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  •  Environmental Studies Institute

    ESI Garden Party

    Join the Environmental Studies Institute  for a Garden Design Party for the new SCU Education and Community Garden.

    This participatory event will be led by Alan Green, a landscape architect and expert in participatory design.  Participatory design will allow everyone to have input into what the garden will look like.  The event is open to anyone interested in being a part of the new garden and will involve students, staff, faculty and community members.  We will have many design ideas from our students to inspire you.  You will also have an opportunity to meet our new Americorps volunteers who will be building the garden and undertaking our new environmental justice outreach programs.

    Friday, October 23, 2009, 2:30 - 5 pm

    Corner of Benton and Sherman Streets

  •  Partners in Health Celebrates 20 years of Health and Social Justice with a Photography Exhibit: "On the Same Map"

    PIH On the Same Map

    Exhibit:  October 13 through November 20, 2009, Harrington Learning Commons, Sobrato Technology Center and Orradre Library, Second Floor

    Center for Science, Technology, & Society Symposium:  October 13, 3:30 - 5 pm, Saint Claire Room
    Advances in Vaccines for Gloval Health Threats with Dr. Jay Levy, Professor of Virology and Immunology, UCSF, and Dr. Duncan Steele, Senior Scientific Advisor, Global Vaccine Development Program, PATH

    Opening Reception:  October 13, 5 - 7 pm, Saint Claire Room
    Program at 6 pm featuring Frederick J. Ferrer, CEO, The Health Trust, and Cassia van der Hoof Holstein, PIH volunteer

    The exhibit and activities are free and open to the public.

    Panel Discussion: Engaging Santa Clara for Global Health, October 16, 4 to 5:30 pm

    University Library Book of the Quarter Discussion: Mountains Beyond Mountains by Tracy Kidder, October 29, 7 - 8:30 pm

    The Gerald and Sally DeNardo Lectureship: Global Health: Taking Stock of  "Neglected Diseases", April 13, 2010, 7:30 pm
    Dr. Regina Rabinovich, Director of Infectious Disease Development, Global Health Program, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation


  •  Cajas de Cartón y Senderos Fronterizos

    Cajas de Cartón y Senderos Fronterizos

    The Governor's Office of the State of Jalisco, Mexico, is honoring Francisco Jiménez, Fay Boyle Professor of Modern Languages and Literatures, by publishing his first two autobiographical books, Cajas de Cartón y Senderos Fronterizos, in one volume by the Secretaria de Cultura of the Government of Jalisco.  The volume has a wonderful introduction by the Governor and preface by the Minister of Culture.

    University President Michael E. Engh, S.J. will receive The Secretario de Cultura of the State of Jalisco, Mexico, Jesús Alejandro Cravioto Lebrija on behalf of Francisco Jiménez in a formal presentation on Tuesday, October 13, 2009, at 7 p.m, in the Adobe Lodge. 

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  •  Dept of Chemistry & Biochemistry Presents Dr. Ron Zuckermann

    Dr. Ron Zuckermann

    Dr. Ron Zuckermann speaking on "Bioinspired Polymers as Nanoscale Building Materials"

    Friday, October 9, 2009, 4:00 - 5:00 pm

    Alumni Science 120


    Peptoids are a novel class of non-natural biopolymer based on an N-substituted glycine backbone that are ideally suited for nanomaterials research.  This bioinspired material has many unique properties that bridge the gap between proteins and bulk polymers.  Like proteins, they are a sequence-specific heteroploymer, capable of folding into specific shapes and exhibiting potent biological activities; and like bulk polymers they are chemically and biologically stable and relatively cheap to make.  Peptoids are efficiently assembled via automated solid-phase synthesis from hundreds of chemically diverse building blocks allowing the rapid generation of huge combinatorial libraries.  This provides an ideal platform to discover nanostructured materials capable of protein-like structure and function.

    Dr. Zuckermann will be in the DS 103 from 3:15-3:50 pm to meet with students.

  •  Straussophobia

    Please join the Political Science department on Friday, October 9, 2009 at 3:30 to 5:00 pm in Lucas Hall, Room 126.  Refreshments will be provided

  •  Ethnic Studies "I"dentity Workshop

    The field of Ethnic Studies teaches students to understand how our racial and ethnic identities inform our other multiple identities (i.e., gender, sexual orientation, religion/spirituality, class, citizenship status, and ability).  Come celebrate the 40th anniversay of SCU's Ethnic Studies Program through an interactive workshop open to all. Participants will have the opportunity to explore how they self-identify and discuss in a safe space the many ways in which society shapes and defines us.

  •  Vocal Villains

    Just in time for Halloween, Vocal Villains explores the darker (and sometimes lighter) sides of human nature and the superstitions and legends surrounding this Autumnal season.  Selections from Wicker, Beauty and the Beast, Camelot, Rigoletto and Carmen, plus entertaining selections from classical songs and musical theatre hits.  Presented by the SCU vocal vaculty and students.

