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SCU communication lecturer raises money for hometown
A Santa Clara University lecturer is doing his part to fight blight in his hometown of Flint, Michigan. Communication Senior Lecturer and author Gordon Young raised more than $11,000 in crowdsource funding to tear down a vacant, decaying home that attracted squatters and drug users. It partially burned down last year. The surrounding neighborhood is comprised of homes that have been well-kept by hard-working families.
"This is really a testament to all the care and hard work the residents of Parkbelt Drive have put into their homes and their block," Young said. "They may not be able to influence the corporate decisions or U.S. trade policies that contributed to the layoffs that damaged Flint so profoundly, but they are doing everything they can to preserve their neighborhood. I'm just glad I could help them out in some small way."
More than 150 people donated to the Indiegogo campaign.
The idea came from Young’s book “Teardown: Memoir of a Vanishing City” that explores the struggle of Flint residents after General Motors eliminated more than 70,000 jobs in the city. Thousands of abandoned houses still attract crime, depress property values, and destabilize neighborhoods. He says he discovered pockets of hope where people refused to abandon the city his family called home for four generations.
“Flint is on the edge of an important turning point that I’m happy to take part in,” says Young. “Despite heartbreaking conditions, people are fighting back and taking pride in their communities. It’s an important reminder that community is defined by people not politics or the economy.”
Crews tore down the house November 11 as neighbors cheered. Flint community member Paulette Mayfield, who grew up in the house next door, plans to adopt the vacant lot through a city program and maintain it.
The San Francisco Chronicle also featured Young’s project: http://bit.ly/16bQeSX
Jesuit volunteers find new connections at the Jesuit School of Theology
There’s a well-known phrase in the Jesuit Volunteer Corps movement that the one- or two-year stints of service often leave participants “Ruined for Life” — incapable of ever again taking a meaningless job that doesn’t have service at its core.
A large number of Jesuit Volunteers might want to tack on another tagline to their experience: “Bound for JST.”
Although Santa Clara University’s Jesuit School of Theology does not keep formal count, a surprisingly robust number of students pursuing master’s of divinity or other advanced theology degrees at the Berkeley school came to JST after having served a stint as a Jesuit Volunteer. The class of 2013, for instance, had at least six JVC alums.
JVC and JVC Northwest are faith-based volunteer programs for recent college graduates who commit to working with people who struggle in underserved communities where the need is greatest. The program emphasizes living simply and working for social change in a reflective and spiritually supportive community with other Jesuit Volunteers. Each year hundreds of young adults join JVC/JVC Northwest in dozens of communities in the U.S. and across the world.
Many former volunteers report having decided while serving as JVs that they wanted to pursue a pastoral or theological career path. Frequently, that realization leads to another: that they need a theology degree to enhance their “theological chops,” as ‘14 M.Div. alumnus Luke Lavin put it. And JST’s values and contextualized theology are a perfect complement to their JV experience, they say.
Lavin currently teaches catechesis and six other subjects at a Catholic school in Seattle. He spent two years at JVC International in Micronesia, working with a beloved scholar of Micronesian history who “very much had a contextual faith” in helping the Micronesians with social problems. “I was jumping out of bed excited to go to work every day,” said Lavin, who originally thought he might go into law. “Selfishly I wanted to keep that going, and I wanted to have professional training to do that.”
Other JV alums say they felt at home with JST’s emphasis on living in community, social justice, spirituality and discernment. “I really wanted to further explore the connection between theology and social justice – that JST tagline ‘faith that does justice,’” said Beth Mueller, ’14 M.Div. alumna who spent a year in a youth shelter in Aberdeen Washington with JVC Northwest.
The JVC-JST connection is so strong that one student started a blog called JST Discernment, which invites JVC alumni to “continue the journey” at JST, noting that the same values that made their JV years such a rich experience – community, social justice, and spirituality – are abundant at JST.
As one former JV who is now pursuing priesthood at JST wrote, “The best part of JST is the community –not just my Jesuit community but the larger school community of lay students and other religious. I learn just as much from them, if not more, as in my books and assignments.”
Luke Lavin with his wife, Amy
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Leavey School of Business receives $10 million and leading online entrepreneurship course content
Santa Clara University’s (SCU) Leavey School of Business today announced the generous gift of Phil and Peggy Holland's popular, free, online small business course content and business-training website (www.myownbusiness.org) together with $10 million for Santa Clara University to expand and improve the course, and to create the My Own Business Institute (MOBI) and a related fellows program.
“This is a wonderful gift for Santa Clara and our dreams for expanding entrepreneurship education here and around the world.” said Michael Engh, S.J., president of Santa Clara University. “I am grateful to the Hollands because their generosity will help us build on the entrepreneurial spirit of students, startups, and small business owners near and far. The expanded reach of Santa Clara's entrepreneurship education will help provide creative and sustainable economic opportunities for individuals and their communities.”
The gift will boost Santa Clara University’s drive to develop entrepreneurship, and achieve the Hollands’ goal of supporting the vital social and economic contributions of small businesses worldwide.
