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The Faculty-Staff Newsletter, e-mail editionSanta Clara University, March 1, 2005, Vol. 4, No. 10

Table of contents

State of the University
Schott Stadium
Ambassador Program
SCU in the news

Campus events
Grants, awards, and publications

State of the University

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Paul Locatelli, S.J.
On Feb. 22, Santa Clara University President Paul Locatelli, S.J., delivered his State of the University speech to a Mission Church audience comprised of faculty, staff, students, and friends.

Following an introduction by University Provost Denise Carmody, and an invocation by Fr. Mario Prietto, S.J., Locatelli began his speech by reiterating the three questions posed by the Superior General of the Society of Jesus, Peter Hans‑Kolvenbach, S.J., from a talk entitled "The Service of Faith and the Promotion of Justice in American Jesuit Higher Education:"

Who do our students become?
Who are our faculty and what do they do?
What should Jesuit universities be and do as academies of higher learning?

Locatelli quoted Kolvenbach as he addressed the audience: “When the heart is touched by direct experience, the mind may be challenged to change. Personal involvement with innocent suffering, with the injustice others suffer is the catalyst for solidarity which then gives rise to intellectual and moral reflection.”

“The question of quality is not merely defined by GPA or SAT scores, but by a host of other factors. The challenge begins with the kind of student that SCU recruits, admits, and educates.”
—SCU President Paul Locatelli, S.J.

Locatelli spoke about SCU’s undergraduate enrollment effort as he addressed his first question, and highlighted the all-time high receipt of more than 8,800 undergraduate applications in 2005. "The question of quality is not merely defined by GPA or SAT scores, but by a host of other factors. The challenge begins with the kind of student that SCU recruits, admits, and educates," said Locatelli. "The University strives for better ethnic, geographic, and religious diversity. Academic excellence is key to being a Jesuit university," he added.

Locatelli responded to the second question by repeating Kolvenbach’s assessment: “If the measure and purpose of our University lies in what the students become, then the faculty are the heart of our University. I want faculty to excel as teaching scholars, and am committed to ensure academic quality through SCU’s tenure and promotion process, and program review.”

He challenged faculty to demonstrate superior performance, and he cited a long list of awards and grants presented to SCU faculty members over the last year to illustrate their scholarly achievements.

Finally, in response to the last question, Locatelli looked at the distinctiveness of Jesuit education and Santa Clara in particular through the lens of his own presidency.

In reviewing his three terms in office, and looking ahead to his fourth, Locatelli cited an increased University budget, a growing endowment ($75 million to more than $500 million in 17 years), finalizing the Strategic Plan, establishing the four Centers of Distinction, and aspirations for national recognition for the University.

Locatelli hopes to stimulate SCU conversations among faculty, staff, and students about what a Santa Clara education should be in the globalizing world of the 21st century. “These conversations, entitled Future Directions, are about educating whole persons with a well-educated solidarity,” said Locatelli. “Our students will know how to contribute and have already contributed to fashioning a more humane and just world.” For more information about Future Directions, click here.

Locatelli concluded his remarks by encouraging faculty, students, staff, trustees, regents, and alumni to respond to the questions that he posed, thus “moving towards greater national prominence and solidarity not only with those of wealth and power, but also those who are marginalized and voiceless.” The speech will be posted on the SCU President's Web page.

Schott Stadium

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Artist's perspective of the Stephen Schott Baseball Stadium

A new era for Santa Clara University baseball will begin in the spring of 2005 with the opening of Stephen Schott Baseball Stadium. The $8.6 million project was kicked off in January 2004 with a $4 million pledge from former SCU baseball player and current owner of the Oakland Athletics, Stephen Schott ‘60.

“It is a dream come true for the players in our program and future players at this university. We can practice, play, do everything we need to do, and do it all at this beautiful facility."
—Mark O'Brien, Head Coach, SCU Baseball Program 

“Stephen Schott Baseball Stadium is really special because our players are unbelievably excited about getting the opportunity to play in a great stadium and therefore future players will be,” said head coach Mark O’Brien.

The 1,500-seat stadium will house the entire Santa Clara baseball program, including its training, practice, and equipment facilities. Also equipped with a 600-square-foot press box and VIP suite, Schott Stadium will be one of the premier college baseball stadiums on the West Coast.

