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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.

  •  Explore Forge Garden

    Find out what SCU's organic garden has to offer in a special happy hour event.

    Enjoy some of the best wine in the South Bay while learning about one of Santa Clara University’s many contributions to preserving the beauty and history of our community. The Forge Garden Showcase on April 12 will feature wine from Testarossa Winery and give faculty and staff a chance to explore Forge Garden. The half-acre organic garden has been active since 2009 and features a heritage orchard with fruit and nut trees that have historically grown in Santa Clara Valley.

    “There are many ways SCU staff and faculty can use the garden both personally and professionally,” said new garden manager Rose Madden. “We hope everyone will come out and enjoy the wine, spring sunshine, and learn more about how the garden can benefit them.”

    The Forge Garden is also home to the 2007 Solar Decathlon house, which won third place in the international competition for energy-efficient building. Last May crews moved the house to the new location, where the home serves as an office for Madden, and provides volunteers with a sink and restroom. It has also been the setting for movie nights and other community-building events. Students on the 2013 Solar Decathlon team will be at the showcase to give tours of the home and talk about the Radiant House, SCU’s entry into this year’s Solar Decathlon.

    “It makes the garden feel more like a place people can be comfortable,” said  Lindsey Cromwell Kalkbrenner, director of the University’s Office of Sustainability.  “It’s nice to be able to keep that history on campus and keep it accessible.”

    The garden, located one block from Lucas Hall at the corner of Benton and Sherman Streets, is meant to foster a culture of sustainability. Classes can meet there—whether it’s a modern dance class that is learning to “express some of the sensory experience” at the garden or a biology class doing research on how leaves biodegrade, Kalkbrenner said.

    Student organizations also use the garden for community building: having a volunteer day, for example, where their members can plant, weed, or turn compost. The garden is also open to the broader community for garden tending on Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 1 to 5 p.m.

    The Forge Garden Showcase is a private event for SCU employees on April 12 from 4 to 6 p.m. Please RSVP at:

  •  The Big Q

    The Markkula Center for Applied Ethics prompts students to ask and answer life's big questions.

    Want the answer? Look it up.

    Students in classrooms everywhere hear that classic refrain and tap into a host of resources at their fingertips. But what if the burning question is non-academic and its answer can only be found in the murky depths of the “book of life?”

    According to Miriam Schulman, communications director at SCU's Markkula Center for Applied Ethics, students are confronted every day with ethical dilemmas that may not come with ready, clear-cut solutions. “Roommate concerns, controlled substances, academic integrity—these are among topics that college kids across the country face all the time,” she explained.

    For such tricky life issues, there are no handy study guides to prompt the right response. But, there is a place to “look it up.” The Big Q, a blog hosted by the ethics center, offers an online dialogue about the big questions college students regularly deal with. It’s open to undergraduates from all over the country, and to adults interested in student life. Here, participants can read about familiar situations, weigh in with an opinion, review comments from others, and engage in a virtual conversation.

    “The Big Q project is a way to help students think in advance—maybe before a certain situation comes up—about how they’d want to behave and what the best decisions are that they can make,” said Schulman.

    Every week, a new scenario involving an ethical dilemma is posted on the blog. It can be about anything from alcohol and drugs to jobs and money to sex and relationships.

    At the end of every narrative, questions are asked: Your friend drank too much and passed out; should you call the EMTs? Someone on your dorm floor put up a poster you find offensive; do you confront her? How do you end a “friends with benefits” situation? How do you deal with a group member not doing his share of the work? Should you give money to a homeless person?

    Blog readers indicate if they like a question’s response and the most liked are finalists in The Big Q contest. A winning response is selected by a panel of student interns and staff at the center, and the writer receives a $100 gift certificate.

    According to Schulman, the number of responses for any given scenario varies.

    “It really depends on whether or not people connect with the issue,” she said.

    The Ethics Center launched the Big Q project about two years ago and since then, nearly 117,000 people have viewed the site. Among those are college students from throughout California—San Jose State, USC, Berkeley, UC Irvine—and in schools around the country, such as University of Pennsylvania, Sarah Lawrence, University of Virginia, Princeton, and Columbia.

    Thus far, some 60 cases have been aired on the site. The scenarios come from students themselves and from interns and staff at the center. Schulman said some of the hypothetical situations may be inspired by news stories and court cases; others may be suggested by SCU teachers who want to see a certain topic addressed.

    “We also work with co-curricular groups on campus,” she explained. “For example, Big Q questions sometimes coincide with Wellness Center programs; questions on academic integrity fit into things the orientation people are doing. One question on homelessness coincided with SCU’s Homeless Awareness Week.”

