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  •  Alexander Community Law Center Awarded $300,000 Grant to Combat Human Trafficking

    The Katharine & George Alexander Community Law Center, a legal program of the Santa Clara University School of Law, has been awarded a $300,000, two-year grant from the US Department of Justice to help victims of human trafficking, a little-known but persistent problem in the South Bay area.

    For the past six years, KGACLC has been a member of the South Bay Coalition to End Human Trafficking, which includes at least a half-dozen law enforcement agencies, divisions, and task forces. KGACLC provides immigration-related legal representation to victims, who are typically entitled to legal residency if their case is validated and pursued by law enforcement.

    Locally, victims of human trafficking tend to be immigrants brought to the U.S. (legally or illegally) under false pretenses by friends, relatives, or purported employers, only to be forced to work excessively long hours at little or no pay. KGACLC has counseled more than a dozen such victims who worked in local restaurants, homes, agricultural settings, or in sex trades. Victims are men, women, and children from countries throughout the world, but can also include citizens and residents of the United States.

    The $300,000 grant will be used partly to continue the work of the South Bay Coalition in conjunction with the Santa Clara County’s Office of Women’s Policy. The remainder will be shared jointly by KGACLC, Next Door Solutions to Domestic Violence, Community Solutions, and the YWCA Rape Crisis Center in order to provide comprehensive, coordinated legal and social services to victims of human trafficking. Read more.

  •  11th Annual Scholarly Achievement Celebration

    Congratulations to the faculty who were recognized on Nov. 17 for their scholarly and creative achievements. Watch a slideshow.

    Aldo Billingslea, Theatre and Dance – Performed in the world premiere of “The Rant” (Interact Theatre of Philadelphia); performed as Oberon in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” (Shakespeare Santa Cruz), and Soothsayer in “Julius Caesar” (Shakespeare Santa Cruz).

    Hsin-I Cheng, CommunicationCulturing Interface: Identity, Communication, and Chinese Transnationalism. Peter Lang Publishing, 2008.

    Rohit Chopra, CommunicationTechnology and Nationalism in India: Cultural Negotiations from Colonialism to Cyberspace. Cambria Press, 2009.

    Elizabeth Dahlhoff, Biology – Dahlhoff, E.P., S.L. Fearnley, D.A. Bruce, A.G. Gibbs, R. Stoneking, D.M. McMillan, K. Diener, J.T. Smiley and N.E. Rank, “Effects of temperature on physiology and reproductive success of a montane leaf beetle: implications for persistence of native populations enduring climate change,” Physiological and Biochemical Zoology, 81(6) (2008): 718-732; awarded a $717,437 five-year collaborative grant with Prof. Nathan Rank (Sonoma State University) by National Science Foundation, RUI, Division of Evolutionary Biology-Population Dynamics, for “Ecological and evolutionary responses to environmental change in Sierra Nevada populations of a montane willow beetle.”

    Kelly Detweiler, Art and Art History – “Marking Time,” a solo exhibit at Triton Museum of Art, Santa Clara; group exhibit at Show Mi Festival, Gana Art Center, Seoul, South Korea; lecture and workshop at Saga University of Art, Kyoto, Japan.

    Derek Duarte, Theatre and Dance – Lighting Designs for “Over the Mountain”(world premiere, BRAVA, San Francisco), “Dances for the Next Depression” (world premiere, Stephen Pelton Dance Theatre, San Francisco), “La Llorona, the Crying Woman” (world premiere, Western Stage, Salinas).

    Janice Edgerly-Rooks, Biology – Kelly B. Miller and J.S. Edgerly, “Systematics and natural history of the Australian genus Metoligotoma Davis (Embioptera: Australembiidae),” Invertebrate Systematics. 2 (2008): 329-344; Szumik, C., J.S. Edgerly, and C. Hayashi, “Phylogeny of Embiopterans (Insecta),” Cladistics 24 (2008): 993-1005; Collin, M.A., Jessica E. Garb, J.S. Edgerly, and Cheryl Y. Hayashi, “Characterization of silk spun by the embiopteran, Antipaluria urichi,” Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 39 (2009): 75-82; Collin, M.A., Edina Camama, Brook O. Swanson, Janice S. Edgerly, and Cheryl Y. Hayashi, “Comparison of Embiopteran silks reveals tensile and structural similarities across taxa,” Biomacromolecules 10(8) (2009): 2268-2274; National Science Foundation Collaborative Research Grant (2005-2009).

