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The Faculty-Staff Newsletter, e-mail editionSanta Clara University, March 15, 2005, Vol. 4, No. 11

Table of contents

Faculty discussion forum on Future Directions
SCU hosts Catholic theologian Hans Kung
Life after SCU
Senior fellow at Ethics Center appointed Woman of the Year
Spring 2005 issue of Santa Clara Magazine
SCU in the news
Campus events
Grants, awards, and publications

Faculty discussion forum on Future Directions

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Paul Locatelli, S.J.

“The purpose of Future Directions is to stimulate conversations among SCU faculty, staff, and students about what a Santa Clara education should be in the globalizing world of the 21st century.”
—SCU President Paul Locatelli, S.J. 
In a recent campus-wide email, SCU President Paul Locatelli, S.J., announced that on April 5, from 1:45-4:45 p.m., with support of the Faculty Senate Council, SCU will be canceling classes so that faculty can attend the Future Directions faculty forum, where they will have an opportunity for more formal discussion of the theme papers.

“These conversations are about what it means to be a well-educated whole person with a sense of global solidarity who knows how to contribute to fashioning a more humane and just world,” said Locatelli. 

The theme papers referred to are an overarching paper on the University’s mission and two different sets of thought papers: one is on a series of themes relevant to the future of a Santa Clara education, and the other is on undergraduate and graduate academic areas, the teaching scholar model, and selected program areas such as Student Life, Campus Ministry, and Athletics.

Several of these theme papers are now posted on the Strategic Plan Web site. Beginning in early spring quarter and continuing into May, SCU will also be hosting a series of discussions for students, staff, and faculty to explore ways to bolster SCU’s national prominence as a Catholic, Jesuit university. The schedule for these discussions will be published as soon as it is available.

SCU hosts Catholic theologian Hans Kung

Catholic theologian and philosophy scholar Hans Kung will give a lecture at SCU on March 31 to open the Global Ethic Foundation “World’s Religions: Common Ethical Values” exhibit. The exhibit, on display at SCU’s

“Hans Kung has been the most articulate champion of the need for a global ethic, drawing on the ethical beliefs of all religions. We are honored to have him speak at SCU on this critical topic.”
—Kirk O. Hanson, Executive Director, Ethics Center 
Arts and Sciences Building, runs through June.

The opening reception is scheduled for March 31, from 5:30-6:30 p.m., followed by Kung’s lecture in the Mayer Theatre on commonalities between Hinduism, Taoism, Confucianism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. For those who are unable to attend, the lecture will be broadcast on close-circuit TV.

Kung’s world religions exhibit has been shown in the United Nations Plaza, in New York city, and in Washington D.C. at the International Monetary Fund, and the World Bank. Kung will also participate in SCU’s symposium on Human Rights and Responsibilities, held on April 1 from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. in the Recital Hall.

The symposium is sponsored by the Global Leadership and Ethics Program of the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics, in cooperation with the InterAction Council. Other speakers include former Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser, and Bertrand Ramcharan, former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights.

Kung is the author of the proposal of the InterAction Council for a Universal Declaration of Human Responsibilities, starting with the Fundamental Principals for Humanity, article 1, “Every person, regardless of gender, ethnic origin, social status, political opinion, language, age, nationality, or religion, has a responsibility to treat all people in a humane way.”

For a symposium agenda or for a complete list of speakers, please contact Almaz Negash at 408-554-7890, or anegash@scu.edu. Both events are open to the public, compliments of the Ethics Center. For more information, please visit the Ethics Center Web site.

Life after SCU                   
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SCU students enjoy a meal at the Life
after SCU cooking class

              

Most graduating seniors face challenging real-world questions, and the Santa Clara University Alumni Association wants to help. Yes, there is life after SCU, and it began on March 1 with a Cooking 101 class in which 20 culinary-impaired seniors learned how to prepare five different dishes – one steak, one chicken, one risotto, and two vegetarian meals. No Ramen or tuna melts were allowed! Mix in a “Why Invest in Real Estate” class, then maybe a little “Auto Shop 101,” and voila! These graduating seniors may be better equipped to face that jungle out there, or at least know whether to buy or lease a car.

The Alumni Association has been sponsoring Life after SCU classes for the past several years. This year the program was designed with senior feedback and suggestions for class topics including “Wine Education and Tasting,” “Spirituality and Relationships,” and “Traveling after SCU–What are Your Options?”

