Northcentral University to Present Three Doctoral Students With Dissertation of the Year Awards at 2010 Commencement Ceremony

Annual dissertation award citations are based on the significance of the research to society, the discipline, and the doctoral Student’s profession.

PRESCOTT VALLEY, ARIZONA, May 10, 2010 — Three Northcentral University (www.ncu.edu) doctoral degree Students will be honored next month when they receive a 2010 "Northcentral University Dissertation of the Year Award,” to be presented by Northcentral University President Dr. Clinton Gardner at the University’s June 5, 2010 Commencement Ceremony. The commencement will take place at Tim’s Toyota Center in Prescott Valley, Arizona.

"Northcentral University recognizes the scholarly achievements of its doctoral Students by honoring annually the outstanding dissertations in each School,” Dr. Gardner said today. "Awards are based on the significance of the research to society, the discipline and the Student’s profession. The Provost and a review committee make the final determination of the awards from nominations submitted by adjunct faculty members familiar with the dissertation work. Craig Gray, Gayle Cicero, and Nina Moliver are to be commended for the excellence of their research and their commitment to advancing society in their chosen field. In every respect, they each represent the true spirit of learning that inspires our entire community every day.”

According to Dr. Gardner, this year every dissertation completed between April 1, 2009 and March 31, 2010 was eligible for consideration.

Craig Gray: Fayetteville, Georgia
School of Business and Technology Management: "Assessing the Use of Outsourcing and Offshoring for Engineering Designs.”

Dr. Craig Gray started his career at Delco Electronics in Indiana developing, building, and testing various advanced electronic and electro-mechanical display systems. Progressing through successive development and project management positions during a twelve-year period he received two patents and published a number of disclosures pertaining to his work on display concepts. Currently at Caterpillar Inc., Dr. Gray has progressed through various engineering, project management, and supervisory positions over the past 13 years. Now serving as an Engineering Specialist, Dr. Gray develops processes and procedures to improve Caterpillar’s Electric Power Division organization and efficiency.

Dr. Gray earned his Ph.D. in Business Management from Northcentral University specializing in the Management of Engineering and Technology. He also has a Master of Business Administration from Ball State University and a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Missouri. He and his wife reside in Georgia and enjoy a variety of activities including house remodeling and traveling.

Gayle Cicero: Pasadena, Maryland
School of Education: "Professional School Counselors as Leaders and Active Participants in School Reform: A Phenomenological Exploratory Study to Examine the Perspectives of System-Level Supervisors of School Counselors."

Gayle Cicero resides in Anne Arundel County Maryland with her husband and one son who is attending college. She is the Coordinator of School Counseling for Anne Arundel County Public Schools, which serves approximately 75,000 students. She has written two book chapters for school counseling texts and is currently working on several publications focused on school counseling and school reform. She has presented at local, state, and national venues regarding current issues of leadership and school counseling. During 2009 she was a faculty member at George Mason University and is currently a faculty member of Johns Hopkins University in the graduate school of education.

Nina Moliver: Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts
School of Behavioral and Health Sciences: "Psychological Wellness, Physical Wellness, and Subjective Vitality in Long-Term Yoginis Over 45.”

Nina Moliver received her M.A. in Psychology from Northcentral University in 2008 and her Ph.D. in 2010. Her specialization area was Health Psychology and Behavioral Medicine. Nina's educational background includes a bachelor's degree (Phi Beta Kappa) from Barnard College, Columbia University, with a major in anthropology, and a M.Sc.(Applied) in computer science from McGill University. Nina worked for 23 years as a software developer before beginning psychology studies at Northcentral. She became interested in psychology after becoming certified as a yoga instructor in 2004 and noticing the profound effects of a regular yoga practice on healing the bodymind. Nina has a son, a daughter-in-law, and four grandchildren, all of whom live in Brooklyn, New York. She works independently as a research consultant in Boston, Massachusetts, and thrives on helping Northcentral University Students complete their dissertations. Nina hopes to make more contributions to the world of yoga research.