This Day On The Street
Continue to site
This account is pending registration confirmation. Please click on the link within the confirmation email previously sent you to complete registration.
Need a new registration confirmation email? Click here

UC Irvine Extension Course Instructors, Advisory Board Members And Partners Receive Top Honors

IRVINE, Calif., 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

About UC Irvine Extension: University of California, Irvine Extension is the continuing education arm of UC Irvine. Through thousands of courses and programs offered on campus, online and on site, UC Irvine Extension helps adult learners reach their career advancement and personal enrichment goals —and is celebrating 50 years of providing universally accessible, university-level learning to local, regional, and global communities. Learn more at, or join us on Facebook at

About the University of California, Irvine: Founded in 1965, UCI is a top-ranked university dedicated to research, scholarship and community service. Led by Chancellor 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. Orange County's largest employer, UCI contributes an annual economic impact of $4.2 billion. For more UCI news, visit

Contact: Vivian C. Slater 714-573-0899 ext.235                        

SOURCE UC Irvine Extension

Copyright 2011 PR Newswire. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Check Out Our Best Services for Investors

Action Alerts PLUS

Portfolio Manager Jim Cramer and Director of Research Jack Mohr reveal their investment tactics while giving advanced notice before every trade.

Product Features:
  • $2.5+ million portfolio
  • Large-cap and dividend focus
  • Intraday trade alerts from Cramer
Quant Ratings

Access the tool that DOMINATES the Russell 2000 and the S&P 500.

Product Features:
  • Buy, hold, or sell recommendations for over 4,300 stocks
  • Unlimited research reports on your favorite stocks
  • A custom stock screener
Stocks Under $10

David Peltier uncovers low dollar stocks with serious upside potential that are flying under Wall Street's radar.

Product Features:
  • Model portfolio
  • Stocks trading below $10
  • Intraday trade alerts
14-Days Free
Only $9.95
14-Days Free
Dividend Stock Advisor

David Peltier identifies the best of breed dividend stocks that will pay a reliable AND significant income stream.

Product Features:
  • Diversified model portfolio of dividend stocks
  • Updates with exact steps to take - BUY, HOLD, SELL
Trifecta Stocks

Every recommendation goes through 3 layers of intense scrutiny—quantitative, fundamental and technical analysis—to maximize profit potential and minimize risk.

Product Features:
  • Model Portfolio
  • Intra Day Trade alerts
  • Access to Quant Ratings
Real Money

More than 30 investing pros with skin in the game give you actionable insight and investment ideas.

Product Features:
  • Access to Jim Cramer's daily blog
  • Intraday commentary and news
  • Real-time trading forums
Only $49.95
14-Days Free
14-Days Free
AAPL $95.03 0.21%
FB $116.73 0.00%
GOOG $691.02 0.00%
TSLA $249.50 0.72%
YHOO $36.59 0.00%


Chart of I:DJI
DOW 17,830.76 -210.79 -1.17%
S&P 500 2,075.81 -19.34 -0.92%
NASDAQ 4,805.2910 -57.85 -1.19%

Free Reports

Top Rated Stocks Top Rated Funds Top Rated ETFs