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  •  Student Spotlight: Peter Summerville

    Monday, Oct. 27, 2014

    Professor SunWolf is teaching Communication 100A: The Science of Happiness. On the second day of class, she gives each student a purple no-complaint bracelet, which they are told to wear continuously for 21 days. This is part of the now viral Complaint-Free Movement, started by a minister, Will Bowan, who challenged his congregants to stop complaining.

    Studies show that to change a habit, it is necessary to string together 21 days of the behavior you want to start (or stop). While Professor SunWolf’s students would not have time to string 21 complaint-free days together — it took Reverend Bowan six months to do that himself — they are challenged to journal each day and string together as many complaint-free days as they can as they study the toxic effects of social complaining on happiness.

    Peter Summerville is taking the class and interning for Gabe Kapler, a former Major League Baseball player who is now a health and fitness guru. Kapler publishes a popular blog, and he gave Peter a chance to create a guest post that touched on the course. Peter wrote:

    "You may be asking yourself what the point is. The major by-product of not complaining is happiness. I don’t think I am re-inventing the wheel when I say that complaining is a serious factor affecting moods and happiness in all people.

    "One of the most rewarding parts for me has been writing in my journal every night about my complaints. Through my writing, I note and accept my mistakes, but also consider the reasons why other people are complaining, so that I can learn from others. I like the personal evaluation I have given myself, and I have learned a lot about when others tend to complain."

    Read the entire post here.

  •  Faculty Feats: Gordon Young

    Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014

    An Op/Ed by Senior Lecturer Gordon Young will appear in Dispatches from the Rust Belt, an anthology that showcases stories from the first year of Belt Magazine. Young offers a cautionary tale for would-be urban homesteaders who are considering buying inexpensive housing in one of America’s “shrinking cities.” The message: Think before you buy.

  •  Life After SCU: Jeremy Herb

    Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014

    Jeremy Herb is a defense reporter for Politico Pro in Washington, D.C. Prior to joining Politico, he covered defense and national security for The Hill and covered the Minnesota congressional delegation and 2012 Republican presidential primary as a Washington correspondent for the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

    Jeremy is a native of San Jose. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Santa Clara University and received a master’s degree from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.

  •  Faculty Feats: Michael Whalen

    Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014

    The College of Arts & Sciences honored Associate Professor Michael Whalen with the Bernard Hubbard, S.J., Creative Collaboration Award at the fall convocation. The award recognizes faculty with a well-deserved reputation for excellence in educating students by including them in professional research projects or creative activity, thereby transcending traditional teaching models to reach the heart of the research and creative process and, in this collaboration, for having inspired other scholars and artists.

  •  Student Spotlight: Reflecting on a College Career

    Thursday, Jun. 12, 2014

    The University honored several Communication students in June by naming their Pathway Reflection Essays some of the best of the year. Only 24 seniors at SCU receive the award.

    Pathways, clusters of courses with a common theme, promote integrative and intentional learning. More specifically, they cultivate the ability to make intentional and reflective educational choices; to study a theme from a number of disciplinary or methodological perspectives; and to perceive connections and relationships among ideas. The Pathway Reflection Essay is the culmination of the Pathways experience, and allows students to examine what they have learned inside the classroom and out.
     
    Congratulations to Victoria Rutherford for the Cinema Studies Pathway; Kaitlin Kmetz for the Gender, Sexuality, & the Body Pathway; Elizabeth Draeger for the Vocation Pathway; and Nick Ostiller for the Values in Science & Technology Pathway.
  •  Student Spotlight: Happy to Study Happiness

    Thursday, Jun. 12, 2014
    Communication majors celebrate the completion of their Senior Thesis course entitled The Science of Happiness (COMM 197) with Professor Sunwolf. The class blew bubbles in the atrium of the Arts & Sciences Building, a symbolic culmination of all the research they synthesized about happiness (getting it, losing it, keeping it). Congratulations to Blair Boone, Sabrina Brutocao, Brittany Calvo, Jaclyn Cardosa, Sylvana Dalsgaard, Paula Gonzalez, Sarah Jackson, Laura Jalalian, Alexandra Johnston, Ashley Pinnell, Jeffrey Ramos, Sasha Sommer, Caroline Stouffer, Megan Swindells, and Veronica Yu.
  •  Student Spotlight: Communication Honor Society

    Saturday, Jun. 7, 2014

    The new leaders of Lambda Phi Eta, the Communication Honor Society, have been selected for the 2014-2015 academic year. Contratulations to Emma Poplin (president), Lauren Bigelow (vice president), Madeleine Burr (secretary), and Jackie Bright (treasurer).

  •  Events: Genesis Film Festival 2014

    Saturday, Jun. 7, 2014

    The Santa Clara University Communication Department and the Independent Film Practicum in conjunction with the Activities Programming Board Present the 5th Annual Genesis Film Festival. Join us in Santa Clara University's Locatelli Center on Friday, June 6, 2014 at 6pm to enjoy and appreciate select films of SCU students.

    Genesis Film Festival 2014 Teaser Trailer

  •  Faculty Feats: Gordon Young

    Sunday, Mar. 30, 2014

    Writing in Belt Magazine, Senior Lecturer Gordon Young examines what it takes to be an urban homesteader in one of America's "shrinking cities" like Detroit, Cleveland, and Gary, Indiana. He finds that helping revive these once proud cities is not for the faint of heart.

    "If you’re not financially stable, committed to years of hard work, and willing to deal with the frustrations that come with life in a city that used to build things, your psyche and your bank account will take a big hit. And you might end up hurting the very place you were trying to help when you call it quits and walk away."

  •  Life after SCU: Liam Satre-Meloy

    Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013
    Liam Satre-Meloy, a Communication major from the class of 2009, is the co-producer of the soon-to-be-released independent feature Film The Motel Life, starring Dakota Fanning, Emile Hirsch, Stephen Dorff and Kris Kristofferson. "Liam had that rare ability to combine technical film skills with a great sense of story and, more importantly, understood what would play in front of audiences," said Professor Michael Whalen, who taught Liam in various Communication Department film courses.
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