Thursday, November 17, 2022

11/14 at 9:30am LIVE on KUCI - The Wellness Initiative in Social Ecology also known as WISE - a new and rising wellness resource for the UCI community. Several students from the Wellness Initiative in Social Ecology Peer Advisory Collective (WISE PAC) join Janeane on KUCI 88.9fm


The Wellness Initiative in Social Ecology also known as WISE is a new and rising wellness resource for the UCI community after recognizing the greater need for more mental health and wellness resources. We aim to improve and expand upon mental and behavioral health and wellness programming services for the UCI School of Social Ecology students while complementing ongoing campus efforts.

One major project of WISE is the Wellness Initiative in Social Ecology Peer Advisory Collective (WISE PAC): a student-led, student-driven team of individuals within the School of Social Ecology who represent diversity in race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, lived experience, ability, and socioeconomic status. All members are driven and passionate people, who want to create real change in wellness and mental health in the UC Irvine community. As a team, we aim to destigmatize mental illnesses and increase access to mental health uses and resources. As we continue to expand, we hope to have our efforts reach more to not just the students of UCI, but also the community of Orange County.



Chloe Ford (she/her/hers) 

I am a 4th year University of California, Irvine student double majoring in Psychological Science and Criminology, Law and Society. I am the CoDirector of Design and a part of the Education Cluster at WISE. As of right now, I am looking to go to law school. I would like to possibly pursue a career in family law and later on pursue some sort of Phd either in a criminology related field or a psychology related field.

Frankie Nelson (she/her) 

I am a 3rd year UCI student majoring in Psychological Sciences with a minor in Sociology. I am the Secretary and the lead of the Social Support Cluster at WISE. I am incredibly passionate about supporting others and their mental health! I plan to pursue a Masters of Social Work and become a licensed clinical social worker after UCI. I hope to focus my work on disadvantaged and low-income communities that often have less access to mental health resources.

Andrea Briseno Tellez (they/she/he)

I am a 4th year UCI student majoring in Psychological Science with a minor in Chicanx/Latinx Studies. I am part of the Self-Care Cluster at WISE. My goal is to become a Marriage and Family therapist focusing on Latinx families. I hope to bring resources in Latinx communities and destigmatize mental health. 

Wednesday, November 16, 2022

Lisa Carey, founder of Intentfully FiT, a well-being platform for women over 50 joins host Janeane Bernstein on KUCI 88.9fm



Saying yes to new adventures has propelled Lisa Carey through three careers, and she’s just getting started.

In her latest role as founder of Intentfully FiT, a well-being platform for women over 50, Lisa is redefining the anti-aging narrative by creating a community that finds joy in the age of NOW. She sees the journey of becoming the best versions of ourselves as a celebration of ageless authenticity in each moment along the way.

 Lisa’s first act began at 17 when she said yes to talent scouts who recruited her to join the Ice Follies. “I was a National Figure Skating Pairs Champion who had just missed my try at the Olympics and they wanted to match me up with another partner professionally. It was all very ‘kismet-esque,’ but I remember boarding the plane to leave home and seeing my dad cry for the very first time. Still, I couldn’t believe I was actually getting paid to do something I loved to do with all my heart.”

 Thus, started a decade of travel as a professional athlete -- touring with Ice Follies, Ice Capades and Scott Hamilton’s Stars on Ice; capturing a National Professional Pairs Championship and World Silver Medal, and representing the U.S. in events in China, South Africa, and Spain.

Returning to Los Angeles at age 27, Lisa resumed her education with evening courses in marketing and public relations at UCLA. One night after class a guest lecturer offered her a job interview and she said yes to career adventure number two. She worked her way up to Agency General Manager, then became PR Director of the Harlem Globetrotters, before establishing Lisa Carey Public Relations when her first of two children was born.

“My agency specialized in event marketing, and I loved highlighting events that brought families together,” she said. “My dream come true gig came in 2009 when my agency represented the World Figure Skating Championships at STAPLES Center. It was like returning home, full circle, but behind the scenes, at the pulse.”

