Announcing our #LifeWestProud contest winners!
The #LifeWestProud contests offered students, faculty, and staff opportunities to connect with one another and show off their talents in a variety of different categories. Submissions were sent through social media, and winners were selected by Student Life. Check out all of the winning entries below!
Life West Security Quarterly Update
Life West Security Quarterly Update Emergency Notifications Life West relies on the Omnilert emergency notification system to communicate important information in the event of an emergency via SMS text messages and email. All students are automatically enrolled in the system during their first quarter on campus using the phone number provided at enrollment. If you change your number, or are not receiving the emergency alerts, please email the Facilities department at firstname.lastname@example.org to update the system. Campus Security Call 510-456-6239 After hours call 510-828-0593 Campus security is on duty Monday – Friday from 8am to 11pm and Weekends from 8am to 4pm. When not on patrol rounds in the building or parking lot, they can be found at the security desk outside of the library entrance. Please do not hesitate to call security if you see something suspicious, a dangerous condition, or if you simply would like an escort to your car in the parking lot. Security is here to help you feel safe. Video Security Life West is covered by a network of security cameras both inside the building and out. If you are involved in an incident and you think that helpful footage may have been recorded please file an incident report notating the specific area that should be reviewed, along with as detailed a time frame as possible. If reporting a parking lot incident, please also report the make, color and specific location of any vehicles involved. Parking Lot Security In addition to regular security guard patrols, our parking lots are covered by enhanced security camera systems. These security trailers are equipped with three cameras that employ thermal imaging technology along with advanced AI algorithms that can detect suspicious activity and notify security 24 hours a day. Personnel can then log into the system remotely and engage in two way conversations with people in the area, and summon law enforcement if needed. While providing important deterrence, these systems cannot prevent all car vandalism events. Please remember to always lock your vehicle and never leave anything visible on your seats. Someone looking for valuables cannot tell that the bag on your front seat is a lunch bag and not a laptop until after they break a window. Emergency Events Life West conducts a regular fire drill early every quarter. Fire drills are accompanied by an emergency text alert from our Omnilert emergency notification system. If you find that you do not get an emergency alert text message, please email the Facilities Department at email@example.com to verify your SMS enabled phone number. In the event of a fire drill, please calmly and quickly exit the building and proceed to the Emergency Assembly Points (notated by a large yellow sign) on the perimeter of the parking lots. Please do not loiter around the doors of the building, or in any red fire lanes. This would impede access to the building in the event of an actual emergency. A quick reference flip book is located in every classroom, and at key locations around campus to give you quick and concise direction in the event of a common emergency. Earthquakes In the event of an earthquake on campus please shelter under a desk or table if possible. If not, please crouch against an interior wall and protect your head and neck from falling debris. Once shaking has stopped, please calmly and quickly exit the building. Further updates will be communicated out via our Omnilert emergency notification system. Lockdown Situations If an emergency event occurs on campus that requires students to lockdown and remain in their classrooms, this will be communicated via our Omnilert emergency notification system. Classroom doors may be secured from the inside with the “Bearicade” door locking device which hangs on the wall next to every classroom door. The simple instructions for use are also posted next to each door. If directed to lockdown please secure the door, close the window shade on each door, and await further instructions from the emergency notification system. Emergency Preparedness and Response Plan Life West updates its Emergency Preparedness and Response Plan annually. It covers in detail response and preparedness details. Please regularly review the plan and procedures: Emergency Preparedness and Response Plan First Aid Kits and AED Devices There are 16 first aid kits at key locations around campus, available for use by anyone who needs them. They are regularly stocked with bandages, gauze and common first aid supplies. Each kit also has an emergency bleed kit attached to the side. Life West also has three emergency defibrillator devices located outside of the library, outside of the fitness center and at the Health Center front desk. In the event of an emergency, the units give voice instructions on proper use when activated. Fire Extinguishers The Life West campus is equipped with 71 fire extinguishers at key locations around campus. In the event of a small fire requiring extinguishing, please remove the fire extinguisher from the case and activate by squeezing the lever. Aim the extinguisher hose at the base of the fire. Please also pull a nearby fire alarm if you discharge a fire extinguisher in the building. Questions or Concerns If you have any other questions or concerns about Life West’s security and emergency procedures, please contact Michael Baldwin, Director of Facilities at firstname.lastname@example.org or call/text 510-828-0593.
