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Tech in Asia: AspiredSteps is a DIY app with an m-commerce twist

Tech in Asia: AspiredSteps is a DIY app with an m-commerce twist | USF in the News | Scoop.it

If you’re good at making stuff – whether it’s artwork, cooking up a top-secret recipe, or crafting handmade furniture for your home – there’s an app out there that lets you show the world how you do-it-yourself


But we bet you’d have a hard time finding an app that will also allow you to sell your masterpiece.


AspiredSteps is one such rare DIY app that comes with a mobile commerce twist.


“Makers are amazing artisans, but finding customers to purchase a handcrafted product can be painful,” says the app’s founder, Zen Cachola, a Filipino based in San Francisco. [via @techinasia]

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Cachola is among the community of Filipino entrepreneurs in the US. In 1992, when she was just eight years old, she and her mom moved to Honolulu, Hawaii “to pursue our dreams.” From 2003 to 2007, she put herself through college at the University of San Francisco and soon after graduation, she landed a job at Yelp.

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Bloomberg: San Francisco Supervisor Proposes to Let 16-Year-Olds Vote

Bloomberg: San Francisco Supervisor Proposes to Let 16-Year-Olds Vote | USF in the News | Scoop.it

(Bloomberg) -- For many young people, turning 16 grants coveted rights to drive a car and start a first job. In San Francisco, it may mean helping to choose the mayor and other city leaders. 
 

San Francisco Supervisor John Avalos last week offered a proposal to lower the voting age to 16. He will seek to put the measure on the ballot this November or next year. 
 

“In a lot of ways, young people have been showing that they have the ability to shape the world they live in,” Avalos said in a telephone interview. “It makes a lot of sense that we honor that work with helping them to elect the people representing them.” [via @bpolitics @bloomberg]

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People aged 16 and 17 are a small group who aren’t going to vote at high rates and aren’t going to be influential enough to sway election results, said Corey Cook, an associate professor of politics at the University of San Francisco. 
 

“To me, this is far less about who benefits politically” than getting young people into the habit of voting, Cook said.

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Catholic San Francisco: Pope names Bishop Daly to Spokane diocese

Catholic San Francisco: Pope names Bishop Daly to Spokane diocese | USF in the News | Scoop.it

Pope Francis appointed native San Franciscan, San Jose Auxiliary Bishop Thomas A. Daly as the seventh Bishop of Spokane, Washington, March 12. He will be installed May 20, joining a long line of bishops who began their priestly ministry in the Archdiocese of San Francisco.

The appointment comes just over a week after the announcement that San Francisco Auxiliary Bishop Robert W. McElroy would head south as ordinary of the Diocese of San Diego. Bishop Daly has served as auxiliary bishop of San Jose, California, since 2011.

At the press conference at Bishop White Seminary in Spokane March 12, Bishop Daly described himself as a person of hope, which he defined as “reality grounded in faith.” [via @catholic_sf]

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Bishop Daly earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of San Francisco in 1982, a master of divinity from St. Patrick’s in 1987 and a master of education degree from Boston College in 1996.


With the appointment, Bishop Daly, 54, becomes the latest bishop ordained a priest in the Archdiocese of San Francisco to be appointed to head a Western United States diocese. 

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San Francisco Chronicle: Tech voting bloc in SF? Not yet

San Francisco Chronicle: Tech voting bloc in SF? Not yet | USF in the News | Scoop.it

Tech moguls and venture capitalists influence San Francisco politics through major political donations, but as of now they don’t have an army of like-minded foot soldiers of tech workers — a “tech voting bloc” — backing them up.
 

Those are among the preliminary findings of University of San Francisco political science Professor Corey Cook, who’s researching whether tech workers have formed a significant political alliance that could reshape San Francisco. 
 

Cook’s early answer: They have not. While the thousands of young, highly skilled workers who have flocked to San Francisco for high-paying jobs have helped to jack up the price of real estate and restaurant meals, they haven’t coalesced into a political force. Yet. [via @sfchronicle]

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“The assumption is that because a handful of folks are getting involved in politics, the people that work for them will have the same interests or vote the same way,” Cook said. “That’s not at all clear yet.” 


“Tech may never develop as a tech bloc vote in San Francisco,” he said. “We’re trying to see if it does.”

