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A distinguished moral theologian and ethicist will become the new dean of the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University on July 1, 2012.
Thomas J. Massaro, S.J., is currently professor of moral theology at Boston College’s School of Theology and Ministry.
“We are delighted that Fr. Massaro will be leading the Jesuit School of Theology as a premier national and international center of graduate theological teaching, research, and ministerial formation,” said Dennis Jacobs, Santa Clara University’s provst. “As a teacher, scholar, and Jesuit priest, Fr. Massaro brings great passion and a commitment to excellence in all that he does.”
Fr. Massaro’s teaching interests include Catholic social ethics, theories of economic justice, sociology of religion, and the history of Christian political thought. His scholarly pursuits also flow from his deep commitment to hands-on social activism, particularly in labor justice and the promotion of peace.
“I am very eager to start my work as dean of the Jesuit School of Theology,” said Fr. Massaro. “The extraordinary reputation of the school as a leader in theological education is well deserved. For decades, it has been preparing men and women for learned ministry in a distinctive way, one that is culturally aware and intellectually rigorous. What a privilege it is to help prepare Catholic lay and religious leaders for tomorrow’s church.”
Fr. Massaro is the author or editor of five books, a regular columnist for America magazine, and sought-after public intellectual. He lectures frequently on the moral evaluation of public policies regarding domestic and international issues such as foreign policy, anti-poverty efforts, and globalization.
Raised in New York, Fr. Massaro graduated from Regis High School in Manhattan and received his Bachelor’s degree in economics, political science, and religion from Amherst College. In 1983, he entered the Society of Jesus and was ordained a priest 10 years later. He received a master’s in philosophy at Fordham University, M.Div. and S.T.L. degrees from the Weston Jesuit School of Theology in Cambridge, Mass., and a doctorate in Christian social ethics from Emory University in 1997.
Fr. Massaro began teaching at Weston Jesuit School of Theology in 1997. In 2008, he became a professor in Boston College’s School of Theology and Ministry.
Across the country, graduating seniors are on the brink of being booted from the comfy college cocoons they’ve inhabited for the past four (or more) years. As they don cap and gown—and ponder life without a student ID card—some soul-searching questions may come to mind: “How will I eat?” “Who will pay for cable TV?” “Where are the jobs?”
At Santa Clara University many of the doubts about transitioning from student to self-sufficient adult are aired and addressed in a program called Life After SCU.
Coordinated by the University’s Alumni Association, the course targets June graduates and involves a series of sessions offering helpful tips on everything from barbecuing to budgeting.
Held on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from April through May, the sessions are usually conducted by SCU alums. Most of the classes are free, although a few carry a $5 fee, and seniors may attend any or all of them.
“I’d say the most popular session is our Wine Education one,” said Kristina Alvarez, assistant director of chapters and student outreach in the alumni office. “We’ve had 125 students attend, and this year, we’re looking for 200 participants.” At this session, which is the final one in the series, students learn tips and techniques for tasting wine and go home with a Class of 2012 wine glass.
Another highlight of the course is the annual Career Connect event, where SCU alumni meet with students and give them a chance to practice their networking skills. “It’s a very friendly environment and a great way for seniors to meet former students who are out there working,” said Alvarez. What’s more, she noted, “The alumni really enjoy coming back to campus; they’re more than willing to help out.”
Having former Broncos lead the Life After SCU sessions keeps them involved in their alma mater, according to Alvarez. “They’ve been there, done that. They want to give back to the University and they can relate very well to the current students.”
Session topics this year include “City Living,” with hints on how to find an apartment in a big city; “Barbecue Basics,” in which an alum and his dad share the secrets of grilling delicious food; “Traveling Abroad,” with four alums offering advice on maximizing time abroad; and “Personal Finance,” with tips on money managing by an SCU professor who is also an alum. Other sessions cover such topics as personal relationships and job searching.
SCU’s after-college course began in 2004 and has been running ever since. According to Alvarez, most of the sessions are repeated each year, but a few are replaced to keep up with emerging trends. This year, for example, a new session called “How to Tap into Your Bronco Network” focuses heavily on the use of social media to make career connections.
Easy access to such handy and practical advice is one reason why the Alumni Association’s course is so popular with graduating seniors. And for these fledgling grown-ups poised for flight, another reason just might be the free food and beverages at every session.
Robots, a hybrid racecar, dozens of solar panels, these things are not unusual sights around Bannan Engineering Building, the home of Santa Clara University’s School of Engineering. Rather, it was the number of engineering students dressed in formal wear that was downright weird.
On May 10, senior engineering students put on their most professional duds for the 42nd Annual Senior Design Conference. Projects ranged from a hybrid racecar to a high efficiency clothes dryer and were presented throughout the afternoon during both classroom sessions and outdoor demonstrations.
“This is our centennial year, so we’re looking for special performances from our students,” said Godfrey Mungal, the School of Engineering’s dean. “We’re trying to raise the bar for senior design projects.”
Mungal cited a new faculty initiative as helping to achieve this goal. For the first time, faculty received teaching credit for advising student projects. This included the Formula Hybrid, a project where 20 students and 6 faculty advisors collaborated to compete in the international competition. Teams from around the world designed, built, and then tested open-wheel, single-seat, electric or hybrid-electric racecars against each other during the 2012 competition in New Hampshire.
“It was an exciting experience to compete with teams from universities in Canada and Spain,” said Robert Kozak, a mechanical engineering student.
The SCU team ended up placing 16 out of 44 universities. According to Kozak their performance impressed judges. In order to compete, teams must first have their car vetted by judges as adhering to the competition’s stringent guidelines. “The judges told us that most first year teams don’t pass inspection,” he said.
Other projects on display were the results of continuing research started by previous senior classes. One such example was the Roverwerx: Robomedic for Triage. This robot is designed to enter disaster areas, search for survivors, and then assess their medical needs in order to assist emergency responders.
“When we started work on it, the robot didn’t move and the arm had less mobility,” said Kelsey Brunts, a bioengineering major.
Brunts and seven other students across four disciplines were able to get the robot moving and add several degrees of arc to the robotic arm attachment, which can be outfitted with various medical sensors, such as one that detects respiration. For Brunts the hardest part of the project was communication—and not between herself and some of the lay audience at the day’s outdoor demonstration.
“Communicating across disciplines is challenging,” she said. “We work with other disciplines on homework all the time, but to work on an actual physical, three-dimensional robot in a very collaborative project is a big challenge.”
