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Newest Members of Pearson Student Advisory Board Announced

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College students from across the country are working together to make tangible changes to their learning materials and develop new programs to help their peers succeed as members of Pearson’s Student Advisory Board.

The 2011-12 advisory board members are providing guidance on issues such as personalized learning, the use of mobile devices, the integration of social media, and the evolution of games as learning tools. The students experience first-hand the inner workings of the world’s largest learning company, while Pearson executives in turn offer mentoring, support, and insight into how business decisions are made.

“Higher education continues to change at a rapid pace, and the Student Advisory Board members provide us with a direct connection to college students throughout North America,” said Sandi Kirshner, Executive Vice President for Higher Education Policy and Student Relations at Pearson. “These talented students know firsthand what is happening on their campuses. Their insights, ideas and suggestions are invaluable to our continued development of innovative educational materials.”

The 2011-12 Student Advisory Board includes 12 students representing a range of talents and backgrounds. Candidates were recruited through deans of students, professors, honors program directors and student leadership organizations. A complete list of advisory board members follows at the end of this release.

“I am very excited and honored to be able to join the Pearson family and have the opportunity to provide an informed perspective in the shaping of new publishing programs and other business models that strive to enrich student success in the educational field worldwide,” said Arshia Malekzadeh, a sophomore at Moorpark College majoring in sociology.

“Being a part of PSAB is an exceptional opportunity! I am excited to work with this team of highly-motivated peers and Pearson professionals towards the innovation of educational resources,” said Zach Gonzales, a junior at the University of Denver majoring in mathematics.

More information about the Pearson Student Advisory Board is available at: or at the group’s Facebook page at:

The 2011-12 Pearson Student Advisory Board members are:

  •     Arshia Malekzadeh, a sophomore at Moorpark College, majoring in Sociology
  •     Casey Randazzo, a junior at Cornell, majoring in Public Administration
  •     James Hughes, a sophomore at Rhodes State College, majoring in Digital Media
  •     Jeanelle Hope, a senior at California State University, Long Beach, majoring in History
  •     Jeanne Wigant, a senior at the Univ. of Minnesota, majoring in Genetics, Cell Biology and Development
  •     Jennifer Nurse, a junior at Brock University, majoring in Physical Education
  •     Margaret Glennon, a junior at Emmanuel College, majoring in History
  •     Mark Noth, a senior at Arcadia University, majoring in International Business
  •     Patrick Belliveau, a junior at Sheridan College, majoring in Global Business Management
  •     Paul Lyandres, a senior at the Univ. Of Pennsylvania, majoring in Economics
  •     Yin Yin Lu, a senior at Columbia University, majoring in English
  •     Zach Gonzales, a junior at the University of Denver, majoring in Mathematics

About Pearson
Pearson, the world’s leading learning company, has global reach and market-leading businesses in education, business information and consumer publishing (NYSE: PSO). The company provides innovative print and digital education materials, including personalized learning programs such as MyLab and Mastering; education services including custom publishing; and content-independent platforms including the EQUELLA digital repository and Pearson LearningStudio for online learning programs.

Media contact: Susan Aspey, susan.aspey(at)pearson(dot)com or (800) 745-8489


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