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  •  Class of 2015

    Be the self God wants you to be, but don’t be a jerk, James Martin, S.J., tells graduates

    In a speech that sounded straight out of “The Colbert Report,” where he was a frequent guest, nationally known Jesuit, Catholic author and commentator James Martin, S.J., entertained and inspired the Santa Clara University graduating class Saturday morning with advice that was part pastoral, part comedic.

    “I look forward to seeing you at our 50th reunion,” he said to the delighted graduates, noting that his newly bestowed honorary doctorate of religion and culture made him a member of the Santa Clara University Class of 2015. “You will be a spry 71, and I’ll be 104.”

    For the first of 10 life lessons for the graduates assembled on Buck Shaw Field, Martin declared, “You’re not God; this isn’t heaven; and don’t be an ass,” to a burst of laughter. He said even when life is at its most aggravating and burdensome, “You can be sad and disappointed and angry, and you can share your struggles with your friends, but you don't have to pass on your anger. … It doesn’t mean you have to act like a jerk."

    Fr. Martin was perhaps best known as the “Chaplain of the Colbert Nation,” a recurring guest on the Comedy Central show "The Colbert Report," which ended its run last year. Martin is editor at large of America Magazine, the national Catholic weekly with 45,000 subscribers. His articles and commentary have also run in publications including Commonweal, The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and Time magazine, as well as on CNN, NPR, and other broadcast media.

    Quoting (occasionally dubiously) from the words of Jesus and others, Martin urged the graduates to live out their deepest desires, which he said are also “God’s desire for you.” Other good life  lessons, he said, are to stop trying to get others’ approval or comparing yourself to others, which he said “leads to despair.”

    After reminding the crowd to great applause that each one of them is a “beautiful creation of God” and “being holy means being you,” he deadpanned, “Remember this: God does not make crap … in the words of Jesus … more or less.”

    An award-winning author of several books and a best-selling memoir, Martin received his bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business, then entered the Jesuit Order after working for six years with General Electric. He received his master’s degree in divinity and in theology from the Weston Jesuit School of Theology in Cambridge, Mass., now part of the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry.

    He ended his speech, "In the words of Jesus Christ, 'Go Broncos!'"

    Michel ’60 and Mary Orradre, friends and benefactors of Santa Clara University’s academic endeavors, also received honorary doctorates of public service during the ceremony in recognition of their expansive support of education and preservation of California history.  Internationally recognized sculptor and SCU supporter Fletcher Benton received an honorary doctorate in fine arts.

    Valedictorian Hannah Maryanski, an environmental studies and English major, recapped for her classmates the hidden lessons from SCU’s physical spaces. She said, ”May we always remember the examples of St. Ignatius and St. Clare as we become leaders in a world with a growing economy, in a society that fights for equity, and in a culture desirous to live sustainably on a strained planet.”

    Santa Clara University’s undergraduate Class of 2015 comprised nearly 1,300 students, ranging in age from 19 to 65 -- 52 percent of whom are women, 48 percent men. Ethnically, the class identified as White (51%); Hispanic (18%); Asian (13%); Two or more races (6%); and Black (3%).

  •  Business Ethics Internship

    Markkula Center for Applied Ethics program puts students to work at Cisco Systems

    Business Ethics Interns Sarina Jwo and Ashley Derakhshandeh, Class of 2016

    For 15 hours each week, three Santa Clara University students are putting on the cap of internal investigators at Cisco Systems, as part of a new program from the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics.

    The interns have been trained as fraud analysts and are now working alongside ethics and compliance professionals on investigations.

    Day-to-day duties include analyzing expense reports and transmissions, compiling reports, and participating in interviews.

    “Working at Cisco is unlike any professional experience I’ve had, and has solidified my career goals for after Santa Clara,” said Sarina Jwo, a finance major who is scheduled to graduate in 2016. Her classmates Ashley Derakhshandeh and Conor Boone are also part of the program.

    Interns begin at their host site in their junior year, and continue their work with the organization through their senior year.

    The program is in its second year. Alumni include Jessica Snyder ’14, an Assurance Associate at PwC, and Kevin Krautscheid ’15, an incoming national assurance researcher at EY.

    “The experience really brought to life the inherent ‘gray area’ of ethical decision-making and made clear the importance of culture and controls in organizations,” Krautscheid said.

    Program Alumnus Kevin Krautscheid, Class of 2015

    This year’s interns received a training manual created by Krautscheid. The manual includes a guide for approaching the investigation’s casework, as well as a sample report to be used as an exemplar.

