April 1, 2015 by University of La Verne

A message from the Associated Students of the University of La Verne:

In February of this year, students and administrators from the University of La Verne lobbied in the state Capitol in support of Cal Grants, which could face serious cuts to private university students under a new budget proposal.

Since then, a group of student leaders and alumni have drafted a letter to send to Governor Jerry Brown, the Senate President Pro-Tem De Leon, and Speaker Atkins in regards to the proposed Cal Grant cut.

Students are being asked for their support in this matter by submitting a student profile and reading the proposed letter by Friday, April 3 at noon. The Student Profiles can be emailed to asulv@laverne.edu.

March 19, 2015 by Mark Vidal

The Compensation Task Force invites all staff to attend an important information session and open forum to discuss the proposed new compensation proposal that will be submitted to the Board of Trustees in May 2015. This is an opportunity for you to learn more about the Compensation Task Force’s proposal; ask questions and share your thoughts regarding these important issues that affect us all.  While this meeting focuses on staff compensation, faculty are also invited if they wish to attend.

When: Friday, March 20, 2015 at 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Where: La Fetra Hall 

Attend the information session and open forum either in person, or live via WebEx, by accessing the information within the calendar request attached.


 Overview and update focusing on the of the specific components of a proposed new compensation program.

·         Compensation Philosophy (Attached please find a copy of the new draft Compensation Philosophy Statement for your preview.)

·         Salary Grids

·         Performance Evaluation

·         Comparator Institutions

·         Multiyear Budget

 Compensation Task Force members:

 Co-chairs: Jody Bomba; Jonathan Reed

Board of Trustees: Ray Skelton

Classified: Alexis Carter; Kristin Howland; Carlos Lequerica Yanez

Administrative Professional: Todd Britton; Avo Kechichian; Carrie Lewis Hasse

Adjunct Faculty: Elric Boardman; Teresa Martinelli-Lee; Patricia Whitman

Faculty: Jackie Allen; Sharon Davis; Loren Dyck; Michael Frantz; Kevin Marshall

March 11, 2015 by Mark Vidal

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Dr. Brad R. Braxton is the Founding Senior Pastor of The Open Church, a radically inclusive congregation in Baltimore, Maryland committed to social justice activism and interfaith collaboration. He holds a Ph.D. in New Testament studies from Emory University, where he was a George W. Woodruff Fellow, a Master’s degree in theology from the University of Oxford, where he was a Rhodes Scholar, and a B.A. degree in religious studies from the University of Virginia, where he was a Jefferson Scholar.

He formerly was Program Officer for Religion in the Public Sphere at the Ford Foundation in New York City. Other previous positions include professorships at Southern Methodist University, McCormick Theological Seminary, Vanderbilt University, and Wake Forest University and pastorates at the Riverside Church in New York City and Douglas Memorial Community Church in Baltimore, Maryland.

His wife, Lazetta, is a Certified Financial PlannerTM and CEO of her own financial planning firm, Financial Fountains. They are the proud parents of a daughter, Karis, an energetic, inquisitive elementary school student who loves to dance and draw.

February 3, 2015 by University of La Verne


Join us for our next Sundays at the Morgan concert on Sunday, February 8, 2015, at 4 p.m. for a magnificent choral performance of the Heinrich Schuetz choral piece Musikalisches Exequien (SWV 279-281), under the direction of Stephen Gothold. The piece was written for the funeral services of Count Henry II in 1635, and introduced ground-breaking new techniques into the German choral music of the 17th century.  This has been one of the most recorded works of German choral music from that period. 

 The concert will be held in the Ann & Steve Morgan Auditorium at 4 p.m. and features a full choir accompanied by organ, cello and basso continuo.

October 16, 2014 by University of La Verne

The University of La Verne became the first private institution in California to partner with TheDream.US recently, paving the way for undocumented students to receive as much as $25,000 in financial aid for an associate’s or bachelor’s degree.

As many as 10 traditional undergraduate students accepted to the University could be selected for the program. The selection process runs through October 26.

“We are really proud to have the University of La Verne as one of our partner schools,” said Gaby Pacheco, TheDream.US program director.

TheDream.US formed less than a year ago with the goal of serving students on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) or Temporary Protective Status (TPS), who are not eligible for federal financial aid. Both statuses are temporary, but renewable, allowing immigrants to stay in the states and gain employment.

“We are enthusiastic to be a part of this national movement, and proud to be the catalyst of opportunity for students willing to pursue their academic dreams and give back to their communities, regardless of their citizenship status,” said University President Devorah Lieberman. “The University of La Verne’s core value of community within a context of diversity parallels the values held by TheDream.US, and it is inspiring to be in the company of such visionaries.”

La Verne, designated a Hispanic Serving Institution with more than 50 percent of its students being the first in their families to go to college, was selected because of its commitment to diversity. TheDream.US partners are in communities with a high density of immigrant students.

La Verne became the 18th college to partner with TheDream.US Long Beach City College and California State University at Long Beach are the only other two California institutions currently tied to the organization.

For more information on this program or how to apply for a scholarship please visit: http://www.thedream.us/scholars.

Contact: Alisha Rosas, arosas@laverne.edu or 909-448-4708.


October 16, 2014 by University of La Verne

The college ranking site BestColleges.com placed the University of La Verne at No. 7 among the “Top 50 Colleges for Hispanic Students.”

Universities that made the list are considered Hispanic-Serving Institutions by the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities, have a high number of Hispanic students currently enrolled, feature a cultural center, and degree programs or scholarships dedicated to helping Hispanic students.

“The University’s Hispanic student population mirrors that of the surrounding region, and enhances the learning experience for all our students by exposing them to cultures different than their own. This is a significant recognition of our efforts to embrace and promote the heritage and culture of our Latino students,” said University of La Verne President Devorah Lieberman.

La Verne ranked highly because it has a Hispanic student population of more than 40 percent, it has a Latino Student Forum and because the institution offers a graduation ceremony geared toward Latinos, in addition to a school-wide ceremony, among other criteria.

BestColleges.com includes information on nearly 7,600 colleges, based on student and faculty surveys and other research. It includes a database that helps students and their families choose a college or university. Other recent rankings posted on the site focus on colleges with active Jewish communities, historically black colleges and best colleges for older students.

Ranking Hispanic-friendly schools is important, site officials say, because Hispanic enrollment in colleges and universities has increased 240 percent since 1996.

“Many Hispanic students are the first in their families to attend college, so it is important for them to find a support system that will help them navigate degrees, financial aid and their school and social obligations,” BestColleges.com wrote on its site.