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Santa Clara University, February 15, 2007, Vol. 7, No. 9

Table of contents

State of the University
SCU celebrates National Engineers Week
Law student helps to set man free
Thursdays at Malley bring faculty, staff, students, and alumni to the court
OMC launches new Web site
Help highlight SCU as one of the best places to work in the Bay Area

State of the University

 SCU President Paul Locatelli, S.J., delivers the State of the University address in front of a standing-room-only crowd in the Mission Church. Photo by Charles Barry.

At the annual State of the University address on Feb. 13, SCU President Paul Locatelli, S.J., focused his remarks on community and reimagining Jesuit education, drawing on his 19 years of experience as president to encourage students, faculty, and staff to pursue learning and living our values every day.

The University is preparing its academic programs for the 21st century, undergoing changes to the Core Curriculum and a self-study in preparation for reaccreditation. Locatelli lauded the Core revision committee, calling the group’s latest draft of the proposal “creative and educationally sound” and “engaging to read and think about.” He also recognized the group working on the WASC accreditation process, a two-stage review that will take place over four years.

With funds raised by the recently concluded Campaign for Santa Clara, the University was able to establish 12 new endowed professorships; Locatelli honored three of the new professors, including Jim Koch, acting dean of the School of Engineering.

Retiring men’s basketball head coach Dick Davey was also acknowledged with several rounds of applause and a standing ovation—not least because Santa Clara had defeated Gonzaga the night before to take first place in the WCC.

One of Santa Clara’s goals as an institution is to be a community of inclusive excellence; recent off-campus student events, from which offensive images were published online, compelled the president to address reinforcing the University's commitment to diversity and cultural sensitivity. “Occasionally, mistakes are made,” he said. “That is part of being human, and part of learning.” Read more.

SCU celebrates National Engineers Week

National Engineers Week is Feb. 18 through 24, and the School of Engineering is marking the week with activities that will show off the school’s engineering prowess.

In an unprecedented move by NASA, total control of the GeneSat-1 satellite will be given to SCU engineering students. To celebrate the occasion, a ceremony will be at 2:30 p.m. Feb. 21 at School of Engineering, Room 326 (Thomas J. Bannan Building).

GeneSat-1, which is still in space, is a project that SCU students and scientists at NASA Ames Research Center Moffett Field have been working on for years. SCU students, faculty, and staff developed the entire command and control system for GeneSat-1, and made significant contributions to the design and test of the satellite itself. Students wrote the programs to track the satellite and run the experiments in space. “All the information they receive is relayed from the satellite,” said John Hines, NASA project manager. “So without the students, nothing would get back.”

SCU will use the satellite as a tool for training students in preparation for follow-on missions, such as the potential GeneSat-2 flight and PharmaSat, and performing long-term trend analyses of various components and subsystems, as well as a technical study of the performance of the novel communication system used on the vehicle.

On Feb. 22, SCU’s Solar Decathlon team will mark the start of the construction phase of the University’s first solar house with a kickoff celebration beginning at 9 a.m. at the Solar House construction site located at the northwest corner of Buck Shaw Stadium.


Rendering of the solar house being built by SCU's Solar Decathlon team. 

Several stations featuring materials students will be using to build the solar house will be at the kickoff celebration. “Many of the materials that we’ll be using were designed right here at Santa Clara. The building of this house is truly a collaborative effort between students, faculty, and the community, and demonstrates the power and promise of alternative energy,” said James Bickford, project manager of SCU’s Solar Decathlon team.

The team from SCU is one of only 20 schools in the world (and the only school farther west than Colorado) participating in the Solar Decathlon, a competition where teams are judged on their ability to design, build, and operate the most attractive and energy-efficient, solar-powered home. The houses will be on display and judged in Washington, D.C., in October. To learn more, please visit the Solar Decathlon Web site.

