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fyi is the official faculty-staff newsletter for the Santa Clara University community. It is designed to keep faculty and staff informed about campus news and information. It is compiled, written and published by the Office of Marketing and Communications.

  •  SCU in the News

    The San Jose Mercury News ran a column about social media and religion, which featured Elizabeth Drescher (Religious Studies) who has a book coming out on the subject. Numerous other papers picked up the column. Also, a Religion Dispatches article written by Drescher bout the controversial iPhone app for Catholic confession-goers was praised by Catholic Register.  
    The Philadelphia Inquirer published Thomas Plante's (Psychology) oped on the most common myths about the clergy sexual abuse scandal. He was also interviewed by Ventura County Star about Los Angeles Cardinal Roger Mahony's retirement and legacy that's marred by the sexual-abuse scandal.
    A study on duopolies co-authored by Allen Hammond (Law) was cited in stories about Rupert Murdock, in the Columbia Journalism Review and the Washington Post.
    Nancy Unger's (History) oped on Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's proposal to take away the union rights of most public workers was published in The Bakersfield Californian and the Wisconsin State Journal.
    Research indicating that happiness adds to one’s ability to delay gratification, by John Ifcher and Homa Zarghamee (Economics) was featured in the Wall Street Journal’s  Ideas Market blog and the New York Times blog Freakanomics. The pair also had a Q&A in the blog Science + Religion Today.
    Judy Nadler (Markkula) was interviewed in KCBS radio about a San Francisco Chronicle story showing that Gov. Jerry Brown of California is not revealing his entire workday schedule. She spoke to a Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights blogger about Gavin Newsom’s plans to lease office space from a campaign contributor and to the Indianapolis Star and Martinsville Daily about various government ethics topics.
    News that Ed Maurer (Engineering) was named one of 21 Google science communication fellows was picked up by several sites including and  
    Pat Cain (Law) was interviewed by Tax Notes about the complexities of a new IRS rule allowing same-sex partners to claim refunds using state community property rules.
    Joe Sugg (University Operations) was interviewed on CreaTV about Santa Clara University's sustainability initiatives. He was also interviewed by the Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal about the Chromasun solar thermal system installed on the rooftop of Benson Memorial Center.
    Brad Joondeph (Law) was quoted by about the pace of lawsuits challenging the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, and his blog was quoted in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. quoted him in a story about the oddities of having Washington state’s top legal enforcer fighting the Obama health law while the governor supports it.
    Daniel Aguiar (CIE) gave an interview to the blog about how college students can find start-up and small company internship opportunities. Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal picked up the story.
    Jim Balassone (Markkula) was quoted in about a study showing that the majority of Americans would cross a picket line for a good job.
    A symposium organized by Eric Goldman (Law) about the 15-year anniversary of a key Internet law, was the subject of several days of social-media chatter on Twitter and blogs.  Stories stemming from the conference were posted at, Computerworld, Techdirt, and (which was picked up on various Yahoo! Sites). Also, Goldman was quoted in TechWeb, the San Francisco Chronicle, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, and Warren’s Washington Internet Daily about tech-law topics.
    A 1975 photo of students enjoying a rare snowfall, which was provided by SCU’s Archive and Special Collections,  ran on every local TV station, MSNBC,  and the San Jose Mercury News, as part of stories about how there might be snow in Silicon Valley for the first time in decades. 
    Marilyn Fernandez (Sociology) was quoted in a San Jose Mercury News story about Santa Clara’s demographic changes. The story was picked up in several other papers. 
    John Hamm (Management) wrote an article for Quality Digest about the qualities of leadership. Quotes from him on the same subject ran in Baret News and American Surveyor.
    Tyler Ochoa (Law) was quoted in about why TV streamer Ivi – which has been ordered to cease certain operations - does not meet the legal definition of a cable system. 
    Deep Gulasekaram (Law) was quoted in various newspapers and websites, including the Fresno Bee, Sacramento Bee, Hispanic Business, and, about California’s attorney general seeking to lift the stay on gay marriages while the matter is litigated.
    Meir Statman (Finance) was in Reuters Analysis and Opinion discussing how constantly checking on investments can be counterproductive; in Daily Analysis discussing why Warren Buffett is not a good role model for small investors; on Bloomberg TV discussing the role of luck in investing, and in the Chicago Tribune discussing his own investing foibles.
    Santa Clara University was mentioned in two stories in the San Jose Mercury News for being the host and integral participant in a new group, Sivic, which is promoting interreligious unity and voice in Silicon Valley.  
    Sandee Magliozzi  (Law Professional Development) spoke to the Recorder about how law firms can add value. The story was picked up in the Community Voices blog of the Pittsburgh Post Gazette.
    Cookie Ridolfi and Maurice Possley (NCIP) co-wrote an oped for the San Jose Mercury News on the lack of penalties for prosecutors of later-exonerated defendants.
    A study co-authored by Matthew Jobin (Anthropology), showing that humans originated in South Africa, was covered by  
    Here’s a sampling of the hundreds of mentions of SCU in the media during the past two weeks. The first part of the link is a list; the full text is below the list.
    ***NOTE: Use EXTREME CAUTION before printing the linked information, as it will be dozens of pages!! ***


  •  Grants, Awards, and Publications

    Ruth Davis (Undergraduate Programs) presented a poster on "Pathways to Meaningful Learning" in Washington, D.C. at a National Science Foundation Conference for principal investigators in January.
    James Lai (Ethnic Studies/Political Science) has published a new book entitled Asian American Political Action: Suburban Transformations.
    Mike Sexton (Enrollment Management), as a member of the College Board's College Planning Advisory Board, presented the prototype of a new web site at a session entitled "You Can Go": The New Online College Planning Resource Helping Lower-Resourced Students Make It to College" at the Western Regional Forum in San Francisco.

