Business Namedropper 5-5-13
John Sternitzke, P.E., CXA and owner of Sternco Engineers Inc., recently taught an eight-hour continuing education class at the Arizona Building Officials spring education conference in Prescott.
He presented an overview course covering the procedures and methodologies for demonstrating IECC (International Energy Conservation Code) compliance for commercial buildings.
The conference offers building officials from across Arizona an opportunity to convene and learn more about industry issues and challenges. The event was hosted by the Arizona Building Officials, whose mission is to represent the interests of the three Arizona ICC chapters, promote professionalism and educate the public through the development, promotion and conduct of their educational institutes.
Andrew Nicholls, a senior at University of California Los Angeles, served eight years in the U.S. Army, including a year in Iraq. Now, he's sharing his firsthand perspectives about the military and combat in a UCLA psychology course he's teaching this quarter called “Fast Cars and Battle Scars: Understanding the Modern Combat Veteran and PTSD.”
Nicholls is teaching the course through the UCLA Undergraduate Student Initiated Education Program, which enables juniors and seniors in the College of Letters and Science to develop and teach a one-unit seminar under faculty supervision.
A Yuma native and graduate of Yuma High School, Nicholls is the son of Carolyn Renzy of Yuma and Harold Nicholls of Oceanside.
After graudating from UCLA in June, he will pursue a master's degree in social work at the University of Southern California. He plans to become a therapist working with veterans who have PTSD and substance abuse issues. He and an Army friend already have founded a nonprofit organization, KIA WIA (Killed in Action, Wounded in Action) Foundation.
Diane Umphress, executive director of Amberly's Place for 10 years, has been assigned co-chair of the Governor's Commission for the Prevention of Violence Against Women. She had been appointed to the commission in 2008.
In her new role, Umphress will take on added responsibilities to represent the commission and its mission, serving as a voice for victims rights around the state. She noted that advocacy centers in Arizona have come a long way in the last 15 years.
Marvin Marlatt, a Tacna-area farmer, has been chosen as one of 30 members to serve on the 2013 America's Farmers Grow Rural Education Advisory Council. The council will choose the winning school districts in each USDA-appointed Crop Reporting District that are eligible to receive a grant of up to $25,000 for math or science-based curriculum. Marlatt was chosen to serve on the council because of his community involvement. Locally, he has served as a board member for the Yuma County Farm Bureau, Wellton-Mohawk Irrigation and Drainage District and the Antelope Union High School District