Writer: Barbara Goen

Voice Magazine / Barbara Goen
Spring 2023

A Labor of Love

Professor Nicole Mahrer leads research into well-being of expecting mothers and newborns.

Devorah Lieberman

A Portrait of Success

University of La Verne President Devorah Lieberman reflects on her dozen years of leadership, the values that inspired her throughout her service, and the memories she will cherish as she closes her chapter in the university’s presidential history.

Hana Alarifi

An Eye Toward the Future

Driven by a discovery about her son, alumna Hana Saad Alarifi develops cutting-edge tools to help diagnose autism in children.

In Pursuit of Well-Being

In Pursuit of Well-Being

From philosophers to cartoonists, humankind has long attempted to define well-being. Within the university community, the concept is brought to life through varied and vibrant lenses.

College of Law clinics

Justice for All

Two hands-on legal clinics in University of La Verne’s College of Law provide students with real-world experience helping disenfranchised clients and critical lessons in self-care.

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.

Minh Tran ’95

Vintage Leadership

Napa County is known for its lush vineyards and rolling hills. But when Minh Tran ’95 was appointed as its chief executive officer in October, the county looked quite different. Four major wildfires were raging through Wine Country, requiring the College of Law alumnus to work hard and maintain a calm demeanor to help residents survive.

Extended Davis family

Deep Roots

A sense of community, Church of the Brethren roots, and a reputation for producing top-notch teachers, superintendents, and other educators has drawn 65 members of C. Ernest Davis’s family to the University of La Verne since 1910. The Davis family tree — branching out across three generations — has more Leopard connections than most others.

Seta Whitby

Hard Drive

Seta Whitby’s ambition to do something with her life after high school led her on a journey from Lebanon to La Verne, where she has become a respected and beloved computer science professor.

Track and Field

Starting Line

Coach Kevin Reid’s current hurdle is preparing the track and field team for its first meet in January.


Lyceum @ La Verne

The University of La Verne's Lyceum series of performing and visual arts will feature exhibitions of student art, music, and writing throughout May.

Wendy Lau

Lau’s Army

Alumna and Trustee Wendy Lau is committed to giving back to both the university and community of La Verne, crediting the school with putting her on the path to personal and professional success.


A River Runs Through Them

Corlan Ortmayer Harrison '79 has more than blood flowing through her veins. She also has gallons of river water.