Sherie Hurd's blog

Sherie Hurd's blog

Honoring Those Who Give

Empire College paralegal student Andrea Ruiz receives White House recognition

As we celebrate the holiday season, we are grateful to the Empire College students, alumni, faculty and staff who bring the joy of service and the gift of their education to the community and their families. A small sampling of the gifts they have given this year include:

Empire's Commitment to Community Service

Robert Johnson of CAPPS, Roy and Sherie Hurd of Empire College, Elaine Ikeda of

Empire College in Santa Rosa, California, has earned national recognition from the White House – with distinction– the past three years on the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. In 2013 it was one of 19 finalists for the top award. The national award recognizes public and private colleges and universities that inspire lifelong civic engagement among their students and achieve meaningful, measurable outcomes in the communities they serve.

Latest Issue of The Empire Writes Back

Empire Writes Back Masthead

The latest issue of The Empire Writes Back is now available. It's filled full of student achievements and graduate job news, including:

Celebrating Administrative Professionals

Business students at Empire College study the latest technologies

Empire College business administration students will be joining the global celebration this week to express appreciation for the contributions that multi-tasking, rockstar admins make to their organizations. The festivities begin Monday with an IAAP bake sale at which the adorable lemonade and iced tea critters pictured below will be sold for one dollar.

Empire College business students prepare for Administrative Professionals Week

Welcoming Dean Mullins

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J. Michael Mullins, Dean, Empire College School of Law

Empire College School of Law faculty and students welcomed their new Dean, J. Michael Mullins, at a "Meet & Greet" last week. Dean Mullins, who was appointed Dean effective March 1, 2015, is the seventh dean in the Law School's history.

Law students welcome Dean Mullins

Remembering Empire College founder, champion Henry Trione

Henry and Eileen Trione at the July 2014 Empire College commencement.

Yesterday the community celebrated the extraordinary life of Henry Trione. Much has been written about his entrepreneurial spirit and innumerable contributions to our community which include Empire College, the gift he consistently said was his “proudest achievement.”

Empire College graduates honor Henry Trione at their commencement in July 2014.

Turning Thought Into Action

BrainGate System

Medical Mentor Jackie Young created a new concept that will be continued throughout the year...a free dress day on the anniversary of a medical breakthrough. The first one on January 26 related to the BrainGate System:

Empire Receives Nation's Top Honor for Community Service

President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll Logo

We are bursting with pride at Empire College! For the third straight year, Empire was named to President Obama’s 2014 Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction. The honor roll program annually highlights the role colleges and universities play in solving community problems and placing students on a lifelong path of civic engagement by recognizing institutions that achieve meaningful, measurable outcomes in the communities they serve.

Empire Students' Klipmix How-To Video

Klipmix How-To Video

I'm excited to share a terrific how-to video created by Empire College students in their Entrepreneurship class. For their class project, these business majors decided to demonstrate how to use the free Klipmix video maker smart phone app. Through step-by-step instructions, you will learn how to edit your videos and add music and photographs.

I can't wait to give it a try! Check it out at

New Clinic Provides Law Students a "Complete Education"

Empire Law School students develop practical legal skills through clinic work.

Empire College has made the national President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll over the last two years for a variety of reasons, not the least of which is the formation of five law clinics in Sonoma County to help residents who otherwise might not be able to afford the help of legal counsel when problems arise.