    The interns have each been assigned a supervisor who works directly with the interns throughout the investigation process.

    nterns also meet periodically with a business ethicist at the Markkula Center to add an additional perspective and dialogue to their experience.

    Once the program is complete, interns are qualified for a number of roles directly out of college and have firsthand knowledge of the importance of ethical decision-making in organizations.

    Business Ethics Intern Conor Boone, Class of 2016

    Learn more about the program at the Markkula Center’s website.

  •  Global Medical Brigades

    SCU’s Global Brigades chapter facilitates health clinics and builds sanitary units during trip to Nicaragua

    The SCU Global Medical Brigades chapter traveled to Nicaragua for nine days during spring break to facilitate a temporary medical and dental clinic in two communities, and to help two families build sanitary units and concrete floors for their homes in a third community. The team featured 35 students and a doctor who is one student’s father. Leading up to the trip, the team was responsible for raising $15,000 to buy all the medications and supplies necessary for the clinic. These included antihistamines, anti-parasitics, gauze and novocaine for the dental clinic, and plenty of multivitamins for children and adults. Team members paid their own way for the trip and also raised money at home during the holiday break. The team also conducted fundraisers on campus and received help from the volunteer alumni committee and others, with donations of money and non-medical supplies.

    Room full of medications to be distributed to the community at the medical and dental clinic.

    Global Brigades is one of the largest student-led organizations in the world, with chapters at universities all over the United States and Europe. Groups volunteer in everything from medical and dental care to microfinance. The organization works on a holistic model, with the goal of creating  sustainable communities. During the first part of the trip, the group saw patients at a medical and dental clinic. Stations at the clinic included triage, doctor consult, dental, public health, pharmacy, and OB GYN. Patients were able to receive medications for a variety of different ailments, and doctors were able to refer patients to in-country medical services if their medical issue was more serious. At the public health station, patients learned how to prevent disease through sanitation and clean drinking water.

    For the last three days of the trip, students completed a public health project in the community: building a sanitary station consisting of a shower, sink, toilet, and concrete floors for two families. The families were responsible for paying for 10 percent of the project, and this money went into a community fund from which members would be able to take out loans for future public health, business, or educational projects. Having a share in the cost of the project also makes it more likely that the family will maintain upkeep of the new facilities. Most families in the community had already participated in this initiative and were happy that they had a new and clean sanitary station and a concrete floor in their home to avoid insect-borne diseases. It was clear that Global Brigades had made a very positive impact in the community and that the work of the students was an essential resource to getting these projects done.

    Students Kaitlin Boone ’18, Jacenda Rangel ’18, and Alyson Koh,’15 mix cement to build the sanitary stations.

    Not only were students able to help the people of Nicaragua in a positive way, but the trip was an invaluable experience for team members. All of the students were genuinely invested in improving the lives of the people in the communities where they worked, and they worked tirelessly for the entire trip. For some, the experience solidified their plans, whether to become a doctor or work in public health. For others, it influenced them to choose a new path. Said Shannon Breslin, a first-year student from Chicago, “Nicaragua changed my viewpoint on life, and I never thought nine days could ever do that. Before college, all college was about was getting the right major to get the right degree to get loads of cash. After Nicaragua, the money wasn’t as prominent in my college experience or why I was going to college. After Nicaragua, I realized that the experiences I will have and the people I will meet throughout my life are worth more than money could ever pay for. Also I realized that I want to do nonprofit work with my life and live a life geared towards helping those less privileged than I am.”

    The success of Global Medical Brigades at SCU can also be credited to the values that SCU instills in its students, namely the emphasis on helping others. Many team members are involved in other clubs on campus such as the Santa Clara Community Action Program, which focuses on helping marginalized communities in the San Jose area. There are also various immersion trips and programs that allow students to travel outside of the state and to foreign countries for the purpose of helping others in need. Global Medical Brigades has the honor of being one of those programs that can offer students the opportunity to foster their longing to better the lives of others and to gain a better understanding of what it means to be a global citizen.

  •  Grants, Awards, and Publications

    SCU faculty and staff receive recognition for their outstanding work

    Silvia Figueira, associate professor of computer engineering and director of the Frugal Innovation Lab, has been selected by INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine for its 100 Inspiring Women in STEM Award.

    Ron Danielson, chief information officer, received a special award from the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities for his work on behalf of Jesuit colleges.

    Katerina Bezrukova, assistant professor of psychology; David Caldwell, professor of management; and Jerry Burger, professor of psychology wrote a paper about team composition and performance of 30 Major League Baseball teams that was accepted for publication in the Journal of Applied Psychology.

