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fyi is the official faculty-staff newsletter for the Santa Clara University community. It is designed to keep faculty and staff informed about campus news and information. It is compiled, written and published by the Office of Marketing and Communications.

  •  Strengthening Ties with Universidad Centroamericana

    A group of 10 faculty and university leaders from UCA visited SCU, finding common ground and room for mutual advancement. 

    Leaders from the Jesuit Universidad Centroamericana (UCA) in El Salvador have spent the last several decades focused on social justice for the poor—a longtime focus before and after the shocking killings 25 years ago of the school’s leader and seven others who died at the hands of military oligarchists.

    Recently, a group of 10 faculty and university leaders from UCA visited Santa Clara University, in the process sharing their experience of living out a social-justice agenda, while also taking the opportunity to find ways SCU can help UCA enhance its academic offerings in El Salvador.

    “During this historic visit, we found tremendous common ground with our UCA colleagues, in our shared Jesuit identity and commitment to social justice,” said Michael McCarthy, S.J., executive director of the Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education at Santa Clara. “It is amazing how important personal relationships are. The UCA delegation made a great effort to come here from El Salvador as we traveled there last summer. But breaking bread together and having real-time, face-to-face experience of each other not only edifies but also allows for the energy that is needed to pursue concrete collaborations. They were moved, quite deeply, at how important their work and witness at UCA is to us at SCU.”

    The meeting marked the first time a group of leaders from UCA have visited Santa Clara, which regularly sends students to El Salvador on “immersions” designed to educate students and put their talents at the disposal of Salvadoran people. Each summer SCU also sends a delegation of faculty and staff on immersion to El Salvador, and in 2013 the President’s Cabinet of SCU traveled to meet with their UCA counterparts.

    Santa Clara University has long had important ties to the UCA, which suffered a tragic loss nearly 25 years ago when its then-president, Ignacio Ellacuria, S.J., was killed along with five fellow Jesuits and two women for his strong advocacy on behalf of the poor. Ellacuria had received an honorary degree and gave the University commencement speech in 1982. In 1989, SCU provided shelter to one of the Jesuits who had narrowly escaped being murdered, Jon Sobrino, S.J., and SCU recently helped publish a book featuring the account of the primary witness to the murders, Lucia Cerna.

    In his convocation address that took place during the visit, President Michael Engh, S.J., discussed the importance of the visit:

    “At least since 1982, when the then-president of UCA, Fr. Ignacio Ellacuria, received an honorary doctorate from Santa Clara, our University has been inspired by the UCA. Members of today's delegation now hold positions that Fr. Ellacuria and his companions once held. Our visitors are the successors of those whose lives are commemorated by the white crosses outside this Mission Church. We pass those crosses every day. They stand as mute yet steady witnesses that we who aspire to educate creators of a more just world must also cultivate in our students courage and a sense of commitment. While we hope that our students will never suffer the violence that so many endured in El Salvador, we remain inspired by their witness to justice.”

    The group met with numerous University Centers of Distinction, the law and engineering schools, members of the President’s office, and others. During the visit they advanced plans for UCA faculty to pursue higher education opportunities at SCU; for University Relations to visit UCA and share some fundraising and alumni-relations best practices, and for further integration of the immersion programs at both universities. A video documenting the history of the relationship between the two universities is available at

  •  Class of 2018

    A new generation of Broncos arrive on campus for the 2014-2015 academic year.

    Members of Santa Clara University’s Class of 2018 launched their college careers with the start of classes for the 2014–15 academic year this week.

    The campus is bustling with more than 5,000 students, including more than 1,300 freshmen. Of the freshman enrolled this year, 57 percent are from California, 40 percent from out-of-state and nearly 3 percent are international students. The class is evenly split between male and female.

    The majority of the undergraduate class of 2018 is enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences (54 percent), followed by the Leavey School of Business (25 percent) and the School of Engineering (21 percent). The School of Engineering has seen a spike in enrollment compared to the Class of 2015 graduating this year, up 7 percentage points from freshman four years ago (14 percent).

    The majority of students from the class of 2018 were born in 1996 when Steve Jobs returned to Apple; Bill Gates graced the cover of Time magazine after releasing Internet Explorer 3; E.R. and Seinfeld were the two most popular TV shows; and Pope John Paul II made international headlines by declaring evolution and creationism could coexist.

  •  President's Speaker Series

    A trio of powerhouse speakers to give insights into sports, diplomacy, and more

    Santa Clara University will host lectures by internationally known experts in diplomacy, television, and sports this fall and winter. The 2014–15 President’s Speaker Series will feature three lectures:

    • Ronnie Lott, who won four Super Bowl titles with the San Francisco 49ers, will speak on Oct. 9 as part of a discussion titled, "What Makes a Champion?" Lott will draw on his experience as a Hall of Fame defensive back who was renowned for his toughness and competitive drive on the field. In the past, Lott has addressed audiences as the keynote speaker at the annual symposium for SCU's Institute for Sports Law and Ethics, during which he discussed the problem of concussions in football.
    • Andy Ackerman ’78 has directed and produced some of TV’s funniest and most beloved series, including 89 episodes of Seinfeld. He won his first Emmy at the age of 24 for his work on WKRP in Cincinnati and subsequently edited more than 100 episodes of Cheers. He has contributed to other popular series, including Ellen and Everybody Loves Raymond. This year, Mulaney, a series he is directing and producing, will debut on Fox. In a conversation on Feb. 9, 2015, Ackerman will give his insights into the creative process.
    • During the Clinton administration, Madeleine Albright was a high-level participant in dramatic events ranging from NATO’s intervention in the Balkans to U.S. relations with Iran and Iraq. When she became secretary of state in 1997, she was at the time the highest-ranking woman in the history of the U.S. government. On May 5, 2015, she will give a talk entitled “Economy and Security in the 21st Century” and discuss how America can retain its leadership role during globalization and how domestic politics influence foreign policy.

    All events will be held at 7:30 p.m. at the Louis B. Mayer Theatre. The Lott and Albright events have sold out, but tickets are still available to hear Andy Ackerman and cost $25 each.

    To order tickets or get more information, go to or call 408-554-4015.

  •  Cornel West to Speak

    Famed intellectual, philosopher, and professor to kick off Bannan Institute programming Oct. 3rd

    Internationally known activist, philosopher and professor Cornel West will kick off the 2014–15 Bannan Institute speakers series Oct. 3, with a talk entitled "Black Prophetic Fire."

