fyi - News for the Campus Community
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.
Alexander Field (Economics) wrote an oped arguing that a high-speed rail project could be a valuable jobs and economic stimulus measure. The piece ran in 40 papers nationwide including papers in Duluth, Minn.; Bridgeport, Conn.; Allentown, Pa.; Kansas City, and Sacramento.
Godfrey Mungal (Engineering) blogged for the Huffington Post on why more engineering schools need to incorporate social justice, ethics, and compassion into the curriculum.
Kirk Hanson (Markkula) weighed in with the Wall Street Journal on questions like “who gets the armrest?” and what to do about rude seatmates on flights. Hanson was one of six experts for a “Middle Seat” column on the ethics and etiquette of flying.
James Lai (Political Science) was quoted in a widely reprinted New York Times article about the U.S. Census-quantified phenomenon of Asians flocking to suburbs rather than cities.
Scott Maurer (KGACLC) appeared in an ABC “7 on Your Side” story that provided tips for indebted people to stop harassing calls and tactics by collection agencies.
Elizabeth Drescher (Religious Studies) was quoted in the Los Angeles Times putting into context a trend by some to spend the Sabbath unplugged from technology.
David Sloss (Law) wrote an oped for the legal paper San Francisco/Los Angeles Daily Journal about a lack of knowledge about international law by those prosecuting piracy.
Meir Statman (Finance) was interviewed by Canada’s Globe and Mail and Pension and Investments about his book What Investors Really Want. He was also quoted in Silicon Alley Insider about the psychology of saving and Bloomberg BusinessWeek about financial iPhone apps (a story picked up by numerous other outlets). A study he co-authored on cultural factors in investing was cited in TheStreet.com and other sites.
Eric Goldman (Law) appeared on the front page of the San Francisco Chronicle’s Sunday business section, addressing the question of whether Google’s search tactics are inherently unfair or anti-competitive. He also was in Politico.com talking about the New York Times’ new charges for online news.
Gary Macy (Religious Studies) was quoted on the history of women’s ordination, in a story that ran in Canada’s GlobalNews sites (Lethbridge, Regina, and Edmonton) about women who defy the Church by being ordained.
NBC Bay Area interviewed Laura Robinson (Sociology) on companies that build people's social networks by selling them Twitter followers and why people are paying for these services.
Judy Nadler (Markkula) spoke to the (Palm Springs) Desert Sun about a controversy over a city-funded gala. The story also ran in Asheville Citizen-Times. She also spoke to the Louisville Courier-Journal about a council member’s failure to pay taxes on time.
SCU men’s basketball’s run for the top spot in the CollegeInsider.com postseason tournament was carried in numerous papers including the Contra Costa Times, Chico Enterprise Record.
News that the Northern California Innocence Project at SCU had achieved one prisoner’s exoneration and another’s verdict reversal (which later became an exoneration) made headlines across the country, including stories in the Los Angeles Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, KTLA TV, Herald Sun, TMC.net, McClatchy Information Services, and the CBS blog CrimeSider. Some of the stories quoted Linda Starr (NCIP).
Patricia Cain (Law) was quoted in the San Francisco Chronicle about the complexities for same-sex couples filing taxes.
Paul Crowley (Religious Studies) was quoted in a story in America Magazine about historical efforts to reconcile theology and science.
News that Ruth Cook (Education) was honored with the Outstanding Educator Award by the Morgan Autism Center was noted in the San Jose Mercury News.
Brad Joondeph’s (Law) comments about the Supreme Court’s plans to expedite hearings on the federal health law were carried in the blog California Healthline.
Jack Rasmus (Economics) wrote an article for Common Dreams casting doubt on public employee pension benefit levels as the main cause of state budget woes.
David Caldwell (Management) was mentioned in a Harvard Business Review article, (which was rerun in Business Insider blog) about corporate culture. The piece was written by Leavey School of Business advisory board member Nilofer Merchant.
Student Sara Phillips was featured in the San Jose Mercury News in a story about the “new look of the 21st century” – i.e., a multiracial lineage. The story noted that Jesuit SCU “demands that every student understand and oppose racial barriers.”
News that the Center for Science, Technology, and Society will team up with Indian business school XLRI for social-entrepreneurship training through GSBI was reported in the blog Development through Enterprise and in Hindustan Times, Telegraph of India, Times of India, Pioneer Online and the Financial Express.
News of a student internship fair featuring only startup companies, sponsored by the CIE, SCEO and Career Center, was highlighted on the blog InternBuzz.com.
Here’s a sampling
of the hundreds of mentions of SCU in the media in the past two weeks. The first part of the link is a list; the full text is below the list.
***NOTE: Use EXTREME CAUTION before printing the linked information, as it will be dozens of pages!! ***
Katerina Bezrukova (Psychology) co-authored a paper, titled "Subgroups within a team: The role of cognitive and affective integration" that was accepted for publication in the Journal of Organizational Behavior.
