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  •  William F. Donnelly, S.J. 1928 – 2012

    Monday, Oct. 29, 2012 8:40 AM

    William Donnelly, S.J., a professor of economics in the Leavey School of Business, has died. He was 84 years old.

    Father Donnelly had been a member of the economics faculty since 1969, where he taught courses in international economics, international trade and finance, and principles of economics. His recent research concerned exports of American motion pictures, international trade, and offshore financial centers.

    A 1949 graduate of the Santa Clara University with a degree in business, he entered the Society of Jesus in 1951, and held teaching posts at Loyola Marymount as well as Santa Clara University.  He earned his doctorate in economics from New York University, and held master’s degrees in economics and theology.

    He held several administrative posts at the University and with the Society of Jesus, serving as a member of the Santa Clara University Board of Regents and the Board of Trustees, and was Academic Vice President from 1973 to 1978. He also served on the Board of Trustees for Loyola Marymount University, and consulted for the Vice Provincial for Education, in the California Province of the Society of Jesus.

    Visitation and Vigil Service
    3:00-6:00 p.m., Monday, November 5, 2012
    Vigil Service will begin at 5:30 p.m. to conclude the visitation hours.
    Mission Church
    Santa Clara University

    The Mass of Christian Burial
    7:30 p.m., Monday, November 5, 2012
    Mission Church
    Santa Clara University

    Memorial donations may be sent to the Jesuit Community for the Jesuit Scholarship Fund or for the Catala Club.


  •  Michael Kevane Receives Fullbright Award

    Monday, Oct. 1, 2012 11:38 AM

    Michael Kevane, associate professor of economics at Santa Clara University Leavey School of Business, recently was awarded a U.S. Fulbright Scholar award from the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board, to study the development impact of literacy gains in Burkina Faso.

    Kevane will spend about six months in Burkina Faso in West Africa later this year, measuring how increased reading of fiction by young people affects certain character traits which are considered vital to spurring economic development.

    The Fulbright combines Kevane’s two biggest scholastic passions: economics and literacy/reading in Africa. He is director and founder of Friends of African Village Libraries, a nonprofit that helps build and maintain libraries in African villages. This is a passion he developed over the years, as he and his wife Leslie Gray, a geographer, spent time living in small villages in Burkina Faso and Sudan.

    “Reading is a cornerstone of development for any society,” said Kevane. “I am excited to spend my time as a Fulbright scholar learning to what extent the first generation of students with access to libraries in Burkina Faso are better equipped to make individual and collaborative decisions for long-term well-being, especially for their communities.”

    Kevane’s  research will focus on six outcomes: attitudes of tolerance towards cultural difference, inclinations to be cooperative and trusting, patience, risk preferences, and attitudes towards innovation and change. Increasingly, these mental predispositions are seen as important in the process of economic development. The research will be conducted in collaboration with researchers from the Institut National des Sciences des Sociétés of Burkina Faso.

    Kevane received his Ph.D. in development economics from the University of California- Berkeley and his B.S. in foreign service from Georgetown University.  He has consulted for the World Bank, Freedom from Hunger, and the private sector. The author of two books and numerous articles in academic journals, Kevane also lectures and writes frequently on African economic development and socio-economic issues.

    The Fulbright Program is sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the United States Department of State. The primary source of funding for Fulbright is an annual appropriation from the United States Congress. Assisting the Bureau with the administration of the Fulbright Program are a number of private organizations, including the Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES).

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