Academic Planning and Development
Associate Vice President for Academic Planning and Development Linda Buckley was selected to serve as a commissioner for the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) for a three-year term. WASC, the regional accrediting body for the Western United States, assures that accredited institutions have met high standards of quality and effectiveness. The 23-member WASC Commission reviews all WASC activities and its financial condition, evaluates accreditation team reports and develops policy related to the accreditation process. Nine new members were appointed in February for a three-year term to replace commission vacancies.
At the 44th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Association of Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback, March 13-14 in Portland, Ore.:
- Professor of Health Education Erik Peper and Assistant Professor of Health Education Richard Harvey co-presented the posters "Stress profiling for addressing performance anxiety or blanking out during exams" and "The psychophysiology of contemporary information technologies -- tablets and smart phones can be a pain in the neck."
- Peper was honored with the Distinguished Scientist Award and gave the invited lecture "There is hope: Biofeedback in context of an ancestral perspective," presented the invited conference workshop, "I have cancer: I am afraid that I will get cancer. What can I do to optimize health?" and co-authored the poster "Heart rate variability biofeedback improves depression and sleep quality in patients with major depressive disorders."
Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts Kim Schwartz presented a poster at the United States Institute of Theatre Technology national conference on Friday, March 22. The poster was entitled "Process + Paperwork = Preparedness: Practical Tools for Preparing B.A. Technical Directors," for which she won a book award. The poster demonstrated the work she has been doing with her students to prepare them to work as theatrical professionals regardless of their skill level upon entry into the program.