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  •  Remembering a Tragedy


    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.


  •  Talking About Dying

    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.”


  •  Robots Invade Campus


    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.


  •  Staff Service Day 2012


    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.


  •  Safety Training Reminder


    Injury and Illness Prevention Training: In late January, Fr. Engh sent an email announcing that all faculty and staff must complete an Injury and Illness Prevention training course by June 30. This is a one-time, California regulatory required training course being offered by the Environment, Health, and Safety Department (EHS) either through an online training module or via an in-person class. Email invitations to complete the online training module were sent to all employees in February from To-date, approximately 25 percent of faculty and staff have completed this training requirement either by completing the online module or taking an in-person class with EHS. June 30 will sneak up on us so be sure to complete this training as soon as possible. If you are unsure whether you have already completed this training requirement or can't find your email invitation, please send an email to
    SCU Campus Alert Reminder: SCU Campus Alert is our primary means of providing the SCU community with timely information in the event of an emergency. You can register up to three phone numbers and two email addresses to receive emergency information via text, email and/or voice mail. The more people that are enrolled in the system, the stronger our emergency response efforts will be. Registration is simple, just go to eCampus and look for the SCU Campus Alert link. If you are already registered, it's a good time to verify your contact information hasn't changed. Register today


  •  Global Medical Brigades

    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.”
  •  Uncovering a Saint

    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.’


  •  US News Rankings


    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:
  •  Grants, Awards, and Publications

    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

    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 and ask to join to mailing list.

  •  Training Social Entrepreneurs


    After 10 years of mastering the art of training and mentoring social entrepreneurs, the Center for Science, Technology, and Society  (CSTS) is taking its program online. Thanks to funding from the World Bank Development Marketplace, CSTS is creating GSBI Online, a new program that will enable a greater number of social entrepreneurs to benefit from the MBA-like training and mentoring of SCU’s highly successful Global Social Benefit Incubator (GSBI).
    The pilot program will expand GSBI to an online format which:
    *can be attended by social entrepreneurs who can’t travel or who are too early in their life cycle for the full-fledged GSBI program.
    *will feature nine modules on business elements like mission, target market, value chain analysis, and financing strategies.
    *will include mentoring by one Silicon Valley mentor and one local mentor, who volunteer their time to give feedback to the entrepreneurs. 
    Social entrepreneurs are business-oriented organizations that seek to solve major social problems such as hunger or lack of power in developing countries.
    GSBI Online will begin in May and initially will be open to up to 25 social entrepreneurs chosen through GSBI and the World Bank Development Marketplace. It is expected to continue in a pilot phase through 2013, sponsored by organizations seeking to provide additional capacity development and business-model support to select groups of social entrepreneurs.
    More on the program can be found here.
  •  Bronco Summer Camp


    This summer, get your children in on the action by signing them up for Bronco summer camps. Whether your child is a star player or a mere dabbler in athletics, SCU has a sports camp for them. Offerings include baseball, softball, tennis, basketball, volleyball, and soccer camps, in addition to an an all-sports camp.
    Day Camps in the individual sports focus on the fundamentals for campers, while the Elite Camps target high school athletes hoping to play at the collegiate level. “The Elite Camp is designed to provide an experience that is like that of a typical college student athlete,” says Amanda Brown, director of SCU women’s basketball operations, of the program for young women. “They run through practices with the head coach, stay in the dorms and eat in the cafeteria. We put them through a weight workout, and they meet with an academic advisor who will give them the low-down on academic workloads and the process of the NCAA clearinghouse.”
    In contrast, Bronco Kidz All-Sports Camp is designed for 7 to 13-year-olds who either already love and play a variety of sports or who want a chance to try out something new. Activities range from traditional favorites like basketball, soccer, and swimming, to less mainstream sports like dodgeball and ultimate Frisbee. With three sports in the morning and three different ones in the afternoon, campers get plenty of play time.
    “It’s your PE class that you don’t have anymore—all your sports rolled into one week of camp to get kids experiencing a bunch of different sports,” says Janice DeMonsi, director of recreation. “The emphasis is on fitness, fundamentals, and fun.” The camp is also offering a Counselor in Training program for children ages 14–17 to learn valuable leadership skills while they assist with running the weekly camp activities.
    For specific information about summer camp offerings, including dates, times, costs, and sign-up information, visit
  •  Grants, Awards, and Publications

