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Santa Clara University, October 2, 2006, Vol. 7, No. 2

Table of contents

Convocation 2006: Former SCU basketball star Steve Nash returns to campus
The de Saisset Museum presents: “Game Face: What Does a Female Athlete Look Like?”
University and College awards and recognition
SCU Solar Decathlon team prepares for 2007 competition
New senior administrators
New on the Web

Convocation 2006: Former SCU basketball star Steve Nash returns to campus

SCU opened its arms and welcomed 1996 graduate and two-time reigning NBA Most Valuable Player Steve Nash back to campus on Sept. 18 as Nash addressed students, faculty, and staff at the University Convocation in the Leavey Event Center. The University also honored Nash by retiring his jersey and hanging it in the rafters, making Nash the first SCU student-athlete to receive the honor.

“This is obviously very exciting for me,” Nash said in a press conference before the ceremony. “I don’t get a chance to come back to school often, so for me to be here is just great, and coupled with the huge honor it is to be acknowledged for my career is amazing and very humbling.”

Before Nash took to the stage, SCU President Paul Locatelli, S.J., took the opportunity to highlight some of the University’s accomplishments over the past year as well as progress made on the Campaign for Santa Clara. Read the president’s speech in full.

Nash was very relaxed as he addressed the Convocation crowd—so much so, he admitted that he didn’t write a speech for the event. At the podium, Nash thanked his Santa Clara coaches and teammates for their encouragement and the opportunity to play basketball for the Broncos. He also expressed how much it meant to him to be given a chance by Broncos head coach Dick Davey to play Division I basketball. Nash stressed to the students the importance of taking advantage of the Santa Clara experience and making their four years the most memorable time of their lives.

“I couldn’t have gone to a more perfect University for me, and I think that in many ways everyone can find that in Santa Clara,” Nash said in his address. “I owe so much to my experience here. All of you guys really need to take advantage of this and make the most of your opportunity here. I urge you to really get involved, to be balanced, to do well in school, and make as many friends as possible.” Read more. Read the transcript of Nash’s speech


University Convocation 2006, Sept. 18

The de Saisset Museum presents: "Game Face: What Does a Female Athlete Look Like?"
Pasadena, California
© Anacleto Rapping,
Los Angeles Times, 1999

The famous photo of SCU alumna and soccer star Brandi Chastain ’91 taken immediately after her team’s 1999 Women’s World Cup victory is one of almost 140 photographs included in a new exhibit at the de Saisset Museum at SCU. The exhibit, “Game Face: What Does a Female Athlete Look Like?” documents the tremendous impact that sports have on the lives of millions of girls and women. The exhibit will be on display Oct. 12 through Dec. 9 at the de Saisset, which is the only Bay Area venue and the final stop for “Game Face”—the exhibit has been on national tour since opening at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., in June 2001.

Most of the other photographs might not be as familiar. “The diversity of images is very dramatic,” said Karen Kienzle, curator of exhibits and collections at the de Saisset Museum. “My hope is that visitors will discover that female athletes look like everything you can imagine. They come in all shapes and sizes, ethnicities, and ages. They perform all types of sports, on amateur and professional levels.”

Featuring images by photographers such as Mary Ellen Mark, Dorothea Lange, Annie Leibovitz, and Bill Owens, the exhibit captures the images and stories of top athletes and Little League players alike.

The exhibit opens with a lecture by curators Jane Gottesman, former staff writer at the San Francisco Chronicle, and photographer and editor Geoffrey Biddle at 7 p.m. Oct. 11, followed by a book signing and reception with guest Chastain. The museum will host a Family Day with activities, events, and refreshments from noon to 5 p.m. Oct. 29. Read more.

University and College awards and recognition

With the start of the new academic year comes the opportunity to recognize faculty members with awards of excellence as teaching scholars.

University awards went to the following faculty members:

These faculty members were recognized for 25 years of service:

  • Ramon Chacon (history and ethnic studies)
  • Manoochehr Ghiassi (OMIS)
  • Barbara Molony (history)
  • Cory Wade (English)

At the College Convocation, SCU’s College of Arts and Sciences honored the following faculty and staff:

  • Terri Peretti (political science) received the Dr. David E. Logothetti Teaching Award.
  • Jo B. Margardant (history) received the Professor Joseph Bayma, S.J., Scholarship Award.
  • William Prior (philosophy) received the Dr. John B. Drahmann Advising Award.
  • Janice Edgerly-Rooks (biology) received the Bernard Hubbard, S.J., Creative Collaboration Award.
  • Craig Gower (communication) received the Nancy Keil Service Excellence Award.

