fyi - News for the Campus Community
fyi is the official faculty-staff newsletter for the Santa Clara University community. It is designed to keep faculty and staff informed about campus news and information. It is compiled, written and published by the Office of Marketing and Communications.
Angelo Ancheta (Law) has received year one funding of $31,024 from County of Santa Clara to support the "Unmet Civil Legal Services Program."
Marco Bravo (Education) has received an additional $46,405 in subcontract funding from UC Berkeley/National Science Foundation to support "R&D: The Role of Educative Curriculum in Supporting Science Teaching Practices with English Language Learners."
Matt Cameron (Student Life) has received the Ignatian Medal for Outstanding Service to Jesuit Association of Student Personnel Administrators.
Rohit Chopra (Communication) has guest edited an issue of Indian journal The Economic and Political Weekly, “Reflections on Empire” (March 26-April 1) and also authored a piece in the issue, “Resurrection and Normalisation of Empire.”
Matthew Duncan (Office of Student Life) has received an additional $38,238 in subcontract funding from Palo Alto University/U.S. Department of Education to support "Competition to Prevent High-Risk Drinking and Violent Behavior Among College Students."
Alex Field (Economics) has a new book, A Great Leap Forward, published by the Yale University Press.
Fred Foldvary (Economics) had an article, "Are Financial Markets Efficient?" published in The Progress Report.
Unyoung (Ashley) Kim (Bioengineering) is one of the nine investigators in a proposal, "Advanced Bioscience Initiative," awarded by Fletcher Jones Foundation totaling $500,000.
Dan Lewis (Computer Engineering) has been invited to become a member of San Jose Unified School District's Advisory Committee for Career-Technical Education.
Nam Ling (Computer Engineering) was an invited participant in the 10-year anniversary celebration of Huawei-United States and the opening of its R & D center in Santa Clara, on April 5.
Ed Maurer (Civil Engineering) has received a FulbrightVisiting Scholars grant. He will spend a portion of his upcoming sabbatical year in Chile where he will work with colleagues at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile from July through December conducting research to aid resource planners and managers in anticipating and adapting to impacts of climate change on water resources.
Craig Stephens (Biology) and Unyoung (Ashley) Kim (Bioengineering) were awarded a Jeff and Karen Miller Faculty Fellowship in Frugal Innovation Grant of $4,768 for Accelerating HIV Diagnosis/Monitoring through Compact and Low-cost Flow Cytometry in Developing Countries.
Sarah Kate Wilson
(Electrical Engineering) had a paper, “SCFDE with Space-Time Coding for IM/DD Optical Wireless Communication,” Kodzovi Acolatse (NJIT); Yeheskel Bar-Ness (NJIT); presented this week at the 2011 IEEE Wireless Communications and Networking Conference (WCNC
) in Cancun, Mexico.
Betty Young (Physics) has received year one funding of $40,395 from the National Science Foundation to support the "Cryogenic Detector Work for SuperCDMS and Beyond."
More grants, awards, and publications will appear in the next edition of fyi.
Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony
Dr. Khaled Hosseini, bestselling author, physician, and Santa Clara University alumnus, will be the commencement speaker for SCU’s undergraduate class of 2011.
“I look forward to speaking to the graduates as they stand on the verge of bringing their ambitions and ideas to a greater world outside of Santa Clara University. It will be my privilege to provoke them to thought one more time before they leave the home of their formal education,” says Hosseini.
Hosseini will deliver the commencement
address on Saturday, June 11 at 8 a.m. at Buck Shaw Stadium
. He also will receive an honorary degree of Doctorate of Humane Letters for carrying forth the Jesuit mission of social justice. Read more
Graduate Commencement Ceremony
Sharon M.K. Kugler, a Santa Clara University alumna and the first Catholic woman to hold the position of University Chaplain at Yale University, will address SCU’s graduate students at their 2011 commencement ceremony
Friday, June 10. The commencement will take place at 7:30 p.m. in the University’s Leavey Events Center
In attendance will be 600 or so students receiving advanced degrees from the School of Engineering, the Leavey School of Business, the School of Education and Counseling Psychology, and the College of Arts and Sciences.
“We are very happy to have Ms. Kugler speak to our graduate students this year,” said University President Michael Engh, S.J. “She has spent much of her career shaping the spiritual growth of young people, and she embodies the vital contribution of committed laypeople to the advancement of religious education and spiritual development.” Read more
Jesuit School of Theology Commencement Ceremony
Sr. Katarina Schuth, an internationally recognized expert on seminary education, will be the commencement speaker at the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University (JST), May 21 at 3:00 p.m.
As a researcher and teacher, Schuth’s primary interests are in theological education and the relationship between the Church and American culture. A widely consulted authority on the education of priests, she has studied and written extensively on the impact of the U.S. priest shortage, cultural challenges from foreign-born priests ministering in the U.S., the future of Catholic ministry, and other trends and teachings within U.S. seminaries.