    Some professors, especially those teaching communication classes, also use Big Q cases for classroom projects, Schulman noted, which helps to boost page views. In an effort to attract even more readers, the center sponsors outreach events and maintains an active social media presence.

    Chloe Wilson is a senior sociology major and intern at the Center who often writes case studies for the biweekly contest.

    “I try to frame them in a way that is not ethically black and white, but rather gray enough that a robust dialogue can emerge,” she explained. “I am always surprised when someone comes up with a solution that would never have occurred to me. I always feel very humbled and inspired reading the intelligent, multifaceted, diverse comments of our readers.”

    Those managing The Big Q stress that they are not looking for a “right” answer when they select a contest winner, rather a response that offers a thorough, ethical analysis.

    “The answers need to be holistic and well-rounded,” said another intern, Alex LeeNatali, a senior law and social justice/psychology major. “I think the best part of The Big Q is it provides the framework and foundation for very in-depth conversations with your peers. Having to defend and argue your opinion among your friends often leads to a greater understanding of alternative views and a strengthening of your own.”

  •  Leading the Way

    SCU employees and alumni named among top Silicon Valley Latino leaders.

    Silicon Valley Latino magazine has named its inaugural “40under40 Latinos2Watch” list and Santa Clara University is well represented. The group was chosen based on dedication to helping the Latino community, leadership skills, and professional success. Nearly a quarter of the honorees have ties to Santa Clara University.

    “It's no wonder so many of those honored are connected to this prestigious organization. Santa Clara University has the pulse of the next leaders of Silicon Valley,” says Assistant Vice President for Foundations Jason Rodriguez, who was named in the education category. “I am proud to be among this group and committed to continuing SCU's tradition of excellence and appreciation of diversity.”

    Members of the Bronco family were recognized in the education, corporate, community, and law categories. Many have earned a reputation for their dedication to helping others and inspiring change politically. Some attribute their success to strong networks.

    "I am thankful for the support of my loving wife, family, friends, and colleagues that allowed my passion to blossom,” says Lorenzo Gamboa, an alum and the associate director of undergraduate admission at SCU. “I look forward to using my social justice knowledge nurtured by Santa Clara University to open the doors of education to all regardless of their life circumstances."

    You can read more about the list in the next print edition of Silicon Valley Latino on April 23.

    Stephanie Bravo is the assistant director for social media at SCU and founder of The mentorship program was recognized by the White House and several major news outlets. She was nominated in the “community” category for her passion for higher education and social entrepreneurship.
    Javier M. Gonzalez ’05 is the director of local government affairs for the California Restaurant Association. He’s spent years working for several Santa Clara Valley nonprofits and has served in leadership roles in the state and local Democratic party.

    Perlita Dicochea ’97, Ph.D.  is an assistant professor of ethnic studies and environmental justice studies at Santa Clara University and member of the Women and Gender Studies Advisory Board. She also earned her B.A. in communication from Santa Clara. Her current research focuses on New River pollution on the Mexico/U.S. border and Guadalupe River watershed restoration in San Jose.
    Lorenzo Gamboa ’03 is the associate director of undergraduate admission at Santa Clara University and studied economics, international business, Spanish, and general engineering. He also serves on SCU’s Council for Inclusive Excellence and Diversity and is committed to helping first-generation families navigate the college experience. He co-founded Scholarships AZ, a nonprofit organization promoting higher educational access to all regardless of immigrant status.
    Jason Rodriguez is the assistant vice president for foundation, corporate, and government relations at SCU. After years working at HP, he has built a name for himself in the business world of Silicon Valley.

    Ricardo Benavidez ’00 is the senior community relations manager at Cisco and during his tenure the company has donated $25 million. He studied marketing while attending SCU. He was also awarded a U.S. House of Representatives Congressional Recognition for Outstanding and Invaluable Service to the Community.

    Elias Portales ’00 is the founder of the EFP Law group and earned a B.S. in political science from Santa Clara University before earning a law degree from Georgetown University. He has worked for the Obama administration and is also active in state and local politics.
    Micael Estremera ’02, J.D. ’06 is a trial attorney from East San Jose who graduated from Santa Clara University in ’02 with a B.S. in political science and ’06 with a law degree. He has held several leadership positions in Silicon Valley including president of the La Raza Lawyers Association.
    Nelson McElmurry, J.D. ’04 successfully runs his own law firm after attending law school at Santa Clara University. He has successfully defended two life cases with acquittals, which is highly commended so early in his career.

