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Sacramento Bee: Benicia mayor's public skepticism puts vote on oil trains in jeopardy

Sacramento Bee: Benicia mayor's public skepticism puts vote on oil trains in jeopardy | USF in the News |

The hot national debate over crude oil train safety has taken an unusual twist in the Bay Area city of Benicia , where a blunt-talking mayor's right to free speech is being pitted against an oil company's right to a fair public hearing.

This summer, amid tense public debate over a Valero Refining Co. proposal to bring crude oil on trains to its Benicia plant, Mayor Elizabeth Patterson revealed that the city attorney had privately advised her that her frequent public comments about oil transport safety could be seen as bias against the Valero project.

The mayor said the city attorney advised her to stop talking about the oil trains and sending out mass emails containing articles and other information, and to recuse herself from voting when it came before the council. [via @sacbee_news]


JoAnne Speers is a former general counsel to the League of California Cities who now teaches leadership ethics at the School of Management at the University of San Francisco . She said case law on the matter can trip up cities and elected officials.

"I feel for the mayor and elected officials generally," she said. "It seems paradoxical with issues of great importance to their community, if they want to participate in the decision, they are subject to certain constraints."

University of San Francisco's insight:

JoAnne teaches Legal Issues Affecting Nonprofit Organizations, in addition to courses in USF's Public Administration program. She brings over 25 years of nonprofit and public administration experience to her teaching, having served as general counsel to the League of California Cities and chief executive of the Institute for Local Government. In addition to the nonprofit sector, she has worked for the California Legislature and the federal courts.

Over the course of her career, JoAnne has written extensively on legal, ethics and management topics.

Her publications include the definitive guide for local officials and their counsel on public service ethics laws, Understanding the Basics of Public Service Ethics. She also had a bi-monthly column on public service ethics issues while at the Institute for Local Government. She is also interested in inter-sectoral collaboration, which is why she wrote, "Pondering Public/Nonprofit Collaborations: What a Form 990 Says about a Nonprofit.”

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San Francisco Magazine: The Happiest Warrior

San Francisco Magazine: The Happiest Warrior | USF in the News |

Sitting in his office in the State Building in San Francisco's Civic Center, Tom Ammiano can't stop playing with his wedding ring. The three-term state assemblyman, 14-year San Francisco supervisor, and two-time mayoral candidate is absentmindedly rotating the gold band up and down his ring finger. "I like it," he says a little bashfully, more the blushing groom than the grizzled political bulldog. "I'm nervous about it. I don't want to lose it. I like it very much."

Ammiano's sweetness about the ring is completely warranted: He swore his vows just a week ago, at the age of 72. In a surprise move—practically an in-town elopement—he married his longtime partner, Carolis Deal, in front of dozens of unsuspecting friends and supporters at what was ostensibly a welcome-home party. [via @sanfranmag]


Ammiano became a Sacramento success story: He was a legislative workhorse, passing 58 bills during his six years, notching a string of policy successes, and rising to the chair of the Committee on Public Safety. (Perhaps most impressive, he did it all despite barely raising any money. Of the 10 Democrats who entered the assembly in 2008 and stayed for the full six years, Ammiano was ninth in fundraising.) As Corey Cook, political science professor at the University of San Francisco, puts it, “He went in to make a difference, and by just about every objective measure, he has.”

Cook points out, it’s not just his wins that were meaningful—his losses were too.

“Folks don’t give him enough credit,” says Cook. “He’s shown that you can be principled and at the same time be willing to compromise and take another shot the following year.” 

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San Francisco Chronicle: Obama poised to issue immigration reprieve for millions

San Francisco Chronicle: Obama poised to issue immigration reprieve for millions | USF in the News |

Blaming Congress for inaction on immigration reform, President Obama will unveil a long-expected executive order Thursday that could shield millions of undocumented immigrants from deportation, igniting a showdown with congressional Republicans who call it an illegal amnesty.

Republican reaction was fast and furious, with some members of Congress saying they will try to deny the president the funding he would need to implement the plan.

Immigration advocates and lawmakers who have worked with the administration said the president’s use of executive authority would shield about 3.7 million people from deportation, allowing them to work legally in the U.S. until Congress acts on broader immigration reform legislation.


The immigrants whom Obama’s order is expected to help include parents and possibly other family members of children who are U.S. citizens by birth or otherwise have permanent legal status.