Since 1991, Sr. Schuth has held the Endowed Chair for the Social Scientific Study of Religion at St. Paul Seminary in St. Paul, Minn. Previously she held directorships at Weston School of Theology (now Boston College School of Theology and Ministry) and was a professor of social and behavioral sciences and admissions dean at the College of St. Teresa. Read more
As Google seeks to “make the world’s information universally accessible and useful” where does it draw limits around free expression? And how does Google respect its users’ privacy while complying with government demands for information?
These are the sorts of legal issues that take up David Drummond’s time.
He joined Google in 2002, initially as vice president of corporate development. Today as senior vice president and the company’s chief legal officer, Drummond leads Google's global teams for legal, communications, government relations, corporate development, and new business development.
Drummond was first introduced to Google in 1998 as a partner in the corporate transactions group at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, one of the nation's leading law firms representing technology businesses. He served as Google’s first outside counsel and worked with Larry Page and Sergey Brin to incorporate the company and secure its initial rounds of financing. This evening is co-sponsored by Santa Clara Law and the law firm Littler Mendelson. Read more
Law School Dean Donald Polden helped unveil a sculpture created by alumnus Jerry Smith, B.A. ’58, J.D. ’65 in Bannan Hall’s Levy Student Lounge on March 19. The unveiling is one of the many ways the School of Law has been commemorating its 100th anniversary.
The law school’s Associate Dean Mary Emery and Senior Assistant Dean Julia Yaffee conceived of the idea to commission an art piece to mark the centennial. Emery thought of her friend Smith, a former Mayor of Saratoga, member of the California State Senate, and former justice for the California Court of Appeals. After retiring from law, Smith, who says he “always drew a lot” during his law days, has become a prolific sculptor with pieces at Bellarmine College Prep, the office of the Counsel General of Mexico, and the State Building in San Jose, Calif.
The 4’ x 6’ bas relief consists of 12 individual panels, each celebrating a piece of Santa Clara Law’s history, along with words and phrases such as compassion, pro bono, sustainability, and advocacy to further send a clear message. Faculty and deans were able to view the clay panels in progress, and a local foundry welded the pieces together.
It was ultimately decided that the sculpture, named “Centennial,” should be installed in the student lounge to send a strong, stirring message to Santa Clara law students about the school’s history and ethics.
Some 50 members of the law school’s faculty, alumni, and family members attended the event, and after a toast to the piece and artist, Polden and Smith revealed “Centennial.” Polden said that the piece “identified some of the values of the law school.”
“Centennial” was donated as a gift of four SCU Law alumni: Emery ’63, Theodore Biagini ’64, J.P. DiNapoli ’64, and Michael Shea ’65.
The U.S. News & World Report Best Grad Schools 2012
rankings, released by the Washington, D.C.-based magazine, placed Santa Clara University School of Law, with nearly 1,000 enrolled students, at number 84 in the nation out of 190 law schools. The law school’s highly regarded intellectual property program was ranked 8th in the nation, and the law school overall was ranked as the 6th most racially diverse in the country.
The law school offers an academically rigorous program, including graduate degrees in international law and intellectual property law; combined J.D./MBA degree; and certificates in high-tech, international, and public interest and social justice law.
Leavey School of Business’s part-time MBA program, with nearly 800 students, ranked number 50 in the country out of 295 such programs. The school’s executive MBA program, with an integrated-business curriculum geared toward two dozen experienced, enrolled students, was ranked 15th in the country. The school’s program for entrepreneurship studies was ranked 24th.
Santa Clara University’s Leavey School of Business has long been recognized by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), with the graduate program being among the first 31 to be accredited by AACSB. In addition to undergraduate degrees, the school offers master’s degrees through its evening, executive, and accelerated MBA programs, as well as in information systems. Read more
Graduate mechanical engineering student Anne Mahacek is headed to Los Angeles this weekend to watch a live taping of CBS’s Emmy and Golden Globe-winning comedy The Big Bang Theory. She won the VIP trip after entering a contest about a comical song that’s regularly featured on the show.
“I’ve watched the show for a while now and knew with my engineering skills that I could do something successful. It seemed like a fun opportunity,” says Mahacek, a loyal fan of the sitcom.
The show centers on five characters: two CalTech physicists, Sheldon and Leonard, their attractive neighbor Penny, who’s an aspiring actress working as a waitress, and Sheldon and Leonard’s equally geeky and socially awkward friends, an aerospace engineer and an astrophysicist.
Sheldon once goaded Penny into singing “Soft Kitty
,” a song sung to him when he was sick as a child. The song has become a bit of a running joke within the show.