    William Eisinger, Biology – Yinglang, Wan, William Eisinger, David Ehrhardt, Frantisek Baluska, Winslow Briggs, “The subcellular localization and blue-light-induced movement of phototropin 1-GFP in etiolated seedlings of Arabidopsis thaliana,” Molecular Plant 1 (2008): 103-117; In-Seob Han, Tong-Seung Tseng, William Eisinger, and Winslow R. Briggs, “Phytochrome A regulates the intracellular distribution of phototropin 1–Green fluorescent protein in Arabidopsis thaliana,” Plant Cell 20 (2008): 2835-2847.

    Don Fritz, Art and Art History –“Déjà vu,” a three-person exhibit at Billy Shire Fine Art, Los Angeles; group exhibit at Show Mi Festival, Gana Art Center, Seoul, Korea; group exhibit, “ARAC@AAM: Anderson Ranch Arts Center At The Aspen Art Museum.”

    Robin J. Hayes, Ethnic Studies – Director and Producer, “Beautiful Me(s): Finding our Revolutionary Selves in Black Cuba,” a documentary exhibited at the Pan-African International Film Festival (Cannes, France), the Africa World Documentary Film Festival (St. Louis), and the Roxbury Film Festival (Boston).

    Kimberly Mohne Hill, Theatre and Dance – Director, “Six Years,” The Dragon Theater Company, Palo Alto; Dialect Coach for “I Am My Own Wife” (San Jose Stage Company), “Doubt” (Theatre Works), and “As You Like It” (San Jose Repertory Theater).

    Pancho Jiménez, Art and Art History – “Show of Heads,” solo exhibit, University of California, Merced; “Contemporary Ceramics,” solo exhibit, Clay Mix Gallery, Fresno; “Ceramicade la Tierra,” group exhibit, American Museum of Ceramic Arts, Pomona; “Firing a Legacy, 35 years of SFSU Ceramic Art,” group exhibit, Pence Art Gallery, Davis; published in 500 Ceramic Sculptures, Asheville, NC: Lark Books, 2009: p. 330.

    Philip Kain, PhilosophyNietzsche and the Horror of Existence. Lexington Books, 2009.

    Fabio López-Lázaro, HistoryCrime in Early Bourbon Madrid (1700-1808): An Analysis of the Royal Judicial Court’s Casebook, Mellen, 2008; “Pirates of the Caribbean: Early Modern Spain and Latin America as Part of the Atlantic World,” Bulletin of the Society for Spanish and Portuguese Historical Studies 33 (2008): 9-22; “Recent Works on the Early Modern History of Spanish Muslims,” Catholic Historical Review 94 (2008): 102-107.

    Gary Macy, John Nobili, S.J., Professor of Theology, Religious Studies – “What Does the Ordination of Women Then Mean for Women Now?” Journal of Religion & Society (Supplement 5: Women, Gender, and Religion) 2009; “Women of the Middle Ages,” in Richard Miller, editor, Women and the Shaping of Catholicism: Women Through the Ages, Liguori Publications, 2009; “Impasse passé: Conjugating a Tense Past: Plenary Address,” in Jonathan Y. Tan, editor, Catholic Theological Society of America: Proceedings of the Sixty-Fourth Annual Convention, Catholic Theology Society of America, 2009; “A igreja deveria cogitar or retorno da ordenação das mulheres” Interview by Marcia Junges, Revista do Instituto Humanitas Unisinos, 9 (June 1, 2009): 34-37.

    Michael C. McCarthy, S.J., Religious Studies and Classics – “Augustine’s Mixed Feelings: Vergil’s Aeneid and the Psalms of David in the Confessions,” Harvard Theological Review 102(4) (2009): 453-479; “Modalities of Belief in Ancient Christian Controversy,” Journal of Early Christian Studies 17(4) (2009): 605-634; “Divine Wrath and Human Anger: Embarrassment Ancient and New.” Theological Studies 70(4) (2009).

