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  •  US News Rankings


    U.S. News & World Report magazine’s 2013 graduate-school rankings were released March 13, and once again Santa Clara University’s intellectual-property law and part-time Master of Business Administration programs were ranked among the elites in their field.
    According to the rankings, Santa Clara University School of Law’s intellectual-property law program is the sixth best in the country, as classified by faculty at peer institutions in the United States. In addition, the law school continues to be listed among the top 100 accredited law schools in the U.S., based on peer surveys, selectivity factors, placement success, and faculty resources.
    The part-time MBA program at the Leavey School of Business was ranked No. 41 in the nation, out of 326 part-time MBA programs, based on peer evaluations and the caliber of entering students.
    SCU leaders were pleased, but not surprised, to learn of the graduate programs’ continued strong showing in a national ranking.
    “We’re pleased to see that the U.S. News ranking has again placed SCU among the top part-time programs in the nation,” said S. Andrew Starbird, dean of the Leavey School of Business at Santa Clara University. “While no rankings are without flaws, we appreciate being recognized for our innovative programs like entrepreneurship, our high-quality students, our extensive Silicon Valley connections, and the strong reputation of our faculty in areas like behavioral finance, business ethics, and international management.”
    Detailed rankings and methodology can be found at:
  •  Into the Wild

    Into the Wild, Santa Clara's outdoors and wilderness club, has done everything from hiking Castle Rock in the Santa Cruz Mountains to river rafting in Sacramento to snow-camping in Tahoe. What started out as a fun, sober alternative for drinking on Friday nights has now grown to become an organization that teaches students about the environment and encourages them to make sustainable choices while providing them with an enjoyable, easy way to get outdoors and explore.

    Three years after its founding, Into The Wild has big plans for its future and encourages SCU faculty and staff to get involved.
    “You really get to know your students on a whole different level when you’re sweating up a hill with them or rafting down a river,” said Bill Mains, Into the Wild faculty advisor and Leavey School of Business leadership lecturer.
    SCU faculty and staff would have the potential to develop deeper relationships with their students as they hike switchbacks together or float down a river. By bringing members of the Santa Clara community together, the club moves forward with long-term goals of expansion and proactive adventuring.
    Into the Wild’s river rafting trips first piqued student interest around campus. This past fall a record 42 Into the Wild members and outdoor enthusiasts drove up to Sacramento and spent a day rafting, swimming, and laughing down the American River. The next day the club hiked to University Falls where they could jump or slide down smooth, rushing waterfalls. Due to the rafting trip’s success, the club is currently planning two similar river rafting events for the spring, using the trips to emphasize sustainable initiatives.
    “For future rafting trips we will have people speak to us about the impacts of dams and river pollution. We are trying to bring an educational aspect to it, mostly in attempts to bring awareness to current environmental issues that impact the club,” said Andrew Noonan, Into The Wild president. “We feel it is important to protect the places where we play and we want the message to be heard.”
    Into the Wild club members pride themselves on their strong ties to sustainability initiatives at SCU. Part of club trips includes meeting park rangers, who talk to members about preserving natural environments or teach outdoor survival skills clinics. This aspect of Into the Wild’s outdoor explorations encourages knowledge of and passion for nature.
    “At Santa Clara you can have all this education thrown at you but it doesn’t really mean anything until you can experience it,” said Noonan.
    Since its beginning, Into the Wild has had a taste of success and continues to grow. The club hopes to begin chartering trips for on-campus groups like sports teams, other clubs, and even faculty members. Into the Wild also hopes to incorporate their programming and healthy, sustainable lifestyle choices into key University moments, such as providing Freshmen Orientation trips or University Leadership retreats, similar to those available at Whitman College and Dartmouth University. Into the Wild eventually hopes to join Campus Recreation where they could serve as the go-to club for all things outdoors, receiving more funding and a full-time staff to help coordinate trips.
    The club “allows SCU students to try things they may never have tried otherwise, develop a deeper appreciation of and concern for the natural world, and forge meaningful and long-lasting friendships,” said Sachit Egan, the club’s founder.

    To contact Into the Wild, e-mail and ask to join to mailing list.