“We initially sought to help people start businesses and create jobs in economically disadvantaged areas so families and communities would flourish. We are gratified that Santa Clara will continue our mission to help those who need it most by leveraging the global network of Jesuit universities to expand our reach and to keep the online course accessible and free to all who might benefit from it,” said Phil Holland.
Santa Clara will immediately take over website operations, which receives more than 500,000 monthly views from people around the globe.
The Hollands set out to nurture entrepreneurship and help individuals start and build their own businesses following the 1992 riots in Los Angeles, and have been the principal funders of MOBI since inception. Mr. Holland, a successful entrepreneur and founder of the Yum Yum Donut Shops, and Mrs. Holland, an accomplished school administrator, principal, and teacher, developed the original course to teach people how to start their own businesses and to support the return of a vibrant, healthy community. The course curriculum was based on two books written by Mr. Holland, How to Start a Business and The Entrepreneur’s Guide. Over time, the course was expanded to include expert advice from a diverse array of successful business people and translated into Spanish.
“Much of what motivated the Hollands to create MOBI 22 years ago is what motivates Santa Clara’s business school,” said S. Andrew Starbird, dean of the Leavey School of Business. “We both seek to build stronger communities by creating economic opportunity for everyone in our society.”
Since 2000, when MOBI became the first organization in the world to offer a free, comprehensive, and graded online course on starting a business, more than 40 million people have accessed the website. The course is available in more than 50 countries and 14 languages through partnerships with the World Bank/International Finance Organization and a license to Cisco Systems’ Entrepreneurship Institute.
SCU will use the MOBI platform to help teach entrepreneurs through two existing Santa Clara programs: the California Program for Entrepreneurship, which provides MBA-level courses and mentoring to 25 to 35 California entrepreneurs a year, and the Neighborhood Prosperity Initiative, which provides support for small businesses in economically disadvantaged neighborhoods.
A video describing the history of MOBI is available at www.scu.edu/business/mobi.
SCU•Presents director wins prestigious National Endowment for the Arts grant
SCU•Presents Director Butch Coyne has received a prestigious grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. The $10,000 in funding will support Santa Clara University’s Arts for Social Justice program entitled “The Creative Project/El Creativo.” The NEA grant will require SCU•Presents to match the funds dollar-for-dollar.
“It’s a great honor to have the hard work of SCU•Presents and the importance of the University’s focus on social justice recognized by the National Endowment for the Arts,” says Coyne.
SCU•Presents Arts for Social Justice is an engagement program with a focus on the arts that will be a catalyst for change in the community. “Our goal is to fulfill our mission by engaging the community to find solutions to problems in our neighborhoods through visual and performing arts.”
SCU•Presents will develop interactive, multi-disciplinary, participatory pieces to be performed in schools and community organizations that address issues of racism, homelessness, immigration, the environment, and bullying. Every project will also generate educational tools such as journals, study guides, or recordings that will be accessible online as a resource for the community.
“The Arts for Social Justice program encompasses a wide range of visual and performing art that aim to raise critical consciousness, build community, and motivate individuals to promote social change.” says Coyne. ”We’re hoping to not only get these communities talking about social justice issues, but also assist them in determining how they can be a part of the solution.
SCU•Presents is partnering with Santa Clara University academic performing and visual arts departments, the Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education's Thriving Neighbors Initiative, and professional artists. Artists will meet with school and community partners to determine a social issue pertinent to that specific community and then develop arts projects in music, dance, theatre, and visual arts to address that issue.
The program will launch in April 2015 at Washington Elementary School in San Jose.
Santa Clara University students share what they’re grateful for this holiday season
We asked Santa Clara University students what they are grateful for as Thanksgiving approaches. We hope you like their answers as much as we did.
Watch it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ghoRc-59yg8
SCU's Paul Crowley, S.J., named editor of Theological Studies
Santa Clara University religious studies and pastoral ministries professor Paul Crowley, S.J., who holds the Jesuit Community Professorship in Religious Studies, has been appointed the next editor of the journal Theological Studies, by its board of directors.
Fr. Crowley will follow David G. Schultenover, S.J. as editor and will assume his new duties on January 1, 2016. He will continue teaching at Santa Clara while he serves in this capacity.
“Fr. Crowley’s appointment as editor of this prestigious journal of theology is a great tribute to his abilities as a theologian, writer and teacher,” said Santa Clara University President Michael Engh, S.J. “At a time when theology is being shaped more and more by the lived experiences of all people, Fr. Crowley will bring to this appointment a deep awareness and professional rigor.”
Founded and sponsored by the U.S. Society of Jesus, Theological Studies is a Catholic scholarly journal that serves the Church and its mission by promoting a deeper understanding of the Christian faith through the publication of research in theological disciples. It is located at Marquette University, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Through refereed articles and reviews of noteworthy books, the journal aims to recover and to help make accessible the riches of the theological tradition, and to present significant developments in current theology. It is published quarterly in English for an international readership.
