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Santa Clara University, May 16, 2005, Vol. 4, No. 15

Table of contents

SCU and Catholic Relief Services partnership will benefit students and faculty
The Engineering Achievement Awards 2005
State of the student address
Giving credit where credit is due
SCU in the news
Campus events
SCU people
Grants, awards and publications

SCU and Catholic Relief Services partnership will benefit students and faculty

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Ken Hackett, C.E.O. of Catholic Relief
Services, SCU President Paul Locatelli, S.J.,
and Bishop Patrick McGrath

When SCU welcomed Catholic Relief Services (CRS) president Ken Hackett to campus May 4 to sign a memorandum of understanding between the two organizations, it formalized the collaboration initiated approximately 18 months ago between the University and the official international humanitarian agency of the U.S. Catholic community.
“This collaborative partnership will enable us to cooperate in advancing a common interest in social justice and to advance solidarity with our one human family, especially with the poor and needy overseas.”
—Paul Locatelli S.J., SCU President 

“We are very excited to have Santa Clara in partnership with CRS. What has become clear to us is how well our respective missions and values are aligned—namely, our commitment to faith, justice, and solidarity based on Catholic social teaching,” said SCU President Paul Locatelli, S.J.

The Catholic Bishops of the United States founded CRS in 1943 as an international relief and development group. Now with a local presence in over 90 countries worldwide, the agency strives not only to help the poor and disadvantaged globally, but also to educate Americans about their moral responsibility to remove the causes of poverty and to promote social justice worldwide.

A number of program areas provide opportunities for collaboration between the two organizations, Locatelli said. These include:

  • Student volunteer and service-based learning opportunities
  • Faculty and student research opportunities
  • Links to SCU Centers of Distinction
  • Guest speaker opportunities
  • Liaison to Campus Ministry

“The partnership is already enhancing existing service-based learning endeavors while enabling new connections to be forged as well,” said Michael Colyer, assistant director of the Pedro Arrupe, S.J., Center for Community-Based Learning. Three SCU students who were already scheduled to teach English in Peru this summer will have the assistance of staff members of the local Peruvian CRS office to help give them perspective and connections in the country, Colyer said.

“CRS has so much experience and so much knowledge around the world,” said Colyer, who is drawing on CRS’s connections and efforts in Ecuador to set up a new trip to the country for 14 students in September. He will use CRS’s extensive educational materials before and after the trip, as well as work with Ecuadorian CRS personnel during the journey “to allow students to see the world with new eyes,” he said. 

Although not all service-learning opportunities will be in conjunction with CRS, said Catherine Wolff, outgoing director of the Arrupe Center, working with the agency “will expand some of our programs. It won’t change them, but it will enrich them.” The common goals of CRS and SCU mean “we are all speaking the same language,” Wolff said. Neither organization wants international service-based learning opportunities “to be sociological tourism. What we want is for people to be startled out of their customary way of looking at things. Our hope is that when they come back, they will become leaven in the community for change in whatever way their talents lead them.”

CRS and the Arrupe Center are cooperating in a domestic project as well, sponsoring a joint internship in HIV/AIDS ministry at SCU. Intern Ruth Stanton, a junior psychology major, will attend a national AIDS conference in Chicago in July with CRS, then work to develop AIDS awareness and prevention programs for SCU as well as surrounding communities in conjunction with the Arrupe Center, using resources in the Santa Clara area.

According to CRS-West partnerships officer Joe Symkowick, the relief organization is hoping information garnered from the project will help the agency tailor their approach to their mission in the United States. “If our task at CRS is to make U.S. Catholics more aware of the poor in the world, is there any particular way to do that?” Symkowick wondered. Symkowick also sees the collaboration as a real opportunity for creativity. “For us, it fulfills our need for the kind of talent the university has,” he said. “They are the theory; we are the practice. The theory puts forth new ideas, the practice puts them in action.”

The Engineering Achievement Awards 2005

The Engineering Achievement Awards 2005 will be presented by the School of Engineering on June 8 in a ceremony at the Mayer Theatre. The 3 p.m. event is open to the public.

