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Santa Clara University, March 15, 2007, Vol. 7, No. 11

Table of contents

Reach for the stars at the Sally Ride Festival
U.S. Circuit Judge, SCU alumnus to speak at 2007 law school commencement
SCU undergraduate business program makes Business Week debut at No. 27
SCU students share the gift of art with children
Conference explores impact of community-based learning on career and life choices

Reach for the stars at the Sally Ride Festival

Santa Clara University will host the Sally Ride Science Festival on April 1. With colorful displays, energetic music, and hands-on activities, the festival aims to bring 1,000 or more fifth- to eighth-grade girls (and boys) to SCU for a fun, enlightening celebration of science. Sally Ride is best known as being America’s first woman in space.

“Our vision is to encourage girls—and boys—and to support them in a passion they already have,” says Bear Ride, Sally Ride’s sister and the “intergalactic” field organizer for the Sally Ride festivals. “We want to capture in cool, fun ways the innate curiosity kids already have in science.”

And who wouldn’t want to take part in fun workshops where you get to actively participate? Alluring titles from previous festivals, including “Create Your Own Alien,” “Capturing Whispers from Space,” “Never Buy Cheese out of Someone’s Trunk,” “Phun with Physics,” “Talk by Lightning,” “Tech-Jep: An Engineering Approach to Jeopardy!,” and “Extracting DNA from a Strawberry,” can make choosing which workshop they want to participate in a problem for many of the kids.

SCU organizer Dan Lewis, associate professor in computer engineering, is already recruiting dozens of faculty, staff, students, and community members to put the Santa Clara spin on the event. Possible workshop topics include computer forensics, the physics of dance, sleep research, and robotics. “We’re looking forward to getting middle school students excited about math and science education,” he says.

To register, visit the Sally Ride Festival Web site. An $18 registration fee covers lunch and materials. Scholarships are also available.

U.S. Circuit Judge, SCU alumnus to speak at 2007 law school commencement

undefinedThis year’s law school commencement ceremony will be at 9:30 a.m. May 19 in the Mission Gardens with the Honorable Richard Tallman ’75 as the commencement speaker. Tallman currently serves as an active United States Circuit Judge on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. He was appointed by President Bill Clinton in 2000.

Prior to his judicial service, Tallman practiced with several law firms where he handled commercial litigation involving matters such as civil RICO suits, whistleblower lawsuits, securities fraud, and commercial bribery cases. He graduated from SCU, summa cum laude, with a business administration degree, and received a juris doctor degree from Northwestern University School of Law in 1978. His chambers are located in Seattle.

Find out more about law school commencement activities.

SCU undergraduate business program makes Business Week debut at No. 27

Business Week magazine has named Santa Clara University’s undergraduate business program among the top in the nation. This is the first time the business program, which came in at No. 27, has made the rankings.


The assessment, gathered from surveys conducted with recruiting firms and students, evaluated nearly 100 business programs in the nation. Among the measurements taken were entering student test scores, teaching quality, and alumni job placement. The “Top 50 Undergraduate Business Programs” list appears in the March 19 issue of the publication.

“I am delighted that our undergraduate business program has been recognized for its academic rigor, the excellent instruction by our teacher-scholars, and the success of our alumni,” said Barry Z. Posner, dean of the Leavey School of Business at SCU. “It’s gratifying to learn that the rest of the country now knows how terrific our students and faculty are.”

Among the hallmarks of the undergraduate program mentioned by the magazine were the small class sizes and dedicated support staff. The program earned an A+ in job placement and was ranked No. 20 by recruiting firms in the quality of graduates. In addition, the program was listed No. 18 in academic quality among all 93 ranked programs.

The Santa Clara University undergraduate business program was third among California schools listed—University of California, Berkeley, ranked No. 3, and the University of Southern California came in at No. 19. Among Jesuit business schools, Santa Clara University shared the limelight with Georgetown (No. 11) and Boston College (No. 14).

SCU students share the gift of art with children

Artwork created by children as part of a collaboration between the Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education and Paintbrush Diplomacy is now on exhibit in the Benson Center. Recipients of the Jean Donovan Summer Fellowship and the Arrupe Internship worked with children in El Salvador, Ghana, Peru, Russia, and San Jose, Calif., to create art to be shared and exchanged with other children around the world. Some of their creations are on display in the windows of Market Square in Benson Center through March 28.