    More grants, awards, and publications will appear in the next edition of fyi.


  •  Santa Clara University President Outlines New Strategy for the Future

    As Santa Clara University prepares to implement the Strategic Plan 2011, President Michael Engh, S.J., provided a glimpse of his priorities for the future in his State of the University Address, which he delivered on Feb. 16 at Mission Church. He briefly described how the plan will enable Santa Clara to fulfill its mission and achieve its potential.
    The five priorities outlined in the strategic plan are:
    • Making SCU an exemplar of excellence in Jesuit education;
    • Engaging more strategically with the Silicon Valley by providing on-campus facilities and off-campus opportunities for research, teaching, and internships;
    • Focusing on opportunities for study abroad, recruitment of international students, faculty exchanges, and networking with Jesuit institutions worldwide;
    • Advancing our commitment to social justice and sustainability through environmental protection, economic growth, and social equity;
    • Attracting and retaining excellent faculty and staff, while attracting and enrolling top, diverse students.
    Details of the Strategic Plan 2011 can be found on Santa Clara’s website.
    Engh congratulated everyone who was involved in the drafting of the self-study for the University’s reaccreditation by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). The WASC team, who visited the campus Feb. 7–9, recognized the progress SCU has made in linking mission, money, and management. While the WASC team applauded the University five times over, it also made five recommendations (related to assessment, program review, inclusive excellence, integration of JST, and governance and communication) that will help SCU grow stronger.
    The University has had many accomplishments throughout the years, including some recent achievements that happened under Engh’s presidency, which began in January 2009. They include:
    • 30 percent increase in applications for undergraduates
    • 13 percent return on investments
    • 5 percent increase on alumni giving
    • Silver rating in the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment, and Rating System (STARS)
    Engh also announced that as the nation’s economy continues to recover, the University will be able to use reserved funds for capital improvements that were deferred two years ago and provide merit raises again this year.
    The University is also working with a consultant to review and assess needs and recommendations for child and elder care.
    Campus expansion and improvements are progressing, particularly with the new enrollment building and student housing.
    During the address, Engh praised several individuals for their recent awards, including Laurie Laird from the Iganatian Center for Jesuit Education and Terry Shoup from the Department of Mechanical Engineering. Laird was recognized for promoting civic engagement, public service, and student involvement in campus-community partnerships. Shoup will be inducted to the Silicon Valley Engineering Hall of Fame on Feb. 24.
    Engh concluded with an incredible story of the Santa Clara spirit that surfaced during a medical emergency at the men’s basketball game against Gonzaga. Two off-duty SCU emergency medical technicians and a public safety officer jumped into action when a student collapsed while leaving Leavey Center. EMTs Mohit Kochar and Morgan Stinson along with Campus Safety Officers Evan Evans, Amanda Wilson, and Kim Payne performed CPR and rescue breathing, as they called 911 and waited for help. When on-call SCU EMTs arrived, Allison Yue used a heart defibrillator to treat the student, while Michelle Davidson and Maija Swanson assisted. Athletic Director Dan Coonan and Fr. Paul Mariani followed the ambulance to the hospital, and Campus Ministry’s Fr. Jack Treacy regularly visited the student and his family, while Jeanne Rosenberger’s staff in Student Life handled campus logistics.
    SCU senior Matthew Brinda is alive today thanks to the quick response, cooperation, and professional training of the EMTs and the Public Safety Officers.


  •  University Budget Forum

    Bob Warren, vice president for Administration and Finance, echoed President Michael Engh’s optimism for Santa Clara University’s future.
    Warren announced at the annual University Budget Council’s Budget Forum on Feb. 24 that his reason for optimism was due to signs of the economy recovering.
    “I’m not going to make any economic forecasts, but I can say that we’ve turned things around in the last two years, and we’re in a good position right now.”
    The Budget Forum is an annual meeting designed to inform the campus community about the upcoming fiscal-year budget and share changes or new planning assumptions.
    Warren also announced increases in tuition, fees, and costs for room and board starting in the 2012 fiscal year. Undergraduates will see a 3.9 percent increase, while MBA and engineering graduate students will see a 4.8 percent increase. Law students are facing a 6.2 percent increase, and students in the graduate programs for education, counseling psychology, and pastoral ministries will see a 2 percent increase.
    The PowerPoint slides from the presentation are available on the University Finance Office’s website.


