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  •  Santa Clara University Welcomes Class of 2014

    They’re young, smart, and diverse, and they’re ready to begin the next challenging chapter of their lives. On Sept. 20, some 1,300 freshman students began their college career at Santa Clara University, one of the top universities in the country, according U.S. News & World Report, Princeton Review, and Forbes.

    For the fourth year in a row, SCU experienced a record number of applications totaling 11,788, an increase of 15 percent from the year before. Of the applicants, 7,100 came from California alone.

    SCU’s Class of 2014 come from diverse backgrounds and a strong academic standing. Of the 1,316 students who were admitted, 60 percent are from California and 37.4 percent are from 36 states, including Hawaii, New York, and Texas. International students make 2.6 percent and come from China, Venezuela, and Zimbabwe to name a few. Read more.

    Watch a slideshow from move-in weekend and Sunday mass.


  •  Campus Renovations, Repairs, and Upgrades

    Anyone who was around campus this summer couldn’t miss the bulldozers, cranes, and construction signs posted almost everywhere. The University looked like one major construction zone with renovations and repairs taking place in more than a dozen buildings.

    Aside from Benson Memorial Center’s Marketplace and The Bronco, Swig Hall had one of the most dramatic changes with new rooms, kitchens, and bathrooms. The basement also boasts a new dance practice room, additional laundry room, recreational area, conference rooms, and even a theatre. As Joe Sugg and Don Akerland from University Operations put it, everything but the concrete was replaced, including the heating, plumbing, and data lines.

    Work is also wrapping up at the Mission Church, where crews have been repairing plaster erosion and some minor water damage. Crews removed multiple layers of plaster and paint atop the concrete surface. They also added two new restrooms near the south side of the structure.

    Donohoe Alumni House will surely be the next building to take the spotlight when renovations are complete at the end of this quarter. Workers are reinforcing the masonry building with steel beams to support walls and attach the floors and roofs to the exterior walls. The floor plan will also drastically change with more enclosed office space, conference rooms, large meeting rooms, and a living room for guests. A new entrance, expanded bathrooms, and the addition of elevators will also make the building compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

    Other improvements on campus include:

    • School of Law – new student lounge, a multipurpose room, a new admissions office
    • School of Engineering – a new computer lab and research space
    • Jesuit School of Theology – roof repairs, electrical upgrades, and safety upgrades
    • Walsh and McLaughlin halls – new service desks, sinks, cabinets, and carpeting


  •  SCU Law School's Centennial Celebration

    A lot has changed since Santa Clara University opened its School of Law in 1911. Back then, fewer than 15 men— all of them white— registered for classes. Now, enrollment tops 900, with women accounting for 48 percent of students, and the entire law school among the 10 most diverse in the nation.

    “In the past century, we have also become a school of national prominence. During our first 50 years, we were focused on meeting the needs of the region. Over time our reputation has grown along with that of Silicon Valley. Even today, more than a third of the judges in the county are our alumni,” notes Senior Assistant Dean Julia Yaffee.

    Content has evolved with the times as well. In the early 20th century, high tech was still science fiction. Privacy concerns centered on issues such as a “peeping Tom” looking in your window, not your e-mail account. Property was tangible, not intellectual.

    What has remained constant is the school’s commitment to social justice. “The Jesuit mission includes such a strong commitment to social justice, that it has certainly pervaded the law school and its student body from the beginning,” says Gerald Uelmen, professor and former dean of the School of Law.

    Last year, law school students provided more than 11,000 hours of legal pro bono work, according to Yaffee.

    Several events are being planned to celebrate the centennial, beginning with a special convocation in Mayer Theater at 5 p.m. on Oct. 18.

    Professor Uelmen is orchestrating a dramatic reenactment of the 1912 “trial of the century” of Clarence Darrow for bribing jurors. More details will be released as they become available, including the location and date as well as the names of the legal all-stars who will be participating.

    For more information about centennial events as well as historic photos of the School of Law, visit the website.


