Recognition Awards Ceremony

2018 Recognition Awards Ceremony 

[2018 Recognition Awards Ceremony Program]

Associate Provost Recognition Award: Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee Leadership
April Lynn Rogers, DVM, April’s Hollywood Mobile Vet

Associate Provost Recognition Award: Excellence in Community
Collaboration Daniel Gottlieb, JD and Susan Gottlieb, RN, Founders, G2 Gallery and The Gottlieb Native Garden

Education of the Whole Person Award
Susan Abraham, Th.D., Associate Professor, Theological Studies
Brett C. Hoover, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Theological Studies
Jonathan B. Rothchild, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Theological Studies; Associate Dean, Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts
Daniel L. Smith-Christopher, D.Phil., Professor, Theological Studies

Teaching and Curriculum Award
Shane P. Martin, Ph.D., Dean and Professor, School of Education

Access and Retention Award 
Norma Romero, M.A., Director, Upward Bound and Upward Bound Math & Science

Community Outreach Award
Robert A. Hurteau, Ph.D., Director, Center for Religion and Spirituality; Interim Senior Director, LMU Extension
Fay Craton, M.A., LMFT, Coordinator, Continuing Education Programs
Libby Hartigan, Peer Specialist to Youth Instructor, Self-Help And Recovery Exchange
Diana Luna, M.S., Associate Director, Continuing Education, LMU Extension
Darnise Martin, Ph.D., Visiting Assistant Professor African American Studies

Special Recognition Award
Herbert A. Medina, Ph.D., Professor, Mathematics, Seaver College of Science and Engineering

Innovative International/Global Project Award
Robin R. Wang, Ph.D., Professor, Philosophy; Chair, Asian and Asian American Studies

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Complete Project Descriptions and Biographies:

  • Associate Provost Recognition Award: IACUC Leadership

    April Lynn Rogers, DVM, serves as the University Veterinarian on LMU’s Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC). Dr. Rogers’ responsibilities include bi-annual laboratory inspection, which includes the review and approval of animal use at Loyola Marymount University. Dr. Rogers is the Medical Director/Owner of Dr. April’s Hollywood Mobile Vet (; she provides compassionate veterinary care to dogs and cats within the comfort and peace of their homes. Dr. Rogers holds a BS in Biology from Loyola Marymount University and a DVM from the College of Veterinary Medicine, Cornell University.

  • Associate Provost Recognition Award: Excellence in Community Collaboration

    Born in Chicago, Dan Gottlieb, JD, grew up spending hours in the Field Museum of Natural History and the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry. He graduated from Boalt Hall Law School and then served for four years as a Los Angeles County Deputy District Attorney.

    In 1976, Dan co-founded a real estate company that he ran for 40 years and just recently sold. During the 1990s, Dan served a six-year term on the Board of Directors of the U. S. Chamber of Commerce.

    In his free time, Dan loves to take photographs, with a specific interest in the hummingbirds that live in his backyard.

    When Susan Lenman Gottlieb, RN, was born, her family was living in a log cabin built by her Swedish immigrant father in the remote area of Quebec, Canada. After graduating from Mack Training School for Nurses in St. Catherines, Ontario, Susan worked for many years in California as a registered nurse.

    Although the Gottliebs have had a lifelong interest in nature and the environment, Susan became actively involved in the 1980s when she began the restoration of her garden by removing most of the exotic plants and replacing them with California native plants. The Gottlieb Native Garden is now designated by the National Wildlife Federation as an official Backyard Wildlife Habitat and a Xerces Society Designated Pollinator Habitat. It is often included as a stop on LA’s prestigious garden tours and offers a wonderful look at many varieties of California natives.

    Susan is currently on the President's Council of National Wildlife Federation, the Boards of Directors of the Friends of Ballona Wetlands and Audubon California, and is a supporter of many environmental organizations including Earthjustice, Conservation International and The Theodore Payne Foundation among others.