  •  SCU Today

    The Office of Marketing and Communications launched a new website called SCU Today, which showcases faculty, staff, and students featured in the news, story ideas for the media, and press releases.
    Visitors can quickly access SCU Today, by going to SCU’s homepage and clicking on the last tab on the right side under the News & Events section.
    OMC’s media relations team is always looking for faculty expertise and unique story ideas that exemplify the University’s excellence. You can contact the team at:
    Deepa Arora | communications director | | 408-554-5125
    Connie Coutain | assistant director of media relations | | 408-554-5126
    Deborah Lohse | assistant director of media relations | | 408-554-5121


  •  The Peace Corps Celebrates 50 Years

    On March 1, 1961, President John F. Kennedy signed an executive order establishing the Peace Corps, and the following summer the first Peace Corps Volunteers (PCVs) went overseas to Ghana and Tanganyika (now called Tanzania).
    Since then, more than 200,000 volunteers have traveled to 139 countries to help people by promoting peace and friendship. Santa Clara University has had 342 alumni volunteers in the Peace Corps and was ranked nationally for six consecutive years from 2000 to 2005 as producing the most volunteers among small universities. Currently, 10 SCU alumni serve around the world.
    A number of SCU faculty and staff also served as PCVs, including Peter Ross, who retired last fall after teaching in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science at SCU from 1982 to 2010.
    Ross was a PCV from 1963 to 1965 in Andhra Pradesh, India, where he taught secondary school students mathematics, physics, and even some English.
    “The teaching was very challenging. Most of my students had never even used rulers,” says Ross. “I also had to use textbooks in the regional language of Telugu during my first year due to a school mix-up.”
    The Peace Corps experience not only instilled in Ross a dedication to teaching, it gave him a taste for volunteering, which he has done to a modest extent ever since.
    In the last two decades Ross has made 14 Sierra Club “service trips,” each a week or longer, working on trail construction, trail maintenance, and the like. The two most exotic trips were to Russia in the 1990s. One of these was a three-week trip to Siberia, where trip members helped Russian rangers build foot-bridges in Pribaikalsky National Park near Lake Baikal. Closer to home, Ross now volunteers at the JW House (a Ronald McDonald-type home) at Kaiser Santa Clara and also as a dog socializer at the Humane Society of Silicon Valley.
    When Ross joined the Peace Corps in June 1963, there was little reliable information about it, as no volunteers had completed their two years of service and returned from overseas. But now there are many online resources.
    SCU junior Ashley Ciglar, a civil engineering major, is considering joining the Peace Corps after she graduates in 2012. Although she first learned about the organization in high school, she hadn’t thought about joining until she began her college career.
    “After coming to SCU, I saw many people working with all kinds of communities, making me want to volunteer. Doing so has really given me more insight into the world, while growing deeper as a person and more knowledgeable about my surroundings,” says Ciglar.
    Ciglar then met a former PCV during an immersion trip in Nicaragua last summer. She says he constantly talked about his experience as a volunteer. Ciglar says she’d love to join the Peace Corps and do some kind of work related to water treatment, but even if she were called upon to teach English, she wouldn’t hesitate to go.
    Students or others at SCU who are interested in the Peace Corps can talk with Ross or other former Peace Corps Volunteers on campus, such as Anthropolgy Associate Professor Mary Hegland (Iran), engineering graduate student Michael Neumann (Tanzania), Santa Clara Magazine Editor Steven Saum (Ukraine), and Law Professor Kandis Scott (Romania).
    The Peace Corps advertises, “It’s the toughest job you’ll ever love.” While Ross thinks that “love” is stretching things a bit, he does say that his two years in the Peace Corps were the most significant and rewarding in his life.
    The Peace Corps is celebrating its 50th anniversary with events around the country this month. More information is available on its website.
    Watch Ross’s slideshow.


  •  Merging Leadership, Sustainability, and Contemplation

    One beautiful day last month, hikers in Castle Rock State Park in the Santa Cruz Mountains might have been puzzled to stumble upon a group of nearly two dozen fellow hikers, scattered around the grass of scenic Goat Rock scribbling in yellow waterproof journals.
    They would have been even more disoriented to learn that these were Santa Clara University undergraduate business students—who devote a day and a half each month to researching and then hiking scenic spots, as a means of contemplating their future roles as business professionals striving to live in harmony with nature and others.
    The novel group is CLASP, Contemplative Leadership and Sustainability Program. Part Sierra Club, part mindfulness and Ignatian-inspired reflection, and part leadership immersion, CLASP is the brainchild of Bill Mains, an avid hiker and Leavey School of Business leadership lecturer; Lindsey Cromwell Kalkbrenner, director of sustainability at SCU; and John Braverman, S.J., former visiting research associate at the Center for Science, Technology, and Society.
    Mains says that for the growing number of students who care about sustainability, it helps to spend time thinking about the role of nature in your past and present, and to understand your current sense of place, both physically and as a sustainability-oriented leader.
     “You can’t protect something unless you know it, and you can’t know it unless you experience it,” said Mains. "On these hikes, students appreciate being forced to ‘unplug’— it enables them to focus on observing the world around them and reflect on those observations."
    With CLASP, “We pair three things together: leadership, sustainability and contemplation,” said Adrienne Syme, a junior business major who joined CLASP last year. She saw it as the solution to merge her love of nature with her plans to enter the business world. “This is something that can pair passions with practicality.”
    The outings are always preceded by meetings where students learn the history of the sites. At a recent meeting, for instance, the group learned that the sandstone formation underlying Castle Rock Park was once a broad sea floor, and that logging has long been part of the park’s history.
    Meetings also feature speakers from various business disciplines. At the Castle Park meeting, for instance, students learned about the nascent “Green Accounting” movement, in which firms like Johnson & Johnson explain in their financial reports how their corporate practices contribute to a more-sustainable environment. A guest speaker from Ernst & Young gave some additional thoughts on green initiatives in the accounting world.
    Later in the year students will hear from guest speakers such as the former CEO of Energy Development Corp and SAP’s sustainability director.
    The group also embarks on two service projects a year, such as building garden beds at the Alma Youth Center in downtown San Jose.
    After all events, there is reflection and a potluck dinner.
    The students are urged to keep a journal to help them focus on larger questions: What did you observe and feel? Where’s that coming from? What are you grateful for? What responsibility do you have to sustain what you are seeing for others? Is there a disconnect between your beliefs and what you see as necessary to maintain the environment as you now see it? How can you bridge that gap?
    Participants are also asked to notice and reflect on how they are processing the experience. What are they learning about themselves and what they value? How should those values inform their present and future actions? Were they formulating a proactive solution for problem areas? Did they have an action plan?
    The group hews to the leadership model espoused by SCU professors Barry Posner and Jim Kouzes: modeling the way, inspiring shared wisdom, challenging the process, enabling others to act, and encouraging the heart.
    Under this model, “everyone is a leader,” said Mains, so is within the grasp of everyone to take responsibility and find ways to protect their community and environment from whatever job perch they hold.
    “The students come to understand that to be a sustainability-oriented leader means you must live in right relationship with self, others, nature, and God,” said Cromwell Kalkbrenner. “In all your decisions, you strive to find a balance between the consequences of those decisions—for social, environmental, and economic justice.” 


