The Oakmont Sunday Symposium is open to all Oakmont residents and their invited guests. Topics in the Symposium's fall schedule include civil rights and wilderness legislation, drought resistant gardening and Shakespeare and the Elizabethan Court.

Sunday events for Oakmont residents and their invited guests are from 10:30 a.m. to noon at the East Rec Center.  A $3 donation is requested. Discounted passes are available at the door. The Symposium solicits comments and suggestions about our programs from our audience. Click on Contact Us.


Life Planning Network, "Critical Issues of the Second Half of LIfe" on March 22nd
Linda Sartor, "Turning Fear Into Power: One Woman's Journey Confronting
the War on Terror"
on March 22nd
Dr. Deborah Hunter, "Getting the Most from Your Medical Appointment" on March 8th
Willaim Crossman, "VIVO: The Coming Age of Talking Computers" on March 1st

March 29th
Dr. Frank Chong: "Santa Rosa Junior College-Past, Present, and Future"

Frank ChongSanta Rosa Junior College, opened in 1918, has helped thousands of students launch academic and professional careers.  With more than 160 certificate programs offered, SRJC's 30,000 l students include recent high school graduates, re-entry folks creating a new career, returning vets, or moms now going back to work.  The college is a vibrant, dynamic place which continues to evolve in technology, agriculture, the arts, medicine and more. 

In this wide-ranging symposium program, Dr. Frank Chong, SRJC president since 2012, will talk about the school's past, present and future. Previously he was the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Community Colleges at the U.S. Department of Education in Washington, D.C. He formerly served as President of Laney College in Oakland and Mission College in Santa Clara.

April 5th
Easter Sunday

No Symposium


April 12th
Chris Smith: "Don't Stop the Presses"

Chris Smith Veteran Press Democrat reporter and columnist Chris Smith readily concedes that the printed, home-delivered daily newspaper is about as outmoded and inefficient as a steam locomotive. Yet with all the developments in digital technology and social media, the means of generating enough revenue to maintain a staff of reporters and editors without including the print model have yet to be discovered.

Chris will share some perspective on the current state of printed newspapers and of the efforts to expand successfully into social media and other non-traditional venues. And he will have a few interesting and enlightening stories to tell about what he considers his dream job.

If the speaker requests the program be video recorded, an edited copy will be posted here one week later for those who could not attend in person. Contact Oakmont Video Productions for more information.

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