    This year's Bannan Institute focuses on the topic of leadership relative to larger themes of justice, faith, and the intellectual life. The fall Institute talks will center on leadership and justice; winter, on leadership and faith; and spring 2015, on leadership and the intellectual life.

    Getting it all started will be Dr. West, the famed public intellectual, professor emeritus at Princeton University, and current professor of philosophy and Christian practice at the Union Theological Seminary in New York. A frequent commentator on the role of race, gender, and class in America, he is the author or co-author of 19 books including the bestselling collection of essays entitled Race Matters.

    Dr. West graduated magna cum laude from Harvard in three years and obtained his M.A. and Ph.D. in philosophy at Princeton. He has also taught at Harvard, Yale, and the University of Paris.

    At Santa Clara, Dr. West, who has written a new book entitled Black Prophetic Fire, will offer a fresh perspective that retrieves notable African-American leaders as the revolutionary figures that they fully are, not the “sanitized” versions that history sometimes makes them out to be.

    Funded by the Bannan family endowment, the Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education sponsors academic events and supports scholarship that specifically furthers the Jesuit, Catholic character of the University. Bannan Institutes are yearlong thematic programs, which span academic, public, and pastoral offerings to engage Santa Clara University and the larger community around issues of contemporary religious, cultural, and theological debate.

    A full list of speakers, dates, and times for this year's Bannan Institute series can be found at

  •  Perfect Score

    Santa Clara University earns top honors in sustainability honor roll of colleges across the country

    Santa Clara University is heading into the 2014–15 school year with new bragging rights: a top spot in Princeton Review’s Green College Honor Roll. The Jesuit University in Silicon Valley earned its first perfect score in the rankings of 861 colleges across the country. The rankings note Santa Clara’s vested interest in environmental justice and sustainable living practices for the benefit of society at large.

    “Our focus on sustainability can be seen across departments in the Santa Clara community and we’re honored to have our extensive efforts recognized,” says Lindsey Kalkbrenner, director of the Center for Sustainability. “Sustainability isn’t just a buzzword or small project. It’s engrained in our culture and everything we do.”

    Santa Clara University is among 24 schools to earn a perfect score including Harvard, Stanford, and Cornell universities. SCU’s sustainability focus is now featured in the Princeton Review Guide’s Best 379 Colleges and The Complete Book of Colleges. The publisher found 61 percent of the 10,116 college applicants surveyed for its 2014 “College Hopes and Worries Survey” reported a college’s commitment to the environment would impact their decision to apply to or attend a school. Many students in SCU’s incoming Class of 2018 included reflections on the meaning of sustainability in their applications.

    “It’s clear more students are placing importance on a school’s commitment to the environment in their college searches and we’re proud to show them we walk the walk when it comes to sustainability,” says Mike Sexton, SCU’s vice president for enrollment management.

    SCU offers majors in environmental studies and environmental science. Last year, 778 courses related to sustainability were available to students. The University’s Experiential Learning for Social Justice component requires all undergraduates to participate in community-based learning, which often involves environmental justice projects.

    The Sustainable Living Undergraduate Research Project (SLURP) supports yearlong research projects on ways to make residence life more sustainable. With help from SLURP, teams of students have coordinated the installation of water fountains to cut usage of plastic bottles, studied the effectiveness of fair trade and energy conservation campaigns on campus, and produced documentaries about campus sustainability. Students have also partnered with SCU’s dining services to establish a food recovery program where leftovers are donated to a local food kitchen.

    Other Facts:

    • SCU generated 41,381 therms of onsite solar thermal power and 1.7 million kWh of onsite photovoltaic electricity.
    • SCU has decreased greenhouse gas emissions per person by 40 percent since 2005.
    • Forty percent of all University vehicles are hybrid or electric and staff and faculty receive benefits such as free carpool parking and reduced rates for public transportation.
    • SCU undergraduates can also choose to live in the CyPhi Residential Learning Community, which is focused on sustainability and the arts and houses 20 percent of campus residents.
    • SCU has set a Gold LEED standard for new construction on campus.
    • The campus diverted 58 percent of waste from landfills in 2013 with extensive advocacy for recycling and composting.
    • Over 85 percent of SCU’s 104 acre campus is irrigated with recycled water.
    • SCU has set an ambitious goal to be carbon neutral by the end of 2015.
  •  U.S. News and World Report Rankings

    Santa Clara University ranks No. 2 among Master’s Universities in the West

    Santa Clara University is ranked second among master’s universities in the West according to U.S. News and World Report. SCU earned an overall score of 98 out of 100, a dramatic increase from 90 just five years ago. At 94 percent, SCU has the highest freshman retention rate of any master’s university in the country and also has the highest graduation rate in the West, at 84 percent.

    SCU made great strides in several key areas this year.

    • 80 percent of SCU freshmen were in the top 25 percent of their high school class in 2012, up from 75 percent in 2011.
    • More students recognize the quality of an SCU education and are applying. SCU’s acceptance rate dropped to 50 percent.
    • SCU cultivates proud and generous alumni and saw an increase in its average alumni giving rate from 18 percent in 2012 to 22 percent this year.
    • SCU’s School of Engineering was named one of the best undergraduate engineering programs, coming in 14th among the selective programs ranked.
    • SCU’s Leavey School of Business was also listed as one of the top 100 Best Business Programs, ranking 62nd.

    The Top Five Master’s Universities in the West

    1. Trinity University (Texas), score: 100
    2. Santa Clara University (Calif.), score: 98
    3. Gonzaga University (Wash.), score: 89
    4. Loyola Marymount University (Calif.), score: 89
    5. Seattle University (Calif.), score: 82
  •  Class of 2014

    Olympian Brandi Chastain reminds SCU’s newest grads to celebrate their accomplishments

    Nearly 15 years after scoring the winning goal that won the U.S. the World Cup and inspired the passionate celebration that landed her on front pages across the globe, soccer legend Brandi Chastain, ‘91 returned to her alma mater to deliver the 163rd undergraduate commencement address. The speech helped mark 50 years of women’s athletics at Santa Clara University.

    The class of 2014 cheered her as loudly on the stage as if they were watching her on the field, with fist pumps and chants of "USA, USA."

    Even a championship-winning player has to realize that "everybody matters," said Chastain. "Not just the players that score goals, not just the 11 that get to be on the field, not the substitutes. But every single player. The ones that are on the bench make the team great."

