August 29, 2011 by academic-affairs

Dr. Yingxia Cao, Assistant Professor of Decision Sciences

Dr. Yingxia Cao, Assistant Professor of Decision Sciences

Dr. Yingxia Cao, Assistant Professor of Decision Sciences and former Director of Institutional Research has been elected Chair of the Oversea Chinese Association for Institutional Research (OCAIR) for 2012-2013. During 2011-2012, she will act as the chair-elect and serve on the five-member steering committee to make major decisions for the Association. After May 2012, she will take over the “OCAIR Chair” position and lead the association. OCAIR has over 300 registered members, who work in over a dozen countries. It is dominated by Chinese, but open to all. OCAIR’s main activities include member forums, a regular listserv, virtual conferences, annual face-to-face meetinga, professional development workshops, partnership with Chinese institutional research activities, and an annual newsletter. For more information about the Association, please visit its website at

August 24, 2011 by University of La Verne

In a move that reflects her passion to advance the University of La Verne in the national educational conversation, President Devorah Lieberman has accepted an invitation to become a member of the American Council on Education (ACE) Network Executive Board.

Lieberman, who was born and raised in Covina, Calif., has spent much of her time since assuming the office of the president on July 1 formulating a university strategic plan that will distinguish the institution to meet the nation’s needs in higher education.

“There has never been a time in this country when an excellent college education has been more vital than it is right now. It is one of the keys to our future, as a nation,” Lieberman said. “That means the work of the American Council on Education is more important than ever in advocating for higher education, and I am honored to be a part of that.”

Founded in 1918, ACE is the only higher education organization that represents presidents and chancellors of all types of U.S. accredited, degree-granting institutions: community colleges and four-year institutions, private and public universities, and nonprofit and for-profit colleges. ACE represents the interests of more than 1,600 campus executives, as well as 200 leaders of higher education-related associations and organizations. Together, ACE member institutions serve 80 percent of today’s college students.

As is the case with her other busy colleagues on the Board, Lieberman will participate in nine conference calls throughout the year, the first on Wednesday, August 25. Lieberman plans to attend the ACE Annual Meeting in Los Angeles on March 9, 2012.

“This is an organization that reflects the intellectual and professional goals of institutions of higher education, one whose vision and purpose are consistent with ours at the University of La Verne,” Lieberman said. “We are committed to doing everything possible to provide the highest education to our students, like thousands of other fine institutions across the country.”

Lieberman, the first woman to hold the office of president in La Verne’s 120-year history, will be inaugurated on October 21. Her list of national involvement in higher education organizations includes, but is not limited to, having served as chair of the ACE International Collaborative, her work as an ACE Institute Facilitator, her position as Institutional Representative chair for the New American Colleges & Universities, and serving on the advisory board for the National Review Board for Civic Engagement.

August 23, 2011 by academic-affairs

Dr. Omid Furutan, Assistant Professor of Management, recently published “The role of the widening gap between the rich and the poor in the recent financial crises,” in “Research in Business and Economics Journal,”

Dr. Omid Furutan, Assistant Professor of Management

vol. 4 (2011).

This paper proposes that the mainstream economists’ view of the recent financial crises and economic collapse is limited in its explanation of causality. This is due to the self-adjusting properties of the economic models that are used, and as such, these models do not allow for any kind of economic crises (Asensio and Lang, 2010). Due to the narrow properties of these models, mainstream economists provide limited guidance on possible corrective actions in order to avoid or minimize the impact of future collapses.
It is argued in this paper that economic disparity and the widening gap between the rich and the poor played an important role in the recent financial and economic crises. Such an outlook would give us additional useful insights that could be applied to personal, national and international policies. It would offer a new and a healthier perspective in the most recent tax-cut policy debates in both the Senate and the House of Representatives.

August 23, 2011 by academic-affairs

Dr. Issam Ghazzawi, Associate Professor of Management, along with Dr. Margie Wheeler, Claremont Graduate University, and Dr. Marie Palladini, California State University Dominquez Hills, published “The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transit Authority: Interest Based Bargaining as an Alternative to Collective Bargaining” as well as an instructor’s manual for it in “Journal of the International Academy for Case Studies,” vol. 17 (2011).

