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
- 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