  •  The President's Convocation

    As he embarks on his third school year since joining the University, Santa Clara University President Michael Engh, S.J., described the changes, challenges, and opportunities ahead for the University community.

    Speaking at the President’s Convocation in the Mission Church on Sept. 14, Engh cited the University’s strategic plan as a top project that is consuming administrators’ time and is expected to lead to changes throughout the University. “We are about ready to launch the ship” by sending the plan to trustees next month, he said.

    He described the plan as being based on several goals including excellence in Jesuit education, engagement with Silicon Valley, global understanding, justice and sustainability, and support for the academic community. Engh expects to see greater support for faculty exchanges, research, and study abroad, and he said officials will continue to attempt to recruit diverse students, especially those who have the background to take advantage of SCU’s unique offerings. After the address, a recognition event was held to honor the following faculty:

    • Brian McNelis (Chemistry and Biochemistry) – Louis and Dorina Brutocao Award for Teaching Excellence
    • Hersh Shefrin (Finance) – University Award for Sustained Excellence in Scholarship
    • Michelle Oberman (Law) – University Award for Recent Achievement in Scholarship
    • Daniel Lewis (Computer Engineering) – Brutocao Award for Curriculum Innovation
    • Betty Young (Physics) – Faculty Senate Professor
    • Ruth Davis (Computer Engineering) – President of the Faculty Senate
    The President’s Special Recognition Award recipients are:
    • Leslie Gray (Environmental Studies Institute)
    • Allen Hammond (Law)
    • Timothy Hight (Mechanical Engineering)
    • Alejandro Garcia-Rivera (Jesuit School of Theology) 
    The following faculty were recognized for 25 years of service:
    • Gerdenio “Sonny” Manuel, S.J. (Jesuit Community)
    • Edward McQuarrie (Marketing)                    
    • Peter Minowitz (Political Science)
    • Mahmudur Rahman (Electrical Engineering)
    • Paul Soukup, S.J. (Communication)
    • Nancy Wait-Kromm (Music)
    • Sally Wood (Electrical Engineering) 


  •  Awards Presented at the College of Arts and Sciences Fall Convocation

    Daryn Baker (Biology) – The Nancy Keil Service Excellence Award
    In recognition of having established a well-deserved reputation for sustained excellence and initiative in providing technical or administrative support service, and for consistently approaching ones responsibilities with a professionalism that demonstrates dedication to the welfare of students and others and that leads by example.
    Larry Nelson (Philosophy) – Dr. David E. Logothetti Teaching Award
    In recognition of having established among colleagues and students a well-deserved reputation for an energetic, engaging, and effective teaching style, and having demonstrated the ability to motivate other teachers and learners.
    Barbara Molony (History) – Professor Joseph Bayma, S.J., Scholarship Award
    In recognition of having established among colleagues and students a well-deserved reputation for productive, meaningful, and rigorous scholarly or creative work, and for having demonstrated the ability to motivate other scholars or artists, teachers, and learners.
    Phyllis Brown (Undergraduate Studies; Core Curriculum; English) – Dr. John B. Drahmann Advising Award
    In recognition of having established among colleagues and students a well-deserved reputation for extraordinary dedication to student welfare through wise, informed, effective, and caring counsel, and having demonstrated the ability to motivate other teachers and learners.
    Angel Islas (Biology) – Bernard Hubbard, S.J., Creative Collaboration Award
    In recognition of having established a well-deserved reputation for excellence in educating students by including them in professional research projects or creative activity, thereby transcending traditional teaching models to reach the heart of the research and creative process and, in this collaboration, for having inspired other scholars and artists.


  •  Overflow Tickets for Leon Panetta Lecture

    As many of you know already, single tickets are sold out for the Leon Panetta lecture on Friday, Oct. 8. A few series tickets remain.

    In order for more people to share in this experience, 125 free overflow tickets will be available for remote viewing in the St. Clare Room of the Learning Commons, Technology Center, and Library. Even though the overflow tickets are free, you must have a ticket to attend. The tickets are available at President's Speaker Series ticket website. You also can view the Panetta lecture, starting at 8 p.m., on LINC-TV, the campus cable channel. Please let the students know.

