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  •  Environmental Studies Institute Faculty Member Named to National Academy of Sciences

    The National Academy of Sciences announced that Santa Clara University’s Director of Conservation Science Programs Peter Kareiva has been elected as a new member in recognition of his distinguished and continued achievement in original research. 
    Kareiva teaches courses for Santa Clara’s Environmental Studies Institute and is chief scientist for The Nature Conservancy, where he is responsible for developing and helping to implement science-based conservation throughout the organization and for forging new linkages with partners.
    Kareiva has authored more than100 scientific articles in diverse fields such as mathematical biology, fisheries science, insect ecology, risk analysis, genetically engineered organisms, agricultural ecology, population viability analysis, behavioral ecology, landscape ecology, and global climate change. His most recent work (co-authored with Santa Clara University Professor Michelle Marvier) is a conservation textbook, Conservation Science: Balancing the Needs of People and Nature, which is the first textbook to teach the scientific foundations of conservation while highlighting strategies to better connect its practice with the needs and priorities of a growing human population.


  •  New Associated Student Government President, Vice President Outline Their Plans for 2011-12

    Juniors Courtney Seymour and Lindsay Gray have a busy year ahead of them: they are the new president and vice president of Associated Student Government (ASG) for the 2011­–12 academic year, after running unopposed in late April.
    The pair’s plan for the next year is all about the “3 S’s for Success: Safety, Social Spirit, and Sustainability.” Seymour and Gray want to improve safety on campus by implementing an escort service for students leaving the library after 11 p.m. They admit that they need to work out some logistical issues with the Santa Clara Police Department (SCPD) and Campus Safety, such as figuring out whether the service would consist of on-foot accompaniment, a shuttle, or another option. Seymour and Gray also intend to “increase awareness regarding better off-campus living, continue the Educated Partier program, and build a stronger relationship with SCPD.” The Educated Partier Program teaches students how to hold more responsible parties. Seymour and Gray plan to begin next year’s program at the beginning of the fall quarter instead of waiting until later quarters, as in years past.
    The new President and Vice President also propose a “reinvestment in the Locatelli Student Activity Center” and further promotion of the still-new facility as a hub of student activity. Despite some trouble in attracting students to the somewhat distant facility, they say it’s a “prime location for activities before and after sporting events, such as soccer and water polo.” They plan to talk with Bon Appétit regarding the possibility of adding a café to the center and hope to foster more of an “atmosphere that draws students” into the center by adding couches or pool tables that would make the facility more inviting during non-event hours.
    Seymour and Gray also plan to continue pushing the platform of 2010-11 President Chris Mosier and Vice President Nhunguyen Le by moving closer to a bottle-less campus and maintaining sustainability measures, such as Living Green and the Sustainability Challenge. Seymour and Gray want to maintain the enthusiasm that’s shared by Santa Clara’s President Michael Engh, S.J., and previous ASG leaders.
    Seymour will give her official acceptance speech on May 19.


  •  Santa Clara University Sophomore Receives Award for Helping to Rebuild New Orleans

    Campus Compact honored Santa Clara University sophomore Laura Snowden with a Newman Civic Fellow award for being an inspiring college student leader and for finding solutions to challenges facing communities throughout the country.
    As a co-founder of the nonprofit organization, Shirts Across America, Snowden has been tireless in her efforts to contribute to the rebuilding efforts of New Orleans through fundraising, organizing student visits to the region, and keeping this issue a part of public dialogue. She is also a respected student leader on campus who facilitates conversations about diversity and encourages others to work for social change.
    Snowden is among the 135 students from 30 states honored with this award, which was named after Dr. Frank Newman, one of the founders of Campus Compact, who had a tremendous impact on American education and its role in the development of citizens who are eager and prepared to make a difference. He dedicated his life to creating systemic change through education reform.
    College and university presidents nominated the best-of-the-best, promising college student leaders who have demonstrated an investment in finding solutions for challenges facing communities throughout the country. Through service, research, and advocacy, these Newman Civic Fellows are making the most of their college experiences to better understand themselves, discover the root causes of social issues, and find effective mechanisms for creating lasting change.


