Sheila Lakshmi Steinberg, professor of social and environmental science, received an Outstanding Supporter of Prevention award from the Irvine Prevention Coalition and Irvine Community Drug Prevention for her work with the Rotary Club of Irvine in support of teens in the community on May 10. Steinberg was instrumental in connecting the city’s High School Youth Action Team (HSYAT) and Creekside Leadership Academy with speakers from various occupations and career paths. She organized six field trips for the students from the alternative high school, including bringing a group of students to Brandman to get a preview of nursing careers. According to Lisa Osmanian Weinfurter, who nominated Steinberg for the award, “She also connected with teens in the program and made a positive impact on lives. HYSAT is grateful for Sheila’s passion to teach Irvine youth to be resilient … and to always look for the silver lining in any situation that might arise.”
Lionel M. Guillory, an adjunct psychology faculty member in the School of Arts and Sciences since 2012, has been named a reader for the College Board’s annual Advanced Placement Program in June 2017. AP readers are high school and college educators who evaluate and score the free-response sections of the AP exams. Guillory will be a reader for the American government test. He holds graduate degrees in education, political science and psychology.
Brandman University was well represented at the WASC Academic Resource Conference (ARC) in San Diego in April. The conference theme was “Mission Possible: Honoring the Past, Ensuring the Future.” Participants included Provost Charles Bullock, Vice Chancellor Laurie Dodge and faculty members Nakisha Castillo, Ellen Derwin, Helen Eckmann, Marnie Elam, Len Hightower, Kat Ringenbach and Sheila Steinberg.
- Bullock, Eckmann, Ringenbach and Steinberg participated in the “Fostering Shared Governance for Institutional Change and Innovation” session.
- Hightower presented “Institutional Mission Versus Student Market Opportunity: A Need for Wisdom.”
- Ringenbach and Castillo presented “Transformation through Bidirectional Mentorship.”
- Derwin and Elam presented “Challenges, Collaboration, and Calibration: Strategies for High Quality Signature Assignments and Rubrics.”
- Derwin and Dodge presented “From Start to Finish: Building a Quality Competency-based Education Program.”
- Derwin and Sammy Elzarka from University of LaVerne presented “Interested in Participating in the Assessment Leadership Academy or Learning about the New Community of Practice?”
WASC Senior College and University Commission, the sponsor of the conference, is the accrediting body for Brandman University.
Deborah Ferber, an assistant professor in the School of Business and Professional Studies, represented the university on an investor panel discussion offered by Tech Coast Venture Network (TCVN) on April 27. The panel answered questions about regional investing, investor trends, cross-border investing, and convertible notes and warrants.
Michael Moodian, an associate professor in the School of Arts and Sciences, has begun serving his second term on the California Commission on Judicial Performance. Gov. Jerry Brown first appointed Moodian to a two-year term in 2015. His new term will be for four years. Ignazio Ruvolo, a justice on the California Court of Appeal and the new commission chair, swore Moodian in at a ceremony at the San Francisco Civic Plaza in late March. The commission investigates complaints of judicial misconduct or incapacity and determines disciplinary action for state judges. Moodian’s term will end in 2021.
Jamie Brownlee-Turgeon, assistant vice chancellor for Online Enrollment and Student Services; Sean Nemeth, assistant vice chancellor for Enrollment Services; and Don Scott, director of Advising and Retention Services presented “Totally Student Centered: Building a service model for the 21st Century Student” at the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO) annual conference on April 2-4 in Minneapolis. Their proposal centered on the evolution of academic advising, One Stop services and the role of the online campus.