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Nov212012

Nicholas Academic Centers Celebrate Record Successes at Fourth Annual Thanksgiving Dinner For Inner-City Students

Henry T. Nicholas, III, Santa Ana Mayor Miguel Pulido Praise the “NAC Model”, Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez Sends Her Support, Plans to Visit the Centers on Dec. 10

Henry T. Nicholas, III, Ph.D., joins Nicholas Academic Center (NAC) students Erin Davis (left) and Jennifer Nava at the 4th Annual Thanksgiving Dinner Celebration. The Broadcom Co-Founder and former CEO told the more than 300 students and their families: "One hundred percent of our students go on to college, and we're going to ensure that every one of them earns a degree." (Photo: Business Wire)

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SANTA ANA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Nicholas Academic Centers (NACs) celebrated record student achievement last weekend at their fourth annual Thanksgiving Dinner event for more than 300 inner-city high school students and their families. Broadcom (NASDAQ:BRCM) Co-Founder and former CEO Henry T. Nicholas, III, Ph.D. and Santa Ana Mayor Miguel Pulido praised the “NAC Model”—a nurturing educational “family” that combines personal tutoring, cultural enrichment and social and family support for underserved high school students.

“At Broadcom, Dr. Nicholas used brilliance and drive as a pioneer in the technology industry. Now, in collaboration with Judge Mandel, he has created an inner-city program that rivals the achievements of the nation's best private schools.”

“The NACs succeed where others fail because we create a support system that includes students, staff, parents and high school counselors,” said Dr. Nicholas, who established the first center in 2008 with retired Superior Court Judge Jack Mandel. “It’s a model that works. One hundred percent of our students go on to college, and we’re going to ensure that every one of them earns a degree.”

Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez (D-47) sent a statement of support from Washington, D.C. to the gathering at Valley High School and will speak to NAC students at a special event in Santa Ana on Dec. 10. "Education is the foundation of opportunity and the basis of our country's future economic success,” Sanchez said. “The Nicholas Academic Centers produce dramatic results and provide a successful model for school districts around the country to follow."

Last summer, a former NAC student who attends Georgetown University interned in Sanchez’s Washington, D.C. office, and in May the congresswoman honored a NAC student at the Capitol who had placed first in a national competition ("Cooking Up Change").

Currently, 231 NAC alumni are attending top colleges around the country, such as Notre Dame, Georgetown, UC Berkeley, UCLA, and Smith College. Half of the students from the first NAC class are set to graduate from college this year and 87% will graduate within five years. Among Hispanic students nationally, only 13% finish college, according to the National Center for Educational Statistics (NCES).

NAC students have earned more than $3 million in scholarships and financial aid.

“The Nicholas Academic Centers are profoundly changing education,” said Mayor Pulido at the event Friday. “At Broadcom, Dr. Nicholas used brilliance and drive as a pioneer in the technology industry. Now, in collaboration with Judge Mandel, he has created an inner-city program that rivals the achievements of the nation's best private schools."

In a statement, Thelma Meléndez de Santa Ana, Ph.D., Superintendent of the Santa Ana Unified School District, voiced her support for the NACs:

"We are fortunate to have many innovative partnerships in our district, and none more important than our work with the Nicholas Academic Centers," the Superintendent said. "The Centers have a profound impact on our students and demonstrate how we can work together to prepare all of our students to be college and career ready, and to assume their roles as part of the global citizenry.”

At the dinner celebration, NAC alumna Ivonne Huitron, now a junior at UC Irvine, told attendees how the NAC “family” has changed her life.

“I don’t know where I would have been if it were not for NAC,” said Huitron, who is majoring in Public Health and thinking about going to medical school or being a teacher. “Now I’m in college and looking forward to a brighter future. From my heart, I am so grateful to everyone at the NAC.”

Among other NAC milestones:

  • The NAC’s 100% college enrollment rate far exceeds the 72% of all California public school graduates who continue on to college. More dramatic is the comparison nationally with Hispanic high school graduates, of whom only 59.7% went directly to college in 2010, according to the NCES.
  • To date, 95% of NAC graduates who went on to four-year colleges are still enrolled. This contrasts with nationwide sophomore retention rates for all students of less than 80%, and only 47% for Hispanicsaccording to the College Board.
  • About 25 of NAC alumni now in college are benefiting from the California Dream Act, under which undocumented immigrant students can qualify for financial aid, and the federal Deferred Action program, which enables young, long-time immigrants to avoid deportation.

