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California Lutheran University is a private, liberal arts university located in Thousand Oaks, a small southern Californian city. It was founded in 1959 by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, but is nonsectarian. Their mission is "to educate leaders for a global society who are strong in character and judgment, confident in their identity and vocation, and committed to service and justice." Wikipedia.


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SANTA MONICA, Calif., Nov. 30, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Greenwood Hall, Inc. (OTCQB:ELRN), an education technology company that helps colleges and universities increase revenue and improve student engagement and outcomes,  announced yesterday the appointment of Jerry Rubinstein, Cary Sucoff, and Michael Poutre II to the Company’s Board of Directors. The appointments, which take effect on December 1st, were announced in the wake of the Company completing a $ 4 million financing in October and as the Company experiences growth in its core higher education business. The Company also announced that Rubinstein, who also serves as a director and Chair of the Audit Committee of CKE Restaurants and non-executive Chairman of US Global Investors, Inc. (NASDAQ:GROW), will serve as the Chair of the Audit Committee and Lead Independent Director. Sucoff, who serves as a director for ContraFect Corporation (NASDAQ:CFRX), Legacy Education Alliance, Inc. (OTCMKTS:LEAI) and Root9B Technologies (OTCMKTS:RTNB), will serve as the Company’s Compensation Committee Chair. Poutre, a partner in Redwood Fund, L.P., a major shareholder of the Company, will help expand shareholder representation. “We could not be more thrilled to welcome additions to our Board of Directors. These individuals will help Greenwood Hall further execute on our strategic goals, including the expansion into new higher education market opportunities such as law schools and the launch of cyber-security degree programs with our education partners; creating liquidity for our stock; and further improving our balance sheet,” said Dr. John Hall, Greenwood Hall’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “We continue to look at ways to further diversify our Board and we expect to appoint additional members that will help us accomplish that objective while augmenting the Company’s strategic direction,” Hall added. Biographies of the Company’s newly appointed Board members appear below: Jerry Rubinstein is an attorney and a CPA and has significant experience in Banking, Finance Entrepreneurship and the entertainment business. Mr. Rubinstein was a business manager in the music business handling the financial affairs of prominent artists such as Bing Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, The Eagles, David Geffen, Joni Mitchell and Jackson Browne. He served as Chairman and CEO of American Broadcasting Company’s music division and acquired United Artist Records establishing acts such as Kenny Rogers, Tina Turner and Gerry Rafferty. A pioneer in the programming, marketing and distribution of digital music, Mr. Rubinstein founded and sold DMX, Inc. and XTRA Music to Liberty Media. He sat on the board of directors of the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and currently serves as a director and Chairman of the Audit Committee of CKE Restaurants and non-executive Chairman of US Global Investors, Inc. (NASDAQ:GROW). Mr. Rubinstein was the founder and Chairman of Bel Air Savings and Loan, which was sold to John Anderson’s Topa Savings. Additionally, he served as financial advisor to The Dollywood Company and assisted in the development and formation of the theme park for Dolly Parton and Silver Dollar City. Cary Sucoff has over thirty years of securities industry experience. Mr. Sucoff currently owns and operates Equity Source Partners, LLC an advisory and consulting firm. He has participated in the financing of hundreds of public and private companies. Mr. Sucoff currently serves on the Board of Directors of (1) ContraFect Corporation, (NASDAQ:CFRX), which is engaged in the development of new treatments for infectious diseases utilizing proprietary antibody and lysin technology; (2) Root9b Technologies, Inc. (OTCMKTS:RTNB), a cyber security and risk mitigation business; (3) Legacy Education Alliance, Inc. (OTCMKTS:LEAI), which provides educational training seminars, conferences and services in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and internationally; and (4) First Wave Technologies, Inc., which brings to the commercial market new and innovative medical device technologies. In addition, Mr. Sucoff currently serves as a consultant to Sapience Therapeutics, Inc., an early stage Biotech company focusing on Glioblastoma. Mr. Sucoff is the former President of New England Law/Boston and has been a member of the Board of Trustees for over 25 years. He is the Chairman of the Endowment Committee. Mr. Sucoff received a Bachelor of Arts from SUNY Binghamton (1974) and a J.D. from New England School of Law (1977) where he was the Managing Editor of the Law Review and graduated Magna Cum Laude. Mr. Sucoff has been a member of the Bar of the State of New York since 1978. Mr. Poutre has over twenty-five years of experience managing, financing, advising and building both public and private companies. Mr. Poutre started his career in the early 1990s at Smith Barney, and eventually formed his own broker dealer firm, serving as both a securities and options principal. From 2003 to 2006, Mr. Poutre served as President and Chief Compliance Officer for The Blue & White Fund, an Israel-based mutual fund. His career evolved into helping companies grow by scaling, restructuring and refinancing. In this capacity, he has aided public and private companies in achieving their goals. Mr. Poutre and his partners launched Redwood Fund, LP, a fund dedicated to investing in micro-cap companies in a responsible manner. Greenwood Hall is a portfolio company of Redwood Fund, which has been instrumental in our evolution as a publicly traded company. Mr. Poutre currently serves as the CEO of Utilligent, Inc., a boutique management consulting firm that acts as a trusted advisor for some of our nation's largest utilities. Mike earned a B.A. from Whittier College, where he was a Whittier Scholar and the recipient of the Richard M. Nixon Scholarship. Mike also earned an MBA from California Lutheran University. Greenwood Hall is an education technology company that helps colleges and universities manage the student journey. Every Greenwood Hall solution is designed to increase revenue and improve student engagement and learning outcomes. Since 2006, Greenwood Hall has developed customized turnkey solutions that touch the entire student lifecycle – combining strategy, people, proven processes and robust technology to help schools effectively and efficiently improve student experience and student outcomes, as well as increase revenues and expand into new marketing channels, such as online learning. Greenwood Hall has served more than 60 education clients and over 75 degree programs. Certain statements contained in this press release, including, but not limited to, predictions and projections that may be considered forward-looking statements under securities law, involve a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially, including, but not limited to, lack of consumer acceptance and demand for Greenwood Hall (the “Company," "our," "we") products and solution offerings developed with strategic partners, insufficient working capital to expand the Company's technology and engage in product marketing, intense competition from larger and more well-established companies, and other economic, competitive and technological factors involving the Company's operations, markets, services, products and prices, and other factors, as described in "Risk Factors" in our Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC"), as well as in our other filings with the SEC. In addition, actual results may differ as a result of additional risks and uncertainties of which we are currently unaware or which we do not currently view as material to our business. For these reasons, investors are cautioned not to place undue reliance on any forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements we make speak only as of the date on which they are made. Greenwood Hall expressly disclaims any intent or obligation to update any forward-looking statements after the date hereof to conform such statements to actual results or to changes in our opinions or expectations, except as required by applicable law. If we do update or correct any forward-looking statements, investors should not conclude that we will make additional updates or corrections.