For a complete list of 2012 Senior Design Conference Winners, go here
For more information about this year’s capstone projects, view the 2012 conference program here
Steve Wozniak, the iconic co-founder of Apple Computer, current chief scientist at Fusion-io, and one of the original architects of the personal-computing industry, will be the commencement speaker for SCU’s undergraduate class of 2012 on June 16 at 8:30 a.m. at Buck Shaw Stadium. The event will mark the University’s 161st commencement, as well as the centennial celebration for the University’s School of Engineering.
The day before, the woman President Obama is counting on to help educate America’s workforce of the next decade, Martha J. Kanter, will address SCU’s graduate students at their commencement ceremony. The graduate event will take place at 7:30 p.m. in the University’s Leavey Events Center.
Wozniak’s career is the stuff of Silicon Valley legend. In 1976, he and Steve Jobs founded Apple Computer Inc. with Wozniak’s Apple I personal computer. The following year, he introduced the Apple II personal computer, with features like a central processing unit, a keyboard, color graphics, and a floppy disk drive. The development of the Apple II proved to be an integral step to launching the PC industry.
“I look forward to speaking to Santa Clara’s graduating class as they close this academic chapter of their lives and embark on the many adventures that await them in the next chapter,” said Wozniak, a longtime supporter of education, especially math, electronics, and science education for school-age children in the Bay Area. He will receive an honorary degree of Doctorate of Engineering Leadership.
He has spent many years supporting causes to spark a passion for math and science education in grade school students and their teachers, teaching grade school, stressing hands-on learning, and encouraging creativity for students. He “adopted” the Los Gatos School District by providing students and teachers with teaching tools and donations of state-of-the-art technology equipment. He also was the founding sponsor of the Tech Museum, Silicon Valley Ballet, and Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose.
“We are pleased to welcome Mr. Wozniak back to campus, as a reminder to our students that following their passions and nurturing their talents is a path to becoming men and women for others,” said Michael Engh, S.J., the president of Santa Clara University. Wozniak was last on the Mission Campus as a guest speaker for the President’s Speaker Series in January.
Kanter is the under secretary of education for the U.S. Department of Education, nominated to the post by President Obama and confirmed in 2009. She was formerly chancellor of the Foothill-De Anza Community College District, which serves more than 45,000 students with a budget of about $400 million.
“[Under Secretary Kanter] has dedicated her career to improving both access and quality of higher education—goals that have also been part of Santa Clara since its founding,” said Fr. Engh.
At the undergraduate ceremony, the University will also award honorary degrees to renowned theologian Michael J. Buckley, S.J., and Mary Somers Edmunds, who will represent the pioneering women in undergraduate education at Santa Clara. This year marks the 50th anniversary of women in undergraduate education at SCU.
Paul van Zyl, CEO of PeaceVentures, will give the commencement address for the School of Law, and Agbonkhianmeghe E. Orobator, S.J., will speak at commencement for the Jesuit School of Theology. Both commencements will be held on May 19.
Seasoned travelers often say the best way to truly experience a place is to walk it. If that’s so, 15 students from Santa Clara University and their professor will be on very familiar terms with a 225-mile stretch of California this summer. The group will spend two weeks in June walking from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park.
Beginning at Ocean Beach, the route leads to several places not found on any tourist map: a garden sowing seeds for food justice in Oakland, a farm workers’ labor camp in Stockton, a Me-wuk Indian reservation in Tuolumne.
David Popalisky, associate professor in SCU’s department of theatre and dance, is leading the “Walk Across California” class. The long trek across the state marks the culmination of a 10-week class he’s teaching this spring.
“The class is designed to cultivate each student’s sense of wonder,” explained Popalisky. “We’ll focus on sustainability, environmental justice, and social activism, as we prepare to walk among California’s diverse populations and through its natural landscapes.”
Since last summer, Popalisky has been scouting the group’s route, setting up scheduled meetings and meals with various community members along the way. The itinerary, from June 15 through 30, now includes talks with farmers, teachers, park rangers, artists, shop owners, and Native Americans. Among highlights are a lunch with food activists from People’s Grocery in Oakland; dinner in Tracy with organic farmers; a visit to a farm workers’ labor camp, with talks by workers and labor activists in Stockton and Farmington. The class will also stay overnight in Copperopolis and learn about the region’s copper mining history dating from the Civil War before heading on to meet members of the Me-wuk tribe and a water conservation educator in Groveland.
Although these activities are already set, Popalisky said much of the walk will be “discover as we go.” He emphasized that the trip belongs to the students. “It’s their job to help plan; I want them to build community from the ground up.” Small student groups will be responsible for structuring elements of each day’s walk. Then they’ll weigh in with the larger group and decisions will be made collectively.
Popalisky estimates the hikers will log 15 miles a day, walking for about five hours. The students, along with four faculty members, will travel light, carrying day packs and accompanied by a van filled with their food and camping gear. Ideally, they’ll start hiking at around 8:30 each morning and call a halt at mid-afternoon.
Through their interactions with both humans and the environment, students will gain a better understanding of many social justice and sustainability issues facing the state, Popalisky believes. And, to deepen their awareness, he’s included a personal component in the Walk Across California project.
“Students will take the time to both observe the landscape and hear people talk, to hear their stories,” he explained, “then using various art forms, they’ll reflect on and share what they’ve experienced during the day. These personal insights may relate to beauty, knowledge, or understanding, for example, and be expressed through any chosen artistic medium, such as poetry, drawing, song, or dance. It’s an ongoing aesthetic reflective process that we have begun in the classroom.”
Journal writings, short creative works, dance and poetry readings are among class activities that contribute to preparing student sensibilities for the journey, while a series of training walks throughout the course will boost their physical stamina.
As a dancer who is also an experienced camper and backpacker, Popalisky said he himself is relatively fit and active, but has never been on a two-week walk. He described his California trek as “a leap of faith,” modeled on parts of different immersion trips he’s taken. “Originally, I hoped to get 10 students to sign up, but the number quickly grew to 15, my original class maximum,” he noted. The project was also embraced by many community members near SCU and along the route who were eager to be a part of the students’ learning experiences. “The overwhelming response was, ‘wow, let’s help,’” said the professor.
To be accepted in the Walk Across California class, students first had to fill out an application explaining why they wanted to participate. They answered questions relating to their comfort level for such things as camp cooking, sharing a tent, not showering for several days, and bugs. Popalisky also asked them about physical and emotional challenges, artistic pursuits, and experience in crisis management.
