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Hoang Dinh, vice president and e-secretary of the CAPA Affinity Group, gave a brief history of the organization at its annual awards reception on Sept. 27 in the Hanawalt House. Secretary Deborah Fraser also described some accomplishments of the organization before the award winners were announced. The Affinity Group was created in 2010 to involve more CAPA students on campus. / photo by Sarah Golden

Hoang Dinh, vice president and e-secretary of the CAPA Affinity Group, gave a brief history of the organization at its annual awards reception on Sept. 27 in the Hanawalt House. Secretary Deborah Fraser also described some accomplishments of the organization before the award winners were announced. The Affinity Group was created in 2010 to involve more CAPA students on campus. / photo by Sarah Golden

Rachel Sandoval
Staff Writer

The Campus Accelerated Program for Adults Affinity Group hosted an awards ceremony on Saturday, recognizing some of their most appreciated members.

The awards highlighted the ULV Alumnus of the Year, the CAPA Professor of the Year and the ULV CAPA Alumni Associates President’s Award.

“CAPA members, even though they don’t stay on campus want to be part of the University. We know the need and we understand the need,” said Cecilia Martinez Morris, board of trustees member.

The University of La Verne offers the CAPA program for adults that want to attend college later in life.

In 2010, Affinity Group was created for CAPA students to feel more involved on campus and to have support with other adults in the program.

The most prestigious award of the night was the CAPA President’s Award given to recent graduate Regina McConnell.

The CAPA President’s Award recipient demonstrates passion for the program and must live, breathe and represent CAPA.

“I was really surprised,” McConnell said.

“I happened to be the event chair, so I planned all of this. So to not know I was getting one of these awards is funny to me.”

McConnell always dreamed of going to college but after dropping out of high school her senior year she put those dreams on hold. After having a baby and getting married she decided to attend the University of La Verne and graduated summa cum laude in 2013.

The winner of the ULV Alumnus of the Year was Michael Martinez who graduated as an art major in 2010. Martinez is also on the organization’s executive board as public relations chair. Martinez’s peers in the University voted for him to win the award.

The winner of the Alumnus Award must display a commitment to lifelong learning and to the community.

They also must have a commitment to diversity and to moral and ethical judgments.

Ngoc Bui, associate professor of psychology, was named CAPA Professor of the Year.

Bui was awarded for her exemplary teaching skills, devotion to the university and her personal skills towards students.

The CAPA Affinity Group is devoted to helping current and past CAPA students at La Verne.

In 2012, the CAPA Scholarship was created to help students to balance school and their personal life, said Morris.

“It’s needs based. We’re not asking for grades or anything,” Morris said.

Last year, they exceeded their financial scholarship goal by over 200 percent, which is funded by donations from the organization and outside sources, Morris said.

The organization hosts events during Homecoming Weekend and keeps in touch with members through social media websites.

The current membership of the organization is 90 members, but CAPA students are encouraged to register at any time through an online application to join.

Rachel Sandoval can be reached at rachel.sandoval@laverne.edu.

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