    Chastain graduated with a degree in communications from Santa Clara University before going on to win two gold medals and one silver medal while representing the U.S. in the 1996, 2000 and 2004 Olympic games. She is also a volunteer assistant coach with the SCU women’s soccer team and co-founder of the Bay Area Women’s Sports Initiative. The non-profit offers a free weekly after-school program for elementary school girls to develop self-esteem and good health practices with mentoring from women athletes from collegiate and high school teams.

    Chastain shared lessons from her parents, coaches, and her grandfather, that helped fuel her service-oriented life. For instance, her grandfather, who knew she loved to score goals, offered a young Chastain $1 for every goal -- but $1.50 for every assist.

    Such lessons taught her that “if I gave something to somebody else so they could do something great, it would come back twofold to me,” said Chastain, who was awarded an honorary doctorate of public service.

    Rupert and Maryellie Johnson also received an honorary doctorate of public service for their dedication supporting higher education and scholarship.  With a five million dollar gift , the Johnsons founded the Johnson Scholars Program at SCU in 2013 to cultivate compassionate, intelligent, empowered leadership in SCU students.

    Rev. Howard A. Lincoln was honored with a doctorate of pastoral ministry for his outstanding work with churches across the country and his leadership in helping the poor with food, medical care and education.

    The Kino Border Initiative represented by Sean Carroll, S.J. was also awarded an honorary doctorate for its work and mission to make a more humane, just and workable migration between the U.S. and Mexico a reality.

    Valedictorian Ivan Krayniy, an accounting major with a minor in international business who was born in a refugee camp, told his classmates to appreciate what they have, including the diversity and diverse experiences SCU yielded them, such as study abroad, internships, charitable and humanitarian projects, and friendships.

    “This is the time to hold your head high,” he said.

    Santa Clara University’s undergraduate class of 2014 is comprised of more than 1200 students, ranging in age from 20 to 55.

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  •  Graduate Commencement

    Hundreds of graduate students earn their degrees and a reminder of what’s important

    Before a packed audience of thousands of family and friends, the nearly 700 graduate-degree recipients of Santa Clara University marked their evening commencement with cheers, balloons, and photos -- but also with advice to truly “see” the needy around them.

    Frederick J. Ferrer,  CEO of the Health Trust and a nationally recognized expert in child development and nonprofit leadership strategies, received an honorary doctor of public service degree during the event.

    He also gave a few remarks, telling the graduates It is easy not to see children who go to school with tooth decay, or the workers who show up to clean when everyone else has moved on. Santa Clara University, from which Ferrer graduated in 1980, challenges its graduates “to see the invisible, to see what makes us uncomfortable,” he said.

    SCU’s 163rd graduate commencement took place Friday evening at the University’s Leavey Center. Nearly 700 students received advanced degrees this year from the College of Arts and Sciences’ Pastoral Ministries program; the School of Engineering; the Leavey School of Business; and the School of Education and Counseling Psychology.

    University President Michael Engh, S.J. urged the graduates to put their gifts to work in service to the world with compassion, and “never forget the poor, the hungry, the alienated, and marginalized.”

    Other information about the graduating class:

    Graduates represent 18 states and more than 17 countries, provinces, and territories.

    Top Ethnicities: Asian (64%); White (17%); Other/Unknown (12%); Hispanic (5%)
    Gender: 65% Male; 35% Female

    Top Ethnicities: Asian (46%); White (30%); Other/Unknown (16%); Hispanic (8%)
    Gender: 56% Male; 44% Female

    Education and Counseling Psychology
    Top Ethnicities: White (48%); Other/Unknown (17%); Asian (16%);  Hispanic (16%)
    Gender: 86% Female; 14% Male

    Arts and Sciences (specifically Pastoral Ministries)
    Top Ethnicities: White (36%); Other/Unknown (27%); Asian (18%); Black/African-American (9%); Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander (9%)
    Gender: 64% Female; 36% Male

  •  Athletics Celebration

    $7.7 Million Gift from Stevens Family Helps Launch Athletic Program Enhancements at Santa Clara University

    A $7.7 million gift from Santa Clara University alumna and trustee, Mary Stevens '84, and her husband, Mark, a prominent venture capitalist, marks the first step in a significant recommitment of University resources, time, and talent to create a more nationally prominent athletics program at Santa Clara University. An event celebrating athletics and the generous donation was held June 11.

    The gift will be used to build a new state-of-the-art soccer training center and to upgrade the current soccer stadium.  It will also help build a new plaza to recognize and honor the importance and history of sports played on that field—including many years of NCAA football and women’s and men’s soccer.

    “We thank the Stevens family for their generous gift that has brought us to this important moment for Santa Clara University athletics,” said Michael Engh, S.J., president of Santa Clara University. “After a great deal of thought, study, and reflection, we are moving forward with a new level of resources to reach our goal of having an athletics program that is nationally prominent, ethically focused, and a vibrant force on campus.”

    Watershed Moment for Athletics

    The Stevens gift is a key component as Santa Clara University undergoes strategic planning to ensure that athletics will continue to play a key role in the vibrancy and excellence of the University. On June 6, the University’s Board of Trustees enthusiastically endorsed a report that provides the broad outlines for implementing a plan  over  the coming months to raise the visibility and competitive stature of SCU’s intercollegiate athletic program.

    “With a deep commitment to educate the whole person, Santa Clara aims to provide outstanding coaching and facilities for our student-athletes," said Provost Dennis Jacobs. “Santa Clara University aspires to reach the same level of excellence in intercollegiate athletics as it has achieved within its academic programs."

    Upgraded Stadium and Plaza to Honor Bronco Sports

    The first step in this recommitment is being funded by a $7.7 million gift—the largest single gift ever to SCU Athletics—from the Stevens family. The gift will help build a new soccer training center; upgrade the stands in the soccer stadium; and build a plaza that will celebrate Bronco sports—its past, present, and future. The plaza will celebrate the history of Santa Clara University football as well as the legacy and future of men’s and women’s soccer at SCU.

    The Bronco men’s and women’s soccer teams have a proud and storied tradition that includes two national championships, 15 Final Fours, 21 West Coast Conference titles, 43 NCAA tournament berths and 64 All-Americans.  Players on the two teams have combined to win 20 World Cup and Olympic medals.

    In addition, the gift will further fund scholarships for students from Mary Stevens’ high school alma mater, St. Mary’s Academy in Portland, to attend SCU, as well as other improvements.