Law student helps to set man free

Working with the Northern California Innocence Project at Santa Clara University, SCU law student Curtis Macon helped find errors in a robbery case against Jeffrey Rodriguez. Macon’s work helped to set Rodriguez free Feb. 5 after serving five years of a potential life sentence. Read more about the case. Read the story in the San Jose Mercury News.

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SCU law student Curtis Macon (far right) stands with Jeffrey Rodriguez and his family.

Cookie Ridolfi (far right) is the executive director of the NCIP, the program that helped to set Rodriguez free. Photos by Charles Barry.

Thursdays at Malley bring faculty, staff, students, and alumni to the court

It’s 8:40 a.m. on a sunny, crisp Thursday morning, the first week of the fall quarter. For many professors and students, this is the week when anything that doesn’t have to do with school goes out the window: Time to focus and regroup for the new academic year. Yet on this morning, nine men and women are huffing and puffing up and down one of the basketball courts in the Pat Malley Recreation Center.

“Over here!” shouts John Reagan, an SCU alumnus, as he makes his way to the net for a lay up. That’s two points—for anyone who is keeping score. But for this group of faculty, retired coaches, students, and alumni, this “sacred” hour spent on the court is not about which team wins or loses. This game is about staying fit, about camaraderie, and most importantly, about having fun.

This particular pick-up basketball group has a long history at SCU. John Oldham, former baseball coach at the University, started the group back in 1985. Now at 73, he makes Thursdays at Malley part of his regular workout routine. “I loved it then, and I love it now,” he says.

After an hour of hoops, everyone on the court is, of course, sweating. But there is much more happening here. With each pass and each breakaway, the players are learning from one another. “It is an opportunity for the students to school the teacher,” says Simone Billings, English professor and assistant to the president. She wears a brace on her hand to protect her thumb, which she injured and had while playing in the game last spring, but that hasn't kept her away from the game. “They can teach us about the game but also about themselves, their character, and their ethics,” she says.

Pick-up basketball games like this one at SCU have been a part of college and university campuses for decades. The sport itself started on a college campus more than 100 years ago at Springfield College in Massachusetts. The pick-up basketball game at Malley tips off every Thursday at 8 a.m.

Faculty, staff, students, and alumni work up a sweat and a smile on the court every Thursday morning at Malley. Photos by Charles Barry.
OMC launches new Web site

The Office of Marketing and Communications changed its name back in August 2006 and has recently launched a new Web site to promote their services and expertise. The rebuilt site has new navigation and a new organizational scheme, connecting clients more directly with OMC support. Like the previous site, it includes guidelines and templates for print publications, information about the types of projects managed by OMC, and a photo gallery from University photographer Charles Barry.

Reminder: Help highlight SCU as one of the best places to work in the Bay Area

Please take a few minutes to complete the online survey for the Bay Area Business Journal’s survey on Best Places to Work in the Bay Area. (It takes about five minutes to complete.) 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. The deadline for submitting the surveys is Feb. 23. To access the survey, please log on to the Best Places survey site. You will need to enter the SCU code: UQEB81012


SCU Events

Music at Noon
Robert Lowery: Original Bluesman
Feb. 21, Recital Hall
This Arkansas-born septuagenarian bluesman Robert Lowrey—a disciple of Robert Johnson—was tapped by the Smithsonian Institute to perform at Bill Clinton's presidential inauguration. Don't miss this chance to see the heart and soul of the blues in America, accompanied by friend and harmonica player Virgil Thrasher.

Opera, Dido & Aeneas
Feb. 23-25, Fess Parker Studio Theatre
Fri.-Sat. 8 p.m., Sun. 2 p.m.
First performed in the spring of 1689, this beautiful opera tells the mythic tale of Aeneas, who has landed in Carthage after fleeing from Troy, and Dido, the Queen of Carthage, who falls in love with him. But it is Aeneas’ destiny to found Rome, and he leaves Dido forever heartbroken. Tickets: $12 general; $10 seniors (60+), and SCU faculty and staff; $5 students. For more information check out the CPA web site.

