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Santa Clara University, Nov. 1, 2005, Vol. 5, No. 4

Table of contents

Santa Clara University President receives Lifetime Achievement Award
SCU elects four new trustees to board
SCU hosts Out There Conference
Staff Faire 2005
Top newspaper editors from Gulf Coast region share Katrina coverage experiences
Literary cuisine celebrates J.K. Rowling and the Harry Potter series
SCU works to improve safety at major intersection
New on-line campus map
SCU in the News
SCU People
SCU Events
Grants, awards, and publications

Santa Clara University President receives Lifetime Achievement Awardundefined

Paul Locatelli, S.J.
Santa Clara University President Paul Locatelli, S.J., was named the 10th recipient of
“This award is less about me and much more about Santa Clara University and the Jesuits, the religious order of Catholic priests dedicated to education.”
—Paul Locatelli, S.J., SCU President 
the Silicon Valley Leadership Group’s (SVLG) Spirit of Silicon Valley Lifetime Achievement Award on Oct. 28. At the annual SVLG luncheon held at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center, Locatelli was honored for building Santa Clara University into a nationally recognized university and for his commitment to ethics.

“When we think of ‘The Spirit of Silicon Valley,’ it is easy to imagine Father Locatelli,” said Carl Guardino, the CEO of SVLG. “He epitomizes the criteria considered for these words: impeccable ethics, business excellence, and community engagement.”

“One of the ways in which he’s been extraordinary is he’s taken the basic mission of what a Jesuit university is about and applied it to the community around him,” said former Rep. Leon Panetta, in an interview with the San Jose Mercury News. Panetta, a former college classmate of Locatelli’s at SCU, is also a member of the university’s Board of Trustees.

Other recent winners of the Spirit of Silicon Valley Lifetime Achievement Award are Tony Ridder, Chairman and CEO of Knight Ridder (2004); Edward (Ned) Barnholt, chairman emeritus of Agilent Technology; Wilf Corrigan, chairman of LSI Logic (2003); and Norman Mineta, former U.S. transportation secretary (2002).

Accepting the award, Locatelli said "Our ideal of educating leaders of competence, conscience, and compassion matches SVLG’s ideals for this award, namely, business excellence, impeccable ethics, and community engagement.”

SCU elects four new trustees to board

Santa Clara University welcomed four new members to its Board of Trustees at the Oct. 21 board meeting, three of whom are alumni of the University and one of whom is the parent of a current SCU student. Previously, the board was limited to 38 members, but a new structure for membership, approved by the Board, now allows for 45 or more board members.

"The addition of these four trustees strengthens an already outstanding Board of Trustees. We are all grateful for their willingness to serve," said President Paul Locatelli, S.J.

The new members are:

  • Gregory Bonfiglio, S.J., president, Jesuit High School, Sacramento
    Greg Bonfiglio, S.J., ’82 is the president of Jesuit High School in Sacramento, a college preparatory school for boys. He is a graduate of Santa Clara University and received his master’s of divinity from the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley. He was ordained in 1994.
  • David C. Drummond, VP Corporate Development, Google, Mountain View
    David Drummond ’85, Google’s vice president of corporate development, earned his bachelor of arts degree in history from Santa Clara before going on to Stanford Law School. Before joining Google, Drummond served as executive vice president of finance and CFO for SmartForce where he helped transform the publicly-traded company into the world’s largest e-learning company.
  • J. Terrence “Terry” Lanni, CEO/Chairman of the Board, MGM Mirage, Las Vegas
    Terry Lanni is the CEO of one of the world’s leading hotel and gaming companies, MGM Mirage, headquartered in Las Vegas, Nev. Prior to serving on SCU’s Board of Trustees, Lanni served on the board at Loyola Marymount University and was chairman of the board of trustees at Loyola High School in Los Angeles. His son is an undergraduate student at Santa Clara University.
  • Robert Peters, private investor, Los Altos
    Prior to becoming a private investor, Bob Peters ’61 served as the original marketing vice president at Cisco Systems and has been the director of several start-up companies, most notably Heritage Bank of Commerce in San Jose. “Santa Clara is truly a university that strives to educate the whole student including ethics, morality, and community involvement. I am happy to do whatever I can to ensure that the University is successful in that role," Peters said. Peters received his bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering from Santa Clara and earned an MBA from Harvard.
SCU hosts Out There Conference

It was a first not only for Santa Clara University, but for dozens of Catholic universities around the country. The “Out There” conference, hosted by SCU Oct. 28 and 29, was the first national gathering of faculty and student affairs personnel dealing with LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer) issues on Catholic university campuses.

The conference included 55 presenters from 22 campuses, three of whom were Jesuit priests. Speakers came from small colleges and large universities, including Georgetown University in the East, Marist College in the Midwest, and Loyola Marymount University in Southern California. Nearly 150 people from 40 universities attended the conference.