University of San Francisco law Professor Bill Ong Hing, who has argued that opening the U.S-Mexican border and improving conditions in Mexico would cut the flow of illegal immigrants, said Obama’s order will help “hard-working contributors with strong family ties and no serious criminal history.”

California is home to “about one-third of all those who are eligible” under Obama’s proposals, and will undoubtedly be the state where they have the greatest impact, he said. [via @sfchronicle]

University of San Francisco's insight:

Professor Bill Ong Hing has been pursuing social justice through a combination of community work, litigation, and scholarship. He has authored numerous academic and practice-oriented publications on immigration policy and race relations, and was co-counsel in the precedent-setting U.S. Supreme Court asylum case, INS v. Cardoza-Fonseca (1987). Hing is the founder of the Immigrant Legal Resource Center in San Francisco and continues to volunteer as general counsel for this organization. He serves on the National Advisory Council of the Asian American Justice Center in Washington, D.C.

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USA Today: Top 10 colleges to major in health and physical fitness

USA Today: Top 10 colleges to major in health and physical fitness | USF in the News |

A degree in health and physical fitness education prepares students for a career assisting others in recreation centers, schools, resorts, health clubs and more. As people continue to place emphasis on the importance of fitness, career opportunities are becoming more readily available.

Coursework for this major generally includes classes in exercise science, biology, anatomy, physical education, nutrition, exercise techniques and injury prevention. Additionally, students may be required to take classes to strengthen their teaching and interpersonal skills.

The list below breaks down the top 10 places to major in health and fitness education in the U.S. This information is provided by College Factual and is a ranking of colleges based on overall academic quality. [via @USATODAYcollege]



The University of San Francisco is a Jesuit school that combines its values with a strong curriculum to help prepare students for success.

The Department of Kinesiology at USF offers both a B.A. and a B.S. in exercise and sport science. These programs help students understand human wellness through classes in anatomy, physiology, biology and biomechanics. Graduates enter the work force able to evaluate and analyze movement, while designing programs that help improve fitness or encourage rehabilitation.

While USF has a high annual net price, a degree from this school provides students with the best starting earnings boost. Graduates enter the work force earning $45,000 a year on average, increasing to $67,000 at the mid-career level.

Martina P Mason's curator insight, November 19, 1:53 PM

One of my biggest concerns when applying to colleges was and still is trying figure what is a good place for me to play sports and get the education I need to further my career. A huge part of me wants to leave the state for college but I don’t know if that is a good option for me so that is something I’m trying to figure out also. I want a career in Physical Therapy when I graduate from college so I need to find a school that is going to be helpful to me in that sense. I learned that according to this article of the top 10 colleges for health and physical therapy none of those ten schools are in state. So then I think that it may be more beneficial to go out of state like my first instinct. Then again I don’t intend on attending a big university so is this article helpful to me making the decision to leave the state or stay in state.!

ABC7 News: Newborn given to wrong mom at Alta Bates Hospital

ABC7 News: Newborn given to wrong mom at Alta Bates Hospital | USF in the News |

BERKELEY, Calif. -- A Bay Area hospital is taking steps to protect newborns after a mix-up involving a preemie.

Imagine you're a young father coming to the hospital, excited to see your son. You walk in to find a woman you don't know about to breast-feed your child. Now, Alta Bates Hospital in Berkeley is trying to prevent it from happening again. [via @abc7newsbayarea]


Candace Campbell is a University of San Francisco nursing professor with a lot of experience working in NICU's. She tells the I-Team, "Security is a priority because we want to make sure that the right mom gets with the right baby."

Campbell explains as soon as a baby is born, he or she gets two kinds of bands -- one with an ID number that matches the mother's wrist band, and a GPS tracking device with an alarm.

Somehow, the nurse failed to make the proper connection with Marcello and mom. Campbell believes, "In the case of, this was a newer baby that there's a system communication breakdown."

University of San Francisco's insight:

Candace Campbell, DNPc, RN, CNL

DNPc, University of San Francisco
MSN-HCSM, Loyola New Orleans
BSN,Loyola New Orleans
AARN, El Camino College
BA, Speech Communication/Theatre, University of Puget Sound

Research Areas
Interprofessional healthcare communication using Applied Improvisational Exercises
Micropremature birth and psychosocial repercussions on the family
PTSD in medical personnel veterans of Vietnam War
Elective Cesarean Delivery
Healthcare Public Policy and Nursing Advocacy
Florence Nightingale and History of the Nursing Profession

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KGO Radio: "Check Your Privilege" Campaign

KGO Radio: "Check Your Privilege" Campaign | USF in the News |

"The purpose of the campaign is so that people can be aware of these structural inequalities or the structural oppression that we do see that is often times very subtle…"

"…the idea was for people to consider where they can use their voice where they might have more power or privilege to advocate for groups who might not have as much power or privilege as they do."

