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The University of Redlands and its faculty, students, and employees have been honored by a variety of organizations from the Princeton Review to IES Abroad.

As we look back on fall 2018 and forward to spring 2019, we celebrate the recent recognition and honors of the University of Redlands and its outstanding faculty, students, and employees. 


Over the past several months, U of R was included on a variety of “best colleges” lists, including:

U of R was also ranked highly by:

  • Washington Monthly, which put U of R in the top 6 percent (43th of 695) of master's universities, based on contributions to the public good, including social mobility, research, and service
  • U.S. News & World Report, which placed U of R in the top 8 percent (11th of 140) of regional universities in the West
  • College Consensus, which ranked U of R around the top 10 percent of Western regional universities (9th of 87) and in the top 7 percent (13th of 193) of best colleges for veterans, based on a combination of popular rankings and student reviews
  • Institute of International Education’s Open Doors®, whose data from 2016-17 (the most recent available) positioned the University 16th nationally of master’s level colleges and universities for percentage of the undergraduate student population that studies abroad

On a more lighthearted note, U of R won an honorable mention in the Forbes fifth annual #MyTopCollege social media contest, where schools large and small competed on Twitter and Instagram to tell the world why their school is the best. One Bulldog tweeted, “@UofRedlands is home, everything on campus is designed to make feel students welcomed and included. Small town feeling while bringing the largest concepts and challenges to its students. The most brilliant minds I’ve ever come across.”


Professor of Spanish and Latin American Literature Ivonne Gordon-Vailakis has been selected to speak at the 47th annual Conference on Literature and Culture in Louisville, Kentucky in February. Read more in this recent profile.

English Professor Priya Jha has been invited to speak as part of the Conference on World Affairs at the University of Colorado, Boulder, from April 9-13. The conference, which draws more than 70,000 in attendance each year, brings together thought leaders from across the globe.

English Professor Sharon Oster has published her first book, No Place in Time: The Hebraic Myth in Late-Nineteenth-Century American Literature (Wayne State University Press, 2018). Read more about Oster and her book in this Bulldog Blog interview.

Andrew Wall, dean of the School of Education, has been chosen as the Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities (AICCU) representative to the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing, an agency in the Executive Branch of California State Government created to serve as a state standards board for educator preparation for the public schools, the licensing and credentialing of professional educators, the enforcement of professional practices of educators, and the discipline of credential holders in the State of California. AICCU President Kristen F. Soares noted Wall’s “scholarship, experience and leadership” make him well-suited to assume the new role.


The University of Redlands Proudian Interdisciplinary Scholars program—an academic honors program with a reputation for dynamic outcomes—has announced its latest cohort of sophomores who wish to explore interdisciplinary study as part of their U of R experience. They are:

  • Brian Begg (music performance)
  • Alexia Benson (music composition)
  • Maya Villar Carillo (Ethics in Mixed Media and Public Policy)
  • Skye Cote (international relations/economics/Spanish)
  • Michael Esquejo (psychology/health, medicine and society)
  • Mariama Fisher (computer science/fine arts)
  • Edison Forman (political science/public policy)
  • Elaine Liu (biology)
  • Kerry Miller (Global Water Security)
  • Kirsten Orrahood (The Art of Performance and Performance Therapy)
  • Daria Pikulina (biology/health, medicine and society)
  • Noelani Skarpness (Applied Math)
  • Dominick Sullivan (chemistry/environmental policy)

Celebrating those who have challenged themselves to go above and beyond what is expected of them at work, U of R’s 2018 President’s Award was presented to:

  • Johnston Registrar Teresa Area
  • Courtney Carter, the associate director of the Office of Career & Professional Development
  • U of R’s Information Technology Services team

Leo Rowland, director of study abroad, has been honored with the Volunteer of the Year Award from IES Abroad, a leading not-for-profit study abroad organization, for supporting and strengthening the mission of the study abroad field through extraordinary volunteer efforts. “[Leo’s] work both as an administrator and faculty member in the field of study abroad widely exhibits his dedication to students’ academic success,” said Michael Green, associate vice president of recruiting and college relations at IES Abroad.

Religious Life Chaplain Peter Tupou was presented with the U of R’s Frank J. Rice Memorial Service Award for his many volunteer activities throughout the community. Honoring the late Frank J. Rice, U of R alumnus and founder of the Los Angeles Men's place (LAMP), a shelter housing mentally ill men and women on Skid Row in downtown Los Angeles, this award recognizes U of R employees who embrace the spirit of giving throughout the year.

Ray Watts, associate vice president for development and senior philanthropic advisor, was elected to the 2019 National Board of the National Association of Charitable Gift Planners. Beginning his three-year term this month, Watts joins 18 individuals from throughout the country who serve on the national board representing over 100 councils and 8,000 professionals in the field of charitable gift planning.

U of R length of service honors went to:

  • 45 years: Bill Southworth
  • 35 years: Pat Wasielewski
  • 30 years: Graeme Auton, Pat Geary, Mike Maynard
  • 25 years: Henry Acquaye, Julie Cauthron, Cindy Pike
  • 20 years: Kelly Cooper, Claudia Ingram, Tim Krantz, Sharon Lang, Suzette Soboti, Glenda Wilcox
  • 15 years: Piers Britton, Kelly Hankin, Jordan Henk, Patty Nowatnick, Mario Serna Arredondo, Nathan Strout, Ray Watts
  • 10 years: Raul Acero, Eric Chaffin, Gerald Collins, Carrie Dahlhauser, Lua Gregory, Wes Head, Todd Logan, Katherine Miller, Fang Ren, Bill Rocque, Mike Schmidt, Sandra Smitson-Gonzalez, Brett Telford, Jen Tilton, Lara Urrutia
  • 5 years: Patience Boudreaux, Nancy Brown, Dan Burfeind, Rico Chica, Nathaniel Cline, Robin Cooper, Kevin Dyerly, Sylvia Ellis, Wanda Fong, Fritz Good, Tony Gorrell, Greg Hamilton, Aaron Holley, Walter Hutchens, Alex Irigoyen, Tanya Koukeyan, Ralph Kuncl, Heather Lambeth, Mary Littlejohn, Katie Millsom, Mike Myers, Dan Norcross, Jonathan Otmar, Amy Owens, Raymol Rappai, Michelle Rogers, Christina Salina, Kelly Sorvig, Scott Stevens, Sayjal Waddy, Matt Waters, Kylie Webb, Gumaro Zambrano

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