  •  Living Like It's 1925

    Difficult. Lonely. Quiet. Those are the words Matt Lee ’13 used to describe spending a week without technology.
    Theatre and Dance Assistant Professor Kimberly Hill challenged Lee and eight others to live without cell phones, computers, iPods, and TVs to help them prepare for their roles in the upcoming play “Hay Fever,” which is set in 1925.
    “I went into the exercise with an open mind and was very determined that I would be able to go on an entire week without technology, but it was surprisingly difficult,” Lee said.
    Lee realized how he had taken technology for granted, especially the simple ability to carry around a cell phone and to keep tabs with his friends by sending text messages. He was forced to rely on face-to-face interactions with his friends, which weren’t easy to arrange since he was the only one without technology. He pointed out that making plans for anything has been extremely difficult and a hassle without his cell phone and email.
    He had only one slip-up—Facebook. He was so used to checking it frequently that on the first day of the experiment he checked it almost reflexively. Otherwise, Lee hasn’t broken any other rules.
    Anna Vossler ’11 confessed that she microwaved her soup and didn’t even realize what she was doing until it was too late. Vossler almost made a second mistake when she grabbed her cell phone and walked out of the house with it. The agreement she and the others made was that they were supposed to treat their cell phones like landlines and leave them at home. Vossler didn’t have time to return home, so she quickly turned off the phone and headed to class.
    Although not being able to use technology was inconvenient for many, Vossler said she noticed a difference in her life. Her food tasted better when she stopped microwaving it. Her room was also cleaner, because she wasn’t sitting around her house all day watching television or surfing the Net. As for not being glued to her cell phone, Vossler said, “It was nice not having to check my phone 100 times day for text messages and voicemail.”
    “Hay Fever” runs May 27–29 and June 2–4.


  •  Santa Clara University Welcomes Former SCU President William Rewak, S.J., as Chancellor

    Former Santa Clara University President William Rewak, S.J., will return to campus as the new chancellor of the 160-year-old Jesuit institution effective Aug. 15, SCU President Michael E. Engh, S.J., announced today.

    In his role as SCU chancellor, Rewak will assist Engh in vital areas, including civic engagement, fundraising, community outreach, and ceremonial events. He will also head a newly established Council of Trustee Emeriti, a board comprising former, honored trustees who will continue to serve and provide counsel to SCU.

    “I am honored and grateful that Fr. Rewak has accepted my offer of this position to help advance the vision, mission, and strategic plan for Santa Clara University,” Engh said in an announcement to the University community. “He showed a passion for this University when he was president that has continued unabated, and we are fortunate for his continued service.” Read more.


  •  Santa Clara University Receives Two Honors for Its Green Initiatives

    For a third straight year, Santa Clara University (SCU) is using more green power than any other school in the West Coast Conference, making it the 2010–11 Individual Conference Champion in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) College & University Green Power Challenge. 

    SCU beat its conference rivals by using more than 30 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of green power, representing 100 percent of the school’s annual electricity usage. SCU purchases a utility green power product from Silicon Valley Power/3Degrees and also generates green power from an onsite renewable energy system, which helps to reduce the environmental impacts associated with the campus’ electricity use. Read more. 

    For a second consecutive year, SCU is one of the most environmentally responsible colleges in the U.S. and Canada, according to The Princeton Review. The well-known education services company selected SCU for inclusion in the just-released second annual edition of its free downloadable book, “The Princeton Review’s Guide to 311 Green Colleges: 2011 Edition.”  

    The guide recognized SCU for offering sustainability-related courses in 22 departments, winning third place in both the 2007 and 2009 Solar Decathlon, and receiving a silver rating in the STARS program, the nation’s first comprehensive sustainability rating system for colleges and universities. Read more.


  •  Santa Clara University Voted One of the Best Places to Work in the Bay Area

    Santa Clara University has been voted one of the “Best Places to Work in the Bay Area” in a 2011 survey  that’s sponsored by the San Francisco Times and the Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal. SCU was ranked number five in the “Largest Employers” category (1,501-plus employees) and was the only university in the Bay Area to make the list.

    "Santa Clara University has an exceptional community of faculty and staff," said SCU President Michael Engh, S.J. "I am very proud of my colleagues and their committment to Santa Clara."

