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U.S. Representative Mike Honda stopped by Santa Clara University last month to help students gain a better understanding of Congress, especially for Professor James Cottrill’s class whose students play the roles of members of Congress and respond to hypothetical bills throughout the quarter.
“My main motivation was to allow students to speak to an actual member of Congress about the day-to-day responsibilities and pressures faced by members of Congress as they try to represent their constituencies,” says Cottrill.
Honda discussed how he became involved in politics, the importance of integrity, and working across party lines. He also fielded questions from students who asked about everything from national security to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s future.
Sach Egan, who is a junior studying economics and political science, asked Honda to share his thoughts on minority candidates, such as Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal and South Carolina Governor-elect Nikki Haley, who change their name and religious beliefs for the sake of running for political office.
Honda responded that all American citizens need to be more accepting of individuals from diverse backgrounds and work together to create the kind of change this nation wants. Although those words were inspiring enough, Egan was moved when Honda later approached him.
“Congressman Honda put his arm on my shoulder, and said, ‘Hey, don’t change, and just do the right thing.’ Simple as these words may have been, I didn’t take them lightly. They reminded me that, although we could sit for hours discussing the challenges presented against progress and change, ultimately it would be up to us to make things happen,” says Egan.
Although scheduling Honda took several tries and a few years, Cottrill hopes to invite more members of Congress from the Bay Area. Students agree that having more opportunities to meet government leaders can have a greater and lasting impression than reading about them in their books or learning about them from their professors.
“I absolutely think more politicians should come speak to students, especially as young voters who are still in many ways developing beliefs and opinions. This is an environment where people are interested in learning and asking questions, and I think every politician could benefit from that,” says Kurt Wagner, a communication junior.
“Active, hands-on learning is often thought of as being important, but I believe that hearing the insights and inspirations of leaders who are out there ‘in the trenches’ is also paramount,” says Egan.
The power of search engines such as Google, Yahoo, and Bing has more college students turning to the Internet for research rather than their campus libraries. That’s no surprise, considering the ease of typing keywords into a single search box versus navigating through hundreds of article databases, indexes, and the complicated library catalog.
Librarians like Elizabeth McKeigue at Santa Clara University recognize the growing problem and hope to change that trend through the use of discovery systems that allow students to easily search for everything at once, including books, magazine and journal articles, DVDs, and archives.
“Librarians are competing against Google for attention. We have better content than Google, but students don’t always realize that,” says McKeigue.
Following the paths of Penn State, Columbia, and University of Michigan, SCU is looking at various software systems that can simultaneously search across all article database content and local library collections. Using the library’s extensive resources can be daunting and requires training. With discovery systems, librarians wouldn’t need to devote as much time teaching the basics of how to search. They simply type the keywords into one simple search field, much like you would with Google or Yahoo.
SCU students, faculty, and staff are testing a number of discovery systems, including EBSCO Discovery System, Summon, Encore Synergy, and Primo Central. The library will gather feedback at the end of the quarter and weigh the pros and cons that will determine the next phase of the project.
McKeigue wants the University to invest in a discovery system, because she believes it will ultimately increase usage of the library’s databases and indexes, which has been relatively flat in the past few years.
Deborah Whiteman, head of Archives and Special Collections in the University Library, is anxiously awaiting the publication of the latest volume of a new edition of the most popular book ever written. No, not a remake of Harry Potter, but rather, the handwritten, lavishly hand-illuminated New Revised Standard Version translation of the Bible, known as The Saint John’s Bible. “It’s written in calligraphic script, but it’s also illuminated in the same way that a 12th century medieval manuscript would have been illuminated; the initial letters are large, brilliantly colored and frequently decorated in gold,” Whiteman explains. “There are also full-page colored illuminations of key points in the text—such as Creation, the Fall, and the Ten Commandments. That was typical of large 12th century bibles as well.”
Though she has not yet seen the original manuscript (which is at St. John’s University, in Minnesota), Whiteman is able to view SCU’s fine art reproduction of The Saint John’s Bible, known as the “Heritage Edition,” every day at work since it is on public display in her department in the southeast corner of the Learning Commons. Santa Clara’s set of The Saint John’s Bible is one of only 299 such copies. Thanks to a generous donor, the University currently has four of the seven volumes of the massive tomes. The University will acquire the remaining three as they become available. The open book measures a sizable two feet by three feet. “The Heritage Edition has been produced with the same care and attention that goes into a fine press book and it’s absolutely gorgeous,” says Whiteman.
The Saint John’s Bible was commissioned by the Benedictine monastery at Saint John’s Abbey and University in 1998. The calligraphy and illuminations have been executed by a team of scribes, headed by world-renowned calligrapher Donald Jackson. The Bible is set for completion in May 2011 with the publication of the final volume, Letters and Revelation. The one-of-a-kind original is the work of a dozen scribes writing with turkey, goose, and swan quills on calfskin vellum using natural handmade inks, hand-ground pigments, and gold and silver leaf. SCU’s copy, an exact replica, was reproduced digitally using a special high-tech Heidelberg press. The gold and silver foil were laid on afterwards using a technique that closely matches the hand-embossing used by Jackson on the original leaves. “The pages literally sparkle,” Whiteman says.