Dr. Issam Ghazzawi, Associate Professor of Management

The Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) had a history of difficult labor negotiations, often resulting in labor strikes by one or more of its unions. It is estimated that an extended strike in 2003 cost the region nearly $175 million. During the period leading up to the 2003 strike, the union-management relationship was described as poor. Ultimately, the strike in 2003 was settled by an impasse procedure voluntarily adopted by labor and management, referred to as “binding-nonbinding arbitration.” This type of arbitration requires the two parties to submit their proposals to an arbitrator who renders a decision. Different from traditional arbitration procedures, either side can reject the decision based on a super majority vote.

August 1, 2011 by academic-affairs

Reena Patel, M.S., a clinical-community psychology doctoral student, received the “Student Award” from the Division of South Asians (a Division of the Asian American Psychological Association) during the annual convention of the Asian American Psychological Association. During the 119th annual convention of the American Psychological Association, Reena reported findings from her qualitative research on pathways to healing and political empowerment among youth who experienced ethno-political violence in Gujurat, India. Along with six other doctoral students, she

Ms. Reena Patel, M.S. (left) at APA Convention 2011

also presented their research findings on ethics in psychology.

August 1, 2011 by academic-affairs

Five Psychology Department faculty presented six symposia and four posters with eight doctoral students and one undergraduate student at the 119th annual convention of the American Psychological Association Washington, D.C.  Dr. Valerie Jordan, Professor of Psychology, chaired a symposium that involved six doctoral students.  Dr. Chris Liang, Associate Professor of Psychology, presented at a conversation hour and delivered three posters with an undergraduate and three doctoral students.  Dr. Rocio Rosales Mesa, Assistant Professor of Psychology, participated in two symposia as did Dr. Nadine Nakamura, Assistant Professor of Psychology.  Dr. Joan Twohey-Jacobs, Assistant Professor of Psychology, and a graduate student presented a poster.  The doctoral students were Danielle Bryce, Natalie Roweiheb, Reena Patel, Sarah Tallentire, Elisabeth Knauer, Errin Price, Larissa Hul, and Nelly Amini; the undergraduate was Brianne Ballard.  Their research topics addressed masculinity issues among Latino men, Latino college student experiences, perceived discrimination and just world beliefs, acculturation experiences of immigrants, relationship satisfaction among men in romantic relationships with men, ethics, and ethno-political violence in India.

August 1, 2011 by academic-affairs

Dr. Issam Ghazzawi, Associate Professor of Management, and Christine Jagannathan, Instructor of Business Communication, recently published “Bridging the Gap:  The Role of Outreach Programs in Granting College Access to First Generation Students” in the Academy of Educational Leadership Journal, vol. 15, no. 1 (2011).

This paper represents findings of a college outreach program that targeted first generation students to help bridge their path to college education. The study examined outreach program participants’ actual college attendance with their stated intentions to attend college while they were still 11th graders. The targeted population was 118 high school juniors who participated in a three-week business camp in 2007 and 2008. The camp introduced them to various topics in business education and helped them overcome issues that restrict their college ambitions. A follow up of the program’s former participating students revealed that 95% of 2007and 2008 participants are actually attending college as compared to 97% who indicated their intention to go to college. The study concluded that attending the summer business program motivates students to attend college. However, the study did not find a positive correlation between attending a summer business program and majoring in a business discipline.

July 29, 2011 by academic-affairs

Dr. Andrea G. Labinger, Professor of Spanish Emerita, has been awarded two translation grants by Programa SUR, under the auspices of the Argentine government’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.  Biblioasis (Canada) will publish her translation of Liliana Heker’s “El fin de la historia” (English title:  “The End of the Story“), while her translation of Ángela Pradelli’s “Amigas mías” (English title:  “Friends of Mine“) will be published by Latin American Literary Review Press.  The projected publication date for both titles is 2012.

July 29, 2011 by academic-affairs

Dr. Paul Alvarez

Dr. Paul Alvarez, Professor of Movement and Sports Sciences, will travel to Shenzhen, China, to serve as an Assistant Athletic Trainer on the medical staff of Team USA participating in the 26th Universiade.  Also known as the World University Games, the Universiade will take place between August 12-24 and will feature the best college and university student-athletes in the world.  It is second only to the Olympics in size and scope as a sporting event.  Dr. Alvarez will be part of the medical staff that includes Team Physician Ron Olson, MD, of Duke University and Head Athletic Trainer Leroy Heu, ATC, of UC, Santa Barbara. The staff will coordinate medical care for the almost 500 American student-athletes participating in the Shenzhen Games. Previously, Dr. Alvarez served as the Assistant Athletic Trainer for the Team USA delegation that participated in the 25th Universiade in Belgrade, Serbia in 2009.

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