Paintbrush Diplomacy is a nonprofit organization that promotes peace and understanding through the universal language of art. It encourages awareness of international issues and supports children’s causes through a variety of programs, including educational exchanges, community exhibits, and special events. Additional children’s art created through Paintbrush Diplomacy art exchanges is part of a semi-permanent exhibit in Sobrato Hall.


Artwork created by children around the world is on display at Benson Center through March 28.

Conference explores impact of community-based learning on career and life choices

This week the Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education is hosting a conference called Callings: Fostering Vocation Through Community-based Learning.

“The Callings conference is an opportunity to explore the ways that community engagement influences students’ vocational discernment, including their desire to be of service to the local neighborhood and the global community,” said Kevin P. Quinn, S.J., executive director of the Ignatian Center.

The conference is being supplemented with Web-based conversations that have been under way since the fall and will run through the end of the conference. The Web conversations are accompanied by essays and responses by prominent scholars and practitioners such as President Paul Locatelli, S.J., and Anne Colby of the Carnegie Foundation. Visit the conference Web site to view these conversations and to learn more about the conference.

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SCU Events

Virtues and Vices of Open Source Software
March 26, 5:30-6:45 p.m. Williman Room, Benson Center
Eben Moglen, professor at Columbia University Law School and General Counsel of the Free Software Foundation, will be the featured speaker at Virtues and Vices of Open Source Software, presented by SCU’s Center for Science Technology and Society, the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics, and the High Tech Law Institute. Admission is free. Reservations are recommended. Seating is limited. Contact Sherill Dale to RSVP. Learn more about this event (PDF).

SCU Day at San Jose Giants
April 15, 2 p.m. San Jose Giants Stadium
Join members of the SCU community at the ballpark for SCU Day at the San Jose Giants Stadium as the San Jose Giants take on the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes. Tickets are on sale at the Benson Center information desk for $7 with an ACCESS card; $6 of each ticket sold will go to support scholarships at SCU. Bucky the Bronco is throwing out the first pitch. For more information, contact Nate Hearn by phone or e-mail.

President’s Speaker Series, Ayaan Hirsi Ali
April 19, 7:30 p.m., Mayer Theatre
A conversation with Ayaan Hirsi Ali, author of The Caged Virgin: An Emancipation Proclamation for Women and Islam, the new book Infidel, and of the screenplay for “Submission,” a film exploring the issue of Muslim women and violence. Hirsi Ali and her book Infidel have recently been featured in, Newsweek, and Vogue magazine. There will be a book-signing to follow. A donation of $20 is suggested; students are free. For more information, visit the Speaker Series Web site or call 408-554-4400.

More SCU events.

SCU in the News

Robert Boyd (information technology) wrote a column about library wireless access that appeared the Morgan Hill Times. Read the article. (registration required)

Ed Maurer (civil engineering) was credited in a Sports Illustrated article about world cup races being canceled because of warmer temperatures at some of the world’s premiere ski resorts. Read the article.

Peter Ross (math) was featured in an article in the Rose Garden Resident about his experience in the Peace Corps. Read the article.

SCU’s Solar Decathlon team was featured on KCBS-AM and in an article in The Wave magazine. Listen to the report on KCBS. Read the story in The Wave.

More SCU in the news.

Grants, awards, and publications

Thomas Plante (psychology) had three articles published in March, two of which were co-authored by Santa Clara faculty and students: Plante, T.G. (2007). "Homosexual applicants to the priesthood: How many and are they psychologically healthy?" Pastoral Psychology; Plante, T.G., Gores, C., Brecht, C., Carrow, J., Imbs, A., & Willemsen, E. (2007). "Does exercise environment enhance the psychological benefits of exercise for women?" International Journal of Stress Management, co-authors are SCU psychology students and Eleanor Willemsen (psychology); and Oman, D., Shapiro, S., Thoresen, C.E., Flinders, T., Driskill, J.D., & Plante, T.G. (2007). "Learning from spiritual models and meditation: A randomized evaluation of a college course," Pastoral Psychology, co-author Shauna Shapiro (counseling psychology).

Keith Warner (environmental studies) has received a grant for $31,353 from the National Science Foundation to support “Managed Risk in the Public Interest: How Ethics and Values Shape Biological Control Practice and Policy.” This funding is for first year of an anticipated three-year award. Warner also received a new award from the state of California’s Department of Food and Agriculture. This one-year award provides $33,915 to support “Institutional Aspects of Biological Control.”

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