    Tim Myers, senior lecturer in the English Department, has a new book of poetry, Nectar of Story, from BlazeVOX Press.  He has published three short stories with PIF Magazine, Storytelling, and Exterminating Angel Magazine, an article on the Orpheus myth with Los Angeles Review of Books, an article with the Colorado College Bulletin, and three poems in an anthology about siblings.

    Tyler Ochoa, professor at the School of Law, spoke on "Pre-1972 Sound Recording Copyright Law" on March 6 at the annual symposium sponsored by the Northwestern Journal of Technology and Intellectual Property, at Northwestern University School of Law in Chicago. Ochoa spoke April 10 at a conference on IP and the Modern University Athlete at the Texas A&M School of Law. His speech was called "Are Sports Statistics in the Public Domain?"


  •  Senior Design project on CBS News

    Senior Engineering student’s virtual therapy device featured on KPIX 5 News

    While some might fear public speaking to the point of calling it a phobia, two students bravely face that anxiety by talking about their work to alleviate the fears of others. For their Senior Design project, Bryce Mariano (web design and engineering major, studio art minor) and Paul Thurston (computer science and engineering major) have developed a simulation tool for therapists to use in guiding patients through a controlled virtual world of exposure to potentially terrifying things.

    With a post-university goal of starting careers in the video game industry—more precisely, within the category of serious or interactive games—the pair were looking for a project that could afford the experience they’d need to follow their dreams while also providing a social benefit, preferably in the area of psychological treatment.

    Fortunately, academic advisor and computer engineering Adjunct Lecturer Maria Pantoja was there to help. “At a conference last year,” she said, “I saw a presentation about therapeutic video games by Adam Gazzaley M.D, Ph.D.—his team is seeking the first FDA approval for these games’ use—and I thought this was fantastic. My students know I like to design video games, so every year I have groups that want to do capstone projects related to gaming."

    "Developing therapeutic video games beautifully pairs a desire for a career in video game design with the SCU mission of giving back to society.” With the seed for their project planted, Thurston reports, “Our biggest challenge at the beginning was that because we’re engineering students, we didn’t understand the psychology side. We reached out to Dr. Kieran Sullivan [professor and chair of SCU’s psychology department] and through our own research and her feedback, we decided to create a tool to treat phobias such as fear-of-heights or flying.”

    Their technique uses the Oculus Rift hardware (picture a cross between goggles and a welder’s mask), a head-mounted 3D display device that tracks head orientation, allowing users to experience the virtual world from their own vantage point. Mariano, who interned as a graphic designer, worked on the simulation design, while Thurston, who helped program the control system for SCU’s 2013 Solar Decathlon house, programmed the controls communication between a computer tablet and the Oculus. He also created a mobile app the therapist uses to control the session.

    They started with a fear of heights simulation. As the patient takes in a 360-degree view from atop a building, the therapist can alter the virtual height and the resultant view—backing off or increasing exposure as needed according to the patient’s emotional response.

    While the team stresses that their tool is for use by trained therapists, not for sufferers to use on their own, Thurston notes that just knowing you can take the goggles off while immersed in the experience may make this form of treatment more approachable for some.

    “Another aspect of our project that has been very important to us is to keep it affordable as well as accessible for future development,” said Mariano. “By using economical hardware and developing the simulation using the Unity Game Engine, which is 100 percent free and readily available, we hoped to create a platform that would allow others to easily pick up the project where we left off and continue expanding on the library of simulations to treat the widest possible range of phobia patients.”

    Pantoja appreciates the interdisciplinary experience the project affords the students. “We are really lucky that we can count on the support of the College of Arts and Sciences. The help we are getting from Dr. Sullivan is invaluable. Also, for this project, and for all the video game projects I advise, I call on the expertise of computer engineering alumnus Chris Menezes ’10. Chris works at Disney/Pixar and is providing us with advice on how the video game development process works in the ‘real world’ and how to make games more appealing to customers,” she said.

    Sullivan adds: “Using cutting-edge technology to create a therapeutic and safe environment for folks struggling with anxiety disorders holds incredible promise. I’m so excited that Bryce and Paul have chosen this for their project.” Pantoja sees such projects as just the beginning. “There are tremendous opportunities out there that are limited only by our imagination.”

  •  Eleven SCU Faculty Receive Tenure, Promotions

    Santa Clara University President’s office announces honors

    Santa Clara University President Michael Engh, S.J., has granted tenure and/or a promotion to eleven faculty members. All were recognized for their contributions to their students and their commitment to teaching, student learning, and scholarly research.