  •  Movin' on Up

    SCU School of Business MBA rises in U.S. News & World Report rankings.

    Santa Clara University’s part-time MBA program rose to No. 24 in the recent U.S. News & World Report “Best Graduate Schools Guide 2014.” The annual classification ranked Santa Clara’s program at 41 last year.

    “The bright, ambitious individuals who work in Silicon Valley have discovered Santa Clara will help them build a career and a business,” said S. Andrew Starbird, dean of the University’s Leavey School of Business. “Our students know what U.S. News has just noted—Santa Clara’s blend of theory and practice is perfectly adapted to working professionals’ success in the Bay Area.”

    In addition, the U.S. News guide placed SCU’s entrepreneurship specialty at No. 13. Interest in courses comprising the specialty has increased over the past few years, the Santa Clara graduate staff reports. This is the second time Santa Clara has appeared on the list of schools offering the specialization; the 2011 list ranked SCU at No. 16.

    “This entrepreneurship ranking confirms our decision to introduce a new M.S. in entrepreneurship degree last month,” said Elizabeth Ford, senior assistant dean for graduate programs. “Our faculty members connect Santa Clara’s curriculum to the practice of business in Silicon Valley, making SCU the ideal location to study entrepreneurship.”

    To compile the list, U.S. News surveyed business school deans and MBA program directors at 325 MBA programs, asking them to rank their peers on a 5-point scale. Eligibility for ranking was based on size (more than 20 enrolled part-time in Fall 2012) and accreditation by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International). The specialty lists were created from nominations for excellence in a particular specialty with those receiving the most mentions appearing on the list.

  •  How Tweet It Is

    Check out what people are saying about SCU on our social media channels.

    Many in the SCU community are putting why they love SCU into 140 characters or posting pictures of our beautiful campus on Facebook and Instagram. Here are just a few of our mentions. If you tweet, we’d love to follow you. Tweet us: @SantaClaraUniv and @SCUNews












  •  Gracious Spotlight

    It's good to be a Jesuit university when a Jesuit pope is elected.

    Santa Clara was at the epicenter of local and national news coverage of the March 13 selection of the new pope, Argentine Jesuit Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, who took the name Pope Francis. Two Jesuits who know the new pope personally—Fr. Arthur Liebscher of SCU’s history department and Fr. Alfonso Gomez, who is on sabbatical at SCU from his recent post as provincial of Argentina’ s Jesuits—spoke to CBS5, NBC Bay Area, KTVU, ABC, the San Jose Mercury News, and Univision.

    At the national level, Fr. Liebscher’s comments appeared on Good Morning America and spurred an interview and taping of the noon mass with NBC Nightly News. Fr. Gomez’s comments were captured by Univision’s national team as well.

    With invaluable help from Fr. Michael Zampelli and Fr. Luis Calero, SCU Media Relations quickly arranged two press conferences on the day of the news, as well as numerous other media interviews:  Thomas Cattoi of the Jesuit School of Theology was quoted in the San Francisco Chronicle and the San Jose Mercury News, KTVU, KCBS and KSFB radio, and Bay Area Reporter;  Fr. Michael McCarthy spoke to NBC Bay Area and KTVU and KGO Radio; Fr. Luis Calero was quoted in the New York Times; Fr. Gerald McKevitt was quoted in the Los Angeles Times; Fr. Paul Crowley spoke to KGO radio; Eric Hanson spoke to CBS News; Gary Macy offered his perspective in National Catholic Reporter; and Sally Vance-Trembath was quoted by the Christian Science Monitor, KCBS radio, and was interviewed twice on KGO radio, including a 45-minute spot Thursday morning. Matt Smith of Campus Ministry helped arrange for students to be interviewed by several local stations. He also captured many of the day’s historic moments for the Campus Ministry Youtube Channel.

    These are just a few of the interviews that ran in print and broadcast. If there is a topic in the news and you’d like to offer your expertise to reporters, please contact Deborah Lohse or Marika Krause, who are part of the media relations team in the Office of Marketing and Communication.

  •  Changing Lives

    The Northern California Innocence Project (NCIP) and the California DNA Project (CDP) at Santa Clara University School of Law announced that on March 8, the Alameda County Superior Court overturned the wrongful conviction of Johnny Williams for sex crimes after new DNA evidence proved his innocence. Mr. Williams served 14 years in prison. 

    “We are thrilled the state has recognized Johnny’s innocence and cleared his name,” said Linda Starr, NCIP’s legal director.

