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Three of our Master’s students will be competing in this year’s IIDA Young Designer Spotlight Competition!

Congratulations to the Arc+ID Master’s students, Jae Eon Chung, Tiffany Liang, and Mia Yamada for being selected to compete in the annual IIDA Student Design Exhibition! This event gives young designers an opportunity to meet professionals and industry leaders and it gives the design community a chance to see the work of emerging design students. Join industry professionals and a distinguished panel of jurors as the exhibits will be judged for First, Second, Third Place and People’s Choice Prizes.

We are excited to have such talented students display their work and represent the UCLA Extension/Cal Poly Pomona Master’s program at this design exhibition! Congratulations again and good luck!

If you would like to attend the 2014  Student Design Exhibition, please RSVP here.
This event is free.


A Student-Centered Culture: A message from Wayne Smutz, the new Dean of UCLA Extension

Wayne SmutzAs the new Dean of UCLA Extension, I am proud to be a part of UCLA and the tradition of providing outstanding education to our vibrant community. Extension seeks to create a student-centered culture, a place where your education and the experience of learning always comes first. It may start with the classroom and our outstanding corps of instructors, but your education begins with your course.

At Extension, you become a part of the UCLA family. We offer a network of opportunities for success—professional skill development, subject knowledge rigor, and creative pursuits to fuel your passion to learn and to bring those skills to others, in your jobs and your lives.

Over the coming months, I look forward to moving Extension into new and exciting areas. I’m committed to:

  • seeking ways to enhance and enrich the student experience
  • reaching audiences and students that may need a second—or third—chance, or who may never have had a chance before to access higher education
  • focusing on ways to provide memorable, exciting, and relevant learning experiences

Higher education has individual and societal value. Whether this is your first chance to take a course at Extension or you are continuing your study, I congratulate you on your commitment to continuous education. We share your dedication. At Extension, lifetime learning is our business. Welcome to UCLA Extension. Bruin Bear

Wayne Smutz, PhD
Dean, UCLA Extension

With more than 30 years of experience in continuing education, distance education, outreach and engagement, Wayne Smutz begins to pave a new path as Dean of Continuing Education at UCLA Extension.

Smutz, who has a B.A. from UC Berkeley and a M.A. and Ph.D. from Pennsylvania State University, is formerly the executive director of Penn State’s World Campus and associate vice president for academic outreach. His past position covered leadership roles relating to program development, marketing, strategic development, and online learning.

Dedicated to helping others transform their lives through education, he embraced a learner-centric approach with a focus on enhancing access to quality programs and ensuring students have the support to succeed. Committed to campus partnership, he has been instrumental in strengthening relationships with academic departments and enhancing World Campus’ visibility within and beyond Penn State.

Smutz has received awards including the Sloan Consortium John R. Bourne Award for Outstanding Achievement in Online Learning, the Sloan Consortium Award for Institution-Wide Excellence in Online Education (awarded to PSU’s World Campus), a UPCEA regional award for excellence in institutional partnerships (awarded to continuing education at PSU’s University Park) and a UPCEA national award for programming.

Read this message and other current campus-related news in the UCLA Extension Newsletter.


WestWeek 2010! (March 24 & 25)

Hello all, we want to remind you that next week is Pacific Design Center’s West Week 2010! Keynote speakers include Mayer Rus, Vicente Wolf, Vanessa de Vargas, Roter Thomas, and MANY more. In addition to speakers you will be able to tour showrooms and check out previews of new product lines! There are also excellent showroom programs scheduled with Holly Hunt, Donghia, Schumacher, etc! You can view a full schedule of events HERE.

Wednesday evening they will also hold an awards ceremony for the “Stars of Design” 2010 Award Winners presented by Charles S. Cohen, President and CEO of PDC. Be sure to check out PDC’s monthly Designer Lecture Series as well. Visit the PDC visitor info page if you have further questions.

In addition to WestWeek there is an Art & Design Walk on Friday 3/26 & Saturday 3/27. For more information visit the Avenues Arts & Design website.

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