Faculty Recognition Dinner, Sept. 12

SCU Solar Decathlon team prepares for 2007 competition

To most college students, “fun in the sun” means lazing around on a beach somewhere. But to members of the SCU Solar Decathlon team, “fun in the sun” has taken on a whole new meaning. Their fun in the sun this summer entailed more than 40-hour work weeks that were spent designing, defining, and developing plans for their solar home entry in the U.S. Department of Energy’s 2007 Solar Decathlon competition.

“It is a big deal for any school to be part of this event,” said Jorge Gonzalez-Cruz, a professor in mechanical engineering and one of the faculty advisors for the team. SCU is one of only 20 schools in the nation chosen—and the only school in California—to participate in the prestigious competition.

Since Aug. 1, when they delivered preliminary architectural plans, cost estimates, and thermodynamics reports to contest officials, work has eased up slightly for the more than 40 members of the team, which has partnered with Cal Poly’s architecture department. But work is far from over.

“The trickiest part is taking everyone’s wonderful ideas and slowly but surely chopping away some ideas to the point that we have something that we can actually build,” said project manager James Bickford, a junior mechanical engineering major and English minor. “They’ve all got great ideas, but not all of them can be implemented in the same structure. What we’re trying to do is take off-the-shelf, marketable products that are already out there for consumers to buy and show them what they can do.”

Another challenge the team faces is raising the estimated $613,000 that’s needed to construct the house and fund travel and accommodations for the team during competition, said Bickford, who also serves as fund-raising coordinator. So far, Regrid Power, a renewable energy design, installation, and services company, has agreed to support the project, and Solarsa, a renewable energy and sustainable technologies company, has offered $50,000 worth of thermal collectors for the project. Read more.


Preliminary design of the solar house to be built by the SCU Solar Decathlon team.
Design done by Califorina Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.

New senior administrators

SCU is welcoming a number of new senior administrators this fall. To help introduce the new administrators to the campus community, fyi will feature capsule profiles on each person throughout the fall quarter. Coming in the Oct. 16 issue: Simone Billings, assistant to the president; Jack Treacy ’77, director of Campus Ministry; and Les Goodchild, dean of the School of Education, Counseling Psychology, and Pastoral Ministries.


Dr. Lucia Albino Gilbert, Provost
When Lucia Albino Gilbert read what SCU was looking for in a provost—strong involvement with undergraduate education, leadership skills, attention to the growth of the whole person—she thought she’d fit the bill. But it was the social justice mission of the University that really ignited her interest. “How to bring about change so that there’s greater justice in the world is very important to me,” said Gilbert, who will take on responsibilities as provost this month. Previously she served as vice provost for undergraduate studies at the University of Texas at Austin. She hopes to get up to the zinfandel vineyards of the Russian River Valley more frequently than she could while living in Texas.


Richard P. Giacchetti, Associate Vice President for Marketing and Communications
While Rich Giacchetti was serving as AVP for marketing communications at Seattle University, he came to have a tremendous respect for the way SCU cares for its students and tackles tough issues directly. The past few years, he’s also learned about the University as a parent. “I’ve been such a fan of Santa Clara that I encouraged my oldest daughter to enroll here,” he said. With a marketing background that covers international business as well as higher education, Giacchetti welcomes the opportunity to bring greater visibility to the University on the national stage, to attract more resources to strengthen programs, and to build on the already high level of pride among alumni. “And as a former resident of the Bay Area,” he adds, “I was very, very happy to return.” Coming from an Italian family and having lived in Italy for two years, Giacchetti readily admits a passion for cooking and food. A family favorite: spaghetti alla vongele. What was he doing in Italy? Pitching for the Italian national baseball team.


Kevin P. Quinn, S.J., Executive Director of the Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education
Kevin P. Quinn, S.J., jumped right into his new role this fall. His first official week on the job, he joined a delegation of SCU faculty and staff on a Center-sponsored immersion trip to El Salvador. As director, Quinn’s aim will be “to reflect on what it means to be a Catholic, Jesuit University in the 21st century,” he said. “But I’m just beginning. At this point, it’s a work in progress.” For the last decade, Quinn taught at Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C. But, he is no stranger to California. He lived here for 10 years, three of them (1989-92) in Swig Hall as a resident minister. He recently moved into Nobili Hall as a Jesuit in residence. “I enjoy being with the students,” he remarked. “They keep me young!”

Photos: Charles Barry

New on the Web

Parents of SCU students have a place they can call their own—online. The site was redesigned this summer to include more information relevant to current parents (e.g., how to pay tuition) as well as parents of prospective students. The redesign was a collaborative effort between development, student life, undergraduate admission, OMC, and alumni relations. The actual design was done by OMC with help from media services. Check out the new site.

blogSCU is back! Meet the new bloggers as they experience life as freshmen at SCU.