University of San Francisco's insight:

Ja'Nina J. Walker, Ph.D. is a developmental psychologist with a focus on identity (i.e., racial, religious, sexual) development for Black lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender adolescents and emerging adults. Dr. Walker's work has emphasized the role of identity in the development of culturally competent HIV prevention interventions and community resources.

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USF students check their privilege

USF students check their privilege | USF in the News |

Wearing my (slightly too large but still awesome) Check Your Privilege shirt for the awesome campaign at #USFCA!"

[via melerycelery]

"Check Your Privilege is a campus wide social marketing campaign that seeks to raise student, faculty, and staff awareness around social inequalities and privilege."

Learn more about Check Your Privilege:

Via University of San Francisco
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KTVU News: Iraq War vet tells military stories with unique art form

KTVU News: Iraq War vet tells military stories with unique art form | USF in the News |

An Iraq War veteran has found an unusual way to tell the stories of his fellow service men and women with a unique art form.

As the San Francisco fog rolled in, Drew Cameron stood in the middle of the University of San Francisco campus leaning over a table.

"I'm an Iraq war veteran," Cameron told KTVU as he moved the paper-making tools with an experienced hand. Cameron is a veteran who served six years in the U.S. Army from 2000-2005 serving in Iraq. He came home and found a new vocation as a paper artist.

What is unusual about his work is that Cameron's paper doesn't come from wood. It comes from another fiber, torn from fabric. And he calls it Combat Paper. [via @KTVU]

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Al Jazeera America: Three states voted on abortion amendments, with fight far from over

Al Jazeera America: Three states voted on abortion amendments, with fight far from over | USF in the News |

Tennessee citizens are readying for new regulations on abortion. Coloradans are taking a breather after defeating a third “personhood” proposal. North Dakotans rejected a ballot measure granting rights to the unborn. And nationally, observers wonder if a GOP-controlled Senate might mean success for national legislation to limit abortion.

One thing is clear in the wake of Tuesday’s midterm elections: The seemingly never-ending battle over abortion in the United States continues. Three states voted on abortion-related ballot issues, and two of them saw defeat. [via @ajam]


The Republican-controlled Congress in the next term will include several new lawmakers who have advocated for “personhood” of a fetus. At the least, the GOP majority could threaten appointment of federal judges who might continue to overturn state laws, one expert said.

And it could lead to abortion restrictions at the federal level. “We could see more federal legislation, pushing ‘personhood’ bills, pushing bans on abortion at 20 weeks,” said Maya Manian, a law professor at the University of San Francisco School of Law who specializes in reproductive rights.

“They’ve been very successful with the incremental strategy,” said Manian, referring to anti-abortion campaigns in North Dakota and Texas.

Manian said such laws are “chipping away at abortion indirectly by claiming to protect women’s health.”

National Right to Life boasted victory of its endorsed congressional and gubernatorial candidates, winning in 54 of 74 races. Manian said the upcoming Republican-controlled Congress could affect reproductive rights directly and indirectly. Thus far, the most restrictive state abortion regulations have been rejected or tied up in federal courts.

If such regulations pass, Manian said, abortion rights supporters will count on Obama’s veto pen. Others look to hold their lawmakers accountable.

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Inside Higher Ed: Colleges turn to athletics directors with business backgrounds, but results vary

Inside Higher Ed: Colleges turn to athletics directors with business backgrounds, but results vary | USF in the News |

When the University of Michigan chose David Brandon to be its athletics director in 2010, the university touted his experience as the chief executive officer of Domino’s Pizza. At the time, the university saw his understanding of how to run a multibillion-dollar company as a fitting background for running a big-time college sports program.

As college sports have become increasingly big businesses, more institutions have made similar assessments and turned to outside business executives to run their programs – but it’s not yet clear that the shift in preferred skill sets is paying off. [via @insidehighered]


“It used to be about hiring coaches and winning games, and now it’s about generating revenue,” said Dan Rascher, a sports management professor at the University of San Francisco. “That changed the nature of who would be successful running a program.”