ONE TEAM, ONE GOAL, ONE COMMUNITY
ONE TEAM, ONE GOAL, ONE COMMUNITY In March, our Executive Director of Admissions, Dan Cardenas, was asked to participate as a judge for a national rotary speech competition in Fremont, CA Civic Center. Students from local Bay Area schools competed in front of over 50 people within the community. We are always looking forward to building relationships and representing LW wherever we go!
Heads Up from Financial Aid!
Heads Up from Financial Aid! In the next few days you will receive an email from Life West (LifeWest@collegecostmeter.org) with the subject line Your Loan History/Repayment Info – Please Review. The email will have important information regarding your federal student loans. It will include estimated information on your borrowing at Life West and your total aggregate balances including interest accrual (from all colleges). Although the email will provide a repayment example utilizing a 10-year repayment plan, please keep in mind the majority of graduate students select an income driven repayment plan (lower payments/longer repayment period). Remember, you can find your current loan balances at https://studentaid.gov/ (log-in and view dashboards/links) and utilize the Loan Simulator at https://studentaid.gov/loan-simulator/. Please contact the financial aid office if you have any questions or concerns.
Welcome to Spring Quarter!
Welcome to Spring Quarter! We are excited to celebrate this season of renewal and growth with you! Please join us in welcoming our new, quarter 1 students, and our quarter 2 students who are joining us on campus. Check out the bulletin boards outside Student Life for photos of our newest community members. Be sure to drop in and say “hi” to Dani, Mimi, and Loretta! Events: Join us for hot cocoa, tea, snacks, and music in Student Life every Tuesday during the 9:20 a.m. break. We have a $25 gift card drawing twice a month. The next gift card drawing is Tuesday, April 12th. Stop by and get a drawing ticket. Tuesday, April 12: Presidential Welcome Lunch for Quarter 1 students. Join Dr. Oberstein for lunch in Room 110 from 11:40 am to 1:00 pm. Thursday, May 5: Spring for Life. Join the Student Council for a day of learning and fun. Details coming soon. ALL ARE WELCOME. Thursday, June 9: Commencement Rehearsal and Awards Banquet for the Spring & Summer 22 classes. Friday, June 10: Commencement for the Spring & Summer Classes Student Council meets on Wednesdays at 12:00 pm in the SPAH Foyer Weeks 2 through 9. All are welcome. Minutes can be found HERE Student Advocate, Alex Vargas, is available to help students with concerns and complaints. Please reach out to him for information about student concerns, the complaint process, college policies, etc. https://lifewest.edu/students/student-resources/student-advocate-office/ Student Catalog and Handbook: Please take a few minutes to review the student handbook for information about college policies and procedures, attendance, student services, etc. Student Clubs and Organizations schedules and information. Student Employment Opportunities Student Advocate Enrollment Assistant Registrar Assistant Lab Aide for Visually Impaired Audio Visual Assistant Fitness Center Supervisor Continuing Ed Assistant Tutors HC Peer Mentors https://jobs.lifewest.edu/job-category/life-west-work-study/?v=7516fd43adaa Student Housing Opportunities If you have a room available, please email Loretta Saunders at email@example.com, so we can post your room on the Life West student housing page.
Welcome back from Spring break and welcome new students!
Welcome back from Spring break and welcome new students! We have all the required textbooks needed for all classes, if you need a book that we don’t have, just stop by and ask for it and we can definitely order it right away! We have new snacks coming in new meal bars, new energy drinks if you are not a coffee person but need a boost, and a new healthy assortment of chips! Let’s start the semester off with a great, refreshing start!
FAFSA 2022-23 Renewal Deadline
FAFSA 2022-23 Renewal Deadline Please File your 2022-23 FAFSA by *April 29th. *Students currently enrolled in quarters 3, 6, 9 and 12 should file by the end of March. https://studentaid.gov/apply-for-aid/fafsa/renew Use the Returning User login. Our school code is 015732. You will need your FSA User ID and tax/income information from 2020. If you are graduating winter22 or spring22, or are not planning on using federal aid this does not apply to you.
Congratulations Basketball and E-Sport Winners!