  •  SCU in the News

    Michael Whalen’s (Communication) new documentary, “A Question of Habit,” was reviewed in Sr. Rose Pacatte’s blog in The National Catholic Reporter.
    Ed Maurer (Engineering) was chosen by Google to be one of 21 Google Science Communication Fellows, “early to mid-career Ph.D. scientists nominated by leaders in climate change research” who have “the strongest potential to become excellent communicators.”
    An Associated Press story quoting Alexander Field (Economics), about the dubiousness of Republican claims that federal spending harms job growth, was run in nearly 400 papers or TV Internet sites nationwide, including the Huffington Post,, the Chicago Tribune, Boston Globe, Time magazine,, and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
    News about SCU’s unique internship fair featuring startup companies -- run by CIE, Career Center and SCEO -- was carried on the website,, and the Bradenton Herald, and included quotes from student Katherine King and SCU advisory board member George Sollman.
    The National Center for Policy Analysis ran a feature item about a paper co-authored by David Friedman (Law) suggesting that indigent defendants be able to pick their lawyer through a voucher system.
    Laura Robinson (Sociology) was interviewed by KTVU about the dangers of putting too much information on social networking sites like Facebook.
    Patricia Cain (Law) talked to KLIV radio about the Obama Administration’s decision not to defend the Defense of Marriage Act.
    Robert Senkewicz, (History) was quoted in the San Francisco Chronicle about another historian’s view that San Francisco was not actually founded at the site of an original Mission Dolores.
    Edward Steinman (Law) talked to NBC about the Obama Administration’s decision not to defend the Defense of Marriage Act.
    Jerry Burger (Psychology) was quoted in the Boston Globe about how social pressure is leading to healthier eating habits like the use of whole grain foods.
    Don Polden (Law) was featured in the Legal Intelligencer commenting on the complexities of adding diversity to the factors considered by law-school rankings. He was also in the Daily Record discussing dropping the LSAT from admissions requirements.
    A Philadelphia Weekly Press article about the latest sexual abuse cases in Philadelphia and controversial claims that the Catholic Church held a Black Mass cited Thomas Plante’s (Psychology) book titled, Bless Me Father for I Have Sinned.
    Judy Nadler (Markkula) had an oped in New York’s Newsday entitled “Fair is in the Eye of the Beholder,” about the different views of what’s “fair” when it comes to pension reform. Nadler also talked to the Chicago Tribune about criticisms of Chicago mayoral candidates Gery Chico, in a story picked up by the Los Angeles Times, and to the News Tribune of Tacoma, Wash., and the Tucson Citizen about various government conflicts.
    A symposium arranged and moderated by Gerald Uelmen (Law) featuring chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, Alex Kozinski, and Chief Justice of the California Supreme Court Tani Cantil Sakauye was run in its entirety on C-SPAN.
    Dale Larson (Counseling Psychology) was quoted in the San Gabriel Valley Tribune about the growth of “e-mourning” sites.
    David Decosse (Markkula) had an opinion piece in National Catholic Reporter arguing that some actions by the “Catholic right” indicate they’ve lost sight of the teaching that Christ became fully human.  
    A columnist for the Toronto Star wrote a lengthy review of  What Investors Want, the book on behavioral factors affecting investors by Meir Statman (Finance).  Statman was also quoted in the blog MintLife.
    The views of Jane Curry (Political Science) on how the international community should handle deposed dictators were cited in New Statesman.
    Steve Diamond (Law) was quoted in a San Jose Mercury News article about the coming wave of IPOs. He also had a letter in the UK Guardian arguing that recent events in Egypt and Tunisia are not similar to Polish Solidarity.
    Eric Goldman (Law) was in the Wall Street Journal discussing an antitrust inquiry into Apple’s distribution methods. The story and Goldman’s quotes were noted in the New York Times. Goldman also talked to the Wall Street Journal about the Prince of Monaco suing a blogger, and to Information Week about the rise of lawsuits concerning improper sharing of “unique identifiers” in phones. He was also cited in, the U.K. Register, and appeared on ABC7.
    The Catholic Register site praised a blog post by Elizabeth Drescher (Religious Studies) on the site Religion Dispatches, about the iPhone app that helps Catholics confess.
    A San Jose Mercury News story quoting Anna Han (Law) about a high-level trip to a China factoring beset by employee suicides was picked up by 30 other papers or sites including the Vancouver Sun, and the Knoxville News Sentinel.  
 wrote about a paper by Colleen Chien (Law) describing changing attitudes toward “patent trolls,” or companies that buy or use patents largely to make money.
    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!! ***


