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Santa Clara University, October 1, 2007, Vol. 8, No. 2

Table of contents

Carey speaks of leadership at convocation
College of Arts and Sciences recognizes outstanding service
SCU construction update
de Saisset exhibit celebrates faculty art
Energy goal within reach for SCU
SCU grad wins prestigious award
SCU President's Speaker Series welcomes Jane Goodall
Solar House hits the road
Fr. Dan Germann, S.J.: A life lived in the service of others
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Carey speaks of leadership at convocation
Mike Carey
NFL official Mike Carey

“People are at the heart of success,” said SCU convocation keynote speaker Mike Carey at the university's 157th convocation on Sept. 17. Marking the start of the academic year, Carey encouraged SCU students to become acquainted with those around them, “those who you might not normally associate with.” The University, he said, “is one of the last true environments where you can really get to know people.”

He emphasized the importance of treating people with respect, saying it was one of the key ingredients of leadership. “I learned more from interacting with people than I did in the classroom,” he commented. “There is a great diversity here; take advantage of it, because how we treat others really makes a difference.”

Carey, an SCU trustee, president of Seirus Innovation, and NFL head referee, said other leadership qualities include confidence and self-respect. “Good decisions breed confidence,” he noted, while self-respect comes from earning a reputation for “excellence in all you do.”

A 1971 graduate, Carey compared his days on campus with today’s environment, drawing parallels with political goings-on then and now. “Throughout the wars and the civil rights struggles, Santa Clara University maintained open, disciplined free speech—that same openness today helps you become a leader. It gives you the ability to think critically and act responsibly; that’s what I got from this university... as students, you will also learn not only to come up with the right answers, but to ask the right questions.”

Carey’s address followed welcoming remarks from Provost Lucia Gilbert and President Paul Locatelli, S.J. Convocation, an annual assembly of the academic community, celebrates the beginning of a new school year and honors achievements of both faculty and students.


College of Arts and Sciences recognizes outstanding service

At its Convocation in September, the College of Arts and Sciences presented these awards:

  • Bob Steiner, theatre and dance: The Nancy Keil Service Excellence Award
  • Simone Billings, English: Dr. David E. Logothetti Teaching Award
  • John Heath, classics: Professor Joseph Bayma, S.J., Scholarship Award
  • Dave Tauck, biology: Dr. John B. Drahmann Advising Award
  • Chris Bachen and Chad Raphael, communication: Bernard Hubbard, S.J., Creative Collaboration Award.

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SCU construction update

Construction on the new Learning Commons and Library building is progressing steadily and its doors are expected to open ahead of schedule, on April 1, 2008.

Joe Sugg, assistant vice president of University operations, said the new facility “is oriented toward students, but has something for everyone.” Crews will begin moving equipment and furnishings into the building during February and March, about 18 months after ground was broken on the site.

The library’s architectural style—a blend of Mission California and 21st century—is repeated across campus, where the new building for the Leavey School of Business is also under construction. Sugg said workers are expected to begin furnishing that building in June 2008, and it will be ready when students start classes in the fall.

With their stucco walls and tile roofs, both buildings reflect SCU’s mission heritage, yet the use of glass, stone, and abundant natural light also gives the structures a sleek, contemporary look.

Two other new building projects are in the design stage, said Sugg, one to replace SCU’s swimming pool and another to serve as a new student programming building, near Buck Shaw Stadium. Half of this 10,000-square-foot building will be used for student activities and social events, while the other half will house locker rooms, showers, and meeting rooms for the men’s and women’s soccer teams. The structure will resemble a large barn, said Sugg, with roll-up doors and a high ceiling.


de Saisset exhibit celebrates faculty art
Survival of the Fittest

"Survival of the Fittest" by Kelly Detweiler

Artworks by faculty in SCU’s Department of Art and Art History will be on view in Experience Teaches at the de Saisset Museum from Oct. 5 through Dec. 8.

From a towering sculpture by Sam Hernández to a digital animation piece by Marco Marquez and Katherine Aoki, the show offers work in a variety of media—painting, drawing, ceramic and mixed-media sculpture, installation, digital animation, mixed-media, digital and traditional photography, and printmaking. Other featured artists include Renee Billingslea, Kelly Detweiler, Susan Felter, Don Fritz, Francisco “Pancho” Jiménez, David Pace, Trung Pham, S.J., Ryan Reynolds, and Gerald Sullivan, S.J.