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China Daily: 'World's factory' is ready to invest around the globe

China Daily: 'World's factory' is ready to invest around the globe | USF in the News | Scoop.it

Premier's measures favor private businesses to build on existing

infrastructure, expert says
 

China's private companies are set to be the key engine to drive another  robust year of merger and acquisition agreements worldwide, a veteran strategic adviser to the San Francisco mayor's 

office and the San Francisco Bay Area Council has said.
 

"China's rapidly expanding middle class has been a 

powerful source of growth and has provided Chinese 

companies with the large talent pool needed to compete 

globally," said Stanley Kwong, a professor of international marketing at the University of San Francisco.

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The National Law Journal: Jesuit Law Schools Address Immigration Flood

The National Law Journal: Jesuit Law Schools Address Immigration Flood | USF in the News | Scoop.it

Thirteen law schools housed at Jesuit universities will collaborate to help unaccompanied children and immigrant families from Central America seek refuge in the United States.
 

The consortium will coordinate with the Jesuit Refugee Service/USA—a Roman Catholic nonprofit—to develop a policy paper outlining the legal procedures available to those immigrants and the need for improvements. [via @TheNLJ]

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“We are honored to join our fellow law schools in working with the [Jesuit Refugee Service] to help raise awareness of the plight faced by these vulnerable migrant children and families,” Treanor said. “Our Jesuit identity is reflected in our commitment to this critical issue.”
 

McPherson hopes to have the policy paper finished in June, and the law schools will help publicize its findings and recommendations, she said.
 

In addition to Georgetown, the initiative includes Boston College Law School; Creighton University School of Law; University of Detroit Mercy School of Law; Fordham University School of Law; Gonzaga University School of Law; Loyola Law School, Los Angeles; Loyola University Chicago School of Law; Loyola University New Orleans School of Law; Saint Louis University School of Law; Santa Clara University School of Law; Seattle University School of Law; and the University of San Francisco School of Law. 

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National Catholic Reporter: San Jose auxiliary named Spokane bishop; Franciscan named to Lexington

National Catholic Reporter: San Jose auxiliary named Spokane bishop; Franciscan named to Lexington | USF in the News | Scoop.it

Pope Francis has named Auxiliary Bishop Thomas Daly of San Jose, Calif., to head the diocese of Spokane, Wash., and Conventual Franciscan Fr. John Stowe to be bishop of Lexington, Ky.
 

Daly, 54, has been an auxiliary of the San Jose diocese since 2011. Stowe is a vicar provincial for his community and rector of the Basilica and National Shrine of Our Lady of Consolation in Carey, Ohio.
 

The appointments were announced Thursday in Washington by Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, apostolic nuncio to the United States. [via @NCRonline]

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Daly was born April 30, 1960, in San Francisco. He earned a bachelor's degree from the University of San Francisco in 1982; a master's degree in divinity from St. Patrick's Seminary in Menlo Park, Calif., in 1987; and a second master's degree, this time in education, from Boston College in 1996.
 

He was ordained a priest of the San Francisco archdiocese in 1987. After ordination, he served in various capacities, including parochial vicar, teacher, campus minister and chaplain over the first 16 years of his priestly ministry.

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San Jose Mercury News: Jennifer Azzi has USF women one win away from NCAA tournament

San Jose Mercury News: Jennifer Azzi has USF women one win away from NCAA tournament | USF in the News | Scoop.it

In her fifth season as coach at USF and 25 years after leading the Stanford women's basketball team to a national championship as a star point guard, Jennifer Azzi and the Dons are one victory away from the NCAA tournament.

Down by 15 points late in the first half, USF rallied for a 65-57 win over No. 2 seed San Diego to move into Tuesday afternoon's West Coast Conference tournament title game against BYU. The Cougars upset top-seeded Gonzaga 61-55 to create a matchup of underdogs. [via @mercnews]

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USF won just five games in 2009-10, the year before Azzi was hired, and her first two seasons produced a combined 9-50 mark.

In four seasons as a player at Stanford, Azzi was 101-23, won two Pac-10 titles, an NCAA crown and was the consensus national player of the year as a senior in 1990.

Asked how she sold recruits on a downtrodden program, Azzi declined to brag about her skills as an ace recruiter. "The greatest city in the world, a fantastic education," she said. "I would almost say, what's not to sell?"