One junior majoring in biology wrote: “My life is surrounded by routine comforts. I rarely have the opportunity to act outside a certain set of experiences, to choose to do things for their own sake. As much as I am middle-class happy, part of me restlessly desires something more. I do not usually think in literary references, but my first thought when I heard about Walk Across California was: It’s like Walden in motion. I instantly wanted to do the walk, just to do something I found beautiful rather than something the rest of life found expedient.”
Another student, a junior majoring in engineering, cited his experiences hiking in the foothills of his Boise, Idaho home as good preparation for the walk. And, a sophomore business major talked about his “commitment to becoming educated about ways that I can help to restructure the way food is currently produced.” He noted, “It is clear that today’s methods cannot be sustained much longer. I feel responsible to work and make sure that we can adapt and stay fed. Meeting and learning about the people that do this every day seems like a perfect opportunity.”
In the end, a broad cross-section of SCU students representing a number of different fields and interests signed up and were accepted for the class.
The main goal, according to Popalisky, is for each student to “witness the state’s environment and its people, and to understand the privileges that they may take for granted; students must understand the historical reality of their surroundings, and be conscious about each decision they make.”
Beyond that, he said, “It’s an adventure they’ll remember for a lifetime."
On April 28, the Alumni Association held the seventh annual Alumni Awards Dinner, honoring five Santa Clara graduates for outstanding achievements and service with the Ignatian, Louis I. Bannan, and Paul L. Locatelli Awards. These alumni were Robert Downey ’92, Dori Rose Inda J.D. ’00, Larry McDonald ’66, Nick Livak ’59, J.D. ’62, and Francisco Jimenez ’66.
The Ignatian Award
This award recognizes those Santa Clara University alumni who live SCU ideals and have been a credit to the Alumni Association and the University through outstanding achievement in their service to humanity.
Robert Downey ’92 utilizes his outstanding skills as a teacher and laboratory scientist to help others across the globe. Since 2004, Downey has been traveling to Haiti three times a year on a voluntary basis to provide laboratory services to needy people there, including rapid testing for major infectious diseases such as HIV, as well as routine blood chemistry tests that are otherwise unavailable to this population. His lab also provides malaria screening, pregnancy testing, and the diagnosis and monitoring of the common, serious illnesses of the rural poor. In addition to doing the lab work himself, Downey trains volunteers in basic lab techniques so they can run the lab in his absence.
Downey has also helped improve and modernize laboratories in the national hospital and other regional hospitals in Tanzania. In addition, he is a deployable volunteer member of the CA-4 Disaster Medical Assistance Team, a part of the National Disaster Medical System run by the US Department of Health and Human Services. The goal of the CA-4 DMAT is to set up medical teams that can be self sufficient in a disaster area for up to 72 hours. His team was deployed to New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
After graduating from UC Berkeley in 1989, Dori Rose Inda J.D. ’00 worked for over ten years as a social worker with homeless men and women and foster families in Monterey and Santa Cruz Counties. She began law school at Santa Clara University in 1997. During her three years of study, she commuted fifty miles from Watsonville to Santa Clara to attend classes and intern at the school’s legal clinic while raising two school-age children. As a law intern, she assisted on a consumer fraud case in which many of the victims were from the Watsonville area. These clients were unable to obtain legal representation locally, and this brought to light the critical gap in legal services in Watsonville.
She then dedicated herself to founding the Watsonville Law Center (WLC), modeling it after the legal clinic at Santa Clara. The WLC is a non-profit dedicated to providing essential legal services to low-income families and individuals. WLC focuses on addressing issues related to worker rights, consumer protection and barriers to employment.
Larry McDonald ’66 was recruited as a pitcher to Santa Clara on a baseball scholarship in 1962. He majored in business and met his wife of 45 years, Karen, when they were both students on campus.
In 2007, McDonald was ordained a deacon. After ordination, the Archbishop of Seattle appointed McDonald administrator of a new parish. The parish was to serve a diverse community of business people, the poor living in the streets or shelters, as well as Catholics living in new multi-million dollar high-rise condos. He managed to fundraise, create a marketing plan, recruit volunteer leadership, and undertake a major building project—and in August 2010, Christ Our Hope became the first new parish to be established in the archdiocese in over 40 years.
In addition to his responsibilities at Christ Our Hope, McDonald continues his diaconal ministry at his home parish. He is also a Trustee of the Fulcrum Foundation in Seattle, which provides financial assistance to promote and support Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Seattle primarily through tuition assistance, assistance to schools in need, and initiatives that promote academic excellence and faith formation. He has also served on the Board of Regents at SCU, been a member of the Bronco Bench Foundation, and in 1996, established the Larry and Karen McDonald Family Endowed Scholarship here at Santa Clara.
The Louis I. Bannan, S.J., Award
This award recognizes a single individual or couple who has given distinguished and outstanding service to the Alumni Association and Santa Clara University. Nick Livak ’59, J.D. ’62 has supported Santa Clara for more than 50 years. He currently serves as a Trustee on the Bronco Bench; attends many University events each year; is a vocal supporter at all men’s and women’s basketball games, among other sports; has served on his committee each reunion year; is active with the SCU School of Law in fundraising and activities; is a volunteer with the New Student Calling Program; and was an SCU Ambassador. Nick is well known around the campus and among alumni, and has given back to the University with both his time and financial support consistently since he graduated.
The Paul L. Locatelli, S.J., Award
This award recognizes a single Santa Clara University employee or affiliate who has given distinguished and outstanding service to the Alumni Association and Santa Clara University. Francisco Jimenez ’66 was recognized for his longstanding and distinguished career as a scholar and author, and also his unwavering commitment to Santa Clara alumni. He maintains strong connections with his former students, is a speaker at many Alumni Association events, attends association and University events as an alumnus, and consistently participates in Grand Reunion weekends as both author and lecturer.
Santa Clara University’s longtime commitment to sustainability is picking up more speed.
Meet the University’s very first SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers) Formula Hybrid—an open-wheel, single-seat, plug-in hybrid-electric racecar. The project is Santa Clara’s first foray into an annual design and engineering competition to create a high-performance hybrid racecar.
Students say it is destined to pave the way for a new generation of student engineers interested in high-performance alternative transportation.
“There is no precedent for this project at SCU,” explained Keenan O’Flaherty, senior project leader. “We are laying the groundwork for future Formula Hybrids.”
On its way to inspiring new engineers, the car will make a pit stop at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, N.H.—site of the Sixth Annual Formula Hybrid International Competition from April 30–May 3. Here, the six-member SCU team will line up its machine against entries from 38 other teams, representing six different countries.
The event challenges college and university students to design and build fuel-efficient hybrid vehicles, and then compete in performance events testing acceleration, autocross, and endurance.
