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  •  Delbecq Awarded Leavey Impact Prize

    Friday, May. 8, 2015 12:00 AM

    Andre Delbecq, the Thomas and Kathleen McCarthy Professor of Management, was presented with the Leavey Impact Award for Service this week at the annual business school faculty awards celebration. 

    The Leavey Impact Award for Service recognizes service contributions during the most recent five academic years that have had a significant impact on our school, students, profession or community, and all business school faculty are eligible for nomination and selection by the committee comprising the dean and his associate deans.

    Although he was unable to be present for the ceremonies, Professor Delbecq sent a few remarks which were read by Dean Drew Starbird:

    "Each year I look forward to the annual celebration of my colleagues. I deeply regret that this year, my final year before entering phased retirement, I have a conflicting obligation to conduct a seminar in Vancouver, Washington, with David Feldman (counseling psychology).

    "I expend my congratulations to each of you who are honored this year. I wish I could bi-located and be present to applaud your accomplishments.

    "Of course my regret is amplified because I am also unavailable to express gratitude for receiving a Leavey Impact Award for Service.

    Much of our scholarship reflects individual effort. But service is different. It almost always involved group endeavors. Over the 36 years I have been at Santa Clara I have cherished your companionship as supportive and convivial colleagues while together we engaged the varied rhythms of shared institutional service.

    "So as I draw the curtain on my full-time appointment, in accepting this award I want to express gratitude to all of you who have accompanied me in service to our University."




  •  Staff Appreciation Awards

    Friday, May. 1, 2015 3:01 PM

    Four Leavey School of Business staff were honored during the Staff Appreciation Luncheon on May 1 with annual awards lauding their service to business school students, their colleagues, and the organization.

    Student Experience Award
    The Student Experience Award is presented to the person whose efforts have enhanced the learning experience for our students at any level, undergraduate, graduate, or executive, and went toTrish Kalbas-Schmidt of the Graduate Career Management office.

    In her nominations, Trish was described as a hard worker who emulates the “Santa Clara Way.”  She is a great example to students as they prepare to join the working world and pursue their dreams.Trish excels at 1:1 career advising with students –  giving both advice, and a helping hand, to students transitioning from school to the  working world.  She is collaborative, friendly, and earnest in addition to being highly  effective at helping our students start their careers.

    Innovation Award
    The Innovation Award is presented to the individual who has  initiated and developed successful innovations in the way we pursue the educational  mission of the University and of the Leavey School of Business, and the prize was given to two staff members this year, Erika French-Arnold (Food & Agribusiness) and Marianne Farag (Economics).

    Erika French-Arnold has organized and created a variety of programs designed to  engage students, faculty, the business community and our alumni.  The innovative ways  in which she has marketed and planned these events has offered new opportunities for  these groups to learn about food industry issues and exchange knowledge and ideas.   She has raised the profile of the FAI and has leveraged resources so that the FAI can  more effectively pursue its mission.   

    Marianne Farag has worked hard to develop innovative ways to help the majors in the  economics department.  She designed a survey for graduating seniors that is now being  used annually to improve service and create a more rewarding learning experience for  the students. She has also developed new ways to engage the department’s alumni in  an effort to improve career opportunities for our students, and build connections with the  broader business community.   

    Collaboration Award
    The Collaboration Award is presented to the staff member who  exemplifies the spirit of working together in cooperative pursuit of the mission of the  University and of the Leavey School of Business, and was presented to Rachaella Giannotta (Dean's Office).

    Rachaella Giannotta's  teamwork skills, smile, and “Keep Calm and Carry On” attitude are quickly  becoming legendary in the Leavey School of Business. She cheerfully works with  Business School faculty, staff, students and alumni with equal effectiveness and  efficiency. The enormous range of her duties requires her to collaborate with a diverse  set of stakeholders in an environment where priorities change daily and where conflicts  are almost guaranteed.  If you want to make sure it happens, on time, under budget,  with kindness and good cheer – call Rachaella. 


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