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Santa Clara University, Feb. 15, 2006, Vol. 6, No. 8

Table of contents

State of the University
SCU mourns the death of Fr. Norman Martin
SCU trustees pledge additional funds to help complete construction projects
The ethics and politics of search engines
The future is now
SCU Events
SCU in the News
SCU People
Grants, awards, and publications

State of the Universityfyi
Paul Locatelli, S.J.
Paul Locatelli, S.J. delivers the
State of the University address

SCU President Paul Locatelli, S.J., delivered his State of the University address Feb. 14 at the Mission Church. Provost Denise Carmody provided an introduction and invocation, then asked the faculty, staff, students, and community members in attendance to welcome Fr. Locatelli.

“My hopes for Santa Clara rest on three points: programs, people and community, and resources.”
—Paul Locatelli, S.J., SCU President

Locatelli, who has served as president since 1988 and will begin his fourth six-year term in August, took this opportunity to look back on the University’s history and frame his aspirations for the future.


The Future Directions initiative, which began last year to develop programs, academic and otherwise, for the 21st century, continues to inform the conversations on Santa Clara’s vision of Jesuit education.

The seven key themes will be incorporated into the Core Curriculum to further improve and revitalize the educational programs. Locatelli tied several of these thematic ideals to current events, seeing the demise of business ethics in the Enron scandal and citing a greater understanding of theology and culture as one of the most urgent needs for life in the modern world.

The University will also begin a self-study process, with the Future Directions as a backdrop, as part of the accreditation procedure for the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

People and Community

Locatelli aims for SCU to be a community of “inclusive excellence” and said, “We can begin by looking at how well we live our stated values and principles.” He praised the faculty for being ideal teaching scholars.

The University's commitment to valuing diversity, one of our core values, has come a long way during Locatelli’s time here (as he pointed out, he graduated with an all-male student body). When he began his first term as president, only 20 percent of the students were minorities or students of color; today they represent more than 40 percent of a much larger student population.

In addition to ethnic diversity, SCU has made great strides in attracting a wide range of students, like ones from outside California and first-generation college students. He called for the University to continue including and valuing people of many backgrounds and combating prejudice, xenophobia, and homophobia.


With the Campaign for Santa Clara entering its final year, Locatelli provided an update on the three major capital projects that the Campaign will fund.

The Commons and Library will be what the president called the “actual and symbolic center for excellence in research, teaching, learning, and living.” The preparation for the razing of the Orradre Library and displacement plans are underway, and fund raising will continue through the year to meet the projected costs.

The president also invited everyone on campus to review the available information and share their thoughts about the new library through the online feedback form.

The Jesuit Residence is scheduled to be completed in July; Nobili Hall will become a student residence and will also provide study lounges during the construction of the new library. The new business school building is in the final design stage, and about half the necessary funds have been raised or pledged.

To open and close the program, the University’s Concert Choir and Chamber Singers performed hymns, as well as a song to celebrate Valentine’s Day.

SCU mourns the death of Fr. Norman Martin

In Memoriam

Norman Martin, S.J.
Norman Martin, S.J.

Norman Martin, S.J., professor emeritus of history at Santa Clara University and special assistant to the president for University relations, passed away Feb. 5 at the age of 91. The cause of death was congestive heart failure.

“Fr. Martin made a difference in the lives of innumerable students, alumni, and friends. We will miss him terribly.”
—Jim Purcell, Vice President, University Relations

“The University community has lost one of its most beloved members,” said SCU President Paul Locatelli, S.J. “Fr. Martin was known to generations of Santa Clara students, faculty, staff, alumni, and benefactors. I am grateful for his almost 50 years of service to his alma mater as a faithful priest, a member of the history department, and, more recently, as assistant to the president. He lived a long, healthy, and full life. He will be missed.”

Fr. Martin entered the Society of Jesus 70 years ago, on July 30, 1935, and was ordained as a priest on Dec. 20, 1947. A graduate of SCU’s Class of 1937, he joined the history department faculty in 1958, after receiving his doctorate in history from the University of Mexico.

“If you passed by Fr. Martin's desk, he would be on the phone talking to an alum or a parent, or he would be talking to the staff. He was in the business of building relationships—he was loved by all who knew him,” said Jim Purcell, vice president for University relations at SCU.

Read the San Jose Mercury News article about Fr. Martin.

SCU trustees pledge additional funds to help complete construction projects
“The library is the intellectual heart of the university and the business school needs a 21st-century facility to continue to train ethical leaders for Silicon Valley and the world.”
—Paul Locatelli, S.J., SCU President 

SCU President Paul Locatelli, S.J., announced earlier this month that the University’s fund-raising campaign, the largest in its 156-year history, had raised more than $343 million of the total campaign goal of $350 million.

“The campaign has raised $25 million in the last quarter of 2005 alone,” said Bob Peters, chair of SCU’s Board of Trustees Fund-raising Committee and an SCU graduate, Class of 1961.

In addition, all 26 lay members of the University’s Board of Trustees have agreed to make additional commitments to help SCU fund the priorities in its comprehensive capital campaign.

Read more.