O’Flaherty’s group, named Team Killajoule (a play on the common engineering term, kilojoule), knows the physical competition will be fierce, but more challenging, they say, is the rulebook—about 140 pages of very intricate technical instructions.
“The judges and tech officials will do their best to find any fault or problem that might disallow a car from competing,” explained the team’s leader. As a result, the SCU students have spent hours poring over the rules to ensure compliance and give them a chance to participate.
“If we have no rules issues, we should be able to compete in the top 10 overall,” said O’Flaherty. But, since this is SCU’s first time on the circuit, he added, “There are likely obstacles we have not foreseen that may make that prediction totally inaccurate.” If all goes smoothly though, the vehicle SCU puts on the course will be “a dependable, simple, and fast car.”
How fast? The car isn’t limited by its top speed in the rulebook, according to O’Flaherty, but the track is designed so that the highest speeds are typically no greater than 70 mph at the competition. “Our car,” he noted, “is geared to hit 138 mph if we wanted it to.”
SCU’s hybrid project encouraged interdisciplinary teamwork and drew students with backgrounds in electrical, mechanical, and computer engineering. Many of those classmates, however, found themselves exploring new territory when they set to work on the car. “Designing the vehicle was the most challenging task because SCU does not have any undergraduate classes that cover electric vehicle technology,” said Jules Salvador, one team member. “Prior to the project, I had little experience with automotive design, and a lot of the information I had to pick up on the way.”
Five faculty advisors, each with a special area of expertise, were drafted to help on the project. Shoba Krishnan, an associate professor of electrical engineering, said the hybrid forced students and faculty to look beyond their normal, narrowly defined fields.
“As electrical engineers, for example, we don’t usually think a lot about safety issues,” she explained. “But, this is a high-voltage project, and safety is huge—it took months to figure out what we needed to do to pass inspection by the safety officer who will be judging us.”
The experience of building the hybrid, according to Krishnan, “helped students explore the technology that is now current in the industry.” She noted, “They came to understand such things as the pros and cons of different types of batteries; the competition itself is a bridge from academic research leading into an industry perspective.”
As for the car itself, O’Flaherty describes it as “a diesel-electric, plug-in hybrid that will run using B100 bio-diesel, having extremely low emissions, being highly sustainable, and still being a reasonably affordable and fast vehicle.”
After the competition, the hybrid team will present its project to sponsors, families and the SCU community during the School of Engineering’s 42nd Annual Senior Design Conference on May 10. Then, “the car will be passed on to the next classes for use and educational purposes,” explained O’Flaherty. “There is already a team coming together for the 2013 competition.”
O’Flaherty and his group find immense satisfaction in the fact that their groundbreaking work will continue after they graduate. Initially, the hybrid project was viewed with skepticism, he noted, so watching the idea transform into “something that so many people are excited to see completed has been amazing and truly rewarding.” And, with the simple turn of a key, the Formula Hybrid team attained another goal: “We wanted to start a new sustainability legacy at SCU focused on transportation.”
Two teams of student engineers from Santa Clara University will head to Washington D.C. this month, packing project designs that could change the way people around the world use energy.
The travelers are bound for the National Sustainable Design Expo, an annual showcase of cutting-edge technologies developed by college students and their faculty advisors. The Expo takes place on the National Mall from April 21–23. It features a judged competition called P3—short for People, Prosperity, and the Planet—which is sponsored by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
SCU students, along with peers from some 40 other colleges and universities throughout the U.S. and Puerto Rico, will vie for bragging rights and a $90,000 grant award to help them advance their design, implement it in the field, and move it into the marketplace. Already, each of the contending teams earned an initial grant of $15,000 to jumpstart their work.
“The competition will be a time for us to relax, mingle with the social entrepreneurs of tomorrow, and show off the work we’ve completed,” said Michael Sizemore, SCU senior and project leader for one of the school’s two entries. “After the challenges we’ve experienced and the work we’ve done to get to the place we are now, the competition is going to be a breeze.”
Among those challenges was the sudden, tragic death last fall of the team’s advisor, a young assistant professor with a passion for fuel cell technology. Daniel Strickland’s enthusiasm and knowledge inspired Sizemore and four other seniors to form a team and develop a new type of fuel cell—one capable of a continuous, sustainable energy supply that could meet the demands of rural communities in developing nations where reliable energy grids are lacking.
When Strickland died in an auto accident, his students were devastated and the fate of their unfinished work was uncertain. According to Ross Pimentel, a student who helped develop the project’s electrical design, the team “pulled through … and decided to continue to work on the project to show everyone that Strickland’s idea of replacing batteries with reversible fuel cells is possible. This project has not only shown the skills and knowledge we all gained from class, but also our strength and willingness to see the project to its end.”
Sizemore spoke of the satisfaction in completing and testing “a never-before-tried technology.” He said the team “collaborated with companies around the world, to make a brand new clean energy system designed solely by us.” Strickland, he said, “gave us the opportunity to innovate and we took it.”
Following Strickland’s death, Shoba Krishnan, an associate professor of electrical engineering at SCU, stepped into the role of faculty advisor for the fuel cell team. A strong proponent of applying classroom theory to real-world, community solutions, she sees several advantages in student design competitions such as P3.
“These events help students put in perspective what they’ve learned in class,” she explained. “In order to achieve their goal, they must have teamwork, organization, time management, and project planning skills, as well as a strong work ethic.”
She said the Expo experience will give students a small taste of what to expect in the workplace. “They’ll be judged by a certain set of rules, a clear standard of quality; it isn’t just about engineering—there is a lot of interdisciplinary learning going on.”
SCU’s second entry in the P3 competition is led by faculty advisor Hohyun Lee, an assistant professor of mechanical engineering. Like Krishnan, he finds value in student design contests. In order for his students to complete their project, he noted, “They must enhance their understanding of renewable energy and mechanical engineering disciplines, and throughout the competition, they will develop their communication skills, as well as their breadth of technology.”
At the Expo, Lee’s five-member team of senior students will present a high efficiency solar absorber/exchanger that can bring low-cost energy to residences that have limited space for solar collectors.
“The key element of this project is to develop an economically viable solar absorber, combined with heat exchanger, that has fewer parts and takes up less space,” explained Lee. According to team members, solar energy is currently abundant and easily accessible, but high costs and low yields are stumbling blocks for many homeowners. The SCU students have designed a system that is one-third the size of an equivalent photovoltaic system, at half the total cost.
Like the fuel cell team, Lee’s group has been working on its project since last August. The advisor believes the experience of learning together as they develop an essential product is an important lesson in itself. “This early exposure to research, and to its social benefit, will prepare them to become true engineers,” he said.