    Leilani Miller, Biology – Awarded a three-year $427,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to support “Analysis of LIN-31, a transcription factor with multiple roles in C. elegans development.”

    Peter Minowitz, Political ScienceStraussophobia: Defending Leo Strauss and Straussians against Shadia Drury and Other Accusers. Rowman & Littlefield, 2009.

    Frederick Parrella, Religious Studies – “Tillich’s Theology of the Concrete Spirit,” in Russell Manning, editor, The Cambridge Companion to Tillich, Cambridge University Press, 2009, 74-90; “Paul Tillich’s Concept of Essentialization and the Catholic Tradition of Purgatory,” in Lucie Kaenel and Bernard Reymond, editors, Pes Peurs, La Mort, L’Esperance author de Paul Tillich, Munster and London: LIT Verlag, 2009, 33-44; “Theological Themes,” in Lectionary Homiletics, 20, 4 (2009), 6, 14, 22, 30-31.

    David Pinault, Religious StudiesNotes from the Fortune-Telling Parrot: Islam and the Struggle for Religious Pluralism in Pakistan. London: Equinox Publishing, 2008.

    Thomas Plante, PsychologySpiritual Practices in Psychotherapy: Thirteen Tools for Enhancing Psychological Health. Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association, 2009.

    Amy Randall, HistoryThe Soviet Dream World of Retail Trade and Consumption in the 1930s. Palgrave Macmillan, 2008.

    Iris Stewart-Frey, Clare Boothe Luce Professor, Environmental Studies Institute –Awarded a three-year $250,000 Environmental Protection Agency grant, with Edwin Maurer (Civil Engineering), to support “Assessing the Impact of a Warmer Climate on Stream Water Quality across the Mountainous Western United States.”

    Fred D. White, EnglishApproaching Emily Dickinson: Critical Currents and Crosscurrents since 1960. Camden House, 2008.

    Betty Young, Physics – “Search for Weakly Interacting Massive Particles with the First Five-Tower Data from the Cryogenic Dark Matter Search at the Soudan Underground Laboratory” (CDMS Collaboration), Physical Review Letters 102, 011301 (2009); “Search for Axions with the CDMS Experiment” (CDMS Collaboration), Physical Review Letters 103, 141802 (2009); awarded a three-year $160,000 grant for “Detector Optimization for SuperCDMS and Other Experiments;” awarded a three-year $760,000 supplement NSF grant for “SuperCDMS 25 kg Experiment.”

  •  Santa Clara University Is a Top Producer of U.S. Fulbright students

    The Fulbright Program recently announced the complete list of colleges and universities that produced the most 2009-10 U.S. Fulbright Fellows. The success of the top producing institutions was highlighted in the October 19 print edition of The Chronicle of Higher Education.

    Santa Clara University was one of 29 master’s institutions to be called out in this list. Two students from SCU won Fulbright awards for 2009-10:

    • Beth Tellman, ’09, was recipient of the Fulbright U.S. Student Award. Tellman, who double majored in sustainable globalization and environmental studies, is researching food security for coffee farmers in El Salvador.
    • Benjamin Snyder, ’09, who majored in political science, German, and history, was awarded a Fulbright Teacher Assistantship Award that took him to Saxony, in the former East Germany, where he is teaching English to secondary school students.

    The Fulbright competition is administered at Santa Clara University through the University Honors Program. Read more.

  •  Conflict Resolution - Peace Through Wisdom

    Foreign ministers, heads of state, and security advisors are on Santa Clara University’s campus, engaged in negotiations and diplomatic talks. The foreign representatives haven’t received any fanfare, because they are actually SCU students assuming the roles of some of the world’s most important dignitaries. 

    These students are taking William Stover’s Introduction to International Relations and participating in his Conflict Resolution Simulation (CRS), which he developed and designed. CRS is an online, interactive, learning tool that allows students to create diplomatic scenarios. In other words, it’s an opportunity for students to become political actors by putting themselves in the position of leaders from other countries, nationalities, and political parties and by also putting them in real life situations such as the Middle East conflict.

    “The simulation helps students transcend their ethnocentric attitudes and lets them practice empathy while they learn about the Middle East,” explained Stover, professor in the political science department.

    Students choose countries to represent and select decision-making roles within their country. Before they begin the simulation, they must prepare by researching their region and roles and submitting a term paper.