Though this version of the Word of God may be modeled on medieval works, it is truly a Bible for the 21st century. Whiteman says: “A very contemporary view has been taken in the illuminations. For example, Adam and Eve are presented as Ethiopian. The imagery is taken from Navajo weaving basket designs, Persian rugs, Turkish architecture, Christian symbolism, Buddhism, modern science—everything.”
Whiteman urges faculty, staff, students, and the general public to come see the Bible for themselves. The Saint John’s Bible, Heritage Edition, is currently the centerpiece of the exhibition, Scribes, Saints & Scholars: The Bible, 1150–2010, on display through January 2011, in the Third Floor Gallery of the Learning Commons. The Prophets volume is featured in this show. And if visitors walk next door to the Department of Archives & Special Collections (adjacent to the Gallery), they will see yet another volume of the Bible. The Saint John’s Bible will be on permanent display here, housed in a specially made case. One volume will always be open, resting on a large glass-protected lectern. A Special Collections staff member turns the page every day. The other volumes rest in drawers underneath. “We frequently take them out for people to look at,” Whiteman says. “The illustrations are incredibly powerful. People react to them. We’d really like people to feel that they can come here and use these special acquisitions. They’re here for them.”
Visit the website for more information about The Saint John’s Bible.
Visit SCU’s website for more information about the Archives & Special Collections.
Sophomore Ryan Clark is one of the three leaders of Santa Clara Student Ambassadors for the 2010–11 school year. The program is here to give people the students’ point of view concerning what SCU really is.
“It’s a chance for them to hear the honest truth from people who genuinely live and study here.” The 24 ambassadors have three duties that they generally perform: they greet people at various events and locations, sit on student question and answer panels, and, most frequently, guide campus tours. They also play a prominent role during both Preview Days and Open House.
As a leader of the program, Clark, along with sophomore Nicky Nienow-Birch and senior Makensy Smith, does the behind-the-scenes work like scheduling and event planning, along with personally working on the ambassadors’ Web presence. On that front, his current project: revamping their Facebook page.
The panel allows students and parents to ask specific, often pointed questions and hear the ambassadors “infuse the factual data with personal experiences” after the tour covers the basics of SCU. He also mentioned that the ambassadors sometimes have to field some strange questions from parents during tours and panels. They try their best to answer truthfully while also representing the University in the best light.
They are currently conducting interviews for their winter quarter crop and looking for well-rounded, confident students involved in a variety of activities that will be able to hold in reserve a wide variety of knowledge about the University, and can direct parents and students to the right people if they don’t have the answer themselves.
According to Clark, the ambassadors are an interesting group. “We’re a very fun-loving bunch of outgoing students. What makes this unique is that we’re looking to fill in all niches when hiring since we have to represent the whole school. That makes this group as diverse as you can imagine and as an ambassador you meet all these people you wouldn’t normally.”
Festival of Lights: Holiday Choral Concert in Mission Santa Clara
Friday, December 3 and Saturday, December 4 at 7:30 p.m.
2010 Santa Clara Historic Home Tour
Friday, December 3, 6-9 p.m. and Saturday, December 4, 12-5 p.m.
Historic Homes in the SCU Quad Neighborhood
To learn more, please email Mary Hanel.
La Virgen del Tepeyac: The Apparitions of Our Lady of Guadalupe
Sunday, December 5at 2 p.m.
Remembrance of the Salvadoran Martyrs (During Sunday Mass)
Sunday, December 5at 9 p.m.
Joe Sugg (University Operations) and SCU alumnus and engineer Brian Drocco were interviewed about SCU’s smart microgrid project on CBS5. Agustin Fonts, also an alumnus and engineer, talked about the smart microgrid in an ABC7 story about promising signs of recovery in Silicon Valley.
Meir Statman (Finance) was quoted in numerous stories and blogs, including CBS MoneyWatch, BBC and Yahoo! Finance, on the various topics covered by his new book What Investors Really Want. Also, a lengthy San Francisco Chronicle review and Q&A was widely reprinted in papers nationwide.
Ed McQuarrie (Marketing) spoke to the Associated Press about the difficulty of assessing the true value of marketing ploys like “free shipping” or “deep discounts” at this time of year. The story ran in numerous publications including the Worcester (Mass.) Telegram & Gazette, the Wichita Eagle and the (Memphis) Commercial Appeal.
A lengthy story on KQED about NASA’s newest nanosatellite project included reference to SCU Engineering’s role as “mission control” center for the project. The story quoted Chris Kitts (Mechanical Engineering) and student Laura Bica. SCU Engineering’s role in the nanosatellite was also noted in stories in many online publications including DailyIndia.com, Hindustan Times, PhysOrg.com, SpaceRef.com, and SpaceDaily.
Sandra Hayes (Admissions) was interviewed by CBS5 about how students are finding that private universities can be cheaper than public California schools, after factoring in financial aid and the length of time it takes to graduate from crowded public universities.