  •  Training Social Entrepreneurs


    After 10 years of mastering the art of training and mentoring social entrepreneurs, the Center for Science, Technology, and Society  (CSTS) is taking its program online. Thanks to funding from the World Bank Development Marketplace, CSTS is creating GSBI Online, a new program that will enable a greater number of social entrepreneurs to benefit from the MBA-like training and mentoring of SCU’s highly successful Global Social Benefit Incubator (GSBI).
    The pilot program will expand GSBI to an online format which:
    *can be attended by social entrepreneurs who can’t travel or who are too early in their life cycle for the full-fledged GSBI program.
    *will feature nine modules on business elements like mission, target market, value chain analysis, and financing strategies.
    *will include mentoring by one Silicon Valley mentor and one local mentor, who volunteer their time to give feedback to the entrepreneurs. 
    Social entrepreneurs are business-oriented organizations that seek to solve major social problems such as hunger or lack of power in developing countries.
    GSBI Online will begin in May and initially will be open to up to 25 social entrepreneurs chosen through GSBI and the World Bank Development Marketplace. It is expected to continue in a pilot phase through 2013, sponsored by organizations seeking to provide additional capacity development and business-model support to select groups of social entrepreneurs.
    More on the program can be found here.
  •  Bronco Summer Camp


    This summer, get your children in on the action by signing them up for Bronco summer camps. Whether your child is a star player or a mere dabbler in athletics, SCU has a sports camp for them. Offerings include baseball, softball, tennis, basketball, volleyball, and soccer camps, in addition to an an all-sports camp.
    Day Camps in the individual sports focus on the fundamentals for campers, while the Elite Camps target high school athletes hoping to play at the collegiate level. “The Elite Camp is designed to provide an experience that is like that of a typical college student athlete,” says Amanda Brown, director of SCU women’s basketball operations, of the program for young women. “They run through practices with the head coach, stay in the dorms and eat in the cafeteria. We put them through a weight workout, and they meet with an academic advisor who will give them the low-down on academic workloads and the process of the NCAA clearinghouse.”
    In contrast, Bronco Kidz All-Sports Camp is designed for 7 to 13-year-olds who either already love and play a variety of sports or who want a chance to try out something new. Activities range from traditional favorites like basketball, soccer, and swimming, to less mainstream sports like dodgeball and ultimate Frisbee. With three sports in the morning and three different ones in the afternoon, campers get plenty of play time.
    “It’s your PE class that you don’t have anymore—all your sports rolled into one week of camp to get kids experiencing a bunch of different sports,” says Janice DeMonsi, director of recreation. “The emphasis is on fitness, fundamentals, and fun.” The camp is also offering a Counselor in Training program for children ages 14–17 to learn valuable leadership skills while they assist with running the weekly camp activities.
    For specific information about summer camp offerings, including dates, times, costs, and sign-up information, visit
  •  Help Save Cal Grants

    Santa Clara University President Michael Engh, S.J., is asking for your help in contacting the Governor and state legislators.
    A proposal by Governor Jerry Brown aims to cut Cal Grant funding for independent, non-profit institutions next academic year by 44 percent. Eligibility requirements for Cal Grants would also change, making it more difficult for students to receive financial aid. This program provides direct funding to students with the greatest financial need, and the cuts would hurt thousands of students, including 580 Santa Clara students.
    You can help stop the cuts by calling, emailing, or writing your legislators and the Governor. If you know of any students who will be affected next fall, encourage them to voice their support for Cal Grant funding, as well.
    A list of your elected officials can be found here and online. You can also mail your letter to the Association of Independent California Colleges & Universities (AICCU), and they will hand-deliver the letters during the AICCU’s Student Day at the Capitol on March 7. Send or email your letters to:
    The Association of Independent Colleges and Universities
    1100 11th Street, Lower Level
    Sacramento, CA 95814
    Alternatively, you can bring your letter to the SCU Financial Aid Office.
    Go online for more information about the cuts and how you can help.
  •  Sculpture by Artist A. Wasil Unveiled at SCU


    A bronze sculpture, depicting the Holy Family of Mary, Joseph, and Jesus in an unusually informal, private family moment, was unveiled and dedicated Sunday.
    The work, “In Celebration of Family,” was unveiled during a ceremony on Feb. 12 outside the Harrington Learning Commons building.
    The work was donated by Dr. Rudi Brutoco and Diana Brutoco and the Brutocao Family Foundation with special support from Malcolm Cisneros Law Corp. It was the final work of noted international artist A. Wasil before his death in 2008. The project to bring the sculpture to Santa Clara was initiated in 2004. A nearly identical original has been on the campus of the University of Notre Dame in Indiana since 2006. Read more.
  •  When Text Was a Noun: Celebrating Books and the History of California