USF athletic director Scott Sidwell, who came on board as Azzi's boss in her second season, never was inclined to lose patience with the program.


"She has a good vision of where she wants it to go," Sidwell said.

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Bloomberg: This Venture Capitalist Says We Have Entered a Tech Bubble

Bloomberg: This Venture Capitalist Says We Have Entered a Tech Bubble | USF in the News | Scoop.it

Technology startups are raising money as if there’s no tomorrow -- or as if it’s 2000.

Todd Dagres, a founding partner at venture capital firm Spark Capital in Boston, is bucking the current rhetoric in Silicon Valley, saying there are comparisons to be drawn.

“We are definitely in a bubble. This one is not as bad as 2000,” Dagres said. “If you wake up in a room full of unicorns, you are dreaming and you can’t expect the dream to continue.”

More than 50 U.S. venture-backed tech startups reached a valuation of $1 billion or more in the past two years, according to CB Insights, a research firm in New York. [via @business]

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The ultimate catalyst for a break from surging tech valuations may come with a stock market correction, said Mark Cannice, professor of entrepreneurship and innovation at the University of San Francisco.

“For some of these companies, it is hard to imagine a successful exit,” Cannice said.

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USA Today: Meet the woman who coined #BlackLivesMatter

USA Today: Meet the woman who coined #BlackLivesMatter | USF in the News | Scoop.it

SAN FRANCISCO — Alicia Garza was watching television news in an Oakland, Calif., bar with friends when neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman was acquitted of murder in the killing of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed 17-year-old African-American.
 

"It was as if we had all been punched in the gut," she recalled.

She pulled out her phone to check Facebook. "What I saw was really disappointing," Garza said.

 

Many of the responses "were blaming black people for our own conditions," she said. "It wasn't Trayvon Martin's fault that (Zimmerman) stopped him and murdered him. ... It really has to do with a society that has a really sick disease and that disease is racism."
 

Martin could just as easily have been her brother, a gentle, 6-foot, 25-year-old with a big Afro "who could never hurt a fly," Garza said.

"I felt not only enraged but a deep sense of grief that I can't protect him. I can't protect him against this cancer," she said.
 

So she composed a love note to black people on Facebook, urging them to come together to ensure "that black lives matter." [via @USATODAY]

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James Taylor, professor of politics at University of San Francisco and author of Black Nationalism in the United States, says "Black Lives Matter" may be the most potent slogan since "Black Power," which Stokely Carmichael introduced to a crowd of civil rights demonstrators nearly 50 years ago.
 

Like the "Black Power" movement before it, Black Lives Matter is a broad umbrella for social justice campaigns to eradicate poverty and unemployment, overhaul the public education and health care systems, reduce the prison population and end racial profiling.

"What it has done so well is it has reasserted the importance of recognizing African-American lives as part of the common good of America," Taylor said.


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SF Examiner: On Guard: SF progressives should look to newcomer techies to boost voting bloc

SF Examiner: On Guard: SF progressives should look to newcomer techies to boost voting bloc | USF in the News | Scoop.it

Techies are everywhere.
 

Their buses cramp our neighborhoods and their tastes displace our favorite bars (goodbye, Lexington). They have even redecorated City Hall, which will was lit Monday in Yahoo purple.


But one space tech workers have not "disrupted," to use an industry buzzword, is poll booths. A preliminary analysis of voting patterns shows tech workers did not, in overwhelming numbers, vote during the last election cycle in November.


"Right now, tech voters aren't yet a significant voting bloc," Corey Cook, a professor of politics at University of San Francisco, said while presenting fascinating vote analyses to the progressive political gathering "How We Win: 2015 & Beyond" on Thursday.


A wonk of wonks, Cook has long researched voting patterns in San Francisco. He pointed out that the analyses he offered Thursday were preliminary findings. [via @sfexaminer]


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Huffington Post: From Selma to Ferguson: Keep Hope Alive!

Huffington Post: From Selma to Ferguson: Keep Hope Alive! | USF in the News | Scoop.it

On Sunday John Legend and Common, the writers and performers of the song "Glory" from the motion picture Selma, accepted the Oscar for Best Original Song after performing the song in front of a screen displaying some of the dramatic moments from the movie. Their performance and acceptance speech reignited widespread discussion in the media about the current state of civil rights, voting rights, and racial justice in our nation. But the relationship between African-American communities and police following killings of unarmed African Americans by police in Ferguson, Staten Island, Cleveland, and other places remains a controversial subject in many households and community organizations and on college campuses across the nation.
 