Fred Foldvary (Economics) had a review of "While America Aged" that was published in Choice magazine, included in its "hot topic" newsletter on labor unions. Choice Reviews is a journal for scholarly books and web resources.
Nam Ling (Computer Engineering) and Guichun Li, Ph.D. student, together with researchers of Huawei Technologies, filed a U.S. Provisional Patent on their invention "Using Multiple Prediction Sets to Encode Extended Unified Display Interface Mode Numbers for Robustness," on March 10, 2011.
Sarah Kate Wilson (Electrical Engineering) has an editorial on IEEE’s Reviewer Appreciation Program published this month in IEEE Communications Letters.
More grants, awards, and publications will appear in the next edition of fyi.
What does diversity mean in the San Francisco Bay Area? What conversations should students, faculty, and staff have to better understand one another? What issues are college campuses facing today?
These are some of the many questions Bay Area universities will tackle at the Diversity Leadership Conference at Santa Clara University on Saturday, April 30 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The event is co-sponsored by SCU, Stanford, San Jose State, and De Anza College thanks to a grant from Google.
The day-long event will have 40 workshops, covering four main themes: civic engagement, social justice, education equity, and intersection of multiple identities. Speakers and panelists from at least 15 universities and organizations, such as UC Berkeley, Mills College, and St. Mary’s, will be leading the workshops and discussions. Jeff Chang, author of Can’t Stop Won’t Stop, will give the keynote address.
Some of the workshops include:
Diversity and Inclusion in the Technology Industry
Sarah Stuart, Google
Bursting the Bubble: An Honest Dialogue of Student Experiences with Racism
Isabel Duron and Jessica Cassella, SCU
First Year Students’ Understanding of Diversity
Rona T. Halualani and Christopher M. Lancaste, SJSU
“I Ain’t Hood; I Live in the Suburbs”
Victoria Asbury, Stanford
Understanding and Assessing the Outcomes of Campus Diversity Initiatives for Asian American College Students
Dawn Lee, UC Davis
Intersecting Identities: Professional Identity, Gender Identity, and Workplace Behavior
Monica Hudson and Eden-Renee Pruitt, USF and Bard College at Simon Rock
Visit the Diversity Leadership Conference website
for more information and a full list of all the workshops.
Limited seats are available, and if you register
before the end of the week, students receive a early bird rate of $10 and non-students $35. Rates increase to $15 and $45 respectively starting March 19.
The Office of Marketing and Communications (OMC) is proud to announce that Santa Clara University has received eight Awards of Excellence at the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) District VII awards luncheon on March 4.
For a fourth consecutive year, Santa Clara Magazine earned more medals than any other magazine in the region. They are:
· Gold in Periodical Staff Writing for External Audiences – based on the articles
o “Bending light” (Spring 2010) by Steven Boyd Saum
o “Home is” (Spring 2010) by Steven Boyd Saum
o “Bad Journalism 101” (Spring 2010) by Mansi Bhatia
o “Everything is illuminated” (Winter 2009) by Christine Cole
o “Season premiere: Resurrection/Hatching Hannah Montana” (Fall 2009) by Karen Crocker Snell
· Silver in General Interest Magazine – based on Spring 2010 (“Home”) and Summer 2010 (“Carry the Torch”) issues
· Silver in Excellence in Design – Covers for “Imagine. Go. Do.”
· Silver in Excellence in Design – Editorial Design for “Courage in the face,” opening spread of photo essay on Haiti by Michael Larremore ’08
· Bronze in Excellence in Design – Periodicals
· Bronze in Periodical Special Issue – Spring 2010 issue (“Home”)
· Bronze in Individual Photography – “Hold the line,” by Bud Glick
Santa Clara University’s OMC also received bronze in Individual Institutional Relations Publications for “President’s Report – Keeping our Commitment to Students.”
CASE’s District VII
comprises more than 100 colleges and universities from Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, and Utah.
As end-of-life care enters what many are calling its “second wave,” hospice and palliative care services in the U.S. continue to expand, bringing better quality of life at the end of life to increasing numbers of individuals and families. Patients and families are more often achieving the kinds of outcomes they say matter most—better symptom management, clearer communication about the patient’s condition, greater sensitivity to spiritual and cultural issues, and control over the site of death.
Despite this progress, many challenges remain such as effectively extending care to underserved populations, supporting family caregivers before and after the loss of their loved ones, and communicating effectively as patients and families transition from curative to palliative care.
Compassion in Action is a conference taking place on Friday, March 25 at Santa Clara University, bringing together leading experts who will examine key issues in contemporary end-of-life care. These visionary pragmatists will present ideas, models and programs that can enhance the evolution of advanced-illness care at local, national, and international levels. Conference attendees and participating organizations will be a second faculty for the conference as they network and share innovative ideas and services already contributing to enhancing care at the end of life. Learn more.