    “Additionally, we are grateful to the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office for their cooperation. Of the 303 innocent people exonerated by post-conviction DNA testing, nearly 75 percent involved eyewitness misidentification. Thus, in cases relying almost exclusively on eyewitnesses, we’ve learned that DNA evidence is the only way to conclusively prove innocence.”


    On Sept. 28, 1998, a man who called himself “Johnny” sexually accosted a 9-year-old girl as she walked home from school. The next day, while walking in the same area, the same man attempted to rape her. Mr. Williams was a former neighbor of the victim and familiar with her family. When the victim first reported the assault she did not say she knew the attacker, thus suggesting a stranger. However, individuals close to the victim suggested to police that “Johnny” may be Mr. Williams. One week after the attack the Oakland Police Department collected the clothes the victim was wearing during the assault. Forensic tests at the time of trial were unable to confirm biological evidence and no DNA testing was performed. On June 8, 2000, Mr. Williams was convicted of two counts of forcible lewd conduct against a child and one count of attempted rape.

    In 2012, NCIP, with the assistance of CDP, retested the victim’s t-shirt and found enough biological material to yield a complete male DNA profile that conclusively excluded Mr. Williams as the perpetrator.

    “To be convicted of such a terrible crime and spend 14 years in prison, labeled a sex offender, is a nightmare most people could never imagine,” said Melissa Dague O’Connell, Mr. Williams’ lead attorney with CDP. “Without DNA evidence, we would not have been able to prove his innocence.”

    Mr. Williams’ exoneration was made possible by a grant which created CDP and paid for the costs of retesting. However, that funding will expire in September.

    “Something terrible happened to that little girl and I hope they find the person who did it. I am thankful people finally know the truth about me so that I can rebuild my life,” Mr. Williams said after the ruling.

    This is the second innocent person NCIP has exonerated in 2013, and its 16th victory since its creation in 2001.

  •  The End of Overeating

    What should I eat? On any given day, it’s the question that we ask ourselves more than any other. How we answer affects everything from our lifespan to our mood. What we choose and what the food industry chooses to produce have also led the country into one of its most significant health crises ever. For millions of Americans, a growing number of health problems can be traced back to the trend of obesity and being overweight. But how did we get here?
    On April 9, David Kessler will deliver in his talk “The End of Overeating” at Santa Clara University.
    A medical doctor; past dean of the medical schools at Yale and the University of California, San Francisco; professor of pediatrics, epidemiology, and biostatistics at UC San Francisco; former commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration under presidents George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton; lawyer; and now author, Dr. Kessler introduced the Nutrition Facts food labels and led the FDA's investigation of the tobacco industry and tobacco products.
    Known as a hard-line policy watchdog of the food industry, Kessler’s work has examined the physical as well as psychological aspects of overeating. At the most basic level, he asserts that foods loaded with fats, sugars, and salts are tricking our brains into telling us to eat even when we are not hungry. Through his investigation, he has uncovered the origins of the obesity epidemic and explains how we can take control of our eating.
    As the joint Gerald and Sally DeNardo Lectureship event for 2013 and the final event in the President’s Speaker Series, Kessler’s talk will be the major and most effective presentation in the health sciences at Santa Clara University this year. Tickets are free, but need to be reserved in advance. Visit the President’s Speaker Series website to get more information and make plans to join us for an evening about food policy and our nation’s eating habits.

  •  Social Justice and Law

    The blind Chinese civil-rights activist and attorney who protested abuses including alleged forced abortions in his homeland will be the recipient of this year’s Katharine and George Alexander Law Prize from Santa Clara University School of Law.

    The award for top lawyers who have used their legal careers to help alleviate injustice and inequity will be presented to Chen Guangcheng, at a ceremony the evening of March 18 at Santa Clara University’s Mayer Theatre. The presentation of the award and a discussion on the future of human rights in China will take place at 7 p.m. Prior to this, a reception will be held at 6 p.m. at the University’s Nobili Hall.

    Chen is a Chinese civil rights activist who for years pursued human-rights cases in rural areas of China. Known as the “barefoot lawyer” and self-taught in law, he has advocated for more than 20 years for women's rights, rights for disabled, land rights, and constitutional law and the rule of law.

    His 2005 class-action lawsuit against authorities in Linyi, Shandong alleged excessive enforcement of China’s one-child policy. The case landed him under house arrest and he was later sentenced to more than four years in prison. Even after his release he was detained under house arrest and reportedly beaten when his treatment was aired on the Internet.

    “Mr. Chen is an outstanding example of how one person can use the power of the law to speak up for those who are suffering,” said Santa Clara University School of Law Dean Donald Polden. “We are proud to honor his work with this year’s Alexander Law Prize.”