A Salinas Californian newspaper story about impending application deadlines quoted Lorenzo Gamboa (Admissions) noting that private universities can be affordable. Similarly, a story in the Sacramento Bee and Modesto Bee, among other papers, also noted that private universities can be cheaper than state schools, and quoted a student who was applying to SCU.
William Dohar (JST) was quoted in a story in Catholic San Francisco about JST’s new graduate theology offering “Theology After Hours,” which has been welcomed by students seeking an alternative after USF ended its evening master’s program in theology.
Eric Goldman’s (Law) comments on Oracle’s $1.3 million verdict against SAP were quoted in nearly 200 publications across the world, after he spoke to a variety of media outlets including Associated Press, Reuters, and the Wall Street Journal. He was also quoted in numerous other publications including the New York Times and NPR’s Marketplace about various tech-law topics including Amazon’s removal of a book for pedophiles.
Phil Kesten (Physics) talked to WAMC’s Academic Minute about his class “The Physics of Star Trek.” He was also featured in an article on startrek.com about his inspiration for the class and how it fulfills the university’s new core curriculum requirements.
Beth Van Schaack (Law) wrote an article assessing the applicability of International Humanitarian Law to maritime piracy, in the Opino Juris blog.
Jerry Burger (Psychology) was quoted in the Canadian publications Windsor Star, Edmonton Journal and Times Colonist debunking the notion that wearing black or red jerseys increases aggression in athletes, especially hockey players.
Judy Nadler (Markkula) weighed in on a Kentucky case involving public officials’ failure to document their disclosures about conflicts of interest. The story ran in numerous Kentucky and Ohio publications.
Jerry Uelmen (Law) was quoted in a Sacramento Bee story that ran in numerous other publications about medical marijuana proponent’s views of the Attorney General race in California.
Angelo Ancheta (KGACLC) was quoted in a widely reprinted AP story about the new California redistricting commission.
The Los Altos Town Crier and the blogs Women Living Under Muslim Lawsand Gooya.com ran stories about the awarding of the Katharine and George Alexander Law Prize to Iranian women’s rights lawyer Shadi Sadr.
Mark Ravizza, S.J. (Philosophy) was quoted in the National Catholic Reporter discussing issues that came up during the Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice at Georgetown.
TV stories on George Mohler’s (Mathematics) study on predictive patterns in crime continued to be picked up by CBS and NBC affiliate stations, including in Boston, Cincinnati, Charleston and Des Moines.
Examiner.com ran a lengthy story about the Carry the Vision nonviolence conference that was held on campus and co-sponsored by Santa Clara University.
SCU students made live appearances on ABC7’s 7 Live, where they discussed controversial issues such as the social host ordinance in San Jose and racial profiling on college campuses.
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!! ***
Mohammad Ayoubi (Mechanical Engineering) and graduate student Li-Chou Tai presented a paper entitled "Adaptive Neuro-Fuzzy Control of a Wind Turbine Operating in Region 3" at the International Mechanical Engineer Congress & Exhibition in November in Vancouver, Canada. Ayoubi was also co-organizer of one of the sessions in Dynamic Systems and Control.
Monem Beitelmal and Drazen Fabris (Mechanical Engineering) co-authored a research article entitled "Introducing A Novel Reactor Concept: Indirectly Fired Integrated Gasification and Steam Generation System" that was presented at the ASME/IMECE international mechanical engineering conference in November in Vancouver, Canada. Beitelmal also co-authored a research article entitled "A steady-state model for the design and optimization of a centralized cooling system,” which was published in the November issue of the International Journal of Energy Research.
The second edition of Jane Curry’s (Political Science) text Central and East European Politics was released. Curry had an article in the Harvard International Review on the role of journalists in transitions like the Orange Revolution in Ukraine and Rose Revolution in Georgia. This was based on research done interviewing participants as part of a U.S. Institute of Peace grant.
Les Goodchild(Education) presented "Teaching the History of Education: A National Report on Its Decline and How We Can Revive It," at the 50th anniversary conference of the History of Education Society (HES) meeting in November in Boston. It was presented during HES President Jonathan Zimmerman's presidential address.
Tokunbo Ogunfunmi and Talal Al-Attar (Electrical Engineering) and Ph.D. student Ifiok Umoh had a paper presented at the 2010 Asilomar Conference on Circuits, Systems and Computers in November in Asilomar, Calif. The paper is titled "A 0.18um CMOS Narrow-band LNA Linearization Using Digital Baseband Post-Distortion." At the same conference, Ogunfunmi and Ph.D. student Wally Kozacky had another paper presented. It’s titled "An Adaptive IIR Filter with Constraints on the Output Power Level."
Maria Pantoja and Nam Ling (Computer Engineering) will present their paper, "Acceleration of Reconfigurable Video Coding Using New Parallel Architectures," at the APSIPA Annual Summit and Conference Dec. 14-17 in Singapore.