Santa Clara University senior Joshua Goldberg, a public health major and biology minor, looks to graduate in the spring just like hundreds of other Broncos. He plans to attend medical school after a gap year, also like many students. However, compared to most students, this is where the common ground largely ends.
During his upcoming gap year, Goldberg plans on helping build, start up, and run a self-sustaining, nonprofit medical aid clinic in Uganda. Provided that he is able to find the $10,920 necessary for start-up and building costs, he will be working with volunteer organization Hope Beyond Worldwide, a nonprofit founded by Kennedy Ochiens in 2008 as an offshoot of HOPE Children’s Foundation Africa. Goldberg was already looking for a major medical service opportunity when he and Ochiens first made contact.
Goldberg, as well as the organization itself, is making fundraising efforts to bring in the necessary money to get the clinic up and running. If that is successful, he will then travel to Uganda (where Hope Beyond Worldwide is headquartered) at the tail end of summer for 6–8 months to work in the out-clinic and help train the native staff. By the time Goldberg’s finishes his tenure at the clinic, it will be ready to be run entirely by native Ugandans, including physicians, nurses, and staff. Goldberg and the other foreign workers are planning on being there to do their philanthropic duty and help start things up.
He said that these efforts started a week before Thanksgiving, and he’s been talking to people around SCU since then. Goldberg says that the networking he has been able to do at SCU has been really successful and that, though he has yet to find an angel benefactor, he’s come away with many ideas and improved networking skills. Fundraising is still an obstacle to figure out, though he plans to have the organization as a whole incorporated as a tax-exempt 501.3(c) nonprofit.
Once the clinic is running, it is projected to treat between 80–100 patients a day in Kawempe, a shantytown with a population of 300,000, some 10 kilometers north of Uganda’s capital city, Kampala. The clinic plans to target diseases such as HIV/AIDS, malaria, polio, tuberculosis, and typhoid fever, as well as treat accidents and provide immunizations. With this clinic, Goldberg, Ochiens, and everyone involved in the organization are trying—hopefully with a little help from SCU—to bring a little worldwide “hope” to Uganda.
Join The SCU Mighty Broncos at the Tour de Cure in Palo Alto on June 12. People at all fitness levels are welcome, and family and friends can also join the team.
As a participant, you are encouraged to fundraise in support of the American Diabetes Association. The goal is only $200, and very easy to obtain with a few e-mails to family and friends.
The team is ordering custom team cycling jerseys, so the sooner you register, the more input you’ll have on the team uniform!
There are four distances from which to choose: 12 miles, 30, 45, and 80. It’s fun and for a good cause. The SCU Mighty Broncos will also arrange team-training rides to prepare for the June event.
If you can’t participate in the June Palo Alto ride but still want to support the American Diabetes Association and your fellow SCU community members, you can either:
1. Follow the team’s blog
2. Train with The SCU Mighty Broncos; or
3. Join the team in spirit, by making a donation to the American Diabetes Association via any of the team members’ pages.
People can join by clicking on “Join Team” at the bottom of this webpage
The San Jose Mercury News ran a column about social media and religion, which featured Elizabeth Drescher (Religious Studies) who has a book coming out on the subject. Numerous other papers picked up the column. Also, a Religion Dispatches article written by Drescher bout the controversial iPhone app for Catholic confession-goers was praised by Catholic Register.
The Philadelphia Inquirer published Thomas Plante's (Psychology) oped on the most common myths about the clergy sexual abuse scandal. He was also interviewed by Ventura County Star about Los Angeles Cardinal Roger Mahony's retirement and legacy that's marred by the sexual-abuse scandal.
A study on duopolies co-authored by Allen Hammond (Law) was cited in stories about Rupert Murdock, in the Columbia Journalism Review and the Washington Post.
Nancy Unger's (History) oped on Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's proposal to take away the union rights of most public workers was published in The Bakersfield Californian and the Wisconsin State Journal.
Research indicating that happiness adds to one’s ability to delay gratification, by John Ifcher and Homa Zarghamee (Economics) was featured in the Wall Street Journal’s Ideas Market blog and the New York Times blog Freakanomics. The pair also had a Q&A in the blog Science + Religion Today.
Judy Nadler (Markkula) was interviewed in KCBS radio about a San Francisco Chronicle story showing that Gov. Jerry Brown of California is not revealing his entire workday schedule. She spoke to a Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights blogger about Gavin Newsom’s plans to lease office space from a campaign contributor and to the Indianapolis Star and Martinsville Daily about various government ethics topics.
News that Ed Maurer (Engineering) was named one of 21 Google science communication fellows was picked up by several sites including UPI.com and EnvironmentalExpert.com.
Pat Cain (Law) was interviewed by Tax Notes about the complexities of a new IRS rule allowing same-sex partners to claim refunds using state community property rules.
Joe Sugg (University Operations) was interviewed on CreaTV about Santa Clara University's sustainability initiatives. He was also interviewed by the Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal about the Chromasun solar thermal system installed on the rooftop of Benson Memorial Center.
