I am pleased to announce that JFK University has developed a partnership with the California Hispanic Chambers of Commerce (CHCC) to offer a fully online bilingual Leadership Program. This program builds on the previous CHCC member leadership program and this is the first time it has paired with an academic institution to offer a comprehensive certificate program. The opportunity to offer the bilingual online modules provides an alternative for members who can participate with this flexible model. The JFK University designation as the CHCC program partner reflects the commitment of the University to developing educational collaborations with the communities it serves. In turn, this collaboration provides CHCC employees access to a quality education that ensures the city’s continued development as a place of opportunity and innovation.
I would like to thank all of the wonderful faculty and staff who participated in the 2016 Fall Assembly. As we stepped away from our daily routines and came together in the spirit of collaboration, we were able to engage in a dynamic and collegial environment of sharing information. I was honored to have the opportunity to address the University community recognizing our successes in the past year and planning for the new year ahead. It was also an honor to have Dr. Michael Cunningham, Chancellor of the National University System (NUS), share a message on the state of higher education and present the NUS goals for the new academic year. It was also a pleasure to hear from Dr. Mario Martinez, Vice Chancellor of Strategy and Innovation, who discussed the new NUS Innovation Grant Program and how it directly addresses the importance of innovation in today’s higher education landscape. The video presentations of the JFKU awardees provided our community with information about grants to create the Volunteer Opportunities Immersion Corps (VOIC) awarded to Solomon Belette and Sheila Duffy and the Holistic Research Institute awarded to Zvi Bellin.
Looking toward November, I am excited about our upcoming Kennedy Laureate Dinner on November 12. I will be joined by event chairs, John and Cindy McCaffrey, in honoring distinguished community leaders and raising critical scholarship funds to support the Undergraduate Success Center, returning veterans and additional programs at the University. I am thrilled that this year we will honor Ms. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, former Lieutenant Governor of Maryland and active civic leader who also serves on many nonprofit boards. Throughout her life, Ms. Townsend has demonstrated exceptional advocacy of education and community service, and I am very pleased that she will be joining us. I also look forward to honoring the Wente Family Foundation for its innovative leadership in helping children, and Mr. Eric Rudney for his extraordinary philanthropy as a Contra Costa visionary. For event information and tickets, please visit the 2016 Kennedy Laureate Dinner event page.
Also, we are so honored to have renowned philanthropist, Mr. T. Denny Sanford, join us on November 15 for the 2016 Sanford Institute of Philanthropy Symposium: Building Outrageously Successful Nonprofit Organizations. This is the third year that the University has partnered with the Tesoro Foundation, who provides funds, for the free one-day symposium that includes a series of workshops designed to help nonprofit executives and administrators develop long-lasting impactful organizations. The Sanford Institute of Philanthropy, which was established through a generous gift by Mr. Sanford in 2014, is dedicated to increasing the fundraising capacity of nonprofit organizations to maximize their impact on the public good through seminars, certificates and a master’s program.