    Receiving tenure is:
    Anna Sampaio, Ethnic Studies

    Receiving tenure and promoted to the rank of associate professor are:
    Jimia Boutouba, Modern Languages and Literatures
    Akiba Lerner, Religious Studies
    Paul Mariani, S.J., History
    Farid Senzai, Political Science
    Carrie Pan, Finance
    Hohyun Lee, Mechanical Engineering
    W. David Ball, Law

    Promoted to the rank of full professor are:
    Juliana Chang, English
    Michael Whalen, Communication
    Ed Maurer, Civil Engineering

  •  Jim Purcell Elected to Catholic Publication’s Board of Directors

    SCU Special Assistant to the President Will Serve National Catholic Reporter

    Jim Purcell, a special assistant to the SCU president, has been elected to the Board of Directors of the National Catholic Reporter. Established in 1964, the NCR began as a newspaper and is now a print and Web news source that stands as one of the few independent journalistic outlets for Catholics and others who struggle with the complex moral and societal issues of the day. NCR is headquartered in Kansas City, Mo.  Purcell’s role at SCU involves fund-raising for the Jesuit School of Theology and for the L.A. Catholic High School Scholarship Fund.

  •  Forge Garden Party Celebrates Sustainability

    Sustainability Champion Awards highlight Friday event

    The Sustainability Celebration at the Forge Garden is Friday June 5 at 4pm. All are welcome to join in for free food from the Pony Express food truck, drinks and games, as well as bike-pedal-powered live music! Don’t miss the the announcement of the Sustainability Champion Award winners at the beginning of the event. The Sustainability Champion Awards are designed to recognize individuals or groups at SCU who go out of their way to develop a culture of sustainability. Individuals or groups are nominated (by self-nomination or nomination by another) with a short description of why they should receive the award. Members of the Center for Sustainability vote on the nominees and select an award recipient for each category (staff, faculty, student, group, collaborative project, and current Sustainability Liaison).

    The Sustainability Celebration is also a chance to express gratitude to the individuals involved in the Sustainability Liaison Network every academic year. The network has been expanded to include six cohorts with faculty and student employees as the latest additions. Over the span of this year, 168 people attended the monthly meetings, and even more were impacted by all of these individuals' efforts and enthusiasm to strengthen a campus culture of sustainability, starting with their respective campus area, or peers.

  •  Subscribe to “Illuminate”

    SCU’s thought leader blog arrives in your inbox

    Readers can now subscribe to an Illuminate newsletter for the latest thought leader articles every other week. Illuminate delivers thought-provoking content exploring interesting facts, perspectives, and stories from Santa Clara thought leaders.

    Illuminate was created to engage alumni in a unique way, to grow national visibility for the University, and to enhance our reputation as a distinctive University. Illuminate recently announced three new thought leaders, a richer user experience, and nearly 50 articles onlineSign up now to have Illuminate delivered directly to your inbox!

  •  Education Forever

    Something’s always new at Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

    Are you interested in travel to Cuba or Tuscany? Would you like to connect with other adults interested in biking in the Bay Area or genealogy?

    The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Santa Clara provides these opportunities and more to adults age 50 and over. For an annual membership fee of $45, residents can take advantage of more than 50 course offerings, a dozen special interest groups, a distinguished speaker series, and the new "Lifelong Learning Through Travel" program.

    Members receive a monthly newsletter and quarterly catalog. The travel program this year ran trips ranging from “The Romance of the Arts in Los Angeles” to “Magical Music on the Blue Danube.” Special interest groups include a current events discussion, hiking, a mystery book club, and photography.

    Classes are led by current and retired SCU faculty members and by independent scholars. They are held on the Santa Clara University campus, at Loyola Hall and at the Villages in San Jose.

    To become part of this vibrant campus community, enjoying the university environment without the pressure of tests or grades, visit (Fees for each program are listed on the site.)

  •  Law School Commencement

    California Chief Justice Inspires Law Graduates

    Use your values as your compass and safeguard the well-being of others, Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye of the Supreme Court of California urged the 223 graduating students from Santa Clara University School of Law.

    The law school’s commencement took place at 9:30 a.m. May 16 in the University’s Mission Gardens.

    Chief Justice Cantil-Sakauye is the 28th chief justice of the State of California, which means she is the leader of the judicial branch of government for the state. Her responsibilities include serving as Chief Justice of the California Supreme Court, chair of the Judicial Council, and chair of the Commission on Judicial Appointments.