SCU Events

Human Resources workshop: Sustainability in the Workplace
Oct. 10, noon-1:30 p.m., Commons on Kennedy Mall

This workshop is designed to develop workplace habits and facilitate campus decision-making that is more environmentally sustainable. Twelve simple things we can do to contribute to a more sustainable SCU will be discussed. Presenter Lindsey Cromwell ('04) is the Sustainability Coordinator for SCU. Registration required. RSVP to this event.

Fall Dance Festival
Oct. 14-15, Fess Parker Studio Theatre, Sat. 1 p.m. & 8 p.m.; Sun. 2 p.m.

Students explore diverse dance styles in this biannual festival featuring the choreography of senior recitalists Claire Calalo and Leanne Tifft. Tickets $5. Log on to learn more information about the Center for Performing Arts 2006-07 season.

A Sacred Voice is Calling: Personal Vocation and Social Conscience
Annual fall weekend retreat, Nov. 3-5, Villa Maria del Mar in Santa Cruz

Explore the questions that must be answered at every stage of life, whether we are just getting started out in life, are in established careers, or are ready to retire. Deadline for registration is Oct. 20.

More SCU events.

SCU in the News

Eric Goldman (law) was quoted in a New York Times article about the liability of Hewlett-Packard's most senior lawyer in the company's spying case. Read the article. 

Geoff Bowker (Center for Science, Technology and Society), Allen S. Hammond (law) and Chad Raphael (communication) discussed the future of municipal broadband access in Silicon Valley in the San Jose Mercury News. Read the editorial.

Kirk Hanson (Markkula Center for Applied Ethics) was quoted in an Associated Press article about the Hewlett-Packard leak scandal. Read the article.

Eric Hanson (political science) was quoted in a San Francisco Chronicle article about the Pope’s recent comments about Islam. Read the article.

Steve Nash, a 1996 SCU graduate and a two-time NBA Most Valuable Player, was featured in Mark Purdy's San Jose Mercury News sports column following Nash's keynote address at the University Convocation. Read the story.

More SCU in the news.

SCU People

Michelle Anaya has been named the administrative assistant for the Office of Marketing and Communications.

Sarah Kate (Katie) Wilson joins the electrical engineering department as assistant professor, specializing in communications. Holding master’s and doctorate degrees in electrical engineering from Stanford University, she comes to SCU with a background in both academia and industry in the communications field.

Wendelin (Wendy) Wright is the new Clare Boothe Luce Assistant Professor in mechanical engineering in the area of materials.

Grants, awards, and publications

Kathy Aoki’s (art and art history) solo exhibition “Cult of the Cute” at the San Jose Museum of Art ran in September. She was the featured visual artist for Apature 2006 (Sept. 19-30), an annual Asian Pacific arts festival in San Francisco hosted by the Kearny St. Workshop.

Dale Cruikshank (physics) was the 2006 recipient of the Gerard P. Kuiper Prize in Planetary Science. This prestigious award was established by the Division for Planetary Sciences of the American Astronomical Society to recognize and honor outstanding contributors to planetary science.

Francisco Jimenez’s (modern languages and literatures) book The Circuit: Stories from the Life of a Migrant Child, was featured on a KTEH-TV program titled “Teaching Multicultural Literature: Social Justice and Action.” Jimenez also gave a lecture titled “Making Connections Across Borders” for The Lake Tahoe Community College Writers Series last May.

Michael Kevane (economics) published reviews of Alex de Waal and Julie Flint’s book Darfur: A Short History of a Long War, Gerard Prunier’s Darfur: The Ambiguous Genocide, and Taghreed ElSanhouri’s film “All About Darfur” in the Sudan Studies Association Newsletter. Read the reviews.

Dale Larson (counseling psychology) presented a paper he co-authored with W.T. Hoyt titled, “Deterioration effects in grief counseling: In search  of the evidence.” The paper was presented at the seventh annual Clinical Team Conference and Scientific Symposium of the  National  Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, San Diego.

Leilani Miller (biology) has received $7,400 in supplemental funding from the National Science Foundation to support “RUI: Functional Analysis of the C. elegans Winged-Helix Transcription Factor, LIN-31.” The funds will be used to support an undergraduate student’s research effort on the project.

Drew Starbird (OMIS) has received $24,000 in second year funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to support “Economics of Performance Measures for Food Safety Inspection Protocols.” The award with this amendment totals $49,000.

William Stover (political science) gave talks and demonstrations on “Information Technology and International Politics” at The American University, Cairo, Egypt; The American University, Beirut, Lebanon; Saint Joseph’s University, Beirut; and Al Akhawayn University, Ifrane, Morocco during the spring 2006 quarter. These lectures were funded by the Musser Foundation and the SCU Center for Science, Technology, and Society.

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