Brad Joondeph (Law) was quoted by Politico.com about the pace of lawsuits challenging the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, and his blog was quoted in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. ABC.com quoted him in a story about the oddities of having Washington state’s top legal enforcer fighting the Obama health law while the governor supports it.
Daniel Aguiar (CIE) gave an interview to the blog Glassdoor.com about how college students can find start-up and small company internship opportunities. Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal picked up the story.
Jim Balassone (Markkula) was quoted in FINS.com about a study showing that the majority of Americans would cross a picket line for a good job.
A symposium organized by Eric Goldman (Law) about the 15-year anniversary of a key Internet law, was the subject of several days of social-media chatter on Twitter and blogs. Stories stemming from the conference were posted at AltAssets.net, Computerworld, Techdirt, and paidContent.org (which was picked up on various Yahoo! Sites). Also, Goldman was quoted in TechWeb, the San Francisco Chronicle, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, and Warren’s Washington Internet Daily about tech-law topics.
A 1975 photo of students enjoying a rare snowfall, which was provided by SCU’s Archive and Special Collections, ran on every local TV station, MSNBC, and the San Jose Mercury News, as part of stories about how there might be snow in Silicon Valley for the first time in decades.
Marilyn Fernandez (Sociology) was quoted in a San Jose Mercury News story about Santa Clara’s demographic changes. The story was picked up in several other papers.
John Hamm (Management) wrote an article for Quality Digest about the qualities of leadership. Quotes from him on the same subject ran in Baret News and American Surveyor.
Tyler Ochoa (Law) was quoted in MediaPost.com about why TV streamer Ivi – which has been ordered to cease certain operations - does not meet the legal definition of a cable system.
Deep Gulasekaram (Law) was quoted in various newspapers and websites, including the Fresno Bee, Sacramento Bee, Hispanic Business, and NorthJersey.com, about California’s attorney general seeking to lift the stay on gay marriages while the matter is litigated.
Meir Statman (Finance) was in Reuters Analysis and Opinion discussing how constantly checking on investments can be counterproductive; in Daily Analysis discussing why Warren Buffett is not a good role model for small investors; on Bloomberg TV discussing the role of luck in investing, and in the Chicago Tribune discussing his own investing foibles.
Santa Clara University was mentioned in two stories in the San Jose Mercury News for being the host and integral participant in a new group, Sivic, which is promoting interreligious unity and voice in Silicon Valley.
Sandee Magliozzi (Law Professional Development) spoke to the Recorder about how law firms can add value. The story was picked up in the Community Voices blog of the Pittsburgh Post Gazette.
Cookie Ridolfi and Maurice Possley (NCIP) co-wrote an oped for the San Jose Mercury News on the lack of penalties for prosecutors of later-exonerated defendants.
A study co-authored by Matthew Jobin (Anthropology), showing that humans originated in South Africa, was covered by Examiner.com.
Here’s a sampling
of the hundreds of mentions of SCU in the media during the past two weeks. The first part of the link is a list; the full text is below the list.
***NOTE: Use EXTREME CAUTION before printing the linked information, as it will be dozens of pages!! ***
Ruth Davis (Undergraduate Programs) presented a poster on "Pathways to Meaningful Learning" in Washington, D.C. at a National Science Foundation Conference for principal investigators in January.
James Lai (Ethnic Studies/Political Science) has published a new book entitled Asian American Political Action: Suburban Transformations.
Mike Sexton (Enrollment Management), as a member of the College Board's College Planning Advisory Board, presented the prototype of a new web site at a session entitled "You Can Go": The New Online College Planning Resource Helping Lower-Resourced Students Make It to College" at the Western Regional Forum in San Francisco.
More grants, awards, and publications will appear in the next edition of fyi.
As Santa Clara University prepares to implement the Strategic Plan 2011, President Michael Engh, S.J., provided a glimpse of his priorities for the future in his State of the University Address, which he delivered on Feb. 16 at Mission Church. He briefly described how the plan will enable Santa Clara to fulfill its mission and achieve its potential.
The five priorities outlined in the strategic plan are:
- Making SCU an exemplar of excellence in Jesuit education;
- Engaging more strategically with the Silicon Valley by providing on-campus facilities and off-campus opportunities for research, teaching, and internships;
- Focusing on opportunities for study abroad, recruitment of international students, faculty exchanges, and networking with Jesuit institutions worldwide;
- Advancing our commitment to social justice and sustainability through environmental protection, economic growth, and social equity;
- Attracting and retaining excellent faculty and staff, while attracting and enrolling top, diverse students.
Details of the Strategic Plan 2011 can be found on Santa Clara’s website
Engh congratulated everyone who was involved in the drafting of the self-study for the University’s reaccreditation by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). The WASC team, who visited the campus Feb. 7–9, recognized the progress SCU has made in linking mission, money, and management. While the WASC team applauded the University five times over, it also made five recommendations (related to assessment, program review, inclusive excellence, integration of JST, and governance and communication) that will help SCU grow stronger.