  •  SCU Concert Band

    MUSC 54/154

    Open to all students, this is a brand new program at SCU for 2009/10.

    We are looking for enthusiastic instrumentalists who have experience playing in a concert/wind band setting, and who want to be part of a new tradition at SCU. This ensemble focuses on band literature from the 19th century through to today.

    Class Meets: Wednesdays 7.30 - 9.30pm in room MDF 106

    Contact: Rob Kathner in the Music Dept office

  •  2009 Fulbright Teaching Award


    2009. Santa Clara University senior and triple-major Benjamin Snyder has won a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship to teach English in Saxony in the former East Germany after graduation.

    The award will pay transportation and a living-expense stipend for Snyder, a 22-year-old avowed Germanophile, to teach English to German secondary school students for a year starting this fall.

    Snyder, who is president of the German club, learned about the Fulbright teaching award while studying for a semester in Berlin in 2007, when he was one of several dozen winners nationwide of the German Academic Exchange Service scholarship.

     “This award is a fantastic privilege that I could never have achieved without the guidance and encouragement of my family, friends, and professors.,” Snyder said. “As I make the transition from student to teacher, I find myself increasingly aware of those who have helped me to where I am today, and will try my hardest to be a similar positive force within the German community in which I am placed.”

    He became fascinated with being an educator while teaching English as a Second Language in San Jose. According to Snyder, combining teaching with his German language skills was a natural fit. “This is a continuation of my love of all things German,” he said.

    In addition to German studies, Snyder is also majoring in political science and history—and is an honors student in each, as well as being a member of the University Honors Program.

    “He has always been outstanding,” said his German professor Gudrun Tabbert-Jones. In addition to his beautifully spoken and written German skills, his grasp of German political history is keen, she said.

    Snyder has written an honors thesis for the history department on the legacy of the Socialist Party in East Germany.  Tabbert-Jones has suggested that he publish it, calling it “outstanding.”

    Snyder is also the winner of the Geoff and Josie Fox German Studies Award for students who have shown a consistent interest in German culture, and who have an understanding of the experience, values, and traditions of Germanic speaking countries. He will receive the award May 27.  A member of the cross country and track and field team until this year, he’s also won numerous other awards at SCU, including the 2008 Bernard L. Kronick Political Science Undergraduate Research Award.

    After the teaching assistantship, he plans to go to graduate school, perhaps in public policy or public health, hopefully combining that with a stint in the Peace Corp.

  •  Department of Art and Art History Events


    For over 25+ years, The Gallery of the Department of Art and Art History has provided a forum for campus and community to explore a broad range of media and artistic viewpoints.

    Linked to the academic year, our exhibitions begin in the Fall with the work of professional artists. In the Spring, we show the work of students, most of whom are finishing B.A. degrees in Studio Art. Throughout the year, hundreds of students visit the Gallery, while many arts professionals exhibit and speak as guest lecturers.

    Our goal is to present intriguing art work for both the curious amateur and the sophisticated professional, for we believe art-making and viewing provide valuable experiences in understanding life.

  •  Health and Science Horizons: Albert Jonsen

    Albert Jonsen

    Thursday, May 14


    Regan Lecture: “Autonomy and the History of American Bioethics.” Dr. Jonsen is a biomedical ethicist and author. He is Emeritus Professor of Ethics in Medicine at the University of Washington, School of Medicine, where he was Chairman of the Department of Medical History and Ethics from 1987-1999, and currently is Co-Director of the Program in Medicine and Human Values at California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco. 5 p.m., de Saisset Museum, free. Made possible by a gift from New York Life Insurance Co. in honor of William Regan III.

  •  2009 Summer Program


    For more information regarding the 2009 Summer Session, please visit

  •  Islam, the State, and Human Rights


    In his lecture Professor An-Na'im will argue that the establishment of secular states throughout the Islamic world can best ensure universal rights as well as religious freedom for both Muslims and non-Muslims in today's globalized societies. The separation of religion and state is necessary to give individuals the liberty to discuss, critique, and challenge sharia (Islamic law). Where sharia conflicts with the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights--especially with regard to the status of women and religious minorities--those portions of sharia must be amended or abrogated. Secular forms of government are best suited to allow such discussions to take place.

  •  Environmental Studies Institute Seminar Series


    Seminars are 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m. in the Kennedy Commons, unless noted otherwise.

    Join us for coffee and cookies at 11:45 a.m.

    If you have a disability and require reasonable accommodation, please call 408-551-7086 at least 48 hours before the event date.