    The annual survey ranks the top 125 Best Places to Work in the Bay Area based on extensive questionnaires regarding management practices, policies, benefits, work climate, culture, diversity, career development, and training.

    In the last six years, Santa Clara has ranked in the top 15:

    • 2010 - #8
    • 2009 - #5
    • 2008 - #10
    • 2007 - #11
    • 2006 - #6

    Check out all the perks of working at Santa Clara University.


  •  Faculty Receive Tenure, Promotions

    President Michael Engh, S.J., has granted tenure and/or promotions to 13 faculty members.
    Receiving tenure and promoted to the rank of associate professor are:
    • Katherine Aoki, Art and Art History
    • Steven Suljak, Chemistry and Biochemistry
    • Amy Randall, History
    • David Feldman, Counseling Psychology
    • Sarah Kate Wilson, Electrical Engineering
    Receiving tenure is:
    • Jill Pellettieri, Modern Languages and Literatures
     Promoted to the rank of full professor are:
    • Mary Hegland, Anthropology
    • Elizabeth Dahlhoff, Biology
    • Michael Carrasco, Chemistry and Biochemistry
    • Richard Scott, Mathematics and Computer Science
    • Terri Peretti, Political Science
    • Kieran Sullivan, Psychology
    • Lisa Goldstein, Education

    All 13 were recognized for their commitment to teaching, student learning, and scholarly research. 

  •  Student's Personal Experience Breeds Innovation for Capstone Project

    Bioengineering senior Simi Olabisi had a very personal reason for choosing her senior design project, a solar-powered, low-cost neonatal incubator for use in Nigeria. 
    “I was born a little over two months premature in a Nigerian hospital that did not have incubators,” she says. “Luckily, my father was able to transport me to what, at the time, was the only children’s hospital in Nigeria, running the last few miles to get me the care I needed in time.” 
    At the age of 14, Olabisi walked the path her father ran and visited the hospital to find a lack of constant electricity and high costs of backup generators prohibiting the use of incubators. The trip inspired her to find a solution that gives every infant a fighting chance. 
    When the time came to choose her senior capstone project, Olabisi proposed designing an incubator that’s affordable, easy to maintain and repair, and that’s powered by solar energy. 
    She and her teammates, fellow bioengineer Katherine Fazackerley, electrical engineering senior Ben Frederiksen, and four mechanical engineering seniors—Collin Burdick, Nick Greos, Kadee Mardula, and Matt Renner—have formed Team Omoverhi (which means “lucky child” in Urhobo, a common Nigerian language). Read more. 
    This is one of 65 projects engineering seniors have been working on for months. Others include: 
    • Building homes for Haiti using foam panels;
    • Designing a sustainable and cost-effective outdoor classroom; and
    • Designing a pedestrian bridge over Stevens Creek Boulevard.
    You can learn more about the projects online and at the Senior Design Conference on campus on Thursday, May 5. 
    Watch Olabisi’s story, which was featured on NBC Bay Area. 


  •  Broncos Read 2011 Honorees

    The University Library selected four new honorees for Santa Clara University’s Bronco Read, an annual poster program that promotes reading and honors faculty, staff, and students who enrich the University through various forms of scholarship. The University Library launched the program this year and chose President Michael Engh, S.J, to be its first honoree. The other four are:
    • Lindsey Cromwell Kalkbrenner, Office of Sustainability director
    • Michael Kevane, Economics Department chair and associate professor
    • Michelle Tang, ’13
    • Modern Perspectives RLC staff team
    Nominators praised Kalkbrenner’s work and enthusiasm in leading initiatives as director of the Office of Sustainability that make the world a cleaner and safer place. Kevane exemplifies a character of competence, conscience, and compassion as founder and director of Friends of African Village Libraries (FAVL) and through his involvement in the Reading West Africa study abroad program. Sophomore Michelle Tang coordinates the Alma Verde after-school program through Bronco Urban Gardens (BUG), serves as president of the Green Club, works with Bronco Environmental Education (BEE), and is also an officer of the Vietnamese Student Association. The Modern Perspectives RLC staff team stood out from the other nominated student groups as they actively seek to integrate education into the residence hall experience and build community—what they call the “fourth C” of Santa Clara—through reading. 
    All nominations can be viewed on the Broncos Read Facebook page. 
    At the reception, which took place April 12, honorees took photos with Engh and received copies of their poster, featuring them with their favorite book and an inspiring quote.
    All five Broncos Read posters are viewable online in the Broncos Read gallery. 
    The Broncos Read 2012 campaign will begin next academic year, and all faculty, staff, and students are encouraged to submit nominations.
    Visit the Broncos Read site to learn more. 
    Broncos Read is sponsored by the Associated Student Government, the Faculty Senate, the Staff Senate, and the Center for Student Leadership.


