October 13, 2011 by University of La Verne

Talented students interested in pursuing their performance aspirations to the next level are encouraged to apply for one of twelve full tuition scholarships offered through the College of Arts and Sciences.

Performance scholarships include two each in art (painting or sculpture), communications (video production), music (voice or instrument), speech (debate), theatre (performance or design) and photography. Each is renewable annually for up to four years of undergraduate study based upon continuing academic excellence and a major or minor in the performance area of interest.

“These scholarships are designed to attract academically excellent students who have performance abilities that can enhance the community through various art media,” said Jonathan Reed, interim dean, College of Arts and Sciences. “Each also has the potential to change a student’s life.”

According to Reed, study under a performance scholarship involves extracurricular activities that are woven into the academic regimen, such as theatre or musical presentations. As a result, students experience how classroom study is integrated with their various artistic skills.

“Our hope is to elevate the quality of the educational experience for everyone,” Reed said. “The arts showcase La Verne’s entire academic programs, and in fact public performances are, in some ways, the face of the university by virtue of their visibility. La Verne has really developed into a university that more and more potential students are considering because of its excellent program.”

Melanie Nadon is a freshman political science major who anticipates double majoring in her performance area: speech debate. She received a scholarship and this winter will compete in the World Universities Debating Championship in the Philippines and the Oxford Intervarsity Debating Competition.

“The thing that really drew me to La Verne was debate,” she said. “The team goes all over the world, and I really believe that my travels and all that I learn from debating, including knowledge of current events and history, are going to make me more culturally aware and well-rounded.”

Kyle Deeley, a sophomore from Hawaii majoring in communications, said
La Verne’s video production program is “exactly what I wanted.”

“This program is going to give me the skills that I need to be competitive in the job market,” he said. “I can learn without a huge cloud of financial responsibility hanging over my head.”

For additional information, contact the Office of Admission at (800) 876-4858 or visit http://laverne.edu/performance.

October 13, 2011 by University of La Verne

‘One Book, One University’ Encourages Learning Through Shared
Reading, Writing, Discussion

One Book, One University, La Verne’s shared reading program, is off to a fast start, with hundreds of freshmen involved and several high-profile authors and political/social theoreticians participating.

The program, which requires freshmen enrolled in a writing course to read the same assigned book and punctuates that with author lectures and panel discussions, was initiated on campus in 2010-2011. Designed to promote reading and discussion of diverse perspectives while promoting writing as a way of learning, it also serves as a launching point for integrating La Verne’s core values—values orientation, community and diversity, lifelong learning, and community service—into learning.

“One Book, One University exposes freshmen to the university’s values, which are taught throughout their four years here,” said Jonathan Reed, interim dean for the College of Arts and Sciences. “While we want freshmen to read these books, the highlight is bringing authors to campus and holding panel discussions on important topics.”

Reed added, “We want to acculturate students that college is more than just going to class—it involves extracurricular activities and attending lectures and discussions.”

Participation is up sharply from 2010-2011.  Already, several important panel discussions have been held, including Life After 9/11: Personal Accounts of Four Arab Americans; Is the War on Terror Over?; and U.S. Global Strategy in the Wake of 9/11. Moustafa Bayoumi, author of How Does it Feel to Be a Problem, also visited campus to discuss the complexities of being young and Arab in America.

“The two lectures given by Dr. Bayoumi had a very positive effect upon the level of awareness of the University of La Verne community,” student Firas Arodaki said. “Students now can imagine and live with the author whenever they read the book or discuss it.”
Planned during October were two additional presentations: Why is Palestine a Problem: Ignorance and Indifference in Post 9/11 America, and 9/11 and the Politics of Fear: Balancing Liberty and Security at Home and Abroad.

Sean Bernard, associate professor of writing, said the program achieves its stated goals “fantastically.”

“It establishes a community of readers that reaches across dozens of classrooms, giving students a sense of togetherness far more expansive than what they can find in any individual classroom,”” he said. “Add to that the varied and inclusive events that are planned and you suddenly have a cohort of new college students who quickly understand they’re a vital part of a vibrant campus community.”

