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Summer 2014 VOICE

Success Oriented

La Verne athletes balance their studies, practice, competition and personal lives with impressive results.

The Secret to Her Success

After receiving a chilling career ultimatum, Zoila Escobar earned two degrees at La Verne and is now a corporate vice president.

Walking the Talk

Just 29 and already a leader in the community, Thomas Allison has earned three degrees from the University of La Verne, and is working toward a fourth.

A Man on a Mission

First-year Dean Gilbert Holmes is building a new model for the La Verne College of Law from the University’s Core Values.

Putting Power in Their Hands

Sharon Cruz-McKinney carries on her work with the Master’s Academy, showing young teenagers that a college degree is attainable.

Peace, Through Understanding

Tahil Sharma is committed to bringing groups of all beliefs into harmony as a student ambassador to the United Nations.

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Spring 2014 VOICE

Positively Peggy

With retirement on the horizon, Peggy Redman’s legacy of caring and inspiring greatness is secure.

Remarkable Feet

Carrie Swidecki ’05, who danced her way to five Guinness World Records, now teaches her students the value of exercise.

Helping To Build Bridges

Former U.N. ambassador Juli Minoves-Triquell trains La Verne students in the art of diplomacy.

Heightening Reputation, Visibility and Prominence

La Verne has become well-known by organizations that rate institutions of higher education, earning high marks for academics, value and overall college experience.

Putting Power in Their Hands

Sharon Cruz-McKinney carries on her work with the Master’s Academy, showing young teenagers that a college degree is attainable.

A New World, In La Verne

International graduate student Kosuke Nakamura developed a new understanding of America that busted a few myths back in Japan.

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Winter 2014 VOICE

2020 Strategic Vision

The University of La Verne’s plan for the future not only sets lofty goals, but clearly defines what will be implemented to achieve more than we can imagine.

Achieving Educational Excellence

Whether in the corner of a lab on campus or in some far corner of the world, La Verne students and faculty have made a sizable impact on education and research.

Strengthening Human and Financial Resources

The University of La Verne keeps pace with record enrollment growth, finding more classroom and office space and adding to its elite body of faculty.

Heightening Reputation, Visibility and Prominence

La Verne has become well-known by organizations that rate institutions of higher education, earning high marks for academics, value and overall college experience.

Enhancing Facilities and Technology

Award-winning new facilities like Vista La Verne residence hall and the Sara & Michael Abraham Campus Center provide valuable new space and also reflect the university’s commitment to sustainability.

Honor Roll of Donors

An array of alumni, friends, parents, foundations and corporations invest in the University of La Verne. We recognize those who made philanthropic contributions from July 1, 2012 through June 30, 2013.

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Fall 2013 VOICE

A Step at a Time

With his Be Perfect Foundation, Hal Hargrave is focused on helping others recover from serious injuries.

Signing On

As University President Devorah Lieberman reaches out to alumni in Asia, La Verne enters into co-operative educational agreements with some of the best universities in China and Taiwan.

Digging For Home

La Verne breaks ground on new baseball and softball fields, to the delight of student-athletes.

Man of Steel

Mike Brown and his wife, Nancy, have literally helped build a new university with their generosity.

Slow-Burning Desire

Jerome Garcia teaches his biology students to understand that, like anything worthwhile, science takes time.

Air of Success

At age 26, Diana Castillo ’09 is the youngest — and first female — news director at KLDO-TV in Laredo, Texas.

Achievement of a Lifetime

Dianne Van Hook ’81 attributes part of her staggering impact on higher education in the Santa Clarita Valley to her La Verne doctorate.

A Leopard for Life

Mary Hollinger’s humble beginnings led to a La Verne education and an ongoing devotion to her alma mater.

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Summer 2013 Voice

The Virtue of Grace

Pianist Grace Zhao, Artist In Residence at the University of La Verne, teaches students about the passion and dedication to be the best.

The La Verne Experience

The program is off to a promising start, and the college deans are building on that.

Pushing Through

Physical challenges of Ironman events help keep Provost Greg Dewey mentally sharp.

They Train For Pain

The Athletic Training Education Program at the University of La Verne is rigorous and demanding, and graduates emerge well prepared to treat any injury.

