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Ventura Port District Grants New
5-Year Lease to Coastal Marine Biolabs at Ventura Harbor


Coastal Bio Labs

Located in Ventura Harbor, Coastal Marine Biolabs (CMB) is a non-profit organization that offers innovative, research-based science education programs to high school educators and students, locally and nationally. Recognizing these benefits, the Ventura Port District Board of Port Commissioners has granted CMB a new five-year lease through May 31, 2019. The lease coincides with a five-year, $1.2 million Science Education Partnership Award that CMB received from the National Institutes of Health to engage high school students in cutting-edge neuroscience research centered on spinal cord "hard-wiring." 


"CMB has established itself as a pioneering leader in both the science of education and the education of science. Their insights and knowledge will allow the Harbor to continue to enrich Ventura on multiple levels," said Ventura Port District Commissioner Everard Ashworth. 


CMB assembled its biosciences laboratory at Ventura Harbor in early 2007 and began accepting students in summer 2008. In 2011, the organization received a nearly $1 million education innovation award from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to launch the Barcoding Life's Matrix project. The three-year effort involves students in a global scientific initiative to catalog biodiversity using a DNA barcode system. The Barcoding Life's Matrix project also engages science teachers, who receive in-depth training and cutting-edge instructional resources to implement the project in their own science classrooms and labs. Ventura County teachers and students continue to participate in the project, which is now under review for expansion through a five-year, $2 million award from NSF.


Harbor businesses and restaurants also benefit from CMB's presence and programs. Between March 2011 and March 2014, CMB contributed nearly $200,000 to Ventura Harbor businesses. 


"As part of the new lease agreement, CMB will collaborate with the Port District on a number of education-centered Harbor enhancement projects, including a proposed native California shellfish hatchery in Ventura Harbor," Ashworth said. "This effort, which is now in its formative stages, would help to establish a sustainable shellfish population at Ventura Harbor, enhance the marine habitat, strengthen the local economy, and create new outreach opportunities." 


CMB and the Port District also aim to create new inroads for the public to explore the area's natural beauty by creating a nature trail that links the Harbor with the surrounding beach and wetlands areas. 

Business Waste Prevention Programs Save Money,
Landfill Space


Many businesses are unaware of the various free programs for businesses offered by the city of Ventura's Environmental Sustainability Division. Whisenhunt Communications is helping Harrison Industries spread the word to the local business community. Here's what Harrison wants you to know:

  1. City of Ventura logo Waste assessments: Want to reduce the amount of trash you send to the landfill? Want to learn more about what can be recycled at your place of business? Want some free recycling containers? Contact Courtney Lindberg at the City of Ventura to schedule your free waste assessment and start saving money and landfill space.      
  2. Green Business Certification Program: Join the growing list of businesses doing their part to help the environment. From reducing your energy and water use, to buying items with recycled content, to recycling more at work, you can be recognized as a green business not only in Ventura but statewide. For more information contact Courtney Lindberg at clindberg@cityofventura.net or visit www.greenbusinessca.org.     
  3. Green Task Force logo Chamber of Commerce Green Task Force: The Green Task Force is a committee within the Ventura Chamber of Commerce committed to environmental sustainability through business decisions. This group meets on the third Thursday of each month in the Chamber boardroom at 505 Poli Street. For more information, contact Vadim Simakov at vsimakov@ventura-chamber.org.

Alert Communications Wins Industry's Award of Distinction 


Whisenhunt Communications client Alert Communications of Ventura has been honored with the prestigious 2014 ATSI Call Center Award of Distinction by the Association of TeleServices International. The industry's trade association for providers of call center services recognized Alert Communications at ATSI's 2014 annual convention held in Memphis, Tenn., in June.


ATSI Award of Excellence The Call Center Award of Distinction is a tool used to measure the skills of professional call center agents throughout North America and the United Kingdom.


After six months of testing, an independent panel of judges scores call-handling skills for "enhanced service" applications, focusing attention on customer relationship management, courtesy, etiquette and the use of proper call techniques, as well as response time and accuracy - the cornerstones of the call management industry.