CBS opened a contest looking for the most interesting fan performance of “Soft Kitty.” Rather than videotaping herself singing the song as many other people did, Mahacek used her engineering background as inspiration. She built a robot out of Legos, wheels, and some items lying around the house and then programmed it to recite the lyrics of “Soft Kitty,” while adhering to the formula she created for the song. The robot sings and moves along a poster board showing the formulas for each line of the lyrics. For instance, the last line of the lullaby, “Purr…purr…purr,” is represented by the equation “purr3.”
“I knew I had to do something nerdy for the video, because The Big Bang Theory often uses real science,” she says.
She said that the entire process “only took a few hours,” largely because she was already quite familiar with robotic systems since that’s what she’s currently studying at Santa Clara University.
Mahacek said that she couldn’t believe her good fortune when she was contacted by CBS. Her video has since been posted on The Big Bang Theory’s Facebook page
and CBS’s website
When the Wichita State University Shockers took the court in this year’s NIT, Terry Benton cheered them on, no doubt reminiscing about his days on the basketball team. Once a Shocker, always a Shocker, he says.
And what a Shocker he was. Currently the manager of SCU’s LINC-TV services, 40 years ago as a center/forward for the team, Benton set WSU rebounding records—four of which still stand: most rebounds in a single game (29); best all-time career rebounding average (12.7); highest average rebounds per game (16.8); and most recent triple-double (20 points, 22 rebounds, 10 assists against Tulsa in ’72.
He responds humbly when asked about his record-setting days as a Shocker. “I’m pleased somebody sill remembers. Forty years is a long time ago,” he says. “It was a privilege, not a right, to go to college, to play team sports. I think too many gifted—and less gifted—athletes forget that sometimes.”
Benton set those records in a three-year period, 1969–72. At the time, freshmen were ineligible to play “with the big boys.” With no shot clock and several excellent shooters on his squad, rebounding became his forte. “They didn’t pass the ball very much, so I figured if I’m going to get the ball, I better go get it myself,” he laughs.
But he wasn’t focused on setting records. “I never really thought of numbers, because for two years, we weren’t very good. We didn’t win very much. I don’t care what anyone says—if you get 20 points, you get 20 rebounds, and you still lose; that may be OK to read about in the paper, but your buddies will still say, ‘You guys lost last night,’” he says.
After college, the basketball star was chosen to play with the Detroit Pistons in the NBA draft, with Kentucky Colonels in the ABA draft, and with the Harlem Globetrotters. He turned them all down to play in Varese, Italy. “I had a great year. I was leading the league in rebounding and scoring well. Then I popped my Achilles’ tendon. It was career over. Game over,” he says.
With his degree in broadcast journalism, he worked in radio and television for several years before moving into information technology as a general communications contractor. In addition to owning TBI West Coast, he has been managing SCU’s cable services for 16 years. “Best move I ever made,” he says.
Even in his IT career, though, Benton still taps into lessons learned in basketball: Bloom where you’re planted. Share. Don’t be selfish. Be a team player. “Basketball teaches you that you have to have a team to move forward, to be successful,” he says. “No matter how good you are, you can’t beat five guys by yourself.”
Alexander Field (Economics) wrote an oped arguing that a high-speed rail project could be a valuable jobs and economic stimulus measure. The piece ran in 40 papers nationwide including papers in Duluth, Minn.; Bridgeport, Conn.; Allentown, Pa.; Kansas City, and Sacramento.
Godfrey Mungal (Engineering) blogged for the Huffington Post on why more engineering schools need to incorporate social justice, ethics, and compassion into the curriculum.
Kirk Hanson (Markkula) weighed in with the Wall Street Journal on questions like “who gets the armrest?” and what to do about rude seatmates on flights. Hanson was one of six experts for a “Middle Seat” column on the ethics and etiquette of flying.
James Lai (Political Science) was quoted in a widely reprinted New York Times article about the U.S. Census-quantified phenomenon of Asians flocking to suburbs rather than cities.
Scott Maurer (KGACLC) appeared in an ABC “7 on Your Side” story that provided tips for indebted people to stop harassing calls and tactics by collection agencies.
Elizabeth Drescher (Religious Studies) was quoted in the Los Angeles Times putting into context a trend by some to spend the Sabbath unplugged from technology.
David Sloss (Law) wrote an oped for the legal paper San Francisco/Los Angeles Daily Journal about a lack of knowledge about international law by those prosecuting piracy.
Meir Statman (Finance) was interviewed by Canada’s Globe and Mail and Pension and Investments about his book What Investors Really Want. He was also quoted in Silicon Alley Insider about the psychology of saving and Bloomberg BusinessWeek about financial iPhone apps (a story picked up by numerous other outlets). A study he co-authored on cultural factors in investing was cited in TheStreet.com and other sites.
Eric Goldman (Law) appeared on the front page of the San Francisco Chronicle’s Sunday business section, addressing the question of whether Google’s search tactics are inherently unfair or anti-competitive. He also was in Politico.com talking about the New York Times’ new charges for online news.