Congratulations Basketball and E-Sport Winners! Congratulations to the 3v3 Basketball Tournament first place team: Ben Dayrit, Micheal Coley, and Jake Moenning! (Left to RIght) Ben Dayrit, Micheal Coley, Jake Moenning Way to go, Super Smash Bros E-Sports Tournament top three Winners: Stefan Sanchez, Kendell Jack, and Jonathan Enriquez! (Left to Right) 1st - Stefan Sanchez 2nd - Kendell Jack 3rd - Jonathan Enriquez
Celebrate Diversity Month in April
Celebrate Diversity Month in April Did you know April is diversity month? Established in 2004, it’s designated as a time to help diverse people gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of each other. Throughout this month, you’ll have the opportunity to gain a greater appreciation for the diversity that surrounds you. Our planet is filled with a rainbow of races, spectrum, religions and orientations — all equal in every way. It doesn’t matter if you don’t understand them all or even know they exist, but it does matter that you accept them all and do not judge any of them as less than worthy. We are all in this together, and our ignorance of other’s beliefs is no excuse for intolerance in any form. As we enter April, I’d like everyone to take some time to Celebrate Diversity Month. Take the time to INVOLVE yourself and others in learning about cultures, language, and peoples that are not part of your daily life. Involve your children, family, friends and neighbors; so that we may all gain a better understanding of our global family. Talk about, show examples of and become involved in celebrating diversity today and every day. There are endless possibilities of how you can do this, but here are a few examples if you need a bit of inspiration: Invite friends and family over for a potluck meal where participants bring in dishes that represent their ethnicity or their favorite ethnic foods. Create a craft with your children that represents different cultures. Plan an event that brings together different ethnic groups to celebrate. Embark on learning a new language. Explore different cultures through art forms, poetry, music, crafts, traditional costumes, language, etc. Have an art show featuring local, diverse artists, or a poetry reading, or a concert. Rent movies that deal with diverse topics and people’s experiences. Other events and ways to celebrate: LinkedIn: Six Ways to Celebrate Eventbrite: D&I Events Life Chiropractic College West: Inclusive Language Policy (Source: Dignity & Respect Campaign)
Toys for Tots Wins Big
Toys for Tots Wins Big Our very own Executive Director of Admissions and Toys for Tots Civilian Project Coordinator (Alameda), Dan Cardenas scored a record breaking donation valued at over $90,000.00. A local Bay Area entrepreneur donated over 3500 educational STEM games for kids. These board games will be donated to local Bay Area Elementary schools to encourage their interest in STEM fields of science, technology, engineering and math. Debbie Calero, Associate Director of Admissions and Parent Ambassador for the Youth Enrichment Program of Schafer Park elementary joined the staff and after school crew to take a few pictures to express their appreciation for the games. ONE TEAM, ONE GOAL, ONE COMMUNITY
Cover Yourself During 2022-2023 Benefits Open Enrollment Season!
Cover Yourself During 2022-2023 Benefits Open Enrollment Season! Life Chiropractic College West’s Employee Benefits Plan Enrollment opens TODAY! This is the annual opportunity for all employees to make changes to their benefit plan selections. During open enrollment, you can add or waive coverage, add and/or delete dependents and change benefit plan options effective May 1, 2022. We have some exciting changes this year and wanted to give you a head start in learning about those changes prior to open enrollment beginning. You will also have an opportunity to speak with the insurance carriers directly in person at our Health Fair on March 22nd. What’s New To help keep your health care costs down, Life Chiropractic College West is excited to offer a comprehensive benefits package through United HealthCare—replacing Anthem Blue Cross for 2022. This includes the following benefits: Medical—(2 HMO options and 1 PPO) Dental (core and buy-up options) Vision Life Insurance Disability Insurance Wellness Program United Health Care has a robust network and similar plan options as your current Anthem plans. To learn more about their HMO and PPO networks, and to search for providers pre-enrollment please visit the following links: SignatureValue HMO’s—www.welcometouhc.com/casignaturevalue Select Plus PPO—www.welcometouhc.com/selectplus Also new this year—Benefit Advocates that can help you with day-to-day benefit questions, claims issues, prescription issues, help with ordering ID cards, and locating doctors. Advocates are available Monday-Friday 8 am-6 pm, and you can use this benefit starting today! Please see attached flyer for contact information. What’s Still Offered for 2022 Hospital Indemnity Insurance Critical Illness Insurance Accident Insurance Pet Insurance Pre-Paid Legal Services Employee Assistance Program Medical and Dependent FSA Commuter Benefits (Pre-Tax through FSA) Timeline / Dates to Remember March 21st – Open Enrollment Begins! Beginning now, you can access Paycom to make your 2022-2023 elections. March 22nd – Employee Health Fair (on-site), 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM This is your chance to speak to all of our insurance