    While the general public’s link to the printed page becomes increasingly tenuous as greater numbers embrace the virtual images of their e-readers, true bibliophiles still revel in an appreciation of the origins of print, the texture of fine paper, and the intriguing idiosyncrasies of typography. “Pressing Forward: The Book Club of California at 100,” the newest exhibit in the Third Floor Gallery of the University Library celebrates the artistry of print in a tribute to the centennial of the Book Club of California (BCC), which publishes fine press editions of books on California and the West.
    Sponsored by the SCU Library’s Department of Archives and Special Collections and the California Province Archives, the exhibit of selected fine press publications by the BCC is geared not only toward avid book lovers, but also to the general reader. The hope is to generate excitement about the printed book as an artifact, as well as an appreciation of California history and the role of the BCC in framing that history, notes Mary E. Kenney, assistant archivist for the California Province Archives and co-curator of the exhibit.
    “With the proliferation of e-readers, there will be an explosion of literacy and communication just as there was with the invention of the printing press,” Kenney predicts. “But it’s all a part of the phenomenon of communication by the written word.”
    And the physical creation and manifestation of that written word will be the centerpiece of “Pressing Forward,” which will draw from the Library’s “almost complete set” of BCC publications. “Every book in the exhibit will be available for visitors to read at a later date in the Reading Room of SCU Archives and Special Collections,” Kenney says. “In addition, tools of the typographical trade will be on display, including a composing stick on which typesetters built the lines of type, a toy press, punches, and a hand model with matrix. Wall panels will display images of ephemera and photographs taken from the BCC archives.”
    The exhibit runs through March 30. Gallery hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week. For more information, contact Deborah Whiteman at 408-554-6808, or go online.
  •  U.S. Department of Energy Selects Santa Clara University to Compete in 2013 Solar Decathlon

    Santa Clara University hopes the third time will be the charm in one of the world’s most prestigious competitions that determines the best designer and builder of a net-zero energy house.
    The U.S. Department of Energy announced Thursday that Santa Clara University will compete in the 2013 Solar Decathlon, joining 19 other teams of universities and colleges from around the world. Santa Clara’s undergraduate engineering students will go up against some tough schools, such as Stanford, University of Southern California, and California Institute of Technology. They will also face mostly graduate students, many of whom have professional experience. SCU students, who are 19 to 22 years old, aren’t intimidated, though.

    “We’ve been putting in countless hours studying, researching, and developing our concept,” says Jake Gallau ’13, student project manager for Santa Clara University’s Solar Decathlon team. “We’re confident in our design and the technology we plan to use, and we’re hoping to shock the competition in 2013, just as our alumni have done in previous years.”

    Gallau is referring to SCU’s 2007 team, which surprised its opponents when it won third place after a late start in the competition. The university also won third place in 2009, after finishing in the top three in seven of the 10 contests of the decathlon. Read more.
  •  Highlight SCU as One of the Best Places to Work

    Santa Clara University has been nominated again as one of the Best Places to Work in the Bay Area.
    An independent firm, Quantum Workplace, Inc., is conducting the survey and tabulating results. Quantum staff members will communicate the findings in a summary report to SCU. Quantum does not release your individual responses to our firm or anyone else. Your honesty is critical and appreciated.
    Please take a few minutes to complete the survey. The survey does not require you to enter your name or any personal information, and it is completely confidential. Your participation will help SCU be recognized as a great place to work.
    You will be asked to evaluate SCU in several areas, including team effectiveness, trust with coworkers, and manager effectiveness.
    In order for SCU to be included in the final group highlighted in the Bay Area Business Journal’s special “Best Places to Work” publication, a significant number of SCU employees (15 percent) must complete the online survey.
    To access the survey, go to and enter the SCU code XQXX96727.
    The deadline for taking the survey is Friday, Feb. 24.
  •  Anyone Can Be a Mighty Bronco

    Four years into their existence, the Mighty Broncos continue to unite people from all corners of the campus. On the team roster you can find an academic advisor who works out alongside the Office of Sustainability director who encourages staff members at the Drahmann Advising Center and the Registrar’s Office as they all continue working toward their fitness goals. Athletes of all skill levels have joined the Mighty Broncos and found a fun, supportive way to exercise. The Mighty Broncos welcome anyone with an SCU affiliation, including alumni, graduate students, friends, and spouses.