Gary Macy (Religious Studies) was quoted on the history of women’s ordination, in a story that ran in Canada’s GlobalNews sites (Lethbridge, Regina, and Edmonton) about women who defy the Church by being ordained.
NBC Bay Area interviewed Laura Robinson (Sociology) on companies that build people's social networks by selling them Twitter followers and why people are paying for these services.
Judy Nadler (Markkula) spoke to the (Palm Springs) Desert Sun about a controversy over a city-funded gala. The story also ran in Asheville Citizen-Times. She also spoke to the Louisville Courier-Journal about a council member’s failure to pay taxes on time.
SCU men’s basketball’s run for the top spot in the CollegeInsider.com postseason tournament was carried in numerous papers including the Contra Costa Times, Chico Enterprise Record.
News that the Northern California Innocence Project at SCU had achieved one prisoner’s exoneration and another’s verdict reversal (which later became an exoneration) made headlines across the country, including stories in the Los Angeles Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, KTLA TV, Herald Sun, TMC.net, McClatchy Information Services, and the CBS blog CrimeSider. Some of the stories quoted Linda Starr (NCIP).
Patricia Cain (Law) was quoted in the San Francisco Chronicle about the complexities for same-sex couples filing taxes.
Paul Crowley (Religious Studies) was quoted in a story in America Magazine about historical efforts to reconcile theology and science.
News that Ruth Cook (Education) was honored with the Outstanding Educator Award by the Morgan Autism Center was noted in the San Jose Mercury News.
Brad Joondeph’s (Law) comments about the Supreme Court’s plans to expedite hearings on the federal health law were carried in the blog California Healthline.
Jack Rasmus (Economics) wrote an article for Common Dreams casting doubt on public employee pension benefit levels as the main cause of state budget woes.
David Caldwell (Management) was mentioned in a Harvard Business Review article, (which was rerun in Business Insider blog) about corporate culture. The piece was written by Leavey School of Business advisory board member Nilofer Merchant.
Student Sara Phillips was featured in the San Jose Mercury News in a story about the “new look of the 21st century” – i.e., a multiracial lineage. The story noted that Jesuit SCU “demands that every student understand and oppose racial barriers.”
News that the Center for Science, Technology, and Society will team up with Indian business school XLRI for social-entrepreneurship training through GSBI was reported in the blog Development through Enterprise and in Hindustan Times, Telegraph of India, Times of India, Pioneer Online and the Financial Express.
News of a student internship fair featuring only startup companies, sponsored by the CIE, SCEO and Career Center, was highlighted on the blog InternBuzz.com.
Here’s a sampling
of the hundreds of mentions of SCU in the media in the past two weeks. The first part of the link is a list; the full text is below the list.
***NOTE: Use EXTREME CAUTION before printing the linked information, as it will be dozens of pages!! ***
Katerina Bezrukova (Psychology) co-authored a paper, titled "Subgroups within a team: The role of cognitive and affective integration" that was accepted for publication in the Journal of Organizational Behavior.
Fred Foldvary (Economics) had a review of "While America Aged" that was published in Choice magazine, included in its "hot topic" newsletter on labor unions. Choice Reviews is a journal for scholarly books and web resources.
Nam Ling (Computer Engineering) and Guichun Li, Ph.D. student, together with researchers of Huawei Technologies, filed a U.S. Provisional Patent on their invention "Using Multiple Prediction Sets to Encode Extended Unified Display Interface Mode Numbers for Robustness," on March 10, 2011.
Sarah Kate Wilson (Electrical Engineering) has an editorial on IEEE’s Reviewer Appreciation Program published this month in IEEE Communications Letters.
More grants, awards, and publications will appear in the next edition of fyi.
What does diversity mean in the San Francisco Bay Area? What conversations should students, faculty, and staff have to better understand one another? What issues are college campuses facing today?
These are some of the many questions Bay Area universities will tackle at the Diversity Leadership Conference at Santa Clara University on Saturday, April 30 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The event is co-sponsored by SCU, Stanford, San Jose State, and De Anza College thanks to a grant from Google.
The day-long event will have 40 workshops, covering four main themes: civic engagement, social justice, education equity, and intersection of multiple identities. Speakers and panelists from at least 15 universities and organizations, such as UC Berkeley, Mills College, and St. Mary’s, will be leading the workshops and discussions. Jeff Chang, author of Can’t Stop Won’t Stop, will give the keynote address.
Some of the workshops include:
Diversity and Inclusion in the Technology Industry
Sarah Stuart, Google
Bursting the Bubble: An Honest Dialogue of Student Experiences with Racism
Isabel Duron and Jessica Cassella, SCU
First Year Students’ Understanding of Diversity
Rona T. Halualani and Christopher M. Lancaste, SJSU
“I Ain’t Hood; I Live in the Suburbs”
Victoria Asbury, Stanford
Understanding and Assessing the Outcomes of Campus Diversity Initiatives for Asian American College Students
Dawn Lee, UC Davis
Intersecting Identities: Professional Identity, Gender Identity, and Workplace Behavior
Monica Hudson and Eden-Renee Pruitt, USF and Bard College at Simon Rock
Visit the Diversity Leadership Conference website
for more information and a full list of all the workshops.