  • Education of the Whole Person Award

    The LMU Youth Theology Institute is an innovative five-day summer institute at LMU—run by LMU professors, graduate, and undergraduate students. We are inviting high school students to creatively and intensively explore their own “big spiritual questions” in dialogue with various religious traditions (including but not exclusively Roman Catholicism). The institute is a holistic and integrative experience which seeks to capture young imaginations, cultivate the students’ spiritual growth, facilitate intellectual development, and promote leadership that is ethical, multicultural, and seeks justice in a broken world. Students will express what they have experienced and learned through a short film created in groups and presented at a Friday showcase.

    Susan Abraham, Th.D. is Associate Professor of Theological Studies at LMU (On leave 2017-2018). She is the author of Identity, Ethics, and Nonviolence in Postcolonial Theory: A Rahnerian Theological Assessment (Palgrave Macmillan, 2007) and co-editor of Shoulder to Shoulder: Frontiers in Catholic Feminist Theology (Fortress, 2009). Ongoing research projects include issues in theological education and formation, interfaith and interreligious initiatives for social transformation, theology and political theory, religion and media, global Catholicism, and Christianity between colonialism and postcolonialism.

    Brett C. Hoover, Assistant Professor of Theological Studies at LMU, specializing in practical (pastoral) theology. Dr. Hoover focuses on how Christian life, practice, and ministry shape and are shaped by interpretations of the Christian (especially Roman Catholic) tradition. He teaches graduate students in ministry in the pastoral theology degree program as well as undergraduates in courses at the intersection of culture and religious (or spiritual) practice. Dr. Hoover also serves the Church by teaching pastoral leaders locally and around the country, especially about ministry in culturally diverse parishes, the focus of his recent research. Through LMU extension, he facilitated worships in intercultural ministry training, including cultural orientation for international priests beginning ministry in the United States (COPIM) and the United States Catholic Bishops’ program, Building Intercultural Competency for Ministers (BICM). He is the author of THE SHARED PARISH: LATINOS, ANGLOS, AND THE FUTURE OF US CATHOLICISM (NYU Press, 2014) and co-editor of HISPANIC MINISTRY IN THE 21ST CENTURY: URGENT ISSUES (Convivium Press, 2016), as well as several other books and articles. He consults with parishes and offers workshops for other organizations, and he previously served in parish ministry in culturally diverse parishes in New York City, Chicago, and the San Francisco Bay Area. He co-founded the Catholic seeker website,, and he currently serves on the board of the Latino Theology and Ministry Initiative at LMU. Before coming to LMU in 2011, he taught graduate students in ministry at the Institute of Pastoral Studies at Loyola University Chicago, the Franciscan School of Theology in Berkeley, the Jesuit School of Theology at Santa Clara University, and the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology in Berkeley. 

    Dr. Hoover co-leads LMU’s Youth Theology Institute, a weeklong experience for high school students equipping them with leadership skills and the tools to consider contemporary theological questions in depth.” It would go between these two sentences: “He teaches graduate students in ministry in the pastoral theology degree program as well as undergraduates in courses at the intersection of culture and religious (or spiritual) practice. Dr. Hoover also serves the Church by teaching pastoral leaders locally and around the country, especially about ministry in culturally diverse parishes, the focus of his recent research.

    Jonathan B. Rothchild, Associate Professor of Theological Studies and Associate Dean of the Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts at Loyola Marymount University. He facilitates the BCLA Post-Doctorate Fellows Program and co-directs LMU’s Youth Theology Institute, a Lilly Endowment-funded program that brings high school students to campus. As a theological ethicist, his research seeks to promote interdisciplinary conversations—primarily between theological ethics and law—aimed at confronting contemporary social problems. Recent publications have addressed Paul Tillich’s method of correlation and the Black Lives Matter movement and the Shelby County, Alabama v. Holder decision and its impact on the Voting Rights Act through the lenses of Johannes Althusius and Catholic social teaching. Previous publications have engaged issues such as: corporate regulation and responsibility; the rule of law and the practice of torture; conceptions of the child and juvenile life sentences; justice, mercy, and determinate sentencing; and pardons and felony disenfranchisement.

