May 3, 2011 by academic-affairs

Dr. Laura Hyatt, Associate Professor of Organizational Leadership, and Dr. Peter Williams, Assistant Professor of Organizational Leadership, recently published “21st Century Competencies for Doctoral Leadership Faculty” in “Innovative Higher Education.” This study explored 21st century competencies required for faculty who teach in doctoral leadership programs in U.S. universities. Their findings provide important considerations for program innovation.

April 29, 2011 by academic-affairs

Dr. Rocio Rosales Meza, Assistant Professor of Psychology, and colleagues Lizette Ojeda, Lisa Y. Flores, and Alejandro Morales had their article, “Culturally Competent Qualitative Research With Latino Immigrants,” accepted for publication in the April 2011 issue of “Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences.”  This article provides recommendations for conducting culturally competent qualitative research with Latino immigrants, a historically exploited group that represents more than half of all U.S. immigrants and is continuously growing. Limited research exists on Latino immigrants despite their large presence in the United States. The authors draw upon their qualitative research experiences to help researchers develop culturally competent awareness, knowledge, and skills in studying Latino immigrants. Recommendations are grounded by integrating Latino cultural values in the research process. Issues related to developing a research team, recruiting participants, using incentives, informed consent procedures, and language issues are addressed. Suggestions for developing interview protocols and conducting culturally competent in-person interviews are provided.

April 29, 2011 by academic-affairs

Dr. Cleveland Hayes, Assistant Professor of Education, and co-authors, Dr. Brenda Juarez of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and Paulette Cross, Ph.D. candidate at the University of Utah, had their article, “What Can We Learn from Big Mama,” accepted for publication in “Critical Education.”  The study draws on oral-life histories and a qualitative, critical race analysis to explore thematic patterns over time and across the educational ideals and pedagogical practices of two African American educators from different generations of the same family—Olivia Smith (Big Mama) and her granddaughter Christie Hayes.  It examines how the personal and professional experiences of these two teachers influenced their respective understandings of their work and provided the basis of successful teaching for African American learners.  By examining the lessons Big Mama taught and Christie learned and subsequently brought into her own classroom, it becomes possible to better understand how to more effectively prepare future teachers to draw on cultural and historical knowledge and thus successfully teach all students.

April 29, 2011 by University of La Verne

New Coaches Add Their Talents, Energies to La Verne Athletic Legacy

Two new faces have entered the University of La Verne Athletics picture, each eager to infuse their own energy and enthusiasm into their respective programs.

Christopher Krich was recently selected to be the new head coach of La Verne football, not long after Jenna Panatier was named as the Leopards next women’s volleyball head coach. Both are California natives and bring with them extensive collegiate experience as well as reputations for exhorting great performances from their players.

Krich comes to La Verne from Millikin University (Ill.), where he completed five seasons as the team’s defensive coordinator.  In 2008, the Big Blue defense pulled down 20 interceptions, ninth best among NCAA Division III programs, and ranked 16th in rushing defense, allowing an average of 80.6 yards per game on the ground.

“We are thrilled Chris Krich is joining the Leopard family,” said La Verne Director of Athletics Julie Kline. “Coach Krich brings with him a balanced philosophy that is consistent with providing the highest level of experience for our young men. And he has first-hand experience with what it takes to build a successful football program.”

Krich served two stints on the Millikin staff during his career. Prior to his time as defensive coordinator, he was the Big Blue’s defensive backs and wide receiver coach from 1998-2000. He also spent one year as a defensive graduate assistant at Division II Fort Hays State (Kansas) and three years as assistant head coach at Division III Lakeland College (Wisc.).

At Lakeland, Krich was a part of a staff that took over a struggling program and helped transform it to a perennial conference contender. During his three seasons, Lakeland posted a 23-8 overall record, earning Illini-Badger Conference titles in 2004 and 2005. He served in various capacities including defensive coordinator, special teams coordinator and recruiting coordinator, and coached three All-American defensive players and 24 All-Conference defensive players.

Krich grew up in Cambria and graduated from Coast Union High School in 1993 before attending Mesa State (Colo.), where he earned his bachelor’s degree in Human Performance & Wellness. He later received a master’s degree from Fort Hays State in Health, Physical Education & Recreation.

Panatier takes over the reins of La Verne’s volleyball program, bringing with her eight years of head coaching experience including four seasons at NCAA Division I Colgate University (N.Y.). Prior to that, the Van Nuys native spent four years coaching Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) rival Occidental College.