    “Before I took this class, I knew very little about the Middle East conflict or only knew about Israel’s position. Two weeks after doing my research and fully immersing myself in the simulation, I’ve become more sympathetic to the Palestinian people. I understand now that they do have a right to their land and not just the Israelis,” said Kimberly Aagard, a sophomore who is taking the role of the Palestinian foreign minister.

    After the research is complete, the simulation begins online with students making diplomatic requests and actions. The students often consult with outside participants from the Middle East or the U.S., who are faculty, graduate students, or retired government officials who volunteer to help their team grasp the policies of the countries they represent.

    Only one week into CRS, and some of the students have already become frustrated and stressed as though they were actually engaged in real-world negotiations.

    “Some of the students were text messaging us telling us that we needed to recognize Palestine as a state,” said Lauren Elmets, a sophomore who is serving as an Israeli deputy foreign minister.

    “You have to immerse yourself in the experience if you want to reap from it,” said Andrew Wagner, a junior participating as the Israeli defense minister.

    Stover created CRS in 1973 as a paper-based method to teach negotiation. In 1999, he collaborated with SCU Information Technology to create a database-driven online platform capable of automating and disseminating the program for a wider audience.

    Stover received a $35,000 grant this summer from the Foundation for Global Community for CRS to fund seven trips to the Middle East for the study and practice of conflict resolution.

  •  City of Santa Clara Recognizes SCU's Solar Decathlon Team at City Council Meeting

    Santa Clara Mayor Patricia Mahan recognized Santa Clara University’s Solar Decathlon team on Nov. 17 during a Santa Clara City Council meeting. Allison Kopf, student project manager for the team, explained the competition and the technology the students used on their 800-square-foot solar-powered house. Kopf and Hazella Bowmani, another member on the team, also discussed the importance of taking part in projects that showcase sustainability and alternative energy.

    Mayor Mahan and the council members presented a proclamation to the team. You can watch a video of the entire presentation online.

    The team, which is represented by Santa Clara University and California College of the Arts students, won third place in the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon in Washington, D.C., in October. It’s a biannual international competition that determines the ultimate solar-powered home built by college students. This is the second time SCU won third place in the Solar Decathlon.

  •  Holiday Food & Fund Drive 2009

    Faculty, staff, and students can make a difference this year by doing one of the following:

    Food 4 Fines
    Now through Dec. 11
    The University Library will waive $2 toward each fine you have for any of the food items listed in the link below brought to the circulation desk, located on the first floor of the Learning Commons. Learn more.

    Virtual Food Drive
    Now through December
    $1 provides two well-balanced, nutritious meals for a community member. Donate money to the Second Harvest Food Bank, which will be used for food purchases with little to no administrative costs. Simply choose “School” from the first drop-down menu and then “Santa Clara University – Campus Ministry” from the second drop-down menu, and we will be credited with the amount you donate. Donate here.

    Cellar Market Drop-off
    Now through Dec. 11
    Barrels are set up outside the Cellar Market for anyone to drop off non-perishable food donations. Students are especially encouraged to use this location.

    ACCESS Donations
    Now through Dec. 6
    Use your dining points to help relieve hunger locally by donating $10, $25, or $50 (not to exceed $50 for any one resident diner). If you are not a resident diner, no problem! Donations of any amount from non-residents are welcomed. All donations will be used to purchase food for donation directly to Second Harvest Food Bank.

    Cellar Market Sidewalk Sale
    Dec. 1-3
    Purchase needed items in bulk from Bon Appetit for immediate pick-up by Second Harvest food bank.

  •  Join the Conversation - SCU's Facebook Page Wants You to Be a Fan

    Are you on Facebook yet? Have you become a fan of Santa Clara University? What have you written on your wall today? If these questions puzzle you, you’re one of the few who haven’t joined the most popular social networking Web site in the world.

    Santa Clara’s official Facebook page has more than 6,000 fans and counting and is the perfect place to hear about SCU news, events, and discussion among alumni and students.