“Out There” addressed two main issues on university campuses, according to the co-organizers. “This conference is important in moving the student affairs profession forward in its understanding of the unique experiences and vulnerabilities that gay, lesbian, and transgender students go through,” said SCU’s assistant dean of student life, Lisa Millora. Conference sessions focused on how professionals who address LGBTQ issues pursue their work on Catholic campuses.

The call for proposals asked presenters to address the question “Is the institutional mix like oil and water, or do we have more in common with other universities than the general public might guess?” Linda Garber, director of SCU’s Women’s and Gender Studies Program, said “I am delighted to see the well established and influential discipline of LGBTQ Studies discussed by my colleagues from a diverse array of Catholic campuses. Our work as scholars and educators highlights the social justice mission of Santa Clara as a Jesuit university, as we tackle one of the most salient civil rights issues of our time.”

The conference was co-sponsored by the Bannan Institute for Jesuit Educational Mission, Campus Ministry, the Center for Multicultural Learning, the Center for Performing Arts, the College of Arts and Sciences, the Diversity Dialogue Council, the Office of Student Life, the Safe Space Program, and the Women’s and Gender Studies Program. 

Staff Faire 2005

SCU Staff Faire
Jane Najour at the Staff Faire 
The Malley Center was bustling for a few hours on Oct. 27 when SCU staff took over the gym for the 16th Annual Staff Faire, hosted by the Staff Assembly Council (SAC).

Offices from all corners of the campus were represented and staff members were on hand to explain the significant roles their departments play at SCU. Kids on Campus performed, raffle prizes were given away, and the staff enjoyed an indoor barbeque lunch. Unlike in years past, vendors were not present at the faire, but the SAC plans to host a Vendor Faire in the future.

“Although this year's event parted from tradition in several ways, I hope that it was useful and fun for everyone,” said Linda Hylkema, co-chair of the event. Hylkema welcomes feedback and is looking forward to another successful staff faire next year.

Top newspaper editors from Gulf Coast region share Katrina coverage experiences

New Orleans Editors
New Orleans editors tell their story
Chris Vaughan, professor of communication at SCU, hosted a talk on Oct. 27 with New Orleans Times-Picayune managing editor Peter Kovacs and executive editor Troy Turner of the Anniston Star in Alabama. The editors spoke for more than an hour with students about the challenges of reporting and producing a newspaper in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

Kovacs explained how the Times-Picayune was published solely online for three days after the hurricane hit because the paper’s printing facilities were down and there was no way of getting to an alternate site. The newspaper’s Web site went from one million page views a day prior to Katrina, to 20 million per day in the aftermath. “People ate it up,” Kovacs said of the paper’s site.

Kovacs said it was a Times-Picayune editor, while riding his bike through the streets of New Orleans in the aftermath of the hurricane, who first noticed the levees were going to fail and the city would flood. The paper reported the danger well before the levees broke and devastated New Orleans.

Students asked insightful questions, such as how the papers dealt with national media descending on their region, how reporters went about deciphering rumors from real news in the midst of such chaos, and how reporters are continuing to cover the stories today.

Literary cuisine celebrates J.K. Rowling and the Harry Potter series

The Williman Room in the Benson Center looked more like the dining hall at Hogwarts than a meeting room when more than 100 “Harry Potter” fans gathered on Halloween to hear English professor Susan Frisbie talk about the “Harry Potter” phenomenon. Hogwarts sorting hats dotted the room and capes were draped over seats as students, staff, and faculty ate by candlelight from a special Hogwarts menu. The event was hosted by Orradre Library and Bon Appetit Dining Services as part of the “Literary Cuisine: A Tasty Bite of Literature” series.

SCU works to improve safety at major intersection

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Turn arrow at the intersection 
If you’ve traveled north through the intersection of The Alameda and El Camino Real recently, you may have noticed the new traffic markings directing vehicles in the far right northbound lane to turn into the parking lot of Loyola Hall.

The re-striping is in response to a number of documented near misses during the past four months; through traffic on The Alameda is now required to move to the center of the roadway, giving drivers a better view of the intersection and signal lights. Signs have also been posted to notify approaching northbound traffic of the signal's presence.

The improvements on the roadway are the combined efforts of Santa Clara University and CalTrans to make the intersection safer for pedestrians and drivers. “The University is committed to making this intersection as safe as any other in Santa Clara,” said Joe Sugg, assistant vice president for University Operations. “It is still a work in progress, but we are moving forward at this point.”

The University would like to improve signal visibility even more by replacing the incandescent bulbs and lenses in the traffic lights with light emitting diode (LED) technology. The new signals would be brighter as well as more energy efficient. A flashing yellow light is also being requested to draw more attention to the “Signal Ahead” signs. Be on the look-out for these traffic improvements and drive safely.