As temperatures rise and skies clear, you may be tempted to dust off the bike and take it for a ride. If so, point your handlebars to the de Saisset where a pair of shows explores the art and local history of biking. Clunkers to MTBs: The Evolution of the Mountain Bike and Chain Reaction: Artists Consider the Bicycle both run from April 13 to July 1, 2012.
Clunkers to MTBs traces the roots of the mountain bike, or MTB, in the Bay Area back to its origins in the 1970s with “clunkers” speeding down Mt. Tamalpais and enthusiasts traversing the trails in Cupertino. “We felt that was a historical moment and a historical connection to this area. Since the de Saisset is an art and history museum, it made a lot of sense for us to look at MTBs through the lens of history,” notes Lindsey Kouvaris, curator of exhibits and collections at the museum.
Visitors can view photographs of many of the sport’s early participants, historic bikes, ephemera of the grassroots Repack Races, as well as design sketches and prototypes through the final product of MTB advances.
Chain Reaction takes more of an artistic look at the bike. “It’s much more in line with what our usual curatorial, thematic bent is in that it showcases fine artists working in multiple media who deal with the bike through the imagery, through the inspiration, or through the actual components of the bike in their fine art work. Photographs. Paintings. Sculpture. Works of that nature,” Kouvaris explains.
For example, Katina Huston draws shadows in her pictures. “So the bicycle for her is an object that casts an interesting shadow. It’s not so much about the bike as it is about the form of the object itself,” Kouvaris says.
Together the two shows will have a broad appeal to people of all ages and backgrounds, including cyclists, entrepreneurs, inventors, historians, and art enthusiasts, Kouvaris says. “There are a lot of threads for people to connect with in these exhibitions.”
Also showing at the de Saisset is Indelibly Yours: Smith Andersen Editions and the Tattoo Project,the brainchild of Paula Kirkeby, a longtime supporter of the museum and owner of Smith Andersen Editions in Palo Alto. The exhibition presents a selection of 30 prints inspired by the tattoo aesthetic and created by 10 different artists—five known for printmaking and five known for tattooing.
“[The pieces] are all colorful and graphic,” Kouvaris says. “It’s a fun exhibit.” Indelibly Yours runs until July 1, 2012.
The museum is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays, closed Mondays. No charge for admission. For special programs, closing dates, and more information, visit www.scu.edu/desaisset.
Before Santa Clara adopted the concept of Residential Learning Communities (RLCs), the Walsh and McLaughlin residence halls partnered with the Multicultural Center (MCC) to form UNITY, the first themed dorm on campus. This student-driven initiative sought to provide a support structure for minority students at Santa Clara. Twenty years later UNITY has developed into the unique RLC that it is today, focusing on student diversity and civic engagement, promoting a concern for the common good among its residents.
This spring UNITY is celebrating its anniversary with plans to commemorate two decades of diversity, community learning, and, of course, unity.
To honor this milestone, UNITY hosted “UNITY at 20” exhibit in the Multicultural Reading Area of the Library. This exhibit includes pictures and written testimonials from past and present UNITY residents and staff, providing a historical look at the RLC. Other events around campus included an anniversary reception, an in-hall event, “Misa en Espanol,” for UNITY’s current residents, and MCC cultural shows like LOVE JONES and Intandesh. A celebration will also be held during SCU’s Grand Reunion this fall.
Six of the 10 MCC organizations at SCU today were originally involved in the creation of UNITY 20 years ago. Now UNITY hosts and supports many of these club’s social events and community outreach programs, as well as providing a home for many of the students involved. Those involved with UNITY are proud of the fact that they are no longer one of the only beacons of diversity on campus.
“UNITY provides a safe place for people to come a discuss things that have bothered them like social justice issues,” said Brandon Brackett, UNITY resident director. “It’s a jumping off point that can bring major issues to the rest of campus.”
Like most RLCs, UNITY hopes to foster a co-curricular learning environment where students can live, take classes, and attend RLC events that cater to a common theme. But UNITY is unique in that it provides students the opportunity to live in an environment that constantly promotes and encourages diversity. Over the years, this environment has become more inclusive of students who aren’t ethnic minorities, recognizing that diversity can be ethnic, religious, gender-based, geographic, sexual, or biological.
“UNITY is a place where people hold the door open for each other,” said Pancho Jimez, Drahmann advisor and UNITY faculty director from 2003 to 2009. “It’s a place where students can share in their diverse experience.”
UNITY has also worked hard to support SCU faculty and staff by supplementing the various courses that speak to the themes of diversity and civic engagement. Initiated by Jimez, UNITY’s faculty programming helps fund relevant field trips or programs that can contribute to a UNITY resident’s diversity education. Recently the residents had the opportunity to partner with four other RLCs and Professor Hsuan Tsen’s “Land, Place and Environment” class to go to Golden Gate Park and apply what the students learned in class. Professor Tsen lectured on the diversity of the park’s landscape and the students had the chance to visit the Japanese Tea Garden and the De Young museum.
While events like this are not unique to UNITY, the RLC is proud of its ability to bridge the gap between professors and students, in addition to encouraging residents to celebrate diversity and civic engagement. After 20 years, the UNITY founders and alumni can celebrate how their efforts changed SCU and how UNITY continues to inspire diverse, socially conscious on-campus living.
A group of students, staff, alums and faculty members at Santa Clara University will rise with the sun on Monday, April 16, and gather to commemorate those who lost their lives in the 2007 Virginia Tech shootings. The daybreak tribute—in the form of a play by Erik Ehn called “What a Stranger May Know”—involves 76 members of the SCU community, acting in concert with colleagues from at least 13 other universities around the country.
Ehn, an internationally known artist-activist, is the director of playwriting at Brown University. He also taught playwriting at SCU and has appeared multiple times on campus as a speaker in the Guest Artist Series, hosted by the university’s Justice and the Arts Initiative (JAI). His latest work is a suite of 32 plays—one for each of the shooting victims—to be performed at 7:30 a.m. across the U.S., on the fifth anniversary of the tragedy. The SCU production takes place on the St. Ignatius lawn near the center of campus.
“Erik Ehn is deeply connected to Santa Clara University,” said Kristin Kusanovich, a lecturer in the theater and dance department and co-director of JAI. “He contacted me directly last summer to see if the university would be interested in participating in this project; we’ve worked together before on a number of other events.” Kusanovich is serving as co-artistic director of the SCU performance, along with Michael Zampelli, S.J.
