California Southern University Academic Advisors Awarded Scholarships

Jun 15, 2015 by University Communications

Toby Spiegel, PsyD, and Amber Artiaga, MBA, are recognized by the National Academic Advising Association

CalSouthern Academic Advisors
CalSouthern Academic Advisors Toby Spiegel, PsyD, and Amber Artiaga

Irvine, California—June 14, 2015—California Southern University academic advisors Toby Spiegel, PsyD, and Amber Artiaga, MBA, have each been selected to receive a Wesley R. Habley Summer Institute Scholarship by the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA).

Dr. Spiegel and Ms. Artiaga are two of only nine individuals honored in this international competition. The scholarships are awarded annually by NACADA as a professional development experience to individuals who demonstrate involvement in national, regional, state and/or local advising organizations and exhibit the potential for national leadership roles. Scholarship winners will attend one of NACADA's summer institutes, held in New Orleans, LA and Colorado Springs, CO.

“Academic advising is far more than a job for me, and I am thrilled at being selected for the summer institute scholarship,” says Dr. Spiegel, who also was honored by NACADA this March with the organization's Excellence in Academic Advising Award, presented at NACADA's western regional conference.

“Receiving the scholarship is quite an honor, and I am elated and humbled to have been selected,” says Ms. Artiaga. “I look forward to attending the summer institute and applying the skills and best practices that I learn to ensure that CalSouthern's academic advising program continues to provide all the personalized guidance and support our students need as the university grows.”

Dr. Spiegel and Ms. Artiaga, of CalSouthern's School of Behavioral Sciences and School of Business, respectively, have also been selected to speak at NACADA's Annual Conference, held October 4-7 in Las Vegas, NV. Their presentation is titled, “The C.A.R.E Method of Advising: How to Retain and Motivate Online Students.”

“The university is quite gratified and very proud of Dr. Spiegel and Ms. Artiaga for this impressive recognition,” says CalSouthern President Dr. Caroll Ryan. “Their work is a wonderful representation of the dedication and student-centeredness exhibited on a daily basis by the entire CalSouthern academic advising team. I am confident that the knowledge they gain at the summer institute will benefit all CalSouthern students.”

About CalSouthern: Founded in 1978, California Southern University is an accredited online university offering online degree programs at the associate, bachelor's, master's and doctoral levels in business, law, criminal justice and psychology to a nationwide and international student body, utilizing a proprietary learning system. CalSouthern is accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission. The Distance Education Accrediting Commission is listed by the U.S. Department of Education as a nationally recognized accrediting agency. The Distance Education Accrediting Commission is a recognized member of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. To learn more about CalSouthern, please visit

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