    Daniel L. Smith-Christopher, D.Phil., has taught at Loyola Marymount University for 29 years.  He has been received numerous teaching awards, including his being named in 2006 as “Undergraduate Theology Teacher of the Year” by Augsburg/Fortress Press (Minneapolis, MN); “Professor of the Year” in 2007 by the Associated Students of Loyola Marymount University, and “Outstanding Professor” in 2005 and again in 2011.  He was awarded a Fulbright award to lecture in Religion and Peace Studies at James I University in Castellon, Spain in the spring of 2013.  He is one of the “pioneering scholars” whose work is discussed at length in T. Vail Palmer’s new book, A Long Road: How Quakers Made Sense of God and the Bible (Barclay Press: Oregon, 2018: 232-248).

    Among his 14 books, his most recent is: Micah: A Commentary, which appears as one of the most recent volumes of the widely noted commentary series, The Old Testament Library (2016, Westminster/John Knox), and his work: A Biblical Theology of Exile (Fortress Press, 2002), was the final volume of the “Overtures to Biblical Theology” series, edited with a Forward by Walter Brueggemann.  His scholarly work also includes commentaries on the Biblical books of Daniel (for The New Interpreter's Bible: Abingdon Press, Nashville, 1996) and Ezra and Nehemiah (for The Oxford Bible Commentary, Oxford University Press: Oxford, 2001, and the new Theological Commentary on the Old Testament).  Dr. Smith-Christopher has contributed introductory essays to Micah and Nahum in “The People’s Bible” (Fortress Press), and a major Introductory essay (“Reading the Old Testament in the Modern World”) as well as a  commentary on 1 Esdras, in “The Fortress Commentary on the Bible” (2014-2016).  His work, The Religion of the Landless (1989) was based on his work at Oxford University, and is reprinted by Cascade Books.   In 1994, Sheffield University published his translation (from German) of The Citizen-Temple Community by the former Latvian (now Israeli) Biblical scholar, Prof. Joel Weinberg.   Dr. Christopher contributed a dozen entries for the Eerdmanns Dictionary of the Bible (Eerdmanns, Grand Rapids: 2000).

    Christopher has published over 45 scholarly articles and chapters in books, including chapters in The Oxford Handbook of Biblical Interpretation (on “Cross Cultural” interpretation of the Bible), The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Bible and the Arts (articles on “Blues Music”, “Folk Music”, and with New Zealand Art Historian, Sue Gardiner, an artist profile on New Zealand artist “Colin McCahon”); an article in The Oxford Handbook of Apocalyptic Literature, as well as The Oxford Handbook on Political Theology.

    Smith-Christopher also sees great importance to writing for a popular audience. He has written two High School textbooks, The Old Testament half of: “Sacred Scripture” (with Fr. Pat Mullen on the New Testament), and “The Old Testament: Our Call to Faith and Justice” (both published by Ave Maria Press, Notre Dame, IN).  His book,  Jonah, Jesus, and Other Good Coyotes (Abingdon Press: Nashville, 2007) is on the subject of peacemaking in the Bible, and – just for the fun of it - he also wrote: Lost Books of the Bible for Dummies (Wiley, NY: 2008).

  • Teaching and Curriculum Award

    Shane P. Martin, Ph.D., is an educational anthropologist by training and expert in the areas of intercultural education, cultural diversity, and the spectrum of public, charter and Catholic schools, was appointed dean of the LMU School of Education in 2005 and dean of Graduate Studies in 2012. He has been named the next Provost of Seattle University effective June 2018. Dean Martin serves as a state commissioner to the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing and was selected as a 2015 fellow of the Pahara-Aspen Education Fellowship. Dean Martin is visible in the education community as a member of the Green Dot Public Schools National Board of Directors and chair of the Teach For America Los Angeles Board, and is a former member of the Loyola High School of Los Angeles Board of Directors. He is a founding member of Deans for Impact and serves on their Executive Committee, and is a member of the education advisory board of Edthena. Dean Martin is past president of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities (AJCU) Education Deans Conference, past chair of the Association of Graduate Schools in Catholic Colleges and Universities, and past chair of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Special Interest Group (SIG) on Catholic Education. He has been recognized with the INSIGHT Into Diversity Giving Back Diversity Leadership Award, and received the National Catholic Educational Association’s (NCEA) Michael J. Guerra Leadership Award in 2005 and Catherine T. McNamee, CSJ, Award in 2009, and the Loyola High School Alumni Association’s Cahalan Award in 2008. Dean Martin earned his Ph.D. in International and Intercultural Education at the University of Southern California, a Master of Theology degree at the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley (JSTB) with a specialization in Hispanic Ministry, and his Master of Divinity degree also from JSTB. A Loyola Marymount University alumnus, he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in History in 1980 and holds his California State Clear Secondary Teaching Credential.