Experience Teaches is the first faculty exhibition at the museum in almost a decade. “The show demonstrates that many studio faculty refuse to be confined by the media-based parameters in which they teach,” explained Karen Kienzle, assistant director for exhibitions, education, and community outreach for the de Saisset. “Their work clearly shows how successful they are in juggling the dual roles of educator and practicing artist.”

Experience Teaches will open with a free public reception at 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6. A panel discussion featuring the artists will take place at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11. The museum is open Tuesday through Sunday, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m, closed Mondays.


Energy goal within reach for SCU
Solar panels

SCU is well on its way to reducing carbon dioxide emissions to 20 percent below what they were in 1990. The goal is to decrease about 9,200 tons of emissions by 2010, and two green energy initiatives are paving the way.

A 50-kilowatt photovoltaic system, consisting of 338 solar panels on the roof of the Support Services Building, is just the beginning. Joe Sugg, assistant vice president of University operations, says SCU also has plans to install a 1,000-kW system, to help replace carbon-producing energy with non-carbon energy. The two systems ultimately will reduce 5,800 tons of carbon emissions each year.

In addition, SCU is making use of wind power to achieve its green goal. Sugg says the University has “the equivalent of two and a half of the giant windmills” along Highway 580 over the Altamont Pass. These provide about 25 percent of the campus’s electrical energy—reducing carbon dioxide emissions by about 3,000 tons annually.


SCU grad wins prestigious award

Think big. Work hard. Achieve. The motto of the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation also describes Santa Clara University graduate Amparo Cid ’06, one of 34 students chosen from among 977 applicants nominated by their universities to receive a prestigious graduate scholarship from the organization, whose mission is to help young people reach their potential through education.

“This is a very selective, academically rigorous award,” said Richard Osberg, director of the Office of Student Fellowships and of the honors program at SCU. He described Cid as “the Jesuit ideal of the well-rounded person who is working in the service of others.” The daughter of Mexican immigrants, she faced considerable obstacles to even attend the University, he said. “But she’s done brilliantly.”

While at SCU, Cid assisted the California Innocence Project as a translator, served on the Activities Programming Board, worked as a Legacy Project research assistant, and was a member of the Peer Judicial Board and the Santa Clara Community Action Program, while maintaining a high grade point average. She graduated with a double major in political science and ethnic studies plus a double minor of sociology and Spanish. For her distinguished contributions to the University, she was awarded the St. Clare medal at graduation. Read more.


SCU President's Speaker Series welcomes Jane Goodall

October marks the opening of the second annual President’s Speaker Series. Primatologist Jane Goodall is up first on Oct. 8. Read more about this year's speakers.


Solar House hits the road
Solar House
SCU’s solar-powered house, built and designed by students, arrives in Washington, D.C., this week, where it will compete with 19 other entries from around the world in the Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon. Photos show the house in early and final stages.


Fr. Dan Germann, S.J.: A life lived in the service of others

Fr. Dan Germann, S.J.

From the time he arrived at Santa Clara University in 1970, and later through his struggle with Parkinson’s disease, Fr. Daniel Germann, S.J. never stopped believing in the power of faith and of social justice. When he died Monday, Sept. 24, at the Jesuit Center in Los Gatos, he left behind a legacy of love and commitment that will serve the University for generations to come.

“Dan Germann was an extraordinarily kind and pastoral Jesuit who welcomed anyone and everyone into his friendship. His leadership of Campus Ministry at Santa Clara built a liturgical and pastoral program that was recognized as among the best for Catholic universities across the country,” said SCU President Paul Locatelli, S.J. “He modeled the Jesuit commitment of faith doing justice, clearly visible in the legacy of his involvement in the creation of both the Eastside Project and the Alumni for Others program."

Known for his gentle nature and engaging sense of humor, Fr. Germann was a consummate community-builder, who understood and championed those in need—from the homeless in San Jose to the destitute in poverty-stricken, emerging nations.

“Dan wanted people to find God – be it in a liturgy or in the search for social justice,” said Fr. Sonny Manuel, S.J., rector for the Jesuit community at SCU. “The core of his work was to meet the needs of other people.”