    In 2012, he escaped house arrest and fled to the U.S. Embassy in Beijing. His case received attention from the U.S. State Department, the British Foreign Secretary, Human Rights Watch, and Amnesty International, each of which issued appeals on his behalf.

    He and his family ultimately were granted U.S. visas after negotiations with the Chinese government. Chen now lives with his wife and two children in New York and studies law at New York University.

    He received the 2007 Ramon Magsaysay Award for Emergent Leadership; the 2012 Lantos Human Rights Prize; and the 2012 Human Rights Award from Human Rights First. In 2006 he was named to Time magazine’s 100 most influential people.

    Members of the public can find out more information and register for the event through

  •  Take Five

    Bob Henry is the new chief information security officer. He has more than two decades of experience in information systems and will be working with departments across campus to protect the University’s online information assets.

    1. What sparked your interest in information security?
    German DVDs stored and served up on a server I was responsible for in 2000. I was a systems administrator responsible for servers running Microsoft Windows and this was the first server I had whacked—that I know of! I decided that knowing how to keep a machine up and running wasn't enough and started learning how to avoid bad stuff and not rely, entirely, on luck. I've been studying information security ever since—a study that has morphed from "technical" security to "behavioral" security.

    2.How does being in Silicon Valley influence information privacy and security?
    I've only been here 3 months, but Silicon Valley is Geek Mecca. Many of the best information security practitioners and thought leaders in the world live and work around here so I can see them, hear them, and talk to them face-to-face. There are security seminars, workshops, and meetings every week. It is an amazing place to work and learn!

    3. Are you a Mac or a PC guy and why?
    Linux! Actually I am now using a Mac, I even have an iPhone. My daughter thinks it is hilarious because I teased her about her "dorkintosh" for years. My last computer was a PC—running Linux—and I was a Blackberry guy. I'll use whatever works—or maybe I'm a slave to fashion!

    4. What is the number one way faculty and staff can help keep their computers and the SCU network secure?
    1) Use long, strong passwords and change them regularly.
    2) Update your computer—keep anti-virus, system software, and applications up-to-date.
    3) Use long, strong passwords and change them regularly.

    5. Star Trek or Star Wars?
    Star Trek—Captain Kirk, Spock, Scottie, "Bones."

  •  Shaping Policy

    Findings from Ford Foundation-Backed Study on Undocumented Immigrant Students Unveiled in Washington, D.C.  Research conducted by Fairfield University, Loyola University Chicago, and Santa Clara University adds to debate on policies for undocumented students.

    Like any student, A.J. Bastida was thrilled the day he learned that he would be one of four high-achieving students to receive a scholarship to attend Santa Clara University in California’s Silicon Valley.  But unlike others, this scholarship was virtually his only chance to attend college – because from the age of 5, A.J. had lived in the United States as an undocumented immigrant, making other forms of financing or aid unavailable to him.

    Now pursuing a law degree at SCU and a grateful recipient of the Obama Administration’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, Bastida spoke Tuesday, Feb. 26 about the many challenges and occasional triumphs of pursuing higher education as an undocumented student.

    “I am a true testament to what Jesuit education really means,” said Bastida.

    In an effort to understand and help students like A.J., about 150 Jesuit university and college presidents, students, faculty, administrators and representatives from Congress member’s and Senator’s offices attended an event Tuesday titled “Immigration: Undocumented Students in Higher Education.”

    At the event, held in the Dirksen Senate Office Building, researchers from the three universities unveiled a new Immigrant Student National Position Paper, which included findings about the obstacles faced by undocumented students, as well as recommendations for new practices, procedures, and a model of leadership in higher education regarding access to education, particularly for the undocumented.

    “At the heart of the Immigrant Student National Position Paper is a call for improved institutional practices at Jesuit institutions in the United States to help these young people flourish on campus and off,” said project leader Richard Ryscavage, S.J., a Jesuit priest, sociology professor and director of the Center for Faith and Public Life at Fairfield University.

    “Ultimately, this project presents a way of proceeding on this area of immigration that informs and helps shape the national educational discourse.  Our findings revealed that a pathway to citizenship will not solve all of the challenges these student face.  Additional policies that address the needs of the students as well as their families are critical.”

    The Ford Foundation backed the study.

    For more on the findings click here.

  •  Finance and Entrepreneurship

    Leavey School of Business offers two new master's degrees.

    Santa Clara University’s Leavey School of Business will begin offering two new Master of Science degrees this summer, one in finance and one in entrepreneurship.

