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  •  Media Relations Annual Luncheon a Success

    Santa Clara University’s Office of Marketing and Communications would like to thank Michael Engh, S.J., faculty, and staff for attending its annual media relations luncheon on April 19.

    The media relations team has received tremendous feedback from the attendees and the guest speakers: Terry Chea from the Associated Press, Vicky Nguyen from NBC Bay Area, and Therese Poletti from Marketwatch. All three say the questions and comments made during the luncheon provided better insight into the faculty and staff’s busy schedules and concerns about media interviews.

    The media relations team is also grateful for the faculty and staff’s enthusiasm and willingness to work with the media, especially during hectic days of class, office hours, and life off campus. Without your cooperation and flexibility, the team would not be able to achieve its goals and reach success. Looking at the current numbers, SCU is on pace to exceed last year’s media placements by 50 percent.

    If you have any story ideas for the press, questions, or comments, don’t hesitate to contact the media relations team:

    Deepa Arora | | 408-554-5125
    Connie Kim Coutain | | 408-554-5126
    Deborah Lohse | | 480-554-5121

  •  Celebrating Earth Day on SCU's Facebook Page

    The conversation on Santa Clara University’s Facebook page this past week centered around many different subjects and among them was Earth Day.

    SCU asked the question: “Name three ways your life has gotten more earth friendly—Do you compost? Do you have a clothesline? Do you take shorter showers?” The answers showed that the SCU community takes sustainability very seriously.

    A big shout out to SCU fan Sarah Cafaso who said, "I think globally and act locally: Franklin Square Saturday morning farmer’s market, biking instead of driving, and READING labels to know what I'm buying and where it's coming from. Happy Earth Day."

    Social media websites like Facebook are helping to get the word out about SCU’s excellence in academics, the benefits of becoming a Bronco, and everyday news and events related to the University.

    See for yourself by logging onto Facebook and “liking” Santa Clara University. Be a part of the phenomenon and the conversations that are happening every day online.

  •  Santa Clara University Announces Commencement Speakers

    Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony

    Ken Hackett, president of Catholic Relief Services, will deliver the commencement speech for Santa Clara University’s undergraduate class of 2010 on Saturday, June 12, at 8:30 a.m. at Buck Shaw Stadium.

    “I’m looking forward to taking part in this very important day for graduating seniors,” Hackett says. “It’s a time when they can reflect on the last four years of their college career and some of the most important lessons they learned from their professors, fellow classmates, and their families.”

    Hackett has led CRS since 1993 and oversees operations in more than 100 countries, with a global staff of nearly 5,000. His career with the agency began in Sierra Leone in 1972. He has served CRS in posts throughout Africa and Asia, as well as in a variety of positions at CRS headquarters. He was the regional director for Africa, guiding CRS’ response to the Ethiopian famine of 1984-85. He supervised operations in East Africa during the crisis in Somalia in the early 1990s. Read more.

    Under Hackett's leadership, CRS was one of the first responders to the devastating earthquake in Haiti; it provided food for more than 100,000 people in Port-au-Prince and shelter for tens of thousands of Haitians. After the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, CRS launched its largest reconstruction effort ever, with $170 million in private donations from U.S. residents. CRS was able to construct 13,000 permanent homes in the hardest hit countries: India, Indonesia, and Sri Lanka - homes that can shelter and support future generations.

    Graduate Commencement Ceremony

    Sakena Yacoobi, an award-winning pioneer who has improved the lives of millions of Afghan women through her Afghan Institute for Learning, will address Santa Clara University’s graduate students at their 2010 commencement ceremony on Friday, June 11. The commencement will take place at 7:30 p.m. in the University’s Leavey Events Center.

    In attendance will be nearly 600 students receiving advanced degrees from the School of Engineering, the Leavey School of Business, and the School of Education and Counseling Psychology.

    “I am delighted to speak to the graduates of Santa Clara University,” said Yacoobi. “Education has the power to transform, and with their strong foundation and values, SCU graduates can do great things to help others to change their lives.” Read more.

    Law School Commencement Ceremony

    The holder of the highest judicial post in the Northern Mariana Islands will be the commencement speaker for Santa Clara University School of Law’s Class of 2010. 

    Miguel S. Demapan, the chief justice of the Supreme Court of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI), will be the honored speaker at SCU Law’s commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 22 at 9:30 a.m. in the Mission Gardens.  