Limited seats are available, and if you register
before the end of the week, students receive a early bird rate of $10 and non-students $35. Rates increase to $15 and $45 respectively starting March 19.
The Office of Marketing and Communications (OMC) is proud to announce that Santa Clara University has received eight Awards of Excellence at the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) District VII awards luncheon on March 4.
For a fourth consecutive year, Santa Clara Magazine earned more medals than any other magazine in the region. They are:
· Gold in Periodical Staff Writing for External Audiences – based on the articles
o “Bending light” (Spring 2010) by Steven Boyd Saum
o “Home is” (Spring 2010) by Steven Boyd Saum
o “Bad Journalism 101” (Spring 2010) by Mansi Bhatia
o “Everything is illuminated” (Winter 2009) by Christine Cole
o “Season premiere: Resurrection/Hatching Hannah Montana” (Fall 2009) by Karen Crocker Snell
· Silver in General Interest Magazine – based on Spring 2010 (“Home”) and Summer 2010 (“Carry the Torch”) issues
· Silver in Excellence in Design – Covers for “Imagine. Go. Do.”
· Silver in Excellence in Design – Editorial Design for “Courage in the face,” opening spread of photo essay on Haiti by Michael Larremore ’08
· Bronze in Excellence in Design – Periodicals
· Bronze in Periodical Special Issue – Spring 2010 issue (“Home”)
· Bronze in Individual Photography – “Hold the line,” by Bud Glick
Santa Clara University’s OMC also received bronze in Individual Institutional Relations Publications for “President’s Report – Keeping our Commitment to Students.”
CASE’s District VII
comprises more than 100 colleges and universities from Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, and Utah.
As end-of-life care enters what many are calling its “second wave,” hospice and palliative care services in the U.S. continue to expand, bringing better quality of life at the end of life to increasing numbers of individuals and families. Patients and families are more often achieving the kinds of outcomes they say matter most—better symptom management, clearer communication about the patient’s condition, greater sensitivity to spiritual and cultural issues, and control over the site of death.
Despite this progress, many challenges remain such as effectively extending care to underserved populations, supporting family caregivers before and after the loss of their loved ones, and communicating effectively as patients and families transition from curative to palliative care.
Compassion in Action is a conference taking place on Friday, March 25 at Santa Clara University, bringing together leading experts who will examine key issues in contemporary end-of-life care. These visionary pragmatists will present ideas, models and programs that can enhance the evolution of advanced-illness care at local, national, and international levels. Conference attendees and participating organizations will be a second faculty for the conference as they network and share innovative ideas and services already contributing to enhancing care at the end of life. Learn more.
Santa Clara University senior Joshua Goldberg, a public health major and biology minor, looks to graduate in the spring just like hundreds of other Broncos. He plans to attend medical school after a gap year, also like many students. However, compared to most students, this is where the common ground largely ends.
During his upcoming gap year, Goldberg plans on helping build, start up, and run a self-sustaining, nonprofit medical aid clinic in Uganda. Provided that he is able to find the $10,920 necessary for start-up and building costs, he will be working with volunteer organization Hope Beyond Worldwide, a nonprofit founded by Kennedy Ochiens in 2008 as an offshoot of HOPE Children’s Foundation Africa. Goldberg was already looking for a major medical service opportunity when he and Ochiens first made contact.
Goldberg, as well as the organization itself, is making fundraising efforts to bring in the necessary money to get the clinic up and running. If that is successful, he will then travel to Uganda (where Hope Beyond Worldwide is headquartered) at the tail end of summer for 6–8 months to work in the out-clinic and help train the native staff. By the time Goldberg’s finishes his tenure at the clinic, it will be ready to be run entirely by native Ugandans, including physicians, nurses, and staff. Goldberg and the other foreign workers are planning on being there to do their philanthropic duty and help start things up.
He said that these efforts started a week before Thanksgiving, and he’s been talking to people around SCU since then. Goldberg says that the networking he has been able to do at SCU has been really successful and that, though he has yet to find an angel benefactor, he’s come away with many ideas and improved networking skills. Fundraising is still an obstacle to figure out, though he plans to have the organization as a whole incorporated as a tax-exempt 501.3(c) nonprofit.
Once the clinic is running, it is projected to treat between 80–100 patients a day in Kawempe, a shantytown with a population of 300,000, some 10 kilometers north of Uganda’s capital city, Kampala. The clinic plans to target diseases such as HIV/AIDS, malaria, polio, tuberculosis, and typhoid fever, as well as treat accidents and provide immunizations. With this clinic, Goldberg, Ochiens, and everyone involved in the organization are trying—hopefully with a little help from SCU—to bring a little worldwide “hope” to Uganda.