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About The Nicholas Academic Centers (NACs)

The first Nicholas Academic Center was established in 2008 by Henry T. Nicholas, III, Ph.D. in partnership with retired Judge Jack K. Mandel. A second Center opened in 2009. The NACs provide academic assistance, social services, cultural enrichment programs, college connection opportunities, and scholarship opportunities. Since inception, more than 230 students have gone on to college, with most attending top schools such as University of Notre Dame, Georgetown University, Smith College, UC Berkeley, UCLA, UC Irvine and Chapman University. NACs students have earned a total of more than $3 million in scholarships and financial aid. The NAC staff works closely with school principals, teachers and guidance counselors, as well as with students’ families and community leaders. Awards and recognition for the NACs include receiving the Keys to the City from the Santa Ana City Council and the Innovative Partners Award from the Santa Ana Unified School District. The Centers are funded by the Henry T. Nicholas, III Foundation. For more information, visit http://www.naccenters.org/ or call             714-834-0521      . Become a fan of the Nicholas Academic Centers on Facebook, or follow the NAC on Twitter.

Contacts

Nicholas Academic Centers
Robert Magnuson
949-290-9382      
rgm@magnusonandcompany.com

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Friday
Jul202012

For Release: City of Santa Ana Honors Broadcom Founder Henry T. Nicholas, III, Ph.D. and Judge Jack K. Mandel with Keys to the City

Founders of Non-Profit Nicholas Academic Centers Recognized for Continued, Generous Contributions to Community

July 11, 2012

City of Santa Ana PIO

The City of Santa Ana recently honored Henry T. Nicholas, III, Ph.D. (center) and retired Judge Jack K. Mandel (left) for their outstanding dedication to the community by bestowing them with rare, ceremonial Keys to the City at the July 2, 2012 City Council meeting.The City of Santa Ana recently honored Henry T. Nicholas, III, Ph.D. (center) and retired Judge Jack K. Mandel (left) for their outstanding dedication to the community by bestowing them with rare, ceremonial Keys to the City at the July 2, 2012 City Council meeting.

SANTA ANA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--In a special ceremony, The City of Santa Ana recently presented Broadcom (NASDAQ:BRCM) Founder Henry T. Nicholas, III, Ph.D. and retired Judge Jack K. Mandel with Keys to the City to honor their outstanding dedication to the community through the Nicholas Academic Centers (NACs). The Keys are given at the discretion of the mayor and symbolize one of the highest honors. The last “key” to the city was presented to Renée Segerstrom more than a decade ago.

“The Nicholas Academic Centers are transforming education as we know it,” said Mayor Miguel Pulido. “I have personally witnessed Dr. Nicholas applying his fierce tenacity and competitiveness, which were key drivers in his ability to redefine the technology industry globally with Broadcom, to these Centers and what they provide for our students. Dr. Nicholas and Judge Mandel have already profoundly improved the lives of hundreds of families here in Santa Ana and I am confident that will affect thousands if not millions nationally in the future.”

NACs was established in 2008 by Henry T. Nicholas, III, Ph.D., founder of Broadcom, in partnership with Judge Jack K. Mandel, to provide after-school tutoring and mentoring for high school students in the Santa Ana Unified School District. In less than five years, NACs has changed the lives of hundreds of students through scholarship opportunities that would never have been realized. NACs has been the catalyst for 232 local students to earn scholarships to many of the nation’s most prestigious universities, including the University of Notre Dame, Georgetown University, Smith College, UC Berkeley, UCLA, UC Irvine and Chapman University. Many of these students have been offered full-ride scholarships.

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Thursday
Dec012011

Reuters, "Judge Jack Mandel Receives Bank of America`s 2011 "Local Hero" Award For His Work At The Nicholas Academic Centers"

The Retired Orange County Superior Court Jurist Partnered with Broadcom Co-Founder Dr. Henry Nicholas to Establish the After-School Mentoring and Tutoring Program for Inner-City High School Students in Santa Ana

Retired Orange Superior Court Judge Jack Mandel, co-founder of the Nicholas Academic Centers, has received Bank of America’s 2011 “Local Hero” award for championing vital causes, inspiring others to get involved and having a “significant impact” on individuals, families and the community. Judge Mandel was among five “Local Heroes” recognized at a luncheon ceremony on November 16th at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, and was joined by fellow NAC co-founder, Henry T Nicholas. Judge Mandel donated his $5,000 check to help NAC graduates buy clothes and furnish their dormitory rooms when they go to college.

Dr. Henry Nicholas, co-founder of the Nicholas Academic Centers, congratulates fellow co-founder Judge Jack Mandel and two other winners of Bank of America's Neighborhood Excellence Award, Rose Espinoza, founder of the Rosie's Garage tutoring program and "Student Leader" Priscilla Vu. (Photo: Nancy Villere, Crush Photo Studios)

“I am humbled to receive this honor on behalf of my co-founder, Dr. Henry Nicholas, our dedicated staff, and, especially, our students who are the true heroes,” said Judge Mandel. “This award really recognizes the accomplishments of these young people to apply themselves and succeed.”

