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Santa Clara University, November 1, 2007, Vol. 8, No. 4

Table of contents

Silicon Valley CEOs join Santa Clara University Board of Trustees
Grand opening for Santa Clara Island
Get connected!
Law course dials up in Japan
Open enrollment now in progress
New online source for college data
Earthquakes to play at Buck Shaw Stadium
Annual Tech Museum Awards honor 25 global innovators
SCU conference explores technology's role in improving the world
SCU Solar Team triumphs
Posada draws parallels with immigration and Holy Family Journey
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Silicon Valley CEOs join Santa Clara University Board of Trustees
Kapil Nanda Mike Splinter
Kapil Nanda and Mike Splinter

Santa Clara University recently welcomed two Silicon Valley chief executive officers to its Board of Trustees. Mike Splinter, president and CEO of Applied Materials, Inc., and Kapil Nanda, founder, chairman and CEO of Infogain, are the newest members of the 42-person board.

“The Board of Trustees is delighted to welcome Mike Splinter and Kapil Nanda as our newest trustees,” said Board Chairman A.C. “Mike” Markkula Jr. “Together they bring to Santa Clara University broad experience in industry and the Silicon Valley. Their commitment to Jesuit education and the Santa Clara community will assist the board of trustees in furthering the mission of the University and educating leaders of conscience, competence and compassion.” Read more.

Grand opening for Santa Clara Island

Need a break? Steal away to Santa Clara Island today in the virtual world of Second Life. Michael Ballen, instructional technology resource specialist, will debut SCU’s cyber campus from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Benson Center and online in Second Life. Students, faculty, and staff are invited to explore the medium for teaching, learning, and social networking.

Second Life is a 3-D computer-supported world built and owned by millions of residents. It provides a safe and unique environment for cooperative work and simulation, allowing people to practice skills, try new ideas and learn from their mistakes. Currently, several faculty members at SCU are incorporating Second Life experiences in their courses.

On Santa Clara Island, visitors will find a simulation of SCU’s new library and learning center, complete with virtual librarians at reference desks, a teaching classroom, reading area, theater, art gallery, bookstore and café. Other campus buildings, such as the de Saisset Museum and Mission Church, will also have cyber counterparts, where visitors can engage in communication, socialization, and real-world experiences.

The Grand Opening of Santa Clara Island includes a drawing for an iPod Nano and virtual “cash” awards.

Get connected!
Cell phone

Everyone who reads, watches, or listens to the news knows that a crisis can happen anywhere at any time. And, if disaster strikes close to home, your personal safety may depend on knowing immediately what’s going on and how you should respond.

It’s for this reason that SCU has teamed up with Connect-ED, a system that allows University leaders and campus safety personnel to send time-sensitive notices to thousands of people in minutes. The system can be used for emergency communications in the event of anything from a power failure to a major police action on campus. It works in tandem with SCU Campus Alert, and can store multiple telephone numbers and e-mail addresses for each participant. When activated, Connect-ED will send simultaneous messages to all listed devices, including text messages to cell phones.

But it only works if you register your contact information.

There is no cost to SCU faculty, staff, and students who enroll in the service, and signing up is simple. For faculty and staff, log in to ecampus and select “HR Self-Service” from “My Menu,” then click the “SCU Campus Alert Information” link. Students may sign up by logging in to ecampus and selecting “Personal Portfolio” from “My Menu,” then clicking the “SCU Campus Alert Information” link.

Presently, about 44 percent of the SCU community is registered with the service, according to Charles Arolla, director of campus safety. That figure includes faculty (36 percent), staff (55 percent), and students (44 percent).

In remarks at this year’s Convocation, SCU President Paul Locatelli, S.J., strongly encouraged participation in Connect-ED and said, “We are a safe community, but rare and unforeseen things can happen… No matter what the emergency, we must have a way to communicate immediately with the campus community to advise its members of what is occurring and to provide direction in response to the emergency.”

Plug your numbers into the system today; it’s free, it’s easy, and it’s always best to be prepared.


Law course dials up in Japan

School of Law professor Phil Jimenez is stretching the “long arm of the law” across the Pacific with his course, “International Business Negotiations.” The class hinges on interaction between law students at SCU and Omiya Law School in Japan.

First offered last fall, the course involves students setting up a fictional Silicon Valley company, known for cutting-edge nanotechnology, that is looking to expand its extensive patent portfolio beyond the U.S. In an effort to acquire a global market, students at SCU conduct “negotiation sessions” with the Japanese team (representing a fictional company in Japan) through a series of live video-conferencing sessions.

