email current co-chairs Ale Cortez (corteza@usc.edu) or Jon Vales (jvales@usc.edu) by March 18th.

To learn more about LSWC, visit www.lswcusc.com.

OCAC Tutoring Available

Schedule an appointment with our in-house OCAC tutors, or show up on these days and times for scheduled tutoring!

Tuesdays- Kiera 10a-3p (Rm 132) knowacki@usc.edu

Thursdays- Chelsea 11a-1p (Rm 132) guibord@usc.edu

Looking for Qualified OCAC Peer Tutors - Paid Position

The position is paid at $12 an hour and can be performed during universal breaks and before or after classes. Weekend and evening sessions are also possible but less necessary as they would be online and we have people who can work online already. Peer tutors are encouraged to maintain your own work first, but (as much as possible) to commit to 6-15 hours per week - about half reviewing papers and topics and half in meetings with students. Reviewing papers can be done anywhere, including at home.

Students will be working what remains of Spring Semester and then Fall Semester and Spring of next year. You will be trained, both in working with students, the system we use to make and track appointments, and a general knowledge of writing to help assist students. About 7-8 hours of training will be required, spaced over a few weeks. While most of your work will be in-person at their campus, when requests are low you will also help with online meetings.

If interested, and for additional information, please contact Shunit Mor-Barak at shunit.morbarak@usc.edu with an attached, MS Word document, representative of your writing skills from one of the foundation year courses. Grades are important - writing skills are essential.

Shoe Drive

USC Credit Union is joining with USC Marshall Alumni group to help those less fortunate.

Working Wardrobe is looking for donations of lightly worn shoes for their Hearts of Soles shoe drive.

Look for a donation box in the lobby of OCAC and the drive runs until Saturday, March 14, 2015.

Trojan Family Matters

A day of fun for Trojan families including: good food, music, face painting, games for all ages, and much more!

Saturday, March 14, 2015 from 10am-3pm

Whittier Narrows Park, Shelter 8

750 Santa Anita Avenue, South El Monte, CA 91733

Hosted by your Part Time & Black Social Work Caucuses

Zumba Party @ OCAC

Bring family and friends for a morning filled with dancing, laughter, and fun all while burning calories.

Sunday, March 29, 2015 from 9-11am

2300 Michelson Drive, Irvine, CA 92612


One ticket for $10, two tickets for $15 (water included)

Proceeds go towards the Annual MSW Grad Gala!

Lots of prizes and giveaways!!!

Cinderella & Prince Charming Project

Donate formal attire to low-income high school Juniors and Seniors in the Los Angeles area who cannot otherwise afford prom wear!

Items needed:

Princess- formal dresses, shoes, jewelry (must be new), evening bags, shawls, scarves, cosmetics (must be new)

Prince- suits, dress shoes, dress shirts, neck ties & bow ties, belts, dress socks, cuff links

Donations needed by APRIL 3, 2015.

Drop off locations:

UPC, OCAC, SDAC, Skirball

Or you may mail items to:

USC School of Social Work - Student Org. Office

655 West 34th Street, #SWC 101

Los Angeles, CA 90089

Volunteers needed:

Friday, April 10 and Saturday, April 11 for the assortment and distribution of items.

Location- A Place Called Home (2830 S. Central Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90011)

For further information, contact Angela Lara Lomeli at laralome@usc.edu

API Scholarship Reception

Thursday, April 2, 2015

4:30pm USC Ronald Tutor Campus Center - Basement Grand Ballroom B. Lecture is free and open to the public.

6:00pm 17th Annual Scholarship Reception @ USC Ronald Tutor Campus Center - Basement Grand Ballroom A

Asian Pacific-Islander Caucus' 17th Annual Scholarship Reception is exactly ONE month away! We are pleased to announce our lecturers: Anna Cho Fenley, Steven Kim, and Florence Chung. All 3 are USC MSW Alums. This lecture is FREE! To purchase tickets for the Scholarship Reception at 6pm, please go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/17th-annual-usc-asian-pacific-islander-scholarship-reception-tickets-15627791144.

RSVP by March 20, 2015

Volunteer at the 2015 California Democrats State Convention

May 15-17, 2015 in Anaheim

Mandatory training for all volunteers on Thursday, May 14.

Sign up at http://action.cadem.org/site/R?i=Dpz-gkTPNNEZZW1a-li10w.

Questions? Email Suzanne Ruecker, Convention Volunteer Coordinator, at Volunteer2015@cadem.org

Wellness Corner

Upcoming events brought to you by the OCAC Wellness Committee:


Thursday, March 26 & Tuesday, April 21


March 31 (donations welcome)


Tuesday, Thursday, & Friday of Week 15

Lost and Found

Did you lose or misplace something? Did you find something and want to return it to its owner? Come by the staff office to claim or drop off items!

Have Something to Contribute?

Look for this newsletter at the beginning of every month! If you or your caucus have any upcoming events or announcements to add in the next issue, please email lee704@usc.edu with the subject line "OCAC Newsletter".

USC School of Social Work, Orange County Caucus

Director: Dr. Elizabeth Pringle-Hornsby

Co-Chairs: Christine Featherstone & Kae Saelee

Community Chair: Mallorie Sanchez

Treasurer: Claudia Valdivia

Secretary: Katherine Lee

Foundation Year Rep: Sarah McClellan

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