Human Resources Workshop
Winning Balance
March 1, 9 a.m., Loyola Hall
What does diversity mean in today's workplace? How can staff and faculty work to build a workplace that fosters dignity and respect? What are the attitudes that you personally hold about those who are different from you, and where do those attitudes come from? These are just a few of the questions that participants will explore in this highly interactive workshop. For more information, contact Cheryl Johnson, ext. 6990.

More SCU events.

SCU in the News

SCU's men's basketball team was featured in a number of newscasts and print reports following their win over Gonzaga which put them in first place in the WCC. Read the San Francisco Chronicle article.

blogSCU, a blog that features the stories of five SCU freshmen, was mentioned in a San Francisco Chronicle article about the role social networking is having on college admissions. Read the article.

Ed Maurer (civil engineering) was interviewed on KTVU for a story about Al Gore’s visit to the Bay Area and global warming. Watch the story.

Meir Statman (finance) was quoted in the Wall Street Journal about the current state of the stock market. Read the article.

More SCU in the news.

Grants, awards, and publications

Angelo Ancheta (Katharine and George Alexander Community Law Center) has received a new award from the State Bar of California that provides $31,056 to support the Workers' Rights Project.

Christopher Kitts (mechanical engineering) has received funding of $55,000 from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research to support the OBSIDIAN Nanosatellite Project. This funding is for the first year of an anticipated two-year award. Kitts also received continuation subcontract funding from the San Jose State University Foundation on an award they received from NASA. The amendment provides an additional $17,612 to support Space-Based Testing Environments. The award with this amendment totals $257,672.

Dale G. Larson (counseling psychology) was recently published: Larson, D. G., & Hoyt, W. T. (2007), The Bright Side of Grief Counseling: Deconstructing the New Pessimism. In K. J. Doka (Ed.), Living With Grief: Before and After the Death (pp. 157-174). Washington, D.C.: Hospice Foundation of America.

Dan Lewis (computer engineering) has received a three-year award from the National Science Foundation that provides $102,209 to support “An Innovative Approach for Attracting Students to Computing: A Comprehensive Proposal.”

Ed Maurer (civil engineering) was appointed to the Climate Change Technical Advisory Group of the California Department of Water Resources. Maurer was also awarded a $9,956 contract through the University of California, Merced, for the study "Detection and Attribution of Climate Change Impacts on Streamflow Timing."

Catherine R. Montfort (modern languages) recently edited Women in French Studies Vol. 14, 2006.

Lucila Ramos-Sanchez (counseling psychology) presented a paper at the National Multicultural Conference and Summit in Seattle Washington titled "The Psychology of Undocumented Latinos: Living an Invisible Existence." Ana Cabrera, a graduate student in the counseling psychology program, helped present the paper.

The SCU Solar Decathlon project was awarded a $35,000 internal grant from the Technology Steering Committee. These funds will be used to instrument the house as a laboratory for sustainability upon its return to the Santa Clara campus following the Solar Decathlon competition in Washington, D.C., in fall 2007.

Shauna Shapiro (counseling psychology) recently co-authored two publications. The first, titled “The Toronto Mindfulness Scale: Development and Validation,” was published in the Journal of Clinical Psychology, 62(12), 1445-1467 with co-authors: Lau, M., Bishop, S., Segal, Z., Buis, T., Anderson, N., Carlson, L., Carmody, J., Abbey, S., Gerald, D. The second paper, titled “A Randomized Controlled Trial of Mindfulness Meditation Versus Relaxation Training: Effects on Distress, Positive States of Mind, Rumination and Distraction” was published in the Annals of Behavioral Medicine with co-authors: Shamini, J. Bell, I., Schwartz, G. (2007).

Betty Young (physics) has received $32,927 from Lockheed Martin to support "Aluminum Manganese TES Development for Large Scale Arrays of Microcalorimeters." This is year-two funding of an anticipated three year award. The Lockheed Martin award is funded by NASA-Goddard. The award with this amendment totals $71,309.

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