    In his role as a former Superior Court judge and as the current chief justice, Demapan has presided over and written rulings on key issues for the CNMI, including cases of government bribery and abuse of power. He also recently oversaw an innovative movement to push home-foreclosure cases into mediation, rather than the courts, to help resolve one of the CNMI’s top social crises. Read more.

    Jesuit School of Theology Commencement Ceremony

    Kerry A. Robinson, director of an influential group of executives promoting excellence in the Catholic Church, will be the commencement speaker at the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University on May 22.

    As executive director of the National Leadership Roundtable on Church Management, Robinson joins nearly 200 executives from business, academia, philanthropy, government, and the Church to promote excellence and best practices in the management, finances, and human-resource development of the Catholic Church in the U.S.

    She will speak to family and friends of three dozen JST graduates receiving advanced degrees from JST on Saturday, May 22, at 3 p.m. in the school’s Gesù Chapel, 1735 LeRoy Ave. in Berkeley. Read more.

  •  "Renewable Energy for Underserved Communities" to be Explored at Santa Clara University Conference

    Entrepreneurs, investors, and energy experts will discuss efforts and obstacles to bringing renewable energy to underserved consumers worldwide, at a conference organized by Santa Clara University’s Center for Science, Technology, and Society. 

    The conference, “Power to the People: Renewable Energy for Underserved Communities,” will be held April 22, 2010, from 1 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. in the Recital Hall.

    The conference brings together social benefit entrepreneurs, investors, policy innovators, and technologists to examine the policy initiatives in technology and business that will enable consumers across the economic spectrum—including Third World populations and U.S. communities that may soon be unable to afford their energy bills—to have access to renewable energy. Read more.

  •  University Participating in Sustainability Tracking Program

    The Office of Sustainability at Santa Clara University is currently collecting data about Santa Clara’s sustainability initiatives. The data will be compiled and reported publicly via the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment, and Rating System (STARS).

    STARS is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to gauge relative progress toward sustainability. It was developed by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education with broad participation from the higher education community.

    STARS explores institutional sustainability in three main areas: education and research; campus operations; and planning, administration, and engagement. Santa Clara University was a pilot participant in the early stages of STARS and provided feedback about the program. In the spring quarter and summer, the Office of Sustainability will spearhead data collection, with the help of the Sustainability Council and numerous campus stakeholders.

    Visit the STARS website to learn more about the program, or contact Lindsey Cromwell Kalkbrenner if you would like to be involved in data collection and analysis at Santa Clara.

    Read more updates from the Office of Sustainbility.

  •  De Saisset Museum Receives Highest National Recognition

    Santa Clara University’s de Saisset Museum has again achieved accreditation by the American Association of Museums (AAM), the highest national recognition afforded to the nation’s museums. Accreditation signifies excellence to the museum community, to governments, funders, outside agencies, and to the museum-going public. The de Saisset was initially accredited in 1979. All museums must undergo a reaccreditation review at least every 10 years to maintain accredited status.

    Accreditation is a very rigorous but highly rewarding process that examines all aspects of a museum’s operations. To earn accreditation a museum first must conduct a year of self-study, then undergo a site visit by a team of peer reviewers. AAM’s Accreditation Commission, an independent and autonomous body of museum professionals, considers the self-study and visiting committee report to determine whether a museum should receive accreditation. While the time to complete the process varies by museum, it generally takes as long as three years.

    “The de Saisset Museum at Santa Clara University is proud to be one of three museums in the South Bay accredited by the American Association of Museums. I wish to thank the museum staff and board, university administration, and all our volunteers for their commitment to public service and institutional excellence,” says Rebecca M. Schapp, director of the de Saisset Museum. Read more.

  •  Future Teachers Awarded Scholarships

    At least four more Broncos will be joining the ranks of math and science teachers in high-needs schools in the area, thanks in part to being named as the latest Robert Noyce Teacher Scholars. The $25,000 scholarships, made possible through a grant from the National Science Foundation, will pay for almost 90 percent of the tuition and fees related to obtaining a teaching credential in secondary education.

    This year’s recipients are seniors:

    • Ryan Clark, civil engineering major;
    • Francesca Porto, physics major;
    • David Runger, mathematics major;
    • Donald Snedden, mathematics major


    Applicants had to be in the final year in a science, mathematics, or engineering major at SCU, have a minimum GPA of 2.5, and commit to teaching science or math in a high-need middle or high school for at least two years after obtaining their teaching credential.

