And thanks again to Woodbury University for the great honor of bestowing upon me the honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters. The award was based on my life-long accomplishments in journalism. A special vote of appreciation to Dr. Kenneth Nielsen, President of Woodbury University, and his charming wife, Rose, with whom we rejoiced over my honor.
There were over 4,000 family, friends and, most importantly, graduating students at the commencement ceremonies in Burbank. The featured commencement speaker was Jonathan Brown, President of the Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities since 1991. Dr. Brown delivered an inspiring speech about the value of comparative advantage in life, and the seen and unseen effects of decision-making, after which Mr. Brown was presented the Doctor of Business Administration degree. Also on stage to deliver remarks were graduate students Daniel Bejines ‘09, Gayane Tatulyan ‘09 and Thomas Vessella MA ‘09.
The invitation read, “Dr. Robert and Janice Olds invite you to an Evening of Excellence with Dean Bryan Slinker and the Oncology Faculty, Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine.” This auspicious event was held at the Bel-Air Country Club. “Hope Resides Here” is WSU’s motto, where they are saving lives. What an event that was! We listened and learned about the newest and latest innovations in cancer treatments for dogs and cats that would have been put to sleep a long time ago had this research not been available. So, don’t kiss your animals “good-bye.” Who knows, they could outlive you. At least you could come out even. Congrats to Dr. Olds and all the many fine physicians who are bringing this good news to the public. And that’s a fact, ma’am.
Tops in Town
We were invited by the Windsor Square-Hancock Park Historical Society to the Annual Gold Medal Exhibition, closing tour and membership Open House. Sponsored by the California Art Club, it was held at the Pasadena Museum of California Art.
The California Art Club was established in 1909 to promote the fine arts in the fields of painting, drawing and sculpture, referred to as traditional and representational art, with a special emphasis placed on academic traditions and craftsmanship. Exhibiting artist and WS-HPHS member, Ernie Marjoram, joined other Gold Medal artists in leading mini-tours of the exhibition and share personal insights about their artwork.
In the Winner’s Circle were:
California Art Club’s 98th Annual Gold Medal for Painting: Daniel W. Pinkham, Enlightened, Oil on canvas.
Winner of the 98th Gold Medal for Sculpture: Aldo Casanova,
Sky Emblem, Bronze.
Edgar Payne Award for Best
Landscape: Dennis Doheny, Opalescence, Oil on linen.
Guy Rose Award for Best Multi-Figurative Composition: Jove Wang, A Day At Silk Road, Oil.