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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
. 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.
for more information about the cuts and how you can help.
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
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
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.
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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
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.
The deadline for taking the survey is Friday, Feb. 24.
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.
Gerald Alexanderson (Mathematics and Computer Science) published Fascinating Mathematical People: Interviews and Memoirs in 2011. He also contributed to the book Expeditions in Mathematics.
Kathy Aoki (Art and Art History) will be exhibiting new artwork commissioned by the San Jose Museum of Art specifically for the upcoming group show "Renegade Humor." Exhibition runs at SJMA from Feb. 3 to July 8.
Christopher Beatty (Biology) contributed to the book Terrestrial Arthropods of Macaronesia. He also contributed to the book Wading for Bugs: Exploring Streams with the Experts.
Rose Marie Beebe (Modern Languages and Literatures) and Robert Senkewicz (History) published To Toil in the Vineyard of the Lord: Contemporary Scholarship on Junipero Serra.
Bioengineering received a $10,000 grant from Intuitive Surgical for undergraduate summer research fellowships.
Brian Buckley (Philosophy) was awarded $1,000 to support development of a class called "Ethics and Marginalized Persons” from Hackworth Grants for Research in Applied Ethics.
Jerry Burger (Psychology) had the books Personality and Returning Home: Reconnecting with Our Childhoods published in 2011.
Thomas Cattoi and June McDaniel (Jesuit School of Theology) had the book Perceiving the Divine through the Human Body: Mystical Sensuality published.
George Chacko (Finance) and Carolyn Evans (Economics), et al. had their book, The Global Economic System: How Liquidity Shocks Affect Financial Institutions and lead to Economic Crises published.
Rohit Chopra (Communication) co-edited the book Global Media, Culture, and Identity: Theory, Cases, and Approaches, which was published in 2011.
Ruth Cook (Education), et al., published Adapting Early Childhood Curricula for Children with Special Needs.
Jim Cottrill’s (Political Science) article, "The Effects of Non-Legislative Approaches to Redistricting on Competition in Congressional Elections" was published in the latest issue of Polity (Volume 44, January, 2012).
Elizabeth Drescher (Religious Studies) was awarded $2,000 by Hackworth Grants for Research in Applied Ethics to support work on a project called "Pastoral Care in Social Media Communities: Exploring the Ethics of Digital Ministry." She also published her book Tweet of You [Love] Jesus: Practicing Church in the Digital Reformation.
Penelope Duckworth (Theatre and Dance) published A Common Glory in 2011.
Eileen Elrod (English and Women's and Gender Studies) had an article, "Gender, Genre and Slavery: The Other Rowson, Rowson's Others" published in the latest issue of Studies in American Fiction (Volume 38, Spring and Fall, 2011).
John Endres (Jesuit School of Theology) published First and Second Chronicles.
Alexander Field (Economics) had his book A Great Leap Forward: 1930s Depression and U.S. Economic Growth published in 2011.
Karen Fraser (Art and Art History) had her new book Photography and Japan published in 2011.
Jonathan Fung (Communication) was awarded $2,500 by Hackworth Grants for Research in Applied Ethics to complete work on a film called "Hark.”
Lester Goodchild (Education) published “Higher Education as a Field of Study in the United States: Its History, Degree Programs, and Knowledge Base” in Peking University Educational Review 9.
Terri Griffith (Management) published The Plugged-In Manager.
Ron Hansen (English) published the book A Wild Surge of Guilty Passion: A Novel.
Yvonne Ekern (Law) published Legal Research, Analysis, and Writing.
Mary Hood (Law) edited Santa Clara Law 1911-2010: Centennial Faculty Bibliography, which was published in 2011.
Paul Janowiak (Jesuit School of Theology) published Standing Together in the Community of God: Liturgical Spirituality and the Presence of Christ.
Peter Kareiva and Michelle Marvier (Environmental Studies and Sciences) published Conservation Science: Balancing the Needs of People and Nature.
Barbara Kelley (Communication) co-wrote the book Undecided: How to Ditch the Endless Quest for Perfect and Find the Career-and Life- That’s Right For You in 2011.
Phil Kesten (Physics) and Dave Tauck (Biology) published University Physics for the Physical and Life Sciences in 2011.