According to Kusanovich, SCU’s production will follow Ehn’s ambitious, plays-within-a-play format: the student, alum and faculty actors are scattered in different stations across the lawn. They read their scripts simultaneously. Another group of witnesses sits before the players, watching and listening. The “real” audience is also witness to the action, as visitors are free to move about, wandering through the scenes, or staying with one drama as the stories unfold. Out of respect for five of the families of those lost in the tragedy who declined to participate, SCU will be performing 27 of the 32 plays that were written, and holding the other five victims “in our hearts,” as Kusanovich noted.
“Erik wrote witnesses into the script to create the feeling of a memorial shared by many people,” said Kusanovich. “Within this setting, you get a sense of time stopping as you come to know each of the victims. There is cacophony, but there is logic too.”
She explained, however, that listeners may not immediately understand everything they are hearing. “The scripts are drawn from public record, from the facts that each family wants us to know about their loved one—that’s ‘what a stranger may know.’” Ehn used the public record when he wrote the scripts, but he “infused it with poetic ideas,” she said. “He took a single word from the record and created scenes of imagery from it, expanded on it in the form of an imaginative journey; these ideas are woven into the entire text.”
The monologues are about 90 minutes in length, and Kusanovich said, “At the end of the cumulative text, you’ll have a surprisingly holistic sense of the person—their character, their interests, what their plans were for the future.”
At certain times throughout the performance, the SCU memorial will feature singing and live music, conducted by SCU music teacher David Duenas. Among the cast and crew are seven assistant directors, each rehearsing with a small group of actors. Kusanovich said many students were eager to participate, and some were chosen because of their ability to handle French or German or the other languages found in the scripts. There are references to these languages, as well as to the subject of hydrology, in the scripts because most of the shootings at Virginia Tech took place in a hall where languages and engineering were taught.
Following the event, audience members and participants may gather in a designated area to talk about the play, write their reflections in journals, meditate or pray. SCU’s Campus Ministry will be on hand to provide spiritual counseling for those who want it.
“The play can be very powerful, not only because of the Virginia Tech victims, but for anyone who has felt a personal loss,” said Kusanovich. “The plays came to us borne out of this particular tragedy, but by a playwright deeply immersed in discerning the position of art in the post-genocidal reality of Rwanda and many other global conflicts. They are about Virginia Tech but also about the unknowable nature of lives lost and our asymptotic journey to only get closer to knowing. The space for mourning the kinds of deaths lost in non-war related violence is, however, the focus. We don’t know what it will stir up, what sort of an impact the play will have, but we want support to be available if it’s needed.”
Other universities that will perform “What a Stranger May Know” on April 16 are spread throughout the U.S. They include Brown University, City College of New York, Brandeis University, University of Ulster, The New School, University of Texas at Arlington, Whittier College, University of Minnesota, Brooklyn College, and Whitman College.
Death may be the only certainty in life, but that doesn’t mean that the end of life isn’t fraught with uncertainty as the dying and their loved ones slog through the quagmire of ethical, emotional, and financial issues that have become increasingly complex over the years.
On Thursday, March 29, Ira Byock, MD, one of the foremost palliative care physicians and a leader in the hospice movement, presented a free community lecture on how to navigate that end-of-life stage, based on his recently published book, The Best Care Possible: A Physician’s Quest to Transform Care Through the End of Life. The talk was sponsored by Hospice of the Valley and Santa Clara University Department of Counseling Psychology.
His goal was to spark a conversation of how people want to live out the final chapter of their lives. As he commented in his book, “Death is the natural disaster that awaits us all. Instead of bringing people together in a common purpose, how we die has become a polarizing subject, rife with acrimony and righteous indignation.”
Advances in medical care ironically mean that dying is a lot more difficult than it used to be. People live with more chronic conditions and consequently tend to suffer more at the end of life than in previous times. “Knowing what to expect, what to demand, and what limitations to accept can lessen the burdens of illness and caregiving,” Byock wrote.
In general, he noted in a recent interview with SCU, Americans just don’t want to talk about death, which “doesn’t prevent dying,” he said. “It just means we’re less prepared when it happens. And often it happens in ways that we would not have wanted.”
Dale Larson, a professor in the department of counseling psychology and coordinator of the event, echoed that sentiment. “Death is more than a medical event. It’s a human experience,” he said. “Seventy-five percent of Americans say they want to die at home, but in fact, 75 percent don’t. That’s a startling statistic.”
Loved ones often grasp at desperate—but futile—medical interventions to stave off the anticipatory regret of not having done “everything” possible for their family members. Larson hoped that by attending the lecture, people would become more active, empowered consumers and “know that there are options at that point in our lives. We can achieve a better, rather than a less favorable, outcome for ourselves or our loved ones.”
Byock and Larson both presented talks the day after the public lecture at the fifth annual Compassion in Action Conference for professionals in the end-of-life community such as physicians, nurses, and counselors. The aim of the conference was to empower end-of-life professionals with the latest thinking in the field, to enable them to network with each other, and to allow them to return to their work with new skills and new enthusiasm. “Those of us in hospice, palliative care, and related disciplines really have an important role to play, a responsibility,” Byock said about transforming the quality of end-of-life care. But he stressed that patients and their families need to be engaged and savvy as well. “We can’t do it alone. This has to be a social and cultural exercise.”
Robotics will take the stage at the Mayer Theatre on April 16. Specifically 16, five-inch robots and their creator James McLurkin will close out this year’s President’s Speaker Series. The presentation, titled “Dances with Robots,” will explore questions associated with integrating engineering and biology through robotics.
As an assistant professor in computer science and director of the Multi-Robot Systems Lab at Rice University, McLurkin focuses his research on developing distributed algorithms for multi-robot systems, which is software that produces complex group behaviors from the interactions of many simple individuals. These ideas are not new: ants, bees, wasps, and termites have been running this type of software for 120 million years. His research group has one of the largest collections of robots in the world, with over 200 robots to use. The SwarmBots were originally created during McLurkin's five-year tenure as Lead Research Scientist at iRobot.
This final event in the 2011/12 President’s Speakers Series will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Mayer Theatre, on Monday, April 16. Faculty and staff tickets are available for $20.
To purchase tickets or get more details about the event, please visit the speakers series website
A vital part of the Jesuit tradition at Santa Clara University has always been service. This spring, the entire Santa Clara community is invited to spend a morning dedicating themselves to that tradition by participating in a service event and then coming together to reflect on their experience as a community.
Staff Senate, in partnership with Alumni Relations, will be hosting the first annual SCU Community Service Day on Saturday, April 21, 2012. They welcome all members of the Santa Clara community including faculty, staff, students, alumni, and family members to sign up and help give back.
