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    Cal U students embrace during Commencement.Cal U students embrace during Commencement.

    DISTINGUISHED ALUMNI TO ADDRESS GRADUATES


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    Two distinguished alumni — the founder of a computer-based training program and an expert on emergency preparedness and international security issues — will address graduating students when Cal U holds Commencement ceremonies May 11 and 12 in the Convocation Center.

    In separate ceremonies, degrees will be awarded to nearly 1,000 undergraduates and almost 300 graduate students. 

    — Dr. Robert Delamontagne, Class of 1966, will address master’s degree candidates at 7 p.m. May 11.

    The founder and past chairman of EduNeering Inc., the first company to create computer-based training programs for business and industry, he retired from the firm in 2007 after 25 years at the helm and managing more than 7 million computer-based course completions by learners.  

    After his retirement Delamontagne wrote The Retiring Mind: How to Make the Psychological Transition to Retirement, a book dedicated to helping retirees manage the negative psychological effects often encountered after leaving the workforce. He also has written Honey, I’m Home: How to Prevent or Resolve Marriage Conflicts Caused by Retirement.

    During the ceremony, master’s degree candidates will be vested in their academic hoods.

    — Maj. Gen. Donna Barbisch, Class of 1984, will address bachelor’s and associate degree candidates at 10 a.m. May 12.

    Retired after a 38-year career in the U.S. Army, Barbisch is among the foremost subject matter experts in emergency preparedness and building resiliency for catastrophic disasters, terrorism and unconventional threats. She is president of Global Deterrence Alternatives, a consulting firm focused on developing creative solutions to emerging threats.

    A distinguished fellow at George Mason University’s Center for Infrastructure Protection and Homeland Security, she also serves as a senior policy adviser for the Center for Disaster Medicine Science at the University of California, Irvine, and on the associate advisory board for the AMA Journal for Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness.

    Muriel Summers, principal of the A.B. Combs Leadership Magnet Elementary School in Raleigh, N.C., will be awarded an honorary doctorate during the undergraduate ceremony.

    Summers turned around the once-failing school when she focused on leadership and infused Dr. Stephen R. Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People into every class. The school’s success inspired California University to become the world’s first FranklinCovey Leadership University.

    Doors to the Convocation Center will open two hours before each ceremony.
     

    Commencement Speakers

    Dr. Robert Delamontagne, Class of 1966

    Dr. Robert P. Delamontagne is the founder and past chairman of EduNeering Inc., the first company to create computer-based training programs for business and industry. 

    Credited as the inventor of technology-based education, Dr. Delamontagne retired from the firm in 2007 after 25 years at the helm and managing more than 7 million computer-based course completions by learners. 

    He earned a bachelor’s degree in education from California University of Pennsylvania, and he holds a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in educational psychology from Georgia State University.

    After his retirement Dr. Delamontagne authored The Retiring Mind: How to Make the Psychological Transition to Retirement, which is a book dedicated to helping retirees manage the negative psychological effects often encountered after retiring.

    He also has written Honey, I’m Home: How to Prevent or Resolve Marriage Conflicts Caused by Retirement. This book helps the reader gain a greater understanding of the causes of marital disagreements after retirement, with particular emphasis on resolving personality conflicts.

    Dr. Delamontagne currently lives in New Hope, Pa., and Marco Island, Fla., with his wife, Sherrilyn. 

    Maj. Gen. Donna Barbisch, Class of 1984

    Maj. Gen. Donna Barbisch ’84 is among the foremost subject matter experts in emergency preparedness and building resiliency for catastrophic disasters, terrorism and unconventional threats.

    Maj. Gen. Barbisch has a proven track record as a national security policy analyst, a health care management professional, a professor and an exemplary leader with command and management experience. Her background includes major successes in the private sector, U.S. governmental organizations and the international community.

    A dynamic speaker who moves people to action, she retired from the Army in 2005 as a major general.

    Maj. Gen. Barbisch began her military career in the Army Student Nurse Program and rose through the ranks in a multitude of active duty and reserve assignments from Vietnam to the Pentagon. Earlier in her career she was a registered nurse and a certified registered nurse anesthetist (CRNA). Her final military assignment was as director of Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Program Integration for the Office of the Secretary of Defense.

    Today Maj. Gen. Barbisch is president of Global Deterrence Alternatives, a consulting firm focused on developing creative solutions to emerging threats.

    She is a distinguished fellow at George Mason University’s Center for Infrastructure Protection and Homeland Security; a senior policy adviser for the Center for Disaster Medicine Science at the University of California, Irvine; and on the associate advisory board for the AMA Journal for Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness.

    She is honored to serve on the Board of Presidential Advisors at Cal U. 

    Muriel Summers

    Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa 

    Ms. Muriel Summers is principal of A.B. Combs Leadership Magnet Elementary School in Raleigh, N.C.

    She and her staff created the first leadership elementary school in the nation to use FranklinCovey's 7 Habits of Highly Effective People as a foundation.

    A.B. Combs serves children from more than 60 countries. By recognizing that each student possesses unique gifts and talents, and building on students' strengths, Ms. Summers and her faculty guide students at A.B. Combs to achieve high levels of academic performance year after year.

    The school has been featured on several national television programs and in Dr. Stephen Covey's books The 8th Habit and The Leader in Me. Its success inspired California University of Pennsylvania to become the world’s first FranklinCovey Leadership University.

    During her tenure at A.B. Combs, Ms. Summers has earned numerous awards for her school. It has been named a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence, a National Title I Distinguished School, the No. 1 Magnet School in America, the National Elementary School of the Year and a North Carolina Honor School of Excellence. It also has won the North Carolina Governor's Entrepreneurial Award and the National School of Character Award.

    An educator for 35 years, Ms. Summers has served as a classroom teacher, a demonstration teacher, an instructional resource teacher, an assistant principal and a principal. She has received numerous awards in the field of education, from Teacher of the Year to Principal of the Year.

    In 2009 she was named one of the North Carolina’s Women to Watch.

    A regular speaker at The Leader in Me Education Summits held annually at Cal U, Ms. Summers also gives presentations about the 7 Habits and the Leader in Me at national, state and local conferences, and she consults with school districts across the nation and around the world.

    Ms. Summers has two children, Banks, 22, and Colin, 20.