The University has had many accomplishments throughout the years, including some recent achievements that happened under Engh’s presidency, which began in January 2009. They include:
- 30 percent increase in applications for undergraduates
- 13 percent return on investments
- 5 percent increase on alumni giving
- Silver rating in the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment, and Rating System (STARS)
Engh also announced that as the nation’s economy continues to recover, the University will be able to use reserved funds for capital improvements that were deferred two years ago and provide merit raises again this year.
The University is also working with a consultant to review and assess needs and recommendations for child and elder care.
Campus expansion and improvements are progressing, particularly with the new enrollment building and student housing.
During the address, Engh praised several individuals for their recent awards, including Laurie Laird from the Iganatian Center for Jesuit Education and Terry Shoup from the Department of Mechanical Engineering. Laird
was recognized for promoting civic engagement, public service, and student involvement in campus-community partnerships. Shoup
will be inducted to the Silicon Valley Engineering Hall of Fame on Feb. 24.
Engh concluded with an incredible story of the Santa Clara spirit that surfaced during a medical emergency at the men’s basketball game against Gonzaga. Two off-duty SCU emergency medical technicians and a public safety officer jumped into action when a student collapsed while leaving Leavey Center. EMTs Mohit Kochar and Morgan Stinson along with Campus Safety Officers Evan Evans, Amanda Wilson, and Kim Payne performed CPR and rescue breathing, as they called 911 and waited for help. When on-call SCU EMTs arrived, Allison Yue used a heart defibrillator to treat the student, while Michelle Davidson and Maija Swanson assisted. Athletic Director Dan Coonan and Fr. Paul Mariani followed the ambulance to the hospital, and Campus Ministry’s Fr. Jack Treacy regularly visited the student and his family, while Jeanne Rosenberger’s staff in Student Life handled campus logistics.
SCU senior Matthew Brinda is alive today thanks to the quick response, cooperation, and professional training of the EMTs and the Public Safety Officers.
Bob Warren, vice president for Administration and Finance, echoed President Michael Engh’s optimism for Santa Clara University’s future.
Warren announced at the annual University Budget Council’s Budget Forum on Feb. 24 that his reason for optimism was due to signs of the economy recovering.
“I’m not going to make any economic forecasts, but I can say that we’ve turned things around in the last two years, and we’re in a good position right now.”
The Budget Forum is an annual meeting designed to inform the campus community about the upcoming fiscal-year budget and share changes or new planning assumptions.
Warren also announced increases in tuition, fees, and costs for room and board starting in the 2012 fiscal year. Undergraduates will see a 3.9 percent increase, while MBA and engineering graduate students will see a 4.8 percent increase. Law students are facing a 6.2 percent increase, and students in the graduate programs for education, counseling psychology, and pastoral ministries will see a 2 percent increase.
The PowerPoint slides from the presentation are available on the University Finance Office’s website
The Office of Marketing and Communications launched a new website called SCU Today
, which showcases faculty, staff, and students featured in the news, story ideas for the media, and press releases.
Visitors can quickly access SCU Today
, by going to SCU’s homepage
and clicking on the last tab on the right side under the News & Events section.
OMC’s media relations team is always looking for faculty expertise and unique story ideas that exemplify the University’s excellence. You can contact the team at:
Connie Coutain | assistant director of media relations | firstname.lastname@example.org
Deborah Lohse | assistant director of media relations | email@example.com
On March 1, 1961, President John F. Kennedy signed an executive order establishing the Peace Corps, and the following summer the first Peace Corps Volunteers (PCVs) went overseas to Ghana and Tanganyika (now called Tanzania).
Since then, more than 200,000 volunteers have traveled to 139 countries to help people by promoting peace and friendship. Santa Clara University has had 342 alumni volunteers in the Peace Corps and was ranked nationally for six consecutive years from 2000 to 2005 as producing the most volunteers among small universities. Currently, 10 SCU alumni serve around the world.
A number of SCU faculty and staff also served as PCVs, including Peter Ross, who retired last fall after teaching in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science at SCU from 1982 to 2010.
Ross was a PCV from 1963 to 1965 in Andhra Pradesh, India, where he taught secondary school students mathematics, physics, and even some English.
“The teaching was very challenging. Most of my students had never even used rulers,” says Ross. “I also had to use textbooks in the regional language of Telugu during my first year due to a school mix-up.”
The Peace Corps experience not only instilled in Ross a dedication to teaching, it gave him a taste for volunteering, which he has done to a modest extent ever since.
In the last two decades Ross has made 14 Sierra Club “service trips,” each a week or longer, working on trail construction, trail maintenance, and the like. The two most exotic trips were to Russia in the 1990s. One of these was a three-week trip to Siberia, where trip members helped Russian rangers build foot-bridges in Pribaikalsky National Park near Lake Baikal. Closer to home, Ross now volunteers at the JW House (a Ronald McDonald-type home) at Kaiser Santa Clara and also as a dog socializer at the Humane Society of Silicon Valley.