    The two new master’s degrees will complement the Master of Business Administration and Master of Science in Information Systems that are currently offered as advanced degrees.

    “With our nationally acclaimed faculty, location in Silicon Valley, and deep alumni ties, it was a natural for us to offer these two master’s degrees,” said S. Andrew Starbird, dean of the Leavey School of Business. “The finance degree is ideal for students seeking deeper analytical understanding for today’s venture-capital and financial marketplace. And the entrepreneurship degree will give students vital knowledge to find new market opportunities, evaluate customer needs, and understand what’s required to ‘scale up’ a good idea.”

    The M.S. in finance will include classes introducing students to sophisticated financial-statement analysis and understanding of U.S. and international financial markets and institutions. The M.S. in entrepreneurship will offer classes in managing innovation, intellectual property, and economics for business decisions. Both degrees will incorporate Santa Clara University’s longstanding emphasis on business ethics, including a course in business integrity and society.

    Classes will start July 8. More on the degrees can be found at or

  •  Short and Powerful

    Cinequest taps SCU filmmaking talent in pair of short films.

    Santa Clara University will have a strong showing at the 23rd Cinequest Film Festival kicking off this week in San Jose.

    Communication Lecturer Jonathan Fung’s film Hark will be screened. The film calls attention to human trafficking and first debuted at SCU last summer.

    “We are a visual culture and film and the arts can serve as a scholarly medium to educate, challenge, and mobilize a community,” said Fung, who cast his young daughter to play the lead in the film. Hark will screen on Thursday, Feb. 28 at 4:15 p.m.; Sunday, March 3 at 10:00 a.m.; and Tuesday, March 5 at 9:30 p.m. at the Camera 12 Theaters in downtown San Jose.

    A student documentary by Sofia Coyiuto ’12, Thicker than Blood, was also selected as part of the festival. It’s part of a selection of short films themed around the role of family. It runs Wednesday, March 6 at 9:30 p.m. and Friday, March 8 at 9:30 p.m. at the San Jose Repertory Theater.

    Assistant Professor of Communication Mike Whalen is also part of the documentary jury.

    For more details visit:

  •  Grants, Awards, and Publications

    Angelo Ancheta (School of Law) has received $15,066 from the International Institute of the Bay Area to support "Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals." This grant will help provide legal services toward serving undocumented youth who are eligible for the Obama Administration's "deferred action" initiative for undocumented youth who were brought to this country as children. He has also received a one-year renewal of $33,533 from the Equal Access Fund of the State Bar of California Legal Services Trust Fund Program. The funds will be used to support the “Consumer Rights Project” which provides legal assistance to meet the legal needs of low-income individuals, especially limited-English-speaking immigrants.

    Rich Barber (Physics) has received an additional $20,569 in subcontract funding from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory to fund year four of an anticipated four-year grant totaling $95,724. The work funded by this grant involves the study of various highly correlated metal systems using a one-of-a-kind Josephson Scanning Tunneling Microscope (JSTM).

    Gangshu Cai (Operations Management and Information Systems) has received $52,826 from the National Science Foundation to support "Collaborative Research on Studies of Multichannel Opaque Service Enterprise" to conduct an in-depth study of multichannel opaque service enterprises, which have uncertain demand and supply.

    Colleen Chien (Law School) has received $35,000 from the New America Foundation to support "Startups and Trolls." 

    Perlita R. Dicochea's (Ethnic Studies) manuscript, "Discourses of Race and Racism within Environmental Justice Studies: An Eco-racial Intervention," was recently published via open access with Ethnicity and Race in a Changing World: A Review Journal.

    Elizabeth Drescher (Religious Studies) has been awarded a journalism fellowship on the Social Science Research Council's New Directions in the Study of Prayer Project, which is funded by the Templeton Foundation.

    Leslie Gray (Environmental Studies) has received $25,000 from the Sharks Foundation to support "Bronco Urban Gardens (BUG)." The funds will be used to further develop existing sites while expanding strategically to serve additional areas in need.

    Tim Hight (Mechanical Engineering) has received $50,000 from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and U.S. Dept. of Energy to support "Solar Decathlon 2013: Solar Home 3.0." This is the first phase of funding of an anticipated two-phase grant for SCU’s participation in the Solar Decathlon 2013.

    Thane Kreiner (Center for Science, Technology, and Society) has received an additional $250,000 from the Skoll Foundation to support "Skoll Foundation—GSBI Partnership." The goals of this award are to develop a resource engine for the Global Social Benefit Incubator (GSBI); create a unified platform to innovate, drive, and scale collective social impact; and share GSBI programmatic learnings, networks, and knowledge.