When Covid hit and event marketing was on hold, Lisa retired her agency of 27 years to focus on her passion project. 

She says, “I’m really excited about where I find myself at this stage of life. I’m a few months away from enrolling in Medicare, and I’ve just launched a media platform that honors our evolving identity as women. I brought the best parts of my two previous careers together and sort of repurposed them into something totally new. Intentfully FiT is where I landed.”

“I wanted to open up a conversation with women of age that is empowering verses age-defying. It’s an online oasis where women over 50 like me, share stories and curiosities about this chapter of our lives in themes around Lifestyle, Fitness, Mindfulness, and Wellness.”

“The concept hit me when I let my hair go gray,” Lisa said. “It was surprising how liberating it felt to be more in touch with the real me. I wanted to see what else was limiting me, so I set out to refresh the lens I viewed my life from.”

“To me, it’s my turn to create a joyful life of my design. Everything I need is already right where I am, so I’ll see where this new adventure takes me.”

Lisa was just featured in Shoutout LA.

Wednesday, November 9, 2022

Coming up! Jerry Saltz, senior art critic at New York magazine and its entertainment site Vulture, winner of the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for criticism - Saltz shares details of his latest book - ART IS LIFE: Icons and Iconoclasts, Visionaries and Vigilantes, and Flashes of Hope in the Night

ART IS LIFE: Icons and Iconoclasts, Visionaries and Vigilantes, and Flashes of Hope in the Night is a deliciously readable survey of the art world in turbulent times by New York Times bestselling author, Pulitzer Prize Winner, and “One of the most powerful art critics today” (TIME OUT) Jerry Saltz. A former truck driver and self-described “failed artist,” Saltz has become one of the art world’s most accessible and instructive voices. Since the 1990s, he has been an indispensable cultural voice: witty and provocative, he has attracted contemporary readers to fine art as few critics have. An early champion of forgotten and overlooked women artists, Saltz has celebrated the pioneering work of African American, indigenous, LGBTQ+, and other long-marginalized creators. He has also become beloved online, amassing a more than a million dedicated followers on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. 

“Jerry Saltz’s voice has been one of the most valued in the art world as both a critic and a champion of artistic works and their creators. Now, [Saltz] takes stock of the cultural landscape over the last two decades to make the case that art in all its forms, from the provocative to the political, is vital for our existence.” – Time Magazine

In ART IS LIFE, Jerry Saltz draws on two decades of work to offer a real-time survey of contemporary art as a barometer of our times. Chronicling a period punctuated by dramatic turning points—from the cultural reset of 9/11 to the rolling social crises of today—Saltz traces how visionary artists have both documented and challenged the culture. ART IS LIFE offers Saltz’s eye-opening appraisals of trailblazers like Kara Walker, David Wojnarowicz, Hilma af Klint, and Jasper Johns; provocateurs like Jeff Koons, Richard Prince, and Marina Abramović; and visionaries like Jackson Pollock, Bill Traylor, and Willem de Kooning. Saltz celebrates landmarks like the Obama portraits by Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald, writes searchingly about disturbing moments such as the Ankara gallery assassination, and offers surprising takes on figures from Thomas Kinkade to Kim Kardashian.

With his signature blend of candor and conviction, Jerry Saltz argues in ART IS LIFE for the importance of the fearless artist—reminding us that art is a kind of channeled voice of human experience, a necessary window onto our times. The result is an openhearted and irresistibly readable appraisal by one of our most popular and perceptive cultural observers.

Jerry Saltz is the senior art critic at New York magazine and its entertainment site Vulture, and the author of the New York Times bestseller How to Be an Artist. In 2018 he was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Criticism. A frequent guest lecturer at major universities and museums, he has spoken at Harvard University, the Museum of Modern Art, the Guggenheim Museum, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and many other venues, and has taught at Columbia University, Yale University, the Rhode Island School of Design, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and elsewhere.