  •  Sixth Annual Alumni Anniversary Awards

    The Alumni Association congratulates 2011 Ignatian Award recipients Brian Hennessy ’00, J.D. ’03 and James Conn ’59. This award recognizes alumni who live the SCU ideals of competence, conscience, and compassion and have been a credit to the Alumni Association and the University through exceptional service to humanity. 

    The 2011 Louis I. Bannan, S.J., Award goes to Rebecca Villarreal ’56 for her distinguished and outstanding service to the Alumni Association and the University. 

    The Honorable Edward ’53, J.D. ’55 and Lorna Panelli are the recipients of the Paul L. Locatelli, S.J., Award, which was established in 2008 to recognize SCU employees or affiliates who have given distinguished and outstanding service to the Alumni Association and to the University. 

    All five were honored Saturday, April 30 at the Alumni Anniversary Awards Dinner.

    Watch slideshow of event.

  •  A Mammoth Discovery: Faculty, Students Dig for Columbian Mammoth Remains in Castroville

    About a dozen Santa Clara University archaeology and anthropology students and faculty are getting an opportunity that comes rarely, if ever, to scholars of ancient life.

    They are part of a team that is painstakingly digging up the remains of two Columbian Mammoths, creatures that lumbered the earth more than 9,000 years ago and have been entombed in clay mud in Castroville, Calif., apparently for centuries.
    For the past month, SCU’s students have joined faculty and students from Foothill College and San Jose State University at the site, spending every minute of their spare time on the project. The students have not only been digging for bones, but they also built an irrigation system during the torrential rainstorms in March so the site wouldn’t flood. Read more.
    Watch a slide show of the excavation.
    Watch interviews with Dr. King and his students.
    Watch an exclusive news story from NBC Bay Area.


  •  New Opportunities Coming to Campus to Learn and Discuss Sustainability and Environmental Justice

    Santa Clara University’s Sustainability Teach-in will take place on Tuesday and Wednesday of Earth Week. The goal of the week is to spur dialogue about issues related to sustainability and environmental justice. The Commons at Kennedy Mall will host open classrooms, where faculty from several disciplines will lecture on a variety of sustainability-related topics, open to all. Events will also take place at Mayer Theatre and the Learning Commons.
    The Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education responded to President Michael Engh’s challenge to depend and renew SCU’s commitment to sustainability and environmental justice and to become a major center of innovative practice, study, and debate around issues of sustainability. The Sustainability Initiative at Santa Clara included invited guest speakers Debra Rowe, Ph.D., Kristin Shrader-Frechette, Ph.D., and Sandra Postel. The Sustainability Teach-in during Earth Week will feature pioneering educator David Orr, Ph.D., on Wednesday, April 20 at 7 p.m. in the Mayer Theatre.
    In preparation for Orr’s visit, Environmental Studies Lecturer Patrick Archie will lead a discussion at 4:30 p.m. on April 19 about SCU’s Book of the Quarter, David Orr’s “Earth in Mind.” Orr is best known for his work dealing with environmental literacy in higher education. In 1987, Orr organized studies of water, energy, and material use on college campuses across the country, sparking the modern day green campus movement. In 2000, Orr charged colleges and universities across the country to adapt a plan for carbon neutrality. He organized and funded an effort at his own college, Oberlin, to define exactly what carbon neutrality looks like in higher education. Since then, hundreds of institutes of higher education, including Santa Clara University, have made a similar pledge. Read more.
  •  De Saisset Museum Explores the Intersection of Art and Science Through Two Stunning Photo Exhibitions

    The de Saisset Museum opened the spring exhibition season with two photography exhibitions that seamlessly blend art and science. Life Cycle, an exhibit of photographs by Susan Middleton, and The Theater of Insects, a thought-provoking series by Jo Whaley, opened to the public on April 9 and will be on view through June 12. 

