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Santa Clara University, May 15, 2007, Vol. 7, No. 15


Table of contents

Tearing down walls, building up awareness
Engineering the fun back into interactive exhibits at the zoo
A step in the right direction
The Santa Clara wins award
President’s Speaker Series hosts final event of the year
2007 Ignatian and Bannan honorees
Tell us what you think


Tearing down walls, building up awareness
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From May 7 through 11, Campus Ministry’s Santa Clarans for Social Justice organized Human Dignity Week, which featured a number of activities and events geared toward raising awareness about issues such as hunger, poverty, and homelessness around the world.
Engineering the fun back into interactive exhibits at the zoo

Any child who has visited Happy Hollow Park and Zoo in San Jose can tell you that the animals are only part of the attraction’s appeal. The interactive, hands-on Animal Facts exhibits peppered throughout the park also offer a fun way for kids of all ages to learn about the zoo population—except when the machines don’t work. The all-too-frequent signs explaining “Sorry, I’m old and I don’t work very well anymore” quash even the most exuberant visitor’s enthusiasm.

But those frowns of disappointment have been turning into smiles of excitement as SCU engineering students have been helping fix the broken exhibits and have even been inventing new ones.

The project started as an effort to bring more community-based projects into the engineering curriculum, says Patti Rimland, assistant to the associate dean of undergraduate studies, who was hired under a grant to do just that. She contacted Happy Hollow to offer SCU’s assistance in bringing the exhibits up to date. The original nine Animal Facts displays were built in the 1970s at the Lawrence Hall of Science at University of California Berkeley.

In Santa Clara’s first year of involvement with the Happy Hollow project (the 2005-06 school year), students in the One Step Ahead program made repairs to several of the exhibits. SCU hosts the outreach program one Saturday every month each spring, inviting female high school students onto campus to work with SCU engineering students on hands-on projects. Read more.

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Engineering students work on new exhibits for San Jose's Happy Hollow Park and Zoo.
A step in the right direction

Many factors have helped shape Carolyn W. Silberman’s sense of social justice over the years. Hearing the testimony of Rufina Amaya, sole survivor of the 1981 massacre at El Mozote, El Salvador, inspired her to create the Institute on Social Justice and the Arts at SCU a decade ago with Theatre Arts/Dance faculty member Jerry Enos. Daily, she contemplates the quote on her desk from St. Augustine: “Goodness is essentially communicable.”

So although this is the first year Silberman is teaching Social Justice in the Arts, it’s been on her mind far longer. And her hope is that the impact on her students’ sense of social justice will last even longer.

“This is a class about transformation and hope,” she said. “I didn’t want this to be a class where I just talk at the students. Rather, I wanted to activate their imaginations, and motivate them with hands-on experiences.”

To that end, she has brought together guest speakers from the arts and from philanthropic organizations to give the students eyewitness accounts of social justice in action. Her goal is to not only expose students to role models in social justice and the arts, but to develop a context for those actions as well. In addition to the text on the history of poverty in the U.S., students are required to read the Wall Street Journal or the New York Times on a regular basis to gain an understanding of world issues, particularly the economics that underscore poverty.

She kicked off the class with an inspirational visit from Cindy and Mauricio Salgado of Artists Striving to End Poverty (ASTEP). The New York-based nonprofit organization has programs throughout the world in which volunteers use the arts to empower underprivileged children to see themselves and the world in a new way, facilitating the expression of their creativity and a strong sense of self-esteem, factors that can help them break the cycle of poverty.

Silberman asked the Salgados to teach the seminar students as if they were participants in an ASTEP camp, so the students could experience first hand different ways of approaching marginalized communities.

With the Salgados, the class participated in activities designed around the week's thematic concept, “Everlasting Fruit.” They explored issues of respect, support, trust and cultural sensitivity within the construct of games introduced to get to the issues. Most importantly, Silberman said, the Salgados emphasized the importance of having fun with the children.

The students in the class also go out into the community to unleash the power of the arts. Senior Claire Calalo, assisted by student Francesca McKenzie, has spearheaded one such project at the Estrella Family Services Program, a nonprofit organization that provides childcare and after-school programming for low-income families. Twice a week, they and other SCU students in the seminar go to the San Jose center. One day they design lesson plans using movement, drama, storytelling, or some other facet of the arts. The other day, they work with the children using those plans.

The goal, Silberman explained, is to try to help marginalized populations find expression.  “We’re trying to help them find a voice through the arts. Through that self-expression, we hope they recognize the importance of their intrinsic value, their human dignity—that they have self-worth because they exist, that they are loved, that they are important.”

By teaching this seminar, Silberman feels she is touching the future and helping her students to live out the ideal that goodness is indeed communicable.

The Santa Clara wins award
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The Santa Clara, SCU’s student-run newspaper, has been named the best overall weekly college newspaper in its division in California by the California College Media Association.

“While no one works for the newspaper to win awards, it is always nice to see our staff's hard work and dedication recognized,” said Jeremy Herb, the newspaper’s editor in chief.

The award was one of 13 the paper received, including second best weekly design. To see a full list of the awards, visit the Media Association’s Web site.

President’s Speaker Series hosts final event of the year
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Leon Panetta to speak at
Leavey Center on May 31.

