December 16, 2014

Pico Iyer: The art of stillness

The place that travel writer Pico Iyer would most like to go? Nowhere. In a counterintuitive and lyrical meditation, Iyer takes a look at the incredible insight that comes with taking time for stillness. In our world of constant movement and distraction, he teases out strategies we all can use to take back a few minutes out of every day, or a few days out of every season. It’s the talk for anyone who feels overwhelmed by the demands for our world.

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Dana Ciraulo Young ’83 Having a Ball of a Time

Dana Ciraulo Young ’83 has a love of media relations and knack for coming up with big ideas. She’s put those talents to use at Berkeley-based One World Play Project, a B Corporation company that promotes play as a way to help heal and rebuild communities devastated by war, disaster, disease and poverty.

“Play is something that many kids don’t get enough of because of lack of resources or places to play.

“One World Play Project makes, sells and distributes products and services to enable play around the world, especially for those living in the harshest environments where play is nearly non-existent. Collaborating with sponsors, organizations and individuals, One World Play Project works to support, enable and expand the transformative power of play in all its forms, anywhere and everywhere.

“I wanted to work for a company that did more than just sell a product,” she said. “Around the world and even in our own backyard, play is something that many kids don’t get enough of because of lack of resources or places to play. Essentially, with something as simple as a ball, we’re now able to help organizations around the world help individuals and communities to transform themselves and the world through play.”

Meeting a Need

One World Play Project has donated more than 1 million balls.

With the support of founding sponsor Chevrolet, a global network of partners and individuals, One World Play Project has donated more than 1 million balls since its founding in July 2010, impacting over 35 million children in more than 175 countries on six continents including girls who have suffered atrocities in Kenya, amputee victims in Sierra Leone, homeless youth living in the streets and sewers of Mexico City, and orphans in Thailand. Read more about these efforts…

“The millionth ball is an important moment for us, but it’s also just the beginning. We know that there’s so much more to do. We want to meet the global need for play, which is at least 80 times more than this extraordinary start,” One World Play Project co-founders Lisa Tarver and Tim Jahnigen said.

As PR Director for One World Play Project, Young is a key player in the effort to meet the need – and is an integral part of the movement to turn the world into a field of play.

She oversees and is responsible for communications strategy, planning and implementation, including messaging, media outreach, reputation and crisis management. She works closely with internal teams, domestic and international partners to raise awareness for the company mission, products, partner programs, executives and overall impact.

Young’s public relations career spans more than 20 years. She’s worked for a variety of companies, from small boutique PR consultancies to the multinational, Internet corporation Yahoo! Inc.

She joined One World Play Project some four years ago as a consultant, and was hired as a staff PR Director in October 2013. She shares the job with longtime PR colleague Jennifer Hwang.

The company’s emphasis on social responsibility and the fact that it is a B-Corporation was a major draw for Young.

B Corporations are a new type of company, which harness the power of business to ignite change and solve social and environmental problems, Young explained. To become certified as a B Corporation, One World Play Project had to pass a difficult and very detailed test to prove that it benefits people and helps the environment.

Launching Campaigns Around the World

Young has traveled the world on behalf of One World Play Project, helping to launch campaigns in Africa, Europe and South America, and in 2015 she is planning to head to the Middle East and Asia. She’s worked with former Malawi President Joyce Banda, soccer great Landon Donovan and Giants’ pitcher Jeremy Affeldt to distribute balls to organizations via their individual and/or team foundations.

The balls are not affected by use in harsh environments. “They’ve even been run over by tanks, and just pop back up.”

Sting provided the initial funding for the research and development of a prototype of the ball distributed by One World Play Project, and he continues to be an advocate and supporter of the project. “We’re so thankful he came aboard,” Young said.

Chevrolet stepped forward to become a founding sponsor of One World Play Project, pledging to donate and support the distribution of 1.5 million Chevrolet-sponsored balls to programs and schools in disadvantaged communities around the world. Together, One World Play Project and Chevrolet celebrated the donation of the one millionth Chevrolet-sponsored One World Futbol in South Africa (September 2014) and are collaborating to bring many more play opportunities to those who need it most.

But you don’t have to be a super star or major corporation to get involved, Young said.

Any individual around the world can buy a ball online through the Buy One, Give One program. For each ball purchased, One World Play Project will donate a ball to an organization working with children and youth in disadvantaged communities around the world.

One World Play Project also offers groups the opportunity to participate in campaigns in which they can raise balls to donate to organizations they support.

The balls come in five colors – blue, green, pink, orange and the Chevrolet-sponsored gold. Balls that are donated via the campaigns are blue – the UN color for peace.

And the balls are meant to last. They require no pump or needle and will never go flat, even if punctured. The balls are not affected by use in harsh environments. “They’ve even been run over by tanks, and just pop back up,” Young said.

“We’re using the power of play to help transform children.”

Young says working at a start up like One World Play Project is challenging because “you want to do so much, so fast to make sure kids get to play.”

But each and every day Young sees concrete results of her hard work. “We are giving kids the opportunity to dream and helping them see they can achieve whatever they set their mind to,” she said. “We’re using the power of play to help transform children, who we believe are our greatest natural resource.”

Adds Young, “What I’ve learned through this whole process is that the impact of play can’t be underestimated. It’s extremely critical to the health and well-being of children,” she said.