The sessions are held in Loyola Hall from 5 to 7 p.m., with the final two scheduled Nov. 9 and 16.

“The students exchange documents and discuss royalties, among other things,” says Jimenez. “It's a great way for them to gain some real-life experience.”

Following their long-distance negotiations, Jimenez said the SCU law students will travel in person to Japan to “wrap up the deal.” The local team will spend six days there, meeting with their counterparts and touring such sites as the Japanese Supreme Court and Patent Office.


Open enrollment now in progress

Faculty and staff eligible to receive benefits have until Nov. 30 to make changes to their medical, dental and supplemental benefits options. Changes are effective beginning Jan. 1, 2008, and reflected on Jan. 22 paychecks.

Open enrollment season began Oct. 22 and featured a free Benefits and Wellness Expo on Oct. 31. Representatives from various medical plans were on hand to answer questions, and employees participated in a host of health screenings, including testing for cholesterol, body composition, osteoporosis, and blood pressure.

Questions about open enrollment should be directed to the Department of Human Resources.

New online source for college data

Confusing; difficult; tough. That’s how prospective students and their parents often describe their painstaking searches for the right college or university. But a new online resource could make hunting for the perfect school much easier.

By logging on to USA Today’s new college Web site, students, parents, and school counselors will find a one-stop shop with links to university sites, statistics for national averages, and possibly stories about different institutions. Data about each school comes from the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE, pronounced “Nessie”), which has partnered with USA Today to offer the service. Any school that has participated in NSSE may provide its current NSSE data to the Web site.

SCU is among those universities that have chosen to participate in the new endeavor. Read more.


Earthquakes to play at Buck Shaw Stadium
Press conference
SCU's Dan Coonan spoke at a press conference, along with San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed and Mike Crowley of the Earthquakes.

SCU and the San Jose Earthquakes announced last week that the Earthquakes will use Buck Shaw Stadium as their primary venue for most of their games during the 2008 and 2009 Major League Soccer seasons. Read more.


Annual Tech Museum Awards honor 25 global innovators - SCU’s Center for Science, Technology, and Society judges entries from across the globe

The Tech Museum of Innovation, one of the country’s leading science and technology museums, will honor 25 innovators from around the world at this year’s Tech Museum Awards on Nov. 7. This group of laureates was selected from entries received by the museum’s program partner, Santa Clara University’s Center for Science, Technology, and Society.

Five SCU faculty chairs serve as judges, along with another 10 SCU faculty members, plus CEOs and senior executives from some of the world’s largest multinational corporations and thought leaders from research institutions and the public sector. Read more about The Tech Awards.


SCU conference explores technology's role in improving the world

The work of socially conscious innovators from around the globe will be featured at a conference Thursday, Nov. 8, at Santa Clara University. “Technology Benefiting Humanity: Taking Innovation to the Next Stage” is the theme of the event, which showcases examples of how technology can be used to address some of the world’s most urgent human needs.

“The heart of the program focuses on the good work of social entrepreneurs and how it can become sustainable at scale,” explained Jim Koch, founding director of the Center for Science, Technology, and Society at SCU, which is presenting the event. “Innovators are driven by their visions and passionate about their missions; to be sustainable, they need mechanisms to grow. The conference will examine these different mechanisms.” Read more.

SCU Solar Team triumphs
SCU Solar House team
Congratulations to SCU’s intrepid Solar Decathlon team members, who returned from Washington, D.C., with the third-place prize in the Department of Energy’s biennial competition.


Award-winning film draws parallels with Hispanic immigration and Holy Family Journey

Posada, an award-winning Catholic documentary that compares Hispanic immigration in the U.S. with the journey of the Holy Family, will be shown Tuesday, Nov. 13, at 7:30 p.m. in the SCU Recital Hall. Admission is free.

Produced and directed by Jesuit priest and visiting professor Mark McGregor, S.J., Posada reenacts the Biblical account of Joseph and Mary’s search for shelter through the depiction of the Mexican popular celebration of Las Posadas. The religious celebration is contrasted with testimonies about the hardship Hispanic undocumented immigrants face in trying to enter and stay in the United States.

The documentary is in response to the solidarity called by the American Bishops in Journey of Hope, the Catholic Campaign for Immigration Reform. Fr. McGregor is also the national coordinator of the Posadas Project, a project that promotes celebrating faith and telling immigrant stories.

