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The Faculty-Staff Newsletter, e-mail editionSanta Clara University, April 15, 2005, Vol. 4, No. 13

Table of contents

SCU in 100 best places to work in Bay Area
U.S. News rankings for SCU business and law school
The de Saisset Museum turns 50
SCU benefits: Last day to fill out benefit satisfaction survey
Summer Bronco Camps for kids
eAdvice for SCU faculty and staff

SCU in the news

Campus events
SCU People
Grants, Awards and Publications

SCU in 100 best places to work in Bay Area

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In an annual survey that ranks the “100 Best Places to Work” in the Bay Area, Santa Clara University is No. 9 in the large employer category.
“SCU is proud to have been selected as one of the top 10 places among large employers to work in the Bay Area. We strive to foster a work environment that is conducive to teamwork and enthusiasm.”
—Molly McDonald, Assistant VP, Human Resources

Other Bay Area employers in the top 10 among large employers (more than 350 employees) are Genentech, Gordon & Rees LLP, and Mills Peninsula Health Services. SCU was the only higher education institution among the top 30 employers in the region.

“Working here is not just about working in a great location; it's about living a great life and about how the right work experience can make all the difference in the world. Concerts, plays, art exhibitions, NCAA sports, distinguished public lectures and international conferences, professional development, and daily Mass— there is something going on almost every day at our beautiful campus,” said Molly McDonald, assistant vice-president for human resources at SCU.

The 2005 “100 Best Places to Work” rankings are a joint project of the San Francisco Business Times, the Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal, and the East Bay Business Times. In electronic surveys administered by companies themselves, employees were asked 40 key questions about their workplace – questions that asked how happy they were with the work climate and culture, management practices and policies, and benefits offerings. On-site day care (Kids on Campus) was highlighted by SCU employees as being a valuable perk of working on the Mission Campus.

Vicky Gonzalez, an administrative assistant in the religious studies department, has been at SCU for 14 years. “I’ve been a ‘resident’ of Bannan Hall: the first seven at Counseling Psychology and Education, and the last seven at the Religious Studies Department,”said Gonzalez. “Why have I been here so long? Many reasons, but they boil down to the core of SCU: working with great faculty, students, and staff. It's a pleasure to be around people who are so dedicated to the University’s mission of learning. There is a strong sense of community here, and each day I feel blessed to be a part of it.”

U.S. News rankings for SCU business and law school

The MBA program at SCU’s Leavey School of Business was ranked among the top 15 part-time MBA programs in the country, according to U.S. News & World Report rankings. The business school’s ranking among the nation's part-time programs positions the MBA program as the fourth best part-time program in California.

The other California part-time programs ranked in the top 20 are at the University of California, Los Angeles, the University of Southern California, and the University of California, Berkeley.

SCU’s law school ranked fifth on the list of the nation’s most diverse law schools. Out of 200 nationally accredited law schools, only four were considered as having a more diverse student body. The magazine’s diversity index is based on the total proportion of minority students, not including international students, and the mix of racial groups in 2004-05.

The School of Law, which tied with University of San Francisco last year for No. 94, fell from the top 100 into the third tier. Julia Yaffee, senior assistant dean for student services dismissed the results. "All schools really don't change that much from year to year," she said. "They need to have schools move around to have people buy their magazine."

Yaffee asks students not to take the rankings too seriously. She pointed out the school recently became a member of the Order of the Coif, which she saw as an indicator that "the school really is on the move." This is the 18th year U.S. News & World Report has released graduate school rankings, a complement to the undergraduate rankings that were started in 1983 and are released each fall.

The de Saisset Museum turns 50                                 

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The de Saisset Museum
SCU’s de Saisset Museum is celebrating its golden anniversary in 2005, and kicked off the celebration on April 9 with a special party complete with live entertainment and docent-led tours of the Museum’s current exhibitions.