  • Access and Retention Award

    As the Director of LMU's two Upward Bound projects, Norma Romero, M.A., has the privilege of working with students to help them realize their academic and personal potential. Her goal is to provide outstanding and relevant services, in an environment that fosters a sense of community that supports learning and personal growth for all participants – students and staff alike.

    Norma began her work at LMU in 2004 as the Director of Ethnic & Intercultural Services and became the Upward Bound director in 2007. She was part of the team that wrote the first Upward Bound grant, and has led the grant writing efforts which have resulted in two five-year Upward Bound renewals, and the recent funding of an Upward Bound Math & Science grant.

    Prior to coming to LMU, Norma held several TRIO positions including Director of the Student Support Services Program at CSU San Bernardino for eleven years, director of Upward Bound at the National Hispanic University in Oakland from 1989-1991, and Assistant Director of Upward Bound at Occidental College from 1985-1989. She holds a BA in Psychology, a Secondary Teaching Credential, and a Master’s degree in Public Administration. She is currently pursuing a doctorate in Educational Leadership for Social Justice at LMU.

  • Community Outreach Award

    The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, awarded a $300,000 grant to LMU to deliver the Peer Specialist for Youth Certificate. The program is a collaboration between LMU Extension and SHARE!, the Self-Help and Recovery Exchange, and provides training for 128 people who are committed to work with transitional aged youth (young adults aged 15 to 25) or the parents of transitional aged youth, children or adolescents.  Peers are individuals who have either personally experienced (or have a family member who has experienced) mental health challenges. The program is in its second year of operation and has enrolled approximately 80 students. Ms. Fay Craton and Ms. Diana Luna are responsible for the day-to-day operation of the Peer Specialist for Your Certificate.

    Robert A. Hurteau, Ph.D., Interim Senior Director of LMU Extension and Director of the Center for Religion and Spirituality, is a former missionary. Since becoming CRS Director in 2005, Dr. Hurteau has greatly expanded offerings in Hispanic theology and ministry, and worked in partnership with the Los Angeles African American Catholic Center for Evangelization to bring into existence a program in African American Ministry. As a Committee Member of the Martin Gang Institute for Intergroup Relations, he has been heavily involved in constructive dialogue between various religions and peoples (the Martin Gang Institute is a joint venture of American Jewish Committee-L.A. and LMU Extension).  He is currently a board member and president of the Federation of Pastoral Institutes (La Federación de Institutos Pastorales), and a member of the California Catholic Conference (CCC) education committee.

    Hurteau is the author of A Worldwide Heart: The Life of Maryknoll Father John J. Considine, a biography on Maryknoll missionary John Considine that offers a look into the U.S. Catholic missionary movement in the twentieth century.

    Fay Craton, MA, LMFT. As the Coordinator, Continuing Education Programs, Fay manages multiple programs: Peer Specialist for Youth Certificate, Alcohol and Drug Counseling Certificate, Human Resources Management Certificate, Advanced Human Resources Management Certificate, semi-annual workshops for service providers to veterans, and does general outreach to the community.  A common thread in all of her work at LMU is the simple fact, “Fay loves to see students and instructors thrive.” She deeply cares about community, demonstrated through attending local Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health meetings, as well as doing out-reach to other greater Los Angeles government and non-profit groups.  While engaging with the community she saw a need and found a grant to train peers who have either personally experienced (or have a family member who have experienced) mental health challenges to receive quality training to mentor people on the road to mental health recovery.

    Libby Hartigan. Peer Specialist to Youth Instructor Libby Hartigan is the Director of Quality Assurance and Training at SHARE! the Self-Help And Recovery Exchange. In developing SHARE!’s Peer Specialist to Youth curriculum, she draws on 25 years of experience operating SHARE!, a peer-run organization with three locations in Los Angeles County, as well as 17 years working with young people to produce the citywide newspaper LA Youth, and teaching in a county probation camp.