John Kohler, Thane Kreiner, and Jessica Sawhney (Center for Science, Technology and Society) published Coordinating Impact Capital: A New Approach to Investing in Small and Growing Businesses in 2011.
James Lai (Ethnic Studies) published the book Asian American Political Action: Suburban Transformations.
Fabio Lopez-Lazaro (History) published the book The Misfortunes of Alonso Ramirez: The True Adventures of a Spanish American with 17th-Century Pirates.
Gary Macy (Religious Studies) had a busy month. He contributed a chapter in Donne e Bibbia nel Medioevo, and his plenary address for the Academy of Catholic Hispanic Theologians of the United States was published in the online Journal of Hispanic/Latino Theology.
Barbara Molony (History), et al., had the book Modern East Asia: An Integrated History published in 2011.
Steven Nahmias (Operations Management and Information Systems) published Perishable Inventory Systems.
Aparajita Nanda (English and Ethnic Studies) edited the book Black California: A Literary Anthology, which published in 2011.
Thomas Plante (Psychology) published the book Contemporary Clinical Psychology. He also co-edited Sexual Abuse in the Catholic Church: A Decade of Crisis, 2002-2012.
Kathleen Ridolfi (Law) was awarded $5,000 by Hackworth Grants for Research in Applied Ethics to support work called "Prosecutorial Ethics Curriculum."
Laura Robinson (Sociology) received $3,000 from Hackworth Grants for Research in Applied Ethics to support work on a project called "Digital Democracy and Citizen Participation: Examining the Ethical Implications of Inclusion and Exclusion in the Digital Commons."
Sandra Schneiders (Jesuit School of Theology) published Prophets in their Own Country: Women Religious Bearing Witness to the Gospel in a Troubled Church.
David Sloss (Law) contributed to the text International Law in the U.S. Supreme Court: Continuity and Change that was published in 2011.
Meir Statman (Finance) published What Investors Really Want: Discover What Drives Investor Behavior and Make Smarter Financial Decisions.
Andy Tsay (Operations Management & Information Systems) has been reappointed
for a second three-year term as Senior Editor of the Production & Operations
Nancy Unger (History) was awarded $2,255 to support work on a project called "Diggs-Caminetti and the Mann Act: Test Case in Legislating America's Sexual Ethics" from the Hackworth Grants for Research in Applied Ethics.
Tim Urdan (Psychology) contributed to APA Educational Psychology Handbook, which was published in 2011.
Beth Van Schaack (Law) contributed to the publication Cambodia’s Hidden Scars: Trauma Psychology in the Wake of Khmer Rouge: An Edited Volume on Cambodia’s Mental Health.
Stephanie Wildman (Law) co-published Women and the Law Stories.
Shannon Vallor (Philosophy) received $2,000 from Hackworth Grants for Research in Applied Ethics to support development of a class called "Sustainable Energy and Ethics in Engineering."
Juan Velasco (English) published La Masacre de Los Sonadores.
Manuel Velasquez (Management) published the book, Business Ethics: Concepts and Cases.
Simone Billings (English) published The Well-Crafted Argument: A Guide and Reader.
Yuling Yan (Bioengineering) co-authored a paper entitled “Vocal fold vibratory characteristics of healthy geriatric females—analysis of high-speed digital images,” which was accepted for publication in Journal of Voice.
Betty Young (Physics) has received an additional $9,003 in subcontract funding from UC Berkeley/NSF to support "SuperCDMS Operation at Soudan."
More announcements will be published in the next issue on Feb. 15. If you have any announcements you would like to submit, e-mail email@example.com by Feb. 9.
On Thursday, Jan. 26, SCU will host a conversation with Silicon Valley icon Steve Wozniak.
Wozniak started the PC revolution. He co-founded Apple along with Steve Jobs in 1976 and designed Apple’s earliest computers. While operating the company from Jobs’ garage, Wozniak created the Apple II, which included innovations such as a keyboard, a disk drive, color graphics, and a central processing unit.
The Apple II kick started the era of personal computers, providing a blueprint for a computer that would be easily accessible to people. Over the next six years, Apple grew into a $500 million business. In 1985, President Reagan awarded the National Medal of Technology to Wozniak and Jobs for the “development and introduction of the personal computer, which has sparked the birth of a new industry extending the power of the computer to individual users.”