Against this backdrop I was pleased to participate in "Speak Out & Listen In," a recent teach-in at the University of San Francisco. Taking a page from the teach-ins held on several college campuses during the '60s and '70s to address the U.S. military intervention in the Vietnam War, USF faculty and students took on topics like "Race, Violence & Power," "Understanding White Privilege," and "Strengthening Our Voices through Awareness, Knowledge and Skills to Create Action" and attended a panel discussion with San Francisco community leaders and the chief of police. [via @huffingtonpost]

University of San Francisco's insight:

Dr. Jones is currently a Visiting Professor, University of San Francisco and a Scholar Writer in Residence, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Research & Education Institute, Stanford University, and Palo Alto, CA. In a distinguished and heralded career, Clarence B. Jones served as political advisor, counsel and draft speechwriter for the Reverend Dr, Martin Luther King, Jr., joined Sanford I. Weill and Arthur Levitt, Jr. in Carter, Berlind & Weill, Inc. as an Allied Member of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), becoming the "first African American " partner in a Wall Street investment banking firm, has been twice recognized as Fortune Magazine's "Business Man of the Month," and founded successful financial, corporate and media-related ventures. He has also provided strategic legal and financial consulting services to several governments around the world including The Bahamas, The Dominican Republic, Jamaica, and Zambia.

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USF’s China Business Studies Initiative Hosts: Cracking the U.S. Market, Feb. 26-28

USF’s China Business Studies Initiative Hosts: Cracking the U.S. Market, Feb. 26-28 | USF in the News | Scoop.it

The China Business Studies Initiative (CBSI) at the University of San Francisco (USF) School of Management, in partnership with City of San Francisco, Bay Area Council, Bank of China and East West Bank, and Sterling Bank & Trust, is proud to host its inaugural international conference, “Cracking the U.S. Market: Opportunities and Threats for Chinese Multinationals,” Feb. 26-28. This interactive, three-day conference brings together world-renowned scholars, investors, business leaders, and policy makers to exchange ideas, strategies, and solutions to the challenges that face Chinese businesses seeking to invest in the United States.

“This CBSI conference presents business opportunities and potential capital injection for San Francisco firms and start-ups,” said Xiaohua Yang, director of China Business Studies Initiative at USF.  “Bay Area business executives will be able to network with Chinese investors, as well as and some of the brightest minds and most well-known scholars who study Chinese business trends. This conference is the perfect blend of academic insights and real world business ventures.”

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Wine & Spirits Magazine: Restaurant Poll - Lulu McAllister of SF’s NOPA on trade favorites

Wine & Spirits Magazine: Restaurant Poll - Lulu McAllister of SF’s NOPA on trade favorites | USF in the News | Scoop.it

When Lulu McAllister was studying at the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone in St. Helena, she was given the project of dissecting a wine program. She chose NOPA in San Francisco, a restaurant she had appreciated while attending the University of San Francisco. “I started to try to criticize it, and I found it flawless: it was everything that speaks to me, my favorite Champagne by the glass, a great half-bottle program…” After graduating, she immediately applied to NOPA and got a job, working her way up to the wine director role, putting together rotating regional focuses and boisterous Magnum Mondays for a trade-heavy crowd. [via @wineandspirits]


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Coinbase's FIRST employee speaks at USF - Tuesday, March 24

Coinbase's FIRST employee speaks at USF - Tuesday, March 24 | USF in the News | Scoop.it

Ever wanted to know what it is like to be the FIRST employee at a company? Come find out this coming Tuesday evening (March 24 at 6 p.m.) as the USF School of Management welcomes Olaf Carlson-Wee, the first employee of Coinbase.

Olaf will be in conversation with USF Financial Analysis Professor Ludwig B. Chincarini for an in-depth discussion about crypto-based financial instruments, the mass adoption of Bitcoin, and the entrepreneurial opportunities in the virtual currency space.