When Ross joined the Peace Corps in June 1963, there was little reliable information about it, as no volunteers had completed their two years of service and returned from overseas. But now there are many online resources.
SCU junior Ashley Ciglar, a civil engineering major, is considering joining the Peace Corps after she graduates in 2012. Although she first learned about the organization in high school, she hadn’t thought about joining until she began her college career.
“After coming to SCU, I saw many people working with all kinds of communities, making me want to volunteer. Doing so has really given me more insight into the world, while growing deeper as a person and more knowledgeable about my surroundings,” says Ciglar.
Ciglar then met a former PCV during an immersion trip in Nicaragua last summer. She says he constantly talked about his experience as a volunteer. Ciglar says she’d love to join the Peace Corps and do some kind of work related to water treatment, but even if she were called upon to teach English, she wouldn’t hesitate to go.
Students or others at SCU who are interested in the Peace Corps can talk with Ross or other former Peace Corps Volunteers on campus, such as Anthropolgy Associate Professor Mary Hegland (Iran), engineering graduate student Michael Neumann (Tanzania), Santa Clara Magazine Editor Steven Saum (Ukraine), and Law Professor Kandis Scott (Romania).
The Peace Corps advertises, “It’s the toughest job you’ll ever love.” While Ross thinks that “love” is stretching things a bit, he does say that his two years in the Peace Corps were the most significant and rewarding in his life.
The Peace Corps is celebrating its 50th
anniversary with events around the country this month. More information is available on its website.
One beautiful day last month, hikers in Castle Rock State Park in the Santa Cruz Mountains might have been puzzled to stumble upon a group of nearly two dozen fellow hikers, scattered around the grass of scenic Goat Rock scribbling in yellow waterproof journals.
They would have been even more disoriented to learn that these were Santa Clara University undergraduate business students—who devote a day and a half each month to researching and then hiking scenic spots, as a means of contemplating their future roles as business professionals striving to live in harmony with nature and others.
The novel group is CLASP, Contemplative Leadership and Sustainability Program. Part Sierra Club, part mindfulness and Ignatian-inspired reflection, and part leadership immersion, CLASP is the brainchild of Bill Mains, an avid hiker and Leavey School of Business leadership lecturer; Lindsey Cromwell Kalkbrenner, director of sustainability at SCU; and John Braverman, S.J., former visiting research associate at the Center for Science, Technology, and Society.
Mains says that for the growing number of students who care about sustainability, it helps to spend time thinking about the role of nature in your past and present, and to understand your current sense of place, both physically and as a sustainability-oriented leader.
“You can’t protect something unless you know it, and you can’t know it unless you experience it,” said Mains. "On these hikes, students appreciate being forced to ‘unplug’— it enables them to focus on observing the world around them and reflect on those observations."
With CLASP, “We pair three things together: leadership, sustainability and contemplation,” said Adrienne Syme, a junior business major who joined CLASP last year. She saw it as the solution to merge her love of nature with her plans to enter the business world. “This is something that can pair passions with practicality.”
The outings are always preceded by meetings where students learn the history of the sites. At a recent meeting, for instance, the group learned that the sandstone formation underlying Castle Rock Park was once a broad sea floor, and that logging has long been part of the park’s history.
Meetings also feature speakers from various business disciplines. At the Castle Park meeting, for instance, students learned about the nascent “Green Accounting” movement, in which firms like Johnson & Johnson explain in their financial reports how their corporate practices contribute to a more-sustainable environment. A guest speaker from Ernst & Young gave some additional thoughts on green initiatives in the accounting world.
Later in the year students will hear from guest speakers such as the former CEO of Energy Development Corp and SAP’s sustainability director.
The group also embarks on two service projects a year, such as building garden beds at the Alma Youth Center in downtown San Jose.
After all events, there is reflection and a potluck dinner.
The students are urged to keep a journal to help them focus on larger questions: What did you observe and feel? Where’s that coming from? What are you grateful for? What responsibility do you have to sustain what you are seeing for others? Is there a disconnect between your beliefs and what you see as necessary to maintain the environment as you now see it? How can you bridge that gap?
Participants are also asked to notice and reflect on how they are processing the experience. What are they learning about themselves and what they value? How should those values inform their present and future actions? Were they formulating a proactive solution for problem areas? Did they have an action plan?
The group hews to the leadership model espoused by SCU professors Barry Posner and Jim Kouzes: modeling the way, inspiring shared wisdom, challenging the process, enabling others to act, and encouraging the heart.
Under this model, “everyone is a leader,” said Mains, so is within the grasp of everyone to take responsibility and find ways to protect their community and environment from whatever job perch they hold.
“The students come to understand that to be a sustainability-oriented leader means you must live in right relationship with self, others, nature, and God,” said Cromwell Kalkbrenner. “In all your decisions, you strive to find a balance between the consequences of those decisions—for social, environmental, and economic justice.”