    On the University’s Facebook page, you’ll see recent postings that tell fans of forums, games, celebrations at SCU. Other postings show every day activity on campus, such as a photo of Bucky the Bronco playing hockey at Benson Center. Ten people immediately replied to the post saying they “liked it” (an actual button you click to give it a thumbs-up). What professor influenced you? What are the top 21 things all Broncos should do during their time at SCU? Any advice for recent graduates? These are some of the many questions asked and answered by fans, students, and alumni on Facebook.

    Some might feel Facebook is only for teenagers or young adults. Many SCU Facebook fans are actually staff, faculty, alumni, and friends of Santa Clara in their 20s, 30s, 40s, and even in their 50s. In fact, according to Facebook, the fastest growing demographic on the social networking Web site is women over the age of 55, and women outnumber men in every age group.

    Check out Facebook and Santa Clara University’s page, and see for yourself.

  •  Measuring the 'Other' Bottom Line

    Should a bank that strives to lift millions of people out of poverty be shunned by investors because its profit margin is not like Wells Fargo’s? Should food manufacturers that serve starving children lose out because they can’t match General Mills’ bottom line?

    Those who invest in “social entrepreneurs” agree that, no, such enterprises should not be judged on profits alone. Social or environmental impacts are necessary bottom lines as well. But so far there is no standard way to measure that “social impact,” despite its crucial role in helping investors compare potential investments and helping owners improve their operations.

    Finding ways to measure social impact is the focus of a Nov. 20 conference at Santa Clara’s Center for Science, Technology, and Society (CSTS), Change that Counts, Building Sustainable Social Business. It will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the California Mission Room in Benson Memorial Center of Santa Clara University, 500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara, California, 95053. Read more.

  •  Finance Professor Hoje Jo Named Moskowitz Prize Winner

    Hoje Jo, associate professor of finance at Santa Clara University Leavey School of Business, has won the 2009 Moskowitz Prize from the Center for Responsible Business at UC Berkeley. The award honors Professor Jo’s paper, “The Economics and Politics of Corporate Social Performance,” (David P. Baron, Maretno A. Harjoto, co-authors), which found evidence that consumer companies benefit from socially responsible activities, while industrial companies do not.

    The award represents the second consecutive win for Santa Clara faculty. Meir Statman, the Glenn Klimek Professor of Finance, received the honor in 2008, and honorable mention in 2005.

    “We are delighted that Professor Jo has been recognized for his important research into corporate social performance,” said Drew Starbird, interim dean of the Leavey School of Business. “He carries on the Leavey School of Business tradition of excellent scholarship informed by values that build a just and sustainable world.” Read more.

  •  How to SCU: A Guide for Students by Students

    The day freshman students leave home for college can be exciting for some or nerve-wracking for others. Although summer orientation may have helped them prepare for this new stage in their lives, once they stepped foot on campus, everything they learned suddenly became a distant memory as they focused more on making new friends, getting along with their roommates, and finding their classes.

    Those reasons are exactly why members of Associated Students (AS) at Santa Clara University decided to create a guide called How to SCU just for freshmen and transfer students.

    “We’ve been talking about the idea for several years and originally thought a class called ‘Freshman 101’ would be good, but we quickly realized that wasn’t going to happen in our college lifetime. So, we came up with the concept of putting together a guide for students from students,” says Sarah Beauchamp, SCU senior and vice president of community development of AS.

    How to SCU is a compilation of advice from about a dozen students who have already spent three to four years at SCU and know everything there is to know about being a successful, healthy, college student. The guide has 11 sections, including tips on studying, eating, and Bronco traditions. It also has information students wouldn’t have known unless they spent a couple of months on campus.

    For instance, Harrington Learning Commons, Sobrato Technology Center and Orradre Library is quite a mouthful, so students call it “the lib” or just “Harry.” Thursday and Friday evenings are usually quite lively around the Bay Area and on other campuses but not in Santa Clara. The guide explains why students hold get-togethers on Wednesday nights. And despite what those cell phone providers claim, students say only one network provides the best reception at SCU— a tip you’ll find in the “How to Technology” section.

    “I like the idea that students are able to get a true perspective on everything at SCU including academics, social, etc. Instead of having to search for answers to everyday issues, you are able to go to your booklet and find answers quickly,” says Sumeet Chadha, freshman student.

    The members of AS worked with community facilitators to distribute the guides to students the first week of November. AS is now working on putting the guide online.