    “Being a part of the Mighty Broncos is fun because I’ve gotten to meet people from across campus and in departments that I would never get to work with,” said Lindsey Cromwell Kalkbrenner, director at the Office of Sustainability.
    Since the Mighty Broncos have such a diverse team, each member can cater the team to their athletic needs. Some people use the team as a way to train, and others choose to support their friends by cheering for teammates from the sidelines.
    “You can really make it what you want—for the training aspect to stay fit or for the social activities—usually we do a big event and then do something fun afterwards,” said Karen Hall, coordinator of new student programs at the Drahmann Advising Center.
    Monica Parikh, former SCU staff member, used the Mighty Broncos to kickstart a more active lifestyle. With the encouragement of Hall, Parikh was able to complete the sprint distance Triathlon at Pacific Grove last September after months of training with the Mighty Broncos.
    “People really underestimate how important it is to work with a support system,” said Parikh.
    Parikh reached her fitness goal and had the encouragement of the Mighty Broncos throughout the whole process. They were even there to scream her name and wave a cowbell as she crossed the finish line.
    The team meets several times a week to bike, run, or swim their way toward completing fitness challenges like the Triathlon at Pacific Grove—the Mighty Bronco’s signature event. They participate in this Team in Training triathlon every September and have helped raise close to $100,000 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society over the past four years. The Mighty Broncos also participate in the Tour de Cure, raising money for the American Diabetes Association, and the Trans-Tahoe Relay, among other events.
    Steve Fiel, husband of Betsy Fiel in the Registrar’s office, recently completed his first triathlon in June and then participated in the Triathlon at Pacific Grove this past September.
    “You get hooked and want to keep setting higher goals,” said Fiel.
    The Mighty Broncos are always looking for new members. They encourage even the worst couch potatoes to come join them. Those interested can visit the team’s website to join. There you can check out practice times, photos, and upcoming events. Remember, all skill levels are welcome.
    “We’re just trying to get people over the ‘I can’t’ or ‘I don’t have the time’ attitude. People can do it!” said Betsey Fiel.
    The Mission to Wellness program of Human Resources is hosting a Learn at Lunch lecture on Feb. 2 at noon, featuring motivational speaker, cancer survivor, and personal trainer Heidi Boynton. Boynton has inspired many of the Mighty Broncos to keep working toward their fitness goals and will talk about finding the right fitness path for you.
  •  From Garage to Global Importance: the Rise of the PC

    On Thursday, Jan. 26, SCU will host a conversation with Silicon Valley icon Steve Wozniak.

    Wozniak started the PC revolution. He co-founded Apple along with Steve Jobs in 1976 and designed Apple’s earliest computers. While operating the company from Jobs’ garage, Wozniak created the Apple II, which included innovations such as a keyboard, a disk drive, color graphics, and a central processing unit.
    The Apple II kick started the era of personal computers, providing a blueprint for a computer that would be easily accessible to people. Over the next six years, Apple grew into a $500 million business. In 1985, President Reagan awarded the National Medal of Technology to Wozniak and Jobs for the “development and introduction of the personal computer, which has sparked the birth of a new industry extending the power of the computer to individual users.”
    Since leaving Apple in 1985, Wozniak’s focus has included philanthropy and education. He provided hands-on teaching and technology equipment for the Los Gatos School District, founded the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and was the founding sponsor of the Tech Museum, Silicon Valley Ballet, and Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose.
    In recent years, this pioneer of computing has become a pop culture icon. He’s appeared on Dancing with the Stars and pioneered the sport of Segway polo. In 2006, he wrote a best-selling autobiography, iWoz.
    Moderated by Assistant Professor of Computer Engineering Ahmed Amer, this second installment in the 2011–12 President’s Speakers Series will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Mayer Theatre. Tickets are sold out, but standing-room only tickets may be available the day of the event. Please check with the box office at 7 p.m. on January 26. Or seats are available for a live broadcast in the Harrington Learning Commons Viewing and Taping Rooms A & B.
    To get more details, please visit the speakers series website.
  •  Energy Challenge Kicks-off the New Year

    Santa Clara University’s 3rd Annual Residence Hall Energy Challenge began Sunday, Jan. 8. The competition involves all residence halls striving to reduce their total energy consumption.
    Rather than competing against one another, however, residence halls will attempt to reduce their buildings’ electricity consumption relative to previous years.
    Lindsey Cromwell Kalkbrenner, director of the Office of Sustainability, played a major role in establishing the expected energy consumption value for each residence hall. An average of the previous three years’ winter-quarter energy consumption was used to create these values for each building, mixed with other factors including number of students living in each residence hall, or whether a building is air-conditioned.
    “Essentially, residents should strive to use less energy than is historically used in their buildings,” Kalkbrenner said. “For example, Dunne residents this year are really competing with the residents from Dunne the past three years.”
    To determine the winner at the end of the quarter, each building will be ranked based on its percentage decrease as compared to historical usage. Officially the Energy Challenge only includes cumulative electricity use from Jan. 15 through March 17. Students can keep track of their residence hall’s electricity use during this time by visiting and seeing their buildings’ real-time consumption.
    In the spirit of the game and competition, the 10-week challenge will also include other sustainable activities to promote the importance of energy conservation. One of these events will be the 2nd Annual Eco Fashion and Art Show on Feb. 2. The Eco Fashion and Art Show, a collaboration among numerous student organizations as well as faculty and staff, seeks to educate about the influence and impact of the fashion industry, encourage students, staff, and faculty members to design and produce creative outfits made out of recyclable or waste materials as an educational tool. The event also aims to enlighten audience members about the items and products they frequently may use, and encourage them to think about alternative uses and reuses instead of sending all of these products straight to landfill.
    “The Eco Fashion and Art Show is really, really exciting,” Kalkbrenner said. “It is an opportunity for the campus community to learn about sustainability in unexpected ways. We are trying to reach out to more of our communities on campus. The idea is that the more we make outfits out of reused resources rather than virgin material, the more energy we save.”
    A campus-wide “blackout” hour for students is also being planned in order to incorporate students in all residence halls. The voluntary hour-long blackout is intended to display how much each  individual’s effort can cumulatively add up, resulting in meaningful reductions even in a single hour.
    “The goal ultimately is to develop a culture of sustainability. We want to develop energy-conserving behavior in our residents that starts with a friendly competition but hopefully will last throughout their lifetimes,” Kalkbrenner said. “We are encouraging realistic actions ranging from unplugging chargers when they are not being used, utilizing sleep mode on laptops, using drying racks for laundry, and more. Hopefully all of these communal efforts and ideas will compound and make students appreciate the value that they possess individually to impact sustainability.”
    Last year, residence halls conserved enough energy to power Malley Fitness Center for six weeks. That is 85,000 kilowatt hours. This year the goal is to beat that mark.