Michael Whalen’s (Communication) new documentary, “A Question of Habit,” was reviewed in Sr. Rose Pacatte’s blog in The National Catholic Reporter.
Ed Maurer (Engineering) was chosen by Google to be one of 21 Google Science Communication Fellows, “early to mid-career Ph.D. scientists nominated by leaders in climate change research” who have “the strongest potential to become excellent communicators.”
An Associated Press story quoting Alexander Field (Economics), about the dubiousness of Republican claims that federal spending harms job growth, was run in nearly 400 papers or TV Internet sites nationwide, including the Huffington Post, AARP.org, the Chicago Tribune, Boston Globe, Time magazine, Salon.com, and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
News about SCU’s unique internship fair featuring startup companies -- run by CIE, Career Center and SCEO -- was carried on the website About.com, Morningstar.com, and the Bradenton Herald, and included quotes from student Katherine King and SCU advisory board member George Sollman.
The National Center for Policy Analysis ran a feature item about a paper co-authored by David Friedman (Law) suggesting that indigent defendants be able to pick their lawyer through a voucher system.
Laura Robinson (Sociology) was interviewed by KTVU about the dangers of putting too much information on social networking sites like Facebook.
Patricia Cain (Law) talked to KLIV radio about the Obama Administration’s decision not to defend the Defense of Marriage Act.
Robert Senkewicz, (History) was quoted in the San Francisco Chronicle about another historian’s view that San Francisco was not actually founded at the site of an original Mission Dolores.
Edward Steinman (Law) talked to NBC about the Obama Administration’s decision not to defend the Defense of Marriage Act.
Jerry Burger (Psychology) was quoted in the Boston Globe about how social pressure is leading to healthier eating habits like the use of whole grain foods.
Don Polden (Law) was featured in the Legal Intelligencer commenting on the complexities of adding diversity to the factors considered by law-school rankings. He was also in the Daily Record discussing dropping the LSAT from admissions requirements.
A Philadelphia Weekly Press article about the latest sexual abuse cases in Philadelphia and controversial claims that the Catholic Church held a Black Mass cited Thomas Plante’s (Psychology) book titled, Bless Me Father for I Have Sinned.
Judy Nadler (Markkula) had an oped in New York’s Newsday entitled “Fair is in the Eye of the Beholder,” about the different views of what’s “fair” when it comes to pension reform. Nadler also talked to the Chicago Tribune about criticisms of Chicago mayoral candidates Gery Chico, in a story picked up by the Los Angeles Times, and to the News Tribune of Tacoma, Wash., and the Tucson Citizen about various government conflicts.
A symposium arranged and moderated by Gerald Uelmen (Law) featuring chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, Alex Kozinski, and Chief Justice of the California Supreme Court Tani Cantil Sakauye was run in its entirety on C-SPAN.
Dale Larson (Counseling Psychology) was quoted in the San Gabriel Valley Tribune about the growth of “e-mourning” sites.
David Decosse (Markkula) had an opinion piece in National Catholic Reporter arguing that some actions by the “Catholic right” indicate they’ve lost sight of the teaching that Christ became fully human.
A columnist for the Toronto Star wrote a lengthy review of What Investors Want, the book on behavioral factors affecting investors by Meir Statman (Finance). Statman was also quoted in the Mint.com blog MintLife.
The views of Jane Curry (Political Science) on how the international community should handle deposed dictators were cited in New Statesman.
Steve Diamond (Law) was quoted in a San Jose Mercury News article about the coming wave of IPOs. He also had a letter in the UK Guardian arguing that recent events in Egypt and Tunisia are not similar to Polish Solidarity.
Eric Goldman (Law) was in the Wall Street Journal discussing an antitrust inquiry into Apple’s distribution methods. The story and Goldman’s quotes were noted in the New York Times. Goldman also talked to the Wall Street Journal about the Prince of Monaco suing a blogger, and to Information Week about the rise of lawsuits concerning improper sharing of “unique identifiers” in phones. He was also cited in Law.com, the U.K. Register, and appeared on ABC7.
The Catholic Register site praised a blog post by Elizabeth Drescher (Religious Studies) on the site Religion Dispatches, about the iPhone app that helps Catholics confess.
A San Jose Mercury News story quoting Anna Han (Law) about a high-level trip to a China factoring beset by employee suicides was picked up by 30 other papers or sites including the Vancouver Sun, and the Knoxville News Sentinel.
EDN.com wrote about a paper by Colleen Chien (Law) describing changing attitudes toward “patent trolls,” or companies that buy or use patents largely to make money.
Here’s a sampling
of the hundreds of mentions of SCU in the media in the past two weeks. The first part of the link is a list; the full text is below the list.
