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The Faculty-Staff Newsletter, e-mail edition© Santa Clara University, Jan. 14, 2005, Vol. 4, No. 7
Table of contents
SCU’s tsunami relief effort
De Saisset Museum exhibit update
Pricewaterhouse Coopers case competition
OCM wins CASE award for School of Law brochure
SCU faculty/staff questionnaire (new feature)
SCU in the news
Campus events
Grants, awards, and publications
SCU’s tsunami relief effort

The University’s outpouring of generosity following Fr. Locatelli’s plea for tsunami relief has been remarkable. During

“Thank you to those who have contributed. Your response has been an outstanding example of solidarity in action.”
—Paul Locatelli, S.J., SCU President
the first week of collecting donations, more than $50,000 has been donated to the fund by members of the SCU campus community, including trustees and regents, including a $10,000 contribution from the president’s discretionary fund.

Initially scheduled to end on Jan. 10, the drive was extended through Jan. 14 to allow those who had just returned to campus the opportunity to contribute. The final tally of funds raised will be available in the week of Jan. 18-21.

The funds have been earmarked for Catholic Relief Services, Jesuit Refugee Services, and the Jesuit Provincial of Sri Lanka, charitable groups that pledge to use 100 percent of the funds for relief work.

De Saisset Museum exhibit update: featuring works by Joseph Zirker, Frank LaPena, and an extension of the Hibi show

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Frank LaPena, Blue Dog, 1991 acrylic on canvas
36 ¼ x 36 ¼ in.,courtesy of the artist 

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Hisaki Hibi, Windy, February 1994
Topaz, Utah, oil canvas on 20 x 24 in.
family collection












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Joseph Zirker, Untitled #41
2003 Cast acrylic monotype
35 ½ x 24 ¼ in.
Courtesy of the artist


The de Saisset Museum opens its winter exhibition with an exhibit by Joseph Zirker, one of the Bay Area’s most innovative printmakers. Translucent Transformations, on display Jan. 22 through March 11, will highlight Zirker’s cast acrylic monotypes created from his new, patented printmaking process.

“This exhibition highlights Zirker’s commitment to aesthetic innovation in his field and reflects the museum’s dedication to the printmaking medium,” said Karen Kienzle, curator of exhibits and collections. 

Born out of an epiphany the artist experienced after peeling dried acrylic paint from a tofu container, Zirkev’s printmaking process transcends the traditional elements of printmaking—paper and printed image—and creates cast acrylic monotypes that fuse the individual elements into one unique whole.

In conjunction with the exhibit, the de Saisset is hosting an artist walkthrough and opening reception on Jan. 21 from 6-9 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. The museum will also feature a sampling of paintings by artist and poet Frank LaPena that showcase the artist’s dedication to the preservation and revival of his Native American heritage, including several works inspired by his longstanding devotion to Native American ceremonial dance.

The author of Dream Songs and Ceremony: Reflections of Traditional California Indian Dance, LaPena’s work explores Native American tradition and ceremony, nature, and spirituality. “La Pena’s art provides a contemporary complement to the de Saisset Museum’s California History exhibit, showcasing the vitality in contemporary Native American artistic expression,” Kienzle said.

The museum is hosting a slide lecture presented by the artist, on March 2 at 6 p.m., with a reception and book signing to follow. This event is free and open to all. And finally, the museum is extending the exhibition of work by Hisako Hibi (1907-1991), and will host three educational programs associated with the exhibit. See the de Sassiet museum Web site.

Pricewaterhouse Coopers case competition

Each year, Pricewaterhouse Coopers (PwC), an international public accounting firm, organizes and hosts an interscholastic case competition designed to give students experience and exposure to real-world accounting issues.

Santa Clara University was one of the schools selected by PwC to participate in this competition last fall. Fifty SCU students accepted the challenge to compete in the case competition, and they formed themselves into five-person teams that included at least two sophomores and one junior per team.

On Oct. 28, 2004, PwC representatives provided case materials to teams at schools throughout the country. The team’s task was to determine if “fair value accounting” was an appropriate accounting principle for an imaginary country. What followed was a whirlwind two weeks of meetings, research, and analysis.

