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Nov. 28, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- A select group of course instructors, advisory board members and organizations were honored at The
University of California, Irvine Extension's 13
th Annual Instructor and Advisory Committee Member Appreciation Breakfast, held on
Friday, November 16, 2012. The individuals and organizations received awards in four award categories.
"The high caliber of contributions from these course instructors and advisors is what makes UC Irvine Extension a top-notch institution," said Dr.
Gary W. Matkin, dean of Continuing Education, Distance Learning and
Summer Session at UC Irvine. "Our incredible national and international recognition is due to the dedication and support of each of these honorees."
The "Dean's Outstanding Service Award," which recognizes an individual who has proven to be an invaluable resource to UC Irvine Extension, was presented to
Donn Silberman. Honored for his contribution as a founding advisory committee member of the
Optical Engineering and Optical Instrument Design certificate programs, Silberman has more than 28 years of experience in optics-related businesses. His efforts have helped UC Irvine Extension recruit high-quality instructors and offer program participants industry-leading courses.
Cheryll and Richard Ruszat received the "UCI Extension Partnership Award," which celebrates businesses, organizations, or individuals who have enhanced UCI's continuing education programs, expertise and professional skills of their employees through partnership. The collaboration between the Montessori Schools of
Irvine and UC Irvine Extension has spanned more than 20 years and has resulted in more than 600 individuals who have become certified in Montessori teaching. A second "UCI Extension Partnership Award" was presented to
Heidi Burns, administrator of educational services with the Brea-Olinda School District. Through the partnership of the school district and UC Irvine Extension at a time when gifted and talented education programs (GATE) were being eliminated, nine students were able to enroll and complete the entire GATE program. The third "UCI Extension Partnership Award" was presented to
Sinan Kanatsiz, founder and chairman of the Internet Marketing Association (IMA). This partnership has resulted in the school offering an
Internet Marketing Certificate Program and becoming a leader in online marketing education.
The third award category, the "UCI Extension Distinguished Advisory Committee Member Award," recognizes advisory committee members who volunteer their time, energy and expertise in assisting the school's program directors in the development and ongoing offering of certificate programs. Individuals receiving this award include:
Marina Wetrosky, Reading Certificate Program
Mark Sklarow, Independent Educational Consultant Certificate Program
Charles Cannon, Paralegal Certificate Program
Kai Williamson, Paralegal Certificate Program
Rick Hefner, Systems Engineering Certificate Program
Matthew Witmer, Tier One and Tier Two Teaching Credential Programs
Debora Wright-Henley, Project Management Certificate Program
The final award category, the "UC Irvine Extension Distinguished Instructor Award," is presented annually to
educators who demonstrate outstanding performance in their creative use of instructional techniques; continuous commitment and flexibility in addressing student needs; presentation of current and relevant material that positively impacts students' careers or life; and qualities that inspire enthusiasm and enhanced learning. This year's recipients were:
Tony Gaidhane, Information Systems Security Certificate Program
Michael Fischer, Paralegal Certificate Program
Gail Schwartz, GMAT Test Preparation, Business English and ESL Programs for International Students
Mirna Bard, Social Media Specialized Studies Program
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Michael Drake since 2005, UCI is among the most dynamic campuses in the
University of California system, with nearly 28,000 undergraduate and graduate students, 1,100 faculty and 9,000 staff.
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SOURCE UC Irvine Extension