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  •  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.


  •  2008-2009 Music Events


    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.Department of Music

    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.

    SCU Orchestra

    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.

  •  Sustainability at SCU


    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.

  •  Class of 2012 Orientation


    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

  •  2008 Commencement Recital

    Come and hear the graduating music class of 2008 as they make their final appearance as SCU Undergraduates!

    More Information
    Rob Kathner
    408 554 4428
  •  Hair

    May 30-June 7, 2008
    Wed—Sat, 8pm; Sun, 2pm
    Louis B. Mayer Theatre
    SCU Campus  

    Box Office: 408-554-4015
    Buy Tickets Online at!

    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 and How To Effect Change

    The Science & Politics of Obesity...& How to Effect Change

    Thursday, May 8th
    3:30-5 p.m.
    Benson Parlors
    Refreshments provided

    RSVP by Monday, May 5th by email

    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, at least 72 hours prior to the event.
  •  The Issues That Matter Most: Women of Color & Election 2008

    Wednesday, April 30th
           11:45 a.m. - 1 p.m.
           Williman Room, Benson Center
           Lunch Provided

           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

    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.
  •  Heroes, Dragon, Demons

    The Adventures of Amir Hamza
    and the Islamic Storytelling Tradition
    A presentation by

    Santa Clara University, Benson Parlors
    (First floor, Benson Center)

    4 pm, Monday, May 19, 2008

  •  Music At Noon

    Santa Clara Univeristy's Music at Noon series hosts some of the world's finest musicians and high profile Bay Area performers.  The series promotes artistic pluralism, cultural diversity, and global understanding through Music.

    Admission is FREE and everyone is welcome!
    When: Every Wednesday during the academic year
    Where: Santa Clara University Center of Performing Arts Concert Hall
    Need more information? Contact Professor Robert Bozina:

    Cuban Soneros, Delta Bluesmen, Shakuhachi, Chamber Music, Opera Divas, Hawaiian Halau, Jazz Masters, Classical Guitarists, Bluegrass, Samba, Tango, Gamelan, Gu Zheng and more are all part of Music at Noon.

  •  Gerald and Sallly DeNardo Lectureship

    The Gerald and Sally DeNardo Lectureship was established through an endowment created and funded by Gerald and Sally DeNardo. Their vision is for the Lectureship to be the major and most effective presentation in the health sciences at Santa Clara. The breadth of the speaker will also position the lectureship to be one of the most important events for the Santa Clara University community as a whole, and include a public lecture, a student lecture, and other interactive campus events.

    Boasting dynamic and eminent speakers inspired by purpose, the Lectureship brings out the best of a Jesuit education, reflecting Santa Clara’s institutional commitment to the pursuit of informed ethical discourse across the University. Complementing the Lectureship is Health & Science Horizons, a series of interdisciplinary programs aimed at informing and enriching an intellectual dialogue across campus and in our community.


  •  California Studies Institute Presents

    Make California History Come Alive with Music and Dance

    12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

    California Mission Room- Benson Center
    Juan Bautista Sancho: Pioneer Composer of California
    by William J. Summers and Craig H. Russell

    2:30 pm - 4:30 pm
    Reception to follow

    California Mission Room- Benson Center
    From Serra to Sancho: Music and Pageantry in the California Missions
    Performed by the Cal Poly Early Music Ensemble
    Directed by Thomas Davies
    Musical commentary by Craig H. Russell

    7:30 pm
    Mission Church

    All events are FREE but an RSVP is REQUIRED

    Please RSVP by March 31:

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