“I can’t think of anyone who deserves this recognition more than Jack Mandel,” said Dr. Nicholas, co-founder and former Co-Chairman, President and CEO of Broadcom Corp., who established the Centers with Judge Mandel in 2008. “Jack started mentoring and tutoring high schools students in the early 1990’s while he was still on the bench, because he saw a need and knew he could make a difference. Now we have two highly successful centers that have helped hundreds of students realize their dreams of attending college.”

In recognizing Judge Mandel, Bank of America said his work and dedication “made it possible for many to attend and graduate from college. The beauty of his accomplishment” was that “he created a ‘pay it forward’ effect. As it turns out, many of the students he mentored are now working in the services sector and helping others succeed.”

Bank of America annually recognizes five “Local Heroes” in 45 markets nationwide. Honored along with Judge Mandel were: Rose Espinosa, founder of La Habra-based Rosie’s Garage Inc., an after-school tutoring program; Ticky Gorin, coordinator for Long Beach-based Special Olympics Southern California Inc.; Sally Sullivan, cofounder of Casa Teresa in Orange, a residential program that helps homeless pregnant women 18 and older with job training, counseling, prenatal care and other services; and Jonathan B. Webb, founder of Newport Beach-based Project Access Inc., which provides a variety of services to families and seniors living in low-income housing.

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About the Nicholas Academic Centers

Located in downtown Santa Ana and on the campus of Valley High School, the Nicholas Academic Centers serve hundreds of Santa Ana Unified School District students on a daily basis throughout the school year and summer, providing them with tutoring, social support, and individual college guidance. Since the first Center opened in 2008, more than 150 students have gone on to college, with most attending top schools such as Georgetown, Smith, UC Berkeley, UCLA, UC Irvine, Allegheny, and Chapman. NAC students have earned a total of more than $2 million in scholarships and financial aide. The NAC staff works closely with school principals, teachers and guidance counselors, as well as with students’ families and community leaders. The Centers are funded by the Henry T. Nicholas, III Foundation and modeled on the tutoring and mentoring program Judge Mandel started before retiring from the bench. Become a fan of the Nicholas Academic Centers on Facebook, or follow the NAC on Twitter.

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Nicholas Academic Centers
Robert Magnuson, 949-290-9382
rgm@magnusonandcompany.com

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Thursday
Nov172011

Nobel Laureate to Participate in Nicholas Academic Center-Chapman University Program to Reach Inner-City High School Students

Board of Director Jack Mandel posing with Noble Prize winner for Experimental Economics Dr. Vernon Smith, his colleagues Dr. Bart Wilson and Jeffrey Kirchner, and Chapman University Chancellor Dr. Daniele C. Struppa.Board of Director Jack Mandel posing with Noble Prize winner for Experimental Economics Dr. Vernon Smith, his colleagues Dr. Bart Wilson and Jeffrey Kirchner, and Chapman University Chancellor Dr. Daniele C. Struppa.World-Renowned Economist Vernon L. Smith Will Lecture on “Experimental Economics” at the After-School Mentoring and Tutoring Center in Santa Ana, CA.


ORANGE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Nobel Prize-winning economist Vernon L. Smith, and his colleague, Bart Wilson, of Chapman University’s Economic Science Institute on Saturday, Nov. 5, will make their second appearance as part of the Nicholas Academic Centers’ 2011-12 “Visiting Scholar Series” in partnership with Chapman University. Dr. Smith delivered his first lecture in the series in January 2011.

The program, now in its second year, is aimed at introducing high school students from inner-city communities in Santa Ana to a college academic environment, while strengthening ties with highly respected local universities. Since the program launched last fall, Chapman University faculty and staff have delivered lectures to students, parents and community members on a broad range of subjects, from the origins of mathematics to how to build a video game. (Lectures are held from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at 313 North Birch Street, 2nd floor, in downtown Santa Ana, and are open to the public).

Dr. Smith, known as the “founding father of experimental economics,” will discuss “Using Experiments to Teach The Foundations of Exchange” with Nicholas Academic Center students, parents and staff. Smith was awarded the 2002 Nobel Prize in Economics for his work in using laboratory experiments to research why markets and other exchange systems work the way they do. Dr. Wilson will assist Dr. Smith in carrying out sample experiments with the students, using the Economic Science Institute’s portable laboratory.