“We want as many people as possible to come together so we can all work to serve the community,” said Lester Deanes, SCU assistant dean of student life and member of the Staff Senate.
The Staff Senate has always valued community service and they provide several service opportunities throughout the year but this is the Senate’s first year hosting an event of this magnitude. They hope that the SCU Community Service Day will quickly become a Santa Clara tradition.
Participants will have the opportunity to join other members of the Santa Clara community and take part in service activities as a Santa Clara team. Participants can pick from a variety of activities, including a park clean up at Alum Rock Park, gardening at the Bronco Urban Garden or Full Circle Farm, and working at the Sacred Heart Community Service Center.
“Service happens in so many ways,” said Deanes. “We wanted to provide many different opportunities so people can try new ways to get involved and maybe even get outside their comfort zone.”
In addition to the service activities, participants are invited to reconvene in the afternoon for a lunch provided by Bon Appétit and a reflection lead by Campus Ministry. Along with creating a new Santa Clara tradition, the Staff Senate hopes that the SCU Community Service Day will ignite a lifelong love and commitment to community service for all those involved.
Spots are filling up quickly so visit the Staff Senate website
to sign up.
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When you think of a typical college student on spring break, places like Cabo, South Padre, and San Diego come to mind—with students spending their days on the beach soaking up the sun. This spring break, 30 Santa Clara University students will journey to Central America to experience a very different type of sunlight.
For the past three years, SCU’s Global Medical Brigades club has traveled to Eastern Panama to organize and volunteer at a weeklong clinic in a marginalized community, providing desperately needed health care. This year the club trip will be led by club president Mackenzie Zorkin, vice president Keelan Shaw Connelly, two staff chaperones, Dr. Hess and Dr. Murray, and two volunteer doctors.
The club is traveling to an area in Eastern Panama where 57 percent of citizens do not have health care, the students say.
“Global Medical Brigades sets up groups of college students that go down every three to four months and we actually become the primary healthcare for these villages,” says Connelly, a junior. “The first year, there were people who had never seen any type of medical professional at all and people who walked three days to get to the clinic. The impact is amazing.”
SCU Global Medical Brigades is one of 380 Global Brigades chapters nationally. As the world’s largest student-led global health and sustainable development organization, Global Brigades has mobilized thousands of university students and professionals through nine skill-based service programs. Founded in 2004, the organization’s vision is to improve equality of life, by igniting the largest student-led social-responsibility movement on the planet.
Connelly, who has been involved with Global Medical Brigades ever since she transferred to Santa Clara her freshman year, says that the club continues to generate interest on campus. “Word is out that this is a great trip, and especially when Santa Clara is such a service-based school, a lot of students just fall right into it.”
The club has come a long way since its beginning, when the students stayed, literally, in a jungle, remembers Zorkin, a senior triple major in biology, anthropology, and public health. “I don’t mean in a house in the jungle. I mean in the jungle,” she laughs, describing a run-down school with no doors or windows. The students slept on air mattresses, after a nine-hour drive through rugged conditions.
“Luckily it’s not like that anymore,” says Zorkin. “It was fun at the time but I don’t want to do anything like that again.”
This year the club hopes to stay at a Global Brigades compound, with students from other types of service programs, including medical, law, public health, water, and more. The compound enables all the students to stay together and aid the same community.
The medical work undertaken by Global Brigades is a very systematic process, says Zorkin. Once the team is at their location, they have four days to set up medical clinics.
“We bring our own medicine, our own doctors, and we basically go in every day and set up a mini doctor’s office,” she says. “We do it all ourselves, which is the exciting part. We have four sections: triage, doctors, pharmacy, and dental. It is all very hands on.”
Connelly says the most exciting part about the trip is seeing the impact their help has on the Eastern Panama communities.
“One of my favorite things about this trip is how immediately you can see the benefit of the care we provide,” she says. She said the group has started to incorporate a public health section, giving workshops called charlas, (speeches in Spanish) to about some of the very basic public health issues that are habits in the United States. but haven’t been ingrained into the culture in Panama.
Says Connelly: “This year, it will be wonderful to see the pairing between the kind of long-term effect of the public health clinics and the immediate benefit of the health clinics.”
When art conservators removed the grime from a treasured piece of Mission-era art that had been hanging in a side chapel off the main nave of the church since 1929, they revealed the portrait of a saint—but not the saint Charles White, director of the Mission, and others thought lay under the years of darkened varnish, soot, and dirt.
“Our earliest Mission guidebook written in the late ’30’s by Fr. James Walsh, S.J.—based on the notes of SCU historian Fr. Arthur Spearman, S.J.—believed the painting depicted St. Aloysius Gonzaga, the patron saint of college students. This understanding persisted to this very day until our recent conservation effort proved us wrong,” White explains.
Once the painting was restored, thanks to a $6,100 grant from the California Missions Foundation, it became obvious that the man in the picture was not a beardless youth in an unadorned cassock, as St. Aloysius is usually portrayed. “Instead, the conservation revealed a slightly older figure with a mature man’s beard, adorned with richly gilded necklaces and matching belt,” White says. “Our resident Jesuit historians, Frs. Michael Engh and Gerald McKevitt, quickly became convinced that the saint depicted is not St. Aloysius but rather St. Cajetan, or St. Cayetano in Spanish.”
St. Cajetan, originally an Italian diplomat as well as a contemporary of St. Ignatius of Loyola, eventually became a Catholic priest and Church reformer. He founded an order and drew upon his personal family fortune to build hospitals and loan agencies serving the poor.
One thing that was never in doubt was the painting’s mission-era vintage. “Our conservators reiterated that it was surely painted in Mexico in the early/mid 19th century. They also claim that several restorations had been attempted prior to the 1929 purchase for our newly rebuilt Mission Santa Clara. This, too, suggests great age. Over time, the primitive varnishes severely darkened and mixed with layers of dust and soot largely obscured the details, thus confusing the subject’s true identity,” White says.
Because of its age, the painting is among the last artifacts in the Mission that qualify for the support of the California Missions Foundation, which was founded by the William Randolph Hearst family in 1998 for the preservation and restoration of the 21 missions in the state. Only works from the Mission Era qualify for restoration grants. “They have given us tens of thousands of dollars over the years to renovate the interior artwork, side chapels, and high altar that were damaged after the earthquake of ’89,” White says.