    “This wonderful gift from the Stevens family represents a watershed moment for our two soccer programs and for Santa Clara Athletics generally,” said SCU Director of Athletics Dan Coonan. “We will now have state-of-the-art facilities that are befitting of soccer programs with our national profile and legacy.  Coupled with two of the best coaching staffs in intercollegiate soccer, the sky is the limit now for our Bronco soccer programs.  And this gift will most certainly serve as a catalyst for further significant support for Athletics generally going forward.   I really believe now the potential for Bronco Athletics has never been brighter. ”

    Mary and Mark Stevens

    Mary has served on the Board of Trustees since 2012, before which she served on the Board of Fellows for more than a decade. A soccer player while at SCU, she served on the president’s athletic commission, which explored the best role for sports at Santa Clara University. She spent 14 years in the commercial real estate industry in Silicon Valley.

    “It’s a joy to be able to make this gift to my alma mater. I am proud to help the University build the foundation for a well-rounded experience for the next generation of elite student-athletes,” said Mary. “Santa Clara is uniquely positioned as an institution of strong Jesuit values that benefits from its location in the heart of Silicon Valley.”

    Past gifts from the couple include $7 million to build the Paul L. Locatelli, S.J., Student Activity Center, and a $500,000 scholarship for St. Mary’s Academy alumnae to attend SCU.

    Mark, an active philanthropist and former partner in the Silicon Valley venture capital firm Sequoia Capital, was an investor in some of the most successful tech companies of the past decades, notably Google and LinkedIn. He has served on the University’s investment committee since December 2009.

    “I see Santa Clara as the best Catholic institution in the Pacific Rim,” added Mark. “This gift is an investment in future leaders who will have the advantage of a strong grounding in academics, athletics, and global human values.”

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  •  Grants, Awards, and Publications

    SCU faculty and staff receive recognition for their outstanding work

    Rose Marie Beebe (Modern Languages) and Robert Senkewicz (History) have been named recipients of the 2014 Hubert Howe Bancroft Award, given once a year by The Bancroft Library. The award is for "for significant achievement in support of historical research and scholarship on California and the American West, in the preservation of primary and secondary source materials about the region, and in the interpretation and imaginative creation of its history.” Previous winners have included Isabel Allende, Joan Didion, and Kevin Starr.

    Tim Myers' (English) children's book Basho and the River Stones is being reprinted in the Junior Great Books Series 3 Book Two Anthology, which includes Diane Wolkstein and Patricia Polacco, and also reprinted as part of K-12 Assessments in English from Pearson Education in association with the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, with six million anticipated users.

    John Hawley (English) will be at Humboldt University, Berlin's first university for their Spring semester in 2015.  This is one of Germany's eleven "excellence" universities.  I'll be in the Department of English and American Studies offering a course on the literature of immigration and doing a comparative study of the diasporic experience in ethnic literatures.

    Silvia Figueira (Engineering) has received $15,567 from Dew Software, Inc.
    The University and Dew will collaborate in the content creation and delivery of a training program for local Silicon Valley professionals associated with the Frugal Innovation Lab to learn about various mobile platforms that can be tasked for social benefit.  Participants will take part in twenty (20) workshops, lasting average two hours a piece occurring twice weekly, for the duration of the University’s Spring Quarter.

    Prashanth Asuri (Engineering) has received a $19,200 award from ThermoFischer.  Prashanth will study the effect of nanoparticle fillers on various epoxy resin properties, including viscosity, dwell time, and stiffness.  The test methods for all the procedures will be developed in consultation with ThermoFischer.

    Rick Scott (Mathematics and Computer Science) has received a $35,000 grant from the Simons Foundation to fund the "Rationality and L^2-topology of CAT(0) groups" project.  The project concerns properties of infinite geometric cell complexes.  A primary focus will be on computing analytical quantities called L2-Betti numbers, which are conjectured to be zero or rational under suitable hypotheses.

  •  Justice, Dignity, and Human Rights

    Law commencement speaker inspires class of 2014

    Bringing a message that optimism, strong professional role models, and a “profound need to fix people’s problems” can forge a meaningful career, human-rights lawyer Almudena Bernabeu spoke to the 300 graduating students from Santa Clara University School of Law.

    The law school’s commencement took place at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, May 24, in the University’s Mission Gardens.
    Bernabeu is the lead attorney with San Francisco-based Center for Justice and Accountability’s (CJA) Latin America and Transitional Justice Programs. She is the lead private prosecutor on the high-profile case, underway before the Spanish National Court, against the Salvadoran officials alleged to be behind the massacre of six Jesuit priests, as well as their housekeeper and her daughter in 1989. She also represented survivors of the Guatemalan genocide (including Nobel laureate Rigoberto Menchú Tum).

    She said she got inspired in 2008 to use “universal jurisdiction” to prosecute in Spain the alleged Salvadoran killers of the Jesuits, after she worked alongside prosecutors of Chile’s Augusto Pinochet, who also was indicted in Spain for alleged human rights violations. “Spanish professionals had changed the landscape of international criminal law with the Pinochet case, and I had been by their side, learning, until my opportunity arrived,” she said.

    She thanked Santa Clara University for helping shelter the only witnesses to the 1989 crime, and for helping her locate them to help prosecute the case. The witnesses, Jorge and Lucia Cerna, were in attendance at Saturday’s ceremony. “Santa Clara University makes of justice, not only a key piece of the syllabus, but a way of academic and personal life,” Bernabeu said.

    Bernabeu is vice president of the Spanish Association for Human Rights, and serves as an adviser at the International Human Rights Clinic at Santa Clara University School of Law. She is a member of the board of the Peruvian Institute of Forensic Anthropology and the Guatemalan Forensic Anthropology Foundation. She was awarded SCU’s 2012 Katharine and George Alexander Law Prize for her dogged pursuit of justice for the victims of human rights abuses across the world.

    During the ceremony Saturday, University President Michael Engh, S.J., spoke to the graduates, challenging them with the questions "Who will bring justice to the innocent? Who will serve people who would not otherwise have legal counsel? Who will reinforce ethical decision-making across all industries?"

    The 2014 graduating class comprised 48 percent women and 52 percent men. Forty-seven percent of the graduates identified as Caucasian, with 27 percent identifying as Asian; 12 percent Hispanic; 4 percent multi-ethnic, and 2 percent African-American.

    Forty-six graduates received certificates in various areas of high-tech law; another 24 received certificates in public-interest and social-justice law; and 21 specialized in international law.

    Among the awards for outstanding graduates given earlier in the graduation season, student Michael Branson received the Inez Mabie Award for the Outstanding Graduate based on academic performance, scholarly activities, and leadership and service roles at the law school and in the community. Sean Bothamley, Alexandra Logue, and Fritz van der Hoek each received ALI-CLE Scholarship and Leadership Awards, presented to students who exemplify exceptional character, leadership, and professionalism. Rebecca Slutzky 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 community. Dylan Crosby was named the Pro Bono Student of the Year, for the graduate who has volunteered the most hours during the 2013–14 school year.