Sunday, November 6, 2022

Tune in November 7th, 2022 at 9:30am and meet UC Irvine's School of Education Dean Frances Contreras

Frances Contreras
Dean and Professor, UCI School of Education

On January 1, 2022, Dr. Frances Contreras officially began her tenure as dean of the University of California, Irvine School of Education. The third dean in school history, Contreras is the first Chicana/Latina dean to head a school of education in the University of California system.

A first-generation college student, Contreras joins the UCI School of Education from UC San Diego, where she was associate vice chancellor for equity, diversity and inclusion and a professor in the Department of Education Studies at UC San Diego. These roles, she explained, prepared her with a foundation in which she enlists diverse viewpoints and perspectives, critically examines change and growth, and oversees processes to improve efficiency and fairness.

Contreras is a UC alumna, earning a bachelor’s degree at UC Berkeley, a master’s degree from Harvard University and a Ph.D. in Education from Stanford University.

With this in mind, Contreras, a SoCal native, looks to expand the reach and impact of the UCI School of Education for its students, UCI, and surrounding K-12 community. Entering its 10th year and already ranked No. 7 in the nation among public schools of education, Contreras calls the UCI School of Education a “diverse, vibrant and influential school.”

“Our school was founded with a mission to improve the educational equity, access and outcomes for individuals of all backgrounds, from infancy to adulthood. The research, curriculum, programs, and partnerships undertaken to achieve this aim make the UCI School of Education unlike any other school in the nation,” Contreras said. “We are working to serve as a national model for putting research into practice and for practice influencing research, while simultaneously serving as an exemplar of inclusive excellence in our programs, research, pedagogy, partnerships, centers, curriculum, admissions and hiring practices.”

​Learn more about Dean Contreras, her vision for the UCI School of Education, and the impact she hopes to make on communities across the nation.

Saturday, November 5, 2022

11/7 at 9:00am pst LIVE on KUCI 88.9fm - One of the youngest survivors of Auschwitz-Birkenau tells her remarkable story--Tova Friedman's THE DAUGHTER OF AUSCHWITZ


My Story of Resilience, Survival and Hope

by Tova Friedman and

Malcolm Brabant

A powerful memoir by one of the youngest survivors of Auschwitz, Tova Friedman, following her childhood growing up during the Holocaust and surviving a string of near-death experiences in a Jewish ghetto, a Nazi labor camp, and Auschwitz.

"I am a survivor. That comes with a survivor's obligation to represent one and a half million Jewish children murdered by the Nazis. They cannot speak. So I must speak on their behalf."

Tova Friedman was one of the youngest people to emerge from Auschwitz. After surviving the liquidation of the Jewish ghetto in Central Poland where she lived as a toddler, Tova was four when she and her parents were sent to a Nazi labour camp, and almost six when she and her mother were forced into a packed cattle truck and sent to Auschwitz II, also known as the Birkenau extermination camp, while her father was transported to Dachau.

During six months of incarceration in Birkenau, Tova witnessed atrocities that she could never forget, and experienced numerous escapes from death. She is one of a handful of Jews to have entered a gas chamber and lived to tell the tale.

As Nazi killing squads roamed Birkenau before abandoning the camp in January 1945, Tova and her mother hid among corpses. After being liberated by the Russians they made their way back to their hometown in Poland. Eventually Tova's father tracked them down and the family was reunited.

In The Daughter of Auschwitz, Tova immortalizes what she saw, to keep the story of the Holocaust alive, at a time when it's in danger of fading from memory. She has used those memories that have shaped her life to honor the victims. Written with award-winning former war reporter Malcolm Brabant, this is an extremely important book. Brabant's meticulous research has helped Tova recall her experiences in searing detail. Together they have painstakingly recreated Tova's extraordinary story about the world's worst ever crime.


Tova Friedman is eighty-four years old and lives in New Jersey, USA. She is one of the youngest survivors of Auschwitz and uses her vivid memories to write and speak against anti-Semitism and prejudice. She was the director of a nonprofit social service agency for twenty-five years and continues to work as a therapist.

Malcolm Brabant is a veteran, award-winning veteran foreign correspondent. Brabant has reported from over 80 countries.


