April 24, 2007
For immediate release
The Gevirtz School at UC Santa Barbara presents its 2007 Distinguished Education Alumni Awards to John Romo, Lisa Ann Maglione, and John Ponterotto
UC Santa Barbara’s Gevirtz School will present its Distinguished Education Alumni Awards at a ceremony and reception open to the public on Thursday, April 26, 5:30 pm at the UCSB Faculty Club. This year’s honorees are Santa Barbara City College President John Romo, Fordham University Professor Joseph Ponterotto, and Principal of Isla Vista Elementary School Lisa Ann Maglione. The annual awards are given to alumni who have made outstanding contributions through research, teaching, and leadership to their fields of education or psychology.
John Romo, (M.A. 1973) President of Santa Barbara City College since August 2002, has announced that he will retire from that position in June 2008. Upon his retirement, Romo will have completed 28 years at SBCC as a faculty member, administrator, and president. He started in 1978 as an instructor in the Essential Skills department and over the next 22 years held the posts of Dean of Instructional Services, Vice President for Academic Affairs, and Vice President for the Continuing Education Division. From 1999-2002, he worked as Chief Operating Officer of the national office of Planned Parenthood in New York City.
He has received numerous awards, including the Pierre Claeyssens’ Award for Distinguished Service from Emmaus of Santa Barbara in 2004. He has also received the University of Redlands Alumni 2003 Career Achievement Award, the Santa Barbara Hispanic Achievement Council Award for leadership and service to the community, the Latinos for Better Government Community Service Award, the Santa Barbara Hispanic Business Council Volunteer Service Award, and the Distinguished Community Service Award from the Anti-Defamation League and Santa Barbara B’nai B’rith Lodge.
Lisa Maglione (M.A. 2001) is currently the Principal of Isla Vista Elementary School in the Goleta Union School District. An educator for 27 years, she taught in Santa Paula from 1978-1983 as a bilingual educator, moved to Santa Barbara’s Peabody School in 1983 and taught there until she became First Assistant Principal Intern in the district in 1996. She went on to serve as Assistant Principal at Peabody Charter School and Principal at Alisos School in Carpinteria before taking her current position.
Maglione has written numerous successful grants to enrich the achievement of her students including an After School and Safe Neighborhood Partnership Grant and a Cesar Chavez Learning Grant for the Isla Vista School. She has also won numerous awards including the Greater Goleta Chamber of Commerce Woman of the Year Award in 2002.
Joseph G. Ponterotto (Ph.D. 1985) is Professor and Coordinator of the Master’s Degree Programs in Counseling at Fordham University’s Graduate School of Education. He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and former Associate Editor of the Journal of Counseling Psychology. Dr. Ponterotto is the co-author or co-editor of ten books in multicultural counseling, a number of which he collaborated on with Gevirtz’s own Dr. Jesus Manuel Casas. His newest book Preventing Prejudice: A Guide for Counselors, Educators, and Parents (2nd edition) was recently released simultaneously on three continents: North American, Europe, and Asia. In addition to his book scholarship, Dr. Ponterotto has authored numerous research articles, usually with graduate students as co-authors.
For more information or to purchase tickets, contact Lauren Linn at the UCSB Alumni Association at 805-893-4775. The evening will include the awards presentation, appetizers and a no-host bar. Tickets are $15 for UCSB Alumni Association members and current students, $20 for UCSB Alumni Association non-members, and $25 at the door. Cost includes complimentary parking in lot #22.
Photo: The 2007 Gevirtz Alumni Award winners — Joseph Ponterotto, Lisa Ann Maglione, and John Romo. (Photo by Nell Campbell)