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March 17, 1993 | STEPHANIE SIMON
California Lutheran University next month will host several events designed to increase awareness of Ventura County's Latino community, including a concert featuring Latino composers and an all-day fiesta. The sixth annual Festival de Encuentros, from April 5 through April 23 on the university's Thousand Oaks campus, will offer a series of free cultural programs open to the public.
May 11, 1989
California Lutheran University has been chosen one of nine universities in the United States to serve as host to a Fulbright scholar-in-residence during the 1989-90 academic year, officials of the Thousand Oaks school have announced. Torgrim Gjesme, a Norwegian psychologist specializing in motivation, test anxiety and the concept of future time, will lecture at the university in the coming year. He is an associate professor of educational psychology at the University of Oslo and has published articles in international scholarly journals.
July 17, 1998 | PHILIP BRANDES
Judging from the boisterous crowd response to "The Two Gentlemen of Verona," the Kingsmen Shakespeare Festival has successfully parlayed the inherently appealing concept of free Shakespeare in the park into a successful bond with the Thousand Oaks community. Now in its second year, this joint venture between Santa Susana Repertory Company and California Lutheran University draws from a diverse mix of professional and semiprofessional talent.
February 19, 2000
One of my heroes died today. I always thought it was the Cowboys that I loved, but the truth is, I loved Tom Landry. What a classy guy. As a child watching football with my dad, I never really understood the game, but I sure got that Landry was authentic and true. He just seemed like a real straight-ahead guy who wanted to play the game well and honestly. He got treated really badly when the team was sold to Jerry Jones, and it broke my heart. I think Jerry is getting payback for that now. Tom, if I wore a hat, I'd doff it to you today.
Proving once again that free Shakespeare beneath the summer stars does not necessitate a compromise in quality, the Kingsmen Shakespeare Festival opens its fifth season on the grounds of California Lutheran University with that mother ship of the Bard's plays, "Hamlet." Sporting a rock-solid cast and upgraded stage facilities, the production is directed by David Ellenstein, who formerly played the melancholy Dane for his father Robert Ellenstein's Los Angeles Repertory Company.
January 5, 1990 | MIKE WYMA and PAUL DEAN, Times Staff Writer
"We love singing harmonies, we love performing and we love audience participation," says Dexter Dickerson of the Acapella All-Stars. "We'll say, 'To show you how easy it is to sing a cappella, we're bringing some of you up on stage.' It ends up like a big party, and it's usually pretty comical."
March 3, 1993 | STEPHANIE SIMON
Cal Lutheran University has received $1.8 million--the largest onetime donation in the university's 33-year history--from the estate of two sisters. Florence and Esther Potenberg, lifelong Lutherans who learned of the Thousand Oaks university through their church, established a charitable trust in 1989 bequeathing their Pasadena home to the university. Now, a year after Florence Potenberg died at the age of 90, the university has received $1.8 million from the trust fund.
October 25, 2006 | From a Times Staff Writer
The Rev. Raymond M. Olson, the second president of what is known today as California Lutheran University, died Saturday at his home in Thousand Oaks, the university announced. He was 96. Olson served as president of the Thousand Oaks school for nine years after founding President Orville Dahl stepped down in 1962. A former general secretary for stewardship with the American Lutheran Church, Olson was president of the school until 1971. He was named president emeritus in 1983.
January 28, 2006 | Gregory W. Griggs, Times Staff Writer
The first phase of California Lutheran University's $29-million sports complex will be unveiled today when the inaugural game is played on the new George "Sparky" Anderson Baseball Field. A group of alumni will face current Cal Lutheran players at a free game beginning at noon. Anderson, a former major league manager who lives in Thousand Oaks, will throw out the first pitch.
Every summer should bring at least one "A Midsummer Night's Dream" under the stars. As part of the first Kingsmen Shakespeare Festival, Santa Susana Repertory Company is doing the "Dream" in a pleasantly verdant bowl in the middle of California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks. With six cast members on Actors' Equity contracts and others with impressive credits, this is not community theater.
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