Leon Panetta ’60, J.D. ’63, will discuss his participation in the Iraq Study Group and events that have transpired since the group made its recommendations in the final event for this year’s President’s Speaker Series at 7:30 p.m. May 31 at the Leavey Center.

Panetta was appointed chief of staff by President Clinton in 1994. Prior to that appointment, he served as director of the Office of Management and Budget.

From 1977 to 1993, Panetta was a U.S. Representative from California's 16th (now 17th) congressional district. He served eight full terms and had begun serving his ninth when he became OMB director. He and his wife, Sylvia, also founded the Panetta Institute in 1998. The Institute serves as a nonpartisan center for the study of public policy aimed at helping our communities and our country meet the challenges of the 21st century.

For more information about this event, visit the Speaker Series Web site.

2007 Ignatian and Bannan honorees

The Annual Alumni Anniversary Awards dinner was April 28 and honored a number of alumni who have given back to the community and the University over the years. This year the Ignatian Award, which recognizes alumni for their service to their community and humanity, went to Kathleen Bruno ’81, Edward Panelli ’53, J.D.’55, Joseph Pert MBA ’77, Adolph Quilici ’53, and Sean Walsh ’92. The Bannan Award, which recognizes alumni for their service to the Alumni Association and the University, went to Zygmunt Wiedemann ’70.

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From left: Kathy Kale, Laurie Hernandez '85, Honorable Edward Panelli '53 J.D. '55, Zig Wiedemann '70, Joseph Pert MBA '77, Sean Walsh '92, Kathleen Bruno '81, Adolph Quilici '53, Paul Locatelli, S.J.

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Law School graduation reminder: Santa Clara School of Law graduation will be at 9:30 a.m. May 19 in the Mission Gardens. This year’s speaker is Judge Richard C. Tallman who currently serves as an active United States Circuit Judge on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. For more information, visit the law school commencement Web site.

SCU Events

SCU Jazz Ensemble
Fri., May 18, 8 p.m.
Recital Hall
The Spring Jazz Ensemble Concert will be conducted by John Russell. Tickets: $12 general; $10 seniors 60+ and SCU faculty and staff; $5 students. For more information visit the SCU Jazz Ensemble Web site.

Ethics at Noon: "Catholicism, Sexuality, and Feminist Ethics: Research Papers by Santa Clara University Undergraduates"
Mon., May 21, noon- 1p.m.
College of Arts and Sciences, Weigand Room
Papers will be presented by students in the religious studies seminar called Catholic Theology and Human Sexuality taught by Professor Paul Crowley, S.J., and Professor Rachel Bundang.

Working to change the world
Thurs., May 24, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
de Saisset Museum
The Center for Science, Technology, and Society and the Commonwealth Club/Silicon Valley present a conversation with Bill Coleman, founder, CEO and chairman of Cassatt Corp.; and Jim Fruchterman, president and CEO of Benetech. This event will be moderated by Jeffrey Miller, venture partner of Redpoint Ventures.

For more information contact Sherrill Dale or visit the Center for Science, Technology, and Society Web site.

More SCU events.

SCU in the News

Mike Ballen (media services) is heading up a project to create a virtual simulation of the new Learning Commons and Library in Second Life, a virtual world. Ballen and English Professor Marc Bousquet were interviewed for a story on NBC 11. Watch the story.

Jerry Ceppos (Markkula Center for Applied Ethics) wrote an op-ed for the San Francisco Chronicle about the traditional value of newspapers. Read the article.

More SCU in the news.

Grants, awards, and publications

Laura Nichols (sociology) has been selected as a Faculty Fellow for the California Campus Compact—Carnegie Foundation Faculty Fellows: Service-Learning for Political Engagement Program. Only 25 faculty members from public and private universities across the state have been chosen for this honor.

Terri Peretti (political science) was an invited panelist at an International Symposium on Reforming the Japanese Legal System at Kyoto University Graduate School of Law on March 17 and 18.

Lucila Ramos-Sanchez (counseling psychology) and co-author Laura Nichols (sociology) had an article published titled "Self-Efficacy of First-Generation and Non-First Generation College Students: The Relationship With Academic Performance and College Adjustment" in the Journal of College Counseling, Spring 2007, Vol. 10, No. 1, 6-18.

Santa Clara University was selected as one of 42 two- and four-year colleges and universities in the United States and Puerto Rico to receive a 2007 HP Technology for Teaching grant, which is designed to transform teaching and improve learning in the classroom through innovative uses of technology. The School of Engineering will receive an award package of HP products and a faculty stipend valued at more than $68,000.

Terry Shoup (mechanical engineering) has been awarded the Dedicated Service Award by IFToMM (International Federation for the Promotion of Mechanism and Machine Science). The Dedicated Service Award is bestowed on those who have "provided dedicated voluntary service marked by outstanding performance, demonstrated effective leadership, prolonged and committed service, devotion, enthusiasm and faithfulness." Shoup will receive his certificate and medal at IFToMM's World Congress in Besançon, France, this June.

Andy Tsay (OMIS) was presented the 2007 "Wickham Skinner Award for Teaching Innovation Accomplishments" at the Production & Ops Mgmt Society (POMS) annual conference in Dallas.

Mike Whalen (communication) won the REMI award for Creative Excellence for his film “FRESH women” at the 40th annual WorldFest-Houston International Film & Video Festival.

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

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