    The Noyce Leadership Team, which administers the NSF grant, comprises principal investigator Melissa C. Gilbert and co-principal investigators W. Atom Yee, Ruth Davis, Craig Stephens, and Tamsen McGinley.

    This is the second year of a three-year grant cycle for the Noyce. While it is still too early to tell how the scholarship will affect the latest winners, one of last year’s recipients says it changed his life and in turn, he’s changing others’ lives as well.

    Gerson Sandoval, the first in his family to attend college, never considered a career in teaching until Margaret McLean and Leilani Miller—“the two best professors I had”—cornered him with a brochure about the scholarship last year and urged him to apply. While the double major in Spanish and biology knew he didn’t want to spend his life in a lab, he had no concrete post-graduation plans.

    “We hounded him. We were relentless,” laughs Margaret McLean, a senior lecturer in religious studies, as well as the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics associate director and director of bioethics. “When that first announcement about the Noyce Scholarship Program came out it read ‘Gerson Sandoval’ to me. I knew he could teach before he knew he could teach.”

    While the amount of work necessary to prepare lessons has been “an eye-opener,” Sandoval says he’s never been happier. He’s currently teaching biology to freshmen and sophomores at Pioneer High School in San Jose while taking classes at SCU in the evenings toward his teaching credential.

    Already he’s managed to break through to a noncommunicative gang member by reaching out to him, getting him to open up, and uncovering his previously hidden art talent. Sandoval has helped the student raise his failing grade to a B.

    “Teaching has changed my life,” Sandoval says. “That one student—that makes it worth it for me to get up every morning.”

    But one of his mentors doesn’t think that will be the only student whose life Sandoval will change. “If it’s just that one kid ever, it’s been worth it,” McLean says. “But it won’t be just that one kid. It’ll be a ton of kids just like that who he’ll reach.”

    Learn more about the Noyce Scholarship Program.

  •  Stage Presence - musicals, poetry, and more!

    Whether you’re interested in guitar concerts, choral music, comedies, musicals, dance, or jazz, look no further than SCU. Spring at Santa Clara is teeming with quality productions.

    The final recital of the series “God’s Grandeur” by noted art song interpreter Nancy Wait-Kromm, associate professor of music and chair of the music department, will grace the stage of the Music Recital Hall, Friday, April 30. This recital reflects the Ignatian spirit of finding God in all things, with timeless songs and poetry that reflect eternal beauty of the earth, its people, and its sacred beliefs.

    Neil Simon’s “The Odd Couple” gets a twist from May 7 to 15 in the Fess Parker Studio when Florence Unger and Olive Madison clash in this female version of the comedy.

    The “Passion, Grace and Fire” guitar concert at the Music Recital Hall on Friday, May 28, will highlight the ubiquitous influence that guitar has had on the modern musical experience.

    As always, everyone is welcome on Wednesdays in the Concert Hall for the free Music at Noon series, which promotes artistic pluralism, cultural diversity, and global understanding through music.

    You can check out these and numerous other offerings at the Center of Performing Arts online.

  •  Reaching Out to the Class of 2014 on Facebook

    The conversation on Santa Clara University’s Facebook page this past week was all about Preview Days and RLCs. Students admitted to the Class of 2014 were full of questions about Santa Clara and the all-important questions of “Where will I live?” and “Who will I live with?” Another theme: Requirements of the different SCU Residential Learning Communities.

    Several alumni weighed in. Jenny Krapf said, “I really liked Casa Italiana. It was suite style and I know someone who lives there and they said it is really nice.” Carey De Angelis voted for Da Vinci!

    Even more important the incoming class heard from people about why they should come to SCU. A big shout-out to Summer Mendoza who said, “Preview Day was the deciding factor for me when I was choosing between SCU and UC Berkeley. I got to talk to the heads of the departments I was interested in and many of the professors as opposed to random students.”

    Social media websites like Facebook are helping to get the word out about SCU’s excellence in academics, the benefits of becoming a Bronco, and everyday news and events related to the University.

    See for yourself by logging onto Facebook and becoming a fan of Santa Clara University. Be a part of the phenomenon and the conversations that are happening every day online.