Rascher said athletics directors with business backgrounds may not be prepared for the culture that surrounds college sports, both from within a university and its passionate fan base. Athletes, students, alumni, fans, administrators, television networks, sponsors – they’re all stakeholders, but they’re not all necessarily expecting the same things from the athletic department.

“In many ways it is more complex than running a large company,” Rascher said. “You can’t sell it like it’s a standard product. Students have a pretty fixed income, so you can’t just raise ticket prices. You’ll maybe figure out that you can make a bunch of money by getting alcohol sponsorships, but you’ll probably have to choose not to do that because you can’t be seen promoting alcohol use to underage students. There are all these things you can’t really do that an outside business might not think twice about.”

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The Hindu: Asking the right questions to awaken our past

The Hindu: Asking the right questions to awaken our past | USF in the News |

Awake: The Life of Yogananda is a stunning vision, a statement, and an experience all at once. The little theatre in Berkeley where it is playing has been extending its screening each week. One might think fans of the movie are having an un-yogi-like difficulty in letting it go, but the real reason you feel like watching it again is that it is an experience and not a commentary.

In the brief respite of 90 minutes from the reality outside, what you witness is something of a new reality. You do not have to even presume to explain or defend such a view against charges of mysticism. You feel not just a holy man’s presence, or a philosophy’s coherence, but something much more powerful. What you see on screen might be the scientists and musicians, yoga teachers and professors, and the guru Yogananda himself, but what you really feel is an experience that shakes you out of your thoughts, stupor, fear and pride. [via @thehindu]


Author: Vamsee Juluri is a Professor, Media Studies at the University of San Francisco and the author of Rearming Hinduism: Nature, Hinduphobia and the Return of Indian Intelligence.

University of San Francisco's insight:

Vamsee Juluri received his PhD in Communication from the University of Massachusetts in 1999. His research interest is in the globalization of media audiences with an emphasis on Indian television and cinema, mythology, religion, violence and Gandhian philosophy.

His work has been published in journals such as Communication Theory, Television and New Media, European Journal of Cultural Studies, and Critical Studies in Mass Communication and in various scholarly anthologies on globalization, audiences, and Indian cinema.

He has been interviewed or quoted about media matters in KQED's Forum, PRI, the Christian Science Monitor, India-Abroad, BBC World Service, Al Jazeera television, and KPIX-CBS, and is a recipient of the College of Arts and Sciences in the Media Award. His teaching areas include Media Audience and Research, International/Global Media, Media, Stereotyping and Violence, and Gandhi in the Media.

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Catholic San Francisco: Jesuit Father Paul J. Fitzgerald inaugurated 28th president of USF

Catholic San Francisco: Jesuit Father Paul J. Fitzgerald inaugurated 28th president of USF | USF in the News |

Jesuit Father Paul J. Fitzgerald was installed as the 28th president of the University of San Francisco Nov. 1 at St. Ignatius Church.

In an inaugural Mass Oct. 31, the incoming president said he looks to Christ as the model for the university’s continuing mission as a Catholic institution.

“USF is a Catholic university for many reasons; let the chief one be that Christ is the norm of our way of proceeding,” he said in his first homily as president in a church filled to capacity with students, faculty and staff.

“This means we will continue to be a socially engaged university, a university where academic freedom is respected and where engaged scholarship is prized, a university where every member of our community is cherished and where learning is based on a global vision of the human family and a holistic appreciation of the human person,” he said. “As we do so, God will continue to work through us, to our great joy.”

Father Fitzgerald opened his homily by referencing St. Paul’s letter to the young church in Philippi, where St. Paul greets the bishops and deacons. He then recognized Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone, saying, “We are graced today by the presence of our ordinary” and thanking the archbishop for attending.

Father Fitzgerald, who succeeds Jesuit Father Stephen A. Privett as USF president, arrived at the 159-year-old university in June from Jesuit-run Fairfield University in Fairfield, Connecticut, where he served as professor of religious studies and senior vice president for academic affairs.