    If you purchase one of the $50 series tickets available to staff, faculty, students, and Osher members, you will be guaranteed seating not only for Panetta, but also for Dame Rosalyn Higgins of the International Court of Justice and for David Drummond ’85 of Google. More information is available at President Speaker Series website.


  •  Grand Plans for Grand Reunion Weekend

    Familiar faces will be seen on campus the weekend of Oct. 8–10 as alumni converge for the second annual Grand Reunion Weekend to remember their college experiences, reconnect with old friends, and renew their ties with the University. Thirteen undergraduate classes, from the class of 1950 to our most recent graduates, will come together to celebrate.

    Some of the Grand Reunion events include a 5K run through campus the morning of Oct. 9, a homecoming picnic at noon, special dinner gatherings in the evening, and the dedication of the newest building on campus—the Paul L. Locatelli Student Activity Center—on Oct. 10.

    “The weekend’s many activities, including tours, talks, and receptions, will help renew a sense of University pride among the faculty, staff, students, and alumni,” says Michael Engh, S.J., president of SCU. “I invite you to attend the activities during the weekend, as your participation will enrich the reunion experience for all.”

    Shuttles to and from nearby hotels will be available to prevent potential parking problems.  For more information about the Grand Reunion, visit the Alumni Association's website.


  •  Shared Heritage: Mexico and California 200 Years

    Santa Clara University presents The Mexican Revolution in the Arts this fall to commemorate the 200th anniversary of Mexican Independence and the 100th anniversary of the Mexican Revolution.

    The Consulate General of Mexico in San Jose is collaborating with Santa Clara University, San Jose State University, National Hispanic University, and History San Jose to educate the public about the beginning of the struggle of Mexico independence and Mexico's international relations.

    A series of events will take place Oct. 12 to Nov. 10. at Santa Clara University. They are:

    Opening Reception
    Tuesday, Oct. 12 at 4 p.m.
    St. Clare Room and Multicultural Reading Area at University Library and Learning Commons
    The History of the Mexican Revolution 1910-1920
    Tuesday, Oct. 19 at 5 p.m.
    Williman Room at Benson Memorial Center
    The Novels of the Mexican Revolution
    Tuesday, Oct. 26 at 5 p.m.
    Williman Room at Benson Memorial Center
    Music at Noon
    Wednesday, Oct. 27 at noon
    Recital Hall at Music and Dance Building
    Musical Tribute to the Mexican Revolution
    Tuesday, Nov. 9 at 7 p.m.
    Recital Hall at Music and Dance Building
    The Storm That Swept Mexico
    Wednesday, Nov. 10 at 5 p.m.
    Recital Hall at Music and Dance Building
    To learn more about each event at SCU, visit Santa Clara's website. For a complete list of events taking place at other venues, visit the website of the Consulate General of Mexico in San Jose.


  •  De Saisset Museum Focuses on California Art, History, and Cultural Heritage

    The de Saisset Museum at Santa Clara University will kick off an exciting exhibition season this fall with Sing Me Your Story, Dance Me Home: Art and Poetry from Native California, which opens on Saturday, Oct. 2.

    Like the state itself, California Natives are remarkably diverse with more than 300 languages and distinct geographical centers shaping communities, traditions, ideologies, and ceremonies. Sing Me Your Story brings together California Native artists and poets in a powerful traveling exhibition. Based on the publication from Heyday Books, The Dirt Is Red Here: Art and Poetry from Native California, this exhibition explores Native stories, songs, and dance through painting, poetry, basketry, jewelry, printmaking, photography, and sculpture.

    Sing Me Your Story is a call to California Native artists and poets to share their cultural knowledge and life experience; leading all of us to understand how culture, history, ancestry, and story have shaped each of us—Native and non-Native,” says exhibition curator Theresa Harlan. Read more.


    Lyn Risling, Asiktavanthúkirar Tu ípak, Tattoo Woman Returns, 2003, giclee print, 36 x 28 inches
  •  Center of Performing Arts: Your Ticket to Great Entertainment

    The upcoming performing arts season on campus “envelops a blend of the old, the new, and the up-and-coming at a great value for patrons,” says Butch Coyne, director of the Center of Performing Arts.

