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The Faculty-Staff Newsletter, e-mail edition© Santa Clara University, Nov. 1, 2004, Vol. 4, No. 4

Table of contents
Faculty and staff ACCESS to area merchants expands
Fall Budget Forum scheduled for Nov. 8
SCU enrolls the largest freshman class ever
Markkula Center for Applied Ethics hosts annual ethics outlook
SCU campaign exceeds $250 million mark
SCU in the news
Campus events
SCU people 
Grants, awards, and publications 
 
Faculty and staff ACCESS to area merchants expands

More than 10,000 SCU faculty members, staff, students, and University affiliates hold an ACCESS card, which this year can be used at two dozen off-campus businesses.

“When people use their card off campus, the University gets a percentage of each purchase back from the merchants, plus it’s a convenience for faculty and staff,” says Nirmal Palliyaguru, manager of the ACCESS card office, located in Room 106 on the main floor of the Benson Center.

“We have merchants from food service to hair to automotive”
—Nirmal Palliyaguru, Manager, ACCESS Card Office

ACCESS cards serve a number of purposes, from campus ID card to debit card to a way to enter buildings on campus that limit access through a swipe card entry system. Card holders can make an instant deposit using a Visa or MasterCard through the ACCESS Web site or request a payroll deduction—as a one-time, monthly, twice a year, or annual transaction.

Users registered at the ACCESS Web site can check their account balance, view a transaction history, deposit money, deactivate the card (in case it is lost or stolen), or change their account information.

Palliyaguru said he welcomes suggestions of merchants that may be interested in accepting ACCESS cards for the purchase of goods or services. “We’ll gladly contact the merchants to get things going,” he says. “They like it and it’s convenient for our faculty and staff.”

For more information, call the ACCESS card office at 408-554-1647, stop by Benson 106, or visit the ACCESS Web site.

Fall Budget Forum scheduled for Nov. 8

The first budget forum of the year will be held Monday, Nov. 8 in the Brass Rail at Benson Center from noon. Budget planning for 2005-2006 began in late September.

The University Budget Council has met four times already to discuss the planning assumptions and major parameters that will shape budget decisions for the next year. At its first meeting, the Council heard from SCU President Paul Locatelli, S.J., who emphasized the need for long term financial planning that supports the University’s strategic direction, quality, and distinctiveness.

At its second meeting, the group continued to discuss the planning assumptions and parameters upon which the budget is built. At the third meeting, John Kerrigan, SCU’s chief investment officer, discussed the financial markets’ possible effects over the next five years on the goal of building the University’s endowment.

At its fourth meeting, the council looked at undergraduate enrollment, tuition, and financial aid and at the potential effects of different entering class scenarios on SCU’s next operating budget. Council members invite the University community to participate in the first budget forum of the year, and join a discussion of methods by which SCU makes budget decisions in the context of the Strategic Plan initiatives and the outside world.

The members of the Council are: Denise Carmody, Charles Erekson, Harry Fong, Tim Hight, Jim Purcell, Dennis Roberts, and Robert Warren. In addition, Diane Cranor McLoud, chair of the Staff Assembly, and John Hawley, chair of the Faculty Senate, are on the 2004-2005 Council. Susan Shea, director of communications and marketing, sits with the Council at President Locatelli’s invitation.

For further information on the forum, contact Dennis Roberts, budget director at 408-554-5406.

SCU enrolls the largest freshman class ever

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This fall, 1,172 freshmen arrived on campus, which makes the class of 2008 the largest ever to enroll at SCU.
“Aside from being the largest, this is an extremely diverse and talented class.”
—Sandra Hayes, Dean of Admissions

Freshman Landon Reese is a case in point. As a Boise high school student with an interest in engineering, Reese visited both Santa Clara and Stanford.

After attending SCU’s SADIE (Students of African Descent Invitational Experience), he says he chose SCU’s program because of its welcoming environment.

Here’s a snapshot of the class of 2008:

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Markkula Center for Applied Ethics hosts annual ethics outlook 

On Nov. 18, the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics will sponsor the third annual Ethics Outlook at 5 p.m. in the Arts and Sciences building. Prepared by Ethics Center staff and scholars, the event presents a national ethics agenda – what Center Scholars see as the six most critical issues faced by the U.S.

