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The Faculty-Staff Newsletter, e-mail editionSanta Clara University, Feb. 15, 2005, Vol. 4, No. 9

Table of contents

Automated Retrieval System
SCU hosts conference on business ethics and corporate governance
Staff Policy Manual Review
Budget Forum update
Program for the Study of Women and Gender companion major
SCU faculty/staff questionnaire

SCU in the news
Campus events
Grants, awards, and publications

Automated Retrieval System

Library Systems Manager David
Jones behind the scenes at ARS.
The only experience most campus members have had with the Orradre Library Automated Retrieval System (ARS) is the occasional glimpse of the cranes (with the literary names of Hart, Stephen, and Ichabod) through the viewing windows near Graham residential complex.

However, library users will soon notice the transition to this rapid retrieval service when they locate certain items on OSCAR, Orradre library’s online catalog, and the location appears as ARS. By the time the facility opens, which is currently slated for fall of 2008, it will take as little as 3 to 7 minutes for library users to request and receive a book.

Though companies like Boeing and Ford have been using similar systems in their warehouses for years, ARS is relatively new to universities. Currently, there are fewer than 10 other automated retrieval systems in use at university libraries in the U.S.

One key benefit of this system is the ability to store up to 900,000 lesser-used volumes in an on-campus location. Santa Clara University Librarian Elizabeth Salzer points to the ARS as a solution to the space constraint issue, but also sees it as “representing a union between the ideal location and the convenience of making all the university holdings readily available to library users.”

The library is designed around the needs of students, faculty, staff, and alumni with more space for seating, collaborative work rooms, faculty development labs, and public spaces. Salzer says that the ARS fits in well with the “people-oriented” vision of the library.

SCU hosts conference on business ethics and corporate governance

Agilent Technologies CEO Ned Barnholt and Network Appliance CEO Dan Warmenhoven will be keynote speakers at SCU’s Global Business Ethics Conference, “The Accountable Corporation,” which runs Feb. 17-19.

The conference is designed to bring together business executives and business ethics teachers and

“This conference will provide a practical opportunity for corporations to discuss how they can be both economically viable and accountable.” 
—Kirk O. Hanson, Executive Director, Markkula Center for Applied Ethics 
researchers to address several of the major ethical issues facing business organizations.

“There's no question more important in 2005 than how a corporation demonstrates its accountability to the society in which it operates,” said Kirk O. Hanson, executive director of the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at SCU.

Presentations by top scholars and practitioners will address topics including “The Ethical Organization—Structural and Leadership Issues;” “Aligning Corporate Purpose, Responsibility, and Philanthropy;” and “Corporate Governance-State of the Art Responsibilities vs. Authority.”

Sponsored by Cisco Systems, the third biennial international SCU Global Conference on Business Ethics will also feature scholars and business ethicists: Richard DeGeorge (University of Kansas), Manuel Velasquez and Dennis Moberg (SCU), and Marc Epstein (Rice University and Harvard Business School).

Epstein is currently co-editing a series of books, The Accountable Corporation, with Kirk O. Hanson. “What does it mean for a corporation to be ethical and responsible?” muses Jim Balassone, executive-in-residence at the Ethics Center. “And how can people get the ammunition, knowledge and capability to accomplish it. The conference will be of most interest to executives committed to doing the right thing.” Register for the conference.

Staff Policy Manual Review

At its January 2005 meeting, the Staff Affairs Committee (SAC) decided to review and update the staff policy manual, a task that had not been undertaken since October 1998. The SAC’s primary charge is to “initiate, review, and/or recommend policies affecting the rights and responsibilities of all non-union staff.”

SAC members will update policies to comply with changes to federal and state law, and make some editorial changes.

The goal is to review each policy in numerical order. SAC is starting with Section 200, which includes Policies 201 through 215. Staff feedback is an important part of the review process. Please read Policies 201 through 215 and send any comments, suggestions, or questions to any one of the SAC members. (Contact Paula Popma, 2004-05 SAC chairperson at 408-554-5431 for a complete list of SAC members.)

Staff comments and suggestions will remain confidential. Before the SAC begins reviewing a new section, staff will be notified via email and asked for their comments. “It is difficult to predict how long it will take to review the entire manual,” said Popma. “But we look forward to hearing from staff and we appreciate everyone’s cooperation in bringing the staff policy manual up-to-date.”

Budget Forum update

Harry Fong, associate vice president of finance, presented the FY 2006 Financial Operating Budget at a forum held on Feb. 9. The budget was approved by the Board of Trustees in January.

After the presentation, Fong and other members from the University Budget Committee (UBC) answered questions from the audience. "The 2006 budget is the financial blueprint under which we will operate in the future,” said Fong. “It reflects cautious optimism that we will be able to achieve our enrollment and revenue targets while allocating expenses realistically to support key strategic needs."

The presentation is available on the University Finance Office Website.

Program for the Study of Women and Gender companion major

On Jan. 28, the Board of Trustees unanimously approved a companion major in the program for the Study of Women and Gender (PSWG).

