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Summer 2021

New Center to Focus on Entrepreneurs

The University of La Verne celebrates another major gift from prominent real estate executive and enthusiastic donor Randall Lewis: $2 million to establish the Randall Lewis Center for Entrepreneurship, Innovation, and Social Impact.

Fonda Whitehead

Three Leos Innovate in Response to Pandemic

Three University of La Verne alumni—from law, education, and public administration—share how they harnessed what they learned in the classroom to meet pandemic-related challenges, with surprisingly positive outcomes.

Student Innovations Become Cash for Charities

Faculty and students from the College of Business and Public Management’s Integrated Business Program found innovative ways to teach and to sell their products during the pandemic. Each group’s profits directly benefitted communities affected by the pandemic, including restaurant workers, students, and families of all backgrounds.

Distant but Determined

Distant but Determined

The Leopard Athletics community kept connected and motivated during the suspended spring athletic season through at-home workouts, social media motivational videos, virtual team check-ins, and more.

Alexandra Burrel

Doing the Work

Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer Alexandra Burrel gives readers a perspective into her life’s mission through the lens of “doing the work.” She wants to meet people where they are and assist in their growth and development.

Woody Hall

The Roots of Woody Hall

Historic Woody Hall was dedicated in 1948 on the La Verne campus. The first men’s residence hall, it was named for Isaac J. Woody, the beloved groundskeeper. Woody Hall was the first of many new buildings to go up on campus in the postwar era.

Seattle World's Fair

World’s Fair Collection Finds a Home in La Verne

More than 100 boxes of original world’s fair documents and artifacts are now part of the University of La Verne’s Archives and Special Collections, thanks to the extraordinary gift of the PonTell family. Dating back to the very first expo, held in London in 1851, this vast treasure trove includes books, photographs, brochures, and objects revealing the fascinating history of this highly influential enterprise.

College of Health

A Future of Health and Well-Being

The planned fifth college of the University of La Verne will focus on preparing a diverse healthcare workforce for the region's population.

The New Normal

Normal 2.0

When the pandemic is finally in the rearview mirror, what will "normal" look like? Four Leos respond.

Frank Lizarraga and Kevin Marshall

Trustee Frank Lizarraga Endows Law Deanship

A generous and visionary gift from noted attorney and university Trustee Frank J. Lizarraga, Jr. ’80, endowed the College of Law dean at the University of La Verne. This is the first endowed dean established at a law school accredited exclusively by the State Bar of California and the University of La Verne’s first-ever endowed dean.

Kerop Janoyan

In Conversation with Kerop Janoyan

Kerop Janoyan, PhD, joined the University of La Verne on April 1 as provost and vice president for academic affairs. He came from Clarkson University, where he was dean of the Graduate School and a professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

Silver Linings

Silver Linings

Out of the challenges of the pandemic came innovations bringing new ways of connecting the university to its students and alumni.

ROC ‘n’ Roll

Meet Mavel Ramos, Mary Barlow, and Steve Basset
What do an Irvine banker, Kern County school superintendent, and Los Angeles supply chain chief have in common? All three have careers that were turbo-charged by University of La Verne's pioneering regional and online campuses, which celebrate their 50th anniversary this year.

Breaking the Mold

The LaFetra College of Education's Center for Neurodiversity, Learning, and Wellness is supporting student success one heart and one mind at a time.

Leading Under Pressure

A mass shooting. A wildfire. A violent protest. a hurricane. In fall 2017, tragedies turned regions upside down, presenting four alumni in public leadership positions with some of the most challenging circumstances of their careers. They demonstrated strength and composure, drawing wisdom from their Leopard roots to pull through.

Randall Lewis Center for Well-Being and Research

The Science of Well-Being

With the grand opening of the Randall Lewis Center for Well-Being and Research, the university charts a new course.

Trip to Neher Land

Trip to Neher Land

Two weeks on a remote Montana ranch teaches science students new ways to learn.

LeoFM on-air talent Adrianna Solomon


Calling all music lovers. Tune in to University of La Verne’s LeoFM to hear from today’s top voices playing the hottest Top 40.

Vikki and Khalif Raddhan

Building Community

The Rasshans’ African American Museum of Beginnings illuminates history and stirs conversation.

Steve Bassett

Utility Player

From forklift operator to the front office at the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, alumnus Steven Bassett rose up the ranks through hard work and a flexible path to education.