    Hohyun Lee (Mechanical Engineering) has received $15,000 from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory to support "Phase Change Material in Automated Window Shades."

    Tim Myers (English) published a full-length poetry book entitled Dear Beast Loveliness. He also won the 2012 Magazine Merit Award for Fiction from the Society of Children's Books Writers and Illustrators. Myers is also nominated for a Pushcart Prize in Literature by Third Flatiron Publishing.

    Tom Plante (Psychology) wrote an article entitled “The 2005 Vatican instruction on homosexuality in seminaries: Are we in a "don't ask, don't tell" world on this topic?” that was published in Human Development.

    Tom Plante (Psychology), David Feldman (Counseling Psychology), Shauna Shapiro (Counseling Psychology) and Diane Dreher (English) all wrote chapters in the book Religion, Spirituality, and Positive Psychology: Understanding the Psychological Fruits of Faith.

    The Santa Clara, the University’s student-run weekly newspaper won a Pacemaker award for the 2011–12 academic year.

    Jerrold Lee Shapiro (Counseling Psychology) reviewed a new book about men in therapy called Beyond the Crisis of Masculinity: A Transcultural Model for Male Friendly Therapy that was published on the American Psychological Association Div. 51 website.

    Betty Young (Physics) has received year one funding of $392,027 from The Regents of the University of California and National Science Foundation to support "R&D Toward SuperCDMS at SNOLAB".

  •  Nominate SCU for "Best Places to Work"

    Santa Clara University has been nominated again as one of the “Best Places to Work in the Bay Area.”

    An independent firm, Quantum Workplace, is conducting the survey and tabulating results on behalf of the Silicon Valley Business Journal, and the San Francisco Business Times. Quantum staff members will communicate the findings in a summary report to SCU.

    Quantum does not release your individual responses to the Business Journal, Santa Clara University, or anyone else. Your honesty is critical and appreciated.

    Please take a few minutes to complete the survey:
    The survey does not require you to enter your name or any personal information, and it is completely confidential. Your participation will help SCU be recognized as a great place to work.

    In order for SCU to be included in the final group highlighted in the Business Journal’s special “Best Places to Work” publication, a significant number of SCU employees (15 percent) must complete an online survey.

    The deadline for taking the survey is Thursday, Feb. 28. If you have any questions, please email Charles Ambelang at

    Thank you for your participation!

  •  A Lovely Note

    “Oh sugar pie, honey bunch, you know Supertonic loves you!” SCU’s oldest a cappella group, "Supertonic!," delivered singing grams to people across campus on Feb. 13 and 14, wishing all of SCU have a very happy Valentine’s Day. The group’s rounds included Campus Ministry, on-campus dorms, and even faculty offices.

     “There may be a lot of blushing,” warned junior Sam McCarthy, Supertonic member.

    Supertonic hopes the singing grams raise money for the SCU a cappella club, as well as generate publicity by providing some mood music around campus.

    With TV shows like Glee and movies like Pitch Perfect gaining popularity, it is no wonder a cappella has taken SCU by storm. Supertonic was started in 2006, followed by three more a cappella groups, Vocalicious, Audio Sync, and Measure Up.

    The SCU A Cappella student organization manages all four groups. Seniors Chloe Wilson and Elysia Chu are co-presidents of SCU A Cappella as well as members of Supertonic.

    Students of all majors are involved in campus a cappella clubs. In fact, though Supertonic originally consisted entirely of music majors, today only two singers are music majors. Past Supertonic members have become musical theatre professionals and started their own post-collegiate a cappella groups.

    “You become so close when you sing with someone,” said sophomore Anna Prestbo, Supertonic soloist. “You lose your boundaries and can make instant connections with a group of people.”

    Supertonic is the only SCU a cappella group delivering Valentine’s Day singing grams this year. They are excited to start a new tradition at SCU.

    “I hope people enjoy it and recognize that we are taking the time to make sure everyone has a Happy Valentine’s Day,” said McCarthy.

    Having fun and spreading the love is Supertonic’s hope with this project. Support Supertonic and keep your eyes and ears open Feb. 13 and 14 for love-filled serenades around campus.