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  •  SCU alumnus wins George J. Mitchell Scholarship


    SANTA CLARA, Calif., Nov. 24--Neil Ferron, a 2005 magna cum laude graduate of Santa Clara University, poet, and playwright, was named Saturday one of 12 George J. Mitchell Scholars for the 2009-10 academic year by the U.S.-Ireland Alliance. The scholarship will enable Ferron, who already has written and produced a critically acclaimed play and founded a Seattle-based theater company, to work further on his playwriting at Trinity College in Ireland.

  •  SCU student named as Rhodes Scholar


    SANTA CLARA, Calif., Nov. 24-Noelle R. Lopez, the captain of Santa Clara University's women's cross country and track team and a philosophy major, was named Saturday as one of 32 U.S. Rhodes Scholars, one of academia's most prestigious awards granted to students of "high academic achievement, integrity of character, a spirit of unselfishness, respect for others, potential for leadership, and physical vigor."

  •  The Crime Beat: Pathologizing Youth


    Multicultural Journalism Speaker Series -

    The Crime Beat: Pathologizing Youth? Thursday-Nov. 20th 5pm Weigand Room.  RSVP-

    Criminal justice reporter Karen de Sa, of the SJ Mercury News, discusses the news media's focus on young offenders with SCU Journalism professor Barbara Kelley.

  •  JAI Guest Artist Series


    JAI Guest Artist Series

    Erik Ehn: Conversations with an American playwright and director

    One of the theatre’s most profound thinkers speaks on activism, alternative theatre and the alert imagination.

    Join us for a provocative conversation with Cal Arts Dean of Theatre, host of the annual Arts in the One World Conference and nationally produced playwright, Erik Ehn - one of the theatre’s most profound thinkers speaks on activism, alternative theatre and the alert imagination.

    Tuesday November 11, 2008
    3:45 – 4:45 pm
    Fess Parker Studio Theatre
    Refreshments will be served
    RSVP (408) 554-5542 or


    Panel discussion at the de Saisset Museum with Erik Ehn, Evri Kwong & Juan Velasco

    “Meditation into Action: Three Perspectives on Art, Social Justice and Spirituality”

    6:00 – 7:30 pm  
    de Saisset Museum
    RSVP (408) 554-4528

    For more information about the JAI, visit or email us at

    Mr. Ehn joins panelists Evri Kwong (painter and print-maker), and Juan Velasco (poet) at the de Saisset Museum for a panel disccussion moderated by Kristin Kusanovich, Co-Director of the Justice and the Arts Initiative and Sr. Associate Dean, Paul Fitzgerald. Support for this program and the exhibition are provided by SCU’s Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education.

    Both events free and open to the public.

    For more information about the de Saisset, visit

  •  National Science Foundation Grant


    The National Science Foundation has awarded a grant of $750,000 over five years to fund the Santa Clara University Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program.  Under the leadership of principal investigator Dennis Smithenry, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Education, the proposed program involves a strong partnership between two local districts, East Side Union High and San Jose Unified, and a collaborative team at Santa Clara that brings together faculty from the education, science, math, and engineering departments. Over the course of the NSF grant, scholarships of $25,000 will be provided to each of twenty-four science, engineering, or mathematics undergraduates who are committed to earning their teaching credential and becoming a science or mathematics teacher at the middle or high school level.

    Dr. Smithenry, with the supporting efforts of Co-PI's, Ruth E. Davis, Ph.D. (Engineering); Melissa C. Gilbert, Ph.D. (Mathematics and Computer Science); Craig M. Stephens, Ph.D. (Biology); and W. Atom Yee, Ph.D. (Chemistry and Dean, College of Arts and Sciences), developed a solid grant proposal—only 20 out of 103 submitted proposals were funded!

    The strength of the proposal lies in the creation of an integrated support program that allows our Noyce Teacher Scholars to be mentored by STEM faculty, Education faculty, and master teachers from the local school districts throughout all phases of the program. By having continuous access to these experienced mentors throughout the program, Noyce Teacher Scholars can revisit previous concepts and confront new challenges all the while situating their learning within the context of becoming a successful teacher. Noyce Teacher Scholars will be able to tap into the expertise of the more experienced members of a learning community who understand the subject matter (STEM faculty), understand how to teach the subject matter (Education faculty), and understand how to teach within the context of a high-need school (master teachers).

  •  The Hapa Project: Kip Fulbeck


    Once a derogatory label derived from the Hawaiian word for “half,” Hapa has since been embraced as a term of pride by many whose mixed racial heritage includes Asian or Pacific Island descent. Kip Fulbeck began The Hapa Project as a forum for Hapas to answer the question “What are you?” in their own words and be pictured in simple head-on portraits.  Traveling throughout the country, he photographed over 1200 people from all walks of life—from babies to adults, construction workers to rock stars, gangbangers to pro surfers, schoolteachers to porn stars, engineers to comic book artists. The project now includes a book, traveling photographic exhibition, and online community. This exhibition will include 30 images from The Hapa Project.


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