Professor Virginia Huynh, Professor Sharon Klein, Mr. Frank Muñiz, Professor Alex Ojeda, and Ms. Jina Gonzalez Named Recipients of 2016 CSUN Mentoring Awards
Five outstanding CSUN leaders are recipients of the 2016 Don Dorsey Excellence in Mentoring Awards. The award recipients are Professor Virginia Huynh of Child and Adolescent Development, Professor Sharon Klein of English and Linguistics, Mr. Frank Muñiz of EOP/TRIO Student Services Support Program, and Professor Alex Ojeda of MOSAIC Program in Sociology. In addition, a special excellence in mentoring award will be presented in memory of late EOP Director José Luis Vargas to Ms. Jina Gonzalez, Coordinator of EOP’s Resilient Scholars Program for former foster youth on our campus. The awards will be presented at a campus reception on November 16, 5 to 7 p.m., in the Sierra Center Colleagues Room, located on the second floor of Sierra Center.
Professor Virginia Huynh of Child and Adolescent Development has taught at CSUN since 2011 and holds a B.A. from Loyola Marymount University and a Ph.D. from UCLA. Her research areas include cultural and social factors that impact the mental and physical health of ethnic minority and immigrant youth. She was nominated for the Dorsey mentoring award by several of her students and alumni.
Professor Sharon Klein of English and Linguistics has been teaching at CSUN since 1986. She earned her B.A. from University of California, Riverside, and her M.A. and Ph.D. from UCLA. For the past three decades, she has collaborated with faculty and students on our campus through initiatives such as the Writing and Reading Across Disciplines program (WRAD). She was nominated for the Dorsey mentoring award by graduate student Mrinalini Watson.
Mr. Frank Muñiz serves as Director of EOP/TRIO Student Support Services Program. He holds a B.A. and M.A. from CSUN and has served as an advocate for students and EOP on this campus for four decades. He is also a leader of community groups, including the San Fernando Valley Community Mental Health Center Inc. and the Muñiz Family Foundation. He was nominated for the Dorsey mentoring award by his colleague EOP/TRIO colleague Vanesa Morales and students Stephanie Garcia and Shonta Price. Professor Alex Ojeda is being honored for his leadership of the MOSAIC Program that enables CSUN students to serve as peer mentors for high school youth at ten continuation schools in the San Fernando Valley. MOSAIC stands for Mentoring to Overcome Struggles and Inspire Courage and is housed in the Sociology Department where Professor Ojeda is a lecturer. He earned his B.A. and M.A. from CSUN and was nominated for the Dorsey mentoring award by Professor José Paez of Social Welfare.
Ms. Jina Gonzalez is Coordinator of the EOP Resilient Scholars Program for former foster youth on our campus and has worked for EOP for two decades. She is the recipient of a special Dorsey excellence in mentoring award from the Faculty Mentor Program given in memory of late EOP Director José Luis Vargas. Ms. Gonzalez is a former EOP Bridge “high potential” freshman and also served as a student leader of MEChA. She earned her CSUN degree in Chicana/o Studies.
The Dorsey mentoring awards were established in 1998 by the Faculty Mentor Program and the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP). The annual awards recognize faculty and staff who have made exceptional contributions to mentoring of past and present students; who take a holistic approach to mentoring, including academic and personal support; and who demonstrate proactive involvement in the University’s commitment to the success of students of diverse backgrounds and communities. The awards are named after Professor Don Dorsey of Educational Psychology and Counseling who helped develop CSUN’s first mentor training program and devoted himself as a mentor to innumerable students.
The Faculty Mentor Program provides mentoring services, training, and resources for CSUN faculty, staff, and students.
For more information, contact Faculty Mentor Program Coordinator Glenn Omatsu at (818) 677-4151 (email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
The Faculty Mentor Program and Educational Opportunity Programs (EOP) cordially invite you to a reception in honor of the recipients of the 2016 Don Dorsey Excellence in Mentoring Awards*
Wednesday, November 16th.
5:00 p.m.- 7:00 p.m.
Sierra Center Colleagues Room (on second floor of Sierra Center)
A short program will begin at 5:20 p.m.
This year's recipients are:
Professor Virginia Huynh, Child and Adolescent Development
Professor Sharon Klein, Linguistics and English
Mr. Frank Muñiz, Director, Student Support Services Program, EOP
Professor Alex Ojeda, Executive Director of MOSAIC Program
Ms. Jina Gonzalez, Coordinator, EOP Resilient Scholars Program
Please attend our reception to learn more about the contributions of this year's recipients.
* In May 1998, the Faculty Mentor Program and the EOP established the "Don Dorsey Excellence in Mentoring Award" in recognition of Professor Dorsey's invaluable contributions to mentoring and mentor training at CSUN. This award is presented to faculty, staff, administrators, and/or students who have made exceptional contributions to mentoring at CSUN. The first recipient was the award's namesake, Dr. Don Dorsey.
Please RSVP at: www.surveymonkey.com/r/dondorsey16 For questions, please contact the EOP office at (818) 677-4151.
Don Dorsey Excellence In Mentoring Awards Call for Nominations
Deadline: Monday, Oct. 31, 5 p.m.
In 1998, the Faculty Mentor Program and the Educational Opportunity Programs established the “Don Dorsey Excellence in Mentoring Award” in recognition of Professor Don Dorsey’s invaluable contributions to mentoring and mentor training over two decades. Dr. Dorsey, Professor of Educational Psychology and Counseling, helped develop CSUN’s first mentor training program, and devoted himself as a mentor to innumerable students.
These awards are presented to faculty, staff, and administrators who have been exceptional mentors at CSUN. A reception honoring the recipients will be held Wednesday, Nov. 16, 5 to 7 p.m.
Nomination Guidelines: Faculty, Staff, and Administrators may be nominated for these awards.
- Exceptional mentoring of past or present CSUN students
- Holistic approach to mentoring, including academic and personal support and in informal and intangible ways
- Proactive involvement in the university’s commitment to the success of students of diverse backgrounds and communities
We especially want to honor mentors who have not been recognized previously by our university for their valuable work.
Complete the nomination form, include support materials from students, and submit by Monday, Oct. 31, 5 p.m., to Glenn Omatsu, Coordinator, Faculty Mentor Program, EOP Central, University Hall 205 (campus mail code: 8366); e-mail: email@example.com