    “The nice thing about a university performing arts program is that it’s a very eclectic season—there’s a lot of choice,” Coyne says. “We encourage you to pick and choose.”

    The complete offerings are too numerous to delineate here, but some highlights include a 200th birthday celebration of classical composer Robert Schumann on Friday, Oct. 22 at 8 p.m. in the Music Recital Hall. This concert will include a preconcert lecture, as well as selections from Schumann’s piano, vocal, and instrumental compositions.

    Pianist and Professor of Music Teresa McCollough proves there is more than one way to play a piano during Musical Mavericks on Friday, Oct. 29 at 8 p.m. in the Music Recital Hall. She and several students will perform simultaneously on the same piano creating melodies using not only fingers on the keyboard, but mallets on other parts of the instrument (including the body of the instrument), string wire wrapped around individual piano strings, and other inventive techniques. “This is something you don’t see very often,” Coyne notes. “It’s part of Teresa’s exploration of new music and new music works.”

    Shakespeare’s Macbeth will grace the stage of the Mayer Theatre Nov. 5–13 under the nimble direction of Frederick Tollini, S.J. “We are very excited about Fr. Tollini doing Macbeth for us this year. He always brings a new eye, a crispness, to Shakespeare,” Coyne says.

    The dance season—which opened with Migrations, the innovative traveling dance that crisscrossed campus the end of September—includes the Fall Dance Festival on Oct. 16 and 17, featuring choreography from senior dance majors, as well as the Choreographer’s Gallery on Dec. 2 and 3, in which choreography students combine all genres of dance to present an array of distinct, original performances

    For more information about these and the rest of the season, visit CPA’s website or call 408-554-4015. This year, tickets will be available online as well as by phone or in person at the box office.


  •  Renovations Complete and Doors to Reopen at Benson Memorial Center

    Open layout, dozens of skylights, and television screens. They’re the latest features of the newly remodeled Benson Memorial Center, which has been closed all summer.

    Step inside, and you’ll see Market Square is now Marketplace, and walls that once separated The Bronco have been torn down so that crowding will no longer be an issue. Other changes include suspended ceiling fans, cushioned banquette seating, and cash registers at all food stations, rather than at a centralized location. The most important feature, of course, is the food. Marketplace will feature:

    ·         California Deli – made-to-order and grab-n-go sandwiches, deli meats, and sides;
    ·         Farmer’s Pantry – large salad bar area, bread and breakfast bars, and fruit/vegetable area;
    ·         Saute – chef display cooking-to-order area under a large copper hood in the center of the facility;
    ·         The Bistro – traditional international cuisine, crepes, panini, and a carving station; and
    ·         La Parrilla – taqueria offering quesadillas, taco salads, and specialties.
    At The Bronco, you’ll find:
    ·         Tailgater’s – grill specialties as well as burgers, fries, and standard game fair;
    ·         540 Pizza and More – pizza, calzones, lasagna, and other baked casseroles;
    ·         Quench – gelato bar, aquas frescas, freshly brewed teas, as well as beer and wine (late night service only)
    The Bronco will be open at 11:00 a.m. during the week, as well both Saturday and Sunday nights.
    The first official meal will be served to students on Saturday, Sept. 18. However, faculty and staff are invited to a soft opening of the facility on Sept. 16 and 17. Dining Services will provide times shortly. A grand opening event will follow on Sept. 23 at 4 p.m.


  •  Santa Clara University Named Best by U.S. News & World Report, Princeton Review, Forbes

    Santa Clara University begins a busy and impressive year, after making three of the country’s most well-known college lists.

    In its annual ranking, “America’s Best Colleges 2011,” U.S. News & World Report ranked SCU second overall among 115 master’s universities in the West. SCU’s average undergraduate graduation rate, 85 percent, was the third highest in the country among 572 national master’s level universities. Read more.

