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Voice Magazine / Stories
Spring 2019

Heavy Uplift

Strength and conditioning coach Matt Durant shapes student-athletes for success beyond college.

Phoebe Beasley

Uncanny Details

Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush, and Oprah Winfrey count themselves among the admirers of Phoebe Beasley, University of La Verne's 2019 Artist-in-Residence.

Jessie and Tina Rodriguez

Living the Flip

Reality TV host. Entrepreneur. Real estate investor. Alumnus Jessie Rodriguez embodies reinvention in both personal and professional life.

Los Angeles County sheriff Alex Villanueva

Bold Move

L.A. County's new sheriff, Alex Villanueva, DPA '05, shocked everyone—himself included—with his historic win in 2018.

Golden Anniversary

The University of La Verne celebrates 50 years of serving adult learners through its Regional and Online Campuses.

Candice Garcia-Rodrigo

Legally Strong

As the first Latina court commissioner in Riverside County history, alumna Candice Garcia-Rodrigo sets a strong example for professional women and the community she serves.

Emily Cilli-Turner

Sea Average

A research voyage to the Bering Sea nets data that math professor Emily Cilli-Turner uses to reel in students.

Salvador Melendez

Courting the Vote

College of Law student Salvador Melendez’s message of hope and trust vaulted him to a seat on the Montebello City Council.

International Drive

With a tight-knit group of student-athletes from the United States and overseas, the University of La Verne men's golf team is excelling on the links and in the classroom.

Man on the Run

Former track and field athlete Michael Sacoto ’12, MSLM ’15, clears hurdles to educate high school students on the need for health care professionals in Southern California.

Randall Lewis Center

Center of Well-Being

The new Randall Lewis Center for Well-Being and Research will serve students and the community as a resource for maintaining healthy lifestyles.

Raising Hope

Raising Hope

Gladys Namuyonga fled persecution in Uganda for the United States. The University of La Verne College of Law helped her win asylum.

REACH Program

Success Within Reach

The University of La Verne’s REACH Summer Camp introduces disadvantaged high schoolers to business skills and inspires them to pursue a college education.

John Raffoul DPA ’02

Life, Supported

When John Raffoul, DPA ’02, took over Adventist Health White Memorial medical center, it was struggling. Under his guidance, the hospital has emerged into a community and industry leader.

Kelly Niles-Yokum

Ripe for Change

Professor Kelly Niles-Yokum is on a mission to make life better for older adults. She’s reimagined the graduate program in gerontology to ensure aging is everybody’s business.

Tatiana Tatarinova

The Genome of Genius

Tatiana Tatarinova is a computational biology professor whose research could affect world hunger, cancer, and even understanding of Jewish ancestry. The trail-blazing spirit and curiosity that drive her cutting-edge work also keep her moving far beyond the classroom and laboratory.

Art Acevedo '05

A Flood of Pride

Bravery, strength, and determination helped residents of Houston, Texas, survive the floods and whipping winds of Hurricane Harvey in August 2017. Alumnus Art Acevedo ’05, chief of the city’s police department, relied on valuable lessons of trust to lead his department — and the city — through the disaster.

Henry Jimenez and Katelyn Winiecki

Practice Makes Profit

Most business programs stop at the theoretical stage. The University of La Verne’s College of Business and Public Management is one of the few in the nation that takes students a step further, challenging them to create real businesses with real money.

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