Terry Shoup (Mechanical Engineering) has been selected to the Silicon Valley Engineering Hall of Fame for his outstanding professional achievement and significant contributions to the Silicon Valley community and will be inducted during the Engineers' Week Banquet on Feb. 24.
Sukhmander Singh (Civil Engineering) presented a paper, "Characterization of the Sheer Strength of Municipal Solid Waste for Landfill Design," at the 6th International Congress on Enviromental Geotechnics last month.
Dan Strickland (Mechanical Engineering) was awarded a Roelandts Fellow grant from the Center for Science, Technology, and Society for his work to develop a portable solar/hydrogen fuel cell generator for off-grid electrification to meet basic necessities such as lighting, cooling, and refrigeration.
Katie Wilson (Electrical Engineering) was an interviewee for an article that was pubished in the November issue of IEEE Communications Magazine.
Imagine a campus, a neighborhood, or a town where all of the electricity is generated, controlled, and measured onsite from one computer screen. It’s one of the many things a smart microgrid can do to help communities like Santa Clara University manage energy consumption, production, and become a more sustainable and climate-neutral campus.
SCU is one the first universities in the Bay Area and the first Jesuit university in the U.S. to install a smart microgrid, which ties its power source, transmission, distribution, and even consumption data to weather reports, thereby maximizing energy savings. The power source can be solar, wind, geothermal, essentially any kind of electricity generator. The smart microgrid can also deliver data in real time and measure carbon emissions. In the event of a major power outage, SCU would be able to remain operational, even during prolonged periods of time, and generate enough electricity to power nearby homes and businesses.
“This technology is going to dramatically decrease energy use and costs and simplify the way we manage our buildings,” says Joe Sugg, assistant vice president of University Operations. “The University’s current system allows us to only control HVAC systems and temperatures. With a smart microgrid, we can instantly turn off lights and equipment in any building, ration electricity during prolonged power outages, and all from your desk.”
In the first phase of the project, SCU installed sub-meters into 14 buildings and integrated the smart microgrid’s onsite alternative energy sources, such as solar, fuel cells, and mico-turbines. The next phase will connect the entire campus to the campus microgrid. Once the launch of the smart microgrid is complete in December 2011, it’s estimated to reduce energy consumption by 50 percent and save the University about 20 percent in energy costs.
SCU is collaborating with Sustainable Silicon Valley, Cisco, and Serious Energy (formerly Valence Energy), which was founded by SCU alumni who competed in the 2007 Solar Decathlon in Washington, D.C.
As outlined in his inaugural address in 2009, President Michael Engh’s vision for the University is a commitment to sustainability and environmental justice. The integration of the smart microgrid is one of the many ways SCU is becoming more sustainable and climate neutral. SCU also recently installed solar panels, instituted Zipcars, and purchased 22,512 megawatt hours of green power, which is equivalent to taking nearly 3,000 cars off the road for one year.
With stewardship and education an important part of Engh’s plan, SCU also launched a graduate certificate in renewable energy that includes a course called Introduction to the Smart Grid. SCU Board of Trustees unanimously approved a new curriculum for a master’s degree in Sustainable Energy within the School of Engineering starting in the 2011–12 academic year. The Office of Sustainability will use the smart microgrid’s real-time data to raise awareness and change the way students, faculty, and staff live and work.
Ten years ago, leaders at the Leavey School of Business, including then-dean Barry Posner, decided that the school needed a new competitive edge to attract and retain top business students to SCU. Soon after, the ACE program was born.
Short for Accelerated Cooperative Education, ACE is an invitation-only program of mentoring, leadership, and internship preparation for students in the top 10 percent of their class. Qualifying students are invited to join in their freshman year, and then spend their sophomore, junior, and senior years as ACE students involved with special workshops, community service work, and prepping for internships and jobs.
"ACE was right on target with the Jesuit mission of leadership and service to others,” said Posner, who retired as dean in 2009 and is now a professor of leadership at Leavey. “It doubled and almost tripled the number of students of distinction who were admitted and joined us.”
The program, which just celebrated its 10-year anniversary, has graduated more than 250 students. Alumni have founded their own charitable nonprofits; interned for micro-lender Kiva in Sierra Leone; attended graduate school at the London School of Economics; spent a year at Teach for America; and landed jobs in accounting at Ernst & Young, Internet advertising at Google, and risk analysis at Marsh.
“ACE is a fast-track program for students to learn advanced business skills,” explained Brenda Versteeg, assistant director of undergraduate programs at Leavey, and ACE’s staff director. “But it’s also an intensified immersion into SCU’s Jesuit values—educating the whole person, recognizing one’s responsibility, discerning one’s vocation.”
Business students in the top decile of their class in their freshman year at SCU are invited to join ACE. While they don’t have dedicated academic classes to complete for ACE, they attend about 20 to 30 workshops over three years—tackling everything from leadership development, community engagement, resume polishing, interview skills, and risk-taking exercises. One such exercise: jumping for a ball while suspended 30 feet in the air—protected only by a rope secured by one’s ACE peers.
