About SAGE Society

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The SAGE Society is a learning-in-retirement organization for retired and semi-retired seniors interested in intellectual and cultural stimulation. It operates under the auspices of the Roland Tseng College of Extended Learning at California State University, Northridge, California, and holds its study discussion groups at the facilities of the Saint Andrew and Saint Charles Episcopal Church in the community of Granada Hills, a part of the City of Los Angeles. Most of the organization’s members are residents of the San Fernando Valley. SAGE is an acronym for Study, Activity, Growth, and Enrichment.

History

With the support and efforts of Sonja Marchand, in the College of Extended Learning and a contribution of $15,000 from the Milken Foundation, SAGE was launched in the spring of 1987. Founding father Morrie Cutler who had been a member of Plato, the Learning In Retirement organization associated with UCLA, thought there should be a similar organization in the San Fernando Valley. His personal project was to contact the Office of Continuing Education at California State University, Northridge (CSUN) and convince its personnel that such a group would be beneficial to the school and to the community. Starting its first year with 12 inspired, hard-working members in one study discussion group, SAGE now averages 14 study discussion groups weekly for its membership of over 150.

Program

SAGE holds four sessions annually. The winter, spring, and fall sessions operate for 10 weeks, while the summer session is seven weeks. In each session, study discussion groups involve members who participate by researching topics and making presentations on a variety of subjects determined by the members.

Governing Body

The governing body is the board of directors composed of four elected officers and the chairpersons of standing committees who all serve two-year terms. Elected officers are president, vice president (president-elect), secretary, and treasurer. Committees include membership, curriculum, newsletter, forums, CSUN liaison, and website.

Forums

Besides the study discussion groups that are the heart and core of SAGE, the organization has sponsored colloquia, town meetings, and forums. These meetings feature speakers who are experts in their fields and are accompanied by stimulating discussion questions from the audience. The forums include a luncheon for members and guests.

Retreats

The SAGE Society traditionally holds retreats at resorts and conference centers in Southern California. The retreat offers a more relaxed atmosphere when about 50 of its members and guests meet without the usual formalities of regular classrooms and discuss pre-selected readings, which generally consist of a book, a play and an essay. These readings are chosen for their topical interest and for their ability to provoke discussion. The discussions are only a part of the retreat. There are often numerous opportunities to hike, swim, play tennis, enjoy games, or just sit and talk. Evening activities often include entertainment provided by the members.

Trips

A number of field trips have also been a feature of SAGE. Held periodically, they have included visits to the Getty Museum, Japanese Gardens, the Nethercutt Museum, the Reagan Presidential Library, the Santa Barbara Art Museum, the Ojai Music Festival, and the Bowers Museum, as well as Los Angeles Conservancy Walks and theater parties.

Senior Computers

Senior Computers is an auxiliary of the SAGE Society and is organized and operated by senior citizens who wish to teach other seniors how to use computers. This group conducts classes for beginners twice a year during semester breaks at CSUN. Two-hour morning classes usually begin on the first Friday in January and July and are conducted for six consecutive Fridays. The class fee is $25. Because the instructors are volunteers, they receive no pay. Senior Computers uses class fees to fund two $500 scholarships in CSUN’s College of Engineering and Computer Sciences.

Scholarships

In addition to the two annual $500 scholarships awarded to two students in the College of Engineering and Computer Sciences, SAGE offers the Sonja Marchand Scholarship in Gerontology. The $1000 award has been presented to an outstanding student of gerontology each spring since 1989. SAGE has been a supporter of the CSUN Library by making a significant annual donation to help fund an electronic literature database used by students of the university.

Frequently Asked Questions about SAGE

Q: Are there prerequisite, educational requirements?
A: No, just a desire to fulfill your intellectual curiosity.

Q:  Where do the SAGE classes meet?
A: The classes meet in classrooms at the St. Andrew and
St. Charles Episcopal Church in Granada Hills, California.

Q: What does membership cost?
A:  An annual fee of $225 per member or $400 for husband and wife, payable to SAGE, CSUN.

Q:  When is the fee payable?
A: It is payable in full before the start of the Fall session in September.

Q: How long are the four sessions?
A: Ten (10) weeks in the Fall, Winter and Spring — Seven (7) weeks in
Summer.

Q: How are the subject topics determined?
A: SAGE members suggest discussion topics for consideration by the curriculum committee.

Q: How does a member select the study discussion groups he/she wishes to attend?
A: After the curriculum committee determines the subjects for consideration, the selections are submitted by mail to the membership at large and each member responds with choices of one or more subjects.

Q: How many group meetings are held during the week?
A: There are normally four 2-hour study discussion groups scheduled Tuesday through Thursday. Two groups meet Monday afternoon while one or two may be scheduled Friday mornings.

Q:  What is a presentation?
A: Each class participant chooses a subject within the group’s overall
study topic, researches it, and makes an oral presentation designed to stimulate group discussion.

Q: How long is the presentation expected to be?
A: Since the sessions are two hours in length with a ten-minute break, a
presentation is limited to an hour and fifty minutes including the discussion period.

Q: Does the presenter need to prepare an outline of the topic?
A:  An outline of the topic is to be prepared and distributed to class
members the week prior to the presentation. This allows classmates to familiarize themselves with the topic and to generate questions for discussion.

Q:  Are there any additional costs entailed over and above the membership fee?
A: Presenters are expected to furnish refreshments (e.g. cookies and/or fruit) and help set up and prepare for the coffee break. The cost of the coffee, tea, etc. is covered by SAGE.