The presenters will be Judy Nadler, David DeCosse, Almaz Negash, June Carbone, and Christopher Kulp, and they will discuss truth telling in public life, principles for humanitarian intervention, genetically modified food, and other issues.

“The issues on this year's agenda are significant because they suggest areas where more public reflection is needed,” said Miriam Schulman, director of communications at the Ethics Center. Ethics Outlook will begin with a reception in the atrium and then move at 6 p.m. into the television studio.

Faculty and staff are invited. Please RSVP by Nov. 12 to 408-554-5319 or email.

Campaign for Santa Clara exceeds $250 million mark 

With a $15 million gift from the Oakland-based Wayne and Gladys Valley Foundation, SCU’s fund raising campaign recently passed the $250 million mark in gifts and confirmed pledges. The Valley Foundation gift will go toward construction of the SCU library.

The 194,000-square-foot, technology-enriched facility will feature small group collaborative spaces for students and faculty who increasingly rely on new applications of technology to both learn and carry out research and presentation projects.

The University also announced a gift of $2 million from Michael J. and Mary Orradre for the new library. The Orradre gift is in honor of Fr. Norman Martin, S.J., professor emeritus of history at SCU, and will be used to raise $6 million for the new library in honor of Fr. Martin over the next two years.

Michel Pierre Orradre was a trustee of SCU and the principal benefactor of the original Orradre library at SCU. These two gifts help the University reach the half-way mark toward the $80 million goal for the library. Read more.

SCU in the news

The San Jose Mercury News profiled SCU President Paul Locatelli, S.J., calling him “a quiet extrovert, leading SCU to engage the world.” The story touches on Locatelli’s history and the establishment of his legacy at SCU, the turning points in his life that helped shape his career and his thinking, and his day-to-day life. More SCU in the News.

Campus events 

History of SCU: SCU History Professor George Giacomini will host a workshop on the history of the University on Tuesday, Nov. 2 from 10 a.m. to noon in the HR offices at the Cowell Center. The workshop will include a “field trip” to the Archeological Research Lab to view the relics of SCU’s past. Giacomini has been at SCU since 1962, and, along with Gerald McKevitt S.J., authored a pictorial history of the University. The workshop is free, but reservations are recommended. Call the HR Service Desk at x4392, and have your employee ID number handy.

de Saisset Museum Fall Community Day: The de Saisset Museum will host Community Day on Saturday, Nov. 13 from noon to 4 p.m. Come join a special celebration of the fall exhibitions "Pressing Pleasures: Recent Prints by Matt Phillips" and "Peaceful Painter: Hisako Hibi.” Enjoy hands-on art activities for the whole family, a special performance, gallery activities, docent-led tours and refreshments. For more information, contact Ramona Nadel at 408-554-4528. More SCU events.

SCU people 

SCU's Office of Communications and Marketing welcomes Bronwyn Hogan as media relations officer. She comes to SCU from the San Mateo County Sheriff's office, where she was media relations officer. Hogan will take over production of FYI, SCU's faculty staff newsletter in addition to media relations for some campus clients.

Grants, awards, and publications 

The Latino Business Student Association (LBSA) Chapter at Santa Clara University received the Proctor and Gamble Excellence in Leadership Award. LBSA has won the title of the National Hispanic Business Association Chapter of the Year Award for two consecutive years.

Francisco “Pancho” Jiménez, lecturer in SCU’s art department and faculty director for the Unity Residential Learning Community, has a solo show at the University of San Francisco’s Thatcher Gallery until Nov. 24 titled “From the Ground Up.”

Chris Kitts, mechanical engineering, has received an award from NASA-Ames that provides $20,000 to support "Decabot: A Multi-Robot Formation Control and Collaboration Testbed." SCU students will be involved in the project. He also received an award from San Jose State University funded by NASA-Ames that provides $24,350 to support "Space-based Testing Environments."

Alma Garcia, anthropology and sociology, is the author of Narratives of Mexican American Women: Emergent Identities of the Second Generation, recently published by Altamira Press. More grants, awards, and publications.

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

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