True to Santa Clara’s “educating the whole person” approach to learning, ACE students also spend their sophomore year in community engagement, such as leading Junior Achievement business-education classes for elementary school students.
One year, for instance, athletes and ACE students Ross Smith and Alex Bon—both well over 6 feet tall—spent a quarter teaching third graders about the economics of cities.
“When you get in there, you realize there’s a lot of pressure on you as a teacher, with twenty to twenty-five kids just listening and hanging on your every word,” said Smith, a 2010 graduate who now works for Ernst & Young and who called his ACE training “awesome.”
“It makes you realize how much work, effort, and preparation teachers put into every day,” he added.
Other students immerse themselves in Arrupe Partnership placements, such as the student who spent a quarter in the Mountain View day-worker program, speaking Spanish and learning what life is like when one’s work prospects are dependent on the whim of a revolving door of employers.
Junior year in ACE is spent preparing for internships, often at one of the business partners that have formally worked with ACE over the years: Lockheed Martin, Hitachi Data Systems, Marsh, Target, and Yahoo. The partners come to campus in February to recruit interns for the summer, occasionally leading to full-time job offers at the end of the internship. In other cases students learn what sorts of jobs they are or are not suited to do.
During their internships, the students also spend several sessions reflecting on the internship experience. They describe the culture of the companies; discuss whether it was a good fit for them; and write “case studies” of incidents or projects that went well or poorly, and what they learned from them.
“They use this reflection, these case studies, as tools for their interviews when they are looking for full-time work,” said Versteeg.
Senior year in ACE is about the hunt for full-time employment. In addition to hardcore resume polishing and interview honing, students get mentoring from volunteers from Leavey’s advisory board. Mentors take the students to lunch, share their career stories, and introduce them to key contacts.
At the end, there’s usually a job, and a senior dinner attended by the dean and the University president. But there’s also a bond between classmates that lasts well beyond graduation. ACE alums stay connected through a newsletter, share their stories and tips when they come back for visits, and often stay friends for years.
While it is demanding, the ACE program is rewarding for the faculty and staff as well, said Leavey School of Business Dean Drew Starbird.
“Teaching ACE students is a real pleasure for business school faculty,” said Starbird. “Their thought-provoking questions and passionate perspectives transform an ordinary classroom exchange into a dynamic discussion.”
While most teenagers are looking forward to college, hanging out with their friends, and planning their weekends, two young women are focused on helping millions of young girls who are forced into marriages.
Santa Clara University freshman Cami Winding and her friend Isabella Chartouni launched a nonprofit organization last month called Be-a-Part. They were shocked and devastated after watching a PBS documentary, “Child Brides: Stolen Lives,” that detailed how girls were sold and bought into marriages with older men. According to the film, many child brides are abused and face high risks of pregnancy-related deaths.
“Our goals are twofold: first, to fund educational programs and health services for victims of child marriages,” explained Winding. “Second, we want to raise awareness and inspire other young girls to ‘be a part’ of the solution.”
To raise awareness and funds, Winding and Chartouni designed hip and fashionable t-shirts that carry the message of hope. The “Got Your Back” shirt is heather gray, featuring a gold feather and the phrase, “Got Your Back.” The “Heart Mind Body” style is white and repeats inspirational words including “heart, soul, diverse, motive, love…” in a pattern to form the outline of India, a country where child marriages are prevalent. Each shirt sells for $30, and 50 percent of the money collected will be donated to children’s humanitarian organizations.
The shirts were unveiled at the Be-A-Part launch party at Bloomingdales SOHO in New York City on Oct. 28. Actress Tea Leoni, NBC Today Show’s Ann Curry, and film producer Dina De Luca hosted the event.
The seventh annual Diversity Gala was held Nov. 3 to celebrate diversity in the legal profession. The event was hosted by Santa Clara Law and the Law Career Services Office. Several law firms and businesses sponsored the event including Townsend & Townsend & Crew LLP, Intel Corporation, and title sponsor Cooley LLP.
Dean of Santa Clara Law, Donald Polden, gave the opening speech at the event. Dean Polden talked about the law school’s commitment to enhancing diversity at Santa Clara Law as well as within the legal profession. Partner and Chief Operating Officer of Cooley LLP, Mark Pitchford, also addressed the attendees. Mr. Pitchford acknowledged that recruiting and developing a diverse team was essential to a large, successful law practice.
Diversity Gala Committee Chairman, David Tsai, introduced to the audience a video that captured the history of diversity at Santa Clara Law as told by faculty and alumni. Participants included Professor Gerald Uelmen, Professor Margalynne Armstrong, Santa Clara County Assistant District Attorney Rolanda Pierre-Dixon, and Tsai.
Several awards were handed out during the event. The Santa Clara Law Social Justice and Human Rights Awards were given to two Bay Area attorneys in recognition of their contributions to the legal profession in furthering the interests of minority groups. The award recipients were Santa Clara Superior Court Judge Edward Davila and Oracle’s General Counsel Dorian Daley. The Thurgood Marshall Civil Rights Scholarships were also awarded during the event. The scholarship was created to honor and encourage first-year law students who have a commitment to eliminating discrimination based on ethnic or gender factors. Scholarship recipients were Eugene Lee, Antonio Raymo, and Hieu M. Tran.