Fr. Crowley is a native of Sacramento, and received a B.A. from Stanford University, an M.A. from Columbia University, a Ph.D. from the Graduate Theological Union, and an S.T.L. (Licentiate of Sacred Theology) from the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley. His research focuses on the intersection of systematic theology with modern thought.
For more about the journal, visit the website http://theologicalstudies.net/about/.
SCU events honor the Jesuits killed 25 years ago for seeking justice for the poor
Twenty-five years ago, a well regarded Jesuit university president in El Salvador was among those loudly proclaiming that the country’s bloody civil war, and the oppressive conditions behind it, were ruining the lives of too many poor citizens. He and his fellow Jesuits were living out the Church’s mission to act out of a “preferential option for the poor.” But his actions caused government warmongers to consider him a threat to their continued power and wealth.
On Nov. 16, 1989, government soldiers killed Ignacio Ellacuria, S.J., president of the University of Central America, along with five fellow Jesuits, their housekeeper, and her daughter.
“In some ways in the context of El Salvador, Ellacuria was akin to great civil rights activists like Martin Luther King Jr.—an effective leader who relentlessly beat the drum about injustice at his own personal peril and was killed for it,” said Michael McCarthy, S.J., executive director of the Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education at Santa Clara. “His was a remarkable example of being an authentic voice for millions of voiceless people who lived in a state of powerlessness and oppression.”
From now until Nov. 16, Santa Clara University will honor the 25th anniversary of that tragic day with programs, lectures, and prayer events on Santa Clara University’s campus and in El Salvador.
Santa Clara University has unique ties to the UCA. Ellacuria received an honorary degree and gave the commencement speech at Santa Clara in 1982. In 1989, SCU provided shelter to one of the Jesuits who had narrowly escaped being murdered, Jon Sobrino, S.J. SCU also helped provide aid to the sole witness to the event, another housekeeper named Lucia Cerna, and has recently helped publish a book featuring her account of the events, La Verdad, written with historian Mary Jo Ignoffo.
Each year a half dozen or so Santa Clara students join the 30 to 50 students from around the world who attend Casa de la Solidaridad in El Salvador, a study-abroad immersion experience that puts student talents at the disposal of the Salvadoran people for four months. Also, up to two dozen faculty, staff, and students annually visit El Salvador for immersion experiences, and this year 10 faculty and administrators from UCA visited SCU and University of San Francisco for a week to enhance collaboration and learning.
SCU also annually sends a delegation of 10 students and staff to participate in the Ignatian Family Teach-in for Justice, an event hosted by the Ignatian Solidarity Network. The event was started in honor of the Jesuit martyrs of El Salvador. The University maintains eight crosses in front of its Mission Church year-round in honor of the martyred victims.
Events honoring the anniversary include:
*On Nov. 5, a panel discussed the impact of the Jesuit assassinations on contemporary Catholic leadership. The event—“Leadership Born of Struggle and Hope”—included Kevin Burke, S.J., professor of systematic theology at Santa Clara’s Jesuit School of Theology; Holy Names University religious studies professor Robert Lassalle-Klein; Lynette Parker, supervising attorney at SCU’s Katharine and George Alexander Community Law Center, and Ana Maria Pineda, R.S.M., Hispanic theology professor at Santa Clara University.
*On Nov. 12, a lecture and Q&A centered on the book La Verdad, a firsthand account from the eyewitness to the killings, will happen in the St. Clare Room of the Library and Learning Commons at 4 p.m. Cerna and her co-author Ignoffo will be at the event to discuss the book, the impact and relevance of the events today, and to take questions.
*On Nov. 13, a prayer service led by Santa Clara University Campus Ministry will be held at the Mission Church on campus at 4 p.m. The event will include a procession through SCU’s Sobrato Mall. The service will include readings reflecting on the lives of the martyrs and a send-off for participants in the 17th annual Ignatian Family Teach-in for Justice, being held Nov. 16 in Washington, D.C.
*On Nov. 13, a delegation of seven Santa Clara University faculty and staff will travel to El Salvador for anniversary-related events including a celebration of the Casa de la Solidaridad Program, a mass honoring the Martyrs, a forum on the impact of the assassinations, and a vigil of remembrance.
*Because the anniversary also coincides with the 15th anniversary of SCU’s immersion program in El Salvador, Casa de la Solidaridad, on Nov. 14, SCU President Fr. Michael E. Engh, former USF President Fr. Stephen A. Privett, Casa alumni, and Salvadoran partners will all celebrate the program in San Salvador.
Visit www.scu.edu/uca25 to find more resources on the history of the Jesuit martyrs and the events at SCU to honor them.
Santa Clara Art History students curate special exhibit exploring entropy
Fourteen Santa Clara University art history students have teamed up with San Diego pharmaceutical scientist and art philanthropist Charles Betlach to create a student-curated exhibit exploring the concept of entropy—the natural process of degradation or a trend to disorder that occurs all around us.
The result is an art exhibit titled “Interrupting Entropy: Selections from the Betlach Collection,” which will be on view until March 1, 2015 in the Third Floor Gallery of Santa Clara’s Harrington Learning Commons.