    Go to to find out how you personally can help the cause.

  •  New Exhibit at de Saisset

    From Cambodian Muslims to Buddhist San Quentin inmates, a photography exhibit now on display at the de Saisset Museum at Santa Clara University explores the diverse spiritual practices of people of various ethnic, cultural, religious, and gender orientations in California.
    The exhibit, titled Golden States of Grace: Prayers of the Disinherited—A Photodocumentary by Rick Nahmias, launched Jan. 13, and aims to give voice to those in marginalized communities.
    The artist worked with 11 communities:
    ·      Beit T’Shuvuh, the nation’s only halfway house aiding addicts self-identified as Jewish;
    ·      Buddhadharma Sangha at San Quentin Prison, a group of Zen Buddhist practitioners composed of men incarcerated in California’s oldest prison;
    ·      Cham Muslims, refugees from Cambodia, who are a cultural minority due to their language and Muslim faith;
    ·      Deaf Members of the University City Branch of the Church of Latter-Day Saints, a branch of the Mormon Church that caters to the deaf and blind;
    ·      Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria, Coastal Miwok and Southern Pomo Native Americans, who have begun reclaiming ancient rituals, dance, and language;
    ·      Immaculate Heart Community, a group primarily composed of former Catholic nuns, who pursue a doctrine based on social justice, strong feminist tenets, and advocacy for the marginalized;
    ·      People with HIV/AIDS at Kashi Ashram, a spiritual retreat that uses a combination of Hindu sacred practices and traditions to reach its members, many of whom are affected by HIV/AIDS;
    ·      Rurally Isolated Pentecostals and Baptists, a mostly African-American Christian community, who worship in small churches in unincorporated towns of Central Valley;
    ·      Sex Workers Devoted to Santísima Muerte, a community of Latina sex workers in San Francisco, who embrace the female folk deity Santísima Muerte;
    ·      Transcendence, the world's only transgender gospel choir; and
    ·      Women of Wisdom at California Institute for Women, an interfaith and multicultural spirituality group for female prison inmates and women from outside communities.
    Golden States of Grace brings together 56 black-and-white photographs, interviews, and recordings of prayer and spoken word from project participants. Together, the audio and visual components document the spirit and vitality of the communities on the margins. Nahmias spent three years photographing and interviewing his subjects.
    Golden States of Grace is a study of otherness—the otherness out there, the otherness within each of us, the otherness that begs us to bind together as human beings to celebrate, contemplate, and find meaning in our lives,” said Nahmias.
    The exhibit will run through March 18. In conjunction with the show, a reception is set for Thursday, Jan. 19 at 7 p.m. In addition, Nahmias will be onsite at the museum on Thursday, Feb. 2 at 7 p.m. for a talk titled “Diversity, Community, and the Margins of American Society.” The artist will share examples of his work and offer unique images and insights into communities found on the margins. All programs are free and open to the public.
  •  SCU Recognized with LEED Gold Certification and an EPA Award

    The U.S. Green Building Council awarded the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification to Santa Clara University’s Paul Locatelli Student Activity Center. The rating recognizes the efficient use of energy and resources during the construction and operation of the 16,284-square-foot student center.

    Built in 2010, the center is designed to blend in with other buildings on campus and integrates energy-efficient features like trellises and overhangs to reduce direct solar gain on the south and west face of the building.