Father Fitzgerald grew up in Los Gatos. His mother and two sisters live in the South Bay, and his brother lives in Central Valley. As a teenager, he visited the USF campus many times on road trips from Los Gatos to the city. [via @catholic_sf]

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KQED's Forum: Winners and Losers in California and Bay Area Elections

KQED's Forum: Winners and Losers in California and Bay Area Elections | USF in the News |

Who's the new mayor of Oakland? Did Berkeley or San Francisco become the first city in the nation to pass a soda tax? And who prevailed in the heated 'doctors versus lawyers' showdown over Proposition 46, the contentious medical malpractice initiative? We'll discuss the latest election results and get expert analysis on local and state races.

  • Corey Cook, associate professor of politics and director of the Leo McCarthy Center for Public Service and the Common Good at the University of San Francisco
  • John Myers, senior editor of KQED's Politics and Government Desk
  • Lisa Aliferis, editor, KQED's State of Health blog
  • Marisa Lagos, political reporter for The San Francisco Chronicle 

[via @kqedforum]

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San Francisco Chronicle: Ethnic studies requirement proposed for S.F. high schools

San Francisco Chronicle: Ethnic studies requirement proposed for S.F. high schools | USF in the News |

San Francisco’s school board president wants high school students to take a course that examines ethnic identity, race-based systems of oppression and the emphasis on Euro-centric history in traditional textbooks.

Not everyone agrees that’s a good idea. Critics see ethnic studies as racially divisive. Another concern is that hiring and training new teachers is a potentially expensive proposition. And adding a new class means subtracting one from students’ schedules.


Course trade-off

“Do you need to take five AP courses? Or could you take four and take ethnic studies instead?” she asked and noted that the ethnic studies classes now in district high schools count toward the elective course requirement needed to get into the UC or CSU systems.

Fewer and ethnic studies supporters believe the course offers students, especially students of color, a unique perspective on who they are, where they come from and what their place is in a racially charged society.

Often, their histories are “under-narrated” in their classes, said Patrick Camangian, an associate professor of teacher education at the University of San Francisco.

In other words, the historical account of African Americans, Latinos, Asians or other ethnicities is often relegated to minor roles or side notes in public schools and teaching materials.

“Ethnic studies to me is sort of a way of life that can allow teachers to more effectively connect to students who don’t see themselves as part of the standard curriculum,” Camangian said. “It provides them an education that is in their own image, maybe in their own interest.” [via @sfchronicle]

University of San Francisco's insight:

Patrick Camangian is an assistant professor in the Teacher Education Department at the University of San Francisco. He was an English teacher for seven years at Crenshaw High School in Los Angeles, where he was awarded "Most Inspirational Teacher" by former mayor Richard Riordan and the school's student body. Professor Camangian currently volunteers at Mandela High School in Oakland teaching tenth grade English. He has collaborated with groups such as California's Association of Raza Educators, the Education for Liberation national network, and San Francisco's Teachers 4 Social Justice.

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Fast Company: Solving Hidden Problem - The Struggle To Remove Barriers To Girls Education Globally

Fast Company: Solving Hidden Problem - The Struggle To Remove Barriers To Girls Education Globally | USF in the News |

The importance of providing economic resources to women worldwide is widely documented as a significant factor in human development.

Women face a wide range of discrimination stemming from cultural and institutional norms ranging from early marriage and violence against women to reduced access to schools, loans, and even public spaces. These factors were documented in the recent United Nations report "Human Development Report 2014, Sustaining Human Progress: Reducing Vulnerabilities and Building Resilience."

These inequities result in poorer human development overall. The number of malnourished children averages 60% higher in countries where women do not have the right to own land and 85% higher in countries where women do not have access to credit. [via @fastcompany]


Attorney and University of San Francisco Assistant Law Professor Thomas A. Nazario founded The Forgotten International, a foundation that works on alleviating the suffering caused by poverty in the U.S. and worldwide. He found that even obscure issues can be barriers to girls attending school. At a New Delhi, India, school he visited, bathroom facilities were two holes in the ground in back of the school. He says girls would simply stop coming to school because of the ridicule they faced from boys when they used the bathroom, especially after puberty. In some areas, access to clean water, child labor norms, or lack of trained educators all stand in the way of providing education overall, and limited resources are often directed at boys first.

University of San Francisco's insight:

Thomas Nazario is an attorney and Assistant Professor of Law at the University of San Francisco School of Law. His expertise lies in the fields of Community Civic Education, Children’s Rights, Family Law, Civil Rights Litigation, Education Policy, Human Rights and Economic Justice, particularly as they relate to women and children worldwide.

