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Best Buddies International, a global nonprofit dedicated to establishing a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD), is collaborating with the private, nonprofit National University to integrate Sanford Harmony, an innovative social emotional learning program that helps reinforce positive peer interactions among children through easy-to-use activity and lesson plans.
The Sanford Harmony program, a research-based social emotional learning program, has reached a significant milestone with district-wide implementation taking place in PreK-5 throughout Nevada’s Clark County School District - the fifth largest school district in the country. Since its nationwide launch two years ago, Sanford Harmony, which is based on the vision of entrepreneur and philanthropist, T. Denny Sanford, has expanded to thousands of schools in more than 20 states. The effort is being led by National University, a California-based private nonprofit university with among the top ten largest schools of education in the country.
Dr. Gloria McNeal, dean of the School of Health and Human Services at National University, has been honored by the San Diego Business Journal with its 2016 Women Who Mean Business Award spotlighting leaders who are breaking new ground in contributing to their profession and to their community. Dr. McNeal received the award at a November 9 luncheon in San Diego.
National University nursing students and faculty received a wide array of recognitions and accolades at the annual convention of the California Nursing Student Association this fall in Visalia. The awards reflect the dedication to excellence and community service that is a hallmark of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program, which is part of the School of Health and Human Services.
Monica Wilson, Ph.D., an assistant professor of psychology with the National University College of Letters and Sciences has been presented with an award of recognition by the California State Assembly in honor of her work as an advocate for mental health services, which includes extensive involvement in the San Bernardino area.
Addressing a growing need to help small businesses and nonprofits better secure their data, National University is expanding a program that pairs student teams from its Master of Science in Cyber Security and Information Assurance (MSCSIA) with organizations that may not have the resources to undergo a typical cybersecurity audit.
Students with National University’s School of Engineering and Computing are doing their part For the Greater by working with a local nonprofit to help close the digital divide in San Diego County.
In 1971, Dr. David Chigos, an executive from General Dynamics, founded National University to support the academic aspirations of an emerging population of adult learners by tailoring a flexible format that accommodated the needs of working professionals. Dr. Chigos opened National University with a single campus in San Diego, and while the University began with only 27 students that first year, it has grown to be among one of the largest private nonprofit universities in California.
Malin Burnham, one of San Diego’s most renowned philanthropists and business leaders, and the author of recently-published book “Community Before Self,” received the 2016 Humanitarian of the Year Award, presented by the Sanford Institute of Philanthropy at National University. This award is granted to a person with a demonstrated commitment to giving back to others and to the community through philanthropy for the betterment of our society and humanity.