Fall 2015

Special Olympics

University of La Verne coaches inspire athletes to reach greatness.



From homeless to Hollywood producer, University of La Verne alumna Cori Shepherd Stern now strives to heal hearts around the world.

Athletes Give Back

Athletes Give Back

Football team speaks at Orangewood Children and Family Center, Women’s Soccer reads Dr. Seuss, and Leopards volunteer at Special Olympics.

Dedra Booth

Serving the Ones Who Served All

Working for the Department of Veterans Affairs has exposed Dedra Booth to the struggles military men and women face upon returning home after serving overseas.

Rising Stars

Rising Stars

What do a future submarine officer, missile contract manager, and press assistant have in common? The University of La Verne.

Laurie Schroeder

Teaching in the Moment

Sometimes there was a tension in the room, with someone not in agreement with a plan or a decision. Other times, it was just the way she wanted to start her meetings.

Marisol Morales

Marisol Morales

"Our philosophy is rooted in appreciation and respect. We create the best opportunities for relationships this way."

Janis Dietz

Janis Dietz

"I believe education is a privilege, not a right. Therefore, I must guard this precious opportunity and never do anything to lessen its value to our students."

Bartletti Denis

Through the Lens of A Legend

Don Bartletti, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for his portfolio on the L.A. Times story “Enrique’s Journey” shared his stories at the University of La Verne during an exhibition of his work last fall.

Patrick Stluka

A Little Respect

Patrick Stluka and fellow Navy trainers found themselves breaking new ground in the 1970s while stationed in San Diego.

Victoria Keyser

World of Play

“The best thing you can do for a child who is struggling is to be the safe place they can go to tell their story,” says Victoria Keyser '03 '11.

Stephen Fomba

Back to Basics

Stephen Fomba ’17 did not mind his daily trek to and from school as a child growing up, even if some days it meant walking as many as 20 miles under the blistering-hot sun. Like most living in Africa’s Eastern province of Sierra Leone, commuting by foot was and still is a way of life. But what he did mind was having to make these long trips over the burning, rocky ground completely barefoot.

Charlene Marie King


The strength Charlene Marie King gains from helping others keeps her going. “It all comes back to loving people,” she says.

Yolanda Duron

Courting Success

University of La Verne tennis coach Yolanda Duron leads the Leopards to their first NCAA championship tournament competition for the first time in program history.

Jake Warner and His Family

For the Family

The moment he accepted his degree, Jake Warner fulfilled a promise made to his 8-year-old daughter, accomplished a life-long goal and gave his mother her proudest day.

Dion Johnson

Neon Dion

He is an artist whose work is sought after around the world. His use of acrylic paint on canvas is vibrant, masterfully colorful and precise. When asked what it is he does, Dion Johnson modestly responds, “I paint.”