Since leaving Apple in 1985, Wozniak’s focus has included philanthropy and education. He provided hands-on teaching and technology equipment for the Los Gatos School District, founded the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and was the founding sponsor of the Tech Museum, Silicon Valley Ballet, and Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose.
In recent years, this pioneer of computing has become a pop culture icon. He’s appeared on Dancing with the Stars and pioneered the sport of Segway polo. In 2006, he wrote a best-selling autobiography, iWoz.
Moderated by Assistant Professor of Computer Engineering Ahmed Amer, this second installment in the 2011–12 President’s Speakers Series will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Mayer Theatre. Tickets are sold out, but standing-room only tickets may be available the day of the event. Please check with the box office at 7 p.m. on January 26. Or seats are available for a live broadcast in the Harrington Learning Commons Viewing and Taping Rooms A & B.
To get more details, please visit the speakers series website
Santa Clara University’s 3rd Annual Residence Hall Energy Challenge began Sunday, Jan. 8. The competition involves all residence halls striving to reduce their total energy consumption.
Rather than competing against one another, however, residence halls will attempt to reduce their buildings’ electricity consumption relative to previous years.
Lindsey Cromwell Kalkbrenner, director of the Office of Sustainability, played a major role in establishing the expected energy consumption value for each residence hall. An average of the previous three years’ winter-quarter energy consumption was used to create these values for each building, mixed with other factors including number of students living in each residence hall, or whether a building is air-conditioned.
“Essentially, residents should strive to use less energy than is historically used in their buildings,” Kalkbrenner said. “For example, Dunne residents this year are really competing with the residents from Dunne the past three years.”
To determine the winner at the end of the quarter, each building will be ranked based on its percentage decrease as compared to historical usage. Officially the Energy Challenge only includes cumulative electricity use from Jan. 15 through March 17. Students can keep track of their residence hall’s electricity use during this time by visiting http://greenmanager.scu.edu/scu.html
and seeing their buildings’ real-time consumption.
In the spirit of the game and competition, the 10-week challenge will also include other sustainable activities to promote the importance of energy conservation. One of these events will be the 2nd Annual Eco Fashion and Art Show on Feb. 2. The Eco Fashion and Art Show, a collaboration among numerous student organizations as well as faculty and staff, seeks to educate about the influence and impact of the fashion industry, encourage students, staff, and faculty members to design and produce creative outfits made out of recyclable or waste materials as an educational tool. The event also aims to enlighten audience members about the items and products they frequently may use, and encourage them to think about alternative uses and reuses instead of sending all of these products straight to landfill.
“The Eco Fashion and Art Show is really, really exciting,” Kalkbrenner said. “It is an opportunity for the campus community to learn about sustainability in unexpected ways. We are trying to reach out to more of our communities on campus. The idea is that the more we make outfits out of reused resources rather than virgin material, the more energy we save.”
A campus-wide “blackout” hour for students is also being planned in order to incorporate students in all residence halls. The voluntary hour-long blackout is intended to display how much each individual’s effort can cumulatively add up, resulting in meaningful reductions even in a single hour.
“The goal ultimately is to develop a culture of sustainability. We want to develop energy-conserving behavior in our residents that starts with a friendly competition but hopefully will last throughout their lifetimes,” Kalkbrenner said. “We are encouraging realistic actions ranging from unplugging chargers when they are not being used, utilizing sleep mode on laptops, using drying racks for laundry, and more. Hopefully all of these communal efforts and ideas will compound and make students appreciate the value that they possess individually to impact sustainability.”
Last year, residence halls conserved enough energy to power Malley Fitness Center for six weeks. That is 85,000 kilowatt hours. This year the goal is to beat that mark.
Go to http://www.scu.edu/sustainability/energychallenge/index.cfm to find out how you personally can help the cause.
From Cambodian Muslims to Buddhist San Quentin inmates, a photography exhibit now on display at the de Saisset Museum at Santa Clara University explores the diverse spiritual practices of people of various ethnic, cultural, religious, and gender orientations in California.
The exhibit, titled Golden States of Grace: Prayers of the Disinherited—A Photodocumentary by Rick Nahmias, launched Jan. 13, and aims to give voice to those in marginalized communities.