The PSWG was established at SCU in 1981. Since then, the number of courses and faculty has tripled. “We are thrilled that the Board of Trustees approved this proposal,” said Linda Garber, director for PSWG. “The program has been a minor for approximately 25 years so it is wonderful that our students now have this new academic option.”

Garber says she expects that the first degree in the program will be awarded in June 2006.

SCU faculty/staff questionnaire

In this fyi feature, we offer a brief profile of one member of the SCU faculty/staff community who has been randomly selected by the fyi production team.


Fred Gertler is the head of customer service for the Michel Orradre Library


Fred Gertler, Head of Customer Service,
Orradre Library 


What is your hidden talent?


I have two – I ballroom dance and play the violin.


What keeps you up at night?


Thinking of ways to make Orradre Library more than the academic center of the campus, but also a cultural and social hotspot!


What is your dream job?


Play-by-play announcer for the Chicago Cubs.


The best piece of advice you’ve received?


Ask, because if you don’t, they can’t say yes.


In your opinion, what is the best technological invention?


The automobile.


What was the last meal you prepared?


Chicken with olives, tomatoes, and couscous.


Three items we would always find in your refrigerator?


Milk, fresh fruit, and bottled water.


Your most memorable moment at SCU?


Having my wife attend the staff dinner at which I received a staff recognition award.



SCU in the news

Valentine's Day is here, and love is in the air. We all know that love is work, relationships are work, and marriage is work. But what is the nature of this work, and where, exactly, does it lead? Robert Brancatelli and Fred Parella of the department of religious studies at SCU, teach the theology of marriage course. Check out the media coverage they received in the San Jose Mercury News, the Christian Science Monitor, and the Chicago Tribune.

In her forthcoming book, The Gift of ADHD, Lara Honos-Webb (counseling psychology) identifies "gifts" that often accompany ADHD, including creativity, exuberance, and intuition. She believes ADHD drugs temper these traits. Read the article "ADHD's Impact on Creativity" that appeared in the Wall Street Journal. More SCU in the News.

Campus events 

Black History Month: SCU has celebrated Black History Month for more than two decades through events such as Gospelfest, Africa Week, Music at Noon performances, Step Shows, Black Female Appreciation Nights, Black Film Festivals, and Soul Food Dinners. The Black History Month planning committee has organized an educational and informative calendar of events for Black History Month 2005.

This year the showcase events include the Igwebuike Annual Winter Retreat, the "Our Sister's Voices" Poster exhibit, spoken word artist Marc Bamuthi Joseph, and the Black History Month Cultural Showcase that closes out the month-long celebration. For information on Black History Month or any of the events, please contact Dawn Lee at 408-551-7171 or or visit the Black History Month Website.

The Clothesline Project: The Wellness Center and Peer Health Education Program are hosting a “Take Back the Night” rally and march, and the “Clothesline Project” at SCU from Feb. 14-18. The rally will begin at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 17, on the Santa Clara Mall. Speakers will include SCU President Paul Locatelli, S.J., Lisa Millora from the Office of Student Life, Professor Larry Nelson from the philosophy department, a rape crisis counselor from the YWCA rape crisis center, and SCU students. Following the rally, a candlelight march will proceed through the campus and neighborhood communities.

The march will conclude with the annual “Survivor’s Speak” open-mic event in Dunne basement beginning at 8:30 p.m. Survivors and loved ones share their stories, poems, songs, and expressions in an effort to raise awareness and promote healing. The Clothesline Project is a display of different colored T-shirts, each one decorated to represent a particular woman's experience, by the survivor herself or by someone who cares about her. The T-shirts will be on display in Benson during the week of Feb. 14-18. For more information about these events, please contact Jeanne Zeamba at 554-4409 or visit the Clothesline Project Website, or the Take Back the Night Website.

Silicon Valley Reads: On Feb. 24, at noon, the 2005 Silicon Valley Reads selection will discuss David Mas Masumoto’s book Epitaph for a Peach with students from the Center for Multicultural Learning, and the Unity RLC. The discussion is open to the public. Following the book discussion, a panel comprised of faculty from the Food and Agribusiness Institute, the Environmental Studies Institute, and Masumoto will discuss Silicon Valley’s evolution from agricultural to industrial. For more information please visit the Library’s Web site. More SCU events.

Grants, awards, and publications 

Betty Young (physics) received a $52,738 NSF award in additional funding from the University of California at Berkeley to support “CDMSII: A Search for Cold Dark Matter with Cryogenic Detectors at the Sudan Mine.”

The de Saisset Museum received a grant of $258,635 from the National Endowment for the Humanities’ Preservation and Access Program. The money will help support a $517,000 project that will create high-density storage units for the re-housing of the museum’s collections. The project, which will begin this spring, is expected to significantly improve accessibility to the museum for teaching purposes.

“The Spirit of Gravity,” an animated music video by David Pace, a lecturer in the art and art history department, and Victor Bellomo, will be shown during the Cinequest Film Festival in San Jose as part of “Short Program 4: Animated World.” The video, scheduled to be shown on March 5 and 7, features philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche singing lyrics inspired by his book Thus Spake ZarathustraMore grants, awards, and publications.

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