    Use of mortar-free pavers and decomposed granite for walkways around the building reduce water runoff. Water runoff from the building is diverted to planting areas to increase the infiltration rate and reduce the impact of storm water. Paints, surface coatings, and adhesives throughout the center were chosen based on their low-emissions or non-emissions of volatile organic compounds. Carpets are certified “Green Label” by the Carpet and Rug Institute, meaning the carpets are the lowest emitting carpet products on the market. The center is also equipped with standard university recycling, waste, and composting bins, encouraging students to divert their waste from the landfill. 
    Santa Clara University also received a 2011 Green Power Leadership Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The annual award recognizes the country’s leading green power users for their commitment and contribution to helping advance the development of the nation’s voluntary green power market. The EPA presented SCU with the award at an event held in conjunction with the 2011 Renewable Energy Markets Conference on Nov. 16 in San Francisco, Calif.

    Santa Clara University was one of only 10 organizations nationwide to receive a Leadership Award for its green power purchases. The award recognizes EPA Green Power Partners who distinguish themselves through purchases of green power from a utility green-pricing program, a competitive green marketer, or a renewable energy certificate (REC) supplier. SCU purchases more than 30 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of green power annually, which is equivalent to avoiding the carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions of more than 4,000 passenger vehicles per year, or the CO2 emissions from the electricity use of nearly 3,000 average American homes annually. 


  •  New Entrepreneurship Minor Created at Santa Clara University

    To meet the growing demand for entrepreneurship education at Santa Clara University, the Leavey School of Business has created a new minor in entrepreneurship.

    “This minor is an exciting opportunity for students to harness the power of entrepreneurial thinking that is pervasive here in Silicon Valley,” said Daniel Aguiar, executive director of SCU’s Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. “We continue to leverage our ideal location; Jesuit educational tradition; state-of-the-art facilities; and distinguished faculty, staff, alumni, and friends to create a highly robust program of entrepreneurship at Santa Clara University.”

    The minor and other initiatives underway at SCU’s Leavey School of Business are part of a push to prepare graduates to make meaningful contributions to economic growth and prosperity in California and elsewhere, said the school’s dean S. Andrew Starbird. “The skills to turn ideas into opportunities, and to turn ideas into jobs, into economic growth and prosperity—those are the skills we want our students to have,” he said. Read more.



  •  Fine Arts Support Team Reaches out to Students

    The name F.A.S.T. is a perfect fit for Santa Clara University’s new Arts Ambassadors Program.

    “The arts pass by very fast. Our goal is to slow students down so they can really learn to appreciate them,” said arts ambassador Savannah Foltz-Colhour ’14, who’s majoring in public health and minoring in dance.
    F.A.S.T. stands for SCU’s Fine Arts Support Team, composed of Foltz-Colhour and fellow ambassadors Chris Zamarripa ’13 and Gabrielle Dougherty ’14, and dedicated to the promotion and support of all fine arts events on campus. As a whole, the three student ambassadors represent a wide range of the arts—from studio arts to dance and theatre.
    According to Theatre and Dance Associate Professor David Popalisky, the arts committee recruited student ambassadors who could understand the arts across disciplines. Seven candidates were interviewed in the fall for the three positions.
    “We didn’t want students who only know about theatre or only about music,” said Popalisky. “We wanted students who have a well-rounded understanding of arts as a whole.”
    Funded by the Provost’s Office, F.A.S.T. launched in September. The idea, however, dates back a year and a half ago with Popalisky and Art and Art History Associate Professor Kathy Aoki. Popalisky stated that the arts committee wanted a personal way to reach out to students and encourage the growth of the arts on campus.
    According to Zamarripa, the main goal of F.A.S.T. is to increase attendance to on-campus arts events, while stressing students’ support of one another.
    “It’s very powerful when students are supporting other students, especially in the arts,” said Zamarripa, who’s studying studio art. “Having your friends watch you perform is comparable to scoring a winning goal in front of all your peers. Having all your friends cheering you on like that, it is just the best feeling.”
    Another goal the arts ambassadors have is to pinpoint what people really want to see and what would get them interested in attending these fine arts events. Although they have only been a group for a few weeks, F.A.S.T. has already been hard at work with this.
    “During ‘Little Shop of Horrors,’ we put surveys in each program with questions about why students came to the play and what their goals are for on-campus arts,” said Dougherty, who’s double majoring in marketing and theatre arts.
    To create a centralized source for the arts, the ambassadors launched a Facebook page for F.A.S.T.
    F.A.S.T. is also producing t-shirts to communicate visually with students. The shirts will use a graphic design that Zamarripa created himself.
    “Hopefully students will see their peers wearing these shirts and be intrigued to attend more arts events,” Zamarripa said. “It’s like a walking advertisement to have t-shirts.” 
  •  FBI Investigates Intrusion Into University's Academic Record System