The artist worked with 11 communities:
· Beit T’Shuvuh, the nation’s only halfway house aiding addicts self-identified as Jewish;
· Buddhadharma Sangha at San Quentin Prison, a group of Zen Buddhist practitioners composed of men incarcerated in California’s oldest prison;
· Cham Muslims, refugees from Cambodia, who are a cultural minority due to their language and Muslim faith;
· Deaf Members of the University City Branch of the Church of Latter-Day Saints, a branch of the Mormon Church that caters to the deaf and blind;
· Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria, Coastal Miwok and Southern Pomo Native Americans, who have begun reclaiming ancient rituals, dance, and language;
· Immaculate Heart Community, a group primarily composed of former Catholic nuns, who pursue a doctrine based on social justice, strong feminist tenets, and advocacy for the marginalized;
· People with HIV/AIDS at Kashi Ashram, a spiritual retreat that uses a combination of Hindu sacred practices and traditions to reach its members, many of whom are affected by HIV/AIDS;
· Rurally Isolated Pentecostals and Baptists, a mostly African-American Christian community, who worship in small churches in unincorporated towns of Central Valley;
· Sex Workers Devoted to Santísima Muerte, a community of Latina sex workers in San Francisco, who embrace the female folk deity Santísima Muerte;
· Transcendence, the world's only transgender gospel choir; and
· Women of Wisdom at California Institute for Women, an interfaith and multicultural spirituality group for female prison inmates and women from outside communities.
Golden States of Grace brings together 56 black-and-white photographs, interviews, and recordings of prayer and spoken word from project participants. Together, the audio and visual components document the spirit and vitality of the communities on the margins. Nahmias spent three years photographing and interviewing his subjects.
“Golden States of Grace is a study of otherness—the otherness out there, the otherness within each of us, the otherness that begs us to bind together as human beings to celebrate, contemplate, and find meaning in our lives,” said Nahmias.
The exhibit will run through March 18. In conjunction with the show, a reception is set for Thursday, Jan. 19 at 7 p.m. In addition, Nahmias will be onsite at the museum on Thursday, Feb. 2 at 7 p.m. for a talk titled “Diversity, Community, and the Margins of American Society.” The artist will share examples of his work and offer unique images and insights into communities found on the margins. All programs are free and open to the public.
Dr. Mujahid Ali (engineering) has published a paper on the “Engineering Properties of Municipal Solid Waste Incinerator Residue,” in ACI Materials Journal.
Mohammad Ayoubi (mechanical engineering), graduate student Farhad Goodarzi, and colleague Arun Banerjee had a paper, “Attitude Motion of a Spinning Spacecraft with Fuel Sloshing and Nutation Damping,” accepted in the Journal of Astronautical Sciences.
Rose Marie Beebe (Spanish) has just received a prestigious full-year research fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Justin Boren (communication) published “A decade of research exploring biology and communication: The brain, nervous, endocrine, cardiovascular, and immune systems” in Communication Research Trends, co-authored with A.E. Veksler.
Joe Burke, Anthony O’Malley, Carol Wang, and Michael Biederer ’12 (engineering) were awarded the grand prize at the BMW Mobile Sensor Service Challenge. They were presented with a $1,000 prize. Freshmen Phillip Coyle, Alex Gillen, and Brian Grau received honorable mention.
Amanda Holl ’15, (Web design and engineering) received an Honorable Mention in Engineering Education Service Center’s Fall 2011 Poster Contest.
Sally Lehrman (communication) published an op-ed in the November 30 edition of the San Jose Mercury News, titled “Spiral of invisibility hides the continuing peril of AIDS in Silicon Valley.”
Kern Peng (engineering management) has written a book, Equipment Management in the Post-Maintenance Era: A New Alternative to Total Productive Maintenance (TPM), which will be available soon.
Amy Shachter (chemistry) has received $500,000 from The Fletcher Jones Foundation to support “Advanced Biosciences Initiative.”
Pete Woytowitz (mechanical and civil engineering) co-authored the paper “On Determination of Sample Size to Evaluate Reliability Growth Plans,” with X. Jin and T. Tan of Novellus Systems.
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The U.S. Green Building Council awarded the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification to Santa Clara University’s Paul Locatelli Student Activity Center. The rating recognizes the efficient use of energy and resources during the construction and operation of the 16,284-square-foot student center.