***NOTE: Use EXTREME CAUTION before printing the linked information, as it will be dozens of pages!! ***
Mohammad Ayoubi (mechanical engineering) and graduate student Farhad Goodarzi presented the following paper this week: Ayoubi, M. A., Goodarzi, F. A., and Banerjee, A., “Attitude Motion of a Spinning Spacecraft With Fuel Sloshing and Nutation Damping,” AAS 11-109, 21st AAS/ AIAA Space Flight Mechanics Meeting, New Orleans, Louisiana, February 13-17, 2011.
Elizabeth Dahloff (Biology) has received an additional $7,500 from the National Science Foundation to support "Collaborative Research: RUI: Ecological and Evolutionary Responses to Environmental Change in Sierra Nevada Populations of a Montane Willow Beetle". This amendment is supplemental support for Year 2 of an anticipated five year grant totaling $347,322.00
Chris Kitts (mechanical engineering) and Ruth Davis (computer engineering) have received $1,142,000 from the Kern Family Foundation to support "An Undergraduate Education Program in Engineering Innovation and Entrepreneurship." This grant is for a period of three years and the proposed initiatives are organized into several complementary categories that will improve the entrepreneurial mindset within our campus, our community, and the KEEN (The Kern Entrepreneurship Education Network) network. Kitts also had an article on the SCU marine robotics program published in The Journal of Marine Education: C. Kitts, W. Kirkwood, and G. Wheat. "An Interdisciplinary, Marine Robotics Research and Education Program." Current: The Journal of Marine Education, v 26, n 3, Dec 2010, pp. 7-10 .
Ed Maurer (civil engineering) was selected as a 2011 Google Science Communication Fellow. This is an initiative by Google.org, their philanthropic branch, to foster a more open, transparent and accessible scientific dialogue. This year's 21 fellows were selected from a pool of candidates nominated by leaders in climate change research and science-based institutions across the U.S.
Kim Parnell (mechanical engineering) has been elected Chair of the IEEE Santa Clara Valley (SCV) Section. The SCV Section has more than 12,000 members and is the largest IEEE Section in the world with 29 Chapters, Societies, and Affinity Groups serving a wide range of interests.
Yuling Yan (Bioengineering) has received an additional $53,505 from UC Berkeley to support "High-Contrast Imaging of Single Molecules in Live Cells". This amendment funds Year 3 of an anticipated four year grant totaling $220,842.00. Additionally, Yan and her co-authors presented their work entitled “Spatio-temporal Processing of Massive Glottic Images from High-speed Videoendoscopy" at the SPIE Photonics West, which was held at the Moscone Center, San Francisco, January 22-27. Finally, Yan and her co-authors have a paper entitled “Vocal fold Vibratory Characteristics in Normal Female Speakers from High-speed Digital Imaging" accepted for publication in Journal of Voice.
Santa Clara University scores high marks in the STARS program, the nation’s first comprehensive sustainability rating system for colleges and universities. STARS, developed by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), stands for Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System. It’s a voluntary, self-assessment tool to gauge progress toward sustainability on college and university campuses.
SCU is one of 242 higher education institutions in the STARS program, and received a silver rating, which is determined by surveying three overall areas: (1) education and research; (2) operations; and (3) planning, administration, and engagement. Read more
In a day marked by upbeat music, colorful garb, and bracing testimonials, several Bay Area Jesuit institutions held a Catholic Mass Saturday as an expression of solidarity with immigrants to the United States.
The event, held at Most Holy Trinity Church in San Jose, was at times festive and at times solemn, as the congregation listened to the stories of four immigrants who have seen their families ripped apart or lives upended in pursuit of a better life in America.
One college student was forced to disclose her father’s whereabouts to immigration officials as the price of being freed to attend college. A mother of four described how her husband was absent for months as he tried to get back home after a visit to his ailing mother in Mexico. A young man who has spent almost his entire life in the U.S. discussed how daily uncertainty has made planning for the future nearly impossible. Read more
The Silicon Valley Engineering Council (SVEC) will induct Santa Clara University Mechanical Engineering Professor Terry Shoup into the Silicon Valley Engineering Hall of Fame on Feb. 24.
The Silicon Valley Engineering Hall of Fame celebrates the accomplishments of engineers, technical leaders, and scientists in the Silicon Valley region who have demonstrated outstanding professional achievement and have made significant contributions to the Silicon Valley community and the Greater Bay Area communities.
Shoup has written more than 100 technical papers on mechanical design and applied mechanisms, and is the co-author of the book Design of Machine Elements
. He has received numerous honors, including the Distinguished Service Award of the International Federation for the Theory of Machines and Mechanisms in 2007, the Rodney D. Chipp Memorial Award of the Society of Women Engineers in 2002, and the Distinguished Service Award from the ASME Council on Education in 1988. Read more
The University has been nominated again to participate in the Bay Area’s “The Best Places to Work Survey.”
To be considered for the rankings, we need faculty and staff to fill out the short survey BEFORE Friday, Feb. 18. You don’t have to enter your name or any personal information, and the process is completely confidential.