    Award-winning photographer, former chair of the California Academy of Sciences’ Department of Photography, and Santa Clara University alumna Susan Middleton ’70 has spent nearly 30 years documenting rare and endangered species, creating compelling portraits of animals that are seldom, if ever, seen by the public. Through this exhibition, which highlights two distinct bodies of work—Evidence of Evolution and Spineless—the artist introduces a suite of alluring creatures that illustrate the remarkable, mind-boggling variety found in our natural world.

    Completed in 2009, Evidence of Evolution pictures extinct species from the collections of the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco. The images, which are at once contemplative and reverential, celebrate the evolutionary development of plants and animals. Middleton’s more recent series, Spineless, focuses on marine invertebrates, a number of which are species new to science. The work showcases the extreme diversity of deep sea life and highlights the ways in which marine creatures adapt and change to improve their survival in the ocean.
    Working in her characteristic style, Middleton frames the specimens in both series against neutral black or white backgrounds. Through the thoughtful exclusion of environment or habitat, the artist focuses the viewers’ attention exclusively on the individual features and characteristics of each animal.
    On view simultaneously, Jo Whaley’s The Theater of Insects also explores the convergence of art and science. Inspired by old dioramas found in natural history museums, Whaley creates theatrically staged images of exquisitely colored insects against imaginary—almost dreamlike—backgrounds. Her specimens are entomologically accurate, yet they are juxtaposed with backgrounds composed of weathered, man-made materials like rusted metal, broken glass, painted wood, and crumpled paper. The result is a compelling pairing of nature and artifice, science and art. Read more.


  •  A Century of History at St. Joseph's Hall

    The steel-reinforced concrete walls of St. Joseph’s Hall blend in well with the many other buildings on campus today. It’s no wonder—the building’s construction a century ago in 1911 ushered in the Mission Revival architectural style that pervades Santa Clara University today.
    When it was built, St. Joseph’s was a modern break from tradition. “Before that, there were a lot of Victorian-style buildings from the 19th century, some wooden, some brick and mortar,” notes Gerald McKevitt, S.J., professor of history. “There was a real desire to replace those and to architecturally transform the place into a modern, 20th-century campus,” McKevitt wrote The University of Santa Clara, A History, 1851–1977 and co-authored Serving the Intellect, Touching the Heart: A Portrait of Santa Clara University, 1851–2001 with George F. Giacomini Jr., associate professor of history, emeritus.
    “St. Joseph’s is important because it sets the style for the whole campus. All of the other buildings attempt, in one way or another, to echo that Mission style. Hence the beige paint and the tiles,” McKevitt says. It ushered in not just an architectural modernization, he adds, but a curricular modernization as well, since the college became a university around the same time.
    Originally an administrative building and Jesuit faculty residence, the facility reportedly cost $105,000 to construct. Over the years, inner facelifts have helped it morph to meet the ever-changing needs of the University,” Giacomini says. The building housed the library until Varsi was built in the ’30s. Administration moved to Walsh Hall in the ’50s, and Orradre became the next home of the library in thr '60s.
    “St. Joe’s remained the Jesuit residence until 1975 when the Jesuits moved to Nobili and St. Joseph’s was remodeled interiorly to become the home for the English department and the communication department, which was brand new. The big room that had been the recreation room for the Jesuits and previous to that, the library, became the television studios. The two-story windows are blacked over and it became a box for television production, which was in its infancy at Santa Clara,” Giacomini explains.
    But even as departments moved in and out and the interior assumed different looks and functions, distinct elements from a hundred years ago remained. The cloister sign hanging in one of the side stairways. The grand marble steps. The stained glass windows looking out to the Mission Gardens.
    Now home to several departments, offices, and programs (including the English department, Ethnic Studies, Women’s and Gender Studies, the Faculty Development Program, the LEAD Scholars Program, the Office of Fellowships, the Office of Research Initiatives, the Office of Undergraduate Studies, the Pre-Law Program, Sponsored Projects, the University Honors Program, and the Writing Program), the 100-year-old St. Joseph’s Hall has remained a well-used building into the 21st century.
    “St. Joseph’s has certainly served its purposes well over the last century,” Giacomini says. “We are rather good at recycling buildings.”