SANTA MONICA, Calif., Nov. 30, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Greenwood Hall, Inc. (OTCQB:ELRN), an education technology company that helps colleges and universities increase revenue and improve student engagement and outcomes,  announced yesterday the appointment of Jerry Rubinstein, Cary Sucoff, and Michael Poutre II to the Company’s Board of Directors. The appointments, which take effect on December 1st, were announced in the wake of the Company completing a $ 4 million financing in October and as the Company experiences growth in its core higher education business. The Company also announced that Rubinstein, who also serves as a director and Chair of the Audit Committee of CKE Restaurants and non-executive Chairman of US Global Investors, Inc. (NASDAQ:GROW), will serve as the Chair of the Audit Committee and Lead Independent Director. Sucoff, who serves as a director for ContraFect Corporation (NASDAQ:CFRX), Legacy Education Alliance, Inc. (OTCMKTS:LEAI) and Root9B Technologies (OTCMKTS:RTNB), will serve as the Company’s Compensation Committee Chair. Poutre, a partner in Redwood Fund, L.P., a major shareholder of the Company, will help expand shareholder representation. “We could not be more thrilled to welcome additions to our Board of Directors. These individuals will help Greenwood Hall further execute on our strategic goals, including the expansion into new higher education market opportunities such as law schools and the launch of cyber-security degree programs with our education partners; creating liquidity for our stock; and further improving our balance sheet,” said Dr. John Hall, Greenwood Hall’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “We continue to look at ways to further diversify our Board and we expect to appoint additional members that will help us accomplish that objective while augmenting the Company’s strategic direction,” Hall added. Biographies of the Company’s newly appointed Board members appear below: Jerry Rubinstein is an attorney and a CPA and has significant experience in Banking, Finance Entrepreneurship and the entertainment business. Mr. Rubinstein was a business manager in the music business handling the financial affairs of prominent artists such as Bing Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, The Eagles, David Geffen, Joni Mitchell and Jackson Browne. He served as Chairman and CEO of American Broadcasting Company’s music division and acquired United Artist Records establishing acts such as Kenny Rogers, Tina Turner and Gerry Rafferty. A pioneer in the programming, marketing and distribution of digital music, Mr. Rubinstein founded and sold DMX, Inc. and XTRA Music to Liberty Media. He sat on the board of directors of the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and currently serves as a director and Chairman of the Audit Committee of CKE Restaurants and non-executive Chairman of US Global Investors, Inc. (NASDAQ:GROW). Mr. Rubinstein was the founder and Chairman of Bel Air Savings and Loan, which was sold to John Anderson’s Topa Savings. Additionally, he served as financial advisor to The Dollywood Company and assisted in the development and formation of the theme park for Dolly Parton and Silver Dollar City. Cary Sucoff has over thirty years of securities industry experience. Mr. Sucoff currently owns and operates Equity Source Partners, LLC an advisory and consulting firm. He has participated in the financing of hundreds of public and private companies. Mr. Sucoff currently serves on the Board of Directors of (1) ContraFect Corporation, (NASDAQ:CFRX), which is engaged in the development of new treatments for infectious diseases utilizing proprietary antibody and lysin technology; (2) Root9b Technologies, Inc. (OTCMKTS:RTNB), a cyber security and risk mitigation business; (3) Legacy Education Alliance, Inc. (OTCMKTS:LEAI), which provides educational training seminars, conferences and services in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and internationally; and (4) First Wave Technologies, Inc., which brings to the commercial market new and innovative medical device technologies. In addition, Mr. Sucoff currently serves as a consultant to Sapience Therapeutics, Inc., an early stage Biotech company focusing on Glioblastoma. Mr. Sucoff is the former President of New England Law/Boston and has been a member of the Board of Trustees for over 25 years. He is the Chairman of the Endowment Committee. Mr. Sucoff received a Bachelor of Arts from SUNY Binghamton (1974) and a J.D. from New England School of Law (1977) where he was the Managing Editor of the Law Review and graduated Magna Cum Laude. Mr. Sucoff has been a member of the Bar of the State of New York since 1978. Mr. Poutre has over twenty-five years of experience managing, financing, advising and building both public and private companies. Mr. Poutre started his career in the early 1990s at Smith Barney, and eventually formed his own broker dealer firm, serving as both a securities and options principal. From 2003 to 2006, Mr. Poutre served as President and Chief Compliance Officer for The Blue & White Fund, an Israel-based mutual fund. His career evolved into helping companies grow by scaling, restructuring and refinancing. In this capacity, he has aided public and private companies in achieving their goals. Mr. Poutre and his partners launched Redwood Fund, LP, a fund dedicated to investing in micro-cap companies in a responsible manner. Greenwood Hall is a portfolio company of Redwood Fund, which has been instrumental in our evolution as a publicly traded company. Mr. Poutre currently serves as the CEO of Utilligent, Inc., a boutique management consulting firm that acts as a trusted advisor for some of our nation's largest utilities. Mike earned a B.A. from Whittier College, where he was a Whittier Scholar and the recipient of the Richard M. Nixon Scholarship. Mike also earned an MBA from California Lutheran University. Greenwood Hall is an education technology company that helps colleges and universities manage the student journey. Every Greenwood Hall solution is designed to increase revenue and improve student engagement and learning outcomes. Since 2006, Greenwood Hall has developed customized turnkey solutions that touch the entire student lifecycle – combining strategy, people, proven processes and robust technology to help schools effectively and efficiently improve student experience and student outcomes, as well as increase revenues and expand into new marketing channels, such as online learning. Greenwood Hall has served more than 60 education clients and over 75 degree programs. Certain statements contained in this press release, including, but not limited to, predictions and projections that may be considered forward-looking statements under securities law, involve a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially, including, but not limited to, lack of consumer acceptance and demand for Greenwood Hall (the “Company," "our," "we") products and solution offerings developed with strategic partners, insufficient working capital to expand the Company's technology and engage in product marketing, intense competition from larger and more well-established companies, and other economic, competitive and technological factors involving the Company's operations, markets, services, products and prices, and other factors, as described in "Risk Factors" in our Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC"), as well as in our other filings with the SEC. In addition, actual results may differ as a result of additional risks and uncertainties of which we are currently unaware or which we do not currently view as material to our business. For these reasons, investors are cautioned not to place undue reliance on any forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements we make speak only as of the date on which they are made. Greenwood Hall expressly disclaims any intent or obligation to update any forward-looking statements after the date hereof to conform such statements to actual results or to changes in our opinions or expectations, except as required by applicable law. If we do update or correct any forward-looking statements, investors should not conclude that we will make additional updates or corrections.