At the Top of His Game

As head trainer for the San Diego Padres, Todd Hutcheson ’81 is responsible for keeping some high-priced talent performing at the top of their game every night.

Embracing a Culture of Giving

New Vice President of University Advancement Myra Garcia is ready to launch and lead La Verne’s next capital campaign.

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Spring 2013 Voice

Serving Those Who Serve

With active duty and veteran enrollment nearly doubling in the past four years, the University of La Verne steps up its efforts to meet its students’ needs.

A Legacy of Life

For 55 years, Dr. Robert Neher has educated La Verne biology students, and will retire with the admiration of all he has touched, except one disagreeable python.

Speaking of Excellence

The 101-year-old La Verne Debate Team ranks sixth in the nation, but the students’ real benefits extend well beyond competitive forensics.

For Their Own Good

Dr. Janis Dietz is as tough as professors come, but her students emerge ready to be successful in the business world.

The Natural

With an 80-year legacy of teachers in the family, Cleveland Hayes may have been born to be an educator.

She Has a Whole New Vibe

Former rock ‘n’ roll backup singer Vicki Calhoun hones her leadership skills as a doctoral candidate in Organizational Leadership at La Verne.

Sibling Revelry

For the first time in their athletic careers, sisters Nicole, Stephanie and Catie Tuning are on the same women’s water polo team, at La Verne.

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Winter 2013 Voice

Building The La Verne Experience

A big idea, exclusive to University of La Verne, may serve as a new model for higher education.

A Brother, For Life

The death of Arthur Magugu stirred the emotions of his La Verne College brethren, upon whom he left an indelible impression long before he became Minister of Finance in Kenya.

Orient Express

La Verne President Devorah Lieberman connects with alumni, prospective students and educational leaders as she takes the university global in a 14-day trip across Southeast Asia.

A Firm Commitment

Five partners with a strong University of La Verne connection have helped Vicenti Lloyd & Stutzman become an industry pioneer in the advancement of women to leadership.

Golf Is His Bag

An Interview with alumnus,  PGA Tour caddie, and recent La Verne Athletic Hall of Fame inductee Joe Skovron.

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Fall 2012 VOICE

The Smart Money

Why University of La Verne donors still feel that students are the best investment for the future.

Honor Roll of Donors

A listing of all who have donated to the university during the past year.

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Summer/Fall 2011

The Ceremony

With plenty of pomp and circumstance, Devorah Lieberman is sworn in as La Verne’s 18th president, galvanizing the Campus Community and launching a festive Homecoming Weekend.

The Symposia

A veritable Who’s Who of national scholars, possibly the most accomplished ever to visit La Verne, lead academic panels focused on university Mission Statement tenets.

The Sculpture

In conjunction with the historic event, artist Seth Kaufman makes a third contribution to the Muriel Pollia Sculpture Garden on campus, the city’s only public art display.

The Weekend

The energy created by the Friday inauguration carries over into a most festive Homecoming Weekend, which included food, fun and a football victory.

Leveling The Playing Field

New track, football grid will serve more of the student body, and heighten the athletic recruiting allure.

Macro Managers

Alumni Arturo Delgado and Gary Thomas set school policy as superintendents of schools in two of the largest counties in the nation.

A Work In Progress

Marlin Heckman has four degrees and a 42-year career as librarian behind him, but he’s most excited about what’s yet to come.

a.k.a. E.B.

In 24 years, Eric Bishop made his mark on the University of La Verne as a student, teacher and mentor.

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Winter/Spring 2011

Steve Morgan

As the embodiment of the University of La Verne for the past 26 years, Steve Morgan ’68 has demonstrated that the best way to provide stability and security is to keep moving — forward.

Spot On

Steve Morgan is a tough act to follow, but Devorah  Lieberman, the university’s next president, is just the person to do it.

Going Out on a High Note

As the university’s most prolific president approached retirement, the gloriously renovated theater in Founders Hall reopened with a new name in tribute: The Ann & Steve Morgan Auditorium.

Dynamic Digs

The university’s new residence hall will be the largest structure ever built on the property, accommodate 387 students, and is intended to completely change the feel of life on campus.

Got College?