    She is the first Filipina American and the second woman to serve in this role. At the time of her nomination in July 2010, she had served more than 20 years on California trial and appellate courts, including six years on the Court of Appeal, Third Appellate District, in Sacramento.

    During her commencement address,she noted that the graduates are “inheriting three centuries of unfinished challenges, which are morphing into modern-day, contemporary challenges.” Among them: 19th-century slavery, manifested today in human sex trafficking; 20th-century civil rights battles,  manifested today in various issues and a “rapidly deteriorating middle class”; and the 21st century problems of social justice, privacy and equal rights, including the fact that “women are still not receiving equal pay for equal work.”

    “You have approximately 50 privileged years to go hard and bend the arc of justice,” she said.

    She noted the dire need for legal aid for low-income people, including 90 percent of California litigants in housing and family law who are self-represented. Only 1,000 of the state’s 165,000 lawyers are dedicated to legal aid.

    She said her advice for the next 50 years would  be to “bring a compass, and that the north on that compass be the rule of law. And the other points on that compass be your values.”

    Cantil-Sakauye received an honorary Doctor of Law degree at the event. She was honored earlier in the year by Santa Clara University School of Law for her ongoing efforts in advocating for the human and civil rights of minorities throughout California, including overseeing a pilot Domestic Violence Home Court, and as a board member of My Sister’s House, a domestic violence safe house for Asian and Pacific Islander women and children.

    Born in Sacramento, Chief Justice Cantil-Sakauye earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Davis, graduating with honors after first attending Sacramento City College. She received her J.D. from UC Davis School of Law in 1984.

    During the ceremony Saturday, University President Michael Engh, S.J., also spoke to the graduates, saying “you are the voices of justice in an increasingly complex and inequitable world,” and urging them to "continue to bring justice to the innocent, to serve those who would otherwise have no legal counsel, and speak truth when it challenges the status quo.”

    Santa Clara Law’s 2015 graduating class comprised 47 percent women and 53 percent men.

    Fifty-three percent of the graduates identified as Caucasian, with 23 percent identifying as Asian; 12 percent Hispanic; 4 percent multi-ethnic, and 2 percent African-American.

    Eighty-one graduates received certificates in various areas of high-tech law; another 24 received certificates in public-interest and social-justice law; and 20 specialized in international law.

    Among the awards for outstanding graduates given earlier in the graduation season, student Sarah Mirza received the Inez Mabie Award for Outstanding Graduate based on academic performance, scholarly activities, leadership and service roles at the law school and in the community. Catherine Nguyen received the Dean's Outstanding Student Leadership Award for exemplifying the school’s motto of “lawyers who lead” and serving other students, the school, and the community. Kambrie L. Keith was named the Pro Bono Student of the Year, for the graduate who has volunteered the most hours during the 2014-15 school year.


  •  SCU EMS team volunteers for night shift

    As emergency responders, Santa Clara University students help their own

    Every night from 5 p.m. to 8 a.m., the first responders to medical emergencies at Santa Clara University are student volunteers. Santa Clara University Emergency Medical Services consists of 35 students who all have basic Emergency Medical Technician certification. “At least three of us are on duty every night,” said Kate Rosen, a junior who is the SCU EMS director for 2014-15. “There is always medical attention available on campus.”

    To become certified, students must have 150 hours of classroom training and pass both a written exam and a skills test. The EMTs can perform initial assessments, control bleeding or give oxygen, but they are not allowed to perform medical interventions such as starting IVs or giving medication.

    EMTs on duty carry radios, cell phones and pagers so Campus Safety Services can dispatch them. Calls range from students who have the flu, to those who have been injured playing intramural sports, to intoxicated students.

    “Our biggest job is determining the difference between ‘big sick’ and ‘little sick,’” Rosen said. “We assess the patient and determine whether they need immediate medical care or can wait until morning. Sometimes it’s also just talking with a person and providing them with a little bit of kindness and support.”

    The squad adds 10 to 15 students each year through its interview process and a certification class.

    “Our biggest values are kindness and integrity, so we’re looking for people who are excellent EMTs but who also value treating patients with kindness and compassion,” Rosen said.

    When they aren’t on a call, EMTs can do schoolwork or sleep in the group’s office at Cowell Center. Rosen, from Salem, Ore., took the EMT class her first year at Santa Clara and was chosen for the squad at the end of that year. She remembers being “completely terrified” on one of her first calls, helping a student who had gotten into a fight off campus and then returned covered in blood. She was in awe of the way the veteran EMTs took control. “If I went into that situation now, as a more experienced EMT, I would be able to do the same thing,” Rosen said.