    Diana Luna, M.S., is the Associate Director of Continuing Education at LMU Extension. Diana has more than 12 years of experience in higher education developing and managing undergraduate and graduate academic and non-academic programs with an emphasis on recruitment, enrollment, and program implementation. At LMU Extension, she oversees the development and delivery of more than 77 certificate programs in counseling, healthcare, business, and teacher education for the adult learner. She is primarily focused on continuing to enhance the quality and availability of life-long learning opportunities for the community.

    Darnise C. Martin, Ph.D., holds a doctorate in Religious Studies from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California. Dr. Martin is a Visiting Assistant Professor at Loyola Marymount University teaching courses in Theological Studies and African American Studies since 2005. She is the author of a book and several articles including Beyond Christianity: African Americans in a New Thought Church (New York University Press, 2005), and coeditor of Women and New and Africana Religions, a volume within the Women in Religions Series for Praeger Press (Praeger, 2009). Dr. Martin is also an active scholar and media consultant. She has been featured on Tavis Smiley’s radio program on National Public Radio (NPR), has appeared on KJLH radio in Los Angeles, as well as a number of internet radio programs. She was the research consultant on the feature length documentaries Dark Girls and the follow up Light Girls for the Oprah Winfrey Network.

    She continues to conduct research on the diversities of African-American religions.


  • Special Recognition Award

    Herbert A. Medina, Ph.D., was born in El Salvador and emigrated to Los Angeles, California with his parents at age eight. He joined the faculty at LMU in 1992 after receiving his Ph.D. in Mathematics from UC Berkeley and his B.S. in Mathematics/Computer Science from UCLA. Herbert teaches courses at all undergraduate levels and has published mathematical research in functional analysis, wavelets and polynomial approximations (collaboratively with undergraduates).

    One of Herbert’s passions is working to increase participation of historically underrepresented groups in STEM. For example, he is co-founder of programs in in Puerto Rico and Berkeley, CA that mentor and prepare ethnic minority students and women to pursue advanced degrees in the mathematical sciences. Another of his passions is to work with and advocate for the education of immigrant youth, including undocumented students.

    Herbert has been PI or Co-PI on many grants during his time at LMU including grants funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), National Security Agency (NSA), NASA, Alliance for Minority Participation (AMP), Sloan Foundation, and the Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst (DAAD). (Please note that many of these grants have been submitted at other universities/research institutes.) One noteworthy grant on which he served as PI here at LMU was the $552K NSF Descartes Scholars Program grant which provided scholarship money for students in the Seaver College. Recently, Herbert played a role in the successful $1.1M Ronald E. McNair Scholars grant proposal which was funded by the Department of Education last summer.

    Herbert’s administrative/leadership positions at LMU have included Interim Director of Study Abroad, Chair of the Committee on Rank & Tenure, Chair of the Mathematics Department and he currently serves as Associate Dean in the Seaver College of Science and Engineering.

  • Innovative International/Global Project Award

    Dr. Robin R. Wang, Ph.D., is Professor of Philosophy, and chair of Department of Asian and Asian American Studies. She is the author of Yinyang: The Way of Heaven and Earth in Chinese Thought and Culture (Cambridge University Press, 2012); the editor of Chinese Philosophy in an Era of Globalization, (SUNY Press, 2004) and Images of Women in Chinese Thought and Culture: Writings from the Pre-Qin Period to the Song Dynasty (Hackett, 2003). She has regularly given presentations in North America, Europe, and Asia, is president for Society for Asian and Comparative Philosophy.

    Dr. Wang was selected as Berggruen fellow (2016-17) at The Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences (CASBS), Stanford University. CASBS was founded in 1954. Each year it brings about 40 fellows around world to “confront the problems of the day, where original interdisciplinary thinking is the norm, where extraordinary collaborations become possible, where ideas can change our world.” The Center is “the nursery for cutting edge approaches to critical social problems.” It has hosted the total of 2,544 fellows since 1954. Among these fellows there are 25 Nobel Prizes; 23 Pulitzer Prizes; 51 MacArthur Awards; 156 Members of the National Academy of Science.