Local junior high school students and their parents spend a day at La Verne and discover that a college education is well within their reach.

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Summer/Fall 2010

Victory Lap

Steve Morgan enters his final year as the University of La Verne’s longest-serving president after leading his alma mater to unprecedented fiscal security and academic excellence for 25 years.

The Power of Sheer Will

Paralyzed at birth, recent La Verne graduate Ashley Hughes amazes and inspires others with an indomitable spirit, a drive to succeed and a very special grandmother.

A Brief Recess

La Verne Law takes time out to celebrate 40 years of providing quality, personalized education.

Hello, Old Friend

La Verne delegates share leadership-building process with their counterparts at an education seminar in Vietnam.

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Winter/Spring 2009

Victims of 1960 Racism Reunited

After a prior issue of the Voice recounted the story of La Verne students’ encounter with racism, five members of the group held a touching reunion.

Paving The Way For Excellence

The five-year, $42 million, Building on Excellence Campaign gave the university the resources to meet the needs of its faculty, students and facilities.

The Sky’s The Limit

The Muriel Pollia Sculpture Garden, soon to be installed near the Campus Center, will take art to a higher level at University of La Verne.

The Shape of Things to Come

Geometric sculptures of Indio-based artist Phillip K. Smith will set the tone for a new art consciousness at University of La Verne.

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Summer/Fall 2009

Summer/Fall 2009

Student Centric

Within months of the Sara and Michael Abraham Campus Center’s grand opening, many on campus wondered how they ever got along without it.

Leader of the Pack

La Verne graduate Luis Faura is a devoted family man, a shrewd businessman and new Chair of the Board of Trustees. So what’s with the Harley?

The Son Also Rises

Bruce Hines’ lifelong love for baseball has taken him to the game’s highest level, coaching in the major leagues, just as his father, Ben Hines, did.

Out Of The Rough

A freak spleen injury nearly cost La Verne golfer Mitch Fedorka a dream season and the chance to emerge as one of the nation’s top collegiate players.

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Winter/Spring 2008

Amazing Grace

Being the victim of racial persecution didn’t embitter Etheldra Watts, but it angered and inspired white La Verne College students who witnessed the incident.

Campus Center Project

With both the Campus Center Project goal and The Kresge Challenge met, excitement is on the rise as the Abraham Campus Center building starts to take shape.

Reaching Out to the Future

Two University of La Verne programs — The Master’s Academy and the REACH Program — take their message of higher education to local high schools.

Sen. George McGovern Visits

One of America’s leading statesmen spends three days on the University of La Verne campus, emphasizing the need to end world hunger and to provide adequate health care for all.

Child Life Program

As head of the largest childcare education program west of the Mississippi River, Leslie Anne Young doesn’t teach by the book, and that’s what many of her students love about her.

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Summer/Fall 2008


For more than 60 years, Roland “Ort” Ortmayer embodied the spirit of La Verne College and the University of La Verne in a way that reaches far beyond athletics.

Somewhere To Turn

Two University of La Verne legal clinics provide advice and representation to clients in need and give students real-world training.

Making Dollars Make Sense

Once economic advisor to the Shah of Iran, Ahmed Ispahani has settled in La Verne, where he teaches economics and is one of the university’s most beloved professors.

The Music Man

PJ Butta, aka Joseph Paul Kilanski, has developed a following as diverse and rich as his background and experiences while studying at University of La Verne.

Strength In Numbers

Armed with a new model for training teachers to be leaders at their schools, the University of La Verne’s Center for Teacher Leadership is reaching out to make an impact.

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Winter/Spring 2007

Setting a Course for Excellence

With a strong background as a scholar, teacher and administrator Dr. Alden Reimonenq assumes the position of Provost with an open mind and open ears as he sets a new academic agenda for La Verne.

Class Act

La Verne professor Kirsten Ogden teaches her class about English and how to effect social change.

Tops In Their Field

La Verne alumni Anthony Rice and Eric Martinez  have teamed up once again, to reach the highest plateau of high school coaching.

Up To The Challenge

Two new challenges have the potential to bring in an extra $3.1 million to the university’s Building On Excellence Campaign.

A Night to Celebrate

Sara & Michael Abraham, who spurred a new level of giving to the university, are honored, then raise an additional $108,000 for faculty research before leaving the building.