    Bernabeu received an honorary Doctor of Law degree at the event. She studied at the University of Virginia, received her law degree from the University of Valencia School of Law, and is a Ph.D. candidate in public international law at UNED University in Spain.

  •  Tips from an Uber-Bronco

    One student’s advice on milking the SCU experience for all it’s worth

    Recently, senior Garrett Jensen, an accounting major/political science minor, attended one of the scores of on-campus events that he has been cramming into his final year at SCU. He saw a senior whose face he didn’t recognize. “I said to myself, ‘I’ve never seen you, how could that be?’” said Jensen.

    It says something that Jensen is a student who could reasonably aspire to recognize just about every one of the 1,300 faces with whom he will be graduating this year. That’s because he takes justifiable pride in attending as many University events as he can, and has taken advantage of so many of SCU’s travel and program offerings that if there were an uber-Bronco award, he’d certainly have to be in the running.

    In his four years at SCU, Jensen has taken advantage of three opportunities to travel abroad (to Turkey on a Global Fellows fellowship, Myanmar with the Food and Agribusiness Institute, and Ecuador as an immersion with the Ignatian Center); has gone to New Orleans on a second immersion; is a business-school Leavey scholar and member of the ACE program for top students; served as a student ambassador and business school peer advisor; helped create the Neighborhood Prosperity Initiative at the business school (a class he’s taken for three consecutive years and plans to stick with after graduating); volunteers three nights a month as an EMT; was a senior class senator in ASG and chaired the Student Affairs Committee; was selected as a member of two honor societies, the Jesuit Alpha Sigma Nu and business Beta Gamma Sigma; won (with his teammates) the Ernst and Young 2012 case competition; is on the Senior Gift Committee; and was a regular attendee at virtually every high-profile event of the Solar Decathlon—just to show his support for a friend who was on the team. All while maintaining a 3.79 grade point average and being this close to landing his first job at an accounting firm.

    FYI sat down with Jensen to find out his secret to milking the SCU experience for all its worth. He had some valuable tips:

    *Be creative in finding financing for the things you want to do, and believe it can be done. Jensen’s family isn’t the Rockefellers, so he’s found a way to fund all of his travels with assistance. He says the Ignatian Center, Campus Ministry, and the Food and Agribusiness Institute each chipped in something to help him pay for his travels, and he learned that he could make $10 for every letter he wrote to donors through the Santa Clara Fund. (It helps that he inherited a fond tolerance for filling out paperwork and applications from his mom.) Connections from his work-study job at the High Tech Law Institute led to a nice-paying gig helping to proctor LSAT exams, too.

    *Show up in support of University and peer events, and opportunities for yourself will arise. Business school dean Drew Starbird got used to seeing Jensen around at various events, so when opportunities to meet the local United Way CEO and an Ernst & Young partner came up, Starbird referred Jensen and another student. “I like being supportive of other people’s efforts and things they’ve spent a lot of time building,” he said.

    *Don’t junk those campus flyers and emails. Jensen said he knows of a lot of students who mindlessly delete emails from campus officials, but he said he opens each one with a curious mind. That’s how he learned that the Food and Agribusiness Institute—with which he’d had no previous exposure—was taking students to Myanmar, which turned out to be one of the most interesting travels of his life. And he learned about the New Orleans spring-break immersion from a flyer in Sobrato.

    *Embrace different experiences. Jensen learned about being an EMT from one of his fellow SCU ambassadors, and relishes not only the variety of medical issues it enables him to deal with, but also the friendships with fellow EMTs who are studying biology, chemistry, and engineering. “I love it because I don’t get to be around those people all the time otherwise,” he said. “I learn so much from them.”

    *Appreciate where you are and what you have.
    Before he came to Santa Clara, Jensen didn’t really know much about Silicon Valley. Now, he says, “When I’m on the campus, I can really feel the ideas, the energy, and innovation of Silicon Valley.” He likes the written and group reflection exercises that are part of the Jesuit education because it forces him to remember not to rush through experiences like Ecuador, which he said was an amazing, fulfilling experience. He learned the value of such positivity from his dad, a sales executive who used to put affirming quotes in his lunch box each day, and now sends them via email.
    “I love teams, I love collaboration and shared work,” said Jensen. But even in those rare cases when his family or others aren’t there to cheer him on, “If I want to do something, I’m doing it.”










  •  We're Gold!

    Santa Clara University earns gold seal for its sustainability efforts across campus

    Santa Clara University is earning high praise and a jump in ratings for its commitment to sustainability. SCU just received a gold rating from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education’s Sustainability Tracking, Assessment, and Rating System (STARS).

    “Sustainability is becoming ingrained in our culture at Santa Clara and we’re honored our efforts are being recognized,” says Lindsey Kalkbrenner, director of SCU’s Center for Sustainability. “From the reclaimed water we use to take care of our beautiful campus to fruits and veggies harvested from our organic Forge Garden to courses integrated with sustainable lessons, folks across the University make an impact every day.”

    Universities self-report data on more than a dozen different categories including curriculum, research, campus engagement, dining services, waste, water, and innovation. SCU was rated silver in 2011, but has made big strides since then by incorporating more sustainability themes into curriculum as well as influencing the community on and off campus. One program called Living Off Campus And Living Sustainably or LOCALS, encourages students to change their behavior at home and for a lifetime.

    “Students in LOCALS learn everything from how to compost with worms to how to throw sustainable dinner parties. It’s incredible to watch these liaisons not only learn important behaviors that will last a lifetime, but get really excited to teach their roommates, family, friends—anyone who will listen!” says Sustainability Coordinator Cara Uy.

    Santa Clara University’s faculty has incorporated sustainability into more than 700 courses and encourages every student to think about sustainability and social justice. A few examples include Sustainability Marketing, Climate Change Law, a philosophy course called Ethical Issues and the Environment, and numerous engineering courses including Design and Fabrication of PV (photovoltaic) Cells.

    Santa Clara also scored points in the innovation category for several programs including the Global Social Benefit Institute, which encourages innovation-based entrepreneurs for humanity, the Frugal Innovation Lab dedicated to bringing affordable technology to emerging markets, and the Contemplative Leadership and Sustainability Program (CLASP) to encourage future business leaders to guide sustainable development.

