Alcalá View 1995 12.2
A newsletter for the employees of the University of San Diego
October 1995, Vol. 12, Issue 2 View Hayes Envisions USD's Growing Influence in Next Century By Jilt Wagner
Gallery Exhibit Large-scale paintings and drawings of the American Southwest by Saba Oskoui, assistant professor of studio arts, will be featured in Founders Gallery through Oct. 31 . The "Desert Voices: Recent Works by Saba Oskoui" exhibit represents the firsttime all the images, painted over the last four years, have been displayed together publicly. Gallery hours are 12:30 to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Admission is free . SEA Prize Winners To kick off the new school year, the Staff Employees Association rattled off two faculty-staff parking permits and awarded seven $50 book scholarships to employees or Congratulations to Glenda Blain, registrar's office, and Kyle Sobczak, physical plant, for winning the $75 parking permits. . Congratulations to the fol- lowing employees who were awarded scholarships: Karen Bell , academic com- puting ; Bob Cornish, graduate admissions; Andrea Letzring, Copley Library; Linda Sola, law school ; and Betty Sotelo, religious studies. Tiffany Barzal , daughter of Sheri Barzal, information sys- tems, and Julie Flynn , daugh- ter of Lillian Lachicotte, gradu- ate and continuing education dean's office, also received $50 book scholarships. their children attending school this semester.
In her first fo rmal address to USO fac ulty and admin- istrators, Pres ident Alice B. Hayes encouraged contin- ued ded ication to teach ing and excellence in scholar- ship. At the Sept. 8 fa ll convocation, Hayes shared her vision for the academic community with the more than 375 fac ulty members and administrators who ga thered in the Hahn Unive rsity Center fo rum. higher educat ion in the 1990s is under considerable pub lic scrutiny, but assured her listeners that USO rep- resen ts a so lut ion to the criticisms. Hayes acknowledged that
Retired professor T erry Whitcomb (right) receives the Medal of San Diego de Alcala award from President Alice B. Hayes. See related story on page four.
In referring to the undergraduate, gradu- ate and profess ional programs offered on campus, Hayes sa id: "I hope to see these programs maintain local prominence and regional leadersh ip, and assume a more vis i- ble national ro le. For th ese programs, acade- mic excellence is the d ist inguishing goal. " O n a global scale, Hayes sa id she sees the un iversity "deeply involved in internation al commitmen ts." Increas ingly, studen ts and faculty have expert ise in internat ional issues and the campus is strateg ically situated - within minu tes of the U.S./Mex ico border and on the edge of an ocean that crosses to the Pacific Rim countries - to include a global dimension in the curriculum. Part of educating students about how to live in an evolving global commun ity includes keeping pace with the info rmat ion (Continued on /Jage four)
"My sixth sense tells me that this kind of university is a good answer to the public critic ism of higher education," Hayes sa id. "T he charges made by the legislators, the business community and media crit ics do not app ly here. "O ur facu lty have time fo r their students. You serve as preceptors; you involve stu- dents in your research ; your classes are of a size that allows you to know your students and interact with them; you se t fo rth a strong curriculum in which studen ts learn to think, wr ite, reason and speak clearly." T he new pres ident, now in her pos ition fo r three months, clearly sees USO moving into the national spotlight in the coming years. The un iversity is unique in that it has the characterist ics of a caring, small college with the fac ulty and lea rn ing resources of a doctora l university, she said.
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