    The University jumped to No. 115 in Forbes’ “America’s Best Colleges” list for 2010. In the previous year, SCU was ranked 150, and in 2008, the year of Forbes’ inaugural edition, it was 318. Read more.

    The Princeton Review’s annual guidebook, “The Best 373 Colleges,” featured SCU, recognizing it for its academic program and Catholic values.


  •  Santa Clara University School of Law Welcomes an Academically Strong, Diverse, Well-Rounded New Class

    Santa Clara University School of Law recently welcomed an academically strong first-year class that is also diverse in experiences, ethnicity, and interests.

    The 247 full-time and 82 part-time students who began taking classes August 16 hail from 29 states and 14 foreign countries including China, Estonia, India, Iran, Japan, Mexico, Nigeria, Russia, Taiwan, Thailand, and Uzbekistan. They attended 131 different undergraduate schools, and 34 of them already have advanced degrees—including 10 Ph.D.s.

    Last year’s trend toward younger first-year students continued this year—with full-time students again having a median age of 24, versus 25 three years ago. Part-time students (who tend to be working professionals) have a median age of 25, down from 27 last year and 29 four years ago.

    More than 4,900 people applied to Santa Clara Law this year, the strongest level of interest since 2004. The class encompasses a diverse range of backgrounds, including students who have worked as opera singers, horse trainers, and kickboxing instructors, and some who have graduated from culinary school. Read more.


  •  Santa Clara University Welcomes New Faculty for 2010-11

    Some 40 people joined Santa Clara University’s faculty this academic year. They gathered at the Jesuit Residence on Sept. 13 for a reception and dinner, which were attended by SCU President Michael Engh, S.J., School of Engineering Dean Godfrey Mungal, and Interim Provost Don Dodson, to name a few.

    The new faculty members and their departments are:
    Christopher Bacon, Assistant Professor – Environmental Studies
    Frank Barone, Lecturer – Engineering Management
    Olin Bjork, Lecturer – English
    Justin Boren, Acting Assistant Professor – Communication
    Ye Cai, Acting Assistant Professor – Finance
    Socorro Castañeda-Liles, Acting Assistant Professor – Religious Studies
    Alan Clinton, Lecturer – English
    Chellana Dinsmore, Lecturer – Theatre and Dance
    Melissa Donegan, Lecturer – English
    Michael Flynn, Legal Analysis, Research and Writing Instructor – Law
    Josh Hayes, Lecturer – Philosophy
    Anthony Hazard, Postdoctoral Fellow – History
    Julie Hughes, Lecturer – Art and Art History
    Courtney Huizar, Legal Analysis, Research and Writing Instructor – Law
    Sanjay Jain, Assistant Professor, Management
    Christopher Kamrath, Lecturer – English
    Sikandar Khatri, Postdoctoral Fellow – Civil Engineering
    Michael King, Lecturer – English
    Rita Kohli, Postdoctoral Fellow – Liberal Studies
    Michael Lasley, Lecturer – English
    Peter Lech, Lecturer – Classics
    Lori Lee, Lecturer – Chemistry and Biochemistry
    George Mohler, Assistant Professor – Mathematics and Computer Science
    Courtney Mohler, Postdoctoral Fellow – Theatre and Dance
    Tonya Nilsson, Lecturer – English
    Lee Panich, Lecturer – Anthropology
    Kim Parnell, Lecturer – Mechanical Engineering
    Nikki Pope, Teaching Scholar – Law
    Terrence Queenan, Lecturer – Education
    Kirsten Read, Lecturer – Psychology
    Michael Schadeck, Acting Assistant Professor – Education
    Jason Schlude, Lecturer – Classics
    Ravi Shanmugam, Assistant Professor – Marketing
    Arunima Sinha, Acting Assistant Professor – Economics
    Daniel Strickland, Assistant Professor – Mechanical Engineering
    Daniel Turkeltaub, Assistant Professor – Classics
    Jaume Villanueva, Acting Assistant Professor – Management
    Juliet Wiersema, Lecturer – Art and Art History
    Christina Zanfagna, Lecturer – Music