  •  Garden Design Party Gets Big Turnout

    Straddling bales of hay and munching on organic snacks, nearly 70 students, faculty, and staff suggested ideas for Santa Clara’s community garden at a design party led by landscape architect Al Green. The Oct. 23 event kicked off a new academic year planning and planting at the now-empty space one block north of campus.

    Volunteers with Americorps, along with other donated labor, will work throughout the next year to turn the plot of land at the corner of Sherman and Benton streets into a space suitable for outdoor classrooms, event space, and crop beds. Those involved hope the transformation will boost community involvement in sustainability and serve as an example to schools in the area who wish to start their own garden.

    With a stopwatch around his neck, Green solicited design ideas, both big and small, from his audience. Green houses, outdoor kitchens, and a windmill were some of the more popular suggestions. The crowd agreed that enough space for planting needed to be set aside from the start. A path throughout the garden was also a must. Read more.

    Watch a slideshow of the event.

  •  350: The Most Important Number on Earth

    Some 60 Santa Clara University students, faculty, staff, and friends gathered on campus Oct. 24 for an international day of climate action. They formed a gigantic ring, dancing in circles in Mission Gardens. This event, sponsored by, was among the more than 5,200 taking place in 181 countries, calling for recognition that the world needs to roll back carbon in the atmosphere to 350 ppm (parts per million). This number is considered a safe level for carbon emissions in our atmosphere to allow life on Earth to continue as we know it. Read more.

    Watch a slideshow of the event.

  •  Team California Wins Third Place in the 2009 Solar Decathlon

    Team California won second place in engineering and third place overall at the U.S. Department of Energy’s 2009 Solar Decathlon in Washington, D.C., last month. The students beat top universities such as Tufts, Rice, and Cornell, making their home one of the most energy-efficient, beautiful, and comfortable solar-powered homes in the world. The judges described Team California’s 800-square-foot house, called Refract House, as masterfully executed, exquisite, and well designed.

    “We proved to the world today that you don’t have to compromise comfort, style, and convenience to live in a green home,” said Allison Kopf, Team California’s project manager and Santa Clara University student. “Our home is attractive, functional, and livable, and thousands of people who visited also agreed.”

    Students from Santa Clara University and the California College of the Arts make Team California. They finished in the top three in seven of the ten contests:

    • Architecture – 1st place
    • Communications – 1st place
    • Engineering – 2nd place
    • Appliances – 2nd place
    • Home Entertainment – 2nd place
    • Hot Water – 3rd place
    • Market Viability – 3rd place
    • Lighting Design – 6th place
    • Net metering – 12th place
    • Comfort Zone – 14th place

    The students spent two years designing, engineering, and building the house. They then disassembled it, trucked it to Washington, D.C., and reassembled it on the National Mall. Read more.

    Faculty, staff, and students are invited to a reception to celebrate the team’s victory. It will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 10 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. outside Bannan Engineering's Multi-Purpose Room.

    Watch slideshow from the competition in Washington, D.C.

    Watch Team California’s reaction to 3rd place win at the Solar Decathlon.

    Watch Team California’s reaction to 2nd place win in engineering.

    Watch Team California’s 1st place win in communications, which caught the students completely by surprise.

    Watch Team California’s reaction to 1st place win in architecture.

    Watch Team California’s reaction to 3rd place win in market viability.

    Watch Team California arriving in D.C. and reassembling their solar house.

    Watch timelapse video of Team California building their solar house at Santa Clara University.

  •  Meet the Santa Clara University Student Bloggers

    What’s the best place on campus to eat at midnight?

    Does the #60 bus run northbound or southbound on El Camino Real?

    How do you get from Santa Clara University to Berkeley using Caltrain and BART?

    These are some of the questions asked and answered in the Santa Clara University student blog.

    The blog is a small glimpse into life on the Santa Clara campus: academics, student life and social activities. It describes the "Santa Clara experience" firsthand as four freshmen, two sophomores, and two junior students write about being students at Santa Clara - studying for tests, trips to the beach at Santa Cruz, doing laundry, celebrating Halloween, life in the residence halls, making new friends and becoming a part of the Santa Clara community.