News Article | November 16, 2016
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St. John’s Pleasant Valley Hospital and The Camarillo Chamber of Commerce announce the second annual Startup Weekend Ventura County (SWVC) April 21-23, 2017 at Rancho Campana High School in Camarillo. This year’s event will focus on big-data solutions for Healthcare and Agriculture. The inaugural Startup Weekend Ventura County in March 2016 focused on Internet of Things Innovations in healthcare and agriculture. More than 70 entrepreneurs generated 34 ideas that were presented to the distinguished panel of business leaders at the weekend event. RepWatch was selected the winner in the healthcare category and received a $10,000 award for use as seed money. “One thing we learned from our first event is that subject matter expertise is crucial to the success of solution development,” said Darren Lee, Chief Executive Officer of Dignity Health St. Johns Hospitals in Oxnard and Camarillo. “This year we will connect entrepreneurs with intrapreneurs from healthcare and agriculture to provide context, identify needs, and create solutions,” said Mr. Lee. The intrapreneurs will bring innovative ideas from their companies to SWVC and will team up with entrepreneurial engineers and business professionals. Collectively, they will work to create solutions and compete with other teams. “Dignity Health St. Johns Hospitals and Ventura County Medical Center will participate as healthcare end-user sponsors and Limoneira and Bonipak will participate as agriculture end-user sponsors. We believe this level of cooperation between intrapreneurs and entrepreneurs in tackling problems and inefficiencies is unprecedented. We expect to see game-changing business and product ideas from SWVC 2017,” added Martin Shum, an organizer of SWVC. The County of Ventura, City of Camarillo, and a host of other public sector agencies are contributing their expertise to this event. Eleven CEO’s from companies in Ventura County will provide financial support and serve as mentors and judges. The School of Engineering from California State University Northridge (CSUN), California State University Channel Islands (CSUCI), The University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB), and California Polytechnic University San Luis Obispo will be represented at Startup Weekend Ventura County as well as the Business Schools from California Lutheran University (CLU) and CSUCI. “The successful collaboration between all the key stakeholders at last year’s SWVC sets the standard for another valuable outcome this year,” said Gary Cushing, Chief Executive Officer of Camarillo Chamber of Commerce. For more information, please contact: About Dignity Health St. John’s Pleasant Valley Hospital and St. John’s Regional Medical Center ------------------------------------ St. John’s Pleasant Valley Hospital in Camarillo and St. John’s Regional Medical Center in Oxnard are members of Dignity Health Central Coast, an integrated network of top quality hospitals, with physicians from the most prestigious medical schools, and comprehensive outpatient services - all recognized for quality, safety and service. Learn more at dignityhealth.org/pleasantvalley and dignityhealth.org/stjohnsregional. Camarillo Chamber of Commerce is an association of businesses, education and government with over 500 members that employ about 20,000 people in the Camarillo area. Startup Weekend is a 54-hour weekend event, during which entrepreneurs pitch ideas for new startup companies, form teams around those ideas, and work to develop a working prototype, demo, or presentation by Sunday evening. Startup Weekend has grown into an organization with a global presence. As of October 2016, Startup Weekend has reached 150 countries with over 2,900 events and 23,000 teams formed. Startup Weekend is run by Techstars, a mentorship-driven startup accelerator based in Boulder, CO.