SCU President Paul Locatelli, S.J., faculty, staff, alumni, community members, museum friends and donors, and artists gathered to celebrate the museum’s milestone anniversary. The de Saisset Museum was founded through a bequest from Isabel de Saisset, in memory of her deceased brother Ernest.

Isabel and Ernest were born to a successful French immigrant who became the French counsel to the city of San Jose. Ernest de Saisset was a former student at SCU and an accomplished painter. The de Saisset Museum serves as a repository for his paintings, as well as his family’s decorative arts collection.

The museum has presented some groundbreaking exhibitions including:

The first retrospective of Inverness-based painter and printmaker Inez Storer.
The exhibition Dark Matter: The Art of David Huffman, which featured the first-ever large-scale, site-specific wall painting by this Oakland-based artist.
The exhibition Globalization’s Children: Photographs by Sebastião Salgado.

Current exhibitions include the paintings of American Indian artist Frank LaPena, cast acrylic monotypes by Bay Area artist Joseph Zirker, and the works of Hisako Hibi, a first-generation Japanese-American artist known for her paintings completed during the World War II internment camps.

Some of the upcoming events during the museum’s 50th anniversary year include Impossible to Forget: the Nazi Camps Fifty Years After, photographs by Michael Kenna, and The Legacy Project: Portraits and Personal Narratives of Holocaust Survivors.

Both of these exhibits are scheduled to run October through December, 2005. For more information about exhibitions and museums, visit www.scu.edu/desaisset.

SCU benefits: Last day to fill out benefit satisfaction survey

The Benefits Committee has developed a survey about Santa Clara University's Benefits Program. (Members of the Benefits Committee are appointed by the Faculty Affairs Committee and the Staff Affairs Committee. The Benefits Committee works closely with Human Resources to review and discuss options regarding benefits.)

 

SCU must regularly make decisions regarding the allocation of benefits dollars. The survey will help the University improve the current programs and provide more choices regarding benefits. For security reasons, the survey can only be accessed on campus. Please complete the survey by Friday, April 15, 2005.

 

The survey should take less than 10 minutes to complete. Your responses will be kept confidential. Click here to complete the survey (For security reasons, the survey can only be accessed on campus).

 

Summer Bronco Camps for kids

Summer is right around the corner and that means it’s time for the annual Bronco Kidz All Sports Camp at SCU. This year’s Bronco Kidz All Sports Camp will offer five weeks of summer camp, including an overnight and day camp option for the first session only, which is July 10-15.

The remaining sessions will offer a week of day camp. The Bronco Kidz All Sports Camp includes instruction in the six core sports: basketball, soccer, volleyball, flag football, baseball/softball, and swimming. Also, five bonus sports will be introduced: badminton, indoor soccer, kickball, dodgeball, tennis, and obstacle courses.

Included in the camp fee is a Bronco Kidz Membership for the 2005-2006 year. Membership includes a birthday card from Bucky, a Bronco Kidz T-shirt, a newsletter and invitations to sports clinics with student athletes throughout the school year! Faculty and staff get a 10 percent discount. Use the code SCU EDU when signing up for the camp.

To register, go online to www.USsportscamps.com or call 1-800-645-3226. For more information, e-mail wbaumbach@scu.edu.

eAdvice for SCU faculty and staff

Review your eAdvice and familiarize yourself with the process online www.scu.edu/ecampus/ or www.scu.edu/hr.

Effective May 23, SCU employees who direct deposit their pay checks will no longer receive a pay advice in the mail. Employees without access to a computer can use a kiosk with a computer and printer in the HR offices. They can also pick up the printed pay advice in the HR offices.

Questions? HR will host open forums on:

  • April 19 at 10:30 a.m. in the Brass Rail
  • May 2 at 1:30 p.m. in the Benson Parlors

After May 23, SCU employees will receive email notices every payday with a reminder to view their information. For more details, read Frequently Asked Questions or e-mail Ingrid Williams at iwilliams@scu.edu or Agustin Ruiz at aruiz@scu.edu.