    As Katherine Bercovitz, a current freshman blogger from Cheshire, Connecticut said “Last spring, when I was making my own decision about which university to attend, I found that emailing with two current students gave me a great feel for campus life. I am especially grateful to these two students for their stories.”

    Austin Alleman, also a freshman blogger, is an honors student in the School of Engineering. Austin discovered Santa Clara student blogs as he was researching colleges. “On a lazy Saturday afternoon, I stumbled across the blogs of freshman students at Santa Clara, and found myself reading all the posts. There are so many facets of the Santa Clara experience I didn't know about, all of which got me really excited to be coming to school in the fall. You can't find out about these things by taking a tour, or surfing the website.

    I want to provide that same Saturday afternoon to the next group of incoming freshmen, and get them excited to come to SCU like I am.”

    Follow the life and times of Katherine, Austin, and other student bloggers.

  •  EPA Recognizes Santa Clara University as a Leading Green Power Purchaser

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has recognized Santa Clara University as one of the top universities to reduce its carbon footprint. SCU ranked No. 16 on the EPA’s Top 20 College & University List of green power purchasers.

    “This recognition reflects our commitment to address climate change by supporting renewable energy and reducing greenhouse gas emissions,” said Lindsey Cromwell, Santa Clara University’s sustainability coordinator.

    The University committed to doubling its green power purchase to nearly 23 million kilowatt-hours (kWh), which represents 74 percent of the school’s electricity use. That’s enough to power 2,529 average American homes and equivalent to taking nearly 3,000 cars off the road for one year.

    The purchase will be supplied from Green-e Energy certified renewable energy certificates sourced from wind farms around the country. Read more.

  •  The Legacy of the Jesuit Martyrs

    In the early hours of Nov. 16, 1989, six Jesuit priests, their housekeeper, and her teenage daughter were murdered by Salvadoran soldiers on the campus of the University of Central America (UCA) in San Salvador, El Salvador. For speaking truth to power in war-ravaged El Salvador, for defending the poorest of the poor, and for ultimately promoting a faith that does justice without qualification, these Jesuits were considered traitors by certain members of El Salvador’s elite and so were summarily executed. The 20th anniversary of the Jesuit assassinations offers an important opportunity to reflect on the enduring legacy of the martyrs and to ask what this legacy could mean for Santa Clara University and for Jesuit higher education in the early 21st century. Read more.

    Monday, Nov. 2, 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
    Mission Church
    Prayer Service – Commemoration of Jesuit Salvadoran Martyrs

    Tuesday, Nov. 3, 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
    Benson Center, Williman Room and Parlors B and C
    Panel Discussion and Reception for Students

    Wednesday, Nov. 4, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
    Benson Center, Williman Room
    Faculty Colloquium – “The Idea of a Jesuit University”

    Click here for more information and a full list of events.

  •  Globalization: Boon or Bane for Humanity?

    It is almost 20 years to the day since Jon Sobrino, S.J., narrowly escaped being murdered by a government death squad alongside eight others, and he asks now: “What have we learned since this atrocity?” Sobrino will speak on the lessons of martyrs around the globe—including those who actively chose their roles and those who became martyrs unwillingly.

    “We have learned that the world’s poor are practically of no consequence to anyone—not to the people who live in abundance nor to the people who have any kind of power. The First World is not interested in the Third World. As history shows, it is interested only in ways to despoil the Third World in order to increase its own abundance,” he has written.

    A leading liberation theologian, Sobrino has devoted his life to helping the poor and oppressed.

    This event is co-sponsored by the Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education. Please join us Thursday, Nov. 5 in the Mission Church at 7:30 p.m. General admission tickets are $25 each; tickets for faculty, staff, and members of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute are $20 each; and SCU student tickets are free, but student seats are limited.

    For more information or to order tickets, visit the President’s Speaker Series Web site.

  •  Innocence Projects at Santa Clara University and California Western to Share $2 Million Grant to Help Exonerate Wrongfully Convicted Inmates in California

    The Northern California Innocence Project (NCIP) at Santa Clara University School of Law and the California Innocence Project (CIP) at California Western School of Law in San Diego will receive a $2.4 million grant to administer a massive DNA testing program titled the “Post-Conviction DNA Testing Assistance Program."

