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Accounting Department Receives Record Gift

The late Vincent Schaze, professor emeritus of accounting, was a dedicated and engaging teacher who made the most of every learning opportunity in his classroom and professional opportunity in the community. When he died in May 2007, he left his beloved department a gift that will enhance student learning and the faculty's teaching and research for years to come.

Professor Schaze's $500,000 gift, the largest individual gift in his department's history, will establish the Vincent J. Schaze Enrichment Fund for Students and Faculty in Accounting. "His gift will allow the accounting faculty to ensure that the curriculum fully prepares students for their careers and assist students in their professional skills development," says Nancy Hayes, dean of the College of Business.

Schaze, who died at the age of 81, was hired at SF State in 1956 and retired in 2004. During his 48 years of teaching at SF State, he never missed a day of instruction or an opportunity to broaden his students' horizons. Schaze was not one to go strictly by the numbers, always including essay questions in his exams so that students learned the principles of accounting while improving their reasoning and communication skills.

"Vincent was an outstanding professor and colleague," says Jiunn Huang, accounting department chair. "He was passionately devoted to excellence in teaching and he helped grow the accounting department and establish its history of partnerships with area accounting firms and industry leaders."


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