Join The SCU Mighty Broncos at the Tour de Cure in Palo Alto on June 12. People at all fitness levels are welcome, and family and friends can also join the team.
As a participant, you are encouraged to fundraise in support of the American Diabetes Association. The goal is only $200, and very easy to obtain with a few e-mails to family and friends.
The team is ordering custom team cycling jerseys, so the sooner you register, the more input you’ll have on the team uniform!
There are four distances from which to choose: 12 miles, 30, 45, and 80. It’s fun and for a good cause. The SCU Mighty Broncos will also arrange team-training rides to prepare for the June event.
If you can’t participate in the June Palo Alto ride but still want to support the American Diabetes Association and your fellow SCU community members, you can either:
1. Follow the team’s blog
2. Train with The SCU Mighty Broncos; or
3. Join the team in spirit, by making a donation to the American Diabetes Association via any of the team members’ pages.
People can join by clicking on “Join Team” at the bottom of this webpage
The San Jose Mercury News ran a column about social media and religion, which featured Elizabeth Drescher (Religious Studies) who has a book coming out on the subject. Numerous other papers picked up the column. Also, a Religion Dispatches article written by Drescher bout the controversial iPhone app for Catholic confession-goers was praised by Catholic Register.
The Philadelphia Inquirer published Thomas Plante's (Psychology) oped on the most common myths about the clergy sexual abuse scandal. He was also interviewed by Ventura County Star about Los Angeles Cardinal Roger Mahony's retirement and legacy that's marred by the sexual-abuse scandal.
A study on duopolies co-authored by Allen Hammond (Law) was cited in stories about Rupert Murdock, in the Columbia Journalism Review and the Washington Post.
Nancy Unger's (History) oped on Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's proposal to take away the union rights of most public workers was published in The Bakersfield Californian and the Wisconsin State Journal.
Research indicating that happiness adds to one’s ability to delay gratification, by John Ifcher and Homa Zarghamee (Economics) was featured in the Wall Street Journal’s Ideas Market blog and the New York Times blog Freakanomics. The pair also had a Q&A in the blog Science + Religion Today.
Judy Nadler (Markkula) was interviewed in KCBS radio about a San Francisco Chronicle story showing that Gov. Jerry Brown of California is not revealing his entire workday schedule. She spoke to a Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights blogger about Gavin Newsom’s plans to lease office space from a campaign contributor and to the Indianapolis Star and Martinsville Daily about various government ethics topics.
News that Ed Maurer (Engineering) was named one of 21 Google science communication fellows was picked up by several sites including UPI.com and EnvironmentalExpert.com.
Pat Cain (Law) was interviewed by Tax Notes about the complexities of a new IRS rule allowing same-sex partners to claim refunds using state community property rules.
Joe Sugg (University Operations) was interviewed on CreaTV about Santa Clara University's sustainability initiatives. He was also interviewed by the Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal about the Chromasun solar thermal system installed on the rooftop of Benson Memorial Center.
Brad Joondeph (Law) was quoted by Politico.com about the pace of lawsuits challenging the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, and his blog was quoted in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. ABC.com quoted him in a story about the oddities of having Washington state’s top legal enforcer fighting the Obama health law while the governor supports it.
Daniel Aguiar (CIE) gave an interview to the blog Glassdoor.com about how college students can find start-up and small company internship opportunities. Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal picked up the story.
Jim Balassone (Markkula) was quoted in FINS.com about a study showing that the majority of Americans would cross a picket line for a good job.
A symposium organized by Eric Goldman (Law) about the 15-year anniversary of a key Internet law, was the subject of several days of social-media chatter on Twitter and blogs. Stories stemming from the conference were posted at AltAssets.net, Computerworld, Techdirt, and paidContent.org (which was picked up on various Yahoo! Sites). Also, Goldman was quoted in TechWeb, the San Francisco Chronicle, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, and Warren’s Washington Internet Daily about tech-law topics.
A 1975 photo of students enjoying a rare snowfall, which was provided by SCU’s Archive and Special Collections, ran on every local TV station, MSNBC, and the San Jose Mercury News, as part of stories about how there might be snow in Silicon Valley for the first time in decades.
Marilyn Fernandez (Sociology) was quoted in a San Jose Mercury News story about Santa Clara’s demographic changes. The story was picked up in several other papers.
John Hamm (Management) wrote an article for Quality Digest about the qualities of leadership. Quotes from him on the same subject ran in Baret News and American Surveyor.
Tyler Ochoa (Law) was quoted in MediaPost.com about why TV streamer Ivi – which has been ordered to cease certain operations - does not meet the legal definition of a cable system.