    SCU was also recently awarded the Acterra Award for Sustainability and is holding its first ever bottled water-free undergraduate commencement June 14.

  •  Campus Changes

    Next phase of construction on Alviso Street pedestrian mall to begin this summer

    The transformation of Santa Clara University into a pedestrian-friendly campus with the Mission Church as its centerpiece continues. Last summer, Palm Drive was closed and turned into a pedestrian mall that allows visitors to walk to the Mission Church. The mall was donated by alumni John A. and John M. Sobrato in memory of alumna Abby Sobrato, class of 1983.

    After commencement this June, the next phase will begin: Alviso Street will close. It will reopen as a pedestrian mall after Labor Day 2014. The goal is to make the campus safer for pedestrians and allow visitors to focus on the beauty of the Mission Church instead of on traffic and parked cars.

    The parking spaces that were lost in the street closures have been replaced—and added to—by a parking structure that opened in November 2013 near the planned site of the Edward M. Dowd Art and Art History Building. Handicapped parking is being expanded throughout the campus as well. All the pedestrian malls are accessible to emergency vehicles, and Palm Drive is still available for some ceremonial events.

  •  New Fathers’ Guide

    Study and new book by Jerrold Shapiro finds expectant fathers’ fears need attention

    A new study out of Santa Clara University finds the latest generation of new fathers are more engaged with their children, but have the same fears as new dads from decades ago. Santa Clara University Counseling Psychology Professor and clinical psychologist Jerrold Shapiro just re-conducted his famous study on expectant fathers from 1982–86 with new fathers of today and found many ways new dads could address their concerns.

    The study found across generations, expectant dads have fears about their partner’s health, losing out to the babies in the competition for a partner’s attention, and not being able to provide for the family, financially and otherwise. However, parents are having children later in life. Modern couples are conceiving closer to 30 years old as opposed to new parents decades ago conceiving in their early 20s.

    “Despite the fact that new parents of today have had more time to establish their careers and set themselves up financially, the same fears occur regardless of age,” says Shapiro. “With all of the advancements in medicine and endless amount of information at our fingertips, the idea of being responsible for another living thing still makes new dads question their abilities. Unfortunately, we’re still not doing enough to address their concerns.”

    Shapiro interviewed 99 new dads nationwide representing a cross-cultural sample that mirrors the 2010 U.S. Census. He outlines his findings in his new book “When She's Pregnant: An Essential Guide for Expectant Fathers” (2014, XLibris).

    “More than half of new dads are so overwhelmed they had fleeting doubts whether the baby was even theirs,” says Shapiro. “I saw a dad holding his infant son who shares the exact same shade of hair, skin color, and shape of nose, who still was uncertain with the idea that he could have been part of creating new life.”

    Shapiro suggests many ways new dads can ease their anxiety including letting their pregnant partners know about their fears, talking to other dads for advice and shared experience, attending couple-oriented childbirth classes, connecting to the baby still in utero by singing and talking, and avoiding books and movies that trivialize fathers’ concerns.

    “Probably the most important thing for new dads to do is to remind themselves that the love you will discover for your new infant will quiet most concerns,” says Shapiro.

    Among the findings:
    ● 80 percent of first-time fathers described being concerned about queasiness, nausea, or fainting during the birth. This number dropped to under 20 percet of second-time fathers.
    ● Two-thirds of expectant fathers were uncomfortable with OB/GYN exams, procedures,
    and tests.
    ● Nearly all had concerns over finances, security, and being the family provider and
    protector. (Some fathers even reported buying a gun.)
    ● Over 50 percent had a fleeting thought about paternity. Most of these men also believed that their wives/partners had been faithful—this was more a reflection of the magnitude of helping to create life.

    Shapiro will be signing copies of the his new book in the Loyola Hall North Lobby, June 10 from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. Counseling Psychology Professor Shauna Shapiro will also be signing her new book “Mindful Discipline: A Loving Approach to Setting Limits and Raising an Emotionally Intelligent Child.” Please join them for light refreshments. Both books will be available for purchase.

  •  Advancing Education

    National Hispanic University Foundation and Santa Clara University Announce Innovative Collaboration to Create Educational Opportunities for Hispanic Communities

    The NHU Foundation and Santa Clara University are pleased to announce new plans for the use of the former National Hispanic University (NHU) campus in East San Jose. The Foundation is moving forward with plans to establish the Institute for Hispanic Educational Advancement at the campus beginning June 16, 2014. The Institute will be the first collaboration of its kind to integrate research, policy, and practice to provide a national focus on advancing Hispanic students with a concentration on educational achievement, attainment, and advancement.

    The first member of the collaboration is the Santa Clara University School of Education and Counseling Psychology. The Foundation and SCU have agreed to offer a premier graduate studies program for the development of culturally responsive educational leaders. The East San Jose satellite campus will allow graduate students the opportunity to earn an SCU master of arts in teaching and California single or multiple subject teaching credential.

    “This collaboration is just one of many ways Santa Clara University demonstrates our values of social justice and education,” said SCU President Michael Engh, S.J. “We are pleased to provide important resources that will assist students in their professional studies and strengthen communities with opportunities for a better education and brighter future for their children.”

    SCU has established a scholarship program to help students currently enrolled in the NHU teaching credential program complete their single or multiple subject teaching credential and earn their master of arts in teaching. Additional scholarships will be available to attract aspiring teachers who commit to teach in schools with predominantly underserved Hispanic populations and to ensure that the number of culturally-responsive teachers in Santa Clara County is increased to meet the needs of the student population.

    “Our goal is to offer innovative and transformative programs for teachers, who in turn make the greatest impact on the children whom they teach,” said Nicholas Ladany, dean of the School of Education and Counseling Psychology. “It is critical that schools of education learn about what works best for engaging Hispanic students, and we are humbled by this opportunity.”

    Pew research predicts Hispanic children will make up 25 percent of the nation’s youth (ages 0 to 8) by 2030. Today, Hispanic students lag behind Non-Hispanic Whites and Asian Americans on most measures of academic achievement including test scores and high school and college graduation rates.

    The second component of the Institute will be the relocation of the Foundation’s two charter high schools, Latino College Preparatory Academy and the Roberto Cruz Leadership Academy, to the former NHU campus. The relocation is scheduled for July 1, 2014. Latino College Prep and Roberto Cruz Leadership Academy will collaborate in a unique apprenticeship clinical model that includes its campus partners, and the SCU School of Education and Counseling Psychology graduate program. Future plans include additional K-8 partners.