  •  Grants, Awards, and Publications

    Mohammad Ayoubi (mechanical engineering) and graduate student Farhad Goodarzi presented the following paper this week: Ayoubi, M. A., Goodarzi, F. A., and Banerjee, A., “Attitude Motion of a Spinning Spacecraft With Fuel Sloshing and Nutation Damping,” AAS 11-109, 21st AAS/ AIAA Space Flight Mechanics Meeting, New Orleans, Louisiana, February 13-17, 2011.

    Elizabeth Dahloff (Biology) has received an additional $7,500 from the National Science Foundation to support "Collaborative Research: RUI: Ecological and Evolutionary Responses to Environmental Change in Sierra Nevada Populations of a Montane Willow Beetle". This amendment is supplemental support for Year 2 of an anticipated five year grant totaling $347,322.00

    Chris Kitts (mechanical engineering) and Ruth Davis (computer engineering) have received $1,142,000 from the Kern Family Foundation to support "An Undergraduate Education Program in Engineering Innovation and Entrepreneurship." This grant is for a period of three years and the proposed initiatives are organized into several complementary categories that will improve the entrepreneurial mindset within our campus, our community, and the KEEN (The Kern Entrepreneurship Education Network) network. Kitts also had an article on the SCU marine robotics program published in The Journal of Marine Education: C. Kitts, W. Kirkwood, and G. Wheat. "An Interdisciplinary, Marine Robotics Research and Education Program." Current: The Journal of Marine Education, v 26, n 3, Dec 2010, pp. 7-10 .

    Ed Maurer (civil engineering) was selected as a 2011 Google Science Communication Fellow. This is an initiative by, their philanthropic branch, to foster a more open, transparent and accessible scientific dialogue. This year's 21 fellows were selected from a pool of candidates nominated by leaders in climate change research and science-based institutions across the U.S.

    Kim Parnell (mechanical engineering) has been elected Chair of the IEEE Santa Clara Valley (SCV) Section. The SCV Section has more than 12,000 members and is the largest IEEE Section in the world with 29 Chapters, Societies, and Affinity Groups serving a wide range of interests.

    Yuling Yan (Bioengineering) has received an additional $53,505 from UC Berkeley to support "High-Contrast Imaging of Single Molecules in Live Cells". This amendment funds Year 3 of an anticipated four year grant totaling $220,842.00. Additionally, Yan and her co-authors presented their work entitled “Spatio-temporal Processing of Massive Glottic Images from High-speed Videoendoscopy" at the SPIE Photonics West, which was held at the Moscone Center, San Francisco, January 22-27.  Finally, Yan and her co-authors have a paper entitled “Vocal fold Vibratory Characteristics in Normal Female Speakers from High-speed Digital Imaging" accepted for publication in Journal of Voice.


  •  Santa Clara University Scores Silver in First Comprehensive Sustainability Rating System for Higher Education Institutions

    Santa Clara University scores high marks in the STARS program, the nation’s first comprehensive sustainability rating system for colleges and universities. STARS, developed by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), stands for Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System. It’s a voluntary, self-assessment tool to gauge progress toward sustainability on college and university campuses.
    SCU is one of 242 higher education institutions in the STARS program, and received a silver rating, which is determined by surveying three overall areas: (1) education and research; (2) operations; and (3) planning, administration, and engagement. Read more.


  •  Festive, Sobering Mass by Jesuit Groups Celebrated Immigrants and Urged Reform of U.S. Immigration Laws

    In a day marked by upbeat music, colorful garb, and bracing testimonials, several Bay Area Jesuit institutions held a Catholic Mass Saturday as an expression of solidarity with immigrants to the United States.
    The event, held at Most Holy Trinity Church in San Jose, was at times festive and at times solemn, as the congregation listened to the stories of four immigrants who have seen their families ripped apart or lives upended in pursuit of a better life in America.   
    One college student was forced to disclose her father’s whereabouts to immigration officials as the price of being freed to attend college. A mother of four described how her husband was absent for months as he tried to get back home after a visit to his ailing mother in Mexico. A young man who has spent almost his entire life in the U.S. discussed how daily uncertainty has made planning for the future nearly impossible. Read more.


