Presentation at Society of College and University Planners Conference

NEWS RELEASE July 24, 1998

Wendy Harder
Soka University of America
(949) 472-3051


Aliso Viejo, CA -- About 200 planners from the Society of College and University Planners (SCUP) got up early during their conference in Vancouver in order to attend Soka University of America's 8:00 a.m. presentation on the new Aliso Viejo campus.

Trudis Heinecke, President of SCUP and Director of Long Range Planning for the University of California, praised the 90-minute SUA session as "the best SCUP presentation I've ever seen." She suggested that SUA make an annual update at the national conference - and recommended that a tour of the new campus be a highlight of the 2002 national conference which will be in San Diego.

The presentation on Soka University of America, Aliso Viejo was jointly presented by Eric Hauber, Ph.D., SUA's Vice President for Academic Affairs; Steve Davis, AIA, Project Manager from Summit Architects, Inc; Ira Fink, Ph.D., FAIA, President of Ira Fink and Associates, Inc. (SUA's programmer); and Jean Gath with Hardy Holzman Pfeiffer Associates.

The presentation was extremely well received by the conference attendees, who represented major colleges and universities from the United States, Canada and other parts of the Pacific Rim. 88% of the attendees gave the SUA team the highest possible score as an "effective presentation".

A representative from a new university in Malaysia that is just beginning its planning phase was so impressed by Soka University of America's plans that he asked if he could bring his planning team to California to learn more from SUA.

The combined presentation featuring a Power Point slide show and a computer animation of a campus walk-through was described as "brilliant" by Lisa Sullivan, a delegate from Stanford University. Other comments received from attendees included "fascinating project and excellent graphic presentation," "insightful and entertaining," and "A small book on this would be a SCUP best seller!"

The SUA team was pleased that the new campus philosophy and planning process was so well received by the top college planners from around the Pacific Rim. They look forward to returning to the national SCUP conference next year in Atlanta to present the update that has already been requested by this prestigious organization.

Soka University of America, Aliso Viejo is an independent, selective, four year liberal arts college dedicated to providing future students with an outstanding education, preparing them for the workplace and responsible, effective citizenship in the multi-cultural world of tomorrow. SUA will feature a 12:1 student-faculty ratio and the comparative study of Eastern and Western perspectives across the curriculum. All students will study three years of a second language and will participate in a semester of internship abroad. Founded on Buddhist principles, SUA is open to students of all nationalities and beliefs. The first 14 buildings on SUA's 100-acre Aliso Viejo campus are under construction, with classes scheduled to open to the first freshman class of 100 students in September 2001.