Most of the events are held in the Donohoe Alumni Building Conference Room and last approximately one hour, at the request of the homework-conscious students. The class presenters are either alumni, or have an already-established relationship with the campus community, such as ClickHome.com, which sponsors the real estate class, or STA Travel, which presents the travel course.

The cooking class was sponsored by SCU alum and founder of Besos Foods Ron Pereira ’93. “We are excited to be offering these real-life classes to our future alumni,” said Pete Sclafani ’99, assistant director for Alumni Relations. “Although not your typical upper-division course, these classes may be as important to our students as they embark on their new life away from the University.”

The entire Life after SCU program consists of nine classes and runs through May 24. To view the entire list of classes, or for additional information, please contact the Alumni Association at 408-554-6800, or visit the Alumni Web site.

Senior fellow at Ethics Center appointed Woman of the Year

Judy Nadler, senior fellow at the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics, was selected “Woman of the Year” for the 22nd Assembly District by Assemblywoman Sally Lieber (D-San Jose), assistant speaker pro-tem of the California State Assembly.

The “Woman of the Year” award recognizes exemplary California women from each assembly district. The 22nd district includes Mountain View, Cupertino, and Sunnyvale, and portions of Santa Clara and San Jose. The ceremony for this year's honorees was held in Sacramento on March 14. Nadler previously served as mayor of Santa Clara, during which time she worked with the Ethics Center to develop a Code of Ethics and Values for Santa Clara. The program, entitled "Infusing Political Campaigns with Community Ethics and Values," earned the City of Santa Clara the 2002 Helen Putnam Award from the League of California Cities.

In addition to her work with the City of Santa Clara, Nadler has worked with the U.S. Conference of Mayors, the League of California Cities, the National Fire Academy, and the San Jose Blue Ribbon Task Force on Ethics. She draws on 20 years of experience as a public servant to helping officeholders navigate the ethical dilemmas they face.

Spring 2005 issue of Santa Clara Magazine

The spring 2005 issue of Santa Clara Magazine is online now, with stories on the O’Connor Hospital medical ethics program and a student who has an internship working with Koko the gorilla.

Also in this issue is a profile of Hans Boepple, SCU professor of music, which includes several Web-exclusive features, such as downloadable audio samples of Boepple playing piano, an interview transcript, and links to reviews of Boepple’s performances.

“The article on Hans Boepple is a milestone for Santa Clara Magazine,” says Elizabeth Kelley Gillogly ‘93, associate editor and author of the article. “It is the first time we have had such a variety of online extras with a story: an interview transcript with audio to accompany the article. It is an example of how the Web can be a great extension of a printed piece.”

SCU in the news

The March 2005 issue of San Jose Magazine ran a profile of SCU President Paul Locatelli, S.J., entitled “Mission for Education.”

Kirk O. Hanson, executive director of the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics appeared on National Public Radio’s show “On Point,” to discuss Martha Stewart, ex-con, and her brave new world. Click here to listen to the broadcast. He also published an article, "Culture suggests cheaters do prosper," in the March 6 issue of the San Jose Mercury News.

"The Gift Of ADHD", written by Lara Honos-Webb of SCU's department of counseling psychology, is prominently featured in the March 14 issue of Newsweek MagazineMore SCU in the News.

Campus events 

Business School Breakfast Briefings

On March 17, Economics Professor Alexander Field will discuss “Recent Productivity Trends in Perspective: A Look Back at the 20th Century.” According to Field, productivity growth, growth in real output per hour, is the fundamental determinant of increase in our material standard of living. Field will talk about the latest numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and what they mean for employment, the unemployment rate, and long-term economic growth. He'll also talk about how recent trends relate to longer term developments in the 20th century. The buffet breakfast begins at 7:30 a.m. followed by the presentation at 8 a.m. Please visit the Leavey School of Business Web site for more information. More SCU events.

Grants, awards, and publications 

Byron Walden, (mathematics, computer science) was chosen to write the final crossword for the 28th Annual American Crossword Puzzle Tournament that took place on March 11-13, in Stamford, Conn. He received this invitation from Will Shortz, the editor of the New York Times crosswords section and “puzzle master” on NPR’s Weekend Edition.

The late Carol White's book, Time and Death: Heidegger's Analysis of Finitude, has just been published by Ashgate (2005). White, who passed away in 2000, was a professor in SCU’s philosophy department. Philip Kain, (philosophy), organized the publication of her book, while White’s former student Mark Ralkowskia ‘98 served as editor. More grants, awards, and publications.

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

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