    This federally funded program is designed to give indigent California inmates an opportunity to pursue claims of innocence. The grant will pay for reviews of eligible post-conviction cases of forcible rape, murder, and non-negligent manslaughter, and to locate and analyze biological evidence samples associated with these cases.

    Funding comes nearly nine years after California inmates were granted the legal right to seek post-conviction DNA testing of evidence. But that is a right many have not been able to exercise because of the urgency of the state’s fiscal crisis, a strained judicial system and the large number of incarcerated claiming innocence.

    The 18-month program will help solve this problem. Four lawyers will be dedicated to identifying inmates from among the 33 adult prisons statewide who appear most likely to be exonerated by DNA testing. It will also help pay for the thousands of hours that must be devoted to examining case files, searching for testable evidence scattered throughout the state, and for DNA testing and analysis of DNA test results. Read more.

  •  Santa Clara University's Journalism Students Expose Bad Journalism

    How do you know if a news report is fair and accurate? It’s an increasingly important question as people get information from a wide variety of sources, especially online.

    Students in Prof. Sally Lehrman’s introductory journalism class have been learning how to answer this question—and sharing that knowledge with others by reviewing news stories on a website called NewsTrust.

    “I think it’s very exciting for the students, because their critiques become public and they can engage with other people over stories,” said Lehrman, who holds the Knight Ridder/San Jose Mercury News Endowed Chair for Journalism in the Public Interest.

    Her students are required to write two reviews per week for NewsTrust, which is a nonprofit group dedicated to helping people become more discriminating news consumers. The site has a guide explaining how to judge the quality of a news story, as well as reviews of articles by a community of citizens and journalists. Its goal is to produce better-informed citizens who can judge articles based on their use of facts, fairness, sourcing, and context.

    For one week in October, the students’ assignment was even more specific: help NewsTrust find and critique bad journalism. Lehrman encouraged the broader Santa Clara University community to participate as well.

    “It helps you look at the factors that make something not trustworthy, that make it not well reported,” Lehrman said. After the exercise, her students told her they had learned from others’ critiques as well. For example, comments about the credibility of sources led them to scrutinize stories’ sources more carefully.

    Taylor Bernal, class of 2012, found herself assessing whether stories about the African-American community used neutral terms to discuss race.

    “Sometimes it can get pretty sensitive,” said Bernal, a student in Lehrman’s class. She also looked at whether stories were fair and accurate.

    “A lot of people who aren’t into journalism, they assume that anything posted on the Internet is correct,” Bernal said. “This was eye-opening in the sense that it makes you challenge what the writers are putting out there on the Internet.”

    You can also participate in the News Hunt any time by simply reviewing stories listed on NewsTrust or by posting other examples of misinformation you have encountered on this topic. Just click here to begin.

  •  SCU Women's Golf Team Helps Santa Cruz Siblings Make a Difference

    You’re never too young to make a difference in this world. Just ask nine-year-old Andie Huff who has been collecting pennies for three years to build wells in Africa through the African Well Fund. The Santa Cruz duo has also held food drives, a garage sale, and a lemonade stand to benefit Second Harvest Food Bank to help fight hunger.

    Santa Clara University women’s golf coach Polly Schulze, a resident of Aptos, read about Andie two years ago. When she heard Andie and her five-year-old brother Grant were raising money again this year to build their third well, Schulze connected with Andie’s mother, Rachel Huff, online through the Make a Difference Day Web site and decided to get her team involved.

    “The team used water bottles, and they walked around campus for a month informing fellow SCU students of their fundraising efforts and the African Well Fund,” said Schulze.

    Andie began volunteering when she was six years old, after learning about people in Africa having to walk miles just to get clean water.

    “I was impressed by her project because the concept of building wells to benefit communities in Africa is so far removed from her life as a young student in Santa Cruz,” said Jamie Nonaka, a senior in marketing.

    “I think it is extraordinary that such a little girl could want to make such a big impact in the world,” said Miki Ueoka, a junior in biochemistry.

    The athletes delivered the money they raised to Andie and Grant on Oct. 24. The two are still short some $200 of reaching their goal. Andie says she’s also saving money so that she can hopefully take a trip with her mom to South Africa to visit one of the wells that she helped build.

    If you would like to make a donation, you can contact Polly Schulze at

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