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The Faculty-Staff Newsletter, e-mail edition© Santa Clara University, Oct 15, 2004, Vol. 4, No. 3

Table of contents

Locatelli re-appointed to fourth term
School of Law magazine renamed
SCU creates environmental sustainability policy
SCU’s new Web site successful in its first year
Open enrollment for employee benefits: Benefits Expo on October 25
SCU in the news
Campus events
SCU people
Grants, awards, and publications 

Locatelli re-appointed to fourth term

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Paul Locatelli, S.J.  
The Board of Trustees of Santa Clara University voted unanimously today to extend the presidency of Paul L. Locatelli, S.J. for a fourth term of office. His current term of office ends in 2006, and the decision adds another six years to his tenure.
“Paul’s leadership since 1988 has been nothing short of exemplary.”
—"Mike" Markkula, Board Chairman

Board chairman A.C. "Mike" Markkula made the announcement. “The Board made this decision recognizing that this is an unusually long tenure for a university president,” Markkula said. “Fr. Locatelli has persevered to help create academic programs and a community of scholars that today distinguish Santa Clara as an educational leader, serving society and our globalizing world."

Markkula said Board members are particularly pleased with Locatelli’s leadership in building campus support for a focused, long-term Strategic Plan. 

Through Centers of Distinction dedicated to ethics, technology and society, Jesuit education, and community-based learning, faculty and students from every academic area learn and work with people from all walks of life–from corporate and community leaders to at risk middle school students, from fourth generation alumni to new immigrants,” Markkula said. More information about the appointment.

School of Law magazine renamed

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The magazine of the SCU School of Law debuted with a new name, Santa Clara Law, when it was published at the end of September in print and online. Since its beginning in fall 1994, the magazine (formerly known as Et al.) has been published two times a year.  

“The new title, Santa Clara Law, clearly reflects the law school’s relationship with Santa Clara University and its geographic location”
—Donald Polden, Dean, School of Law 

Dean Polden added that in all other respects, the purposes and scope of the magazine remains the same: to report on the accomplishments and activities of the School of Law’s faculty, staff, students, and graduates to its alumni, friends, and the legal profession.

In addition, the magazine’s distribution list was expanded to include a wider audience of legal academics, judges, lawyers, and career services professionals in law firms, all with the purpose of enhancing the reputation of the law school and the University, said Polden.


SCU creates environmental sustainability policy

During the summer of 2003, an ad hoc task force convened to consider SCU’s environmental sustainability efforts. The result was a new policy that brings a more coordinated approach to the University’s sustainability program.

SCU was already actively engaging in recycling and environmental efforts, but this new policy was “the logical next step,” said Joe Sugg, assistant vice president of University operations. The new policy integrates programs in resource conservation, education, and service that are conducted throughout campus by faculty, staff, and students.

Examples of SCU’s sustainability efforts include:

  • Recycling and water conservation programs
  • A reduction of energy consumption
  • Faculty research projects related to environmental hazards and solutions
  • The Environmental Studies Institute (ESI), which provides environmental education and offers a bachelor of science in environmental science, bachelor of science in environmental studies, and environmental studies minor
  • The Education for a Sustainable Future Residential Learning Community, in which students learn about and develop environmental policies and programs
  • Participation in the Leadership in Environmental Design (LEED) national rating system that provides a framework for assessing economic and environmental building performance

In addition, SCU is adopting environmental purchasing criteria that give preference to products that use fewer hazardous materials, are more energy efficient, generate less waste, incorporate more recycled materials, and are themselves more easily recycled. For example, when assessing vendors to supply the University with replacement computers, Information Technology asked for and considered each vendor’s environmental policy.

For more information on SCU’s sustainability policy and environmental efforts, contact Michelle Marvier at or call x7189.

SCU’s new Web site successful in its first year

One year after its launch, the new SCU Web site has proven to be a success. Site traffic and transactions have increased significantly in the past year, prospective students rate the site favorably, and direct marketing efforts continue to drive new visitors to the site.

A Web site effectiveness study by the Office of Communications and Marketing (OCM) shows a 42 percent increase in visitor activity on the SCU Web site between 2003 and 2004 as well as an increase in over 100,000 hits to the SCU Web site from Google.