Fr. Germann traveled on one of the University’s first immersion trips to Mexico, impressing upon students the importance of becoming involved in the world around them. The trips, he believed, were critical to the education and spiritual development of those who participated in them.

“Dan’s inclusiveness touched us all in so many ways,” said Jennifer Konecny, member of the SCU board of trustees. Konecny worked with Fr. Germann at SCU’s Campus Ministry soon after she graduated from SCU in 1968. “Through his ministry, he understood and championed the views of the disenfranchised. A community-builder, the core of everything Dan did centered on his ability to bring diverse people together and build a community based in faith and love.”

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SCU Events

Salsa Concert & Dance Lesson
October 5, 6:15 p.m., Mayer/O’Connor Lawn
Salsa and Latin jazz band Mazacote performs at 7 p.m., following dance lesson.

Open House
October 13, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Prospective undergrads become acquainted with SCU in tours, presentations, panel discussions and more.

More SCU events.

SCU in the News

Amara Brook (psychology) led a scientific psychology response to an article in Grist magazine stating that individual actions can’t help meet the global warming challenge. Brook’s counter-argument used psychological research evidence and was co-signed by 27 scientists from around the world. View the response.

Patti Simone (psychology) and Simone Billings (English) are quoted in Santa Clara Weekly for a story about the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. Read the story.

Thomas Plante (psychology) was interviewed by KPIX for a story about the Sept. 11 anniversary.

Gerald Uelmen (law) was quoted in the Los Angeles Times in an article about a chief justice’s involvement in a law school appointment at UC Irvine.

Eric Goldman (law) provided comments to the National Law Journal for a story discussing mandatory classroom attendance for law students.

More SCU in the news.

Grants, awards, and publications

Angelo Ancheta (law) has received awards from three agencies for the Katharine and George Alexander Community Law Center: State Bar of California ($33,136); County of Santa Clara ($30,000) and City of San Jose ($26,531). Funding will mainly support the Worker’s Compensation and Immigration Legal Services programs.

Wendelin Wright (mechanical engineering) recently co-authored two publications: “An Improved Analysis for Viscoelastic Damping in Dynamic Nanoindentation,” International Journal of Surface Science and Engineering, which she also presented at the 2006 Fall meeting of the Materials Research Society, and “Shape Memory Polymers Based on Uniform Aliphatic Urethane Networks,” Journal of Applied Polymer Science.

Timothy Myers (English) has two new children's books out: If You Give a T-Rex a Bone from Dawn Publications, and The Out-Foxed Fox from Marshall Cavendish. His original folktale, “Anansi's New Trick,” will appear in AppleSeeds Magazine, and he has two essays for adults in the SomaLit Review and Cynic Online Magazine, as well as a new poem, “July '69,” appearing on the Astropoetica Web site.

Nam Ling (computer engineering) has received a $70,000 award from Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd. to support “A Statistical Motion Vector Coding Model,” with results hopefully incorporated into a future video coding international standard.

Tokunbo Ogunfunmi (electrical engineering) has been elected chair of the IEEE Signal Processing Society, Santa Clara Valley Chapter for 2007-2008. In addition, his book, Adaptive Nonlinear System Identification, on signals and communication technology, has been published by Springer.

Ruth Davis (computer engineering) is an invited guest at a conference in Washington, D.C., of NSF awardees in engineering education, with the goal of establishing an Engineering Education Council within the ASEE. She will also present “Increasing Retention of Women Engineering Students” at ASEE’s sixth Global Colloquium on Engineering Education in Istanbul, Turkey.

Justen Whittall (biology) has received a one-year award from the U.S. Department of the Interior that provides $74,721 to support “Propagation and Reproduction of the Metcalf Jewelflower, Santa Clara County.” There are only nine extant populations of the federally endangered plant, all located in the county’s Coyote Ridge area.

Drago Siljak’s (electrical engineering) book, Large-Scale Dynamic Systems, (North-Holland, 1978) will be reprinted in November 2007 by Dover Publications in the classic book series in Mathematics and Engineering.

Christopher Kitts (mechanical engineering) has received a three-year award from NASA that provides $2,747,336 to support “Development of Small Spacecraft and Payload Design, Test and Operations.”

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

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