    Katerina Bezrukova (psychology) co-authored a paper, titled "Reviewing diversity training: Where we have been and where we should go" that was accepted for publication in the Academy of Management Learning & Education Journal.
    Ruth Davis (computer engineering) was invited to a mentor recruitment event for TechWomen, an initiative of the U.S. Department of State, bringing 42 emerging women leaders in technology from the Middle East and North Africa to the U.S. in September.
    Lisa Fullam (JST), Michael Hickson (philosophy), Ken Manaster (law), Bill O’Neill (JST), Laura Robinson (sociology), David Sloss (law), Nancy Unger (history), David Yosifon (law) have been elected into the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics’ Scholars of Ethics Center. There are currently a total of 62 Center Scholars on campus.
    Miok Kim, Ph.D. student, and Nam Ling (computer engineering), have a paper "NonDelaunay Hierarchical MeshBased Motion Estimation and Compensation for Wavelet Video Coding," accepted for the May 2012 IEEE International Symposium on Circuits and Systems (ISCAS 2012) in Seoul, South Korea.
    Leilani Miller (biology) and Ken Manaster (law) have been selected to join to Markkula Center for Applies Ethics’ Faculty Steering Committee. The Steering Committee provides ongoing monitoring and recommendations on how the Ethics Center can best serve the campus.
    Godfrey Mungal (engineering) received an invitation to attend a reception for Engineering Education at the White House with President Barack Obama.
    Dennis Smolarski, S.J. (mathematics and computer science) had a book, How not to Say Mass, published in a Chinese translation by the Chinese Regional Bishops’ Conference.
    Li Song, visiting associate professor, and Nam Ling (computer engineering), have a paper, "Object Contour Tracking Using Multi-feature Fusion based Particle Filter," accepted for July’s 7th IEEE Conference on Industrial Electronics and Applications in Singapore.
    Jean Ponder Soto (religious studies) was awarded a Post-Doctoral Fellowship for the Fall of 2012 by the Lonergan Institute at Boston College to research social media through the lens of philosophy and theology.
    Marian Stetson-Rodriguez (adjunct faculty) will be the featured speaker at the May 3, 6 p.m., IEEE Technology Management Council Silicon Valley Chapter meeting. The evening’s topic is “Successful Virtual Teams: Lessons from China and India.”
    More announcements will be published in the next issue on March 15 . If you have any announcements you would like to submit, email by Mar. 8 .
  •  Help Save Cal Grants

    Santa Clara University President Michael Engh, S.J., is asking for your help in contacting the Governor and state legislators.
    A proposal by Governor Jerry Brown aims to cut Cal Grant funding for independent, non-profit institutions next academic year by 44 percent. Eligibility requirements for Cal Grants would also change, making it more difficult for students to receive financial aid. This program provides direct funding to students with the greatest financial need, and the cuts would hurt thousands of students, including 580 Santa Clara students.
    You can help stop the cuts by calling, emailing, or writing your legislators and the Governor. If you know of any students who will be affected next fall, encourage them to voice their support for Cal Grant funding, as well.
    A list of your elected officials can be found here and online. You can also mail your letter to the Association of Independent California Colleges & Universities (AICCU), and they will hand-deliver the letters during the AICCU’s Student Day at the Capitol on March 7. Send or email your letters to:
    The Association of Independent Colleges and Universities
    1100 11th Street, Lower Level
    Sacramento, CA 95814
    Alternatively, you can bring your letter to the SCU Financial Aid Office.
    Go online for more information about the cuts and how you can help.
  •  Sculpture by Artist A. Wasil Unveiled at SCU


    A bronze sculpture, depicting the Holy Family of Mary, Joseph, and Jesus in an unusually informal, private family moment, was unveiled and dedicated Sunday.
    The work, “In Celebration of Family,” was unveiled during a ceremony on Feb. 12 outside the Harrington Learning Commons building.
    The work was donated by Dr. Rudi Brutoco and Diana Brutoco and the Brutocao Family Foundation with special support from Malcolm Cisneros Law Corp. It was the final work of noted international artist A. Wasil before his death in 2008. The project to bring the sculpture to Santa Clara was initiated in 2004. A nearly identical original has been on the campus of the University of Notre Dame in Indiana since 2006. Read more.
  •  When Text Was a Noun: Celebrating Books and the History of California