Cathy Irwin, also an associate professor of writing, said the program creates a campus wide conversation among students, faculty, guest lecturers and panelists.

“To have freshman this involved in university life is exciting for them and helps them to feel a part of our university from the very start,” she said. “Students are sharing their own experiences and having frank discussions.”

October 12, 2011 by academic-affairs

Dr. Christine Broussard, Professor of Biology, and Cristina Zambrano (’11) were awarded an NIH Research Supplement to Promote Diversity In Health-Related Research for the Project entitled, “Prenatal Developmental Immunotoxicity of Diethylstilbestrol and Methoxychlor.”  The $57,346 supplemental grant allows Ms. Zambrano to work as a full-time post-baccalaureate research associate at the University of La Verne for one year.   During the 2011-2012 academic year Ms. Zambrano will examine sex differences in immune system responsiveness to the endocrine disruptors Diethylstilbestrol and Methoxychlor.

October 11, 2011 by academic-affairs

The University of La Verne and LVTV-3, La Verne Community Television, received two first place awards and five finalist awards at the WAVE (Western Area Video Excellence Awards) on October 8 in San Jose. The WAVES honor the best public access TV productions in the Western United States.

The winners:

1) Entertainment/Variety Programming Community Producer
“Party Foul”
Producer: Anthony Troli
Media Center: LVTV-3 La Verne Community Television

2) Public Service Announcement Community Producer
Producers: Daniel Bateman, Marie Tabarez, Kaitlin Hollingsworth
Media Center: LVTV-3 La Verne Community Television

The finalists:

3) Entertainment/Variety Programming Professional
“Morgan Farewell”
Producers: Don Pollock, Mike Laponis, Shane Rodrigues
Media Center: LVTV-3 La Verne Community Television

4) Community Event Professional
“The 2010 San Dimas Western Art Show”
Producer: Christopher Hruby
Media Center: LVTV-3 La Verne Community Television

5) Informational Activities Non-Professional
“Bacon Races”
Producers: Laura Acevedo, Kai Groschupf, Daniella Villegas
Media Center: LVTV-3 La Verne Community Television

6) Documentary Profile Professional
“Leos for Life”
Producers: Don Pollock, Shane Rodrigues,  Mike Laponis
Media Center: LVTV-3 La Verne Community Television

7) Experimental/Innovative Community Producer
Producers: Kaitlin Hollingsworth, Daniel Bateman, Marie Tabarez
Media Center: LVTV-3 La Verne Community Television

The winners and finalists can be viewed on LVTV’s video on demand library at http://www.laverne.edu/lvtv/

October 11, 2011 by academic-affairs

:  La Verne MT (Ryan Mansell and Corey Teter) ranked 1st, and La Verne PA (Thomas Allison and John Patrick) ranked 7th.  Ryan Mansell and Corey Teter advanced to the grand final, where the Loyola Marymount University team won tournament.

The Debate team will compete at the UC Davis tournament and the Oxford IV in November, as well the Hugill Cup, hosted this year by the University of Alberta, Canada. The culmination of these tournaments will occur in December, when 3 teams and 2 judges will compete at the World University Debate Championships in Manila, The Philippines.  The University of La Verne’s Debate program continues to be ranked in the top 20 of BP Debate in the world.


October 10, 2011 by academic-affairs

Dion Johnson, "Glider," 2011, acrylic and Flashe on canvas, 60 x 160 inches


Marty Walker Gallery’s description of Mr. Johnson’s work:  “Bringing California hard edge painting into the new millennium, Johnson combines flat planes of bold commercial colors, creating shifting fields that recall paintings of Karl Benjamin and John McLaughlin.

