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  •  Engineering Student Wins Trip to Hollywood

    Graduate mechanical engineering student Anne Mahacek is headed to Los Angeles this weekend to watch a live taping of CBS’s Emmy and Golden Globe-winning comedy The Big Bang Theory. She won the VIP trip after entering a contest about a comical song that’s regularly featured on the show.
    “I’ve watched the show for a while now and knew with my engineering skills that I could do something successful. It seemed like a fun opportunity,” says Mahacek, a loyal fan of the sitcom.
    The show centers on five characters: two CalTech physicists, Sheldon and Leonard, their attractive neighbor Penny, who’s an aspiring actress working as a waitress, and Sheldon and Leonard’s equally geeky and socially awkward friends, an aerospace engineer and an astrophysicist.
    Sheldon once goaded Penny into singing “Soft Kitty,” a song sung to him when he was sick as a child. The song has become a bit of a running joke within the show.
    CBS opened a contest looking for the most interesting fan performance of “Soft Kitty.” Rather than videotaping herself singing the song as many other people did, Mahacek used her engineering background as inspiration. She built a robot out of Legos, wheels, and some items lying around the house and then programmed it to recite the lyrics of “Soft Kitty,” while adhering to the formula she created for the song. The robot sings and moves along a poster board showing the formulas for each line of the lyrics. For instance, the last line of the lullaby, “Purr…purr…purr,” is represented by the equation “purr3.” 
    “I knew I had to do something nerdy for the video, because The Big Bang Theory often uses real science,” she says.
    She said that the entire process “only took a few hours,” largely because she was already quite familiar with robotic systems since that’s what she’s currently studying at Santa Clara University.
    Mahacek said that she couldn’t believe her good fortune when she was contacted by CBS. Her video has since been posted on The Big Bang Theory’s Facebook page and CBS’s website.


  •  University Cable TV Manager Still a Shocker

    When the Wichita State University Shockers took the court in this year’s NIT, Terry Benton cheered them on, no doubt reminiscing about his days on the basketball team. Once a Shocker, always a Shocker, he says.
    And what a Shocker he was. Currently the manager of SCU’s LINC-TV services, 40 years ago as a center/forward for the team, Benton set WSU rebounding records—four of which still stand: most rebounds in a single game (29); best all-time career rebounding average (12.7); highest average rebounds per game (16.8); and most recent triple-double (20 points, 22 rebounds, 10 assists against Tulsa in ’72.
    He responds humbly when asked about his record-setting days as a Shocker. “I’m pleased somebody sill remembers. Forty years is a long time ago,” he says. “It was a privilege, not a right, to go to college, to play team sports. I think too many gifted—and less gifted—athletes forget that sometimes.”
    Benton set those records in a three-year period, 1969–72. At the time, freshmen were ineligible to play “with the big boys.” With no shot clock and several excellent shooters on his squad, rebounding became his forte. “They didn’t pass the ball very much, so I figured if I’m going to get the ball, I better go get it myself,” he laughs.
    But he wasn’t focused on setting records. “I never really thought of numbers, because for two years, we weren’t very good. We didn’t win very much. I don’t care what anyone says—if you get 20 points, you get 20 rebounds, and you still lose; that may be OK to read about in the paper, but your buddies will still say, ‘You guys lost last night,’” he says.
    After college, the basketball star was chosen to play with the Detroit Pistons in the NBA draft, with Kentucky Colonels in the ABA draft, and with the Harlem Globetrotters. He turned them all down to play in Varese, Italy. “I had a great year. I was leading the league in rebounding and scoring well. Then I popped my Achilles’ tendon. It was career over. Game over,” he says.
    With his degree in broadcast journalism, he worked in radio and television for several years before moving into information technology as a general communications contractor. In addition to owning TBI West Coast, he has been managing SCU’s cable services for 16 years. “Best move I ever made,” he says.
    Even in his IT career, though, Benton still taps into lessons learned in basketball: Bloom where you’re planted. Share. Don’t be selfish. Be a team player. “Basketball teaches you that you have to have a team to move forward, to be successful,” he says. “No matter how good you are, you can’t beat five guys by yourself.”


