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Woodbury to Help Boys & Girls Club in Fundraising

Woodbury President Luis Maria R. Calingo PHD and Shana Warren Exec from Boys & Girls Club. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Woodbury President Luis Maria R. Calingo PHD and Shana Warren Exec from Boys & Girls Club. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Woodbury University announced on Tuesday December 10 that they will be supporting The Boys & Girls Club of Burbank and Greater East Valley’s Amazon fundraising campaign by encouraging their faculty and students to participate.

During the holiday shopping season, faculty and students will be encouraged to log onto www.bgcburbank.org and click on the Amazon banner to access the Amazon website. With every purchase made 4-10% of the transaction will be donated back to the Boys & Girls Club of Burbank and Greater East Valley from Amazon. There are no special codes or hidden fees.

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Faculty and students will be given stickers to place on their cell phones and computers as a reminder about the campaign. The donations will go to help expand and sustain academic success programs such as College Bound, where Club members receive guidance and resources to fulfill high school graduation and college eligibility requirements.

Although Woodbury is launching their support during the holiday season, Amazon will continue this fundraising initiative on an on-going basis. “We are grateful to both Amazon and Woodbury for their support to us. These are great partnerships that will help us grow and continue to serve youth in the community,” says Shanna Warren, Executive Director.

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Victims of Typhoon Haiyan & Recent Tornados in Midwest Remembered at Thanksgiving Lunch

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Hundreds attended the fifth annual Thanksgiving Luncheon of the Woodbury University Armenian Student Association featuring Primate of the Western Diocese of the Armenian Church of North America, his Eminence Archbishop Hovnan Derderian.

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

During the blessing, Archbishop Derderian prayed for the victims and survivors of Typhoon Haiyan and the tornados in Illinois. He encouraged the community to support relief and rebuilding efforts.

Dean of School of Business,Dr. Andre van Niekerk delivered a message of hope from Woodbury President Dr. Luis Calingo, who along his wife Gem arrived in Manila the same day that Super-Typhoon Haiyan struck. Witnessing firsthand the devastation, Luis and Gem are asking the community to join them by donating to the relief organizations or donating clothes and unexpired prescriptions to the donation center on campus.

Donations are being accepted at the Woodbury campus, which is located at 7500 N. Glenoaks Blvd. For more information, visit the university’s information page on the typhoon at communication.woodbury.edu/philippines-typhoon-victims/.

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Woodbury’s Leadership Excellence and Development Certification Program Graduates Its First Class

Woodbury LEAD Class

Giving tomorrow’s leaders an appropriate send-off, Woodbury University and the Boys & Girls Club of Burbank and Greater East Valley Leadership Excellence and Development (L.E.A.D.) Certification Program graduated its first class.  The five-month certification program covered a range of organizational leadership topics.

The program is the brainchild of Woodbury University’s Paul Decker, Coordinator of Organizational Leadership Programs; Woodbury Professor Armond Aghakhanian; and Shanna Warren, Boys & Girls Club’s Chief Executive Officer.  The program was designed and taught by Prof. Aghakhanian, Boys & Girls Club Director of Operations Brittany Vaughan and three Woodbury University Masters in Organizational Leadership program students: Garett Monroe, Kandece Bennett and Sigfredo “Sig” Villegas. This project was operated by volunteers from both organizations.

In addition to parents and friends, attendees included Warren; Eric Schockman, PhD, new chair of Woodbury University’s Organizational Leadership Program & Center for Leadership; and Mary Manoukian, representative for state Assemblymember Mike Gatto, who presented each with a certificate of recognition.  Graduates also received certificates of recognition from the offices of U.S. Rep. Adam B. Schiff, State Sen. Carol Liu, Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael Antonovich and Los Angeles City Councilmember Felipe Fuentes.

“As the new Chair of the Center for Leadership, it gives me great pleasure to inherit the professionally run, top-notch leadership program of Woodbury University and the Boys & Girls Club of Burbank and Greater East Valley Leadership Excellence and Development,” said Schockman.  “I applaud Prof. Aghakhanian, Paul Decker and Shanna Warren, for making this program happen. It truly marries the stellar academic work of Woodbury’s Masters of Organizational Leadership graduate students with mentoring and guiding a new crop of younger and dedicated leaders.  I am delighted that this has inspired a new effort, in the form of the L.E.A.D. Teen Academy, which will work with teenagers on leadership development.  I hopeful that this will become a model for other collaborations in the future.”

“I am very proud of our dedicated staff members who completed Woodbury University’s L.E.A.D. program,” said Warren.  “I look forward to seeing their leadership skills put in action every day within their roles at the Boys & Girls Club.  I am grateful for Woodbury and their belief in our organization and for wanting to engage our staff members in this program.”