  •  A Day in the Life of a Santa Clara University Student

    Many high school seniors now have their college acceptance letters and are getting ready to make some important decisions about where they’ll spend the next four years. While visiting a campus is a great way to learn a thing or two about the school, undergraduate applicants who have been admitted to SCU can actually experience a day in the life of a college student through the University’s ShadowSCU program. The Undergraduate Admissions Office pairs the students with a current SCU student for an overnight stay, exposing them to all the different opportunities of the University.

    Differing from the usual campus tour, ShadowSCU allows the “shadow” to sit in on classes they are interested in and spend a night in the dorm room of the student they are shadowing. With the SCU student serving as the shadow’s guide around campus and someone to answer any questions that may come up, there is no set schedule for the shadow’s visit. Like a real SCU student, each shadow gets to decide how to spend their time on campus. More specifically, each shadow gets to decide when and where to eat, what to do at night, and what classes to attend. The possibilities for each shadow’s visit are endless. 

    “It’s our job as shadow guides to show the admitted students all of the available opportunities that pertain to their interests,” says James Hill III, SCU sophomore.

    The key responsibility of shadow guides is to help shadows envision themselves as students at Santa Clara. The shadow guide is expected to talk with each shadow about what it means to be a Jesuit school and discuss how that plays into the aspects of student life. The rest of the time is devoted to whatever the interests of the shadow may be. To take full advantage of their time on campus, shadows are encouraged to do some research and identify some things they want to see and experience before coming for their visit.

    Hill credits ShadowSCU as one of the reasons why he chose to attend Santa Clara and as a reason why he wanted to give back by becoming as shadow guide. Hill has already had three students stay with him.

    The Office of Undergraduate Admissions typically has between 150 and 175 students take part in the ShadowSCU program, with 70 percent of those students who participated in 2009–10 ultimately enrolling at SCU.

    The ShadowSCU program runs January through May, and is available for admitted undergraduate students who wish to better understand what life will be like as a Bronco.


  •  Santa Clara University Announces Undergraduate, Graduate, JST Commencement Speakers

    Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony
    Dr. Khaled Hosseini, bestselling author, physician, and Santa Clara University alumnus, will be the commencement speaker for SCU’s undergraduate class of 2011.
    “I look forward to speaking to the graduates as they stand on the verge of bringing their ambitions and ideas to a greater world outside of Santa Clara University. It will be my privilege to provoke them to thought one more time before they leave the home of their formal education,” says Hosseini.
    Hosseini will deliver the commencement address on Saturday, June 11 at 8 a.m. at Buck Shaw Stadium. He also will receive an honorary degree of Doctorate of Humane Letters for carrying forth the Jesuit mission of social justice. Read more.
    Graduate Commencement Ceremony
    Sharon M.K. Kugler, a Santa Clara University alumna and the first Catholic woman to hold the position of University Chaplain at Yale University, will address SCU’s graduate students at their 2011 commencement ceremony Friday, June 10. The commencement will take place at 7:30 p.m. in the University’s Leavey Events Center.
    In attendance will be 600 or so students receiving advanced degrees from the School of Engineering, the Leavey School of Business, the School of Education and Counseling Psychology, and the College of Arts and Sciences.
    “We are very happy to have Ms. Kugler speak to our graduate students this year,” said University President Michael Engh, S.J. “She has spent much of her career shaping the spiritual growth of young people, and she embodies the vital contribution of committed laypeople to the advancement of religious education and spiritual development.” Read more.
    Jesuit School of Theology Commencement Ceremony
    Sr. Katarina Schuth, an internationally recognized expert on seminary education, will be the commencement speaker at the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University (JST), May 21 at 3:00 p.m. 
    As a researcher and teacher, Schuth’s primary interests are in theological education and the relationship between the Church and American culture. A widely consulted authority on the education of priests, she has studied and written extensively on the impact of the U.S. priest shortage, cultural challenges from foreign-born priests ministering in the U.S., the future of Catholic ministry, and other trends and teachings within U.S. seminaries.  
    Since 1991, Sr. Schuth has held the Endowed Chair for the Social Scientific Study of Religion at St. Paul Seminary in St. Paul, Minn. Previously she held directorships at Weston School of Theology (now Boston College School of Theology and Ministry) and was a professor of social and behavioral sciences and admissions dean at the College of St. Teresa. Read more.


