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March 1, 2004, Vol. 3, No. 4
Santa Clara University

Campus News Updates

Law students hear famous advocate 

Johnnie Cochran
Johnnie Cochran
Ten years ago, Johnnie Cochran and SCU law professor Gerald Uelmen joined the defense team for accused killer and football star O.J. Simpson.

Last week, Cochran spent the day at the University speaking with law students, urging them to seek social change at every opportunity.

He also took time to praise Uelmen as a brilliant legal strategist and scholar.

Uelmen isn't the only SCU connection for Cochran. His New York law partner, Barry Scheck, another member of the Simpson defense team, was a founder of the National Innocence Network, of which the SCU law school's Northern California Innocence Project is a part.

Former Sen. Gary Hart
Gary Hart
While 150 law students jammed standing-room-only lecture rooms to see and hear Cochran, another prominent figure arrived on campus virtually unnoticed.

Former U.S. Sen. and two-time presidential candidate Gary Hart (1980 and 1984) was in the Benson Memorial Center and in political science classrooms discussing the presidential campaign of Sen. John Kerry.

'Dialogue of Faith' begins today 

An online 'Dialogue of Faith' joins Muslim, Jewish, and Christian clergy with scholars and teachers to discuss the Middle East conflict.

Funded by the Bannan Center for Jesuit Education, the project will permit a select international group of individuals to exchange viewpoints on issues of terrorism and security, justice and resistance, America's role in the Middle East, and the future shape of peace.

The conversation, which was developed and coordinated by William Stover, political science, can be observed online from March 1 through March 10.

The website address for the international dialogue is

SCU economists say optimism on hold until after March 2 primary 

Uncertainties surrounding the upcoming California bond election may be dampening business decisions in many sectors, says Santa Clara University economist Kris Mitchener.

Business executives and managers polled last month by the latest Silicon Valley Business Index kept their fiscal expectations in check, according to the index released by the Leavey School of Business.

Although Silicon Valley leaders are generally optimistic about business conditions, "The SCU index numbers reflect a general optimism about future business conditions," Mitchener said.

New staff appointments in housing, career center and ethics center

Matthew Duncan, Assistant Dean for Student Life and a 1992 SCU alumnus, has been named interim director of Housing and Residence Life until a permanent director is hired. Duncan was a Resident Director in Graham from 1997-1999 and participated in the Residential Learning Community program in its charter manifestation as the Freshman Residential Community.  Since 1999 he has been and will continue to serve as Assistant Dean for Student Life.

Kathleen Potter, is the new director of The Career Center, as of April 1. Potter is currently the center's assistant director for Alumni and for Education, Counseling Psychology, and Pastoral Ministries.

She is a former college-level teacher of career counseling, communication, and psychology, and as a career center associate director at Carnegie Mellon's Heinz School of Public Policy and Management and the University of New Mexico School of Law. She has bachelor's and master's degrees in English from the University of California at Berkeley and the University of Cincinnati, respectively, and a master's in Human Resource Management and Counselor Education.

She also is a Nationally Certified Career Counselor with a substantial record of presenting, publishing, and holding office in career development associations. For the last 18 months she has written the "Career Corner" column in The Santa Clara Magazine.

Almaz Negash, new director of global leadership and ethics program at the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics. The program promotes action on ethical leadership by global political leaders.

The program will provide counsel and assistance to the InterAction Council, a global association of former heads of state and government, to speak to the world about a need for ethical global leadership.

Prior to joining Santa Clara University, Negash was the director of the Silicon Valley Center for International Trade (SVCITD) and the California Mexico Trade Assistant Center. Negash's background is in international trade, business development, and marketing. She earned an MBA from Golden Gate University and a bachelor's degree from the University of San Francisco.

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