  •  Alumni Take Heart

    This year, SCU headed into uncharted fundraising territory when the Thomas and Dorothy Leavey Foundation offered $1 million on the condition that 9,000 undergraduate alumni make a gift to SCU before June 30.
    This was the first participation grant in SCU’s history, and raised questions. How would alumni respond? One year after a record 8,145 alumni donated, could SCU raise the bar again?
    With the academic year at the halfway point and just over 6,000 gifts already accounted for, the early returns on the Leavey Challenge show that alumni are well on their way to securing $1 million for their alma mater. Another encouraging fact is that the challenge has inspired nearly 400 alumni, from the class of ’62 to ’12, to make their first-ever gift to the University.
    “Alumni have shown amazing school spirit and generosity since we announced the challenge in September” says Mike Wallace, assistant vice president for development. “It would be a terrific fundraising milestone to meet and exceed the University’s first major participation grant.”
    According to Wallace, many corporations and foundations view alumni participation as a clear indication of satisfaction with the educational experience provided by their alma mater and a validation of the direction of the University.
    There’s still work to be done with 3,000 gifts needed before the June 30 deadline. But thus far, alumni are showing foundations and corporate donors that they are more than up to the challenge of participation grants.
    For more info about the grant, the Leavey Foundation, and to keep up to date on the Leavey Challenge visit

  •  Take Five

    Shoba Krishnan is an associate professor of electrical engineering at SCU. Originally from Hyderabad, India, Krishnan is the current faculty advisor of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) student chapter at SCU, involving them and other clubs in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) outreach in the community. She has a strong interest in the future of engineering education, and is committed to increasing the participation of women and underrepresented groups in engineering. 

    What made you decide to come to the U.S. and pursue electrical engineering?

    My love for math and physics made me an electrical engineer. I always knew I wanted to pursue higher studies and was a very independent person. So pursuing  a higher degree with an opportunity for research was something I wished to do in the U.S.

    What is one of your long-term goals for increasing underrepresented groups in engineering?

    I strongly believe in women in engineering and do my part in trying to contribute towards this. I have been working with girls and teachers in middle schools and high schools to run STEM curriculum that is fun and interesting. I also work with the Girl Scouts through their Girls Go Tech program.  

    How do you think electrical engineering will evolve in the next 50 years? Give us your sci-fi prediction.

    Our race will try to be biologically and technologically the most advanced—sort of like the Borg, but hopefully in a nice way!

    How do you incorporate social justice into electrical engineering?

    I try to motivate my students to work on projects for the community that not only help them develop technical skills, but help make the world a better place.

    What TV show are you reluctant to admit you like?

    Downton Abbey.

  •  How Tweet It Is

    Many in the SCU community are putting why they love SCU into 140 characters. Here are just a few of our mentions in the Twittersphere.


  •  Energy Challenge 2.0

    The Office of Sustainability is kicking off the fourth annual Energy Challenge in February, and this year there will be a social media twist. For the first time, the SCU community can keep track of energy use on a public dashboard with real-time data as part of the largest nationwide electricity and water reduction competition on college campuses, the Campus Conservation Nationals. Starting Feb. 4, not only can students see how much energy SCU is using, but also monitor other schools.

    “We’re excited to unveil this new tool to encourage our students and community to think about ways they can conserve using a medium they’re comfortable with,” says Office of Sustainability Director Lindsey Cromwell-Kalkbrenner. “They can actively participate by commenting on facebook, receiving Twitter updates and getting comparisons of each building.”

    Santa Clara University has a commitment to be climate neutral by the end of 2015. Roughly 80 percent of a building’s energy use is based on lighting and electronic appliances, so the habits of people on campus are vital to attaining this goal.

    “We must dramatically reduce electricity use to reach our goal, and engaging students in a fun and rewarding way will help us get there,” says Sustainability Coordinator Cara K. Uy.

    The challenge runs Feb. 1 to 28, but the official kickoff event was an acoustic concert on Jan. 30 called “SCU Unplugged” sponsored by KSCU and The Bronco. Students will also be encouraged to turn off lights and unplug all devices Monday, Feb. 11 from 9 to 10 p.m., for a zero power hour. RLCA and CF sustainability liaisons are also asked to host their own awareness programs including playing glow-in-the-dark capture the flag, holding an energy addicts anonymous meeting, and screening a film or documentary that relates to energy.

    “We’ve been fortunate to have a lot of support from the Housing Office, campus community, and beyond,” says Cromwell- Kalkbrenner. Prizes donated range from dozens of pairs of Toms shoes and sunglasses to Zipcar gift certificates. The RLC deemed most enthusiastic will also earn a prize.
    Staff and faculty can work toward SCU’s climate neutral goal by evaluating their own home and work spaces. Check out these energy-saving tips.




    Jackie Gage '14 performs with with her band The Jurassic at "SCU Unplugged" to kick off the Energy Challenge. Photo: New Glare Photography.

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