Professor Nazario has authored four books on children’s rights including the nationally acclaimed, In Defense of Children. These publications have made him a recognized expert on the legal rights and problems of children in America. He has appeared on CNN, Oprah Winfrey, Larry King, the Today Show, and the Tom Snyder Show, as well as dozens of other television and radio programs while, at the same time, serving as a consultant to law firms throughout the country litigating cases involving children who have been abused or neglected, the subject of an intense custody battle, lost in foster care, or injured or killed as a result of someone’s negligence.

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NBC News: Anticipated Immigration Action Welcome, But Far From Perfect

NBC News: Anticipated Immigration Action Welcome, But Far From Perfect | USF in the News |

President Obama’s anticipated executive action on immigration is long overdue, but still might not include important provisions for Asian Americans, said Bill Ong Hing, founder of the Immigration Legal Resource Center and University of San Francisco law professor.

Missing from the list of policy details so far has been any positive mention of the petitioning of older siblings, the historical way Asian families have reunited in America. “We’re disappointed that wasn’t on the list,” Hing said in an interview with NBC News. “He could have taken action on that. We’re still going to fight for that.”

It's estimated that of the 11 million undocumented immigrants in the United States, 1.4 million are either Asian or from the Pacific Islands.

Hing praised any executive action that could provide deportation relief for up to five million people by expanding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA) and making it possible for those not here legally to apply for temporary work permits.

“There are people here who are helping society, helping the economy, have strong family ties, and make contributions to this county,” said Hing. “In my opinion, they’ve earned the right to be here.” [via @NBCNews]

University of San Francisco's insight:

Throughout his career, USF Professor Bill Ong Hing pursued social justice through a combination of community work, litigation, and scholarship. He is the author of numerous academic and practice-oriented publications on immigration policy and race relations, including Ethical Borders—NAFTA, Globalization, and Mexican Migration(Temple University Press, 2010), Deporting Our Souls-Morality, Values, and Immigration Policy (Cambridge University Press, 2006), Defining America Through Immigration Policy (Temple University Press, 2004), and Making and Remaking Asian America Through Immigration Policy (Stanford University Press, 1993).

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Univision KDTV: Remembering the Jesuit Martyrs of El Salvador - YouTube

On Sunday, Nov. 16, members of the USF Community, St. Ignatius College Prep, and the parishes of St. Agnes and St. Ignatius gathered at USF to remember the s...
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MS in Analytics Graduates Achieve 100% Employment

MS in Analytics Graduates Achieve 100% Employment | USF in the News |

The most recent cohort of graduates of University of San Francisco's (USF) Master of Science in Analytics (MSAN) program achieved 100% employment in data analytics careers within 83 days of graduation.

The M.S. in Analytics (MSAN) degree at USF is an intensive one-year program that provides students with the skills necessary to develop techniques and processes for data-driven decision-making — the key to effective business strategies. An innovative, interdisciplinary program offered jointly by USF's College of Arts and Sciences and the School of Management, the Analytics Program delivers rigorous training in the mathematical and computational techniques of Big Data. It provides mastery of the analytics tied to strategic decisions — and the skills to effectively communicate these results in business settings. As part of the program, each student is required to do a practicum within a company to hone their skills in data research and analytics.

“We aim to cater to the industry demands for tomorrow, not today," said USF's Jeff Hamrick, professor in the program, and vice provost for Institutional Budget, Planning, and Effectiveness for the university. "The practicum experiences we provide our students are nothing like regular internships. In internships, usually students seem to be lucky if they do something more sophisticated than Xeroxing. During practicums, our students work one-on-one with mentors on business problems with data-driven solutions. Most students stay with their companies for the entire duration of the program, and many are hired by those companies upon graduation. We’re looking for active interaction during these experiences.”

MSAN students reap the the benefits of the practicums because they are able to apply what they learn during class in this industry setting. “The practicums allowed me to learn cutting-edge techniques while boosting my resume and greatly improving my job market outlook," said Conor O’ Sullivan, MSAN class of 2014, who is now a data analyst at Jawbone, a consumer technology and wearable devices company that builds hardware products and software platforms powered by data science. "USF pairs students with companies that are of the highest caliber in their respective fields.”

And employers are taking notice of the USF MSAN combination of classroom knowledge paired with real world application. "If you want to innovate and advance in big data analytics, you need bright, skilled, and adventurous human beings, " said Andreas Guenther, a director at Xoom Corporation, the digital money transfer company based in San Francisco, and employer of MSAN graduates. USF MS in Analytics program achieves just that."