  •  Dissecting Diversity One Layer at a Time

    What does diversity mean in the San Francisco Bay Area? What conversations should students, faculty, and staff have to better understand one another? What issues are college campuses facing today?
    These are some of the many questions Bay Area universities will tackle at the Diversity Leadership Conference at Santa Clara University on Saturday, April 30 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The event is co-sponsored by SCU, Stanford, San Jose State, and De Anza College thanks to a grant from Google.
    The day-long event will have 40 workshops, covering four main themes: civic engagement, social justice, education equity, and intersection of multiple identities. Speakers and panelists from at least 15 universities and organizations, such as UC Berkeley, Mills College, and St. Mary’s, will be leading the workshops and discussions. Jeff Chang, author of Can’t Stop Won’t Stop, will give the keynote address.
    Some of the workshops include:
    Diversity and Inclusion in the Technology Industry
    Sarah Stuart, Google
    Bursting the Bubble: An Honest Dialogue of Student Experiences with Racism
    Isabel Duron and Jessica Cassella, SCU
    First Year Students’ Understanding of Diversity
    Rona T. Halualani and Christopher M. Lancaste, SJSU
    “I Ain’t Hood; I Live in the Suburbs”
    Victoria Asbury, Stanford
    Understanding and Assessing the Outcomes of Campus Diversity Initiatives for Asian American College Students
    Dawn Lee, UC Davis
    Intersecting Identities: Professional Identity, Gender Identity, and Workplace Behavior
    Monica Hudson and Eden-Renee Pruitt, USF and Bard College at Simon Rock
    Visit the Diversity Leadership Conference website for more information and a full list of all the workshops.
    Limited seats are available, and if you register before the end of the week, students receive a early bird rate of $10 and non-students $35. Rates increase to $15 and $45 respectively starting March 19.
  •  The Santa Clara Magazine Scoops Up Gold, Silver, Bronze

    The Office of Marketing and Communications (OMC) is proud to announce that Santa Clara University has received eight Awards of Excellence at the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) District VII awards luncheon on March 4.

    For a fourth consecutive year, Santa Clara Magazine earned more medals than any other magazine in the region. They are:
    ·         Gold in Periodical Staff Writing for External Audiences – based on the articles
    o   “Bending light” (Spring 2010) by Steven Boyd Saum
    o   “Home is” (Spring 2010) by Steven Boyd Saum
    o   “Bad Journalism 101” (Spring 2010) by Mansi Bhatia
    o   “Everything is illuminated” (Winter 2009) by Christine Cole
    o   “Season premiere: Resurrection/Hatching Hannah Montana” (Fall 2009) by Karen Crocker Snell
    ·         Silver in General Interest Magazine – based on Spring 2010 (“Home”) and Summer 2010 (“Carry the Torch”) issues
    ·         Silver in Excellence in Design – Covers for “Imagine. Go. Do.”
    ·         Silver in Excellence in Design – Editorial Design for “Courage in the face,” opening spread of photo essay on Haiti by Michael Larremore ’08
    ·         Bronze in Excellence in Design – Periodicals
    ·         Bronze in Periodical Special Issue – Spring 2010 issue (“Home”)
    ·         Bronze in Individual Photography – “Hold the line,” by Bud Glick
    Santa Clara University’s OMC also received bronze in Individual Institutional Relations Publications for “President’s Report – Keeping our Commitment to Students.”
    CASE’s District VII comprises more than 100 colleges and universities from Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, and Utah.


  •  Compassion in Action: Enhancing the Art of End-of-Life Care

    As end-of-life care enters what many are calling its “second wave,” hospice and palliative care services in the U.S. continue to expand, bringing better quality of life at the end of life to increasing numbers of individuals and families. Patients and families are more often achieving the kinds of outcomes they say matter most—better symptom management, clearer communication about the patient’s condition, greater sensitivity to spiritual and cultural issues, and control over the site of death.
    Despite this progress, many challenges remain such as effectively extending care to underserved populations, supporting family caregivers before and after the loss of their loved ones, and communicating effectively as patients and families transition from curative to palliative care.