“Our students all did an excellent job! Donald Trump might consider hiring all of SCU’s future apprentices!”
—Caroline Krumel, Accounting Department 

The SCU teams reviewed more than 100 pages of financial documents, conducted exhaustive research, and spent many hours converting balance sheets from the case information to fair value. On Nov. 11, the teams presented their findings on before a panel of PwC judges. In this competition between more than 50 teams from 20 universities, SCU teams swept the top three honors.

Bronco Consulting (Brianna Byrne, Kirsten Cornell, Marietta Flynn, Elise Levine, and Andrew Zilli) took home first-place honors, as well as a $1,000 cash prize. SCU Future Accountants (Ari Ashkenazi, Freya Bernardo, Helen Liou, Christine Yeung, and Justin Yip) were second-place winners, and were awarded $100 gift certificates. Ignatius Consulting (Andrew Auerbach, Cara Daw, Katie Omura, Ben Painter, and Aaron Uhrina) placed third.

Office of Communications and Marketing (OCM) wins CASE award for School of Law brochure


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Some new School of Law brochure pictures
OCM was presented with the Silver Medal Winner for the Santa Clara University School of Law brochure at the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) District VII conference, held on Dec. 5-7, 2004, in San Francisco.

According to the award document, the program “recognizes excellence and outstanding achievement in advancement. It is given by your peers for creativity, quality, and effective use of available resources in meeting your goals and objectives.

The Board of Directors for District VII commends your achievement with this Silver Medal Winner, for outstanding communications for student recruitment publications.” Managed by Nancy Turek, design director for OCM, the redesigned brochure has larger, more dynamic photography by OCM’s Charles Barry, and a more sophisticated look consistent with SCU’s design guidelines.

The brochure focuses on the faculty, students, and key areas of specialization at the School of Law, while highlighting SCU’s Silicon Valley location, historic architecture, and aesthetic appeal. “I am thrilled to have this brochure recognized by such an esteemed organization,” said Turek. “Many talented individuals collaborated to produce a beautiful piece.”

SCU in the news

Sunwolf (communication) was quoted in the Dec. 14, 2004, issue of USA Today. Read the article that addresses “duty gift giving” during the holiday season. More SCU in the News.

Campus events 

Center of Performing Arts presents Charisma: Members of the Charisma group reflect on their lives in an intimate exploration of faith and spirituality that combines art, music, dance, and spoken word. This is a pay-what-you-can-afford show; suggested ticket price $5. The faculty advisor is Carolyn Silberman

Jan. 14-15 at 8 p.m.
Jan. 16 at 2 p.m.
Fess Parker Studio

Theatre Book of the Quarter at Orradre: The Winter 2005 Book of the Quarter is Millennials Rising: The Next Great Generation by Neil Howe and William Strauss. The discussion will be held on Jan. 25, from noon to 1 p.m., in Orradre's Boland Reading Room. Who are the Millennials? What distinguishes them from Baby Boomers, Gen X-ers, etc.? Why should we in higher education care? Diane Jonte-Pace, associate vice provost for faculty development, will lead the discussion, along with Jeanne Rosenberger, dean, office of student life, Anne Selak, student body president, and other members of the SCU community. Please remember, you do not have to read the Book of the Quarter to attend the discussion. Light refreshments will be served. More SCU events.

Grants, awards, and publications 

The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Educational Activities Board presented the IEEE Educational Activities Board Meritorious Achievement Award in Continuing Education to Cary Y. Yang (electrical engineering) for his “extensive and innovative contributions to the continuing education of working professionals in the field of micro/nanoelectronics.” The IEEE is the largest technical professional organization in the world, with membership approaching 400,000.

Laura Ellingson, (communication) recently published Communicating in the Clinic: Negotiating Frontstage and Backstage Teamwork (Hampton Press, 2005), which documents how health care teams, critical to the practice of contemporary medicine, function on a daily basis.

At the Las Vegas Consumer Electronic Society (CES)/ICCE 2005 conference on Jan 11., the International Conference on Consumer Electronics (ICCE) presented Nam Ling (computer engineering) and Ph.D. student Gunnar Hovden with the Best Paper award for ICCE 2003 for their paper titled “MPEG-4 FAP Generation as an Optimization Problem.” More grants, awards, and publications.

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