  •  Mechanical Engineering Professor to Be Inducted Into Silicon Valley Engineering Hall of Fame

    The Silicon Valley Engineering Council (SVEC) will induct Santa Clara University Mechanical Engineering Professor Terry Shoup into the Silicon Valley Engineering Hall of Fame on Feb. 24.
    The Silicon Valley Engineering Hall of Fame celebrates the accomplishments of engineers, technical leaders, and scientists in the Silicon Valley region who have demonstrated outstanding professional achievement and have made significant contributions to the Silicon Valley community and the Greater Bay Area communities.
    Shoup has written more than 100 technical papers on mechanical design and applied mechanisms, and is the co-author of the book Design of Machine Elements. He has received numerous honors, including the Distinguished Service Award of the International Federation for the Theory of Machines and Mechanisms in 2007, the Rodney D. Chipp Memorial Award of the Society of Women Engineers in 2002, and the Distinguished Service Award from the ASME Council on Education in 1988. Read more.


  •  Help Make SCU One of the Best Places to Work

    The University has been nominated again to participate in the Bay Area’s “The Best Places to Work Survey.”
    To be considered for the rankings, we need faculty and staff to fill out the short survey BEFORE Friday, Feb. 18. You don’t have to enter your name or any personal information, and the process is completely confidential.
    To access the survey, go to and enter the SCU code VYVR90176.



  •  Now Starring: The Drahmann Advising and Learning Resources Center

    Advisors Garrison Dyer and Jeremy Wang knew that they needed some way to attract distracted college students and remind them of the necessary yet often-forgotten services at the Drahmann Advising and Learning Resources Center. So, inspired by the popular website YouTube and mindful of the short attention span many students have, Dyer and Wang began brainstorming a video during the 2007­–08 school year that they could film to advertise their services.
    The team’s first video featured the near-ubiquitous election advertisements of 2008, and they’ve followed up that production with two additional spoof-style videos. Their most recent effort is a faux news broadcast featuring, along with Dyer and Wang, Monica Parikh, the new director of Learning Resources and Advising Outreach for the Benson Tutoring Center. 
    Dyer and Wang are conscious of their videos’ low production values. In fact, they embrace them. “This is just stuff we’ve done for fun, stuff we enjoy…it’s intentionally goofy, but the whole point is to reach out to students. We’re just after a seed.”
    They are enthusiastic about the reception the videos have received and, though they haven’t quite yet started figuring out what they’ll do next, they definitely plan to have something up their sleeves in the very near future.
    Meanwhile, now that Parikh has completed filming for her cameo in Dyer and Wang’s video, she has taken on her latest responsibility directing the new Benson Tutoring Center video. SCU has had a dedicated tutoring program for years but, aside from being scattered throughout Benson Memorial Center, the tutors didn’t previously have a centralized headquarters until renovations took place last summer. With this new center, tutors and students know exactly where they can report to and where the office and its myriad resources are located.
    “This is an ideal space…we got very lucky,” says Parikh, very thankful for the new facilities and with plans in mind. Now that tutors have a welcoming place to call their own, Parikh mentioned the increased availability and says that this will “improve visibility…students didn’t know we were here.” She says that the current tutoring program is fully operational, with promotion and marketing on the slate for 2011.
    Parikh also wants to make sure it is known that the Tutoring Center is always hiring, especially for math and the sciences, and also that current tutors cover most lower-division courses. Now, she says, the only job left is to get “fully established and integrated in Benson.” With thousands of students at Santa Clara and few extraordinarily proficient at every subject, the Center should have no problem attracting new clients and settling into their new home in Benson 1.


  •  Bronco Kidz All Sports Camp

    Do you know where your children will be spending this summer? They could be on campus with you at the Bronco Kidz All Sports Camp.

    The summer 2011 camp dates are:

    Session 1: June 27—July 1
    Session 2: July 11—15
    Session 3: July 25—29
    Session 4: August 1—5
    Session 5: August 8—12 

    SCU faculty and staff who register by May 1 will receive a 10% discount towards camp registration .