  •  Santa Clara University Announces New Dean for Leavey School of Business

    S. Andrew Starbird, a 23-year faculty member and expert in food safety at Santa Clara University’s Leavey School of Business, has been named the school’s new dean.

    As interim dean for the past year, Starbird has led the business school faculty in developing a new approach to entrepreneurial education, formalizing new goals for international business education, and creating two new academic programs.

    “I am delighted to announce Drew Starbird's appointment as dean of the Leavey School of Business, a position he has been ably steering for many months now,” said University President Michael Engh, S.J. “He has proved to be a leader of foresight and vision, with values that straddle the needs of business graduates and the needs of our larger world. He will lead the Leavey School of Business to further distinction and in new initiatives. His deep roots in Silicon Valley will serve him and the LSB well.”

    As dean, Starbird plans to revise the curriculum of both the undergraduate and graduate business programs, including providing additional support services to undergraduates. Read more.

  •  New Rector of Santa Clara University Jesuit Community Named

    Michael Zampelli, S.J., a faculty member since 1998 and currently the Paul Locatelli University Professor in the theatre and dance department, has been named rector to the Jesuit community at Santa Clara University.

    As rector of the second-largest Jesuit community in the California province of Jesuits, Zampelli will serve as the religious superior for his 40 fellow Jesuits on campus. He will support them in living their personal, communal, and apostolic lives as Jesuits. Jesuits are members of the Catholic order of priests, the Society of Jesus.

    Appointed to his role by Fr. General Adolfo Nicolás, S.J., the superior general of the Society of Jesus in Rome, Zampelli will work closely with University President Michael Engh, S.J., in cultivating the Jesuit and Catholic mission of SCU.

    “I’m looking forward to working with Father Engh as a representative of the Jesuit community and to continuing to nurture the Jesuit mission of the University,” said Zampelli. Read more.

  •  SCU Faculty Receive Tenure, Promotions

    SCU President Michael Engh, S.J., has granted tenure and/or promotions to 14 faculty members.

    Receiving tenure and promoted to the rank of associate professor are:

    • Blake de Maria, Art and Art History
    • David Gray, Religious Studies
    • Rachel He, Civil Engineering
    • Catherine Sandoval, Law
    • Michael Whalen, Communication

    Promoted to the rank of full professor are:

    • Eileen Elrod, English and Women's & Gender Studies
    • Barbara Fraser, Theatre and Dance
    • Michelle Marvier, Biology and Environmental Studies
    • Peter Minowitz, Political Science
    • David Pinault, Religious Studies
    • Craig Stephens, Biology
    • Sunwolf, Communication
    • Narendra Agrawal, OMIS
    • Hoje Jo, Finance

    All 14 were recognized for their commitment to teaching, student learning, and scholarly research.

  •  SCU Law Professor Makes Silicon Valley's Top 100 "Women of Influence" List

    Santa Clara University School of Law Professor Cynthia Mertens was named one of Silicon Valley’s top 100 “Women of Influence” by the Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal. The special edition was published on Friday, March 19.

    Mertens was honored for her decades of contribution to law groups, legal education, and social-justice causes such as Child Advocates and Catholic Charities. The four-woman selection committee chose the group from more than 300 nominees for their “significant, noteworthy” efforts to “improve their industries as well as their communities,” as publisher James MacGregor described it.

    Mertens is on the advisory board of Child Advocates of Santa Clara County, which is a group that oversees volunteers who mentor and advocate for children in the dependency care legal system. She was on the group’s board of directors from 1990 to 1996 and served as the organization's first president. She is also a member of Catholic Charities’ board of directors and was its president in the 1990s. She was one of the first women officers of the Santa Clara County Bar Association and is a member of the Law Foundation Board and many others.

    Despite her vast experience in the classroom and community, Mertens said her proudest accomplishment has been in leading four immersion trips for SCU law students to El Salvador. She called the trips “the best educational experience I have provided students in my 30-plus years of teaching law school. In fact, it is the best professional experience I have had in my career as a lawyer.”

    Mertens said the immersions epitomize the University’s focus on competence, conscience, and compassion. “Without a doubt, the experience changed the life of every student who participated, benefiting the university, the legal profession and the broader community,” she added.

    In the March 19 article, she cited her biggest challenge in the workplace as “getting more than 40 law professors to agree on anything.” Another personal accomplishment: completing her first spring triathlon two years ago, coming in third in her age group.