“I’m grateful to my classmate and former Santa Clara pitcher for his generous contribution,” said SCU President Paul Locatelli, S.J., in making the announcement. “This gift opens a new chapter for Bronco baseball by building on a fine tradition that Steve shares.”

Designed with player development in mind, Schott Stadium will provide the Santa Clara baseball staff and players with every possible tool for success. “We can accomplish a lot of things in one place. This will not only be exciting for our players and future players, but it will be exciting for the Santa Clara community and all of the students on our campus,” said O'Brien.

Ambassador Program

For families, choosing an institution of higher learning can be a daunting and exhausting experience. For tour guides, presenting their institution to families can be equally challenging. At SCU, tour guides who show prospective students around campus are a part of the Ambassador Program.

Demanding parents, distracted students, construction equipment, and animals are some of the hazards that tour guides face as they walk backwards around campus. “A parent inquired about dorm visits from professors, should a student miss a class,” said Roopa Gottimukkala, an accounting major who has been part of the SCU ambassador program since summer 2004. “The parent informed me that this was a policy at St. Mary’s College, which I later found was not true.”

The importance of representing Santa Clara University and the pride of being a part of the SCU community is instilled within every Ambassador. They spend a considerable amount of time learning about resources that SCU offers its students and then pass that information on to prospective students. “The commitment is intense, but it comes from a passion for the university that I belong to,” Gottimukkala said.

The Ambassador program at Santa Clara University is led by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. Campus tours are given Monday-Friday at 10:30 a.m. and 2:15 p.m. The program is also responsible for the University’s Be Our Guest program, Open House, and Preview Days. Learn more about campus visits.

SCU in the news

Nancy Unger (history) recently wrote an opinion piece about Howard Dean titled “How to Rise from the Political Deathbed” which was picked up by 13 newspapers in eight states, including the Miami Herald, the Kansas City Star, and the Contra Costa Times. More SCU in the News.

Campus events 

Juan Roberto Melendez, Florida death row parolee, to speak at SCU: Juan Roberto Melendez, a former Florida state death row inmate, will speak as a guest of Santa Clara University’s Bannan Center for Jesuit Education on March 8, at 7 p.m. in the Benson parlors. Melendez spent more than 17 years on Florida’s death row for a crime that he did not commit.

It was the discovery of a taped confession by the real killer that finally prompted the judge to overturn his conviction and to order a new trial. The state chose not to retry the case and Melendez was released from prison on Jan. 3, 2002. "Melendez' invitation to speak at SCU is part of the Bannan Center's ongoing commitment to bring to campus persons whose lives exemplify courage, faith, forgiveness, and commitment to the struggle for justice,” said Paul Woolley, assistant director for the Bannan Center.

To sign up for this event, please contact Jane Najour at 408-554-1591. 

Ignatian Awards: The Alumni Association would like to thank those who took time to submit a nomination for the 2005 Ignatian Award. The recipients for 2005 are:

  • Shelly (Bruneau) Barsanti '72
  • Leon Panetta '60, J.D. '63 
  • Navah Statman MBA '84
  • Daniel C. White '70
  • Sue Cassel White '69

The Ignatian Award is given annually by the Santa Clara Alumni Association and publicly recognizes alumni who live the SCU ideals of compassion, conscience and competence, and have been a credit to the University through outstanding service to others. The Ignatian Awards Luncheon will be held on Saturday, March 5, 2005 at the Adobe Lodge. Visit the Alumni Association Web site for more information. More SCU events.

Grants, awards, and publications 

Jerry Alexanderson, Mathematics and Computer Science Department, has received the prestigious Yueh-Gin Gung and Dr. Charles Y. Hu Award for Distinguished Service to Mathematics. It was presented at the annual joint meetings of the American Mathematical Society and the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) in Atlanta, Georgia on Jan. 6. The award is presented by the MAA and is “the most prestigious award made for service by the Association.” Alexanderson also received the Haimo Award for Distinguished Teaching. This national award, also presented by the MAA, is given to teachers “who are widely recognized as extraordinarily successful and whose teaching effectiveness has been shown to have had influence beyond their own institutions.” This is the first time these prestigious national awards have both been given to the same person at the same time. More grants, awards, and publications.

To submit grants, awards, and publication information, click here.

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