New on-line campus map

Check out SCU’s new online campus map at The new interactive map is more user-friendly, more functional, and easier to navigate within the map itself. There are also photos of the locations to help users identify the building they are searching for. The new online map was created by Tony Pehanich (Media Services), and Melissa Eckel and Eric Hagan (Office of Communications and Marketing).

SCU in the News

David J. Popalisky (theater and dance) and Cookie Ridolfi’s (law) production, “Barred from Life,'' was featured in a San Jose Mercury News article. The production showcases the experiences of people convicted of crimes and later exonerated. “We would like the audience to understand the human consequences of loss of family, loss of opportunity and loss of the freedom to pursue their lives,” Popalisky said.

The Associated Press included SCU in a national article about how students displaced by Hurricane Katrina are adjusting to college life across the country. Read the story.

Jerrold Lee Shapiro (counseling psychology) was quoted in a Wall Street Journal article about a growing trend that shows children are taking longer to become financially independent. Read the story.

Christopher Kitts (mechanical engineering) appeared in the Discovery Channel special, “Alien Planet,” which aired throughout the summer. Kitts also appeared in two Discovery Channel episodes of the "Science of Star Wars" series, which also aired throughout the summer. The episodes were "Man and Machine" and "War, Weaponry, and the Force.” More SCU in the News

SCU People 

Richard H. Osberg (English) has been appointed director of the new Office of Student Fellowships. Look for a story about this new office in the Nov. 15 issue of fyi.

Kevin Holmes ’01 has joined the Leavey School of Business as executive director of its Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE).

SCU Events 

Panel discussion featuring photographer Evvy Eisen and Holocaust survivors Helen Farkas and Nelee Langmuir, Nov. 2, 6 p.m., Sobrato Commons: This program is presented in conjunction with the de Saisset Museum exhibitions Multiply by Six Million: A Personal Perspective on the Holocaust, Portraits from the Legacy Project by Evvy Eisen and Impossible to Forget: The Nazi Camps Fifty Years After, Photographs by Michael Kenna. The panel discussion will be moderated by Dolores LaGuardia, lecturer in the English Department at SCU. This event is free.

Metamorphoses, Nov. 4-6 and 9-12, at 8 p.m. , (2 p.m. Sunday) Mayer Theatre: Mary Zimmerman's "Metamorphoses" brings Ovid's tales of transformation to stunning visual life. Set in and around a pool of water onstage, "Metamorphoses" juxtaposes the ancient and contemporary in both language and image as it explores the nature of inevitable change. For tickets or more information, contact the Center of Performing Arts Box Office at 408-554-4015, or stop by (located in the Mayer Theatre building) during business hours Tuesday-Friday, 2-6 p.m. and beginning one hour prior to performances.

Reading and book signing by acclaimed Native American author Greg Sarris, Nov. 7, 3:45 p.m., Daly Science Center, Room 207: Sarris will be reading from his novel in progress, “The Last Human Bear: Her True Life Story.” A book signing will follow the reading. For more information, please call Carole Wentz (English) at 408-554-4308.

Reminder: Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 8.

Meet the 2005 Tech Award Health and Education Laureates, Nov. 10, 4-5:30 p.m. at various locations on campus: Each panel will discuss their projects at simultaneous presentations.

  • The Microsoft Education Laureates will present in the Wiegand Teleconference Room, Arts and Sciences Building (space is limited).
  • The Agilent Technologies Foundation Health Laureates will present in the California Mission Room (formerly Brass Rail), Benson Center.

For more information or to arrange a class visit please contact Sherrill Dale at 551-6027 or

Flu Vaccine Clinic, Nov. 14, 7:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. in the parlors at the Benson Center: The cost is $22. Checks can be made out to Maxim Health Services.

Stained glass illuminations, East and West, Nov. 16, 6:30 p.m., Recital Hall: Visual art presentation of the renovation of the historic Jesuit Cathedral in Shanghai. For more information log onto the Ignatian Center’s Web site.

Open enrollment for 2006 continues until Nov. 30: Visit the Human Resources open enrollment page for more information. More SCU events.

Grants, awards, and publications 

Dennis Gordon (political science) received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the annual Institute for the International Education of Students (IES) Conference on Oct. 7. The award was presented in Chicago.

David Caldwell (management) has two articles published in Fundamentals in Organization Behavior. This four-volume set contains “the most influential and field-defining articles in organizational behavior that provide the foundation stones for a true understanding of the development of organizational behavior.”

Betty Young (physics) has received a new award from the National Science Foundation that provides $40,000 to support "Detector Optimization for the Super CDMS Experiment." This is year one funding of an anticipated two-year award.

Christopher Kitts (mechanical engineering) has received continuation subcontract funding from the San Jose State University Foundation (NASA-Ames award) that provides an additional $64,597 to support "Space-Based Testing Environments." The award, with this amendment, totals $221,880.

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