    Santa Clara University announced Monday that it is working closely with law enforcement officials to investigate an intrusion into its computerized academic record system that resulted in a limited number of undergraduate students having their grades changed.
    Officials said that a review of the tens of thousands of grade records since the year 2000 identified unauthorized grade changes impacting a handful of current undergraduate students and approximately 60 former undergraduate students. These grade changes are attributed to someone gaining illegal access into Santa Clara University's computer system between June 2010 and July 2011.
    There is no evidence to suggest that other personal information of students, staff, or faculty has been compromised.
    Upon learning of the computer intrusion, the University promptly contacted the Federal Bureau of Investigation. "Law enforcement officials are thoroughly investigating this unfortunate episode," said Michael Engh, S.J., president of the University. "We shall continue to cooperate with the FBI as it brings this matter to a proper conclusion."
    Officials said the University takes seriously allegations of unauthorized computer access and grade tampering and will pursue legal action if appropriate. In addition, the University has a Student Conduct Code that prohibits falsification or misuse of University records. Violations of the conduct code are adjudicated through the University Judicial System with consequences as significant as expulsion.
    "Investigators are piecing together how the computerized academic record system was illegally accessed," said Dennis Jacobs, Santa Clara's Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. "The University has also taken several steps to increase its network security and will continue to implement additional safety and security measures to reduce any chance of a similar incident happening again."
    The University is contacting individual faculty members whose grades appear to be inappropriately modified to verify that they did not authorize any of the undocumented grade changes.
    "We want to reassure all affected students that the university will work to rectify their grade records and ensure the integrity of their transcript," said Jacobs.
    Students, faculty, staff, and alumni with questions about the investigation can go to for further information.

  •  Library Simplifies Search

    Remember the world without Google? Since its development in 1997, the search engine giant has revolutionized the power of the Internet through single-box search engines. What if a similar type of search engine existed in our campus libraries?
    Now, it does.
    On Oct. 7, the University’s Orradre Library and the Heafey Law Library launched OneSearch, a new online tool that facilitates library research and resource discovery. OneSearch allows students, faculty, and staff the ease of searching simultaneously through hundreds of article databases, indexes, and the complex library catalog in a fast, single-box search interface similar to Google.
    The University began investing in a discovery system last year in an attempt to combat a growing concern that college students were going to sites like Google and Wikipedia for research rather than their own campus libraries.
    “Librarians are competing against Google for attention. We have better content than Google, but students don’t always realize that,” said SCU Librarian Elizabeth McKeigue.
    What Students Don’t Know, a recent ethnographic study by Steve Kolowich, confirmed that students “tended to overuse Google and misuse scholarly databases. They preferred simple database searches to other methods of discovery.”
    McKeigue believes that OneSearch will change that trend and ultimately increase usage of our libraries’ databases and indexes, which has been relatively flat in the past few years.
    “At Santa Clara, our decision to purchase and develop OneSearch is an acknowledgment of the demand for libraries to meet students’ expectations with easier research tools,” she said. “It is also a response to the crucial need for us to help connect our students with relevant, scholarly, and reliable content, content for which the libraries pay publishers increasingly higher costs.”
    In addition to benefitting students, OneSearch also gives librarians an added advantage. Using the library’s extensive resources can be daunting and requires training. With OneSearch, librarians won’t need to devote as much time teaching the basics of how to search. Students simply type the keywords into one simple search field, much like they would with Google.
    OneSearch is not a replacement for OSCAR, specific subject indexes and databases, or other crucial research tools that students need to know how to use,” McKeigue said. “However, we hope that students will come to count on OneSearch as a better alternative to Google or Wikipedia when approaching a research topic.”
    A recent testimonial from a law school librarian shows that OneSearch has already had success as an alternative to both Google and OSCAR.
    “I was helping a student with a cite-checking assignment for a high-tech journal. The student needed some Canadian patent cases, Canadian regulatory code, and Canadian session laws. We have these in print but they are all over in storage. The student needed to turn in her assignment that day and really couldn't wait for a storage request to be processed. I decided to take a look at OneSearch and was able to find all these materials via LLMC (Law Library Microfilm Consortium), a resource we often forget about and isn't cataloged in OSCAR.”
    Early feedback for the discovery system indicates that the ability to search simultaneously across library content and databases will be a great help to students, faculty, and staff. However, as a beta-release, the development of the library’s newest tool is an ongoing process.
    OneSearch includes so much content that you may find that the results are not always as relevant as you might expect. There may be ways that library staff can change certain settings to improve relevancy, but we need to know specific examples to help us make these changes,” McKeigue said.
    McKeigue is asking for your feedback. Go online and check out OneSearch, and then send your comments via this link.

  •  FYI Exclusive: Introducing Manh Tran, S.J.