This event is FREE and open to the public! This promises to be a dynamic and interesting conversation: Bitcoin- Everything You Need To Know About Virtual Currency.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Fromm Hall 120 - University of San Francisco campus (2130 Fulton Street)

Olaf Carlson-Wee is the Head of Risk at Coinbase, the largest bitcoin company in the world, where he was the first employee. He received a BA in sociology from Vassar College after completing his thesis on distributed networking, focusing on the implications of the mass adoption of bitcoin and other cryptographic technologies. He is an expert in decentralized ledger protocols, crypto-based financial instruments, and businesses involved in the bitcoin space.

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Los Angeles Times: Clare Vivier's growing lifestyle brand can no longer fit in a tote

Los Angeles Times: Clare Vivier's growing lifestyle brand can no longer fit in a tote | USF in the News | Scoop.it

Clare Vivier has turned her love of French chic and American prep — and a search for the perfect, non-corporate-looking work bag — into a made-in-L.A. success story.


Her collection launched eight years ago with a single vegetable-tanned leather tote called La Tropezienne, manufactured in Los Angeles. Buoyed by the early support of social media, it has grown to include small accessories, gifts, stationery and French-phrase T-shirts.


Available at 300 outlets worldwide, it is on the way to becoming an American lifestyle brand — maybe even the next Kate Spade. [via @latimes]

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After graduating from the University of San Francisco, Vivier's first retail experience was opening a street-wear clothing store called Behind the Post Office in Haight-Ashbury. She moved to Paris (without knowing French) and began interning at a documentary film production company and waitressing on the side. She brought her admiration of French women and their chic to California in 2001, when she and husband Thierry Vivier, a journalist, moved to Los Angeles.


Vivier opened her first store in 2012 on the corner of Sunset Boulevard and Micheltorena Street in Silver Lake. Locations in New York and Santa Monica followed. Today, sales reach $10 million.

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SF Chronicle: Hibernian Newman Lunch - Heritage! Handbooks! Chief Suhr Gettin’ Hitched!

SF Chronicle: Hibernian Newman Lunch - Heritage! Handbooks! Chief Suhr Gettin’ Hitched! | USF in the News | Scoop.it

So Mayor Ed Lee and Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone walk into a pub abuzz with Irish Pipers, boisterous green-garbed revelers, white-collar-clad clergy, assorted civic poobahs and ….
 

Well, the locale was actually the ballroom of the St. Francis Hotel. But the craic Friday at the 51st Hibernian Newman Club’s St. Patrick’s Day Lunch was as lively as any pub back in the Ould Sod.

 

This sold-out soiree of almost 700 supporters also afforded the Diocese of San Francisco a $30K donation in support of its Newman Center ministry programs at SF State University. [via @sfchronicle]

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Among the clan: USF President, the Rev. Paul Fitzgerald, S.J., who proved a poetic keynote speaker; Irish Transport Minister Paschal Donohoe, Irish Consul General Philip Grant, SFFD Chief Joanne Hayes-White, District Attorney George Gascon,

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SF Chronicle: Voting at 16 in S.F.? Supervisor says the time has come

SF Chronicle: Voting at 16 in S.F.? Supervisor says the time has come | USF in the News | Scoop.it

Sixteen-year-olds can drive, work, pay taxes and be sentenced to life in prison. Now, some want the right to vote, too.
 

On Tuesday, San Francisco Supervisor John Avalos will attempt to make that happen by introducing a measure that would extend the right to vote to 16- and 17-year-olds.
 

Avalos and other supporters say it will encourage civic engagement among youths and instill in them lifelong voting habits at a time when turnout is low. Detractors call the measure foolhardy at best and at worst a political ploy by progressives to try and win more votes from young people, who tend to lean liberal in their voting. [via @sfchronicle]

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“We have not had a generation this disconnected before from normal electoral politics,” said Corey Cook, a professor of politics at the University of San Francisco. “Voting is habitual. So if you can start to build habitual voting when they are becoming civically aware, then maybe creating habitual voters out of younger voters will increase over time.”

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NBC: For Asian Americans, Wealth Stereotypes Don't Fit Reality

NBC: For Asian Americans, Wealth Stereotypes Don't Fit Reality | USF in the News | Scoop.it

When Rosa Chen first heard one of her college classmates ask her if she was rich, she says she didn't quite understand where the idea was coming from. "Everyone I grew up around was struggling economically like us," she said.
 