Q:  What, if any, other activities are there?
A: Very often classmates arrange to lunch together at neighboring
restaurants. Additionally, members form groups to attend theater productions, arrange bridge games, listen to opera lectures, and find other activities outside of the SAGE program.

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Hello!

I am a librarian at Porter Ranch. We are organizing a 6-part workshop for Alzheimer’s disease family caregivers. Is it possible to disseminate information about the workshop through SAGE?

Thank you.
Jane Dobija, Librarian

I think the SAGE is an awesome opportunity for seniors; Frankly, I thought that such a chance, to me, has gone forever. The chance of being active, effective, and useful has been limited and shrinking day after day.
When I attempted taking a Master degree “Instructional Design” about seven years ago, I was so blissful unfortunately I could not continue, so I quit.
Such activities will allow the senior participants to come back and be active, useful, responsive and productive. I would love to participate in such group, my problem is that, my pension is not really helpful; unless I can find a job, part or full time, may be logistics, maintenance, etc.
Please see attached my resume, so you may see if would fit in SAGE, so I can be helpful after I get some help.
I really appreciate your assistance.
Sincerely
Ernest Boctor
(818)368-7172

Ernest Boctor
boctorernest@hotmail.com
17224 Tulsa St. Granada Hills, CA 91344
Home: (818) 368- 7172 Cell: (818) 421- 5479

Objective: Diverse in skill set and open to various opportunities, I aim to offer impeccable career experience in administration, management, or education to a viable full or part time position requiring reliability and excellence.

Work experience:

Assistant Professor: DLI “Defense Language Institute” Monterey, CA 2002-current
• Foster language training in Modern Standard Arabic; Basic Course to the United States Military, U.S. Intelligence Agencies and Department of Defense Personnel.
• Design Arabic Language Materials, Intermediate and Advanced Levels according to “final Learning Objectives, Objectives “FLO”, Modern Standard Arabic and other Arabic Dialects; Egyptian, Iraqi and the like.
• Develop weekly exams to emphasize the students’ vocabulary collections and comprehension, and to provide the students with feedback and directions in order to enable them to achieve optimum score goal of 3/3+ level performance during the “Oral Proficiency interview “OPI”’.
• Periodically Coordinate communicative activities, to the students, such as immersion exercises and role-plays

2001-2002: Building Services Manager Kaiser Permanente Hospital Woodland Hills
• Managed the “Environmental Services Department”, EVS: Five Supervisors and 120 Union Employees. I initiated a dynamic communications system through daily “briefs” before the start of the Evening shift; resulted in a remarkable level of enhanced productivity and maximum customer satisfaction.
• Performed the following tasks as part of my duties as a department manager: Planning, training, budget preparation, Payroll, set goals and objectives, written reports, employee and supervisors evaluations, discipline, and experience with Union employees including negotiation, hiring and firing.
• Reduced grievances through open door policy with union representative and employees.
Hired by the Defense Language institute
1993-2001 Warner Brothers Home Care Facility
• Established Warner Brother’s Home care facility; Facility number: 19820081, licensed for (6) Elderly non ambulatory clients. Offered clients with full board of services included caring and hygiene, monitoring their medications and doctor’s visits, provided them transportation, recreational activities including walking, hobbies and artworks each according to his/her abilities.

1989-1993: Assistant Director for environmental services. Kaiser Permanente Hospital LA Sunset
• Managed 11 supervisors, and 114 Union employees.
• Responsible for providing environmental and hazardous waste service for 750 bed acute care hospital as well as 9 satellite clinics totaling 4 million square feet.
• Initiated a dynamic communications system through daily briefing “before the shift start”, resulted in remarkable improvement in EVS Department production.
• Was able to solve the unending problem with the shifts cleaning equipment and storage; combined the three shifts equipment storage systems into “one” equipment storage for the three shifts; which allowed each shift to prepare and clean their equipments for the next shift, which resulted in saving searching time for equipments that became available 24/7.
• Actively involved in JCHO pre-survey evaluation of other Kaiser Permanente facilities.

Professional Skills:
• Excellent communicational abilities; able to convey complex concepts and instructions to people of all ethnic, social, and educational backgrounds.
• Effective interpersonal skills in successful cooperation with teammates, and interactions with customers.
• Computer skills: Windows, Word, Excel, Power Point, IT statistics, Internet, and LCD projectors.
• Ability to type English and Arabic 25 w/m.

I think the SAGE is an awesome opportunity for senior; Frankly, I thought that such a chance, to me, has gone forever. The chance of being active, effective, and useful has been limited and shrinking day after day.
When I attempted taking a Master degree “Instructional Design” about seven years ago, I was so blissful unfortunately I could not continue, so I quit.
Such activities will allow the senior participants to come back and be active, useful, responsive and productive. I would love to participate in such group, my problem is that, my pension is not really helpful; unless I can find a job, part or full time, may be logistics, maintenance, etc.
Please see attached my resume, so you may see if would fit in SAGE, so I can be helpful after I get some help.
I really appreciate your assistance.
Sincerely
Ernest Boctor
(818)368-7172

Is the $225 – for one session or for the year ?

Hi, Jane–
The $225 is for the entire year and covers the four sessions. The money is used to cover our rental of the classrooms at the church, printing, mailing, secretary, etc.

If you want more information, you can email us at elders@csun.edu or phone our membership committee at 818-831-5064.

If you haven’t done so already, check out our website at http://exlweb.csun.edu/sage

Reuben Allen

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This sounds like a wonderful activity for seniors. The usual senior center activities have never held any interest for me. However, I could never afford a $225.00 annual fee.
But keep up the good work –
If someday, I should win the lottery this is the first activity I will join !


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