UPCEA West Region 2015 Award Recipients
Outstanding Credit Program Award
Bachelor of Science in Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences
Oregon State University, Ecampus
Outstanding Credit Program Award (Pictured L to R): Award-winner Jessica DuPont, Oregon State University with UPCEA CEO Robert Hansen.
Oregon State University's reputation as a leader in the fields of fisheries and wildlife was bolstered in 2009 when OSU became the first institution to offer an online bachelor’s program in fisheries and wildlife sciences. The program has been a resounding success since then, with widespread learner satisfaction and national acclaim for program faculty.
Outstanding Noncredit Program Award
Hornet Heartsaver Program
Outstanding Noncredit Program Award (Pictured L to R): UPCEA CEO Robert Hansen with award-winner Jenni Murphy, Sacramento State.
The Hornet Heartsaver program was launched as a way to offer accessible, low-cost CPR and life support courses to Sac State students, faculty, staff, alumni and affiliates. The goal and purpose of the Hornet Heartsaver program is also to increase cardiovascular health awareness and train the campus community to be better prepared to respond to a CPR emergency.
UPCEA West Engagement Award
Certificate in Localization: Customizing the Software World
University of Washington, Educational Outreach
UPCEA West Engagement Award (Pictured L to R): UPCEA CEO Robert Hansen with award-winner Erik Bansleben, University of Washington
The objective of the certificate in Software Localization has been to help businesses customize their products and services for success in foreign markets. This modular certificate will help participants in orienting them to the latest trends and use of localization tools such as machine translation, terminology management and global content management systems. Building on one’s existing skills in foreign languages, project management or software, one gains a solid understanding of localization project management and engineering practices employed in this expanding field.
Outstanding Non-traditional Student Award
Lori St. Pierre
Graduate Certificate in Addiction Counseling
Montana State University Bozeman
Outstanding Non-Traditional Student Award: Award-winner Lori St. Pierre, Montana State University Bozeman
Born in 1960 and raised on Rocky Boy Reservation, Lori achieved her dream to complete her bachelor’s degree in Community Leadership with a minor in Native American Studies in fall 2013 and her Addiction Counseling Graduate Certificate in spring 2014. Her health issues, disability and myriad of family commitments nearly stopped her from pursuing her dream on many occasions. But Loris’s commitment to her education, in spite of the challenges provides inspiration for others who wish to achieve their goals, in spite of adversity.
Excellence in Teaching Award
Margaret E. Pickard, Esq.
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Excellence in Teaching Award: Award-winner Margaret E. Pickard, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Margaret Pickard is a distinguished instructor and attorney. She is best known for developing and teaching curriculum for the nationally recognized UNLV Paralegal Certificate and Cooperative Parenting programs. UNLV recently honored Pickard with its 2015 Educational Outreach Faculty Excellence Award for her wealth of knowledge and love for educating others.
Emerging Professional Continuing or Online Educator
University of Washington, Educational Outreach
Emerging Professional Continuing or Online Educator Award: Award-winner Ilanko Subramaniam, University of Washington, Educational Outreach
Ilanko Subramaniam is a Senior Director of Professional Services with Maclear LLC. He leads Maclear’s Professional Services practice, focusing on assisting medium- to large-sized organizations attain maturity in governance, risk management and compliance (GRC). Before joining Maclear, Subramaniam was instrumental in establishing and maturing the Enterprise Risk Management program at Microsoft Corporation. He is an active contributor to the risk management community and lectures on Applied Risk Management at the UW through the Information School. Subramaniam has more than 15 years of industry experience and has also worked at KPMG, Visa, Sun Microsystems and other Fortune 100 companies.
Outstanding Service Award
Carol A. Creighton
University Extended Education, California State University, Fullerton
Outstanding Service Award (Pictured L to R): UPCEA CEO Robert Hansen with award-winner Carol Creighton, California State University, Fullerton
Carol Creighton serves as Associate Dean of University Extended Education at Cal State Fullerton and has spent the last sixteen years in the work of continuing higher education. In her role as Associate Dean, she provides strategic leadership and oversight for the Academic Program Units of University Extended Education, which include: Summer Session, Intersession, Self-Support Degree Programs, Professional Development Programs, Programs for Educators, Business Development, Instructional Design/Distance Education, Academic Operations & Support Services, International Programs & Partnerships, Open University Advising and the Osher Life Long Learning Institute. Carol works closely within the campus community and across a broad spectrum of the private and public sectors of Orange County in extending the reach of the university out into the community. Before coming to Cal State Fullerton, Carol was President and CEO of a legal services firm specializing in public sector law. Her clients included the Los Angeles County office of the County Counsel, the Los Angeles County Office of the Public Defender, and the Office of the Los Angeles City Attorney. Carol also spent six years as a K-12 educator in California, Florida and Maryland. She received both her B.A. and M.A. from California State University, Long Beach.
Outstanding Administrative Process or Service Award
Online Registration for Induction Credits
Outstanding Administrative Process or Service Award (Pictured L to R): UPCEA CEO Robert Hansen with award-winner Saralyn Smith, Brandman University
Working within the main university systems and using existing technology, the School of Extended Education created an online registration process for its Induction Partners that has cut registration turnarounds in half while increasing revenue by 51% since 2013. The new process includes individual microsites, automated emails, and digital document submission.