    As director, Rosen oversees a student leadership team that includes training officers, a statistician and an operations officer. She also works with the heads of other student organizations and members of the University’s administration.

    “It’s given me so many skills that are invaluable for the rest of my life: being confident, being able to go into a situation and take control, dealing with a huge range of individuals when they’re at their worst,” Rosen said. “That has been really powerful and has given me a lot of insight into why I want to be in medicine and what kind of medical professional I want to be.”

    “Kate is very focused and has a great drive to accomplish the things that she needs to accomplish,” said Jillandra Rovaris, director of the Cowell Center. “She’s very organized and task-oriented, and I think in this position you need to be those things.”

    Rosen said the experience has confirmed her belief that she would like to go to medical school. She is a double major in biology and public health, with a minor in chemistry.

    The squad has a support team of administrators, including two San Jose fire captains who review calls. EMTs also can consult with the Cowell Center and counseling center staff.

  •  Senior Design Conference Winners

    45th Annual Senior Design Conference features capstone projects

    The School of Engineering held its 45th Annual Senior Design Conference May 14. Seniors presented their yearlong capstone projects to an audience of industry experts, faculty advisors, students, family, and friends of the School of Engineering.

    The day ended with a dinner at the Locatelli Center in celebration of all the hard work and dedication the students put into their projects and an appreciation for the advisors as well. Dean Godfrey Mungal announced the session winners of the Senior Design Conference toward the end of the dinner.

  •  Faculty, Staff Scrimmage With Women’s Soccer Team

    Annual soccer scrimmage game takes place Friday afternoon

    Three years ago, before what was supposed to be the first-ever match between faculty/staff and the nationally ranked SCU women’s soccer team, the faculty/staff side was understandably nervous. But Coach Jerry Smith had a surprise. The sides weren’t going against each other. Instead, each varsity player paired off with a faculty/staff partner for a few drills, then the groups put together an evenly matched game.

    So began an annual tradition. This year’s event takes place from noon to 1:30 p.m. Friday at Stanton Field. Players must wear shin guards, long socks, and cleats. Fortunately for the non-students in the game, they aren’t expected to keep pace with All-Americans who are in prime physical shape.

    “We all share a passion for the sport of soccer, being Broncos, and enjoy an opportunity to strengthen our relationships with different parts of our campus community,” Smith says.

    The game began with the efforts of School of Law faculty members Gary Neustadter and Patricia Rauch-Neustadter. Their daughter, Stephanie, had played for Smith in the early 2000s. They told Matt Smith, the campus ministry’s director of outreach and a participant in the Tuesday/Thursday lunchtime indoor games at the Malley Center, that Coach Smith was looking for “practice players.” The lunch bunch was excited if intimidated.

    “The first year we held it,” Matt Smith said, “I remember looking over at the women's soccer side, after supporting them for years, and saying to myself, although it may have been out loud, ‘All of my years at Santa Clara have culminated in this one moment. I'm so excited!’”

    Now that it has become a regular event, Rauch-Neustadter says, "I don't know if it's a high point for the women on the team, but it is for me and many others who come out to play."

  •  Grants, Awards, and Publications

    SCU faculty and staff receive recognition for their outstanding work

    Francisco Jimenez (Modern Languages and Literatures), who is retiring at the end of this term after a more than 50-year association with Santa Clara as a student and professor, wrote the book Taking Hold: From Migrant Childhood To Columbia University. It was published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in April. The book is Jimenez’s sixth.

    Shannon Thomas ’13 and Professor Thomas Plante (Psychology) wrote the paper “Psychological well-being of Roman Catholic and Episcopal clergy applicants,” which was published in the May 2015 issue of Pastoral Psychology.

    Blake de Maria (Art and Art History) received the Gladys Kreible Delmas Prize Foundation Best Book Prize in Renaissance Venetian Studies. The award included an honorarium of $1,000. De Maria’s book Reflections on Renaissance Venice: A Celebration of Patricia Fortini Brown was published in 2013.

    Andrea Pappas (Art and Art History) has received a four-month residential research fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities to study at Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library in Delaware. Pappas will continue research for her book Embroidering The Landscape.

    Tobias Wofford (Art and Art History) has been awarded a one-year residential research fellowship at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C., funded by the Terra Foundation. Wofford is researching a book titled Visualizing Diaspora: Africa In African-American Art.