    There will be a dinner on April 8 at the Fairmont Hotel to celebrate Mertens and her fellow honorees. Information on the dinner can be obtained by e-mailing or by calling 408-299-1832.

  •  Global Health: Taking Stock of 'Neglected Diseases'

    On Tuesday, April 13, SCU hosts Dr. Regina Rabinovich, who will address “Global Health: Taking Stock of ‘Neglected Diseases.’”

    As director of the Global Health Program’s Infectious Diseases Development team at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Rabinovich oversees the development and implementation of strategies for the prevention, treatment, and control of diseases such as HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria, and pneumonia, which have particular relevance to global health. Given that research and development costs are high and pharmaceutical companies have little incentive to make vaccines for poor countries, Rabinovich has embarked on a personal crusade to create awareness.

    This presentation is the Gerald and Sally DeNardo Lecture.

    The final installment of this year’s President’s Speaker Series begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Mayer Theatre. Tickets are free but required.

    For more information or to request tickets, visit the President’s Speaker Series website.

  •  The Alternative Spring Break for Students

    Spring break is a relaxing time for many faculty, staff, and students, but for others, it’s another week of learning, reflecting, and even volunteering. Just ask freshman Laura Snowden who spent her week helping to rebuild homes in New Orleans.

    “I continue to go back to New Orleans every year, because there are families still living in trailers and living without running water, so they need my help.” says Snowden, a sociology major from Seattle.

    Scott Ahlstrom, a senior studying philosophy, didn’t go home to Chicago or jump on a plane to a sunny beach after he was done with his finals. Instead, he led 13 students to San Francisco’s Tenderloin District to gain a better understanding of life for the homeless.

    “There isn’t a single face to homelessness. I saw mothers, children, veterans, and men in business suits on their way to work,” says Ahlstrom.

    Melissa Flores spent her week in Los Angeles, shadowing SCU alumni who are in the film industry, so she could get a head start on her dream career when she graduates in 2011.

    “I learned that being persistent is necessary in order to get a job in the film/entertainment industry because so many other people have the same career goals as I do,” says Flores, a junior who hopes to be a director or screenwriter.

    These three students had three very different spring breaks, but one common theme seems to be cropping up around campus. Rather than spending their time sleeping in and vegging out, they’re expanding their minds or their hearts or making an impact on people’s lives.

    Matt Smith from Campus Ministry, who helps organize immersion trips, joined the group visiting marginalized communities in Los Angeles. He says he often sees students undergo a life-changing experience as they meet with the homeless and former gang members.

    “What I want students to do is to make a connection between the head, the heart, and the feet,” says Smith, a campus minister. “They place themselves in areas that challenge them and make them feel uncomfortable. Then, they reflect on that experience and community, and analyze it. Ideally, there could be some further analysis and action that later develops from that experience.”

    Other immersion trips other SCU students took were to Baja, Mexico; Nogales, Mexico; West Virginia; Tuba City, Ariz.; and the Central Valley.

    Watch a slideshow of the Baja, Mexico immersion trip.

    Watch a slideshow of the Central Valley immersion trip.

    Watch a slideshow of the last day of the San Francisco immersion trip.

    Watch a slideshow of the 4th day of the San Jose immersion trip.

    Watch a slideshow of the alumni job shadowing in Los Angeles.

  •  Student Newspaper Prank Startles Campus

    The headline “Same-sex roommate rule abolished” caught many people off guard as they picked up The Santa Clara today on their way to class and to their offices. And that’s not all. A photo of a student on a skateboard with the caption, “SKATEBOARDS A THREAT TO PUBLIC SAFETY” raised some eyebrows and dropped a few jaws.

    Once you turned the page, though, it was all clear: April Fools…a joke put on by the newspaper staff with the message – “warning: pages 1 and 2 may lack accuracy in honor of April Fools’ Day.”

    It probably wasn’t funny for some administrators who picked up the paper this morning. It certainly surprised the media relations team. Some students loved it.

    “It was a good one. It fooled my friends and me,” laughs Christopher Paschal, SCU freshman. “That was so funny!”

    Haha, The Santa Clara. You got us.

  •  Don't Miss Out on the Facebook Frenzy

    Eric Hanson’s critiquing culture change and development. Fred Parrella’s theology of marriage. Russell Skowronek’s archaeology class. They’re some of the dozens of names of faculty and courses mentioned in a recent posting on Santa Clara University’s official Facebook page.