The International Festival of Cinema and Religion awarded its Religion and Human Rights Award to Posada. The film is distributed by Loyola Productions, a Jesuit Apostolate dedicated to creating thought-provoking films promoting Catholic values.

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SCU Events

Faculty Recital: Teresa McCollough
Nov. 2, 8 p.m., Recital Hall, Center of Performing Arts
Join this new music performing artist and faculty member for an evening of contemporary piano music featuring works by John Adams, Sergei Prokofiev, and Kurt Erickson, whose work “Faith” receives its world premiere at this concert. The free event is largely sponsored by the Ignatian Center’s Bannan Institute.

Santa Clara Leadership Lecture
Nov. 6, 4 p.m., California Mission Room, Benson Center
Cammie Dunaway, chief marketing officer at Yahoo Inc., offers a first-hand look at what it takes to lead and to be a leader. Sponsored by the Leavey School of Business. Read more.

Mexican American Community Builders: Struggle for Social Justice
Nov. 15, 3:30-5 p.m., Williman Room, Benson Center
Panel discussion features Blanca Alvarado, county supervisor; Rigo Chacón, former KGO-TV bureau chief and founder of Abrazos and Books program; and Sister Gloria Loya, PBVM, theology teacher at Berkeley’s Graduate Theological Union.

More SCU events.

SCU in the News

Ellen Kreitzberg (law) was quoted in a story by the San Jose Mercury News on the Supreme Court’s consideration of lethal injections. The story was picked up by several news publications, including the Los Angeles Daily News.

Jack Gilbert (chemistry) was interviewed by NBC-11 for a story about the bill signed by California’s governor to ban the sale and manufacture of plastic toys containing phthalates. See the story.

Kirk Hanson (Markkula Center for Applied Ethics) was quoted by a San Jose Mercury News columnist about third-party knowledge of corporate misdeeds.

Colleen Chien (law) was featured in a story about intellectual property in relation to the storage industry on

Fayeq Oweis (modern languages) was profiled on Al Jazeera Arabic Channel for a biographical program that featured his artwork, writing, and community service, and the Arabic classes at SCU. The program reaches more than 80 million viewers.

Dale Larson (counseling psychology) was quoted in the Lansing State Journal for a story about end-of-life issues. Read the full story

Stephen Diamond (law) was interviewed by Reuters for a story about the United Auto Workers’ vote on a tentative labor agreement with Chrysler.

Meir Statman (finance) was quoted in the San Jose Mercury News for an article about the 20th anniversary of Black Monday, the day the stock market suffered the biggest single-day crash in history.

Kelly Detweiler and Don Fritz (art and art history) had images of their artwork featured in two separate publications in conjunction with the Experience Teaches exhibit at the de Saisset Museum. Detweiler’s painting “Faculty Meeting” appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle, and Fritz’ ceramic piece “Humpty in Red Coat” was pictured in South Bay Accent magazine.

SCU’s Solar Decathletes made headlines all around the country with their third-place win in the Department of Energy’s biennial competition. Among publications running stories were the San Jose Mercury News, San Francisco Chronicle, Christian Science Monitor, USA Today, and Los Angeles Times. NBC-11 was among several television stations reporting on the event. Watch the story.

Eric Goldman (law) was recently featured on NPR’s “All Things Considered,” speaking about a law written to protect sites like AOL and Yahoo from being sued for publishing third-party content.

More SCU in the news.

Grants, awards, and publications

Shauna Shapiro (counseling psychology) and colleagues recently published an article, “Self Care for Health Care Professionals,” in an American Psychological Association journal, Training and Education in Professional Psychology.

Paul Locatelli, S.J. (SCU president) will be recognized Nov. 14 as PACT’s Community Builder Honoree during the organization’s 2007 Leadership Luncheon. PACT (People Acting in Community Together) is an interfaith grassroots group that empowers everyday people to create a more just community. 

Sarah Kate Wilson (electrical engineering) will be a guest editor for the IEEE Journal on Selected Areas of Communications’ special issue on “Advances in Channel Estimation for Future Wireless Systems.”

Rose Marie Beebe (Spanish) and Robert Senkewicz (history), co-editors of Boletin: The Journal of the California Mission Studies Association, published an article by Raymond Bucko, S.J., that won the Western History Association’s prestigious Arrington-Prucha Award, given for the best essay of the year on religious history in the West. The winning essay was “St. Peter the Aleut: Sacred icon and the Iconography of Violence.”

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