  •  SCU in the News

    A joint Catholic Mass focused on the need for immigration-law reform, sponsored by Santa Clara University and several other Jesuit institutions, was featured on KTVU, Univision, KIQI radio station and in the San Jose Mercury News.
    Farid Senzai (Political Science) was interviewed on NBC11 at 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. about the political crisis in Egypt and its relations with the U.S.
    SCU student Brianne Jones’s blog post about an East Coaster going to college on the West Coast was featured in The Washington Post’s blog Campus Overload.
    Bradley Joondeph (Law) was quoted in Congressional Quarterly and about the White House’s response to legal challenges to last year’s massive health-care law. Joondeph’s blog posting on the next big challenge to the health-care law was cited in the website
    The San Jose Mercury News wrote a feature story about Aldo Billingslea (Theatre and Dance) calling him “one of the MVPs of the Bay Area theater scene.” The lengthy story ran in numerous other papers including the Contra Costa Times, Tri-Valley Herald and the Santa Cruz Sentinel.
    Mario Belotti’s (Economics) forecast for the economy in 2011 was featured on KLIV, KCBS and KGO radio stations, as well as the website
    Dozens of stories explored the news and implications of Catherine Sandoval’s (Law) appointment to the California Public Utilities Commission, including stories in, Capitol Weekly, Monterey Herald, Business Review, San Francisco Chronicle, Hispanic Business, Campbell Express, and the Hartford Courant and on ABC7.
    James Lai (Political Science) was interviewed on ABC7 about a new report claiming that Silicon Valley companies aren't hiring enough minorities.
    Paul Crowley (Religious Studies) wrote an essay for America magazine detailing the many dimensions of today’s Catholic theology students, whom he describes as “idealistic realists.”
    SCU student Hoda Magid was interviewed by NBC Bay Area, ABC7, CBS5, KTVU, KGO Radio, and San Jose Mercury News about her cousin Wael Ghonim, a Google executive, who was captured and released in Egypt.
    Kirk Hanson (Markkula) was quoted in the San Gabriel Valley Tribune and Los Angeles Daily Breeze about a school district board member who may be using government employees to help arrange private trips to China.
    Engineering student Anne Mahacek gained wide publicity as the winner of a contest sponsored by the TV sitcom Big Bang Theory. Mahacek built a robot (out of Legos and items she had lying around the house) which moved along with the show’s featured song “Soft Kitty.”  The story appeared in numerous papers including Merced’s Sun Star, the Modesto Bee, and the Sacramento Bee.
    Steve Diamond (Law) spoke to the San Jose Mercury News on the likelihood (since confirmed) that Facebook would hold a stock offering in the near future. Numerous papers countrywide picked up the story.
    Jerry Uelmen (Law) was quoted in the San Jose Mercury News about an unusual case of a 1999 attack being the cause of a 2011 death, now ruled a homicide. Numerous papers and sites including the Korea Times picked up the story.
    The crime-prediction model developed by George Mohler (Mathematics) continued to be featured in news stories including some from Myrtle Beach, SC , Ogden, Utah, and  Bend, Oregon, as well as Canada’s Leader Post, Star Phoenix and The Province, and the website  
    Eric Goldman (Law) discussed Google’s complaint that Microsoft was copying its results in its Bing search engine with a reporter for IDG, for a story that appeared in Macworld, CIO India, PC Advisor, Information Week, TechWorld, Computerworld (running in Hungary, UK, Australia, New Zealand and other countries) and the website for the Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights.
    News that Angelo Ancheta (Law) was chosen for the California Citizens Redistricting Commission was covered in numerous area papers including the Merced Sun Star, the Sacramento Bee and the Fresno Bee.
    Deep Gulasekaram (Law) spoke to KTVU television about the line between moral and legal outrage over pornography, as hundreds of churches organized an anti-smut “Porn Sunday” on Super Bowl Sunday. picked up the story.
    Meir Statman (Finance) was quoted in Financial Planning magazine about the psychology of savers vs. spenders.
    Prachet K. Shrestha, an alumnus of the Global Social Benefit Incubator (CSTS) was quoted in the site GlobalGiving, including a mention of the benefit of GSBI to his work.
    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!! ***


  •  Grants, Awards, and Publications

    Angelo Ancheta (Law) has received a one-year renewal of $32,343 from the State Bar of California Legal Services Trust Fund Program - Equal Access Fund.

    Katerina Bezrukova (Psychology) and her co-authors wrote a paper, titled "Faultlines, Fairness, and Fighting: A Justice Perspective on Conflict in Diverse Groups." This paper has been accepted for publication by the journal Small Group Research. 

    The Career Center recently hosted a program for 38 employers presented by Intern Bridge, the leading college recruiting consulting and research firm responsible for the largest internship-specific surveys in the country. The program was titled "Total Internship Management and Networking Event" and provided participants with the tools to provide effective and meaningful internship programs.

    Silvia Figueira (Computer Engineering) received a gift of $30,000 from Datacare Corporation for her research on the analysis of medical data.
    Chris Kitts (Mechanical Engineering) has received $33,000 from the University of Alaska Fairbanks/NASA to support "RETINA: Robotic Exploration Technologies in Astrobiology." Additionally, Kitts and Ruth Davis (Computer Engineering) have received $1,142,000 from the Kern Family Foundation to support "An Undergraduate Education Program in Engineering Innovation and Entrepreneurship."
    Laurie Laird (Ignatian Center) received the California Campus Compact's 2011 Richard E. Cone Award for Excellence & Leadership in Cultivating Community Partnerships in Higher Education. Laird was recognized for her vision and imagination in building, deepening, and sustaining authentic community-campus partnerships, particularly at a time of economic instability.
    Amy Shachter (Chemistry) has received $250,000 from the W.M. Keck Foundation to support "Advanced Bioscience Initiative."
    Yuling Yan (Bioengineering) has received an additional $53,505 from UC Berkeley to support "High-Contrast Imaging of Single Molecules in Live Cells." This amendment funds Year 3 of an anticipated four year grant totaling $220,842.
    More grants, awards, and publications will appear in the next edition of fyi.


  •  Broncos Read

    Santa Clara University’s library is launching Broncos Read, a new annual campaign that honors faculty, staff, students, or student organizations that enrich the campus and epitomize competence, conscience and compassion. Finalists will be honored in posters depicting them with their favorite reading material for National Library Week April 10–16, along with a special reception.

    The library is accepting nominations for any Bronco to be featured on one of the four posters for 2011. The nomination deadline is Feb. 11, and information can be found on the library’s website.

