AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinals“This award is particularly gratifying because it recognizes the efforts we’re making to protect our environment and save money on our energy bills,” said Sylvia Scott-Hayes, president of the district’s board of trustees. Among the “green building” measures in the district are rooftop solar panels, ultra-low-wattage lighting and energy-saving mechanical equipment. California State University, Northridge’s most recent Fulbright Scholar is mathematics professor Carol Shubin, who will leave for Kigali, Rwanda, in January to teach and develop math and science curriculum at the Kigali Institute of Science, Technology and Management. Shubin will work in Kigali for six months, teaching math classes and conducting lectures on her creation of a project at CSUN designed to strengthen students’ research, computer and analytical skills. Hermine Mahseredjian, the founder of CSUN’s Armenian studies program, will retire after more than 20 years of service. What started as one class in the university’s Department of Modern and Classical Languages in 1983 has since become one of the nation’s largest Armenian studies programs, offering 14 classes. Mahseredjian will leave at the end of the summer. Vahram Shemmassian, an assistant professor in the Department of Modern and Classical Languages, will replace her. “(Mahseredjian) has left an indelible impression on many of her students and colleagues with her passion, dedication and enthusiasm,” Shemmassian said. Submit Community Column items via e-mail to [email protected]; fax to (818) 713-0058; or mail to Daily News City Desk, P.O. Box 4200, Woodland Hills, CA 91365. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The Los Angeles Unified School District was one of 10 national winners in the Urban Land Institute’s Award for Excellence: The Americas competition. The district earned the award for its construction program, with $11.7 billion dedicated to complete 150 new schools by 2012. In awarding the honor, judges consider full development of projects including leadership, contribution to the community, environmental protection, architecture and design. Since 1936, the institute’s mission has been to provide leadership in the use of land to enhance the total environment. It established the Awards for Excellence Program in North America in 1979 and has since expanded it to Europe and Asia/Pacific. The Los Angeles Community College District won a Flex Your Power award from the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power for promoting energy efficiency.