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  •  Career Talks: Steve Smith

    Please join FAI to welcome Steve Smith, Executive Vice President of Wells Fargo Bank for the first Career Talk. This series is designed to help students learn about a variety of careers from Santa Clara University alumni.

    Steve Smith will discuss the factors that influenced his decision to enter the banking field, how he has used his Santa Clara MBA and Food and Agribusiness concentration in his career and suggestions for students interested in a similar career.

    The event will be held on Monday, February 27th from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. in the de Saisset Museum auditorium. Appetizers will be served.

  •  Ghana Immersion Application

    Interested in joining us for a 10 day immersion to Ghana?

    Download the application online

    We are now accepting applications!

    Immersion trip is scheduled for June 18 – June 28, 2012 (tentative)
    Cost: $2500

    Sponsored by the Food and Agribusiness Institute and the Leavey School of Business
    All undergraduate freshmen, sophomores, and juniors are welcome to apply!

    All participants will be required to register for and attend a 2-unit lecture series that will take place during spring 2012:

    BUSN 151 FHPE (Food, Hunger, Poverty, Environment) Immersion: Ghana

    The course blends short lectures, guided discussions and reflections and a 10-day immersion in Ghana interacting with local people of diverse backgrounds for experiential active learning. The goal is to increase students’ understanding of the role of business in the developing world and to explore the role of business in alleviating poverty through economic development and the pursuit of social justice.

    For more information, contact Erika French-Arnold by email or by phone 408-554-5173.

    Visit the Food and Agribusiness Institute online

    For pictures, visit  our flickr, and for a video, visit here.
    For more information about previous immersion trips, visit our immersion page.



  •  The Politics of Hunger

    The Politics of Hunger
    Wednesday, January 18
    12 p.m.
    Location: Lucas Hall Forbes Conference Room
    Cost: FREE! Please RSVP for an accurate lunch count.

    Please join FAI in welcoming United States Department of Agriculture Regional Director Dennis Stewart for a talk about the relationship between politics and hunger. Stewart will discuss the nine food assistance programs he oversees, including SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program), WIC (Women, Infants and Children), and NSLP (National School Lunch Program). He will also address the impact these programs have on people in the community, the number and percentage of beneficiaries of the programs and the effect of current and pending legislation such as the Farm Bill. At the end of the talk, Stewart will discuss opportunities for Santa Clara students and community members to contribute to ending hunger in our communities.

    Santa Clara University student organizations and community groups will be available to discuss opportunities for becoming involved and volunteering in our local community.

    If audience members have any specific questions they would like Dennis Stewart to answer, please email them to

    The event will be held in Lucas Hall, Room 126 (Forbes conference room) beginning at 12:00 p.m. and ending at 1:15 p.m.

    Lunch will be served. Please RSVP on the form below so we can order the correct number of meals.

  •  The Business of Chocolate

    Business of Chocolate

    Thursday, February 16

    Presentation: 5PM
    Tasting: 5:30PM
    Location: Lucas Hall Forbes Conference Room 126
    Cost: FREE!

    Join FAI in welcoming Dandelion Chocolate to Santa Clara University. Todd Masonis and Cameron Ring, founders and core chocolate makers of the company, will give a special talk explaining the “behind the scenes” aspects of the chocolate business, the process of starting a company from the ground up, and advice for future entrepreneurs.  Following the talk, there will be a tasting of Dandelion Chocolate products.

    For more information about Dandelion Chocolate, visit their website.

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