The work stems from an unusual spring Art History class that was designed to give students the experience of curating a contemporary art exhibit, from start to finish.
Drawing from a collection of artworks on loan from Betlach, the students envisioned and organized an exhibition of contemporary art to open this fall.
As part of the 10-week class, students participated in virtually every aspect of planning the exhibition, including researching artists and artworks, drafting a curatorial proposal, generating educational materials, writing a grant proposal, and producing an exhibition catalog.
The work for the students also included meeting with professionals in the field; ensuring the artwork would be safely transported and displayed in the public space; and making countless quick decisions as they reviewed the collection, selected works, and compiled them into a coherent theme—in this case “Interrupting Entropy.”
“This class on curating contemporary art immersed the students in the process of creating an exhibition from beginning to end,” said Tobias Wofford, the professor who organized the class. “They got a behind-the-scenes look at the complexities of putting on an exhibition, which will help the students in their future endeavors in the arts, or wherever they may go.”
The class, Curating Contemporary Art, was made possible by the generosity of Betlach and a grant from the Hearst Foundations' Community Initiatives in the Visual Arts, a program designed to help Santa Clara University’s Department of Art and Art History build deeper relationships between students, faculty, and the broader Silicon Valley arts community.
Betlach, who is on the board of the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and an avid art collector, was motivated to give access to his collection to young, aspiring curators, and to share it with the larger community.
"Art has been in my blood for as long as I can remember,” said Betlach. “ Art relays a visual ecstasy, calming and pleasure. Art can mean something different to every individual.”
The exhibit will be on display at the Third Floor Gallery of the Santa Clara University library Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
“We feel the artwork we’ve selected, which includes sculptures, paintings, photographs and more, shows how there’s chaos in everything, but upon examination, patterns emerge from within that chaos,” said Santa Clara University senior Gina Pasquali.
Other events scheduled in association with the exhibition include a scholarly panel that will discuss the themes that are brought up with this exhibition as well as a student panel which will explore the curatorial project from the students’ perspective.
Art and Art History Assistant Professor Tobias Wofford organized the Curating Contemporary Art class.
SCU welcomes a new dining option on the north side of campus
The Santa Clara community now has a new breakfast and lunch option aimed at Broncos on the go. The Pony Express is a custom-designed food truck that made its debut this week in the new North Campus Dining Plaza along Franklin Street, between the Music and Dance Facility, Alumni Science Hall, and O’Connor Hall. It will be open for business Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m starting November 10.
The Pony Express sells breakfast specialties created in Nobili Bakery as well as a rotating menu of smaller-portioned lunch and snacks made with sustainably-sourced, local ingredients. Patrons can pay with cash, credit cards, and ACCESS cards, but will not be able to place and pay for orders in advance via the Tapingo app for now. Next year, the Pony Express will also be available for on-campus event catering.
Silicon Valley venture capitalist and SCU alum Tim Haley joins the Board of Trustees
At its fall meeting, Santa Clara University’s Board of Trustees elected a new trustee, Silicon Valley venture capitalist Tim Haley. The election brings to 44 the number of members of the governing body that helps steer strategies and priorities of the 163-year-old private University.
Haley is a co-founder and managing director of the Menlo Park-based venture-capital firm Redpoint Ventures, where he focuses on investments in software, consumer Internet and digital-media companies. Among his successful investments were Zimbra (acquired by Yahoo!); Responsys (an Oracle acquisition); and Homestead Technologies (acquired by Intuit).He was previously general partner with Institutional Venture Partners, and currently serves on the board of directors of Netflix (NFLX); 2U (TWOU); Curious.com; TheFind; ThredUP; Jaunt VR; and Zuora.
Haley also serves on the board of trustees at Sacred Heart Schools in Atherton, and is on the advisory board of SCU's Center for Science, Technology, and Society. He received his B.A. in philosophy from Santa Clara University.
He lives in Palo Alto with his wife Dr. Ethna McGourty, a general practitioner, and their two children.
"We are very pleased to welcome Tim Haley to the board of trustees, where we will benefit from his years of experience in the financial sector and in Silicon Valley,” said President Michael Engh, S.J.
SCU alumni make a gift that ushers in a new era at SCU
A new symbol of Santa Clara University spirit and pride made possible by SCU alumni now greets the Bronco community on the west side of campus. The newly dedicated bronze Bronco stands more than 10 feet off the ground and is a reminder of SCU’s renewed focus on Bronco pride, and building and supporting a national reputation for academic and athletic excellence.
“This is a new day at Santa Clara,” says Jim Lyons, vice president of University Relations. “Santa Clara is known as an institution that academically hits on all cylinders. Our students do wonderful things around the world, but now it’s time for Santa Clara athletics to take its place on a national level. This statue represents that spirit.”
The statue stands between Graham Residence Hall and the Benson Memorial Center and is already a popular attraction for students. Alum and Regent Jack Previte ’70 conceived and spearheaded the project after being impressed by another statue created by artist David Spellerberg, owner of Great American Bronze Works, Inc. Along with Previte, fellow donors Cyril G. Barbaccia, Joseph McCarthy ’71, and Gary Filizetti ’67, and the Bronco Bench Foundation made the statue possible.