    Compassion in Action is a conference taking place on Friday, March 25 at Santa Clara University, bringing together leading experts who will examine key issues in contemporary end-of-life care. These visionary pragmatists will present ideas, models and programs that can enhance the evolution of advanced-illness care at local, national, and international levels. Conference attendees and participating organizations will be a second faculty for the conference as they network and share innovative ideas and services already contributing to enhancing care at the end of life. Learn more.


  •  Hope Beyond Uganda

    Santa Clara University senior Joshua Goldberg, a public health major and biology minor, looks to graduate in the spring just like hundreds of other Broncos. He plans to attend medical school after a gap year, also like many students. However, compared to most students, this is where the common ground largely ends.
    During his upcoming gap year, Goldberg plans on helping build, start up, and run a self-sustaining, nonprofit medical aid clinic in Uganda. Provided that he is able to find the $10,920 necessary for start-up and building costs, he will be working with volunteer organization Hope Beyond Worldwide, a nonprofit founded by Kennedy Ochiens in 2008 as an offshoot of HOPE Children’s Foundation Africa. Goldberg was already looking for a major medical service opportunity when he and Ochiens first made contact.
    Goldberg, as well as the organization itself, is making fundraising efforts to bring in the necessary money to get the clinic up and running. If that is successful, he will then travel to Uganda (where Hope Beyond Worldwide is headquartered) at the tail end of summer for 6–8 months to work in the out-clinic and help train the native staff. By the time Goldberg’s finishes his tenure at the clinic, it will be ready to be run entirely by native Ugandans, including physicians, nurses, and staff. Goldberg and the other foreign workers are planning on being there to do their philanthropic duty and help start things up. 
    He said that these efforts started a week before Thanksgiving, and he’s been talking to people around SCU since then. Goldberg says that the networking he has been able to do at SCU has been really successful and that, though he has yet to find an angel benefactor, he’s come away with many ideas and improved networking skills. Fundraising is still an obstacle to figure out, though he plans to have the organization as a whole incorporated as a tax-exempt 501.3(c) nonprofit.
    Once the clinic is running, it is projected to treat between 80–100 patients a day in Kawempe, a shantytown with a population of 300,000, some 10 kilometers north of Uganda’s capital city, Kampala. The clinic plans to target diseases such as HIV/AIDS, malaria, polio, tuberculosis, and typhoid fever, as well as treat accidents and provide immunizations. With this clinic, Goldberg, Ochiens, and everyone involved in the organization are trying—hopefully with a little help from SCU—to bring a little worldwide “hope” to Uganda.


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  •  Be a Mighty Bronco, Join the Tour de Cure in Palo Alto

    Join The SCU Mighty Broncos at the Tour de Cure in Palo Alto on June 12. People at all fitness levels are welcome, and family and friends can also join the team.
    As a participant, you are encouraged to fundraise in support of the American Diabetes Association. The goal is only $200, and very easy to obtain with a few e-mails to family and friends.
    The team is ordering custom team cycling jerseys, so the sooner you register, the more input you’ll have on the team uniform!
    There are four distances from which to choose: 12 miles, 30, 45, and 80. It’s fun and for a good cause. The SCU Mighty Broncos will also arrange team-training rides to prepare for the June event.
    If you can’t participate in the June Palo Alto ride but still want to support the American Diabetes Association and your fellow SCU community members, you can either:
    1. Follow the team’s blog;
    2.  Train with The SCU Mighty Broncos; or
    3. Join the team in spirit, by making a donation to the American Diabetes Association via any of the team members’ pages.

    People can join by clicking on “Join Team” at the bottom of this webpage.
    Contact Lindsey Cromwell if you have any questions.

  •  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.” 


  •  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 .


  •  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
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