Eileen Lai's curator insight, November 19, 1:35 PM

This is a very good program.  My friend graduated from it and got a good job almost right away.  For one year intensive, I think it's totally doable.!

CNN Money: Hedge funds want 'one-night stand' with startups

CNN Money: Hedge funds want 'one-night stand' with startups | USF in the News |

As startups take longer to go public, investors with deeper pockets -- like hedge funds and mutual funds -- are playing a bigger role in their funding. But high valuations come with higher expectations for rapid growth.

Historically, VC firms have invested in both early- and late-stage startups. But as hedge funds are increasingly involved in funding late-stage firms, many VCs have been shifting to invest in early-stage, more underdeveloped, startups.

And that's riskier -- both for startups and VCs.

It's a likely reason that VC confidence in Silicon Valley is taking a hit. It's down for the first time in two years, according to the quarterly confidence index by Mark V. Cannice of the University of San Francisco.

"Confidence tends to be closely tied to their ability to take a portfolio firm to an IPO," Cannice said. [via @CNNMoney]

University of San Francisco's insight:

The quarterly Silicon Valley Venture Capitalist Confidence Index® (Bloomberg ticker symbol: SVVCCI) is based on an on-going survey of San Francisco Bay Area/Silicon Valley venture capitalists. The Index measures and reports the opinions of professional venture capitalists in their estimation of the highgrowth venture entrepreneurial environment in the San Francisco Bay Area over the next 6 - 18 months.

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The Guardian: The sharing economy is not as open as you might think

The Guardian: The sharing economy is not as open as you might think | USF in the News |

Online forums have long provided an avenue for anonymous venting. One particular cluster cropping up recently are those intended for Uberdrivers to gather to share their experiences of working for the ridesharing company that uses smartphones to connect passengers to drivers. Drivers discuss everything from getting started in the business, declining wages, and even brag of sexual conquests on the job.

Then there are the posts about Uber’s reliance on user-generated ratings systems, a mainstay of the peer-to-peer economy, to keep tabs on its drivers and passengers. Reading through them, a troubling thread emerges: Uber’s rating system leaves it open for abuse.

Though largely celebrated as a liberating force during an extended season of economic hardship, the sector is increasingly running afoul of those who allege it may be hazardous to worker’s rights and has been too slow to act on allegations of race-based discrimination.


“If the primary intention of Airbnb, Uber, Lyft and other new companies is really to help people,” said Tim Iglesias, law professor at the University of San Francisco School of Law, “let them incorporate as nonprofits and state their public purposes clearly so that they can be held accountable to them.” 

[via @guardian]

University of San Francisco's insight:

Professor Tim Iglesias, an expert in housing and property law, has served on the USF law faculty since 2001. He co-edited The Legal Guide to Affordable Housing Development Law (American Bar Association, 2011). He has published several articles on affordable housing and fair housing law, including “Our Pluralist Housing Ethics and the Struggle for Affordability” (Wake Forest Law Review, 2007) and “Beyond Two-Persons-Per-Bedroom: Revitalizing Application of the Federal Fair Housing Act to Private Residential Occupancy Standards” (Georgia State Law Review, 2012). He is a frequent speaker and media commentator on housing issues.

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Catholic San Francisco: 25 Years After Massacre, Jesuit Institutions Working to Commemorate, Emulate Lives of Martyrs

Catholic San Francisco: 25 Years After Massacre, Jesuit Institutions Working to Commemorate, Emulate Lives of Martyrs | USF in the News |

In a memorial garden overlooking the entrance to the University of San Francisco’s Lone Mountain campus, Kate Carter sits on a bench dedicated to one of the six Jesuit priests executed by the Salvadoran military in1989.

Twenty-five years after the atrocity shocked the world, Carter discusses the ways the martyrs’ spirit is very much alive here.

“As a Jesuit institution we are called to use our place of privilege in the world to tell the truth, which is why the Jesuits were killed, and to help our students understand that we are part of something much larger than we are,” Carter, USF’s assistant director of admissions, told Catholic San Francisco Nov. 6.

When Carter talks to students during information sessions about the university, she says she emphasizes that an important part of a Jesuit education is the knowledge that their education and careers are “not just for us.”