“This statue represents the spirit and the grace and the power that we want Santa Clara University alumni and students to possess,” says Previte. “We hope it inspires all SCU students, present and past, to become the best they can be, and to have fun and attend as many athletic events as possible. We want to revive the past spirit of Santa Clara and have the student body become one.”
Santa Clara University’s strategic goals include growing in reputation and national visibility. Building Bronco pride and supporting key athletics initiatives will play a big role. Athletics Director Dan Coonan says college sports are not just focused on winning, but also on unifying the campus community and creating a powerful identity around student-athletes.
“Our student-athletes are on a mission. They’re driven, passionate, focused, and committed. These are traits they share with fellow SCU students and we’re proud that athletics can serve as a rallying cry for all Broncos,” says Coonan.
Students thanked donors at the dedication ceremony Oct. 8, where the Bronco community also received free Santa Clara Broncos shirts. SCU Student Body President Anaisy Tolentino ’15 called on fellow students to consider it a reminder of their personal promise to live up to SCU ideals.
“By definition, a Bronco is a rebellious horse and as a student body, we emulate the same fiery passion and desire to do great things,” said Tolentino. “Every time we call on our University vision of creating a more humane, just, and sustainable world, we recognize that this goal can only be accomplished when we, as students, commit ourselves to being daring, innovative, and compassionate citizens. What we learn in the classrooms, on the fields, on the courts, only gives us the power and, more importantly, the responsibility to challenge one another and be Broncos for a better tomorrow.”
Meet Engineering’s new vessel to help students keep their eyes on the skies
Santa Clara University’s School of Engineering added a new tool to its program that monitors and controls satellites. The Mobile Mission Control Lab (MMCL) is a 28-foot trailer loaded with equipment that allows students to communicate with satellites for longer periods of time than ever before.
“The satellites we control for NASA and our industry partners only fly over the local area a few times a day and only for a few minutes each time,” says Engineering Professor Chris Kitts. “This mobile station makes us more efficient and agile. We now have the potential to more than double our communication time. It’s a huge learning opportunity for our students.”
Santa Clara University is the only school in the country with a student-centric program that operates government and industry satellites on a professional basis. The program continues to expand, as students will control at least eight additional NASA satellites to be launched in 2015. Right now, students test, train, and experiment with the MMCL using a NASA satellite in orbit that has completed its primary science mission. The mobile lab should be ready to operate at least one of the spacecraft set to launch next year.
“Opportunities like this are what I love about my education at Santa Clara,” says student Nick Xydes ’13, M.S. ’14. “This isn’t just a student project. I’m actually controlling these satellites for NASA and private companies on a professional level. It’s one cool way kids who grew up dreaming about space exploration can have a taste of the adventure.”
The School of Engineering also plans to use the MMCL to interest kids in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) careers. SCU students will take the lab to local elementary, middle, and high schools where young students will see for themselves what it’s like to control satellites and run real missions.
“This is one great example of our ‘Engineering with a Mission’ goal,” says Engineering Dean Godfrey Mungal. “These students not only will get hands-on experience and help run experiments that could better society, but also they’ll communicate that experience and inspire the next generation of great engineers.”
Thousands of alumni return for another successful Grand Reunion
More than 3,500 SCU alumni and friends came back to celebrate the 6th annual Grand Reunion. The event brought together Broncos from several generations including new grads and those marking the 65th year since they earned their degree from SCU.
Behind the scenes, Grand Reunion has grown from an event run solely out of the Alumni Association office to a celebration the whole campus takes part in. Among the many events, Broncos volunteered with the Forge Garden; were dazzled by student dancers, singers, and puppet performers at the Bronco Arts Showcase; packed a room to hear a talk by popular Religious Studies Professor Fred Parrella; and shared a laugh with World Cup soccer champ Brandi Chastain ’91 and former MLB All-Star Randy Winn ’96 at the launch of the Jerry Smith Coaching for Life Academy.
“We’re so lucky to have such engaged alumni and are thankful for the support of SCU staff, faculty, and students who devote time and energy in making Broncos feel welcome,” says Maureen Muscat ’91, MBA ’99, associate director of events for the Alumni Office. “Every year we learn and grow with new and exciting events, and are already looking forward to Grand Reunion 2015.”
For pictures, visit the SCU Alumni Association’s Flickr page:
Here is a look at what people had to say about #SCUGrandReunion on Social Media:
See more at: https://storify.com/scumedia/scu-grand-reunion-2014
Alexander Law Center celebrates 20 years helping workers, trafficking victims, and consumers
Santa Clara University will celebrate two decades of representing workers, immigrants, and consumers as it marks the 20th anniversary of The Katharine & George Alexander Community Law Center, a civil clinical program of the Santa Clara University School of Law.
A sold-out dinner will be held on Saturday, October 25, at the Hotel Valencia Santana Row in San José to honor this milestone and some of the many individuals who played a key role in its founding.