Deep Gulasekaram (Law) was quoted in various newspapers and websites, including the Fresno Bee, Sacramento Bee, Hispanic Business, and NorthJersey.com, about California’s attorney general seeking to lift the stay on gay marriages while the matter is litigated.
Meir Statman (Finance) was in Reuters Analysis and Opinion discussing how constantly checking on investments can be counterproductive; in Daily Analysis discussing why Warren Buffett is not a good role model for small investors; on Bloomberg TV discussing the role of luck in investing, and in the Chicago Tribune discussing his own investing foibles.
Santa Clara University was mentioned in two stories in the San Jose Mercury News for being the host and integral participant in a new group, Sivic, which is promoting interreligious unity and voice in Silicon Valley.
Sandee Magliozzi (Law Professional Development) spoke to the Recorder about how law firms can add value. The story was picked up in the Community Voices blog of the Pittsburgh Post Gazette.
Cookie Ridolfi and Maurice Possley (NCIP) co-wrote an oped for the San Jose Mercury News on the lack of penalties for prosecutors of later-exonerated defendants.
A study co-authored by Matthew Jobin (Anthropology), showing that humans originated in South Africa, was covered by Examiner.com.
Here’s a sampling
of the hundreds of mentions of SCU in the media during the past two weeks. The first part of the link is a list; the full text is below the list.
***NOTE: Use EXTREME CAUTION before printing the linked information, as it will be dozens of pages!! ***
Ruth Davis (Undergraduate Programs) presented a poster on "Pathways to Meaningful Learning" in Washington, D.C. at a National Science Foundation Conference for principal investigators in January.
James Lai (Ethnic Studies/Political Science) has published a new book entitled Asian American Political Action: Suburban Transformations.
Mike Sexton (Enrollment Management), as a member of the College Board's College Planning Advisory Board, presented the prototype of a new web site at a session entitled "You Can Go": The New Online College Planning Resource Helping Lower-Resourced Students Make It to College" at the Western Regional Forum in San Francisco.
More grants, awards, and publications will appear in the next edition of fyi.
As Santa Clara University prepares to implement the Strategic Plan 2011, President Michael Engh, S.J., provided a glimpse of his priorities for the future in his State of the University Address, which he delivered on Feb. 16 at Mission Church. He briefly described how the plan will enable Santa Clara to fulfill its mission and achieve its potential.
The five priorities outlined in the strategic plan are:
- Making SCU an exemplar of excellence in Jesuit education;
- Engaging more strategically with the Silicon Valley by providing on-campus facilities and off-campus opportunities for research, teaching, and internships;
- Focusing on opportunities for study abroad, recruitment of international students, faculty exchanges, and networking with Jesuit institutions worldwide;
- Advancing our commitment to social justice and sustainability through environmental protection, economic growth, and social equity;
- Attracting and retaining excellent faculty and staff, while attracting and enrolling top, diverse students.
Details of the Strategic Plan 2011 can be found on Santa Clara’s website
Engh congratulated everyone who was involved in the drafting of the self-study for the University’s reaccreditation by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). The WASC team, who visited the campus Feb. 7–9, recognized the progress SCU has made in linking mission, money, and management. While the WASC team applauded the University five times over, it also made five recommendations (related to assessment, program review, inclusive excellence, integration of JST, and governance and communication) that will help SCU grow stronger.
The University has had many accomplishments throughout the years, including some recent achievements that happened under Engh’s presidency, which began in January 2009. They include:
- 30 percent increase in applications for undergraduates
- 13 percent return on investments
- 5 percent increase on alumni giving
- Silver rating in the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment, and Rating System (STARS)
Engh also announced that as the nation’s economy continues to recover, the University will be able to use reserved funds for capital improvements that were deferred two years ago and provide merit raises again this year.
The University is also working with a consultant to review and assess needs and recommendations for child and elder care.
Campus expansion and improvements are progressing, particularly with the new enrollment building and student housing.
During the address, Engh praised several individuals for their recent awards, including Laurie Laird from the Iganatian Center for Jesuit Education and Terry Shoup from the Department of Mechanical Engineering. Laird
was recognized for promoting civic engagement, public service, and student involvement in campus-community partnerships. Shoup
will be inducted to the Silicon Valley Engineering Hall of Fame on Feb. 24.
Engh concluded with an incredible story of the Santa Clara spirit that surfaced during a medical emergency at the men’s basketball game against Gonzaga. Two off-duty SCU emergency medical technicians and a public safety officer jumped into action when a student collapsed while leaving Leavey Center. EMTs Mohit Kochar and Morgan Stinson along with Campus Safety Officers Evan Evans, Amanda Wilson, and Kim Payne performed CPR and rescue breathing, as they called 911 and waited for help. When on-call SCU EMTs arrived, Allison Yue used a heart defibrillator to treat the student, while Michelle Davidson and Maija Swanson assisted. Athletic Director Dan Coonan and Fr. Paul Mariani followed the ambulance to the hospital, and Campus Ministry’s Fr. Jack Treacy regularly visited the student and his family, while Jeanne Rosenberger’s staff in Student Life handled campus logistics.
