COM Community Education Director Receives Alumnus Award
Kentfield, CA—December 1, 2011—COM’s new Director of Community Education, Lifelong Learning, and International Education Jason Lau, Ph.D., was recently selected as the recipient of the University of Northern Iowa (UNI) 2011 Young Alumnus Award, which recognizes graduates of 40 years of age or younger who have excelled in their professions at a young age.
Lau grew up in Hong Kong and received a degree in social work from Hong Kong Polytechnic University. While a student at UNI, Lau received several awards for his extensive volunteer work. He also started an international early childhood education consulting business with partner Winnie Wong. Due to the success of this business, he created the Global Competency Consulting Research Fund for Early Developmental Education. The fund will be used to help defray research expenses for UNI’s faculty and graduate students. He also created the Po Wa Opportunity scholarship to honor his parents.
He graduated summa cum laude from UNI earning both his B.A. and M.A. in Leisure, Youth and Human Services. He also earned his Ph.D. from the University of Iowa in Education Policy & Leadership Studies. Lau received the award at a special ceremony held at the UNI campus on Nov. 12, 2011.
The UNI Heritage Honours awards program recognizes the professional accomplishments of UNI graduates and their service to the university. Lau started working at COM at the beginning of the fall 2011 semester.