SCU in the news

Eric Hanson, from SCU’s political science department and author of a book on the Catholic Church, talked to NPR about the death of the Pope and the pontiff’s record as international peacemaker. Click here to listen. He was also featured in the Los Angeles Times article on the selection of the new Pope. Read the story.

The San Jose Mercury News featured the visit of world renowned theologian Hans Kung and the "World's Religions: Common Ethical Values,'' exhibit at SCU’s Markkula Center for Applied Ethics in an article by reporter Robin Evans titled “Trying to create a global ethic.”

The San Jose Mercury News quoted economics professor Mario Belotti, in an article on venture capital and Silicon Valley titled “Silicon Valley working hard to keep its edge” by reporter Mike Langberg.

SCU’s commitment to being a community leader and its recent purchase of 1,608 megawatt hours of 100 percent renewable energy through Santa Clara Green Power was showcased on the Silicon Valley Power Web site. Read the story.

Margaret McLean of Markkula Center for Applied Ethics was quoted in an article on the Terri Schiavo case in the San Jose Mercury News. The story also ran in newspapers across the country. The article, “Schiavo plight sparking debate”, spoke about complex issues that surround end-of-life care directives.

A breakfast event to celebrate women’s history month by the Global Women’s Leadership Center at the Leavey School of Business was featured in the Silicon Valley Business Journal. More SCU in the News.

Campus events 

Digital Divide or Digital Commons: Toward Global Knowledge Sharing, April 21, 2005:

The Center for Science, Technology, and Society, one of the four Centers of Distinction on the SCU campus will host a conference on taking the digital revolution to the next step: how we can not only exchange bits and bytes of information but share knowledge globally to address social and environmental issues that require the full participation of the world community. For more information, visit the conference web site.

Future Directions Discussion Series:

  • Session #2 - Civic Learning (Janet Flammang) Wednesday, April 27, Parlors
  • Session #3 - Ethics and Justice (Paul Fitzgerald, S.J.) Friday, April 29, Parlors
  • Session #4 - International Education (Michael Kevane) Tuesday, May 3, Williman Room

All sessions will be held from noon-1 p.m. in the Benson Memorial Center. Feel free to bring your lunch. Drinks and cookies will be provided. The series is intended to stimulate conversations among faculty, staff, and students about what a Santa Clara education should be in the globalizing world.

The University Planning Council will use the input from these discussions to improve the quality of SCU in ways designed to lead to national prominence. The authors will be present for the discussion of their paper. Your participation in the conversations is needed and encouraged. The discussion series will be based on theme and area papers written by faculty and staff. These papers can be found on the Web at Future Directions.

Valley of the Gods: Religious Encounters in the Bay Area:

A series of nine lectures covering religion in the Silicon Valley. Each lecture will be given by a leader of one of the region's religious communities and will address topics related to how the area's religious and cultural diversity shapes their tradition. The lectures are open to the public every Thursday through June 2, from 4-5 p.m. in Daly Science 206. No registration is required. For more information, contact Philip Boo Riley at priley@scu.edu or at 408-554-2199. More SCU events

SCU People 

Helen Moritz, vice provost for undergraduate education, has resigned to return to full-time teaching in the classics department in fall 2005.

Mario Prietto, S.J., director of SCU’s Campus Ministry, is leaving SCU to become the rector of the Jesuit community at the University of San Francisco.

Grants, Awards and Publications 

Fred Foldvary, department of economics, published the article, "Infrastructure: Optimal Private and Governmental Funding and Provision" in Economic Affairs, March 2005 and "Geo-Rent: A Plea to Public Economists" in Econ Journal Watch, Vol. 2, No. 1, April 1, 2005.

Tom V. Savage, chair of the Department of Education and Marsha K. Savage, a professor in the Department of Education, recently published the sixth edition of Teaching in the Secondary School (Pearson/Merrill/Prentice Hall, 2006).

To submit grants, awards, and publication information, click here

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