  •  2010-11 President's Speaker Series

    This year’s President’s Speaker Series, co-sponsored by the School of Law, showcases individuals who investigate issues at the intersection of law and national security, human rights, and technology.
    Leon Panetta ’60, J.D. ’63
    October 8 at 8 p.m.
    Mayer Theatre
    Rosalyn Higgins
    February 24 at 7:30 p.m.
    Mission Church
    David C. Drummond ’85
    April 13 at 7:30 p.m.
    Mayer Theatre
    General admission tickets are $25 each and $60 for the series; tickets for faculty, staff, and members of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute are $20 each and $50 for the series; and SCU student tickets are free, but student seats are limited.
    For more information or to order tickets, visit the President’s Speaker Series website.


  •  SCU's Media Relations Team Garners International, National, Regional Media Attention

    Whether Kirk Hanson fields questions about the top ethical issues for college students live on KQED-FM or Mike Sexton breaks down the complexities behind college rankings for, one thing is clear. Santa Clara University is expanding its reach in print, online, and across airwaves.

    Here’s a snapshot of the media coverage SCU has in the last three academic years:
    2009-10 – 12,736 media placements
    2008-09 – 7,055 media placements
    2007-08 – 4,339 media placements

    Many of the mentions, features, and interviews landed in prominent publications such as the The New York Times, Washington Post, and USA Today. Professors such as Thomas Plante and Jerry Burger have given live interviews on CNN International. Bloggers such as Sue Shellenberger from the Wall Street Journal are writing about Laura Ellingson’s latest book, Aunting. Opinion-editorials are also highlighting the expertise of faculty members such as Farid Senzai, Ruth Davis, and Buford Barr, just to name a few. Professors with unique expertise -- such as Eric Goldman on high-tech law; Allen Hammond on broadband and FCC policy, or Meir Statman and Hersh Shefrin on behavioral finance -- were highly sought out by local and national reporters during the year, as well.

    “The success of our media relations team hinges on the willingness and collaboration of our faculty and staff,” says SCU President Michael Engh, S.J. “Without their flexibility and enthusiasm and the team’s hard work, we would not be able achieve such great success.”

    “We recognize how hectic everyone’s schedules can be, teaching, juggling office hours, and conducting research. My team and I are grateful for the time faculty and staff set aside to respond to media requests,” says Deepa Arora, communications director. “We would not be able to do what we do without their help.”

    If you have any story ideas for the press, contact the media relations team:
    Deepa Arora |
    Connie Coutain |
    Deborah Lohse |


  •  Update Your SCU Directory Contact Information by Sept. 24

    It’s time to update faculty and staff contact information for the 2010–11 online and printed directories.

    The information published in the online directory is the same information that is published in the printed directory. Although changes to the online version can be made at any time, changes for the printed directory must be made by Friday, Sept. 24.

    Please review your information in the online directory. If changes need to be made to your entry, you must contact your department’s phonebook representative. Each department’s phonebook representative is responsible for updating the department information by Friday, Sept. 24.

    If you would like to opt out of receiving a printed directory, log into the phone directory with your SCU Groupwise login, and select “Update your profile content and display preferences” on the right-hand side of the page. You will see an option to opt out by Friday, Sept. 24.

    If you need assistance, contact: 

    Rai Cornell, CommonSpot support specialist,
    Christine Cole, marketing assistant, cecole@scu.ecu


  •  Your Opinion Matters

    Where’s that story I suggested? What a great story about the students. Why don’t I see anything on my department? Bravo on the photos and videos!

    Here’s your chance to tell us how we’re doing with fyi. Go online and take a short, anonymous survey (6 questions).


  •  Nationally Ranked Women's Soccer Team Scores on and off the Field

    Anyone who attends a game or even a practice of the 8th-ranked SCU women’s soccer team will witness a group of 30 women and four coaches hard at work and determined to drive toward their expressly stated goal. Freshman defender and midfielder Nikki Ambrose, the team’s first recruit from Canada, says it very simply: “When you come to Santa Clara to play soccer, a national championship is always the goal in mind.”