SCU senior Matthew Brinda is alive today thanks to the quick response, cooperation, and professional training of the EMTs and the Public Safety Officers.
Bob Warren, vice president for Administration and Finance, echoed President Michael Engh’s optimism for Santa Clara University’s future.
Warren announced at the annual University Budget Council’s Budget Forum on Feb. 24 that his reason for optimism was due to signs of the economy recovering.
“I’m not going to make any economic forecasts, but I can say that we’ve turned things around in the last two years, and we’re in a good position right now.”
The Budget Forum is an annual meeting designed to inform the campus community about the upcoming fiscal-year budget and share changes or new planning assumptions.
Warren also announced increases in tuition, fees, and costs for room and board starting in the 2012 fiscal year. Undergraduates will see a 3.9 percent increase, while MBA and engineering graduate students will see a 4.8 percent increase. Law students are facing a 6.2 percent increase, and students in the graduate programs for education, counseling psychology, and pastoral ministries will see a 2 percent increase.
The PowerPoint slides from the presentation are available on the University Finance Office’s website
The Office of Marketing and Communications launched a new website called SCU Today
, which showcases faculty, staff, and students featured in the news, story ideas for the media, and press releases.
Visitors can quickly access SCU Today
, by going to SCU’s homepage
and clicking on the last tab on the right side under the News & Events section.
OMC’s media relations team is always looking for faculty expertise and unique story ideas that exemplify the University’s excellence. You can contact the team at:
Connie Coutain | assistant director of media relations | firstname.lastname@example.org
Deborah Lohse | assistant director of media relations | email@example.com
On March 1, 1961, President John F. Kennedy signed an executive order establishing the Peace Corps, and the following summer the first Peace Corps Volunteers (PCVs) went overseas to Ghana and Tanganyika (now called Tanzania).
Since then, more than 200,000 volunteers have traveled to 139 countries to help people by promoting peace and friendship. Santa Clara University has had 342 alumni volunteers in the Peace Corps and was ranked nationally for six consecutive years from 2000 to 2005 as producing the most volunteers among small universities. Currently, 10 SCU alumni serve around the world.
A number of SCU faculty and staff also served as PCVs, including Peter Ross, who retired last fall after teaching in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science at SCU from 1982 to 2010.
Ross was a PCV from 1963 to 1965 in Andhra Pradesh, India, where he taught secondary school students mathematics, physics, and even some English.
“The teaching was very challenging. Most of my students had never even used rulers,” says Ross. “I also had to use textbooks in the regional language of Telugu during my first year due to a school mix-up.”
The Peace Corps experience not only instilled in Ross a dedication to teaching, it gave him a taste for volunteering, which he has done to a modest extent ever since.
In the last two decades Ross has made 14 Sierra Club “service trips,” each a week or longer, working on trail construction, trail maintenance, and the like. The two most exotic trips were to Russia in the 1990s. One of these was a three-week trip to Siberia, where trip members helped Russian rangers build foot-bridges in Pribaikalsky National Park near Lake Baikal. Closer to home, Ross now volunteers at the JW House (a Ronald McDonald-type home) at Kaiser Santa Clara and also as a dog socializer at the Humane Society of Silicon Valley.
When Ross joined the Peace Corps in June 1963, there was little reliable information about it, as no volunteers had completed their two years of service and returned from overseas. But now there are many online resources.
SCU junior Ashley Ciglar, a civil engineering major, is considering joining the Peace Corps after she graduates in 2012. Although she first learned about the organization in high school, she hadn’t thought about joining until she began her college career.
“After coming to SCU, I saw many people working with all kinds of communities, making me want to volunteer. Doing so has really given me more insight into the world, while growing deeper as a person and more knowledgeable about my surroundings,” says Ciglar.
Ciglar then met a former PCV during an immersion trip in Nicaragua last summer. She says he constantly talked about his experience as a volunteer. Ciglar says she’d love to join the Peace Corps and do some kind of work related to water treatment, but even if she were called upon to teach English, she wouldn’t hesitate to go.
Students or others at SCU who are interested in the Peace Corps can talk with Ross or other former Peace Corps Volunteers on campus, such as Anthropolgy Associate Professor Mary Hegland (Iran), engineering graduate student Michael Neumann (Tanzania), Santa Clara Magazine Editor Steven Saum (Ukraine), and Law Professor Kandis Scott (Romania).
The Peace Corps advertises, “It’s the toughest job you’ll ever love.” While Ross thinks that “love” is stretching things a bit, he does say that his two years in the Peace Corps were the most significant and rewarding in his life.
The Peace Corps is celebrating its 50th
anniversary with events around the country this month. More information is available on its website.