“The web redesign has been and continues to be a campus-wide initiative, involving faculty and staff, the WEBCOM team, and OCM staff,” said Susan Shea, director of OCM. “The data in this study makes it clear the effort is worthwhile," she added.

A survey of prospective undergraduate students reveals the site is likely to positively influence students’ decisions to apply to SCU, is competitive with other universities’ sites, and provides visitors with useful and easy-to-find information. The prospective undergraduate student site, which made its debut in Sept. 2003, continues to draw significant Web traffic after its first year.

The implementation of CommonSpot, the University’s content management system is expanding with more than 75 new SCU sites going live in the past year, more than 200 trained CommonSpot users, and more than 5,000 new pages built in the system. CommonSpot has enabled Web publishing to be decentralized so each office and department on campus can manage and update the content in their Web site from the Internet. Read the complete 2004 Web Site Effectiveness Report.

Open enrollment for employee benefits: Benefits Expo on October 25

For all benefits-eligible faculty and staff, it’s open enrollment season. Between today, Oct. 15 and Nov. 22, 2004, you can make changes to your medical, dental, and supplemental benefit options. Changes will take effect on Jan. 1, 2005.

During open enrollment season, you also can change your retirement plans. These changes will be reflected on the Jan. 7, 2005 paycheck. Human Resources is sponsoring a lunch-time forum and the annual Benefits Expo on Monday, Oct. 25.

The noon forum, in the Brass Rail at the Benson Center, will be a chance to learn about the University’s benefit plans for 2005, and the Human Resources staff will be available to answer your questions. You and your family members are welcome to attend.

This year’s Benefits Expo will be held in the Williman Room in Benson Center from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The expo will feature representatives from Kaiser Permanente, Blue Cross of California, VSP Vision Plan, Delta Dental, TIAA-CREF, and others who will answer questions. Watch your mail at home for your open enrollment packet. Find out more about open enrollment.

If you have questions, contact the Human Resources Service Desk at  x4392.

SCU in the news

Kirk Hanson
, business professor and executive director for the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics was quoted in an article in the San Francisco Chronicle on the Oracle Peoplesoft takeover battle and the responsibility of corporate boards. More SCU in the News.

Campus events 

Playwright Terrence McNally will be the first artist to participate in the Center of Performing Arts new Performing Artist Series on Wed., Oct. 20, at 7:30 p.m. in the Mayer Theatre. Michael Zampelli, S.J., director of the CPA, and Aldo Billingslea, assistant professor in the theatre department, will host a discussion with McNally on his career as a playwright and the impact of the performing arts on social issues. The talk and accompanying reception are open to the public. Admission is free.

Civil Wars: A Battle for Gay Marriage by David Moats is the SCU fall book of the quarter. Discussion of this timely and topical book will be lead by colleagues from the Program for Study of Women and Gender on Oct. 21, from noon to 1 p.m. at the Boland Reading Room in Orradre Library. Light refreshments will be served. More SCU events.

SCU people 

Scott Strawn joins SCU as the new director of residence life. Strawn earned his doctorate in education at the University of Kansas. He comes to Santa Clara from Seattle Pacific University, where he served for four years as director of student programs. As director of residence life, Strawn will provide leadership for residential aspects of student life on campus.

The Drahman Advising and Learning Resources Center welcomes Leslie Carson as learning resources coordinator and University advisor. She comes to SCU from UC Berkeley, where she earned her doctorate in educational psychology.

The Bannan Center for Jesuit Education welcomes Dennis Moberg as its interim director. William Spohn stepped down as director to address health concerns.

Grants, awards, and publications 

The Mathematical Association of America (the largest professional mathematical organization in the world) awarded the Deborah and Franklin Tepper Haimo Award for distinguished university teaching of mathematics to Gerald Alexanderson, chair of the department of mathematics for 35 years and a professor at SCU since 1958.

In addition to Alexanderson, two other Santa Clara University faculty members have received the Haimo award: Paul Halmos in 1994 and Leonard Klosinski in 2001. “It is very rare for one college or university to have more than one recipient of the prize,” said Robert Bekes, chairman of SCU’s mathematics department. Learn about Gerald Alexanderson

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

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