  •  Transformative Gift

    $25 million donation from Jeff and Karen Miller advances social entrepreneurship at Santa Clara University

    Silicon Valley entrepreneur and venture capitalist Jeff Miller, together with his philanthropic partner and wife, Karen, have given Santa Clara University $25 million to fuel its center dedicated to applying innovation and entrepreneurship approaches to address the needs of the global poor.

    The transformative gift will enable the Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship -- the new name of the former Center for Science, Technology, and Society -- to continue and expand upon its three main areas of focus: training and mentoring global social entrepreneurs; creating new ways to unlock funding for social entrepreneurs; and engaging faculty and student fellows who provide value-added research to social entrepreneurs worldwide.

    “We are very grateful for the tremendous generosity of the Millers," said Michael Engh, S.J., president of Santa Clara University. "For years they have given their time and resources to help us mentor and serve some of the world’s brightest social entrepreneurs tackling humanity’s most intractable problems. Their guidance and support for the Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship are vital to Santa Clara’s commitment to serving the poor.”

    The $25 million gift is one of the largest ever to Santa Clara University. The donation will allow the Center to increase its capacity to support more entrepreneurs, as well as expand SCU's influence in social entrepreneurship and impact investing. This work will help lift millions of people out of poverty while creating opportunities for them to participate in the global marketplace.

    In addition to funding the Center, the gift will help launch fundraising for a state-of-the-art science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) facility. Entrepreneurship, and especially social entrepreneurship in which the primary goal is to create social impact through sustainable ventures, requires cross-disciplinary thinking. Solving the pressing problems of poverty requires analyzing entire ecosystems to understand why the problems exist, and how to make a sustainable impact; solutions rarely result from a siloed approach. Santa Clara University’s STEM complex will house the Miller Center and allow the Center to engage students in systems thinking and advancing innovations that can catalyze real change.

    “Karen and I have been blessed by opportunities and advantages. We’ve enjoyed being raised, educated, and employed in one of the most innovative and enriching places on earth,” said Jeff Miller, ’73 and MBA ’76, who is a University trustee. “At this pivotal time for both Santa Clara University and the Center, with a new strategic vision that includes a STEM complex with the Center at its core, this is the perfect way for us to give back.”

    The couple has long supported the Center. Jeff has been equally generous with his time as he and Karen have been with their financial resources: He has served for more than six years on the Center’s advisory board, which he has chaired since 2011. Jeff has been a mentor to social entrepreneurs participating in the `Global Social Benefit Institute since 2006 and a trustee of the University since 2012; from 2009 to 2010, he acted as a co-managing director for the Center.

    “We are tremendously fortunate to have the Millers as supporters, allies, and generous benefactors,” said Thane Kreiner, Ph.D., executive director of the Center. “They share our mission and embody the Center’s unique combination of Silicon Valley entrepreneurial DNA and the Jesuit tradition of serving the poor. We look forward to many years of collaboration and success in our quest to eradicate poverty and mitigate climate change.”

  •  Madeleine Albright Visit

    Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright visited SCU speaking with students, faculty, and staff

    Drawing on her experiences as secretary of state during the Clinton years, Madeleine Albright offered her thoughts on some of the most controversial topics of our time at the latest President’s Speaker Series event.

    In front of a sold-out crowd Tuesday night at the Louis B. Mayer Theatre, Albright spoke about America’s role amidst rapid globalization and how domestic politics affect foreign policy. 

    Known for her love of pins, Albright received a Bronco pin from SCU President Michael Engh, S.J., and wore it the rest of the evening. She had initially worn a pin of a horse, saying it was the closest thing she had to a bronco.

    Earlier in the day, Albright spoke to a large group of students in Benson Center about her work as secretary of state, and she took the time to thoughtfully answer many questions from the audience.

    During the eight years of the Clinton administration, Albright was a high-level participant in some of the most dramatic events in our generation – from NATO's intervention in the Balkans to America's troubled relations with Iran and Iraq.

  •  Four Broncos Among Fulbright Winners

    Two students, two alumni land prestigious scholarship

    Two Santa Clara University seniors and two alumni have been awarded Fulbright Scholarships to study or teach abroad during the 2015-2016 academic year.