Background of the KGACLC
In 1994, a number of Santa Clara University Latino La Raza law students decided to add practice to theory for the benefit of their community and their own education. They started with the nearby community of East San José, where then-student Ruben Pizarro ’95 had heard stories of abuses committed against many of the day workers who congregated every morning in the parking lot of the former Home Base do-it-yourself store on Story and King.
Assisted by former Santa Clara Law Professor Jim Hammer and under the supervision of Santa Clara Law Professors Eric and Nancy Wright, Ruben and other students helped recover wages that were sometimes denied to workers who were hired for skilled and sometimes backbreaking work.
“We had a passion to serve, and our legal training gave us the tools to help those in need,” recalls Pizarro.
As the work continued, the Wrights obtained $200,000 in grants from the U.S. Department of Education and the Legal Services Corporation, enabling them to rent space and hire two attorneys for the East San José Community Law Center (ESJCLC), formally established in 1994.
In 2004, thanks to a generous endowment contribution from former Santa Clara Law Dean George Alexander and his wife, Katharine, the ESJCLC was renamed in their honor. And today, the Katharine & George Alexander Community Law Center employs a successful student-attorney model that enables the Center to provide more than 1,000 low-income Santa Clara County residents annually with nearly $1.5 million worth of legal assistance—free of charge.
“The Alexander Community Law Center’s work has become an essential lifeline for our community. I could not be more proud to have such an incredible program at Santa Clara University,” says Lisa Kloppenberg, dean of the School of Law.
During the anniversary celebration on October 25, the Wrights will receive the Founders’ Lifetime Achievement Award from a number of the original founding students.
Media are invited to attend. The event is sold out but donations may be made online at law.scu.edu/kgaclc.
Statistics on the Law Center
• The Law Center serves approximately 1,200 clients annually.
• Each year, Santa Clara Law students log over 10,000 hours of direct services to their clients.
• During the fiscal 2013-14 year, the work of the Alexander Center students, if billed, would have amounted to about $1.5 million.
Bay Area Equal Pay Collaborative
Santa Clara County Wage Theft Coalition
Santa Clara County Human Trafficking Commission
South Bay Coalition to End Human Trafficking
Partnerships for free workers' rights clinics led by supervising attorney Ruth Silver Taube
The Mexican Consulate in San José
The Filipino Bar Associations of Northern California (FBANC)
The Vietnamese American Bar Association of Northern California (VABANC)
The Silicon Valley Independent Living Center (SVILC)
Yerba Buena High School and Mount Pleasant High School
SCU faculty and staff receive recognition for their outstanding work
Elsa Chen (Political Science) has received a $184,979 grant from the National Science Foundation. In November 2012, California voters approved a ballot measure that modified the state’s “Three Strikes and You’re Out” repeat-offender law. Now, nonviolent and nonserious new felonies no longer trigger 25-to-life sentences, and certain third-strike inmates may petition to be resentenced as second-strikers and receive shortened sentences and/or early release. This study will examine how court officials are implementing these changes, how certain contextual and individual factors influence resentencing outcomes, and the effectiveness of these changes at shrinking prison populations and reducing sentencing disparities. It will also identify challenges and opportunities facing former third-strikers as they re-enter society. The findings will have implications for other states as they consider alternatives to mass incarceration.
Virginia Matzek (Environmental Studies and Sciences) has received a $39,643 grant from the National Science Foundation for research focused on ecological restoration in Australia. The project will explore how scientists, policy makers, resource managers, and other stakeholders perceive the value of ecosystem services provided by the restoration of natural habitats.
Korin Wheeler (Chemistry & Biochemistry Department) has received a $27,691 grant from UCLA. This grant will fund Korin's "Sustainable nanoMaterials undergraduate Laboratory (SMAL)" project. The developed project aims to translate the cutting-edge research of the UC CEIN to an undergraduate population by collaboratively designing and developing a research-based laboratory module for use in undergraduate classrooms.
Ed Maurer (Civil Engineering) has received a $26,342 subaward from San Francisco State University (funds originated from the National Science Foundation). This funding will support Ed's "Groundwater Teleconnections with Interannual to Multidecadal Climate Variability" project. Ed will be responsible for assembling an ensemble of downscaled GCM output. This output will be prepared using the BiasCorrection and Constructed Analogues (BCCA) and Bias Corrrection with Spatial Disaggregation (BCSD) techniques, to capture some of the variability attributable to downscaling technique selection.
Betty Young (Physics) has received a $98,817 award from the National Science Foundation. These funds will support Betty's "Cryogenic Detectors for Next-Generation Physics Experiments." The funding will support the PI and SCU undergraduates perform laboratory-based work in the areas of CDMS detector fabrication, testing and optimization. Beginning immediately, the group will also help develop and deploy a unique, high-resolution superconducting sensor array for SSRL at SLAC. The SCU work will be done mostly in labs at nearby Stanford University where the PI is an active and involved visiting scholar and closely mentors both SCU (undergrads) and Stanford students. Year 1 funds will explicitly support an SCU physics major as he works on his Honors thesis during the 2014–15 academic year.