Chen, 19, grew up in San Francisco's Chinatown, one of three daughters of immigrants. Her father is a restaurant cook and her mother does not work because of a disability.



"I was surprised that people would see me as rich," said Chen, who is also a community activist in her hometown. "There was a stereotype about Asians being rich because they live here in San Francisco; like we must be made of money."
 

Chen is studying communications at the University of San Francisco, a school she says she could only afford to attend because of the sizable financial aid package she was offered. It was there, in college, where she was first confronted with the durable and simplistic cultural notion about Asian-American class status - an idea, opinion researchers say, has taken firm hold in popular opinion. [via @NBCNews]

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Catholic San Francisco: Ricci Institute promotes cultural exchange on Christianity in China

Catholic San Francisco: Ricci Institute promotes cultural exchange on Christianity in China | USF in the News | Scoop.it


It is no coincidence that one has to climb 106 steps from Turk Street to get atop the Lone Mountain campus at the University of San Francisco in order to visit the Ricci Institute for Chinese-Western Cultural history, founded in 1984 by Jesuit Father Edward Malatesta. Naming the Institute after Italian-born Jesuit Matteo Ricci (1552-1610) manifested respect for the discerning spiritual and intellectual process of innovative cross- cultural dialogue undertaken by the missionary to China. Father Malatesta envisioned Ricci’s approach as a viable model to appreciate that the dynamics surrounding changes in Chinese society, world relations and academic inquiry of the late-1980s and offer insights on the life and faith of Chinese Catholics past and present.


Access to the Ricci Institute requires walking through the Del Santo Reading Room. Previously home to the Religious of the Sacred Heart San Francisco College for Women Library and now known colloquially by USF students as the Harry Potter Room, in truth reflective and perceptive students studying or visitors perusing on campus tours can ponder a subtle yet key component linking Father Ricci and late-1500s Chinese culture. The paneled bookcases in this reading room hold some 85,000 volumes written in Chinese, English and other languages available for use by appointment. [via @catholic_sf]


University of San Francisco's insight:

The USF Ricci Institute for Chinese-Western Cultural History at the Center for Asia Pacific Studies, College of Arts and Sciences, is a premier global resource for the study of Chinese-Western cultural exchange with a core focus on the social and cultural history of Christianity in China.

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SF Weekly: How to Play Politics 101

SF Weekly: How to Play Politics 101 | USF in the News | Scoop.it

Political progressives have it rough in this town right now.

The left-leaning political party's power is at a historic low, while a moderate mayor and moderate-majority Board of Supervisors are having a great time ruling the roost.

So how can political progressives regain relevance among San Francisco voters? Supervisor Eric Mar recently offered an unexpected solution: Urban progressives should start playing nice with suburban moderates. [via @sfweekly]

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West side denizens, the ones with white picket fences and moderate politics, inhabit an electoral wasteland for progressives. University of San Francisco political professor Corey Cook showed us data that confirmed most progressive voters live in the city's east side and central areas where there are more renters and a larger Latino population.





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SF Examiner: SF, education officials aim to graduate 100 percent of public-school students

SF Examiner: SF, education officials aim to graduate 100 percent of public-school students | USF in the News | Scoop.it

On Aug. 18, the first day of this school year, Mayor Ed Lee spoke about the importance of technology in San Francisco's public-school classrooms.
 

Nearly seven months and millions of dollars in donations for tech equipment later, the San Francisco Unified School District is advancing toward its goal of trying to raise $40 million in the coming years to support digital learning efforts.
 

And now The City's public schools are poised to get an even greater boost from the private sector following a first-of-its-kind collaboration announced Wednesday with The City, the SFUSD, local businesses and higher education entities.


UniteSF, an initiative of the Chamber of Commerce, aims to graduate every public-school student, Lee said at the chamber's CityBeat Breakfast. No timeline for this goal was announced. [via @sfexaminer]

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City College of San Francisco, UC San Francisco, UC Hastings College of the Law, University of San Francisco and San Francisco State University, along with companies such as Microsoft, LinkedIn, Zynga and Comcast, have already pledged to participate in UniteSF.