Built in 2010, the center is designed to blend in with other buildings on campus and integrates energy-efficient features like trellises and overhangs to reduce direct solar gain on the south and west face of the building.
Use of mortar-free pavers and decomposed granite for walkways around the building reduce water runoff. Water runoff from the building is diverted to planting areas to increase the infiltration rate and reduce the impact of storm water. Paints, surface coatings, and adhesives throughout the center were chosen based on their low-emissions or non-emissions of volatile organic compounds. Carpets are certified “Green Label” by the Carpet and Rug Institute
, meaning the carpets are the lowest emitting carpet products on the market. The center is also equipped with standard university recycling, waste, and composting bins, encouraging students to divert their waste from the landfill.
Santa Clara University also received a 2011 Green Power Leadership Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The annual award recognizes the country’s leading green power users for their commitment and contribution to helping advance the development of the nation’s voluntary green power market. The EPA presented SCU with the award at an event held in conjunction with the 2011 Renewable Energy Markets Conference on Nov. 16 in San Francisco, Calif.
Santa Clara University was one of only 10 organizations nationwide to receive a Leadership Award for its green power purchases. The award recognizes EPA Green Power Partners who distinguish themselves through purchases of green power from a utility green-pricing program, a competitive green marketer, or a renewable energy certificate (REC) supplier. SCU purchases more than 30 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of green power annually, which is equivalent to avoiding the carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions of more than 4,000 passenger vehicles per year, or the CO2 emissions from the electricity use of nearly 3,000 average American homes annually.
To meet the growing demand for entrepreneurship education at Santa Clara University, the Leavey School of Business has created a new minor in entrepreneurship.
“This minor is an exciting opportunity for students to harness the power of entrepreneurial thinking that is pervasive here in Silicon Valley,” said Daniel Aguiar, executive director of SCU’s Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. “We continue to leverage our ideal location; Jesuit educational tradition; state-of-the-art facilities; and distinguished faculty, staff, alumni, and friends to create a highly robust program of entrepreneurship at Santa Clara University.”
The minor and other initiatives underway at SCU’s Leavey School of Business are part of a push to prepare graduates to make meaningful contributions to economic growth and prosperity in California and elsewhere, said the school’s dean S. Andrew Starbird. “The skills to turn ideas into opportunities, and to turn ideas into jobs, into economic growth and prosperity—those are the skills we want our students to have,” he said. Read more.
The name F.A.S.T. is a perfect fit for Santa Clara University’s new Arts Ambassadors Program.
“The arts pass by very fast. Our goal is to slow students down so they can really learn to appreciate them,” said arts ambassador Savannah Foltz-Colhour ’14, who’s majoring in public health and minoring in dance.
F.A.S.T. stands for SCU’s Fine Arts Support Team, composed of Foltz-Colhour and fellow ambassadors Chris Zamarripa ’13 and Gabrielle Dougherty ’14, and dedicated to the promotion and support of all fine arts events on campus. As a whole, the three student ambassadors represent a wide range of the arts—from studio arts to dance and theatre.
According to Theatre and Dance Associate Professor David Popalisky, the arts committee recruited student ambassadors who could understand the arts across disciplines. Seven candidates were interviewed in the fall for the three positions.
“We didn’t want students who only know about theatre or only about music,” said Popalisky. “We wanted students who have a well-rounded understanding of arts as a whole.”
Funded by the Provost’s Office, F.A.S.T. launched in September. The idea, however, dates back a year and a half ago with Popalisky and Art and Art History Associate Professor Kathy Aoki. Popalisky stated that the arts committee wanted a personal way to reach out to students and encourage the growth of the arts on campus.
According to Zamarripa, the main goal of F.A.S.T. is to increase attendance to on-campus arts events, while stressing students’ support of one another.
“It’s very powerful when students are supporting other students, especially in the arts,” said Zamarripa, who’s studying studio art. “Having your friends watch you perform is comparable to scoring a winning goal in front of all your peers. Having all your friends cheering you on like that, it is just the best feeling.”
Another goal the arts ambassadors have is to pinpoint what people really want to see and what would get them interested in attending these fine arts events. Although they have only been a group for a few weeks, F.A.S.T. has already been hard at work with this.
“During ‘Little Shop of Horrors,’ we put surveys in each program with questions about why students came to the play and what their goals are for on-campus arts,” said Dougherty, who’s double majoring in marketing and theatre arts.
