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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.
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.
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.
For more information regarding the 2009 Summer Session, please visit www.scu.edu/cas/summer
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.
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.
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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.
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."
Multicultural Journalism Speaker Series -
The Crime Beat: Pathologizing Youth? Thursday-Nov. 20th 5pm Weigand Room. RSVP- email@example.com.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 www.scu.edu/cas/jai or email us at email@example.com
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 www.scu.edu/deSaisset
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).
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.
Music has maintained an active and vital presence at Santa Clara University since Father Nobili had a piano brought to campus in 1851 and the first band, called the Cecillian Society, was formed in 1855. Today, the Department of Music offers its majors professional training in performance, pedagogy, theory, musicology, and arts administration. The program has graduated students accepted into master and doctoral programs at the top schools in the country including the Curtis Institute, Eastman, Cleveland Institute, Indiana, USC, and the University of Houston.
Committed to the education of the whole person: intellectual, emotional, physical, and spiritual, the goal of the Department of Music is to provide an intellectual and stimulating artistic environment, which fosters individual expression and creativity through the study of music and musical performance. Inasmuch as music is a fundamental characteristic of the human experience and an important component of the liberal arts education within the context of a Jesuit university, the curriculum is designed to provide students of diverse backgrounds with the skills necessary not only to understand and to perform music, but also to appreciate music’s role in human history and its potential to enhance the lives of all people.
As the University community enters into the 2008-2009 academic year, the Department enrolls over eighty majors and minors and engages hundreds of students across many academic disciplines through ensemble courses and private instruction. The traditions established with the Cecillian Society over 150 years ago remain strong, as demonstrated by the Department's successful choirs, jazz ensemble, orchestra, guitar ensemble, and opera theatre program. With the dawn of the twenty-first century, the burgeoning diversity of cultures and styles provides new opportunities to build on this tradition, incorporating contemporary forms of expression into music education at Santa Clara. The Music at Noon concert series and triennial New Music Festival are two of several programs designed to foster collaboration between students, faculty, and guest artists who come together to create and share new art.
In addition to the academic program, Santa Clara University has a thriving
Center of Performing Arts
which presents numerous productions by the Department of Music and the Department of Theatre and Dance. Students have the opportunity to perform, direct, choreograph, and provide design and technical support for these exciting works that are widely attended by the campus and local communities.
As a Jesuit and Catholic University, we have the responsibility to provide leadership in developing a more sustainable way of living. By embracing sustainability, the University furthers its mission to act as a voice of reason, conscience, and service to society.
We want you to know that at SCU, we do all that we can to make sure you are prepared to excel academically, socially, and spiritually during your four years here. This is why we require all new students to attend Orientation.
Summer Orientation is a critical first step in your college career. From learning which Residential Learning Community you will be living in to registering for your first quarter classes, these two days are an important and exciting first step on your journey at Santa Clara University. Each new student is required to attend Orientation and stay in the residence halls while they are here, even those that will be living off campus in the fall.
When you arrive on campus, there will be over twenty five undergraduate Orientation Leaders ready to greet you, answer all of your questions, tell you about classes, social life, and other dynamic opportunities at SCU.
The 2008 Summer Orientation dates are available to review now and you may make your reservation at anytime after submitting your enrollment deposit. Please remember that Summer Orientation is an academic requirement of the University and all new students must attend. If you have a parent or guest attend with you, they will participate on the same days but in a program separate from students.
1) 2008 Summer Orientation Common Reading
2) Math and Language Placement Exams
3) Advanced Placement Exam Information
4) International Baccalaureate Test Credit
5) Housing During Summer Orientation
6) What to Bring to Summer Orientation
7) Important Student Records Information
Come and hear the graduating music class of 2008 as they make their final appearance as SCU Undergraduates!
408 554 4428
May 30-June 7, 2008
Wed—Sat, 8pm; Sun, 2pm
Louis B. Mayer Theatre
Box Office: 408-554-4015
Buy Tickets Online at www.sjtix.com!
Forty years after the debut of this ground-breaking rock musical, Hair continues to captivate with its raw, and at times irreverent, exploration of the 1960’s counterculture. In the face of the Vietnam War, Claude and his tribe form a tight community rooted in their ideals of universal peace, free love, and psychedelic experimentation. Together, they confront harsh societal realities such as the draft, racism, and social conformity. Featuring classics Aquarius, Good Morning Starshine, and title song Hair. Contains adult content; parental guidance suggested.
The Science & Politics of Obesity...& How to Effect Change
Thursday, May 8th
RSVP by Monday, May 5th by email firstname.lastname@example.org
Linda Bacon, PhD
Nutritionist, Researcher, & Author of the upcoming book:
Health at Every Size: The Surprising Truth about Your Weight
In compliance with the ADA/504 please direct your accommodation requests to Jessica Gagnon,
408-554-4461 or WGST@scu.edu
, at least 72 hours prior to the event.
Wednesday, April 30th
11:45 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Williman Room, Benson Center
Anisha Desai, Executive Director,
Women of Color Resource Center
Linda Leu, Policy Analyst,
Office of County Supervisor Liz Kniss
Margaret Abe-Koga, Vice Major,
Mountain View Council
Andrea Flores-Shelton, President,
Latina Coalition of Silicon Valley
Moderator: Janet Flammang,
Chair Political Science Department
RSVP by Monday, April 28th by email to email@example.com
Sponsored by the Women of Color Network & the Political Science
The Women of Color Network at SCU is a collaborative initiative
Office for Multicultural Learning and the Women*s and Gender Studies
In compliance with the ADA/504, Please direct your accommodation
at least 72 hours prior to the event to the Office for Multicultural
Learning at (408) 551-7152.
The Adventures of Amir Hamza
and the Islamic Storytelling Tradition
A presentation by
MUSHARRAF ALI FAROOQI
Santa Clara University, Benson Parlors
(First floor, Benson Center)
4 pm, Monday, May 19, 2008