    Santa Clara University’s newest campus minister has been told he is not a typical “priest.” With the nickname “Manhster,” that isn’t very hard to believe.
    Manh Tran, S.J., is SCU’s new director of Christian Life Community. He joined SCU’s Campus Ministry this fall, after working six years for Campus Ministry at Loyola Marymount University. During that time, Tran not only gained expertise with the Christian Life Community program, but he also built close relationships with the students.
    “Students at LMU often told me that I’m crazy and wild, that I truly live out my nickname,” Tran said. “I do not know how true that is, but I do strive to discover and live out God’s dream for me. I try to discover and live out my ‘real’ self.”
    As part of Tran’s new position, he will be rejuvenating Christian Life Community at SCU. CLC, an international organization with chapters in more than 60 countries and on every continent, is based on the teachings of St. Ignatius of Loyola, the founder of the Jesuits. The program is centered on three principles: spirituality, community, and service.
    According to Tran, using these three principles of CLC, individuals will be able to follow the Jesuit way to discover one’s “real” self.
    CLC is the only organization that offers intensive Ignatian Spirituality,” he said. “CLC sees Ignatian spirituality as a pathway to God. It is a way of discovering our personal vocations and living out God’s dream for each one of us. God wants us to live fully and desires to share life with us, which often take places through community, prayers, and services. These three aspects of life become the three core values of CLC.”
    As a part of CLC, students will meet weekly in small groups of between five and 10 members. At these weekly meetings, they will pray and share weekly experiences. Other events they gather for include bowling, dancing, poker games, Praise and Worship services, Taize, and doing community service.
    Tran stated that there are three main challenges for students when it comes to CLC: busyness, secularism, and lack of integration.
    “Besides being full-time students, there is pressure to live out the magic “three,” namely joining the Greek Club, Service Organization, and other clubs on campus. Many students also have to work part time to survive,” Tran said. “Secondly, secularism is a huge challenge that we all face. Students, myself included, often buy into hedonism, individualism, consumerism, relativism, ‘hook-up culture,’ and ‘I’m spiritual but not religious.’ The third challenge is the lack of integration among faith, justice, and education. Many students volunteer to do community service without seeing the connection between faith and justice.”
    According to Tran, his personal college experience was less stressful than higher education is today.
    “In my personal opinions, I find life now as much more complicated and pressured compared to my college years (1984–88),” he said. “Many students now come from broken families and are faced with many other challenges similar to the big three.”
    Tran believes, however, that a Jesuit education helps students search for truth and freedom.
    “As Jesus mentioned, ‘The truth shall set you free’ (John 8:32). College students are often faced with important life questions such as ‘Where are we from?’ ‘Who am I?’ ‘What is my purpose in life?’” Tran said. “Jesuit education carries such a rich Catholic tradition and Ignatian spirituality that can help students discover the truth to their questions. If we do not share with students about Catholic teaching and Ignatian spirituality, we are not different than other public or private universities. CLC plays an important role in searching for truth because it provides sacred spaces to explore and wrestle these important questions with one another and God.”

  •  Santa Clara University 2.0


    “Email is down again.”
    “I have to communicate with my alumni about a job posting.”
    “I’m new to the University, and I don’t know anything about the tools that are available.”
    These are some of the concerns faculty and staff raised at the first Communication and Collaboration Task Force Town Hall meeting on Oct. 20. It was their chance to discuss how the University might improve its technology and tools on campus to help SCU advance many of the priorities outlined in President Michael Engh’s new Strategic Plan.
    The task force, which consists of 15 people from various departments and offices, is lead by Management Professor Terri Griffith. They’re working together to identify campus needs for communication and collaboration services, identify categories of tools necessary to meet those needs, and evaluate and recommend specific tools and vendors within each category. Members of the task force are also looking at security and privacy issues that may arise when using such tools.
    Some 30 people attended the first town hall meeting to share ways in which their day can be frustrating with the current tools in place. One faculty member complained about the number of emails she receives every day, while one staff member noted the inefficient ways of communicating to a certain segment of large audiences such as students and alumni. Several people mentioned the lack of mobility, making working on the train and at home less than convenient. The needs varied from project management to how someone begins his or her day at the office.
    “We don’t want vendors to come to campus and say here are all of our features,” Griffith told faculty and staff. “Instead, we want to tell them ‘here’s what we do in our jobs. How does your tool fit that?’”
    After the task force has gathered the requirements, tasks, and concerns from all members of the University, they will send them to the vendors. The task force will then invite the vendors to show the members how their tool tackles each need. Based on all the information they gather from students, faculty, staff, and vendors, the task force will then make recommendations and hopefully be up and running with the new tools before the beginning of next fall.
    If you missed the first town hall meeting, you can reach out to the members directly or make your suggestions online. The task force hopes more people will attend future town halls as they’re scheduled in the coming months.


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