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April 17, 2014

Palo Alto University to Commemorate 20-Year Anniversary of Rwandan Genocide

Twenty years after the devastating and horrific genocide in Rwanda, Palo Alto University (PAU) is joining together with The Rwandan Community of California (TRCC) and Stanford University's Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences to commemorate and remember.

The event, Kwibuka20, will take place in Palo Alto, California between May 15 and May 17, 2014. PAU continues to help rebuild and raise awareness around this tragic event.

Please Join Us:
Kwibuka20 is open to everyone and there is no charge to attend any or all events:

Thursday, May 15
Event: Sweet Dreams Film Screening and Reconciliation Roundtable Talk
Place: Stanford University, Dinkelspiel Auditorium, 471 Lagunita Dr, Stanford, CA 94305
Time: 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm PST

Friday, May 16
Event: Workshop – Transforming Historical Harms; Speech by Rescuer Carl Wilkens
Place: Palo Alto University, 1791 Arastradero Rd, Palo Alto, CA 94304
Time: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm PST

Saturday, May 17
Event: Commemoration with Speeches by: Rwandan Ambassador to US and Genocide Survivors
Place: Stanford University, Cemex Auditorium, 641 Knight Way, Stanford, CA 94305
Time: 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm PST

Please learn more and register today.

What are we commemorating?

2014 marks the 20th year since the horrific events of the Genocide against the Tutsis in Rwanda. Kiwibuka20 will commemorate the Genocide and remember the loved ones lost. It is also an opportunity to reaffirm support for the development and recovery of Rwanda.

PAU’s Provost, Dr. William Froming, along with Dr. Karen Froming have spent the last 10 years visiting Rwanda to provide teaching, workshops and counselling to the genocide survivors. Dr. Froming remarked:

“20 years since the horrific genocide in Rwanda, this is an important time not only for Rwandans but all people to stop and remember those lost and reflect on one of the darkest chapters in world history. It’s also an opportunity to celebrate the great strides Rwanda has made over the last two decades and to look forward to a bright future, built on solid foundations. Palo Alto University is both humbled and proud to be an integral part of this significant event.”


Above photo: A recent trip Dr. Froming has taken to a classroom in Rwanda.

For more information, please visit: or contact:

Liesl Violante
Executive Assistant to the Provost

April 5, 2014

Mr. James Otieno (far left) at a recent PAU-hosted event featuring Rwandan President Paul Kagame, who recognized PAU's work improving lives, globally.

Palo Alto University (PAU) is extremely proud to announce that Mr. James Otieno, Chairperson of the PAU Board of Trustees, has been selected to receive the 2014 Gardner Award for his dedication and commitment to Palo Alto University's mission of 'Engaging Minds, Improving Lives'.  

Each year, a selected group of dedicated volunteers and community leaders are honored with the John Gardner Award for making a difference in improving our communities. They are awarded by the Los Altos Community Foundation for dedication to public service, education, government, science and technology, and arts and letters.

As the Chair of PAU's Board of Trustees, Mr. Otieno’s vision and leadership have helped the university flourish and grow. As the university has grown, so has its service to the local and global community. PAU would like to sincerely thank James Otieno for everything he does for Palo Alto University as well as the greater Bay Area community. He is an inspiration to us all.

From PAU President, Dr. Allen Calvin, “James is devoting the preponderance of his time to helping others achieve their dreams”.

March 28, 2014

Listen to the recording:

PAU Partners with to Provide Job Search Support

Listen now to the recording of this event.

While job hunting can be a very long and tedious process, finding the right tools for students and recent graduates to search for jobs and internships can substantially increase chances for success. Palo Alto University (PAU) is partnering with the world’s leading job search website,, to provide a free webinaron using the internet to find jobs both in the US and internationally.

The free webinar will consist of a demonstration on the best practices for job searching on and Q&A session. The demonstration will show current students, alumni, and job seekers how to:

 ·   Better their understanding of using

·   Use the advanced features of the Indeed search.

·   Upload a job seeker resume to better the chances of getting hired.

After the webinar, an representative will be joining the conversation to answer any questions viewers may have. 

March 17, 2014

Palo Alto University Hero Spotlight: Mr. Jose Chavarria

Mr. Jose Chavarria is everyone’s favorite person at PAU’s main campus – he does his work with diligence, care, and thoughtfulness. PAU staff, faculty, and students depend on him to drive them between the PAU Alpine Road satellite parking lot and the main campus, which he has done every workday for over three years.

