And This Year’s Award Goes to . . . . by Dean Cathy Sandeen

This time of year has special significance—especially given our location here in the entertainment capital of the world. The conclusion of the Academy Awards presentation each year usually marks the conclusion of “award season” in Los Angeles. Although we can’t “thank the Academy,” I am delighted to announce some other awards—recognition for UCLA Extension on a national level. 

Outstanding Continuing Education Student for 2010 awarded to Andrew Kramer by the University Continuing Education Association (UCEA) 

Andrew is a graduate of a special program we offer, called Pathway at UCLA Extension, California’s first full-time, two year college program at a major research university designed for young adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities. Only one student is honored each year throughout North America and Andrew is extraordinarily deserving of this award. Andrew will receive his award at the annual UCEA conference in April where he will give an acceptance speech to over 500 conference attendees.

Outstanding Continuing Education Program for 2010 (non-credit category) goes to the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program, headed by director Dr. Linda Venis. Again, given to one program per year by the University Continuing Education Association, this award recognizes the breadth and depth of creative writing programs available at UCLA Extension. From poetry to screenwriting, memoirs to cookbooks, the range is awe-inspiring. The number of formats offered ranges from intensive weekend workshops to year-long sequences, many offered in both classroom and online formats by dedicated, published, and award-winning instructors.

Finally, kudos as well to Extension’s talented Marketing Department for five UCEA Marketing Awards including, I am most pleased to say, a national silver award for my holiday card from 2009 that included photos from my own personal travels.  The awards were: Gold: Fall Quarter Web Ads; Silver: 2009 Holiday Card; and Bronze: Catalog Redesign, Writers’ Program Brochure, and the UCLA Extension Website.


So before the orchestra starts to play, signaling my time to end this lengthy “acceptance,” I’d like to thank the talented individuals who work so hard every day to provide outstanding educational opportunities to our students, who have made UCLA Extension what it is today, and who make it a pleasure to serve as Dean.




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