Vol 11. Issue 32 / October 17, 2011


In Brief

New Toastmasters Club on Florida Campus Promotes Public Speaking Skills
A new Toastmasters International Club has been chartered on the Scripps Florida campus, according to Sheri Resnick, HR Analyst and Club President. The Peer Advisory group calls itself “Scientifically Speaking,” with a mission to improve members’ public speaking and leadership skills, as well as boost self-confidence and assertiveness.

The new group meets every Wednesday, from noon to 1 PM in Room C 212, and is open to Scripps Research, Max Planck Institute employees and Florida Atlantic University.

The Toastmasters club is “a peer advisory group in which members support each other in a constructive environment, and each person can evolve into an accomplished speaker at their own pace,” Resnick explained. “We work on public speaking and leadership skills, and for those who have English as their second language, it is an opportunity to practice a new language.”

According to the 87-year old Toastmasters International organization, individual group meetings offer peer evaluations of member presentations. Members also give impromptu talks on assigned topics, conduct meetings, and develop skills related to timekeeping, and grammar.

Scientifically Speaking is holding an Open House Lunch Meeting on Wednesday, October 26, 2011 at noon. Lunch will be served and all are invited. Please RSVP to Resnick at sresnick@scripps.edu.

Join the ‘Good on You' 5K Charity Run/Walk
The second annual "Good On You 5K Charity Run/Walk," presented by the Jared F. Purton Foundation and sponsored by the Society of Fellows (SOF) on the Scripps California campus, will be held Saturday, October 22, at Crown Point Park (Mission Bay) San Diego.

The online event pre-registration deadline is Sunday, October 16.

Jared Purton was a promising young Scripps Research postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Immunology and Microbial Sciences killed by a drunk driver in 2009. The foundation established in his memory aims to promote local volunteerism and raise awareness about important social issues by supporting and promoting charitable causes that advocate for the well-being of others.

At information tables near the event finish line, participants can meet with representatives from a variety of local charities to learn about their missions and volunteer opportunities.

Participants in this year's run/walk are encouraged to run in Halloween costumes. Prizes will be awarded for best individual male/female costume and best group costume.

Event fees are $25 with online pre-registration (includes an event t-shirt) and $35 race-day registration.

For further event details, visit the Jared F. Purton Foundation website.

Annual SOF Halloween Party to Feature Costume Contest
Tickets are available for the California campus Society of Fellows (SOF) 2011 Halloween Party, featuring a costume contest, music, and refreshments. The annual event, open to adults 21 years and older, will be held Saturday, October 29, 9:30 PM to 1:30 AM, at the Hyatt Regency Mission Bay & Marina.

Available on a first-come, first-served basis, tickets are $10 for Scripps Research employees and their first guest; each additional guest ticket is $15. Free hors d'oeuvres and event parking will be provided, according to SOF president Jack Scatizzi. Tickets can be purchased from:

Contact Joey Garcia for details on ticket payment through Paypal. SOF will not replace lost or stolen tickets.

For information on SOF and its activities, visit the group's website.

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