“The strata of color inspired by LA’s overabundant billboards, architecture and buzzing traffic transforms the congested urban culture into simplified synthetic cityscape of vivid clarity. Johnson, like McLaughlin, explores the movement between the planes of color, like subtle pauses that linger in musical compositions, setting the colors to pulsate between thin stripes and expanding wide slabs, flat space and unexplored depths. While Johnson’s interest is rooted in landscape and environment, his paintings lack any representational forms to evoke an openness recalling an almost utopian eternal Southern California summer – light, rich, and abundant.”

October 6, 2011 by academic-affairs

Dr. Yingxia Cao, Assistant Professor of Decision Sciences, with her colleague, Paul Hong of the University of Toledo, recently published “Antecedents and consequences of social media utilization in college teaching: a proposed model with mixed-methods investigation” in the journal, “On the Horizon,” vol. 19, no. 4 (2011).


Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to investigate the antecedents and consequences of social media utilization in teaching by college faculty.

Design/methodology/approach – The paper is based on literature review, the author’s observations, and qualitative and quantitative information reported by 249 full-time and part-time faculty members.

Findings – There are four antecedent factors for social media utilization in teaching: faculty personal social media involvement and personal readiness; external pressures from peers, supervisors, students and their employment; expected benefits; and perceived risks. Two factors are important to assess the consequences of social media utilization in teaching: perceived student satisfaction and student learning outcomes.

Research limitations/implications – Data were obtained from only one university. This paper includes only simple statistical analysis, although structural equation analysis is more appropriate for testing the model.

Practical implications – The established social media utilization model suggests that the key to solving problems related to social media utilization in teaching is to address faculty’s concerns and convince them about the benefits of social media utilization with examples and sound outcomes.

Originality/value – This study draws on both past publications and first-hand research; it establishes a social media utilization model about the antecedents and consequences of social media utilization in teaching, and has both qualitative and quantitative data to support the model.


September 24, 2011 by University of La Verne

University of La Verne College of Law Professor and Dean Emeritus Charles Doskow is among a group of distinguished experts taking part in a September 30 forum addressing the influence of corporations on American politics.

Corporations in the American Electoral Process: The Citizens United U.S. Supreme Court Decision, is sponsored by The American Institute for Progressive Democracy, Claremont Graduate University and Common Cause. The panel also includes U.C. Irvine Law School Dean Erwin Chemerinsky and Common Cause President Bob Edgar. Doskow, a professor of constitutional law at La Verne, will act as the discussant for the panel.

The forum will begin at 7 p.m. in Albrecht Auditorium, located at 925 N. Dartmouth Avenue in Claremont. The public is invited and admission is free.

The panel will discuss the Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission U.S. Supreme Court Decision of 2010, in which bitterly divided Justices ruled 5-4 that the government may not limit corporations, unions and other groups from spending as much as they like on independent messages to support or attack political candidates.

Supporters of the ruling said the decision was vindication of the First Amendment protection of political speech. Opponents criticized the Court for giving corporations the same rights as individuals and claimed that unrestricted corporate money would corrupt the democratic process.

“This is a free speech decision, but a hot-button issue among people concerned about the integrity of elections,” Doskow said.

Additional information on the Forum is available at www.taipd.org

About La Verne Law: The University of La Verne College of Law is accredited by the State Bar of California. Located in Ontario, Calif., it serves a region of more than six million people in Inland Southern California. For more information about the College of Law, please call (909) 460-2001 or visit www.law.laverne.edu.

September 23, 2011 by academic-affairs

Dr. Kenneth Marcus, Professor of History, gave a talk on “New Jews: Exiles and the Holocaust in Musical Perspective,” at a panel on “Listening to California: Two Centuries of Musical Imports,” at the Pacific Coast Branch Meeting of the American Historical Society in Seattle, Washington in August. He has been invited to speak at two events this fall: on the founding of the Hollywood Bowl, to be given at the Glendora Historical Society on Monday, September 26, 2011 at 7 pm, and on California artists and cultural history, to be given at the Paderewski Festival in Paso Robles on Saturday, November 12.

Dr. Kenneth Marcus, Professor of History