Sophomore Tanushree Mondkar was one of only 200 or so students across the U.S. recently chosen to join a conference of college students working on promoting multi-faith alliances and dialogues on campus.
The conference was the seventh annual leadership gathering of the Chicago-based Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC). It was held partly in the Eisenhower Building of the White House, and partly at Georgetown Intercultural Center.
The weekend featured guest speakers from the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, and was kicked off by IFYC’s well-known founder, Eboo Patel.
SCU Junior Ashley Ciglar was also accepted to join the leadership event, but was unable to make it because of her school obligations.
The conference theme was “Better Together,” and discussed ways of empowering students not to be passive observers of objectionable acts, such as the planned Koran-burning by a Florida pastor. Workshops covered topics such as how to mobilize your campus around shared, faith-based values; how to recruit students who don’t have a religious affiliation to social action, and how to build a team for mobilization and activism.
“They always say students are the future,” said Mondkar. “They were telling us we’re not the future, we’re the now.”
Mondkar says she became interested in IFYC through SCU’s own interfaith council, which she joined while trying to build membership in the flagging Hindu Student Union.
“When I first came to SCU, I knew, yes, this is a Jesuit school, yes, they accept everyone of different faiths.” But other than a passing mention of the meditation room, adds Mondkar, she hadn’t heard about many events of interest, until she got in touch with Aimee Moiso of Campus Ministry. Since then, she’s attended dinners with Hindu, Jewish, Muslim, and Catholic students, and felt very drawn to what she has learned.
"I love traveling, going around and learning about different cultures and faiths. It expands your own mind and relationships beyond yourself,” she said, adding that she hopes that interfaith dialogue will be part of her career path in some way.
Another former SCU student, Rebecca Hirsch is also spending time with IFYC. She is currently an intern for IFYC in Chicago, working with fellows who are spreading the IFYC message on dozens of campuses nationwide. Hirsch was formerly active in the Jewish Student Union at SCU and was the representative of the local Hillel on campus.
For her part, Mondkar said her next steps are going to be identifying a campus issue that she suspects will have widespread meaning, and start building her team and working with others to rejuvenate SCU’s InterFaith Youth Council.
“The U.S. is a pluralistic society,” said Mondkar. “There’s definitely potential for us to come together, not each do our own thing, but to find our shared values and compassion for one another.”
Ciglar, who also continues to be active in interfaith issues on campus, agrees. “The direct result of this is students becoming a means for peace. We become less ignorant and less likely to persecute others.”
It all started in fifth grade. Emily Burke
was moving to a new school, and her parents urged her to start playing volleyball as a way to acclimate herself to the new atmosphere. Volleyball evolved into more than just a path to new friendships, however, and Burke excelled at the sport, continuing to play all throughout high school and college.
She transferred to Santa Clara after her sophomore year and continued to play the tough role as setter. But just as she had done in fifth grade, Burke used volleyball to help smooth the transition into a new school.
She instantly became an integral part of the Broncos’ success, and as a senior this year she averaged nearly 10 assists per set, 2.4 digs per game and posted a .243 hitting average.
Burke brings more than simply statistics to the Bronco squad though; as one of the captains she also embodies leadership and maturity. She says, “I have learned so much about leadership and patience, and I appreciate everything I have learned from my teammates. We are all individuals who come together as a team to work toward one goal.” Read more.
Interfaith Thanksgiving Celebration
Thursday, Nov. 18 at 4:00 p.m.
Multifaith Sanctuary – St. Joseph Hall
Biofuels’ Role in the Renewable Energy Mix (Dr. Dan Zarraga, Process R&D Scientist at Genentech, Inc., San Francisco)
Thursday, Nov. 18 at 6:00 p.m.
MPR (Engineering Quad)
From Coral Reefs to Sea Anemones: The Cell Biology of Cnidarian-Dinoflagellate Symbioses
Friday, Nov. 19 from 4–5:00 p.m.
Bannan Hall 127
Click here for a full list of events on campus.
(Leavey) was the subject of a Q&A profile that ran in the San Jose Mercury News
and the Los Angeles Daily News
Kirthi Kalyanam (Marketing) was quoted in a San Jose Mercury News story about the marketing logic behind Apple’s commitment to spend $4 million to spruce up a subway station near its new Chicago store.
George Mohler (Mathematics & Computer Science) was featured on NBC Bay Area and CBS5 for his research on crime “aftershocks” and his ability to predict when and where crime happens. The stories were rebroadcast on a number of NBC and CBS affiliates across the nation.
James Cottrill (Political Science) was interviewed in the Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal about why companies and individuals make political campaign donations to certain candidates and/or parties.
Hazella Bowmani (University Library) was interviewed on CBS5 about her efforts to raise awareness of human trafficking and child labor practices on cocoa farms in Africa.