This February, while he was driving his normal route from the Alpine Road parking lot to the PAU main campus, he noticed a man kneeling next to a parked vehicle that had obviously been burglarized. As soon as the suspected burglar saw Jose, he ran to his parked vehicle and fled away from the scene. But, Jose took the initiative to follow the vehicle, call 911 and provided valuable information about car and the license plate number. The suspect was later identified and arrested. 

Mr. Greg Munks, Sheriff of the County of San Mateo commented on Jose’s courageous work:

“Mr. Chavarria, you are to be commended for your actions and deserved recognition for the service you provided to make our community a safer place. Congratulations and thank you for a job well done!” 

Mr. Jose Chavarria by his van with an award presented by PAU.

Left to Right: San Mateo County Sheriff's Office Representative, Dr. William Froming, PAU Provost, Mr. Jose Chavarria, Dr. Phillip Zimbardo, PAU Professor, and San Mateo County Sheriff's Office Representative.

Dr. William Froming, PAU Provost and Mr. Jose Chavarria with the Commendation from the San Mateo County Sheriff's Department.

March 13, 2014

PAU Honors Exemplary Alumni at 2014 Alumni Awards Dinner

[From left to right: Dr. Janet Negley, Alicea Ledbetter, Dr. Ronald Del Castillo, Aimee Molina.]

Every year, Palo Alto University hosts an Alumni Awards Dinner to honor graduates from each program. Awardees are chosen for their dedication and service to the community. This year, four alumni were selected for this prestigious award during the “Engaging Minds, Improving Lives” Alumni Awards Dinner.

Aimee Molina, B.S., was selected to represent the Business Psychology program. After graduating summa cum laude in 2013, Aimee entered into the M.A. in Counseling Psychology program. She currently works as a Facilitator at New View Learning Center, where she teaches domestic violence intervention, anger management, and parenting.

Alicea Ledbetter, B.S., was chosen from the Psychology and Social Action program for her dedication to improving the mental health of first responders.  Alicea has been a police officer for seven years, where in addition to her duties as an officer, she has worked in peer support, crisis intervention, and negotiation. She is currently in graduate school for criminology.

Dr. Janet Negley received an Alumni Award from the Ph.D. Clinical Psychology program. After graduating in 1982, she went on to open a private practice and work as the Center Mental Health Consultant for the San Jose Job Corps. Dr. Negley’s interests include disadvantaged youth, multicultural therapy challenges, and the emerging field of narrative therapies.

The Psy.D. PGSP – Stanford Consortium program selected Dr. Ronald Del Castillo as their 2014 Alumni Awardee. Dr. Castillo completed his pre-doctoral internship at Harvard Medical School and his post-doctoral fellowship at Tufts University. He is in the early stages of developing a non-profit organization which would low-cost mental health care to developing countries.

Palo Alto University would like to congratulate each of the 2014 Alumni Awardees for their accomplishments and wish them continued success in their endeavors to make the world a better place.

March 12, 2014

Palo Alto University Partners with Silicon Valley Organization for Global Technology Drive

Palo Alto University (PAU) will partner with Camara, a Silicon Valley organization dedicated to using technology to improve education in disadvantaged communities globally.

Members of the PAU community have been dedicated to global mental health education for years, including programs in China and Rwanda in addition some PAU students planning to volunteer their time to go to Haiti to join the infrastructure rebuilding effort.

As part of this initiative, PAU will host a computer equipment drive on Friday, March 28, 2014 and is asking for your support in delivering education technology for Haiti and Africa. Please donate your old computers, desktops, laptops, monitors, printers, keyboards, and mice to this worthy cause. Staff at Camara will erase and clean all donated technology devices’ data before shipping them to schools in countries that are desperately in need of technology in their classrooms.

How to Donate Your Device
It’s easy: Camara staff will be at two Palo Alto University, Palo Alto campuses’ parking lots on Friday, March 28, 2014 for the computer drive, and provide you with a tax deduction receipt for your donation.

Donation Times for Camara Technology Drive at PAU:
Friday, March 28, 2014

9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Main Campus

1791 Arastradero Road, Palo Alto

Noon - 1:30 p.m.

Los Altos Campus

5150 El Camino Real, Los Altos

Alternatively, donations may be dropped off at: 1020 Commercial Street, Ste. 102, San Jose, between 11am and 4pm Monday to Friday or Saturday 10am to 1pm.

Camara is one of the world’s leading education-based charities. Its primary goal is to improve learning in disadvantaged communities around the world through the use of technology. One of the ways Camara does this is by reusing old computers and placing them in low-income schools—one computer serves 21 students. It has provided its services in eleven countries and estimates that more than 700,000 students have gained 21st century digital literacy skills using these equipment.

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