  •  President's Speaker Series Presents Google's David Drummond '85

    As Google seeks to “make the world’s information universally accessible and useful” where does it draw limits around free expression? And how does Google respect its users’ privacy while complying with government demands for information?
    These are the sorts of legal issues that take up David Drummond’s time.
    He joined Google in 2002, initially as vice president of corporate development. Today as senior vice president and the company’s chief legal officer, Drummond leads Google's global teams for legal, communications, government relations, corporate development, and new business development.
    Drummond was first introduced to Google in 1998 as a partner in the corporate transactions group at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, one of the nation's leading law firms representing technology businesses. He served as Google’s first outside counsel and worked with Larry Page and Sergey Brin to incorporate the company and secure its initial rounds of financing. This evening is co-sponsored by Santa Clara Law and the law firm Littler Mendelson.  Read more.


  •  Law School's 'Centennial' Unveiled

    Law School Dean Donald Polden helped unveil a sculpture created by alumnus Jerry Smith, B.A. ’58, J.D. ’65 in Bannan Hall’s Levy Student Lounge on March 19. The unveiling is one of the many ways the School of Law has been commemorating its 100th anniversary.
    The law school’s Associate Dean Mary Emery and Senior Assistant Dean Julia Yaffee conceived of the idea to commission an art piece to mark the centennial. Emery thought of her friend Smith, a former Mayor of Saratoga, member of the California State Senate, and former justice for the California Court of Appeals. After retiring from law, Smith, who says he “always drew a lot” during his law days, has become a prolific sculptor with pieces at Bellarmine College Prep, the office of the Counsel General of Mexico, and the State Building in San Jose, Calif.
    The 4’ x 6’ bas relief consists of 12 individual panels, each celebrating a piece of Santa Clara Law’s history, along with words and phrases such as compassion, pro bono, sustainability, and advocacy to further send a clear message. Faculty and deans were able to view the clay panels in progress, and a local foundry welded the pieces together. 
    It was ultimately decided that the sculpture, named “Centennial,” should be installed in the student lounge to send a strong, stirring message to Santa Clara law students about the school’s history and ethics.
    Some 50 members of the law school’s faculty, alumni, and family members attended the event, and after a toast to the piece and artist, Polden and Smith revealed “Centennial.” Polden said that the piece “identified some of the values of the law school.”
    “Centennial” was donated as a gift of four SCU Law alumni: Emery ’63, Theodore Biagini ’64, J.P. DiNapoli ’64, and Michael Shea ’65.


  •  Santa Clara University Graduate Programs Rated Among the Best in the Nation

    The U.S. News & World Report Best Grad Schools 2012 rankings, released by the Washington, D.C.-based magazine, placed Santa Clara University School of Law, with nearly 1,000 enrolled students, at number 84 in the nation out of 190 law schools. The law school’s highly regarded intellectual property program was ranked 8th in the nation, and the law school overall was ranked as the 6th most racially diverse in the country.

    The law school offers an academically rigorous program, including graduate degrees in international law and intellectual property law; combined J.D./MBA degree; and certificates in high-tech, international, and public interest and social justice law.
    Leavey School of Business’s part-time MBA program, with nearly 800 students, ranked number 50 in the country out of 295 such programs. The school’s executive MBA program, with an integrated-business curriculum geared toward two dozen experienced, enrolled students, was ranked 15th in the country. The school’s program for entrepreneurship studies was ranked 24th.
    Santa Clara University’s Leavey School of Business has long been recognized by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), with the graduate program being among the first 31 to be accredited by AACSB. In addition to undergraduate degrees, the school offers master’s degrees through its evening, executive, and accelerated MBA programs, as well as in information systems. Read more.


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