    While the general public’s link to the printed page becomes increasingly tenuous as greater numbers embrace the virtual images of their e-readers, true bibliophiles still revel in an appreciation of the origins of print, the texture of fine paper, and the intriguing idiosyncrasies of typography. “Pressing Forward: The Book Club of California at 100,” the newest exhibit in the Third Floor Gallery of the University Library celebrates the artistry of print in a tribute to the centennial of the Book Club of California (BCC), which publishes fine press editions of books on California and the West.
    Sponsored by the SCU Library’s Department of Archives and Special Collections and the California Province Archives, the exhibit of selected fine press publications by the BCC is geared not only toward avid book lovers, but also to the general reader. The hope is to generate excitement about the printed book as an artifact, as well as an appreciation of California history and the role of the BCC in framing that history, notes Mary E. Kenney, assistant archivist for the California Province Archives and co-curator of the exhibit.
    “With the proliferation of e-readers, there will be an explosion of literacy and communication just as there was with the invention of the printing press,” Kenney predicts. “But it’s all a part of the phenomenon of communication by the written word.”
    And the physical creation and manifestation of that written word will be the centerpiece of “Pressing Forward,” which will draw from the Library’s “almost complete set” of BCC publications. “Every book in the exhibit will be available for visitors to read at a later date in the Reading Room of SCU Archives and Special Collections,” Kenney says. “In addition, tools of the typographical trade will be on display, including a composing stick on which typesetters built the lines of type, a toy press, punches, and a hand model with matrix. Wall panels will display images of ephemera and photographs taken from the BCC archives.”
    The exhibit runs through March 30. Gallery hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week. For more information, contact Deborah Whiteman at 408-554-6808, or go online.
  •  Grants, Awards, and Publications

    Christine Bachen and Chad Raphael (Communication) co-published “Social flow and learning in digital games: A conceptual model and research agenda” in the edited volume of Serious Games and Edutainment Applications.
    Christine Bachen, Chad Raphael (Communication) and Pedro Hernandez-Ramos (Education) published “Stimulating REAL LIVES: Promoting global empathy and interest in learning through simulation games” in the journal Simulation & Gaming.
    Rich Barber (Physics) received an additional $20,569 in subcontract funding from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory/U.S. Dept. of Energy to support "Oxides, Interfaces and Disorder."  
    Buford Barr (Communication/Marketing) and Chuck Byers (Communication/Marketing) have assembled two custom textbooks for COMM 150B and COMM 152B distributed by Pearson Publishing.
    Radha Basu (CSTS/Engineering) is being honored with the Girl Scouts' Forever Green Award for women who are greening the future of Northern California through their contributions to the arts, health, environment, social justice, education, philanthropy, economic development, and science.
    Jonathan Fung (Communication) received a $2,500 Hackworth Grant from the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics to produce his film Hark about sex slavery and human trafficking.
    Katie Heintz (Communication) participated in the Broadband and Social Justice Summit in Washington, D.C., as well as the Media that Matters Conference at American University. 
    Katie Heintz, Chad Raphael, Christine Bachen, and Justin Boren (Communication) had papers accepted for presentation at the upcoming International Communication Association conference in May.
    Charlotta Kratz’s (Communication) photo, It Rained on the Morning Glory, was short listed for the Mobile Photography Awards, and will be part of an exhibit running April 5 through June 30, 2012 at San Francisco’s ArtHaus.
    Dan Lewis (Computer Engineering) recently had the second edition of his book, "Fundamentals of Embedded Software," published by Prentice Hall.
    Nam Ling, Guichun Li, and Li Song, (Computer Engineering) filed two U.S. provisional patents, "Simplification of Mode Dependent Intra Smoothing" and "Reference Pixel Reduction for Intra LM Prediction," on Jan. 19.
    Hisham Said (Civil Engineering) has been appointed to the Academic Committee (AC) of the Construction Industry Institute (CII) for a period of three years starting in January.
    The Santa Clara Bronco Battalion was selected as the winner of this year’s MacArthur award as the best Army ROTC program on the west coast.
    Farid Senzai (Political Science)has received $21,787 additional funding from San Jose State Research Foundation/U.S. Dept. of Education to support "Consortium for Middle Eastern Studies."
    Sukhmander Singh (Civil Engineering) had a paper, "Geotechnical Engineering Education in the IT Era" accepted for both publication and presentation at the Geo-Congress 2012: State of the Art and Practice in Geotechnical Engineering conference.
    Dr. SunWolf (Communication) was invited by the University Honors Program to give a presentation on "Our Social Brains, Neuroscience, and the New Science of Happiness." She also received an invitation from the new editor of the Journal of Applied Communication Research to serve on the editorial board.
    Michael Whalen’s(Communication) film, A Question of Habit, was broadcast on Chicago’s PBS station. The rating indicates it reached roughly 100,000 people.
    Ye Cai (Finance) co-published a paper “Board Connections and M&A Transactions” in the latest issue of Journal of Financial Economics (Volume 103, Issue 2, February 2012).
    Yuling Yan (Bioengineering) attended the SPIE Photonics West Conference in San Francisco Jan. 21-26. She and her co-authors presented four papers at this conference.
    More announcements will be published in the next issue on March 1 . If you have any announcements you would like to submit, email by Feb. 27 .
  •  U.S. Department of Energy Selects Santa Clara University to Compete in 2013 Solar Decathlon

    Santa Clara University hopes the third time will be the charm in one of the world’s most prestigious competitions that determines the best designer and builder of a net-zero energy house.
    The U.S. Department of Energy announced Thursday that Santa Clara University will compete in the 2013 Solar Decathlon, joining 19 other teams of universities and colleges from around the world. Santa Clara’s undergraduate engineering students will go up against some tough schools, such as Stanford, University of Southern California, and California Institute of Technology. They will also face mostly graduate students, many of whom have professional experience. SCU students, who are 19 to 22 years old, aren’t intimidated, though.