Morel Steps Down

Don Morel, only the third head football coach the university has had in the past 59 years, steps down after 12 years on the job.

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Summer/Fall 2007

Small World

June Pulcini and Peggy Redman travel to Southeast Asia to finalize an agreement between La Verne and Cambodia’s Pannasastra University.

World Class

La Verne students have the opportunity to study abroad in foreign countries from Japan to Italy to Spain to Ireland.

Where Were You in ’72?

Thirty-five years ago, a young, hard-hitting baseball team put La Verne on the map with the school’s first national championship.

Making Herstory

Donna Nasmyth, an academic advisor at La Verne who holds three degrees, is sworn in as the first female city council member in the history of La Verne.

Special Guest

In his native Croatia, theater director Georgij Paro is more recognized and revered than Steven Spielberg or George Lucas in the United States. Every spring, ULV has the good fortune to have him as guest director.

New School

La Verne alumna Marissa DeRosa Buckisch applied modern marketing methods to her family’s Old World-style of business to produce award-winning results.

A Happy Fun Time

In a special celebration, the University of La Verne Community paid tribute to two inseparable icons: Dwight Hanawalt and the Old Gym.

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Summer/Fall 2006

Pen Pals

Millie Davis and her friends from the Class of ’46 have stayed in touch over the years with a round-robin chain letter that’s still going.

Homecoming Weekend

The dedication of the Frank and Nadine Johnson Family Plaza is the highlight of Homecoming Weekend.

Moving Right Along

With a focus on the future and an opportunity to raise a few million dollars more, the university’s Campus Center Project kicks into a higher gear.

The Academy at La Verne

Some of the university’s best and brightest are honored with membership in a very elite group.

Friends For Life

Bryan Bodine would do anything for his buddy Tim Roe and he proved it by giving him one of his kidneys.

Old World Charmed

La Verne’s Study Abroad program allowed Katie Ford the chance to spread her wings living in Spain.

It’s A Guy Thing

Nick Solis is on a mission to get more male students involved on campus

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Winter/Spring 2006

Law In Order

Under the leadership of Dean Donald Dunn, left, the University of La Verne’s College of Law takes a major step, receiving accreditation by the American Bar Association.

Building on Excellence

La Verne president Steve Morgan announces the $42 million campaign that will transform the university like no project before it.

Seat of Learning

Peggy Redman has had such an impact on La Verne’s teacher education program she has been honored with a department chair.

Helping Hands

A party of 10 from La Verne spend their Thanksgiving weekend in Louisiana, to help in the recovery efforts after Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Rita.

Still The 1

After a mid-season slump, the members of the ULV women’s volleyball team prove to everybody that they’re still the ones to beat.

Lively Debate

You can talk politics with ULV junior Rida Fatima. But you’d better know your stuff.

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Winter/Spring 2005

A Legacy of Leadership

A third-generation graduate of the University of La Verne, the President enters his 20th year in a job it seems he was born to do.

A Double Life

Jonathan Reed says he’s just a humble scholar and archaeologist, but the comparisons to Indiana Jones are inevitable.

Positively Persuasive

Wendy Schwartz sets her goals and achieves them, and she does it in the nicest way.

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Summer/Fall 2005

Big Sky State of Mind

Great ideas flow among faculty and students at Magpie Ranch, the University of La Verne’s Montana Research Center.

Treading Lightly

La Verne alumnus Stephen Phinny has elevated environmental sensitivity to new heights with his Saguaro Ranch development near Tucson, Arizona.

A Gift From The Heart

Arthur and Sarah Ludwick make a $2 million pledge to the Campus Center Project.

Quality Time

Dr. Janat Yousof challenges her business students with a demanding curriculum and they love her for it.

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The University of La Verne has become the second seat of higher education in California to join the Billion Dollar Green Challenge — for no other reason than it’s the right thing to do.


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Brent Baier, recruiting coordinator and quarterbacks coach of the University of La Verne football team, got his lengthly locks buzzed at Roots Salon by Amanda Clarke (owner), Heather Repp and Aggie Paronelli, as part of a charity event to donate hair to an organization that makes hair prostheses for children.

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