carriers directly and ask questions about benefits, networks, and wellness. There will also be raffles and goodies to give away! April 8th – Open Enrollment Ends Please have all of your elections finalized by this date. For details, check out the Employee Benefits Guide for the 2022-2023 plan year. To walk through the guide in more detail, please follow either this link or the QR code to our Open Enrollment presentation. In addition to making traditional healthcare coverage available, Life West supports the art of self care and offers several options to help you live your life well. A few weeks ago, we had the pleasure of launching Headspace. As of today, we have 47 employees who have enrolled. Headspace was started with one mission—to improve the health and happiness of the world and with that comes mindfulness tools that are available to our employees 24 hours / seven days a week. Please take time to check in with your team to ensure they have log-in to see the benefits this application offers. Employees can enroll @ https://work.headspace.com/lifechiropracticcollegewest-staff/member-enroll In addition to our Employee Assistant Program that will continue to be provided through Anthem, Life West is excited to introduce our employees to several other health and wellness benefits: If you have an Apple phone or Apple Watch, the United Healthcare Plan includes Apple Fitness+ FREE to eligible employees. Apple Fitness+ offers 11 workout types, ranging from HIIT to core to yoga. New workouts are added every week, lasting from 5 to 45 minutes… and the subscription can be shared with up to 5 family members. The United Healthcare ‘Real Appeal Weight Loss Program’ is designed to help employees lose weight and keep it off In signing up for this program—employees will receive a health kit that includes a Nutritional Guide, a Portion Plate, an Electronic food Scale, Digital Weight Scale, Blender, Fitness Guide, and 12 fitness DVDs and Resistance bands. Other benefits include online classes, a personal health coach, entertaining and aspirational messaging, and Digital support and tracking Finally, let’s look at the Simply Engaged Program: Employees will be able to earn up to $200 for completing health and wellness activities: Employees will be able to earn Rally Coins for rewards, plus earn financial incentives All of this information (in detail) will be provided during the Benefits Fair on March 22! Please don’t miss it, and encourage your teams to stop by to learn more about their benefits.
Good Luck on Final Exams!
Dear Students, We wish you the very best as you take your final exams this quarter! We know how stressful exams can be, so we’ve put together some resources for you to utilize over the next two weeks to help you manage and mitigate some of that stress you’re feeling in your minds and bodies. Below is a selection of videos for each day of this week that focus on an aspect of wellness. There are short meditations and cardio workouts, reminders to stay hydrated, and encouragement to seek out community and connection with your friends and family. We’ve also included some classic offerings from our Mindfulness program. And remember, sign up for Headspace, please try to take time to nourish your body well, try to rest as much as possible, and, of course, get adjusted. Monday 10 Minute Mindfulness Meditation | Be Present Tuesday Importance Of Social Connections Wednesday 10-Minute No-Equipment, At-Home Cardio Workout Thursday Water: Amazing Brain Foods | A Little Bit Better Friday Tai Chi gong with Dr. Kallop We will also be posting affirmations on all of the campus TVs as reminders of your agency and power in your success. In addition to those, here are a few reminders specific to success in exams. Please take a moment to copy them into your phone or write them down so you have access to them whenever you have a moment to hold that intention for yourselves. Affirmations To Help Students Doing Exams I pass exams easily. I always pass exams with flying colors. I enjoy studying for my exams and tests. I stay focused while studying for exams. I work both hard and smart to pass my exams. I always pass my exams. I look forward to a great result of my exams. I am easily able to sit for exams without stress or anxiety. I love the challenge of a tough exam. I will do my exams well. During the exams, I recall information quickly and easily. I know how to thrive under exam pressure. I begin studying well before exams are scheduled. Exams are fun. I prepare for exams systematically and intelligently. I will pass my exam! I am relaxed during exams. I am always relaxed during exams. I am well prepared for every exam. Your well-being is the most important aspect of your success in our program. If there is any way that Student Life or any other office on campus can support you during this time, please let us know. We are always happy to help. We will send another playlist of resources next Monday. In the meantime, we hope these are useful. Good luck! The Student Life Team
Congratulations Scholarship Winners!
Congratulations Scholarship Winners! LCCW Commitment to Excellence – Emma Harbage, Fraser Oliver, Lilie Galvin and Julia Rose Dr. Carl Dieter Philosophy Scholarship – Taylor Mehr Dr. Luis Arrondo Scholarship – Makennah Koos Dr. Michael Dobbins Excellence in Nutritional Education Scholarship – Andrea Biddle Scholarships are available every quarter – flag your calendar to apply early April for the next cycle!