Most recently, Panatier served as an assistant coach at NCAA Division I Lipscomb University (Tenn.), helping the Lady Bison clinch the 2007 Atlantic Sun Conference Championship – the program’s first volleyball conference title in school history. She also recruited and trained Lipscomb middle blocker Alex Kelly, the 2008 Atlantic Sun Player of the Year.

“Jenna Panatier is the total package and a tremendous addition for our volleyball program,” said Kline. “Her track record of success is evident by the impact she has had with every program she has been a part of. Her passion for providing the student-athletes with the highest level quality experience along with her familiarity with the winning tradition of Leopard volleyball will undoubtedly lead the program in a direction consistent with its rich history.”

During her second year at Colgate, Panatier doubled the Raiders’ win total from the prior season year and ended her tenure having recruited and trained the 2004 and ’06 Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year.

Panatier guided the Occidental program from 1998-02. During that time she doubled the team’s roster size and improved the Tigers overall record from 2-20 to 16-9. In 2000, her squad handed La Verne its only conference defeat of the season, and Oxy outside hitter Andrea Ohta was selected SCIAC Player of the Year.

Jenna, a Van Nuys High School graduate, earned a bachelor’s degree in Sports Management and Business from St. John’s University (N.Y.) in 1998 and an MBA from Lipscomb in 2008.

The University of La Verne is an NCAA Division III athletic program and longtime member of the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. Fielding 18 intercollegiate teams (nine men’s and nine women’s), La Verne is dedicated to developing scholar-athletes who demonstrate a commitment to academic and athletic success.


April 28, 2011 by University of La Verne

Jean Genet’s “The Screens” is a provocative and humorous morality tale told through the French playwright’s unmistakable wit and rebellious charm. Seldom produced, Genet’s longest and most elaborate play served to solidify his place as a cultural icon.

This evocative production opens Thursday, May 5 at 7:30 p.m. in Dailey Theatre. Additional evening performances are scheduled for May 6-7, 12-13-14 plus a closing matinee at 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 15. Ticket prices are $10 for general admission, $8 for faculty, staff and seniors and $5 for students with valid ID. To make reservations, contact the La Verne Theatre Department at (909) 593-3511 ext. 4386, or online at

Directing “The Screens,” one of the biggest ensembles in La Verne Theatre history, are Georgij Paro, former director of the National Theatre in Croatia, and Associate Professor Sean Dillon. This marks Paro’s most ambitious effort during a three-decade association with La Verne, a challenging production that incorporates innovative stage techniques where settings are realized through a combination of original paintings and digitally composited projections with elements that interact with the live actors on stage.

Set against the backdrop of the battle for Algerian independence from French colonists, “The Screens” is the story of an impoverished thief Saïd (played by sophomore Raymond Del Rio), his mother (Stephanie Aguilar) and Leila (Sierra Taylor) – Saïd’s wife and the ugliest woman in town – as they embark on a dark pilgrimage of hardship and degradation. The characters represent three major factions: the native Algerians, the European colonists and the soldiers of the French Foreign Legion. Their uneasy relationship finally explodes into war, and the play ultimately ventures into The Land of the Dead, a strange and surprising representation of the afterlife and the unique perspective of its inhabitants.

The production includes a stunning set design by department chair David Flaten and an exhilarating light design by Cameron Mock with original screen designs by La Verne alumnus Matthew G. Hill, artist Ed Beardsley and students Caitlín McCarthy and Teresa Beardsley.

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April 28, 2011 by academic-affairs

Dr. Carol Sawyer, Professor of Organizational Leadership, will be a visiting scholar at Charles University in Prague, May 2-6.  She will lecture on motivation, on managerial practices, and on future-focused thinking.  This visit is supported by a grant from the Czech Republic Ministry of Education.  While in Prague, she will also further plans for a travel study visit of Charles University graduate students and faculty to southern California in September.

April 27, 2011 by academic-affairs

Dr. Carol Sawyer, Professor of Organizational Leadership, will co-present a workshop, “Developing Design Thinking for Transformational Leadership;  Theory and Practice Bridged,” with Jon R. Wallace of Lake Michigan College, at the annual conference of the Organization Design Forum in Austin, Texas.  The workshop, one of eight sessions at the conference, shares ideas drawn from the work of M.S., Leadership and Management students in the course,  MGMT 523, Organization Theory and Design.