To create a centralized source for the arts, the ambassadors launched a Facebook page for F.A.S.T.
F.A.S.T. is also producing t-shirts to communicate visually with students. The shirts will use a graphic design that Zamarripa created himself.
“Hopefully students will see their peers wearing these shirts and be intrigued to attend more arts events,” Zamarripa said. “It’s like a walking advertisement to have t-shirts.”
(Law) has received funding under the FY 11 Enhanced Collaborative Model to Combat Human Trafficking in the amount of $500,000 from the U.S. Department of Justice. This is a two-year award to support the "City of San Jose Police Deparrtment Human Trafficking Task Force/The South Bay Coalition to End Human Trafficking Project."
Monem Beitelmal (Mechanical Engineering) had five new U.S. patents granted since March of 2011: energy efficient CRAC unit operation no. 18,019,477; control of vent tiles correlated with a rack no. 27,995,339; Microcontroller for controlling an actuator no. 37,902,966; energy efficient crac unit operation using heat transfer levels no. RE42,195; and refrigeration system with parallel evaporators and variable speed compressor no. 57,895,854.
Justin Boren (Communication) co-authored a paper that was awarded a top three paper at the Western States Communication Association meeting. The title of the paper is “Affectionate Communication Can Suppress Immunity: Trait Affection Predicts Antibody Titers to Latent Epstein-Barr Virus.”
and Silvia Figueira
(Computer Engineering) attended the 2011 Grace Hopper conference
in Portland last week with 18 SCU female computer engineering students.
Radhika Grover (Computer Engineering) published a book, "Programming with Java: A Multimedia Approach," in October of 2011.
Francisco Jimenez (English) received a Creative Work Fund grant of $40,000 for a collaborative project with the National Steinbeck Center titled “Our American Voices.”
Chris Kitts (Mechanical Engineering) and a number of students in the Robotic Systems Laboratory had a new journal article, "The O/OREOS Mission: First Science Data from the Space Environment Survivability of Living Organisms Payload," accepted for publication in Astrobiology. The article provides initial peer-reviewed science results from the O/OREOS mission which is being controlled by SCU students.
Gary Macy (Religious Studies) co-wrote a new book titled Women Deacons, which was published this fall.
Paul Mariani, S.J., (History) published a book titled Church Militant: Bishop Kung and Catholic Resistance in Communist Shanghai.
(Electrical Engineering) co-wrote a conference paper titled, "Performance-Enhanced Multi-rate iLBC," which was presented at the IEEE Asilomar Conference
on Signals, Systems and Computers in Asilomar, Calif. in November. He also spoke on a panel at Stanford, "Publishing in your Field: Components for Success," on Nov. 15.
James Reites, S.J., (Mechanical Engineering) presented a talk about the “Jesuit Mission and Schools of Engineering” to colleagues at Xavier Institute of Engineering in Mumbai, India.
Michael Whalen, Rohit Chopra, Barbara Kelley, and Lisa Davis (Communication) were chosen to be honored at the College’s Scholarly Achievement Celebration for their scholarly and creative work published over the last year.
Jonathan Zhang (Bioengineering) has received $245,456 from National Institute of Health to support "Regulation of Structure and Function of Protein by Glycosylation." The long-term goal of this proposal is to study the regulatory role of O-N-acetylglucosamine modification in biological pathways.
These announcements are from November. December announcements will be published in the next issue on Jan. 17. If you have any announcements you would like to submit, email email@example.com by Jan. 9.
Santa Clara University announced Monday that it is working closely with law enforcement officials to investigate an intrusion into its computerized academic record system that resulted in a limited number of undergraduate students having their grades changed.
Officials said that a review of the tens of thousands of grade records since the year 2000 identified unauthorized grade changes impacting a handful of current undergraduate students and approximately 60 former undergraduate students. These grade changes are attributed to someone gaining illegal access into Santa Clara University's computer system between June 2010 and July 2011.
There is no evidence to suggest that other personal information of students, staff, or faculty has been compromised.
Upon learning of the computer intrusion, the University promptly contacted the Federal Bureau of Investigation. "Law enforcement officials are thoroughly investigating this unfortunate episode," said Michael Engh, S.J., president of the University. "We shall continue to cooperate with the FBI as it brings this matter to a proper conclusion."