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San Jose Mercury News: Federal agents target industry helping Chinese women have US babies

San Jose Mercury News: Federal agents target industry helping Chinese women have US babies | USF in the News | Scoop.it

IRVINE [@AP]-- Federal agents raided more than a dozen homes Tuesday in a crackdown on an industry that helps wealthy, pregnant Chinese women travel to the U.S. to give birth to American babies.
 

The crackdown on three alleged maternity tourism rings may be the biggest yet by federal homeland security agents who say that, while women may travel to the United States while pregnant, they cannot lie about the purpose of their trip when applying for a visa.
 

Birth tourism has been reported from a range of countries, but authorities say the most recent cases in California have catered to wealthy Chinese amid a boom in tourism from mainland China. It is unclear how many women travel to the United States for maternity tourism. [via @mercnews]

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Bill Ong Hing, professor of the University of San Francisco School of Law, said wealthy foreigners from across the world often travel to the United States for medical care and are allowed to do so on visitor visas, provided they don't overstay.

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China Daily USA: Cooperation potential called 'limitless'

China Daily USA: Cooperation potential called 'limitless' | USF in the News | Scoop.it

Scholars, government officials and company executives from China and the US got together Feb 26 and put their heads together at a three-day conference on how to better tap into the potential for China-US economic cooperation.


"I haven't closed my eyes and slept in the past 48 hours due to the long flight and time difference, but I still feel energetic and excited, thinking of the great potential for cooperation between Chinese and US companies," Wang Jian, general manager of the corporate banking unit of Bank of China, told the conference when he arrived in San Francisco from Beijing on Feb 26.


A Chinese delegation, headed by Wang and made up of more than 60 scholars and representatives of small-and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), came to the Bay Area for the conference "Cracking the US Market: Opportunities & Threats for Chinese Multinationals," which was hosted by University of San Francisco and co-hosted by Bank of China and the city of San Francisco. [via @ChinaDailyUSA]

University of San Francisco's insight:

The University of San Francisco’s China Business Studies Initiative provides a platform for collaboration with the influential China business community in San Francisco. The Initiative bridges China business leaders, public policy makers, and academics to the larger San Francisco community through high impact research, resources, and development programs.

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China Daily USA: Port dispute over, shelves take time to restock

China Daily USA: Port dispute over, shelves take time to restock | USF in the News | Scoop.it

For this Lunar New Year, many Chinese people may feel a little less "Chinese" because their favorite decorations and festival foods are stranded on container ships at anchor off the US' West Coast thanks to a protracted labor dispute between the longshoremen's union and port employers.

"We were short of traditional Chinese pastry, sweets, soybean sauce, noodles and especially the popular New Year gift baskets," said Taylor Chow, spokesman for the Oriental Food Association in the San Francisco Bay Area, whose members import food from the Chinese mainland, Hong Kong and Taiwan.

The nine-month slowdown caused by the labor stand-off at West Coast ports, critical gateways for US-Asia trade, has crippled the container traffic and disrupted the supply chain, hitting Chinese food distributors who had expected more business during the 15-day Chinese New Year, which lasts from Feb 19 till March 5. [via @chinadailyusa]

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The recent escalation of the dispute has dramatically slowed US farm and manufacturing goods as well, said Stanley Kwong, professor of international marketing at University of San Francisco.

"It was especially damaging for fresh fruit growers as loads of California fresh citrus were stranded in warehouses rotting on the docks. The just-in-time delivery system used by many factories and retailers leaves little margin for delay," he said.

"The Spring Festival period is normally the busiest time of year for local packers sending citrus to Asia," said Kwong. California producers who rely on foreign exports include growers of fresh fruit, alfalfa, almonds, walnuts, rice and wine grapes.

University of San Francisco's insight:

Stanley Kwong brings to USF over 30 years of international management, marketing and teaching experience in the US, China, India, and Central Europe. Professor Kwong is recognized as a leading expert on marketing strategy, branding, and investments policies and is frequently interviewed on branding in China and Chinese investments in the U.S. by top media, such as the Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, SingTao News, and Chinese World Journal. He is a highly desired guest speaker at industry conferences and universities worldwide.
 

As a former Worldwide Program Director for IBM Developers Marketing, Professor Kwong shares his multifaceted experience-based knowledge of outsourcing and offshoring, globalization trends, marketing management and international business with his undergraduate, MBA and MBAE students.

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