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Sunday
Nov062011

Yahoo Finance, "Nobel Laureate to Participate in Nicholas Academic Center-Chapman University Program to Reach Inner-City High School Students"

Nobel Laureate to Participate in Nicholas Academic Center-Chapman University Program to Reach Inner-City High School Students

ORANGE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Nobel Prize-winning economist Vernon L. Smith, and his colleague, Bart Wilson, of Chapman University’s Economic Science Institute on Saturday, Nov. 5, will make their second appearance as part of the Nicholas Academic Centers’ 2011-12 “Visiting Scholar Series” in partnership with Chapman University. Dr. Smith delivered his first lecture in the series in January 2011.

The program, now in its second year, is aimed at introducing high school students from inner-city communities in Santa Ana to a college academic environment, while strengthening ties with highly respected local universities. Since the program launched last fall, Chapman University faculty and staff have delivered lectures to students, parents and community members on a broad range of subjects, from the origins of mathematics to how to build a video game. (Lectures are held from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at 313 North Birch Street, 2nd floor, in downtown Santa Ana, and are open to the public).

Dr. Smith, known as the “founding father of experimental economics,” will discuss “Using Experiments to Teach The Foundations of Exchange” with Nicholas Academic Center students, parents and staff. Smith was awarded the 2002 Nobel Prize in Economics for his work in using laboratory experiments to research why markets and other exchange systems work the way they do. Dr. Wilson will assist Dr. Smith in carrying out sample experiments with the students, using the Economic Science Institute’s portable laboratory.

“We look forward once again to the opportunity to introduce Nicholas Academic Center students to experimental economics,” said Dr. Smith. “Our goal is to help students better grasp the complexities of human behavior in the marketplace.”

“For the second year in a row, we are privileged to introduce our students to the teachings of a Nobel-winning economist,” said Dr. Henry Nicholas, co-founder and former Co-Chairman, President and CEO of Broadcom Corp., who established the Nicholas Academic Centers in 2008 with retired Superior Court Judge Jack Mandel. “Our objective is to provide students with a challenging academic environment and there is no better way to achieve this than with a lecture by one of the most important economic thinkers of our time.”

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About the Speakers

Vernon L. Smith, Ph.D. was awarded the Nobel Prize in Economics in 2002 for his groundbreaking work in experimental economics. He is a professor in Chapman University’s Argyros School of Business and Economics and School of Law and is a member of the Economic Science Institute at Chapman. He is the president of the International Foundation for Research in Experimental Economics, which he founded in 1997. Born in Kansas in 1927, Dr. Smith completed his undergraduate degree in electrical engineering at the California Institute of Technology, his master's degree in economics at the University of Kansas, and his Ph.D. in economics at Harvard University.

Bart Wilson, Ph.D. has joint appointments with Chapman University’s Argyros School of Business and Economics and the School of Law. His broad fields of specialty are industrial organization and experimental economics. He is currently pursuing research on the foundations of exchange and specialization and the origins of property right systems in laboratory economies. His other research programs apply the experimental method to topics in gasoline markets, e-commerce, electric power deregulation and antitrust. Dr. Wilson is a member of the Economic Science Institute at Chapman.

About the Nicholas Academic Centers

Located in downtown Santa Ana and on the campus of Valley High School, the Nicholas Academic Centers serve hundreds of Santa Ana Unified School District students on a daily basis throughout the school year and summer, providing them with tutoring, social support, and individual college guidance. Since the first Center opened in 2008, more than 150 students have gone on to college, with most attending top schools such as Georgetown, Smith, UC Berkeley, UCLA, UC Irvine, Allegheny and Chapman. NAC students have earned a total of more than $2 million in scholarships and financial aide. The NAC staff works closely with school principals, teachers and guidance counselors, as well as with students’ families and community leaders. The Centers are funded by the Henry T. Nicholas, III Foundation and modeled on the tutoring and mentoring program Judge Mandel started before retiring from the bench. Become a fan of the Nicholas Academic Centers on Facebook, or follow the NAC on Twitter.

About Chapman University

Chapman University founded in 1861 and celebrating its 150th Anniversary in 2011, is one of the oldest, most prestigious private universities in California. Chapman’s picturesque campus is located in the City of Orange in the heart of Orange County – one of the nation’s most exciting centers of arts, business, science and technology – and draws outstanding students from across the United States and around the world. Known for its blend of liberal arts and professional programs, Chapman University encompasses seven schools and colleges: Wilkinson College of Humanities and Social Sciences, George L. Argyros School of Business and Economics, Lawrence and Kristina Dodge College of Film and Media Arts, Schmid College of Science, College of Performing Arts, School of Law and College of Educational Studies. Named to the list of top universities in the nation by U.S. News & World Report and the Princeton Review, Chapman University enrolls more than 6,000 undergraduate, graduate and law students. Facebook: www.facebook.com/chapmanuniversity.

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