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The Faculty-Staff Newsletter, e-mail edition© Santa Clara University, Nov. 30, 2004, Vol. 4, No. 6

Table of contents
Blessing of the bus: Faculty and students drive computer lab project 
Business Breakfast Briefings
SCU’s student newspaper wins national Pacemaker award
The Broncos top Illinois 2-0 in NCAA Quarterfinal, Women's Soccer Advances to College Cup
SCU in the news
Campus events
Grants, awards, and publications 
Blessing of the bus: Faculty and students drive computer lab project

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The Operations and Management Information Systems (OMIS) department of the Leavey School of Business and the OMIS Student Network (OSN) are literally driving educational computer training right to the front door of San Jose elementary schools.

After placing the winning bid on a school bus up for grabs on e-Bay, the OMIS department, chaired by Associate Professor Manoochehr Ghiassi, decided to convert the yellow bus into a mobile computer lab, complete with desks, chairs, and 10 computer terminals loaded with educational software.

“We are helping close the digital divide. We can literally drive the information superhighway over to the schools.”
—Manoochehr Ghiassi, Associate Professor & OMIS Department Chair, Leavey School of Business

SCU President Paul Locatelli, S.J., the OMIS Department, the OSN, and University faculty, staff, and students will gather for a special “open bus” event on Dec. 1 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., in front of Mission Santa Clara.

When student volunteers from OMIS would visit local schools for tutoring sessions, they often found themselves troubleshooting computer problems, or faced with inadequate hardware or software.

“Our mobile lab takes care of that problem,” said Ghiassi. “We drive the bus and the computers to the school, and provide the instructors and learning space all at the same time. The computers, the software, the desks, the chairs, and the instructors, are all under one school bus roof.”

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Together, SCU and the OMIS department have fully sponsored the project. A grant of $15,000 and donations and gifts provided the funding to configure the bus with the necessary elements for a mobile computer lab.

Christened the SCU-OMIS Mobile Computer Lab, and painted in SCU’s school colors, this steerable community outreach program is believed to be the first of its kind in the nation. Ghiassi encourages SCU students to volunteer for this novel program, and hopes that other SCU departments will join in.

“Our goal is to drive to one school per week,” said Ghiassi.  

For more information about the SCU-OMIS mobile computer lab, contact Manoochehr Ghiassi at 408-554-4867, or To volunteer for the bus project, contact the OMIS Student Network via e-mail at

Business Breakfast Briefings

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The Leavey School of Business is once again serving up its business breakfast briefings. At the first meeting,held on Nov. 18, more than 50 Silicon Valley business leaders, SCU alumni, and students gathered in the Adobe Lodge to hear Mario Belotti, W.M. Keck professor of economics, forecast the post-election economy. And, according to Belotti, the 2005 forecast is a good one.

“Our breakfast is the most important meal of the month,” said Donna Perry, assistant dean, communications and administrative services for the Leavey School of Business. “Current business topics are presented by our outstanding faculty whose reputation in the classroom and in their discipline is second-to-none, and then discussed by Silicon Valley business leaders, alumni, and current students.”

“The coffee and the speakers are outstanding!” wrote Carol Patel MBA 03 in a recent e-mail to the business school. Patel and a small group of friends have attended several briefings together. “It’s worth waking up early for,” she wrote.

The breakfast briefing series meets every month during the academic year, except in December. Future discussion topics include “Why All the Fuss about Accounting for Stock Options, and Should I Even Care?” in January, and “The Internet Ecosystem and Financial Modeling” in May. The cost is $29 for a single breakfast reservation, $78 for any three of the series, and $24 for current students.

To view the series schedule, or to sign up, visit the Leavey School of Business Web site.

SCU’s student newspaper wins national Pacemaker award

Santa Clara's weekly student newspaper, The Santa Clara, was awarded the prestigious Pacemaker award at the Associated Collegiate Press conference in Nashville in November.

First awarded in 1925, the Pacemaker is the top national honor for student publications and is based on "coverage and content, quality of writing and reporting, leadership on the opinion page, evidence of in-depth reporting, design, photography, art and graphics." Twenty-five collegiate newspapers were honored at this year’s event.

"The staff did a great job of taking what they learned in the classroom and putting it into practice," said Gordon Young, who advises the newspaper for the Center for Student Leadership and is a lecturer in the communication department. "They devoted themselves to being ethical, responsible journalists which was reflected in the newspaper."

The Santa Clara previously won the Pacemaker in 1995 and was a finalist in 1996, 1997, and 2000.

“Such awards are testament to our hard work, and I'm proud of that.”
—Jack Gillum, Editor in Chief, The Santa Clara 

"Responsible, ethical journalism is a linchpin in today’s society and this staff took that responsibility seriously," said Jack Gillum, editor in chief during the 2003-04 academic year.

In addition, Troy Simpson, a reporter and editor at The Santa Clara, earned an honorable mention in the 2004 Roy W. Howard National Reporting Competition, which celebrates one of America’s journalism pioneers and encourages college students who aspire to a career in journalism. Troy received a $1,000 scholarship and The Santa Clara received a $500 grant.