    The SCU student winners are:

    Senior Keyra Galvan, an economics and international business major and LEAD Scholar, who will travel to Mexico City, Mexico, to combine business coursework with an internship at a Mexico-based company.  Galvan, a 21-year-old native of San Jose, Calif., says she discovered during her study-abroad in Spain that “cultural awareness” was something she loved and valued. On campus, she has been active in the Multicultural Center and Alpha Kappa Psi, the professional business fraternity.
    Senior Ty Van Herweg, an economics and theatre double major and English minor from Woodinville, Wash,  who will go to villages in Uganda for a project to help entrepreneurs get their products to rural customers, known as “last mile distribution.”  The project will utilize a phone app, with the aim of increasing incomes of rural entrepreneurs and motorcyclists who deliver products.  While on campus, he has been active in theatre productions on campus and Santa Clara Community Action Program, as well as tutoring for the economics department.  Van Herweg, 22, credits his experience as a Global Social Benefit Fellow through SCU’s Center for Science, Technology, and Society, with helping him win the Fulbright to Uganda, where he traveled for a summer as a Fellow to help social entrepreneurship business Banapads.
    The SCU alumni who won Fulbrights are:
    Jenny Kromm ’13, a history major and music minor, who will be in Vienna, Austria, to study censorship campaigns in WWI and their impact on the arts. Kromm, a 24-year-old whose hometown is Santa Clara, studied in Vienna through an SCU Research Travel Award in 2011 and received many scholarships and opportunities to study German music and language while at SCU. Her Fulbright topic was influenced by the history class War and Democracy: WWI in the UK, which she said “changed my life”; and by her senior thesis, which focused on the collapse of the Austrian monarchy before and during WWI and rising nationalism of former Austro-Hungarian territories.

    Jeff Moran ‘04, a double major in theatre arts and English, who will be an English teaching assistant in Colombia.  While an SCU student, Moran, from Stockton, Calif., performed in nine mainstage productions and was an actor, director or playwright in dozens of student-created pieces. While getting his master’s in teaching English as a second language, the 32-year-old became interested in “the connection between language and culture,” which he hopes to explore during his year as a Fulbright scholar in Colombia. He also plans to work in a service project to help build sustainable social change.
    Two Broncos also were chosen as alternates, meaning they will be able to pursue their scholarships if others cannot accept:

    Joseph Alexander-Short ‘14, majoring in religious studies with minors in international studies, communications and political science, for a project in El Salvador on unaccompanied minors.
    Yasmeen Wanees, a senior political science major and anthropology and Arabic & Mid Eastern studies minor as well as an honors program and LEAD Scholar, for a project in Morocco on the effects of the Argan oil industry on Moroccan women’s livelihoods.
    “We are extremely proud of these Fulbright winners, who have worked hard for this honor and have put us on track to be a ‘Fulbright Top Producer’ university for the third year in a row,” said Leilani Miller, director of the Office of Student Fellowships. “We are also proud of our Fulbright alternates, who have shown the same level of excellence in their college and post-college careers.”

  •  President’s Dinner Report

    Annual ceremony honors four Alumni Award recipients and contributions by the President’s Club

    Santa Clara’s annual President’s Dinner honored four Alumni Award recipients in addition to recognizing the contributions all members of SCU’s President’s Club have made to the University over the past year.

    This year’s honorees were Frank Boitano ’69, MBA ’74, Karrie Grasser ’70, Tim Jeffries ’85, and Bart Lally ’58 M.D. During the ceremony April 25 in the Mission Gardens, the four Broncos received accolades for their service and dedication to the Bronco community. In addition to videos highlighting the lives of the award winners, the night also featured SCU’s star men’s basketball player, sophomore Jared Brownridge, and Rhodes Scholar Aven Satre-Meloy ’13.

    Brownridge spoke about how the unique opportunities available at Santa Clara made it the right school for him.

    Satre-Meloy described how Santa Clara University played a major role in his post-graduation success.

    To watch videos about the lives of this and past year’s award recipients, visit the Alumni Association here:

    Head over to flickr for a gallery of photos from the evening:


  •  Engineering’s Capstone Event

    Senior Design Conference displays seniors’ work May 14

    Partly a culmination of the SCU experience and partly a launching pad into Silicon Valley, the Senior Design Conference showcases ambitious and imaginative work from graduating students in the School of Engineering.

    The 45th annual conference takes place May 14 in Bannan and Sullivan Engineering Buildings, as well as at Benson Center and the Learning Commons. Presentations to judges take place from 2:15 to 5 p.m. Demonstrations to the public begin at 5 p.m. on the Engineering Quad. Both are open to the public.

    The capstone features teams covering all engineering disciplines (bioengineering, civil, mechanical, computer, electrical) as well as an interdisciplinary category. The projects reflect technical knowledge as well as SCU’s commitment to social justice and sustainability.

    For a complete program, visit

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