    The Latino College Preparatory Academy and SCU’s satellite campus will be located in a section of Sobrato Hall, the building housing the former NHU campus. The space has been made available thanks to a generous donation from SCU trustee John A. Sobrato.

    “Educating the growing Hispanic community has been a passion of mine for the past 15 years since I first joined the Board of NHU and LCPA,” says Sobrato. “I am delighted that Santa Clara University is enhancing the teacher credential program commenced by NHU and I expect the program will grow over time.”

    The third component of the Institute is the Hispanic Education Research & Policy Center. Also scheduled to open this summer on the campus, the Center will be a data-driven source of advice on the design, testing, and evaluation of new or modified education strategies for raising Hispanic educational attainment and academic achievement. The Center will work closely with public and education policymakers to develop policies and practices that provide educational equity in school systems with large Hispanic populations.

    “The Board of our Foundation is both proud and excited that a University as prestigious as Santa Clara has chosen to participate in this project,” says President of the NHU Foundation and SCU trustee emeritus Ed Alvarez. “Their investment in the youth that are most in need of an improved education will have a significant and long lasting impact in the classrooms that serve our Hispanic community.”

    The Foundation is also pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. David Lopez as Executive Director of the Institute. Dr. Lopez will direct the efforts of the collaboration partners as a comprehensive source of research and information on educational attainment and academic achievement for the underserved Hispanic population of the county, state, and nation.

    About the NHU Foundation

    The NHU Foundation was founded in 1982 as a public benefit, nonprofit corporation and has operated the Latino College Preparatory Academy (LCPA) charter high school since 2002. LCPA has successfully prepared its students for college with 50 percent admitted to UC and CSU schools and the other 50 percent to local community colleges.

    Its curriculum is structured around the highly successful Reading and Writing Initiative developed by Stanford professor Dr. Guadalupe Valdes who serves as an advisor to the school. This summer the Foundation will open two new charter high schools, Luis Valdez Leadership Academy to be located in the Franklin McKinley School District and Roberto Cruz Leadership Academy to be located on the campus of NHU. All three of its schools will focus on preparing English learners for college.

    In addition, Roberto Cruz Academy will also focus on preparing students to pursue the teaching profession as a college major. Luis Valdez, a nationally known playwright, will serve the school in his name on the incorporation of art and drama into the academic curriculum. All three schools will participate in a unique clinical model to be developed by the Institute in collaboration with SCU School of Education and Counseling Psychology.

    About Santa Clara University

    Santa Clara University, a comprehensive Jesuit, Catholic university located 40 miles south of San Francisco in California’s Silicon Valley, offers its more than 8,800 students rigorous undergraduate curricula in arts and sciences, business, theology, and engineering, plus master’s and law degrees and engineering Ph.D.s. Distinguished nationally by one of the highest graduation rates among all U.S. master’s universities, California’s oldest operating higher-education institution demonstrates faith-inspired values of ethics and social justice. For more information, see

    About the School of Education and Counseling Psychology

    Guided by strong dedication to academic excellence and service to society, the School of Education and Counseling Psychology at Santa Clara University educates compassionate, competent, and ethical professionals committed to meaningful and supportive engagement with people, schools, and communities. The School offers master’s degree, certificate, and professional credential programs in teacher preparation and advanced studies, educational leadership and administration, and counseling psychology. Its core values include academic excellence through engaged teaching and learning, educating the whole person, multiculturalism and social justice, and innovative education for conscience and compassion. For more information, see

  •  Inspiring Bronco

    Engineering student Claire Kunkle wins National Science Foundation Fellowship

    Her application for America’s most prestigious fellowship in science and engineering was months in the making, but Claire Kunkle ’14 (mechanical engineering) said she never pictured herself winning the award. “Even getting an honorable mention is something you put on your resume,” she explained.

    Yet when the National Science Foundation announced the results of its Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) competition in April, Claire’s name was one of 2,000 recipients in a pool of 14,000 applicants. Godfrey Mungal, dean of the School of Engineering, said he knows of no other SCU engineering student to ever receive an NSF fellowship.

    “We are very proud of her and of her accomplishments,” said Mungal.

    Claire’s triumph is especially significant because very few undergraduate seniors compete and win the fellowship, which offers three years of financial support and professional development opportunities to graduate students.

    “Most applicants are already in grad school and working on their research projects,” she said. “In my case, I had to create a proposed project on paper.” She credits her professors and Leilani Miller, director of the Office of Fellowships and Undergraduate Studies, in helping her put together the multipage document.

    The young engineer will have an opportunity to see her project come to fruition at UC Berkeley, where she’ll enter a combined master’s and Ph.D. degree program in the fall. Her research will involve creating a solar-powered air-conditioning system to be used in developing countries, where “increased demand for air-conditioning is resulting in a huge problem for electrical grids.”

    Her work on a senior design project this year sparked the idea.

    “I really think SCU did a fantastic job in preparing me for the fellowship,” she said. “My proposal included an obvious component of social justice, and I think the NSF readers saw that and considered the global and broader goals of the research.”

    Claire said the emphasis on social justice was a big reason for coming to SCU from her home in Washington. Just as important was the University’s encouragement to expand her interests beyond her major.

    “At so many other schools I visited, I heard that engineering was too demanding to allow any outside interests,” she explained. “But SCU has a completely different approach.” Once on campus, Claire dove into her lifelong passion for music, devoting several hours a week to the Mission Church Choir and singing nearly every quarter for the next four years.

    A two-year internship with Campus Ministry introduced her to another special interest, and Claire seamlessly merged her love of music with the spiritual center of SCU. And, when she joined a local chapter of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE), Claire found yet another passion: teaching girls in high school about engineering through a program called One Step Ahead.

    “In the four years I’ve been involved, I’ve seen enrollment grow from 10 girls to 45 girls,” said Claire, who is now vice president of the SWE chapter. “I’ve watched the program explode and it’s so exciting. I’ve seen girls become first generation college students; it’s really, really rewarding.”

    Claire, SWE Outreach Officer Jessica VanderGeissen, '14 and other club members recently helped local high school girls build prosthetic hands from kits the associated student government provided SWE $2,500 to buy. The hands were sent to those in need overseas, and the teenagers gained confidence and new STEM skills.

    Claire readily admits that life away from the lab is as important to her as the remarkable achievement of winning an NSF Fellowship. And those who know her agree. “She is a great example of Jesuit education,” according to Dean Mungal. “She excels in the left brain skills through engineering and the right brain skills through her work in music, campus ministry, engineering leadership, and choir.”

