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Dean Hayes, one of "Ten most influential African-Americans in Bay Area"

SANTA CLARA, Calif.-Jan. 21, 2002-In an awards show Saturday night at the Herbst Theater in San Francisco, Sandra Hayes, Santa Clara University dean of undergraduate admissions, was named the "Most influential African-American in the Bay Area" in the education category. She was one of 10 individuals recognized by CityFlight Newsmagazine and Microsoft as the "Ten most influential African-Americans in the Bay Area."

The awards celebrate "our community's most deserving citizens, and acknowledge their respective accomplishments and contributions to the San Francisco Bay Area at-large, and its African American community in particular," said CityFlight's publisher, John Hilton, in a press release. Hilton is an SCU alumnus.

Hayes, appointed dean in May 2001, was recognized for assisting in doubling the enrollment of African-American freshman students at the University. African-American freshman enrollment has increased from 1.5 percent in 2000-01 to 3 percent in 2001-02.

Hayes, who joined the University in 1989 as a financial aid counselor, was named director of financial aid in 1994, and served in that role until she was appointed acting dean of admissions in July 2000. As dean of undergraduate admissions, she oversees the recruitment, application, and counseling process that enrolls approximately 1,025 SCU freshmen each year.

In addition to Hayes, Sharon Chatman, Santa Clara County Superior Court judge and adjunct instructor for Santa Clara University School of Law, won the award for public service. Chatman was recognized for spearheading a program to consolidate services for substance abusing pregnant and parenting juvenile and adult women in the criminal justice system.

CityFlight readers and community leaders nominate individuals from their communities or industries in ten award categories: arts and literature, community service, corporate, education, entrepreneur/small business, media, political, public service, spiritual leader, and youth. The editorial board, based on the number of nominations, select three nominees for each category. The final decision is based 30% on public vote, 30% on votes from past award recipients, and 40% on CityFlight editorial staff votes.

CityFlight is a monthly newsmagazine, published in San Jose and distributed throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.

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