“Learning about who is here and whose is not here and why is an important part of our education,” said Carter, 60, a parishioner at St. Agnes Parish. Helping students understand this and work for a more “humane and just world,” whatever profession they choose, is the mission of Jesuit schools, she said. [via @catholic_sf]

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Wall Street Journal: Tight California Races Could Add to GOP Tally

Wall Street Journal: Tight California Races Could Add to GOP Tally | USF in the News |

A surprisingly close contest for a House seat representing in California’s Central Valley is one of several tight congressional contests in California following Tuesday’s election.

If those races break for the GOP, one of the country’s most Democratic-leaning states could end up adding to Republican gains in the U.S. House this year, with low voter turnout likely aiding the challengers.

“The electorate tends to be whiter, wealthier, more Republican when turnout is low,” said Corey Cook, a professor of politics at the University of San Francisco. [via @WSJ]

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San Francisco Chronicle: Despite election losses, S.F. progressives scored gains

San Francisco Chronicle: Despite election losses, S.F. progressives scored gains | USF in the News |

San Francisco’s progressives may be feeling deflated this week after the defeats of Supervisor David Campos and two tax measures on Tuesday’s ballot, but a closer reading of the election results shows they still have reason to celebrate.

Political observers say the city’s far-left camp may be losing on individual, head-to-head fights, but it should still be satisfied because the entire city has shifted toward its way of thinking. [via @sfchronicle]


Whether it be Campos’ narrow defeat, broad consensus around a significant increase to the city’s minimum wage, the reauthorization of a city spending account for children’s programs, or the impressive showing on the antispeculation and soda taxes, San Francisco’s progressive left has made inroads over the past decade, said Corey Cook, a University of San Francisco political science professor.

“It seems like on the core issues that motivate progressives — around affordability, the minimum wage, economic inequality — there are positives from the election as much as losses,” said Cook, who said Prop. G proponents capturing more than 46 percent support for a such steep tax proposal “is not insignificant.”

Tuesday’s results, he said, suggest that “progressive issues are now very much part of the public agenda, even when they are not winning.”

In a city where most everyone is a liberal Democrat, it can be hard to sort out what election results really mean, Cook said.

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San Francisco Chronicle: Brown cruises to victory over Kashkari

San Francisco Chronicle: Brown cruises to victory over Kashkari | USF in the News |

In one of the lowest-profile gubernatorial elections in modern California history, Gov. Jerry Brown — who never appeared in a single TV ad on his own behalf — sailed to a historic fourth term Tuesday against little-known Republican Neel Kashkari.

On a night that was grim for Democrats nationwide, nothing went wrong for Brown. Besides the wide lead he opened over Kashkari, the two ballot measures for which he campaigned — Proposition 1, a $7.5 billion water-infrastructure bond, and Proposition 2, beefing up the state’s rainy-day reserve — passed by huge margins.

With his wife, Anne Gust Brown, at his side, Brown said moments after the polls closed that he was looking forward to “this particular gift of another four years.”

“The key for the next four years is to make the government do what it’s supposed to do,” Brown said, adding that he would “do my very best ... to do what’s right for California.” [via @sfchronicle]


“His case is, 'You know me better than anyone you’ve ever known,’” said Corey Cook, a political science professor at the University of San Francisco. “'I’m fiscally responsible. I’ll manage the Democratic Party well — I’m a Democrat, but I’m a balanced one.’”

Cook noted that Brown has already reassured voters he will keep Democrats “in line” in Sacramento.

Cook said that with “some talk of putting high-speed rail back on the ballot,” Brown is clearly armed and ready.

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It was one of the most glaring and brazen human-rights crimes of the late 20th century.

In the predawn hours of November 16, 1989, an elite battalion of El Salvador’s military forced its way into the Jesuit residence at the University of Central America, or UCA. The university, led by its president, Father Ignacio Ellacuría, SJ, had become a stronghold of opposition to human rights abuses committed by the U.S.-backed military.

On that night, soldiers dragged five priests out of their beds and into a courtyard, made them lay facedown on the grass, and fired bullets into their heads. They went back inside and killed another Jesuit. Then, searching the residence further, they found a housekeeper and her teenage daughter crouching in the corner of a bedroom, holding each other. The gunmen shot them too.

University of San Francisco's insight:

USF will remember the slain Jesuits of El Salvador on Sunday, Nov. 16,  the 25th anniversary of their deaths.

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