News Article | November 30, 2016
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Promises® Young Adult treatment center in West Los Angeles named Frank Sanchez, PhD, LMFT, as its program director. Dr. Sanchez has extensive experience working with adolescents and adults struggling with substance use disorders and co-occurring mental health issues. “I have known Promises to be the gold standard of treatment in Los Angeles, and I am excited to be a part of this team that uses a holistic treatment approach to healing and recovery,” said Dr. Sanchez. “My hope is to continue Promises’ legacy of providing sophisticated clinical care, working to understand the individual’s complexities and providing directed collaborative treatment alongside the exceptional Promises professionals.” As program director, Dr. Sanchez oversees the treatment center’s therapists and young adult programming. He has extensive experience in this area, previously serving as program director at Phoenix House, a co-occurring disorders treatment center for adolescents. Dr. Sanchez earned a doctorate of philosophy from Pacifica Graduate Institute in California and a master’s degree from Antioch University. He is an adjunct professor at Loyola Marymount University and California Lutheran University, teaching subjects in addictions and gender and sexuality. “Frank’s comprehensive understanding of addiction and his experience in the field of substance abuse treatment will greatly benefit the Promises Young Adult program, our clients and their families,” said Amy Spahr, executive director of Promises Treatment Centers®. Treatment at Promises Young Adult drug rehab program is evidence-based, engaging and tailored to the unique needs of young people. The treatment team includes highly trained master’s level clinicians who place a strong focus on relapse prevention and teaching clients useful recovery skills for everyday life. Clients participate in traditional therapies as well as innovative approaches such as Rock to Recovery; art therapy; equine therapy; wolf experience; and fitness and yoga. Promises Treatment Centers® is among the nation’s premier addiction treatment centers. Led by some of the country’s leading addiction specialists, Promises® has built an international reputation for innovative addiction treatment and exceptional service. Whether an individual requires eating disorder treatment, drug or alcohol detox, residential drug rehab, outpatient treatment, extended care or a sober living environment, Promises has been a treatment center of choice for more than 25 years. For more information, visit http://www.promises.com or call (866) 285-9441. Promises Treatment Centers is a member of Elements Behavioral Health, an owner of a nationwide platform of behavioral health programs with over 750 licensed beds throughout nine states. The Elements Behavioral Health® family of programs offers comprehensive, innovative treatment for substance abuse, depression and anxiety disorders, eating disorders, trauma, sexual addiction, and other mental health disorders. Through its programs, the company is committed to delivering evidence-based, clinically sophisticated treatment that promotes permanent lifestyle change, not only for the patient but for the entire family network. For more information, visit elementsbehavioralhealth.com.


LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwired - October 28, 2016) - The 5th annual Global Alternative Funding Forum is set on November 11, 2016, from 8 AM to 6:30 PM at the Skirball Center, Los Angeles, CA 90049. Fintech leaders, next generation financiers, private investors, venture capitalists, prominent entrepreneurs and authorities will be uniting forces at what has become a high-end annual gathering with this year's theme "The Future is Now -- Access to Capital, Redefined." "We live in the world where networking capabilities are increasing exponentially with costs declining -- leading to new methods of disintermediation in the financing world that would have been impossible just a few years ago. So this year we've added two new topics: Artificial Intelligence and Blockchain with a special focus on how new technological trends and capabilities are transforming venture financing industry and entrepreneurial projects," -- said Victoria Silchenko, Ph.D. the founder of the Global Alternative Funding Forum, the CEO of Metropole Capital Group, an educator and one of the leading alternative funding experts. "For the first time in human history blockchain technology provides a framework for creating the first truly global monetary and asset infrastructure. Imagine a world where a farmer in Africa can directly lend from a small business owner in California - without any middle men involvement! We are at the very beginning stages of this grand vision, a lot of the kinks still being worked out. But thanks to the contributions from entrepreneurs entering the space, we might get there sooner than we think, " -- echoed Celu Ramasamy, General Partner at Focus investments, an investment fund focused on Digital Currencies and Blockchain Technology and one of the forum's partners. "We strongly believe that crowdfunding will mature quickly by using artificial intelligence to identify and syndicate investors fitting a concrete investment opportunity by profiling risk appetite, check size, investment horizon and history. That will accelerate the funding process and avoid painful mismatches. Our company is establishing an AI based executive team vetting process, analyzing individual talent, character and team capabilities, creating a very important intelligence layer for investors," -- added one of the forum's speakers, serial entrepreneur, angel investor and CEO at PhiFactor Technology Heiko Schmidt. The Forum's Agenda has raised the industry standard while presenting the most impactful mix of topics in a condensed, actionable and unbiased ways: See the Agenda at: http://metropoleglobalforum.com/agenda/ Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses, Long Beach City College, CrowdfundingLawyers.net, California Lutheran University, The Blaine Group,HOMEIER & LAW, VerifyInvestor.com, ROCK.com, Hong Kong Trade Development Council, Republic, Funders Club, FOCUS INVESTMENTS, ANGELOOP, Bridges to Italy, Cal-X Crowdfund Connect, CROWDFUND INSIDER©, Equities.com, LAVA, LEONHARDT Ventures, MARKET WIRED, Nature's Bakery, Wall Street Oasis, Women Who Code, Women Investing in Women, Angel Capital Association, Intelliversity and Surf Air. Registration for the full-day conference, 8 AM to 6:30 PM is $295 until October 31, 2016. The standard rate of $395 will apply to those who register after October 31. Sign up by going to metropoleglobalforum.com/registration.


