PEPPERDINE HONORED WITH EDUCATION AWARD

Pepperdine University received the Millennium Momentum Foundation, Inc.’s Ambassador of Education Award on Nov. 2. The award is presented to a higher education institution that “is committed to educating and professionally developing a pool of diverse public policy scholars and practitioners.” The award was accepted by Pepperdine’s chief business officer, Edna Powell.

USC PARENTS AWARD INSTRUCTORS

Three USC instructors received the Teaching and Mentoring Awards, a way to honor instructors created by the USC Parents Association and the USC Provost’s Office. This year’s honorees were Arthur Bartner of the USC Thornton School of Music, Emily H. Anderson of USC College and Kerry Fields of the USC Marshall School of Business. Each recipient of the award was given $1,000 and had their name inscribed on a plaque in the University Club.

UCLA EMERGENCY TEXTING

UCLA Chancellor Gene Block is encouraging students to sign up to receive text messages from the university in emergencies. The messaging system, BruinAlert, is part of an effort to expand and improve emergency communications.

BruinAlert currently sends out mass emergency e-mails to any student with a UCLA e-mail address. For text messaging, though, students must sign up and provide phone numbers. For more information, visit: www.transportation.ucla.edu/bruinalert.

LMU NAMES UPWARD BOUND PROGRAM DIRECTOR

The Upward Bound Program was established by LMU to try and prepare students of Westchester High for college. The university has recently named Norma Romero as the program’s first director.

The Upward Bound Program hopes to help 50 WHS students, all from low-income families with neither parent holding a bachelor’s degree, complete their secondary education and enroll in and graduate from higher education institutions.

NEWLY FORMED UCLA DEPARTMENT OF WOMEN’S STUDIES

An Academic Senate recently approved the establishment of the UCLA Department of Women’s Studies. Women’s studies courses were first offered at UCLA in 1969 and an interdepartmental program was formed in 1975.

Now, the new department will be able to offer more courses at both the undergraduate and graduate levels as well as hire their own faculty. UCLA currently has one of the largest numbers of undergraduate women’s studies majors within the UC system.

GOLDEN EAGLES’ FIRST NCAA PLAYOFFS

Cal State L.A.’s women’s soccer team, the Golden Eagles, were named to the NCAA Division II playoffs, marking the first time that the women’s soccer team has qualified for the NCAA postseason in the program’s history.

The team is 6-0-1 in their last seven games and has won a program record of 13 wins in the season. Congrats, Golden Eagles!