Young and her husband, Kaipo, are the parents of triplets, Ke’ale, Maile and Makana, who are in 7th grade.

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December 15, 2014

Mr. Sanchez – Optical Illusion Design

This optical design was created from a bandwidth of lines that were precisely applied with a Sharpie™ pen, within each were placed arches going downward & upward. Students selected a pair of analogous color schemes and also a combination of these schemes. Black (for shading) and white (for tinting) color pencil were blended with analogous colors to develop the dimensional illusion that takes effect. The original arch lines were then re-applied by pen & ink.

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7 Things About Javier Sanchez

This is an installment in a series of profiles called “7 Things” about O’Dowd’s terrific faculty and staff that is regularly featured on our website. Visit http://www.bishopodowd.org/7things/ to see more.

What inspired you to do this kind of work?

Ever since I can remember, I was always doing two things – playing sports and making art. I pursued both loves in college. I played football at Cal State University (never say East Bay) Hayward for four years while earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Studio Art.

What is your position here and how long have you worked at O’Dowd?

I am one of four visual art teachers at O’Dowd, and am currently in my 21st year teaching art here. I recently returned to coaching and serve as an assistant coach for Doug Vierra’s freshman football team.

What is the best piece of advice you ever received (generally – it doesn’t have to be related to O’Dowd)?

Former O’Dowd art teacher Wayne Shaffer developed the year-long Drawing and Design course that is still offered and I currently teach. An art term I learned from him is Full Range of Value (FRV*) and it is an element of art that I have students apply to most of their artwork. This term is valued so much that I teach it in every one of my courses and include its application into my personal art.

What is your favorite thing about your job?

Being able to develop a curriculum for each of my art classes, preparing the step-by-step example for art projects, and then seeing the students produce amazing pieces for themselves. I will always consider myself a traditionalist in art application, but it is fun researching new ideas for projects, and assembling technological lectures for my students to grasp, as well as strengthening their concepts for art styles.

What about your field or position do you think would surprise people the most?

How I grade art. Most believe that grading art is subjective. Once upon a time, in my earlier years, I felt this way. Over the years, with the help of my art colleagues, I have implemented a six-step grading criteria for each and every phase of the art of a given assignment. This has alleviated much of the guesswork for grading my student’s art.

What is the most interesting or surprising thing about you?

During college I worked as a security guard at O’Dowd. In 1989, I interviewed with current Dean of Students Gary “Mace” Mason, and he hired me to work security for four hours each afternoon. About the same time, one of the art teachers, Caroline Fields, was getting ready to go on maternity leave. I substituted in her classes, and I loved it. As soon as I graduated with my B.A. in Studio Art, I was hired to teach art full-time. And soon after that, I was also hired to coach various levels of football. Working with students in and out of the classroom is an awesome combination.

If you could rescue only one thing from your burning office, what would it be?

Hanging up behind my desk is a Father’s Day gift my wife made for me. It is a photo collage plaque of my son and I having fun at one of his doctor checkups.

Bonus Questions:

What is your favorite kind of music/what are your favorite bands?

Once an art project is introduced, and the students are steadily working, I play music from various channels on Sirius XM or Pandora during class. My personal favorites are R&B, Old School Rap, Salsa/Afro-Cuban, Vicente Fernandez and Electric/House.

What is your favorite sports team or who is your favorite individual athlete?

Hall of Famer Howie Long was my favorite player growing up, and I wore his #75 in every level of football I played. I am often asked, “Do you like the Raiders?” and I am quick to reply, “NO! I love the Raiders!” That love has been tested the last 10+ years, that is why I’m “diehard fan” not “bandwagon fan.”

*In art, value refers to the lightness or darkness of a color.


Drawing 1 – Time Lapse

Thanks to Mr. Roscoe for submitting this video. Hadley Kaufmann ’17 emailed this video she took of herself drawing her own self portrait in class using her Iphone with a time lapse photos. The music is Bach’s “Unaccompanied Cello Suite”.

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Nesbitt and Savant – Pacific Boychoir Academy

“While attending a Holiday event at the Wingtip Club with Mark, I had the privilege to listen to the Pacific Boychoir Academy, and to my great delight, two of our students, who are graduates of the Academy, participated in the event, Julian Nesbitt and Nathan Savant. They were incredible!! I had chills through the entire concert, and I could not have been more proud to applaud and cheer for them! They brought me to tears! Beautiful voices!” – Christine Garavaglia


December 12, 2014

Food and Toy Drive Pictures

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Final Exam BART Shuttle Schedule

Dec 15th-17th
Am Shuttle: 7:40am & 8:05am pick up at San Leandro BART
Afternoon: 12:30pm &1:30pm Depart BOD to San Leandro BART

Dec 18th
AM Shuttle: 7:40am & 8:05am pick up at San Leandro BART
Morning: 10:30am &11:30pm Depart BOD to San Leandro BART

**There will be no 3:30pm or 6:15pm BART Shuttles during finals week**
   The BART Shuttle will be out of service 12/19 – 1/4. Service will resume on 1/5/15.


December 10, 2014

Advent Liturgy Skit

The skit should be available about 12:50p.m. if it isn’t showing below, as it is still uploading to YouTube.

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