Eric Goldman (Law) was quoted in stories that ran in hundreds of publications such as the Wall Street Journal, Sacramento Bee, SmartMoney and eWeek. He discussed numerous lawsuits and legal topics including a Google lawsuit against the U.S. government and the Oracle v. SAP case and its implications for Oracle’s relationship with HP.
Deep Gulasekaram (Law) was quoted in an ABC7 story about the Supreme Court’s hearing on whether states can limit sales of violent video games to minors. The story was picked up by more than a dozen other stations nationwide including some in Norfolk, Va.; Flint, Mich; Pensacola, Fla.; Reno, and New Orleans.
The role of the Center for Science, Technology, and Society in the Tech Awards and a related conference, Technology Solutions for Social Impact, was mentioned in the San Francisco Chronicle, and the Jordan Times. KLIV radio also did a story on the Technology Solutions conference.
Tyler Ochoa (Law) was quoted in a CNET story about another legal loss for a mother accused of illegally sharing music.
Beth Van Schaack (Law) was quoted in Ethical Corporation Online about a federal appeals court decision that set back the ability of human-rights activists to sue U.S. companies.
Francisco Jimenez’s (Modern Languages) childhood, education, and academic career were mentioned in a Salt Lake Tribune oped about why poor immigrants can benefit American society.
An upcoming conference sponsored by the Religious Studies department and the Jesuit School of Theology on the late Jesuit Teilhard de Chardin was previewed and discussed in the Kansas City Star.
David Ball (Law) wrote an oped for the Daily Journal about how politicians and others need to recognize that, just as with car safety, there will always be risks to public safety.
Marc Bousquet (English) wrote a piece for Inside Higher Ed suggesting that former D.C. public schools chancellor Michelle Rhee be a model for Obama.
The awarding of the Katharine & George Alexander Law Prize to Iranian women’s rights lawyer Shahdi Sadr was reported by the Los Altos Town Crier, the San Jose Mercury News, Examiner.com, and some Iranian publications.
Kirk Hanson (Markkula) was quoted in a Financial Times story about NYU denying an MBA to a student who hid an insider-trading conviction from the school. He also spoke to Computerworld about whether IT departments should hire only ethical vendors.
Meir Statman’s (Finance) book and his analysis of Martha Stewart’s trading portfolio were mentioned in Forbes and the blog Seeking Alpha.
An NBC show about college admissions that first aired last month and featured Mike Sexton and Luis Lecanda (Undergraduate Admissions) continued to air across the country, on stations from Minneapolis, Ft. Myers, Birmingham, Grand Junction, Colo., and Dayton, Ohio.
Steve Diamond (Law) was quoted in two MarketWatch stories about troubles behind the start of HP’s new CEO Leo Apotheker.
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!! ***
Mark Aschheim (Civil Engineering) has received a $35,428 UC Davis subcontract from the National Science Foundation. This subcontract is funded under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. Funding will support "NEESR-CR: Design of Soil and Structure Compatible Yielding to Improve System Performance."
Nam Ling and Ph.D. student Guichun Li (Computer Engineering) with researchers from Huawei Technologies, filed a regular U.S. Patent (from an earlier Provisional U.S. Patent), "Predictive Adaptive Scan Ordering for Video Coding" (application no. 12/905,872, filed October 15, 2010).
Godfrey Mungal (Engineering) co-authored a paper titled “Plasma assisted flame ignition of supersonic flows over a flat wall,” which published in Combustion and Flame.
Brett Solomon (Liberal Studies) has received a $38,755 UCLA subcontract from the National Institute of Health. Funding will support "Psychosocial Benefits of Ethnic Diversity in Urban Middle School.
The Western Region Robotics Forum (WRRF) recognized Santa Clara University Engineering Department & Robotics Laboratory at this year's CalGames with the Director's Award, in recognition of their long term support of their robotics program. Chris Kitts (Mechanical Engineering) serves on the WRRF board, and Patti Rimland (Undergraduate Programs) has been instrumental in logistical support for WRRF activities on campus, which include several robotics tutorials each year for local high school teachers and students.
Sally Wood (Electrical Engineering) co-wrote an article titled “The role of NSF’s Department Level Reform program in engineering education practice and research,” which was accepted for publication in Advances in Engineering Education.
More grants, awards, and publications will appear in the next edition of fyi.
Santa Clara University will host the Tech Awards Showcase for the first time on campus on Nov 4. This exhibition will feature projects by the 15 Tech Laureates—the technologists, educators, scientists, and entrepreneurs who will be honored at the Tech Awards Gala on Nov. 6 for their innovations using technology to address global challenges and benefit humanity.
“The Nov. 4 showcase is open to the public at no charge. People will have a chance to meet the laureates and see displays of their work. This is a great way for the community to learn about the work of these social entrepreneurs firsthand,” says Radha Basu, managing director of SCU’s Center for Science, Technology, and Society (CSTS).