The ethics and politics of search engines

Search for “February 27” in Google and you’re likely to find two important events related to search engines themselves amidst your results. Originally on that date, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California in San Jose was scheduled to hear the case between the U.S. Department of Justice and Google, Inc., regarding Google’s refusal to comply with the DOJ subpoena to turn over data related to pornography searches.

Though the hearing has since been postponed, Feb. 27 is still the date for a timely forum on the ethics and politics of search engines, hosted by SCU's Markkula Center for Applied Ethics and the Center for Science, Technology, and Society (CSTS).

“We urgently need to develop the fundamentals for just and equitable ethics and politics of search engines and put into place mechanisms for their deployment,” said Geoffrey Bowker, executive director of CSTS and a panelist for the discussion. Also on the panel: Peter Norvig, director of research at Google; and Terry Winograd, professor of computer science at Stanford University. Kirk Hanson, executive director of the Markkula Center, will moderate the discussion following the short presentations.

“The Ethics and Politics of Search Engines” will be held Feb. 27 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the Williman Room at SCU. Seating is limited. Registration is recommended. For more information, contact Sherrill Dale at CSTS at extention 6027 or

The future is now
Sustainability Exhibit
Sustainable building materials used in the construction of Commons on Kennedy Mall

Don’t let the future slip by unnoticed. There are only a few days left to catch the Future Cities and Sustainable Development exhibit in the Orradre Library lobby before it closes on Feb. 20.

Perhaps the most popular component of the display is in the array of sustainability features of the Commons on Kennedy Mall.

“Everyone notices the waterless urinal,” laughs librarian Susan Boyd, who was the coordinator for the five campus departments who brought the various parts of the exhibit together.

But she suggests other parts of the exhibit warrant closer looks as well, including the entries in the Future City Competition, which took place at SCU on Jan. 28. “You need to peer at the photos for a while,” she says. “They’re hard to describe, but really amazing.” Read more.

SCU Events

Commons on Kennedy Mall Dedication, Sat. Feb. 25, 1:30-3:30 p.m.: Please join University President Paul Locatelli., S.J., for the dedication of the new Commons on Kennedy Mall.

  • 1:30–3:30 p.m.—Open House
  • 2 p.m.—Dedication Ceremony

Human Resources Workshop on Sexual Prevention Harassment Prevention, Feb. 16, 1–3:30 p.m.: This interactive session will focus on identifying what constitutes sexual harassment and what can be done if you feel that you are the target of sexual harassment. Register for this workshop.

The sense of beauty and the talk of God, Feb. 21, 2-3:30 p.m., Commons on Kennedy Mall: Alejandro Garcia-Rivera, associate professor of Systematic Theology at the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley, will talk about Hispanic theology and speaking well of God.

American Sign Language workshop, Feb. 22, 12:15–12:45 p.m., Drahmann Conference Room, Benson 214: Disabilities Resources is holding an introductory American Sign Language workshop. For more information and to register, contact Emily Garcia at extension 4109 or

More SCU events.

SCU in the News

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Paul Fitzgerald, S.J., associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, was quoted in a Contra Costa Times article about Ex corde Ecclesiae, a framework for Catholic education. Read the article.

Kirk Hanson (Markkula Center for Applied Ethics) was quoted in the Los Angeles Times in a story about the hiring of family members by executives at U.C. Irvine. Read the article.

Edwin Maurer (engineering) was quoted in an in-depth San Jose Mercury News article about new technology that is helping scientists understand how global warming will affect California. Read the article.

Tim Myers (education/English) was featured and quoted in a Feb. 5 San Francisco Chronicle article on the Orion School Author and Illustrator Fair in Redwood City.

More SCU in the News

SCU People

The Office of Student Life announced some changes to its organizational structure earlier this month. Among the changes:

  • Carlos Bobadilla was named Assistant Director, University Event Planning Office.
  • Matt Cameron was named Assistant Vice Provost, Student Life.
  • Matthew Duncan was named Associate Dean, Student Life.
  • Timothy Haskell was named Director, First Year Programs—Drahmann Center.
  • Ann Ravenscroft was named Director, Disability Resources—Drahmann Center.
  • Heather Stephan was named Operations Manager, Drahmann Center.
Grants, awards, and publications

Geoffrey Bowker’s (Center for Science, Technology and Society) “Memory Practices in the Sciences” was published in December 2005.

Francisco Jiménez (modern languages/ethnic studies) was the keynote speaker at the SEED (Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity) Conference in Sacramento this February.

Ed Maurer (engineering) co-authored the article “Amplification of streamflow impacts of El Niño by increased atmospheric greenhouse gases,” which was recently published in Geophysical Research Letters, Vol. 33, No. 2, January 2006.

Sunwolf (communication) was a featured speaker in January 2006 at the South Carolina Bar Association Civil Law Update Conference in Charleston, S.C., where she shared her research titled “The Bio-Socio-Psychology of a Juror’s Mind.” In addition, her study “Empathic Attunement Facilitation: Stimulating Immediate Task Engagement in Zero-History Training Groups of Helping Professionals” was recently published in Facilitating Group Communication in Context: Innovations and Applications with Natural Groups.” Edited by Lawrence R. Frey, published by Hampton Press.

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