"This award truly recognizes 'the best of the best' - setting the highest of standards for our industry," said ATSI President Sharon Campbell.


Whisenhunt Communications assisted Alert in spreading the news about the award by writing and issuing a press release to local and industry media.

Osteoporosis to be the Focus
of CMHS Seminar on July 29


Osteoporosis, gradual bone loss that affects 28 million American men and women, will be the focus of a free seminar Community Memorial Health System is holding on Tuesday, July 29.


David Crownover, M.D., a Ventura and Oxnard obstetrician/gynecologist, will conduct the seminar that will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Courtyard by Marriott hotel, located at 600 E. Esplanade Drive in Oxnard. Registration is free but reservations are required. Call 1-800/838-3006, or visit cmhshealth.org/rsvp.


Gradual bone loss is part of the aging process and can begin as early as 35 years of age, with women over 50 at the greatest risk. Dr. Crownover will discuss what people can do to prevent and treat osteoporosis.


Future scheduled educational seminars include: Advances in Robotic Surgery on Aug. 19; Joint Pain, Athletic Injuries and Arthritis on Sept. 9; Matters of the Heart: What Everyone Needs to Know to Maintain a Healthy Heart on Nov. 4; and Cataract Surgery: The State of the Art on Dec. 9.


CMHS is a longtime Whisenhunt Communications client.

Casitas Municipal Water District
Urges Water Conservation



The Casitas Municipal Water District is reminding local folks this summer about the ongoing drought and the continuing need to conserve water. Whisenhunt Communications graphic designer Cindy Daly recently crafted this attractive banner for Casitas, which is displayed in the Ojai Valley. For water-saving and conservation tips, visit www.casitaswater.org. 



American Cancer Society Gala
to Help 'Finish the Fight'


Cancer Society Gala Harrison Industries is helping to sponsor the Ventura Chapter of the American Cancer Society's sixth annual gala on Saturday, Aug. 9. The theme is "Finish the Fight!" and the gala will be held at the Air Force Commemorative Museum near the Camarillo Airport at 445 Aviation Drive.


The fundraising event starts at 6 p.m. with a cocktail reception, followed by dinner, dancing, live and silent auctions, and tours of the museum.


The American Cancer Society is a nationwide, community-based, voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by seeking to prevent cancer, save lives and diminish suffering from cancer through research, education, advocacy and service. To learn more about the American Cancer Society, call 1-800-227-2345 or visit www.cancer.org.


Harrison Industries is a longtime client of Whisenhunt Communications.

Issue: 60
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Unplug and Recharge This Summer

Raise your hand if: 
  • You have a computer at home or at work (all hands are up, right?)
  • You are on your computer a lot at home or at work.
  • You have an iPhone or iPad or other smartphone or tablet.
  • You are on you iPhone or iPad or other smartphone or tablet a lot at home or at work.
  • You watch TV in the evening.
  • You can't live without your cellphone or other electronic device, even though 10 years ago you managed to just fine. 

Well, how about unplugging everything and giving it a try for a couple days? Many business people are so heavily wired all day and evening long that they don't take enough time to unwind and enjoy simple pleasures like going to the beach or talking with friends. 


Getting away from your computer, social media, email, texts and all the intrusions brought all day and night by electronic devices can help you feel refreshed, recharged and ready to tackle a new work project when you plug back in.


Why do we suggest this, you ask? Because we can - and it's summer! All of us at Whisenhunt Communications enjoy getaways with friends or family during the summer and oftentimes while gone, we are forced to unplug because the places we visit (remote family vacation cabin in Montana and RV park at the beach in Oceanside, to name a few) lack Wi-Fi or a reliable Internet or cellphone connection.


Guess what? Not only do we survive but we enjoy being off the grid. We read books. We play games. We go fishing. We swim in the ocean. We talked to people face-to-face. 


Give it a try!  

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