    Coach Jerry Smith has officially begun his 24th season at the helm, and he is just as excited for this team’s prospects as any other year. He constantly emphasizes the core values that have driven both him and his players throughout his tenure as coach, including respect, responsibility, and Bronco pride.

    This year, Smith also has a new volunteer assistant, SCU women’s soccer legend Aly Wagner. Wagner has a long list of career highlights; her time at SCU included scoring the national championship-winning goal over North Carolina in 2001 and winning the Hermann Trophy as the country’s best player in 2002.

    Wagner, 30, recently retired from professional soccer and returned to SCU to finish her degree. “One thing led to another,” said Wagner, and before long she was back as a volunteer coach with the team she loves and hopes to inspire. Junior defender Jenny LaPonte, who is recovering from a hamstring injury and has been personally training with Wagner, said that she was “super stoked to see Aly here…she’s just so good.”

    As important as coaching can be, a team must have good players to succeed, and this team is in no short supply of quality student-athletes. For soccer, especially, a good goalkeeper can often be the difference between a win and a draw or loss. This year, SCU has one of the nation’s best in junior Bianca Henninger.

    Henninger, whose jersey number is, appropriately enough, 1, recently returned from Germany as the starting goalkeeper for the US in the FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup. Her efforts were part of a drive to the quarterfinals for the US team, and she was awarded the Adidas Golden Glove as the tournament’s best goalkeeper for her performance.

    Back home and practicing again with SCU, Henninger is determined to eliminate any deficiencies in her already-solid game. “It was really cool to be able to play for your country…to hear the national anthem. I know it sounds corny, but it gives you a sense of pride,” says Henninger.

    Finally, a team’s captain always plays a pivotal role in its success, and Smith has found two in co-captains Lindsey Johnson and Kendra Perry. Perry, a senior midfielder, said that as captain, it will be her and Johnson’s job to help keep the team motivated. “We need to be that voice for the team,” she said. She also mentioned that, outside of soccer, she (along with many other members of the team), leads through service, working with the Bay Area Women’s Soccer Initiative. Johnson said that she wants to serve as a role model for young girls, and every player agreed. It was clear, even with a national championship in mind and much hard work left to do, this team considers service to be a primary goal for this, or any, soccer season.

    Go to the next game. 


  •  Congratulations to the Class of 2010

     Watch a video from Saturday's commencement ceremony.

    Watch a slideshow from Friday’s and Saturday’s commencement ceremonies.

    Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony

    Santa Clara University’s undergraduate class of 2010 received their degrees on Saturday after Ken Hackett delivered his commencement address and encouraged the 1,392 students to feel solidarity with the poor – not just in their city, but in their own world as they take up their next adventure in business or in education.

    Hackett is the president of Catholic Relief Services (CRS), which was one of the first responders to the devastating earthquake in Haiti. CRS provides humanitarian relief and development assistance to the poor and marginalized in more than 100 countries. It has responded to other humanitarian crises and disasters such this month’s flooding from Tropical Storm Agatha, human trafficking in India, and the 2004 tsunami in Indonesia.

    Thousands of family members, faculty, and staff listened intently as Hackett reminded the students of why they first chose to attend Santa Clara University.

    “Whether you are Catholic or not, you came to a Catholic institution because it was here that the important ethical questions are debated, asked, answered, and discussed, putting your intellectual pursuits in their proper framework,” Hackett said. Read more.

    Graduate Commencement Ceremony

    Take time out of the success that awaits you and “reach out for others,” a pioneering educator of Afghan women urged the graduates of Santa Clara University’s three advanced-degree programs.

    The University's 159th graduation for about 800 students from the School of Engineering, the Leavey School of Business and Administration, and the School of Education, Counseling Psychology, and Pastoral Ministries took place Friday evening at the University’s Leavey Center.

    Speaking to a jubilant, multi-ethnic crowd of more than 4,000 family and friends of the graduates, speaker Sakena Yacoobi challenged the graduating students to reach out for others, to “give a gift to yourself” in the process. Read more.

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