Officials said the University takes seriously allegations of unauthorized computer access and grade tampering and will pursue legal action if appropriate. In addition, the University has a Student Conduct Code that prohibits falsification or misuse of University records. Violations of the conduct code are adjudicated through the University Judicial System with consequences as significant as expulsion.
"Investigators are piecing together how the computerized academic record system was illegally accessed," said Dennis Jacobs, Santa Clara's Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. "The University has also taken several steps to increase its network security and will continue to implement additional safety and security measures to reduce any chance of a similar incident happening again."
The University is contacting individual faculty members whose grades appear to be inappropriately modified to verify that they did not authorize any of the undocumented grade changes.
"We want to reassure all affected students that the university will work to rectify their grade records and ensure the integrity of their transcript," said Jacobs.
Students, faculty, staff, and alumni with questions about the investigation can go to www.scu.edu/grades
for further information.
Remember the world without Google? Since its development in 1997, the search engine giant has revolutionized the power of the Internet through single-box search engines. What if a similar type of search engine existed in our campus libraries?
Now, it does.
On Oct. 7, the University’s Orradre Library and the Heafey Law Library launched OneSearch
, a new online tool that facilitates library research and resource discovery. OneSearch
allows students, faculty, and staff the ease of searching simultaneously through hundreds of article databases, indexes, and the complex library catalog in a fast, single-box search interface similar to Google.
The University began investing in a discovery system last year in an attempt to combat a growing concern that college students were going to sites like Google and Wikipedia for research rather than their own campus libraries.
“Librarians are competing against Google for attention. We have better content than Google, but students don’t always realize that,” said SCU Librarian Elizabeth McKeigue.
What Students Don’t Know, a recent ethnographic study by Steve Kolowich, confirmed that students “tended to overuse Google and misuse scholarly databases. They preferred simple database searches to other methods of discovery.”
McKeigue believes that OneSearch
will change that trend and ultimately increase usage of our libraries’ databases and indexes, which has been relatively flat in the past few years.
“At Santa Clara, our decision to purchase and develop OneSearch
is an acknowledgment of the demand for libraries to meet students’ expectations with easier research tools,” she said. “It is also a response to the crucial need for us to help connect our students with relevant, scholarly, and reliable content, content for which the libraries pay publishers increasingly higher costs.”
In addition to benefitting students, OneSearch
also gives librarians an added advantage. Using the library’s extensive resources can be daunting and requires training. With OneSearch
, librarians won’t need to devote as much time teaching the basics of how to search. Students simply type the keywords into one simple search field, much like they would with Google.
is not a replacement for OSCAR, specific subject indexes and databases, or other crucial research tools that students need to know how to use,” McKeigue said. “However, we hope that students will come to count on OneSearch
as a better alternative to Google or Wikipedia when approaching a research topic.”
A recent testimonial from a law school librarian shows that OneSearch
has already had success as an alternative to both Google and OSCAR.
“I was helping a student with a cite-checking assignment for a high-tech journal. The student needed some Canadian patent cases, Canadian regulatory code, and Canadian session laws. We have these in print but they are all over in storage. The student needed to turn in her assignment that day and really couldn't wait for a storage request to be processed. I decided to take a look at OneSearch
and was able to find all these materials via LLMC (Law Library Microfilm Consortium), a resource we often forget about and isn't cataloged in OSCAR.”
Early feedback for the discovery system indicates that the ability to search simultaneously across library content and databases will be a great help to students, faculty, and staff. However, as a beta-release, the development of the library’s newest tool is an ongoing process.
includes so much content that you may find that the results are not always as relevant as you might expect. There may be ways that library staff can change certain settings to improve relevancy, but we need to know specific examples to help us make these changes,” McKeigue said.
McKeigue is asking for your feedback. Go online and check out OneSearch
, and then send your comments via this link
Santa Clara University’s newest campus minister has been told he is not a typical “priest.” With the nickname “Manhster,” that isn’t very hard to believe.
Manh Tran, S.J., is SCU’s new director of Christian Life Community
. He joined SCU’s Campus Ministry
this fall, after working six years for Campus Ministry at Loyola Marymount University. During that time, Tran not only gained expertise with the Christian Life Community program, but he also built close relationships with the students.
