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  •  Annual Awards for Faculty, Staff

    Thursday, May. 23, 2013 2:19 PM

    Congratulations to Business School faculty who were recently recognized for their scholarship, teaching, and service at a reception on May 13, and staff who received awards earlier in the month.

    The Leavey Impact Awards celebrate contributions made by faculty that best illustrate the community's highest ideals and aspirations, and reflect a shared commitment to the School's strategic priorities:

    • creating a transformational learning experience
    • highlighting the quality, prominence, and influence of our scholarship
    • building strong partnerships with the community and our alumni

    Manoochehr Ghiassi, professor of management information systems, received the 2013 Leavey Impact Award for Service. Dr. Ghiassi was noted for his work in building partnerships with the community and alumni for the MS in Information Systems program. His outreach to Silicon Valley has brought experienced industry leaders onto the faculty to mentor graduate students and alumni.

    Jackie Schmidt Posner, professor of practice, received the 2013 Leavey Impact Award for Teaching. Dr. Schmidt Posner's work with the Neighborhood Prosperity Initiative (NPI) created a model for Santa Clara University's place-based learning efforts, and she has led several cohorts of students to discover their passion for building relationships and businesses in the local community.

    In addition to the Leavey Impact Awards, faculty and staff were recognized for achievement in several catagories.

    Several faculty were commended for their teaching as measured by student evaluations over the course of the year. Receiving the award for outstanding teaching were: Michael Calegari (ACTG), Lewis Chew (ACTG), Robert Finocchio (BUSN), Manoochehr Ghaissi (OMIS), Michelle Goins (BUSN), John Ifcher (ECON), Paul Intrevado (OMIS), Donna Johnston-Blair (ACTG), Yongtae Kim (ACTG), Mike Levenhagan (MGMT), Haidan Li (ACTG), Siqi Li (ACTG), Nydia MacGregor (MGMT), Tammy Madsen (MGMT), Dennis Moberg (MGMT), Christopher Paisley (ACTG), Barry Posner (MGMT), Kumar Sarangee (MKTG), John Toppel (BUSN), and Andy Tsay (OMIS).

    Noted for their scholarly achievements in the past year were:  Ram Bala (OMIS), Sanjiv Das (FNCE), Alexander Field (ECON), Hoje Jo (FNCE), Yongtae Kim (ACTG), Haibing Lu (OMIS), Edward McQuarrie (MKTG), Kris Mitchener (ECON), Carrie Pan (FNCE), Susan Parker (ACTG), Savannah Shi (MKTG), Dongsoo Shin (ECON), Meir Statman (FNCE), and Jennifer Woolley (MGMT).

    Contributions to their departments, School, University, and profession were made by Dale Achabal (MKTG), Daniel Aguiar (CIE), Linda Alepin (BUSN), Adina Ardelean (ECON), Greg Baker (MGMT), Mario Belotti (ECON), Albert Bruno (MKTG), David Caldwell (MGMT), Michael Calegari (ACTG), George Chacko (FNCE), Sanjiv Das (FNCE), Andre Delbecq (MGMT), Michael Eames (ACTG), Alexander Field (ECON), Mary Furlong (BUSN), Manoochehr Ghaissi (OMIS), Terri Griffith (MGMT), John Ifcher (ECON), Hoje Jo (FNCE), Kirthi Kalyanam (MKTG), Linda Kamas (ECON), Michael Kevane (ECON), Yongtae Kim (ACTG), James Koch (MGMT), Tammy Madsen (MGMT), Shelby McIntyre (MKTG), Susan Parker (ACTG), Helen Popper (ECON), Hersh Shefrin (FNCE), Stephen Smith (OMIS), Meir Statman (FNCE), William Sundstrom (ECON), John Toppel (BUSN), Andy Tsay (OMIS), and Steven Wade (ACTG).

    Staff Awards
    Three staff members were recognized at the annual Staff Appreciation Lunch on May 3:

    Collaboration  Recognizes the staff member who works to build cooperative relationships and foster teamwork throughout the Business School and University : Tiffiny Gillingham, Assistant Director of MSIS Admissions

    Innovation  Acknowledges the staff person who incorpates new perspectives and new approaches to the workplace: Bill Middleton, LSB Information Systems Manager

    Student Experience  Salutes the staff person who goes 'above and beyond' to enhance Business School student learning, inside and outside the classroom: Bev Olivo, Undergraduate Business Programs Administrative Assistant


  •  Two MS Degrees Announced

    Tuesday, Apr. 9, 2013 7:59 PM

    Santa Clara University’s Leavey School of Business will begin offering two new Master of Science degrees this summer, one in finance and one in entrepreneurship.

    The two new master’s degrees will complement the Master of Business Administration and Master of Science in Information Systems that are currently offered as advanced degrees by the Silicon Valley-based University.

    “With our nationally acclaimed faculty, location in Silicon Valley, and deep alumni ties, it was a natural for us to offer these two master’s degrees,” said S. Andrew Starbird, dean of the Leavey School of Business.  “The finance degree is ideal for students seeking deeper analytical understanding for today’s venture-capital and financial marketplace. And the entrepreneurship degree will give students vital knowledge to find new market opportunities, evaluate customer needs, and understand what’s required to ‘scale up’ a good idea.”

    The M.S. in Finance will include classes introducing students to sophisticated financial-statement analysis and understanding of U.S. and international financial markets and institutions. The M.S. in Entrepreneurship will offer classes in managing innovation, intellectual property and economics for business decisions. Both degrees will incorporate Santa Clara University’s longstanding emphasis on business ethics, including a course in business integrity and society.

    Classes will start July 8. More on the degrees can be found at or

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