Thane Kreiner (Executive Director for the Center for Science, Technology, and Science) has received a $251,225 contract from the United Nations Foundation to support the “Social Enterprise Boost Program.” This project will develop, implement, validate, and disseminate the Social Enterprise Boost Program covering basic business plan and presentation preparation that helps prepare social enterprises in the developing world to apply for grants, investments, awards, and capacity development programs. The Center for Science, Technology, and Science will develop and provide the Social Enterprise Boost Program, a program of the Global Social Benefit Institute, to the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, an initiative of the United Nations Foundation as a training available to partners of the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves.
Cynthia Mertens (School of Law) has received a $11,056 grant from the State Bar of California Legal Services Trust Fund Program. This grant will allow the Katharine & George Alexander Community Law Center to continue to provide legal services in the areas of workers' rights, immigration, and consumer protection matters to low-income persons in the south Bay Area.
Christopher Kitts (Mechanical Engineering) has received $50,000 from Canopus Systems US, LLC to support “Mission Control of Two Perseus Spacecraft.” Santa Clara will provide services for the operation of two 6U CubeSats; Perseus-M1 and Perseus-M2. This includes but is not limited to coordinating mission operations, ground station operation, command and telemetry tasking, anomaly management, and potential commercial operations.
Lynette Parker (School of Law) has received a $10,000 award from the Services, Immigrant Rights, and Education Network (SIREN). This award will allow the Katharine & George Alexander Community Law Center to increase the number of people applying for deferred action for childhood arrivals (DACA) initiative. This initiative offers eligible immigrant youth work authorization and temporary relief from deportation if they satisfy a particular set of requirements based on their status, age, and residency.
Butch Coyne (Director of SCU•Presents) has received a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts in the amount of $10,000 to support the Arts for Social Justice Thriving Neighbors program "The Creative Project/El Proyector Creativo.” SCU•Presents will enact three interactive, multidisciplinary engagement projects in the local community with a focus on performing and visual arts, and social justice issues, entitled, “The Creative Project | El Proyecto Creativo,” featuring a dynamic co-facilitation model by professional artists.
Lucy Diekmann (Environmental Studies and Sciences and the Food and Agribusiness Institute under the mentorship of Leslie Gray who guided the development of the project) has received a $150,000 award from the USDA to support her "Characterizing the health, social, and economic impacts of urban agriculture and its contributions to food security" project. The project will assess urban agriculture’s contributions to the local food supply and its potential to increase food security. It will also analyze how participation in urban agriculture affects health, nutrition, food budgets, social capital, and community engagement as well as the size and demographic characteristics of the populations involved in urban agriculture. Additionally, Lucy aims to foster learning and collaboration among extension educators involved in urban agriculture nationwide by organizing a working group dedicated to urban agriculture in eXtension, an online platform for Cooperative Extension. Through participation in the eXtension working group, Lucy and her collaborators will be able to place their results in a broader context and create research-based educational content for a national audience.
Rebecca Schapp (de Saisset Museum) has received $6,722 from the Institute of Museum and Library Services to support "New Media Collection Preservation Survey and Assessment". This award will allow the Museum to hire an audiovisual preservation consultant to survey the collection and make recommendations for rehousing and transferring these works to appropriate formats for longterm preservation, access, and exhibition. The Museum will then proceed according to the consultant’s recommendations to transfer the video works to stable and viewable formats with funds from a private donor and other sources.
Nam Ling (Computer Engineering) has received $200,440 from Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd to support "Research for 3D Extension for HEVC Standardization." The purpose of this project is to conduct research on issues related to 3D extension for High Efficiency Video Coding. The technical objective is to show coding efficiency gain so that the method could be patented and preferably adopted by JCT3V (Joint Collaborative Team for 3D-HEVC, of the standardization organizations ISO and ITU-T), preferably as normative contribution(s) for future video compression standard.
A weekend of old memories, new fun, and Bronco pride draw alumni back to campus
Santa Clara University is welcoming back thousands of alumni for Grand Reunion this weekend. About 4,000 alumni will be back on campus for 52 events starting this morning and ending Sunday afternoon. The event is aimed at new grads and alumni with class years ending in four or nine, but every Bronco is welcome to come back to reminisce with old classmates and make memories with new friends.
“We are so lucky and thrilled to have such enthusiastic alumni,” says Maureen Muscat '91, MBA ’99, associate director of events for the Alumni Office. “Watching our Bronco family gather on campus to share old memories and make new ones is priceless. The values and community SCU grads develop in their times as students truly last a lifetime.”
Although the University regularly has reunions for classes celebrating their 55th and 60th reunions, this year 20 alumni will mark their 65th reunion.
“What’s great is they approached us!” says Muscat. “It's nice to know SCU is still such a big part of their lives.”
The class dinners Saturday evening are among the most popular events, featuring live music and dancing. There are also a number of events open to the public, including the Bronco Art Showcase, a 5K run/walk on Saturday morning, and various faculty speakers.