The Broncos top Illinois 2-0 in NCAA quarterfinal, women's soccer advances to College Cup

Senior midfielder Leslie Osborne scored her sixth game-winner of the season to lift 16th-seed Santa Clara University past Illinois 2-0 in the quarterfinal round of the NCAA Women's Soccer Championship. The Broncos (18-4-2) advance to their 10th College Cup.

The 23rd NCAA Championship continues next weekend at SAS Soccer Park in Cary, N.C., in an event hosted by North Carolina State University and the Capital Area Soccer League. Santa Clara will face fourth seed Notre Dame on Friday, Dec. 3 at 1:30 p.m. Pacific Time. Seventh seed Princeton and 14th seed UCLA will meet in the other semifinal at 11 a.m. Both semifinal contests will broadcast live on ESPN2. Find out more about the Santa Clara Broncos.

SCU in the news

In a New York Times article dated Nov. 18, Daniel Klein, associate professor of economics and director of the Civil Society Institute, is widely quoted as the author of a study that shows that Democratic professors outnumber Republicans by at least seven to one in the humanities and social sciences on college campuses. In a separate study of voter registration records, Klein found a nine-to-one ratio of Democrats to Republicans on the faculties of Stanford and Berkeley. Read the article.

Read the article Enrollment booming in private colleges... in the Nov. 21 edition of the Oakland Tribune.

In the Nov. 18 edition of the San Francisco Chronicle, Ellen Kreitzberg, law professor and director of the Death Penalty College at SCU, commented on a motion filed by Mark Geragos, lawyer of convicted murderer Scott Peterson, seeking a new jury and a new venue for the penalty phase of the trial. More SCU in the news.

Campus events 

Festival of Lights fundraiser dinner Dec. 3-4

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Support the performing arts and toast the holiday season!

The annual Festival of Lights fundraiser includes a three-course dinner at the historic Adobe Lodge and reserved seats for the evening’s choral concert performed by the University’s Choral Ensembles at Mission Santa Clara.

The repertoire includes Bach’s festive “Magnificat,” excerpts from Menotti’s “Amahl and the Night Visitors,” and a variety of holiday music from around the world. All proceeds go to the Performing Arts Advisory Board Fund, which provides scholarships, equipment, and extended learning opportunities for the students and programs of SCU’s Department of Music and Department of Theatre and Dance.

Dinner is served at 6 p.m., followed by the concert at 8 p.m., all for $60. To order tickets, contact Lisa Rademacher at 408-554-4073. For tickets to the concert portion only, contact the Center for Performing Arts Box Office at 408-554-4015.

San Juan Diego Scholarship and eighth annual Guadalupe celebration

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Santa Clara University and Sacred Heart Parish along with Teatro Corazón collaborate to bring “The Apparitions of Our Lady of Guadalupe" to life using drama, dance, and song, at 2 p.m. on Dec. 5, at Mission Santa Clara. The performance will be in Spanish with English commentary. This free event will immediately be followed by a reception in the Sobrato commons.

Attendees at the event will also meet Veronica Lugo-Perez, this year's recipient of the Juan Diego scholarship. Veronica is a graduate of a charter high school in San Jose, the Downtown College Preparatory’s first graduating class, and is the first in her family to attend college.

The San Juan Diego Scholarship is a four-year full tuition scholarship to Santa Clara University. Established in 1998, the scholarship is awarded each year to a student from Sacred Heart Parish or the parish neighborhood community who demonstrates leadership and community service that reflect Christian values, social justice and equal opportunity. For more information about the Guadalupe celebration, please contact Dr. Ana María Pineda at 408-554-6958, Lulu Santana at 408-554-4639, or Laurie Laird at 408-554-5013.

HR workshop

Spend your time wisely at HR’s free time management workshop on Dec. 8 from 10 a.m. to noon, in the Benson Center parlors. Just in time for the busy holiday season, get some tips on setting priorities, creating schedules, and saving some hard-earned cash (time is money, as they say). For more information contact Sara Sperling at 408-554-4392. More SCU Events.

Grants, awards, and publications 

Steve Chiappari, chair of the department of applied mathematics, has been appointed to a five-year term as newsletter editor for the Northern California, Nevada, and Hawaii section of the Mathematical Association of America.

Michael Carrasco, (chemistry) is the recipient of a Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award for 2004. His areas of interest include site-specific attachment of small organic molecules to peptides and proteins, and the structure and function of peptides and proteins altered by attached molecules. Carrasco also won a National Science Foundation (NSF) Outstanding Future Leader Award, and was tenured last year.

Fred Gertler, head, customer services for the Michel Orradre Library, participated in a panel discussion on “Beyond Textbooks: How Academic Libraries Promote Reading” at the California Library Association meeting, on Nov. 13, in San Jose. Gertler discussed Orradre's Book of the Quarter and Literary Cuisine programs. More grants, awards, and publications.

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

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