The showcase will be part of a one-day conference, “Taking Social Innovations to Scale,” which will bring together the laureates, the University community, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), donors, investors, and corporate partners such as Microsoft, Accenture, and Intel. The event kicks off a partnership between NetHope (a collaboration of more than 30 information technology officers in leading NGOs and also a previous Tech Laureate) and CSTS, whose mission is to promote the use of science and technology through social entrepreneurship to benefit underserved communities worldwide.
“The idea is to help these Tech Laureates, all of whom are social entrepreneurs trying to solve important problems like access to clean water, access to electricity, basic health care needs, to scale up their work in order to have a greater impact,” Basu says. “This year we’ll help them develop an elevator pitch so that they can more effectively explain their enterprises to potential funders and others interested in their work. They will have the opportunity to deliver these pitches during our conference.”
Too often, she says, good ideas end up not reaching their full potential for impact. “It’s a shame,” Basu says. “At the Global Social Benefit Incubator we see this all the time. There are many innovative ideas for solving social and environmental problems, but they remain just very local solutions, because the entrepreneurs don’t have the network or the connections or the money to really scale them up. This conference will help facilitate a network that can enable these innovations to reach many more people.”
Visit the STS website for more information about the showcase and the conference.
The School of Engineering and SCU’s Center for Science, Technology, and Society (CSTS) are pairing up on a frugal innovation initiative, Radha Basu, CSTS former managing director, announced. “This could be a real differentiator for the University, providing us with a tremendous opportunity to innovate for social impact,” she said.
Frugal innovation addresses the need for products and services in emerging, underdeveloped countries. Ruggedization, simplification, sparing use of low-cost raw materials, an emphasis on earth-friendly practices, and a philosophy that favors “good enough” over “perfection” in creating compassionate, use-centric design are features of frugal innovation.
“What’s exciting about this field is that engineering or technology innovation for social benefit might seem like it’s something someone does for charity work,” said Basu, “but that is not case anymore. In the next few years, emerging markets such as China, Africa, Brazil, and India are expected to account for 70 percent of the world’s economic growth. For the United States to remain competitive, we must provide products and services to the growing masses, and we have to innovate to the needs of the billions of potential consumers at the bottom or middle of the income pyramid. Santa Clara, with its focus on educating for a just world, is the perfect place to locate these efforts.”
Law school alumnus Rob Boyd walked around from between Bannan Hall and Bannan Building to the front of Bannan Laboratories in traditional Scottish garb to practice his bagpipe tune. Some passing students looked on quizzically as they passed by, noticing the large line of faculty in their academic robes and Boyd in his kilt.
Boyd began his song, and the unique sound of the bagpipes rang out across campus. He marched under the tree outside Bannan Hall, with the law school’s faculty trailing him, two by two. The special guests and dignitaries joined the end of the line, led there by President Michael Engh, S.J., and Law School Dean Don Polden.
Their procession continued up the main avenue, toward the cross and Mission Church, before turning right to navigate between the rose garden and O’Connor Hall. Finally, the group made it to the Mayer Theater and filed in to take their seats for the convocation, the beginning of Santa Clara University School of Law’s centennial celebration.
The first law class was held in September 1911, and the school has plans for this entire school year, leading up to a reunion and gala in September 2011.
Dean Polden opened the convocation by pointing out that, at the law school’s opening, the one-time matriculation fee was a whopping $15, while room, board, and tuition totaled around $200. Fourteen men graduated from that initial class in June 1914, and now the school has graduated more than 10,000 men and women of diverse backgrounds and perspectives as “Lawyers Who Lead.” Professor Emeritus Paul Goda, S.J., pointed out that he has “only” been involved with the law school for 41 years. He proceeded to have some good-natured fun with the lioness of the school, Mary Emery, the first female graduate of the law school and associate dean.
Associate Dean for Student Affairs Cynthia Mertens mused on the growth and changes over the 35 years she has been with the school, specifically remembering the 1980s when three teachers applied for one computer and the wheeled table on which to push it around.
After the SCU Chamber Singers closed the proceedings, a reception began outdoors. Dean Polden called the event fabulous and said that the years’ celebrations would serve to “honor the past and plan for the future.” Associate Dean Emery, optimistic after a half century with SCU Law, said that she sees “nothing but greatness in our future.”
Watch a slide show of the convocation.
Santa Clara University’s 967.68 kilowatt (kW) solar energy system is up and running on campus. The system complements SCU’s existing solar array and is estimated to generate 1.42 million kW hours of clean energy in its first full year of operation. That’s enough electricity to power 129 average American homes for an entire year.
The systems are located on the rooftops of the Leavey Event Center, the Malley Fitness and Recreation Center, and the parking garage. This was SCU’s second solar installation phase. In 2007, the University installed a 50 kW system on its main facilities building. According to the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), SCU’s system is currently the 13th largest solar installation among colleges and universities in the U.S.
SCU entered into an agreement with Perpetual Energy Systems (Perpetual) that would allow SCU to host the solar installations without any capital outlay. SCU will purchase clean solar energy produced by each installation at a predetermined, fixed rate. The system is owned, operated, and will be maintained by Perpetual. Read more.