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UCI Division of Continuing Education Awards Finest Accolades to Top Course Instructors

Appreciation Breakfast Celebrates School’s 50th Anniversary and Achievements

IRVINE, Calif. – December 13, 2011 – The University of California, Irvine Extension recognized individuals who have made an extraordinary contribution to the organization’s mission at its 12th Annual Instructor and Advisory Committee Member Appreciation Breakfast. Fifteen individuals were recognized in three award categories.

“It is my pleasure to honor the contributions of UC Irvine Extension instructors and advisors, without whom we would not be able to serve our students,” said Dr. Gary Matkin, dean of Continuing Education, Distance Learning and Summer Session at UC Irvine. “We appreciate the time each and every instructor invests toward their classes and their students and we are pleased to honor these exemplary individuals.”

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 Ron Hooven. As the Associate Director of Campus Asset Management at UCI, Hooven was recognized for his role in supporting the recent relocation of UC Irvine Extension’s business functions to space in the University Research Park, thereby enabling Extension to refocus its campus offices on student-facing activities.

Mike Peterson and Virginia Gilbert were awarded 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. They were recognized for the continued success of UC Irvine Extension’s film education series, Sneak Previews with Michael Berlin. A second “UCI Extension Partnership Award” was presented to Carolyn Seaton, the Executive Director for Educational Services, who facilitates the continued onsite course delivery of the Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) program for the Manhattan Beach Unified School District.

The UC Irvine Extension “Distinguished Instructor Awards” are 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 demonstrable qualities that inspire enthusiasm and enhanced learning. This year’s recipients were:

• Jason Wei, Microsoft .NET Program

• Christopher Sanders, Project Management Certificate Program

• Pamela Rutledge, Social Media Certificate Program

• Marlene Rossman, Wine Studies Program

• Bobby Ho, Human Resources Certificate Program

• Larry Hein, Project Management Certificate Program

• Kevin Hanegan, Web Design Certificate Program

• Michael Klett, Embedded Systems Engineering Certificate Program

• Erin Johansen, Marketing Certificate Program

• Rachel Fernandez, English as a Second Language (ESL) and Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) Programs

• Steven Antonoff, Independent Educational Consultant Certificate Program

About UCI Division of Continuing Education

The University of California, Irvine Division of Continuing Education (DCE) provides lifelong learning opportunities to thousands of students worldwide each year – fulfilling the school’s 60-year curriculum platform to connect degree programs to the world of work and achievement after graduation. The Division offers a broad range of certificate programs, specialized studies, and sequential courses to local, regional and global markets through online, on-campus and on-site delivery. A leader in the open education movement, the Division offers free Massive Online Open Courses (MOOCs) and content through the UCI Open initiative. For more information about UCI Division of Continuing Education, visit

About the University of California, Irvine

Founded in 1965, UCI is the youngest member of the prestigious Association of American Universities. The campus has produced three Nobel laureates and is known for its academic achievement, premier research, innovation, and anteater mascot. Led by Chancellor Howard Gillman, UCI has more than 36,000 students and offers 222 degree programs. It’s located in one of the world’s safest and most economically vibrant communities and is Orange County’s second-largest employer, contributing $5 billion annually to the local economy. For more on UCI, visit