The keynote speaker at this year’s event is T.J. Rodgers, the founder, president and CEO of Cypress Semiconductor Corporation, who will speak on the importance of economic freedom. Rodgers is nationally known as an advocate of Silicon Valley’s entrepreneurial economy. Seven awards will be presented at the ceremony, which will be followed by an outdoor reception.

"The Engineering Achievement Awards have always been an exciting way to recognize outstanding faculty and alumni who have distinguished themselves in their professions and as embodiments of Santa Clara University's values of competence, conscience and compassion," said Daniel Pitt, dean of the engineering school. "We are delighted to be able to welcome not only the public, but also so many more alumni back to campus to celebrate the accomplishments of the award winners with us." 

The awards and awardees are:

1) Distinguished Engineering Alumni Awards: Philip T. Go and Gordon L. Stitt

Philip Go ’81 is the chief information officer for Barton Marlow Company, based in Southfield, Mich. Since joining the 80-year-old construction company in 1997, he has helped turn it into a 21st century e-business. With his leadership, Barton Marlow has received several IT awards, including being named as one of Information Week’s 500 most innovative companies worldwide in 2001. In 2002, Computerworld named Go as a Premier 100 IT Leader.

Gordon Stitt ’81 is president, chief executive officer, and co-founder of Extreme Networks, Inc., a Santa Clara-based global networking infrastructure company. Under Stitt’s leadership, the company has grown to approximately half a billion dollars in annual sales, with a strong presence in more than 50 countries. Stitt was selected for the award based on his innovative vision, the company’s rapid growth, and charitable endeavors.

2) The Lifetime Teaching Achievement Award: Richard Pefley, a retired professor of mechanical engineering, who served as the department chair from 1951 to 1981. He co-founded the company Alcohol Energy Systems, Inc., in 1979 and became its president in 1983. Pefley has a passionate interest in alternative fuels, primarily methanol and alcohol-based fuels.

3) The Outstanding Service Award: Richard Weber ‘92, who is a member of the Santa Clara University Engineering Alumni Board. He joined the board in 1995 and has served as its vice chair in 2001 and 2002, and chair in 2003 and 2004. He has also been active in several community service programs, and tutored middle school math students. Weber is a project manager with Whitson Engineers, and is a civil engineer. His areas of expertise include road and highway design, commercial site planning and design, storm water analysis, land surveying, and site development.

4) The Researcher of the Year: Weijia Shang, associate professor of computer engineering. She joined SCU in 1994, and was a Clare Booth Luce Professor from 1994 to 2000. Shang’s research interests include parallel processing, computer architecture, parallelizing compiler, algorithm theory, and non-linear optimization. She has published more than 40 papers in conferences and journals.

5) The School of Engineering Award for Teaching Excellence: Tim Healy, who has taught mechanical engineering at SCU for 38 years. His primary interests center on electromagnetics and communications theory. He has introduced new approaches to active learning in his classes, and has studied the role of curiosity in the learning process. He also serves as the director of program improvement for the school of engineering.

6) The Markle Award for Teaching Excellence: George Fegan, who is interim associate dean for graduate services. From 1990 to 2004, he was chairman of the department of applied mathematics. He began teaching at SCU in 1987. His research focuses on stochastic processes, reliability and biostatistics.

7) The Adjunct Lecturer of the Year Award: Sergio Zarantonello, who has taught in the Department of Applied Mathematics since 1991. In addition to his teaching, he is vice president of engineering at 3DGeoDevelopment, Inc., a Santa Clara-based company that develops advanced geophysical imaging software for the petroleum industry. He is doing research on the applications of second-generation wavelets for compression of geophysical data.

State of the student address

Student Body President Annie Selak delivered her State of the Student address to staff, students, and faculty on May 4. Using data from the State of the Student survey, Selak, a senior, shared the thoughts and perspectives of more than 1,600 students who completed the instrument. Selak said Santa Clara could do more to support undergraduate learning, and to encourage SCU students to advance the values of leadership and social justice in the world. To read a transcript of her address and the State of the Student survey results online, click here.

Giving credit where credit is due

Perhaps you have noticed the ATM in the basement of the Benson Center next to the mail center. Have you also happened to notice the Mission City Federal Credit Union that runs the money machine?

