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Helen Moritz is new vice provost for undergraduate education

SANTA CLARA, Calif.-May 28, 2002- Helen Moritz, a classics scholar and dean of academic support services, has been named vice provost for undergraduate education at Santa Clara University.

The appointment, effective July 1, was announced by SCU Provost Denise Carmody, who cited the contributions by Moritz as the first director of the University's Drahmann Academic Advising and Learning Resources Center, establishing a single integrated advising center for undergraduate students.

Moritz, who has been a professor at the University since 1977, succeeds Philip Riley, who was vice provost for undergraduate learning. After a one-year leave of absence, Riley is to return to teaching in the religious studies department in 2003, after 12 years in various administrative posts.

As vice provost, Moritz will be responsible for the Drahmann Center, the University's residential learning communities, the core curriculum, and student housing. Undergraduate admissions, financial aid and enrollment services will report to Carmody and SCU President Paul Locatelli, S.J.

Moritz received her bachelor's degree in Latin from Dominican University, and her master's and doctoral degrees in classical languages and literature from the University of Chicago. She taught at the University of Illinois at Chicago and the University of Minnesota before coming to SCU.

Moritz was named Santa Clara University's first woman department chair in 1978, chairing the classics department, a post she would hold for the next 16 years. She also was chair in 1990-95 of the modern languages and literature department. She was twice president of the Faculty Senate, and has served as president of the California Classical Association.

She and fellow SCU professors William Greenwalt and William Prior were awarded the University's Brutocao Award for Teaching Innovation in 1995.

Since 1999, the Drahmann Center under Moritz's guidance has improved services to students by facilitating referrals among academic departments and schools, and by referrals and consultations with the Counseling Center and the Office of Student Life, said Carmody.

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