News Article | December 5, 2016
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Whistle Messaging, Inc. (Whistle), a leader in customer service texting and messaging for hotels, announces the appointment of three new members to its Board of Directors. The new appointments are Nathanael Eisenberg of Bayrock, John Michael Morris of Vistage Worldwide, and Michael Panesis of California Lutheran University. Whistle also announced the reappointment of Christopher Hovanessian and Moises Jonathan Rojas, as well as its full slate of officers for 2017. “All three of our newest Board members bring a host of talents, expertise, and energy to the table. We are extremely fortunate to have them by our side as we continue to pave the way for next generation communication and customer service,” Christopher Hovanessian, Chief Executive Officer. “I am truly excited to work with our newest Board members to help further shape the future of Whistle. Their expertise, coupled with our successful growth and technological advancements, will give us a thrilling start to the new year,” Jonathan Rojas, Chief Operating Officer. Nathanael Eisenberg is the President of Bayrock, an investment firm focused on technology in Los Angeles, as well as the current Chairman of CogniFit. Mr. Eisenberg also serves as the current CEO of Instantgo and is a member of the Board of Directors of the French American Chamber of Commerce in Los Angeles. John M. Morris is a Vistage Chair of Vistage Worldwide, Inc. and a long-standing Faculty Adviser of UCLA Anderson School of Management, following a career in financial management, investment banking, and venture capital. Mr. Morris is also a co-founder of Tech Coast Angels in Los Angeles. Mr. Morris has extensive experience as either a co-founder and/or director of several well-known business networking groups serving greater Los Angeles, including the Forum for Corporate Directors, the LA Venture Association, the VC Alliance, the So Cal Tech Network, the Tech CEO Network, and LaunchPad LA. Michael Panesis is the Executive Director, Center for Entrepreneurship of California Lutheran University, founding member of the Santa Barbara Angel Alliance, and President, Chairman Emeritus of Tech Coast Angels, Central Coast Network. Mr. Panesis has previously served as Chief Information Officer and Vice President of Information Technology for several Technology organizations, and now serves to enrich the local communities by mentoring and aiding Entrepreneurs. About Whistle Whistle® is the premier customer service and communication platform for hotels and hospitality. Whistle’s web dashboard provides hotels the ability to engage in text message and mobile message communication with guests. Whistle enhances customer service through real-time guest engagement, helping boost scores while streamlining internal communication and operations. For more information, please visit:


Chen X.,California Lutheran University
Climatic Change | Year: 2011

Studies have indicated that many people misunderstand climate change. Equipped with a limited mental model they inappropriately use a pattern matching heuristics to analyze climate change and mistakenly believe that we can stabilize atmospheric CO2 by keeping anthropogenic emissions at current rates. Drawing on the findings from cognitive and developmental psychology, I argue that the widespread misunderstanding of climate change may arise from an error in people's ontological assumptions. The pattern matching heuristics highlights correlations in shape and associates with a static mental model, both of which are effective for understanding objects. When people adopt the pattern matching heuristics, they may have implicitly treated climate change as an object. However, climate change belongs to a different kind of ontological existence. It is a dynamic process with temporal totality and inertia, two unique features essential to understanding climate change. Due to the sequence of cognitive development, we have developed an object bias - a tendency to treat processes as objects. This object bias can become a mental block, preventing us from adopting appropriate mental models to analyze climate change. To understand climate change, we need a fundamental transformation from an object-only ontology to a new one that properly treats objects and processes as distinct kinds. Finally, I briefly discuss strategies to foster the new ontological perspective in the discussion of climate change. © 2011 Springer Science+Business Media B.V.


Hanrahan G.,California Lutheran University
Analytical Chemistry | Year: 2010

Neural network computing demonstrates advanced analytical problem solving abilities to meet the demands of modern chemical research. (To listen to a podcast about this article, please go to the Analytical Chemistry multimediapageatpubs. acs.org/page/ancham/audio/index.html.) © 2010 American Chemical Society.

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