“Students at LMU often told me that I’m crazy and wild, that I truly live out my nickname,” Tran said. “I do not know how true that is, but I do strive to discover and live out God’s dream for me. I try to discover and live out my ‘real’ self.”
As part of Tran’s new position, he will be rejuvenating Christian Life Community
at SCU. CLC
, an international organization with chapters in more than 60 countries and on every continent, is based on the teachings of St. Ignatius of Loyola, the founder of the Jesuits. The program is centered on three principles: spirituality, community, and service.
According to Tran, using these three principles of CLC
, individuals will be able to follow the Jesuit way to discover one’s “real” self.
is the only organization that offers intensive Ignatian Spirituality,” he said. “CLC
sees Ignatian spirituality as a pathway to God. It is a way of discovering our personal vocations and living out God’s dream for each one of us. God wants us to live fully and desires to share life with us, which often take places through community, prayers, and services. These three aspects of life become the three core values of CLC
As a part of CLC
, students will meet weekly in small groups of between five and 10 members. At these weekly meetings, they will pray and share weekly experiences. Other events they gather for include bowling, dancing, poker games, Praise and Worship services, Taize, and doing community service.
Tran stated that there are three main challenges for students when it comes to CLC
: busyness, secularism, and lack of integration.
“Besides being full-time students, there is pressure to live out the magic “three,” namely joining the Greek Club, Service Organization, and other clubs on campus. Many students also have to work part time to survive,” Tran said. “Secondly, secularism is a huge challenge that we all face. Students, myself included, often buy into hedonism, individualism, consumerism, relativism, ‘hook-up culture,’ and ‘I’m spiritual but not religious.’ The third challenge is the lack of integration among faith, justice, and education. Many students volunteer to do community service without seeing the connection between faith and justice.”
According to Tran, his personal college experience was less stressful than higher education is today.
“In my personal opinions, I find life now as much more complicated and pressured compared to my college years (1984–88),” he said. “Many students now come from broken families and are faced with many other challenges similar to the big three.”
Tran believes, however, that a Jesuit education helps students search for truth and freedom.
“As Jesus mentioned, ‘The truth shall set you free’ (John 8:32). College students are often faced with important life questions such as ‘Where are we from?’ ‘Who am I?’ ‘What is my purpose in life?’” Tran said. “Jesuit education carries such a rich Catholic tradition and Ignatian spirituality that can help students discover the truth to their questions. If we do not share with students about Catholic teaching and Ignatian spirituality, we are not different than other public or private universities. CLC
plays an important role in searching for truth because it provides sacred spaces to explore and wrestle these important questions with one another and God.”
Ahmed Amer, JoAnne Holliday (Computer Engineering) and a group of collaborators including former faculty member Thomas Schwarz will have a paper based on their shingled disk research published in the IEEE Transactions on Magnetics.
Angelo Ancheta (School of Law) has received a $7,000 subcontract from Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County prime Silicon Valley Community Foundation to support "South Bay Legal Immigration Services Network."
Eduardo Fernandez, S.J., (Jesuit School of Theology) has received $20,000 from the Jesuit Conference, Inc. to support "Social and International Ministries."
David Hess (Biology) was awarded a grant from the Molecular and Cellular Evolution panel of the National Science Foundation. The grant, which sums to $600,000 over a three year span, will go towards his research on evolutionary patterns in Saccaromyces cerevisiae, more commonly known as yeast.
Hohyun Lee (Mechanical Engineering) has received $18,510 from Ultora, Incorporated to support "Ultracapacitors Prepared from Powdered Graphene Using a PTFE Binder."
Michael McCarthy, S.J., (Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education) has received $30,000 from Y and H Soda Foundation to support "Companions in Ignatian Service and Spirituality."
Susan Popko (International Programs)was awarded the IES Abroad Professional Development Award at the IES Annual Conference.
Sandra Schneiders (Jesuit School of Theology)received the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities’ 2013 Monika K. Hellwig Award for outstanding contributions to Catholic intellectual life.
Sukhi Singh (Civil Engineering) was invited to contribute a chapter, “Sustainable Solutions for an Environmentally and Socially Just Society,” to a book on EcoSystems.
These announcements are from October. November announcements will be published in the next issue on Dec. 1. If you have any announcements you would like to submit, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org by Nov. 22.