President's Special Recognition Awards
The President's Recognition Award honors faculty who set an example for students and colleagues as teaching scholars and whose recent work has advanced the mission of Santa Clara in significant ways.
2005 Award Winners
Terry Beers, Professor of English, is honored with a President’s Special Recognition Award for his outstanding service and scholarship as Director of the California Legacy Project. Jointly published by the College of Arts and Sciences and Heyday Books, California Legacy, a critically acclaimed series, publishes reprints, new anthologies, and readers in the field of California literature, history, and natural history. Terry has authored two of the books and has served as editor of the series as a whole. California Legacy publishes at least four volumes each year. The project has also included public radio programs and anthologies, academic conferences, student internships and a popular website that has enhanced the national visibility of the University.
Nam Ling, Professor of Computer Engineering, is honored with a President’s Special Recognition Award for his contributions to the University and the School of Engineering. Nam’s scholarship is recognized world-wide. He received the Best Paper Award at the 2003 IEEE International Conference for his work in Consumer Electronics. His book “Specification and Verification of Systolic Arrays” is widely cited in the field of systolic architecture design. His research has been cited more than 35 times on TV and in newspapers in Silicon Valley and in Asia. He has delivered more than 45 research colloquia in six different countries, frequently speaking as the keynote lecturer. Nam is always looking to the future, seeking opportunities to benefit the University and the School of Engineering throughout his world travels. His important new course, "Building Global Teams," which prepares students to work across cultures and differences, is one of the most popular courses in the school. Nam Ling has something of great value not only to Santa Clara University but to the world beyond.
School of Law
Cynthia Mertens, Professor of Law, is honored with a President’s Special Recognition Award for her extraordinary service to her profession and to the University as Executive Director of the Katharine and George Alexander Community Law Center. The Center has flourished under her leadership. She moved the center into a more professional space; she increased the staff to provide more legal services for the residents of the community; she increased student interest in curricular opportunities provided by the Center; and most importantly, she guided the Community Law Center as it expanded its offerings of legal services to the marginalized and poor. Cynthia’s work is not only administrative: She is also active in the classroom: she takes a group of law students to El Salvador each year after they have studied Salvadorean law, public policy and culture for a semester. Cynthia was recognized in 2004 with the Bay Area Woman of Distinction award from Women and Law. She has contributed in important ways to the University and the wider community.