    Alumni and current students are flocking to the social media site to weigh in on what they think is a must-take class. Some comments people are posting read:

    “I was told that…I must take Theology of Marriage. I was SO glad I did…I learned so much about being in love.”

    “Professor Dohar was the…best teacher I think I ever had.”

    “Art History!!! I probably would have changed my major if I had taken the classes earlier. Loved it!”

    Social media websites like Facebook are helping to get the word out about SCU’s excellence in academics, the benefits of becoming a Bronco, and everyday news and events related to the University.

    See for yourself by logging onto Facebook and becoming a fan of Santa Clara University. Be a part of the phenomenon and the conversations that are happening every day online.

  •  New Spring Exhibit at the de Saisset Museum: What Makes a Picture a Portrait?

    The de Saisset Museum at Santa Clara University kicks off its spring season on Saturday, April 10 with What Makes a Picture a Portrait?, a thought-provoking exhibit that considers the variety of ways in which portraiture is presented.

    Portraits are a familiar sight. They are hanging in our homes, buried in the recesses of our wallets, and plastered on our Facebook and Twitter profiles. But, how exactly is portraiture defined?

    This is the central question posed by the exhibit, which features more than 50 works drawn from the de Saisset Museum’s permanent collection. In this exhibition conventional notions of portraiture are called into question through the presentation of a variety of images in a diverse range of mediums. Portraiture becomes an enigmatic, ever-changing art form in which topics such as gender, abstraction, fragmentation, and stereotyping come into play. Through the juxtaposition of traditional painted images and compelling, sometimes quirky works on paper, this exhibition ultimately suggests that there is more to portraiture than meets the eye.

    Artists featured in this exhibitioninclude Edward Curtis, Arnold G. Mountfort, and museum namesake Ernest de Saisset as well as Bay Area artists Wynn Bullock, Imogen Cunningham, Judy Dater, Henrietta Shore, and Nathan Oliveira.

    A free preview reception will be held on Friday, April 9 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. What Makes a Picture a Portrait? opens to the public on Saturday, April 10. The exhibition is on view through Friday, June 4.

    Read more.

  •  SCU Recognized for Community Service

    During the 2008–09 academic year, students at Santa Clara University completed more than 100,000 hours of academic service learning and community service, and these efforts were recognized when Santa Clara University was named to the 2009 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.

    This is the fourth year in a row that SCU has been named to the Honor Roll and includes more than 700 colleges and universities in the U.S., Puerto Rico, and Guam.

    “We are honored to be selected to the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. Community service and service learning are integral to Jesuit education at Santa Clara where we educate women and men to be leaders in the service of others,” said SCU President Michael E. Engh, S.J.

    Administered by the Corporation for National and Community Service, the Honor Roll recognizes schools for their community service programs and student involvement. The
    award is also sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development, Campus Compact, and the American Council on Education.

    There are several programs at SCU—across all disciplines—that offer students opportunities for active engagement, research, and service-oriented learning. One such program, Arrupe Placements, includes approximately 50 community partners throughout Santa Clara County and, each year, allows nearly 1,200 students to learn through community engagement.

    Starting this past fall, Santa Clara University made community-based learning a graduation requirement for incoming freshmen and beyond. Students have a number
    of ways in which they can fulfill the new core curriculum requisite.

    For more information, visit the President’s Honor Roll.

  •  Law Commencement Speaker Announced

    The holder of the highest judicial post in the Northern Mariana Islands will be the commencement speaker for Santa Clara University School of Law’s Class of 2010.

    Miguel S. Demapan, the chief justice of the Supreme Court of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI), will be the honored speaker at SCU Law’s commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 22 at 9:30 a.m. in the Mission Gardens.

    In his role as a former Superior Court judge and as the current chief justice, Demapan has presided over and written rulings on key issues for the CNMI, including cases of government bribery and abuse of power. He also recently oversaw an innovative movement to push home-foreclosure cases into mediation, rather than the courts, to help resolve one of the CNMI’s top social crises.

    Demapan, who received his J.D. from Santa Clara University Law School in 1985, took his current post in 1999, just 11 years after the CNMI Supreme Court was established as the highest body in the islands’ post-WWII judicial system. He is the third jurist to hold this position. Read more.

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