For a schedule of events, see http://bit.ly/SCUGrandReunion
What Bronco decade do you belong in? Take this fun Bronco quiz: http://bit.ly/BroncoQuiz
More than 150 companies came to campus to woo SCU students
Santa Clara University’s Career Center held its Fall Career Fair last week. Hundreds of students vied for the attention of more than 150 companies including Gap Inc., Cisco, Kaiser Permanente, The Walt Disney Company, Stryker, the Tech Museum, and Tesla, which had a Model S on display. The SCU Career Center encourages students to keep an open mind when looking for career opportunities.
“We always tell students to think beyond their major. You don’t have to be an engineer to work for Apple or Google, and healthcare companies are in need of computer science and human resources staffing. They shouldn’t limit themselves when thinking about their future,” says Career Center Director Elspeth Rossetti.
One hiring trend SCU’s Career Center points out is more companies hiring freshmen and sophomores as interns in hopes of transitioning them into full-time employees at graduation. This may also work to the student’s advantage. They not only gain valuable experience in an internship, but they have the opportunity to test if a career path will work for them.
“This is about more than just finding a job that matches your skills. We want students to see the importance of exploration and experience in determining their interests, declaring a major, and finding a fit at work. The earlier they engage, the more time and chances they have to align their interests and skills with available jobs,” says Rossetti.
The last SCU survey of recent graduates found 78 percent of the respondents in the Class of 2013 were either employed full-time, attending graduate school, or participating in a service program such as the Jesuit Volunteer Corps. Santa Clara University also recently ranked among the highest paid alumni in the country, according to a PayScale survey.
Watch the video of the career fair here: http://bit.ly/SCUCareerFairVID
SCU launches first sports leadership program with workshop featuring all-star panel
Santa Clara University’s School of Education and Counseling Psychology is launching a new endeavor to promote the importance of developing leadership and life skills featuring one of the most successful coaches in collegiate soccer. The Jerry Smith Coaching for Life Academy (JSCFLA) is SCU’s first sports leadership program and held its inaugural workshop Oct. 9. The Academy’s mission is to help educate and prepare coaches, players, and parents to achieve success in sports and life.
“The relationship coaches develop with players is vital to the success of young athletes on and off the field, and in their careers. The impact we have on these men and women cannot be overstated,” says Jerry Smith, head coach of the SCU women’s soccer team and executive director of the JSCFLA. “We’re excited to shift the focus to the kind of sports leadership that doesn’t just look at wins and losses in the game, but how athletes flourish in life with the right mentorship.”
Smith is currently coaching his 28th soccer season at SCU and is the winningest coach in the history of the program. His players have gone on to win Olympic medals, lead long careers in professional soccer, and play for the U.S. National Team. Many of his former Broncos have gone on to have successful careers in medicine and TV, as well as high ranking positions at companies such as Google, Yahoo, and Nike. Several of Smith’s former players have also gone on to be successful entrepreneurs. The Academy will feature a series of seminars and workshops for the personal and professional development of parents, students, student-athletes, and coaches. Future plans include sports leadership courses for undergraduate and graduate students.
“Without a doubt, Jerry Smith's coaching style and mentorship allowed me to succeed as a soccer player and continue to benefit me as an adult today,” says professional soccer player and two-time All-American Mandy Clemens ’99, “I'm thrilled to know that his knowledge and skill set will be made available to others who haven't had the advantage of being coached by him.”
Smith led the first workshop “Building Self-Esteem through Sports” today. Panelists included FIFA World Cup champion and Olympic gold medalist Brandi Chastain ’91, Former MLB all star and CSN Bay Area Giants analyst Randy Winn ’96, and SCU Baseball Head Coach Dan O’Brien. Participants discussed using sports as a vehicle to build self-esteem, develop leadership, create healthy habits, improve teamwork, and enhance communication.
Watch a video of event highlights by EYEBRONCO here: http://bit.ly/EYEBroncoCoachforLife
SCU programs receive settlement funding for privacy protection and education efforts
Santa Clara University’s High Tech Law Institute and Markkula Center for Applied Ethics were awarded $346,000 in cy pres funds from the settlement reached in In re: Netflix Privacy Litigation, a federal class action lawsuit against the Los Gatos-based entertainment company.
The lawsuit alleged that the company had retained and disclosed users’ viewing histories and other personally identifiable information without consent.
The funds are to be spent on privacy protection and education efforts, according to the terms of the court-approved settlement. Both the High Tech Law Institute and the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics have established track records in those areas.
“As shown by our new Privacy Law Certificate, we’re constantly innovating new ways to educate about privacy,” said Eric Goldman, co-director of the High Tech Law Institute. “We are looking forward to finding creative and effective ways to deliver value for members of the Netflix settlement class.”
“As technology advances more rapidly than laws can, ethics provides another lens through which to evaluate new tools and services and to educate consumers,” said Irina Raicu, director of the Internet Ethics Program at the Markkula Center. “The funds from this settlement will help us continue to educate consumers and to promote privacy protection online through resources focused on software engineering ethics.”
Eighteen other organizations also received cy pres funds from the $9 million settlement.