    “We’ve been putting in countless hours studying, researching, and developing our concept,” says Jake Gallau ’13, student project manager for Santa Clara University’s Solar Decathlon team. “We’re confident in our design and the technology we plan to use, and we’re hoping to shock the competition in 2013, just as our alumni have done in previous years.”

    Gallau is referring to SCU’s 2007 team, which surprised its opponents when it won third place after a late start in the competition. The university also won third place in 2009, after finishing in the top three in seven of the 10 contests of the decathlon. Read more.
  •  Highlight SCU as One of the 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, Inc., is conducting the survey and tabulating results. Quantum staff members will communicate the findings in a summary report to SCU. Quantum does not release your individual responses to our firm 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.
    You will be asked to evaluate SCU in several areas, including team effectiveness, trust with coworkers, and manager effectiveness.
    In order for SCU to be included in the final group highlighted in the Bay Area Business Journal’s special “Best Places to Work” publication, a significant number of SCU employees (15 percent) must complete the online survey.
    To access the survey, go to and enter the SCU code XQXX96727.
    The deadline for taking the survey is Friday, Feb. 24.
  •  Anyone Can Be a Mighty Bronco

    Four years into their existence, the Mighty Broncos continue to unite people from all corners of the campus. On the team roster you can find an academic advisor who works out alongside the Office of Sustainability director who encourages staff members at the Drahmann Advising Center and the Registrar’s Office as they all continue working toward their fitness goals. Athletes of all skill levels have joined the Mighty Broncos and found a fun, supportive way to exercise. The Mighty Broncos welcome anyone with an SCU affiliation, including alumni, graduate students, friends, and spouses.

    “Being a part of the Mighty Broncos is fun because I’ve gotten to meet people from across campus and in departments that I would never get to work with,” said Lindsey Cromwell Kalkbrenner, director at the Office of Sustainability.
    Since the Mighty Broncos have such a diverse team, each member can cater the team to their athletic needs. Some people use the team as a way to train, and others choose to support their friends by cheering for teammates from the sidelines.
    “You can really make it what you want—for the training aspect to stay fit or for the social activities—usually we do a big event and then do something fun afterwards,” said Karen Hall, coordinator of new student programs at the Drahmann Advising Center.
    Monica Parikh, former SCU staff member, used the Mighty Broncos to kickstart a more active lifestyle. With the encouragement of Hall, Parikh was able to complete the sprint distance Triathlon at Pacific Grove last September after months of training with the Mighty Broncos.
    “People really underestimate how important it is to work with a support system,” said Parikh.
    Parikh reached her fitness goal and had the encouragement of the Mighty Broncos throughout the whole process. They were even there to scream her name and wave a cowbell as she crossed the finish line.
    The team meets several times a week to bike, run, or swim their way toward completing fitness challenges like the Triathlon at Pacific Grove—the Mighty Bronco’s signature event. They participate in this Team in Training triathlon every September and have helped raise close to $100,000 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society over the past four years. The Mighty Broncos also participate in the Tour de Cure, raising money for the American Diabetes Association, and the Trans-Tahoe Relay, among other events.
    Steve Fiel, husband of Betsy Fiel in the Registrar’s office, recently completed his first triathlon in June and then participated in the Triathlon at Pacific Grove this past September.
    “You get hooked and want to keep setting higher goals,” said Fiel.
    The Mighty Broncos are always looking for new members. They encourage even the worst couch potatoes to come join them. Those interested can visit the team’s website to join. There you can check out practice times, photos, and upcoming events. Remember, all skill levels are welcome.
    “We’re just trying to get people over the ‘I can’t’ or ‘I don’t have the time’ attitude. People can do it!” said Betsey Fiel.
    The Mission to Wellness program of Human Resources is hosting a Learn at Lunch lecture on Feb. 2 at noon, featuring motivational speaker, cancer survivor, and personal trainer Heidi Boynton. Boynton has inspired many of the Mighty Broncos to keep working toward their fitness goals and will talk about finding the right fitness path for you.
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