The conveniently located ATM isn’t the full-service financial institution’s only asset, said Jeannie Woo, business development coordinator. They also offer a wealth of products and services of a bank, including checking accounts, savings accounts, no-annual-fee Visa cards, first-and second-mortgages, home equity loans, money market accounts, and CDs. All deposits are federally insured up to $100,000 by the NCUA (National Credit Union Administration).

“We’re small enough to give personalized service, but large enough to compete with larger organizations,” Woo explained. She said that the non-profit credit union generally charges lower loan rates and pays higher dividend rates than commercial banks. Whether you apply online or in-person for a loan, you can often get approval the same day, Woo added.

Any SCU faculty or staff member is eligible to join the credit union. Of the approximately 4,000 current members, Woo estimates that 25-30 percent hail from the SCU community. Once you join, membership eligibility extends to anyone living with you as well as any of your relatives.

Credit union members gain access to other perks as well, including discounted admission to theme parks such as Great America, Marine World, Sea World, Disneyland, Universal Studios, and Raging Waters. Members can pick up AMC movie passes for $6.50 each. For more information about joining Mission City Federal Credit Union, its products or services, stop by the office in the basement of Benson Center during the regular business hours of 9 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. Monday through Friday, call 408-554-5420, or go to

SCU in the news

The Healthcare Ethics Student Program developed by SCU’s Markkula Center for Applied Ethics and hosted at O’Connor Hospital in San Jose was a feature article and section lead in the Valley Section of the San Jose Mercury News on May 4. Read the article.

SCU economics professor Deborah Garvey was interviewed by KCBS radio on the labor market impacts of the additional 20,000 H1-B visas approved under the H1-B Visa Reform Act of 2004.

Lara Honos-Webb, assistant professor in the counseling psychology program was quoted in the Baltimore Sun in an article "ADHD can follow its victims into adulthood." She said that for some people, treatment for ADHD can be harmful. In her new book, The Gift of ADHD, Honos-Webb writes that ADHD "symptoms" can just as easily be viewed as positive, and that the real harm, especially for children, is in labeling the condition a disorder.

SCU professor of psychology Thomas Plante was quoted in a San Jose Mercury News article on relationships between mothers and daughters. Read the story.

SCU professor Dennis Smolarski, S.J. was quoted in the Los Angeles Times on May 14 in an article on the appointment of Archbishop William Levada as the guardian of Catholic Doctrine. Read the story.

SCU professor Jerry Shapiro was featured on CBS television and CBS radio (The Osgood File) on May 12 on a story on etiquette classes for children. More SCU in the News.

Campus events 

SCU’s Center of Performing Arts features King Lear: The play is directed by Mark Monday and features Fred Tollini, S.J., as Lear. May 27-29 and June 1-4, 2005 at the Louis B. Mayer Theatre. For more information on tickets and show times, call the box office at 408-554-4015.

faculty recital series: On Saturday, May 21, at 8 p.m., SCU professor Teresa McCollough will present a preview of her upcoming solo recital in the Beijing Modern Music Festival as part of the faculty recital series. Featuring a new commissioned work for solo piano and Chinese opera gongs by composer Zhou Long. For tickets and information, call 408-554-4428. 

25 years of women's soccer: The Santa Clara University Alumni Association and Athletic Department invite all Bronco soccer fans to celebrate 25 years of women's soccer at SCU on Friday, May 20, in the California Mission Room (formerly known as the Brass Rail) at the Benson Center. The reception is at 7 p.m. Dinner, program, and video presentation is at 8 p.m. Cost: $65 per person includes dinner, commemorative program, wine, beer, and other refreshments. Contact Anny Madden '97 at 408-554-6800 or with questions or to RSVP. More SCU events.

SCU people 

Karrie Grasser has been appointed SCU’s director of university events and protocol.The new campus-wide position will provide the University with event planning leadership, informed counsel, and services to support the University's strategic aims of event development and production management. It will assist all units of the University, including the Office of the President, Development, Admissions, Alumni, Athletics, the Centers of Distinction, the colleges and schools, Student Life, and all other departments that produce events for Santa Clara.

Grants, awards and publications 

Catherine Bell, professor and chair of the Religious Studies Department, was named Alumna of the Year (2004) by the University of Chicago’s Divinity School. Bell’s research interests include history of religions methodology, ritual studies, Asian religions, and Chinese religions.

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

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