The restoration not only revealed St. Catejan, but the artist’s name as well. “You can finally appreciate the detail, the subtle colors, the workmanship of the artist,” White says. “And near the bottom, we can clearly read the artist’s Latin dedication: Cuentos fecit, or what we believe to translate as ‘Cuentos made this.’
U.S. News & World Report magazine’s 2013 graduate-school rankings were released March 13, and once again Santa Clara University’s intellectual-property law and part-time Master of Business Administration programs were ranked among the elites in their field.
According to the rankings, Santa Clara University School of Law’s intellectual-property law program is the sixth best in the country, as classified by faculty at peer institutions in the United States. In addition, the law school continues to be listed among the top 100 accredited law schools in the U.S., based on peer surveys, selectivity factors, placement success, and faculty resources.
The part-time MBA program at the Leavey School of Business was ranked No. 41 in the nation, out of 326 part-time MBA programs, based on peer evaluations and the caliber of entering students.
SCU leaders were pleased, but not surprised, to learn of the graduate programs’ continued strong showing in a national ranking.
“We’re pleased to see that the U.S. News ranking has again placed SCU among the top part-time programs in the nation,” said S. Andrew Starbird, dean of the Leavey School of Business at Santa Clara University. “While no rankings are without flaws, we appreciate being recognized for our innovative programs like entrepreneurship, our high-quality students, our extensive Silicon Valley connections, and the strong reputation of our faculty in areas like behavioral finance, business ethics, and international management.”
Detailed rankings and methodology can be found at: www.usnews.com
Angelo Ancheta (Law) has received a one-year renewal of $26,645 from the State Bar of California Legal Services Trust Fund Program’s Equal Access Fund. The fund will be used to support the “Consumer Rights Project.”
Cullen Bash, adjunct professor for mechanical engineering, was named Fellow of American Society of Mechanical Engineers, a society that promotes art, science, and practice of multidisciplinary engineering and allied sciences around the globe.
Elsa Chen (Political Science) had an article, “In the Furtherance of Justice, Injustice, or Both? A Multilevel Analysis of Courtroom Context and the Implementation of Three Strikes,” accepted for publication in the journal Justice Quarterly.
Chris Kitts (mechanical engineering) and two robotics lab students have had the paper, “Dynamic Guarding of Marine Assets through Cluster Control of Automated Surface Vessels” published in the February 2012 issue of the IEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics.
Thane Kreiner (Center for Science, Technology, and Society) has received $199,983 from the World Bank Institute to support "Santa Clara University/World Bank Institute GSBI Online Capacity Development program."
Dan Lewis (computer engineering) is hosting an NSF Showcase presentation about the Exploring Computer Science project in which he and Ruth Davis (computer engineering) are working with 10 San Jose area high schools. The presentation will be held at the 2012 SIGCSE conference in Raleigh, N.C.
Ed Maurer (civil engineering) has received a subcontract in the amount of $50,000 from the UC San Diego/CA Energy Commission to support “Climate Analysis, Monitoring and Modeling: Phase V.”
Catherine Montfort (Modern Languages and Literatures) had an article, “Deuil et écriture: Des phrases courtes, ma chérie de Pierrette Fleutiaux” published in Dalhousie French Studies 94 (Fall 2011).
Catherine Montfort (Modern Languages and Literatures) has been elected a member of the Advisory Board for Pacific Coast Philology, for a 3-year term.
Catherine Montfort (Modern Languages and Literatures) signed a contract in January 2012 with Project Muse to include Women in French Studies as part of the online database, a leading provider of digital humanities and social sciences content.
Sukhmander Singh (civil engineering) has been appointed Associate Editor of The International Journal of Science in Society published by Common Ground Publishers for University of Illinois.
Dr. Cory Wade (English) delivered a lecture on the 14th century Italian poet and author of the Divine Comedy Dante Aligheri at the San Jose Museum of Art. The talk was part of the Museum’s Lunchtime Lecture series.
Into the Wild, Santa Clara's outdoors and wilderness club, has done everything from hiking Castle Rock in the Santa Cruz Mountains to river rafting in Sacramento to snow-camping in Tahoe. What started out as a fun, sober alternative for drinking on Friday nights has now grown to become an organization that teaches students about the environment and encourages them to make sustainable choices while providing them with an enjoyable, easy way to get outdoors and explore.
Three years after its founding, Into The Wild has big plans for its future and encourages SCU faculty and staff to get involved.
“You really get to know your students on a whole different level when you’re sweating up a hill with them or rafting down a river,” said Bill Mains, Into the Wild faculty advisor and Leavey School of Business leadership lecturer.
SCU faculty and staff would have the potential to develop deeper relationships with their students as they hike switchbacks together or float down a river. By bringing members of the Santa Clara community together, the club moves forward with long-term goals of expansion and proactive adventuring.
Into the Wild’s river rafting trips first piqued student interest around campus. This past fall a record 42 Into the Wild members and outdoor enthusiasts drove up to Sacramento and spent a day rafting, swimming, and laughing down the American River. The next day the club hiked to University Falls where they could jump or slide down smooth, rushing waterfalls. Due to the rafting trip’s success, the club is currently planning two similar river rafting events for the spring, using the trips to emphasize sustainable initiatives.
“For future rafting trips we will have people speak to us about the impacts of dams and river pollution. We are trying to bring an educational aspect to it, mostly in attempts to bring awareness to current environmental issues that impact the club,” said Andrew Noonan, Into The Wild president. “We feel it is important to protect the places where we play and we want the message to be heard.”
Into the Wild club members pride themselves on their strong ties to sustainability initiatives at SCU. Part of club trips includes meeting park rangers, who talk to members about preserving natural environments or teach outdoor survival skills clinics. This aspect of Into the Wild’s outdoor explorations encourages knowledge of and passion for nature.
“At Santa Clara you can have all this education thrown at you but it doesn’t really mean anything until you can experience it,” said Noonan.
Since its beginning, Into the Wild has had a taste of success and continues to grow. The club hopes to begin chartering trips for on-campus groups like sports teams, other clubs, and even faculty members. Into the Wild also hopes to incorporate their programming and healthy, sustainable lifestyle choices into key University moments, such as providing Freshmen Orientation trips or University Leadership retreats, similar to those available at Whitman College and Dartmouth University. Into the Wild eventually hopes to join Campus Recreation where they could serve as the go-to club for all things outdoors, receiving more funding and a full-time staff to help coordinate trips.
The club “allows SCU students to try things they may never have tried otherwise, develop a deeper appreciation of and concern for the natural world, and forge meaningful and long-lasting friendships,” said Sachit Egan, the club’s founder.
To contact Into the Wild, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org and ask to join to mailing list.