    The Broncos Read committee has chosen SCU President Michael Engh, S.J., as the program’s inaugural honoree.

    Engh calls himself an avid reader and chose some old favorites that he has re-read every few years. They are Fr. Greg Boyle’s Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion, Taylor Branch’s Parting the Waters: America in the King Years, and a biography of Fairchild Semiconductor and Intel founder Robert Noyce. Additionally, Francisco Jimenez’s autobiographical trilogy, The Circuit, Breaking Through, and Reaching Out, was spotlighted on his shelf.

    Considering Santa Clara’s place in the Silicon Valley and the constantly evolving tech-centric world in which we live, literature can seem like a shrinking, aging hobby. But when asked if reading is still important in the 21st century and why, Engh commented that there is a certain “immediacy…a history to holding a book in your hands.” However, he embraces advancements, admitting that he hopes to get a Kindle. He said that “in one sense, technology doesn’t matter…the Kindle is just old content accessible in a new form— you’re still reading. And if it gets people to read, then that’s a good thing.” 

    Ultimately though, the program’s founders have one main goal in mind: to get people to read.


  •  President's Speaker Series - Rosalyn Higgins

    Do the United Nations and its International Court of Justice have a sufficient judicial system to protect human rights? Do they have the power to intervene in affairs of sovereign national for humanitarian reasons? Hear Rosalyn Higgins, former judge of the International Court of Justice, discuss these issues as a part of the President's Speaker Series on Thursday, February 24, at 7:30 PM in the Mission Church. Tickets and more information are available at
  •  Never Underestimate the Power of Santa Clara's Logo, Social Media, and Alumni

    Debra Newton was boarding a flight back home to Florida at JFK International Airport in December of 2009, when she noticed a thumb drive jetting across the floor in front of her. She had unwittingly kicked it. Newton didn’t think much of it at the time, but she picked it up and put it in her bag.

    When she arrived in Florida, she asked someone at the gate what she should do. The attendant thought the thumb drive was broken because it had been mashed. Rather than tossing it out, Newton put it back in her bag and forgot about it until last month. When she popped the thumb drive into her computer, it was working perfectly well and was full of family photos that appeared to have been taken at a family reunion.

    “Something came over me, and I thought what a novel idea it would be to try to find its actual owner,” says Newton.

    She didn’t know how she would track down anyone in the photos or the person who lost the thumb drive. Newton’s cousin, though, recognized the Santa Clara logo on someone’s shirt and suggested she contact the University, prompting Newton to post a message on SCU’s website.

    Communications Director Deepa Arora read Newton’s note and turned to social media for help. Arora posted the photo on SCU’s official Facebook page the following morning and also forwarded it to Carey Deangelis with the Alumni Association so she could do the same on Alumni’s Facebook page.

    Not too far from SCU’s campus in San Jose, Dan Hunter had just returned to his office from lunch. When he logged into his Facebook account, he saw the posting:

    “Do you know the man wearing the SCU t-shirt? A good Samaritan found a thumb drive with family reunion pictures at an airport in New York, and she wants to get it back to the owner. Is he an alum, a professor, a parent? Help us solve this mystery!’”
    “I clicked on the photo and almost fell out of my chair laughing! It was Marty De Ruyter, who lived next door to me at Swig Hall!” says Hunter ’81. “I hit the comment button to identify him and then I tried looking for Marty on Facebook. I couldn’t find him so I sent him an e-mail.”
    De Ruyter and Hunter have always kept in touch throughout the years at reunions, sent each other Christmas cards, and e-mailed each other from time to time.
    De Ruyter, who now lives in Kansas, couldn’t believe the e-mail.
    “The only time I’ve been at JFK was on February 10, 2010 when I was returning from a medical mission in Haiti following the earthquake disaster,” says De Ruyter, ’81. He said that he didn't know how a thumb drive could have ended up at the airport before his trip. 
    As if finding the person in the photo weren’t enough, Newton also discovered that up until six years ago she and De Ruyter both lived in the same county in Florida and that both work in the medical field­—she as a nurse and he as an anesthesiologist.
    “I don’t know if we ever ran into each other, but I wouldn’t be surprised if our paths crossed at one point or another,” says Newton.  The discovery of De Ruyter drove Newton to joyous tears, happy she could help return the photos and thumb drive to their rightful owner.
    As it turned out, the thumb drive actually belongs to another family member: Marty's sister, Marie De Ruyter '84, who was standing in the photo that Newton used to identify Marty as an SCU grad. Also, amazingly enough, Marie also lives in Jacksonville, FL, a few minutes away from Newton.
    De Ruyter says the photos are from a family reunion that took place in the summer of 2008 during his parents’ 50th wedding anniversary celebration at Lake Tahoe.
    Nevertheless, he was fortunate enough to have been wearing his SCU shirt at the time; otherwise, tracking anyone down would have been impossible.
    “I have a lot of Santa Clara t-shirts and wear them pretty frequently. In fact, I wore it to a hardware store in Kansas just six months ago, and someone stopped me because he, too, was an SCU grad,” laughed De Ruyter.
    As for Hunter, he was hoping to see De Ruyter at their 30th reunion in October, but De Ruyter will be in the Dominican Republic for another medical mission that’s scheduled for the same weekend as the Grand Reunion.


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