" Enriched by Friedman’s earnest reckonings with her trauma and hard-won sense of optimism, this is a poignant testament to survival and faith."

–Publishers Weekly

“I read this book with gratitude and urgency. Gratitude for the courage Tova Friedman has shown in deciding to share her story. We are all the beneficiaries of such powerful witness. The urgency comes from the knowledge that as time marches on such vivid voices are becoming increasingly rare. Read this book, cherish the lessons. It is a book rooted in the terrible events of another time, but the truths it reveals are eternal.”

–Fergal Keane, author of Wounds: A Memoir of War & Love

"An unforgettable and deeply moving story. Malcolm Brabant brilliantly evokes the world of the ghetto and of Auschwitz through the eyes of Tova Friedman, a small child who survived the brutality of the Holocaust."

–Jeremy Bowen, author of Six Days: How the 1967 War Shaped the Middle East

“[A] heartrending, lyrical account of a young girl’s survival during the Holocaust.”

—Reader’s Entertainment Magazine


My Story of Resilience, Survival and Hope

by Tova Friedman and Malcolm Brabant

Hanover Square Press

September 6, 2022

Coming up Monday 11/7 at 9:15am pst on KUCI 88.9fm - "Catch the Bus” a short film written, produced and directed by Chloe Owens and starring her Dad, Peyce Byron

"Catch the Bus” a short film written, produced and directed by Chloe Owens, will screen at the 10th Annual Studio City Film Festival ion Monday November 7th at 7:30PM at the Laemmle Noho 7 in North Hollywood.

“Catch the Bus” tells the story of James (Peyce Byron), an older gentleman who is the last to audition to be a television sports anchor. Initially sized up to be a no by producer Marlene (Krista Unverferth). James, who took two buses to get to the audition, presses forward to get the job of his dreams. Will he win over the irritable Marlene? The film lightly touches upon ageism and the instant judging we use on others.

Byron, a graduate of Northeastern University, celebrates his 15th year as the Lead Singer of The Platters Live. He is not only a singer and songwriter of Gospel and R&B music, but also a two-time award-winning actor which includes an NAACP Image Award for Best Actor in a lead role and the ADA Award for Best Actor performing as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Most recently Byron won for Best Actor in the International Independent Film Awards for his role in “Catch the Bus”. His latest single “You Can Give Love” and CD “Whosoever” are available on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon Music, Apple Music, CD Baby, Google Play Music and all online and streaming music stores.

Owens studied Film a year abroad at Reading University in England, and later graduated from Rutgers University. She moved to NYC where she ran a cable TV show on MNN and wrote, directed, and produced a popular webseries. She won BEST SHORT SCREENPLAY in the WESCREENPLAY DIVERSITY COMPETITION and BEST SCREENPLAY in the ROADMAP DIVERSITY WRITING COMPETITION. Chloe was also a finalist in the AT&T SHAPE contest which allowed her the experience of shooting on WB studio lot. Additionally, Owens placed in a number of other screenwriting competitions. Most recently, she won BEST NARRATIVE SHORT FILM for “Catch the Bus” at the International Independent Film Festival. Chloe is now in post-production on W.I.L.S.D.M - a short film she wrote & directed; that will enter the festival circuit in 2023. Owens is currently writing a feature screenplay, based on her award-winning short film: Catch the Bus. She's excited to meet producers interested to help bring the film to life.

“When I was young, I got to watch my dad win Best Actor from the ADA for his portrayal of Dr. Martin Luther King” says Owens. “That was quite a special night for us! However later that year, I would move back east to live with my mom. Some time afterwards my dad experienced a work-related injury, which set his acting dreams back for many years. About a decade ago I returned to L.A, and over time rediscovered how talented my father is. Currently he is the lead singer in The Platters, and performs around the country. His voice is hypnotic; it lifts people up. I encouraged my father to begin acting again, and during Covid lockdown I got him into some virtual classes. I made this film to help pump up my Dad’s acting reel. For me, it was akin to my dad winning Best Actor when I was a kid. Only now, it’s a film directed by his daughter.”

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