    While in high school, Claire found a teacher who showed her there is a career tailor-made for both sides of her exceptional brain. “I love it because engineering requires creativity and an inquisitive mind; it’s about looking at the world’s problems and figuring out creative ways to fix them.”

    When her doctorate is complete, Claire plans to return to higher education as a university professor. “I have a natural inclination toward teaching, and I’m eager to be a female mentor in an area that’s dominated by males,” she explained. She also knows exactly what kind of teacher she’ll be. “I’m not going to be that boring professor who makes students wish they were anywhere else,” she vowed. “I’m exciting and I will motivate people!”

    Claire shared her mission with NBC Bay Area. Watch the Interview Here.

    Slideshow of SWE's One Step Ahead Helping Hands event May 17, 2014:

  •  Hard Drives in Harmony

    SCU’s Laptop Orchestra reimagines the way we use computers to create music

    Santa Clara University’s Laptop Orchestra, affectionately known as SCLOrk, will perform on Wednesday, June 4, at 7:30 p.m. in the Music Recital Hall. The orchestra started about a year ago under the direction of Bruno Ruviaro, assistant professor of music. Each laptop has its own speaker to replicate the orchestral model, in which each instrument’s sound comes from a different place.

    The musicians do more than “just hit ‘Play’ and ‘Enter,’ ” Ruviaro said. “If I have 16 people playing, I give each of them a meaningful part of their own.”

    Ruviaro said laptop orchestras are “reinventing chamber music,” moving from lone individuals creating music on a computer to having groups of people play together using their computers as live instruments.

    “The connection between musicians and technology has always existed,” Ruviaro said. “There was a moment in society when laptops became really cheap. Musicians were jumping on it and saying, ‘How can I make music for this machine?’ When the  piano was invented, Beethoven was one of the first people to jump on it and say, ‘I want to create music on this new machine.’”

    For tickets, go to or call 408-554-4015.


  •  Hacking Injustice

    May 24 Hackathon Challenges Students to Benefit Others with Social Justice App Contest

    At the end of many Silicon Valley hackathons, winning programmers might produce a cool smart-phone app to find the best Thai restaurant, or use QR code for information on potential love connections.

    At Santa Clara University’s BroncoHack, organizers hope at least one winner will change the world for the better.

    “Best Social Justice App” is one of three categories of prizes that will be available to the winning team during BroncoHack, a 24-hour hackathon being held at Santa Clara University's Leavey School of Business, which is expected to be attended by 150 Bay Area high-school and college students.

    While the precise parameters of the project won’t be revealed until the day of the event – in keeping with the spontaneous rules of hackathons --  sponsors hope to harness the unmistakable energy and community spirit of hackathons to help communities that are otherwise marginalized or discriminated against.

    “We are really looking forward to seeing what these high school and college students come up with, not just in the way of cool tech or business apps, but also to use technology to help the community,” said Paul Intrevado, adjunct instructor in Santa Clara University’s Department of Operations Management and Information Systems, and the faculty adviser for the OMIS Student Network (OSN), the main organizer of the day’s events.

    Hackathons are 24-hour, marathon computer coding sessions at which attendees must come up with an app or other product whose specifications are not revealed until the day of the event.  After the May 24 event (2 p.m. May 24 to 2 p.m. May 25)  BroncoHack will award three $1,000 prizes in each of the following categories:

    *Best Social Justice App
    *Best Tech App
    *Best Business Technology Case

    Other sponsors of prizes at BroncoHack include the San Jose Earthquakes, who will announce the winner of their Stadium App prize at the Quakes game the evening of Sunday May 25, and the OMIS Student Network of Santa Clara University’s Leavey School of Business. The Associated Student Government of Santa Clara University is also a sponsor of the event.

    The school’s OMIS Student Network hopes to shed light on the inextricable link between business and information technology fields like computer science and computer engineering.

    “Business and information technology are inseparable nowadays,” said Andy Tsay, chair of the OMIS department at SCU. “ With their understanding of both, our department's majors and minors are ready to step right into some of the best career paths, whether as entrepreneurs or as staffers at leading organizations in just about every industry."

    “At SCU we expect our graduates to do good for society along the way, and this hackathon is right in line with that theme," Tsay added.

    More information on the day’s events can be found at

  •  New Chief Information Officer

    Santa Clara University appoints Robert C. Owen to university’s executive team

    Robert C. Owen has been named chief information officer (CIO) and vice provost for technology and information services for Santa Clara University.

    As CIO, Owen will be the principal member of the University’s executive team responsible for strategizing and implementing innovative uses of technology to strengthen the University’s position as a leading institution of higher education.

    Working in collaboration with faculty, key administrators and staff, the CIO will develop a vision for leveraging technology to support student learning, enhance faculty teaching and research, and increase the efficiency and effectiveness of the University’s operations.

    The CIO and vice provost reports to the Provost, serves as a member of the University Planning Action Council, and actively works with the Trustee Technology Committee.

    “I am delighted to bring Dr. Owen to the Santa Clara campus,” said University Provost Dennis Jacobs. “Bob’s extensive experience with technology spans many fields, and his strong background in strategic planning will be a great asset moving forward. His understanding of the various ways in which technology can be deployed to advance the university’s mission, makes him a great fit for Santa Clara University.”

    In this position, Owen will lead University efforts to leverage ties to Silicon Valley, to bring appropriate technologies to SCU, and to develop multifaceted partnerships with technology companies to create educational, research, and career opportunities for students and faculty.

    Owen will oversee a staff of 107 and manage an annual budget of $20 million. As part of Santa Clara University’s strategic plan, he will help the University attain national prominence by 2020 by cultivating an organizational capacity supportive of change which enables faster and more extensive adoption of technology.

    Owen comes to Santa Clara University from Western Kentucky University (WKU) where he is currently vice president for information technology leading a staff of 155 and supporting 21,000 students in multiple locations. Prior to that Owen was associate VP for information technology at Cabrillo College, in Aptos, Calif.

    “It is a great privilege to join Santa Clara and have the opportunity to work in Silicon Valley at a university committed to Jesuit ideals,” Owen said. “I look forward to working with the campus community to improve and enhance technology services for students, faculty, and staff and move Santa Clara to the forefront. It is an exciting time to be at Santa Clara and I am energized by the possibilities ahead,” said Owen.

    “I have been impressed by the caliber of the leadership I met through the search process and look forward to becoming part of the Santa Clara community,” Owen added.

    Owen received his doctorate in public administration from the University of La Verne; his master’s of science in education from the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater; and his bachelor of business administration degree from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee.

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