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Santa Clara University, Oct. 17, 2005, Vol. 5, No. 3

Table of contents

Photo exhibition attracts visitors to de Saisset
Profile: Class of 2009
Information Commons opens at Orradre 
Winter book orders due Oct. 20
SCU shuttle update
SCU in the News
SCU People
SCU Events
Grants, awards, and publications

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This month SCU's Office of Communications and Marketing launched “blogSCU,” an online feature aimed at prospective undergraduates, where they can go to learn about the “freshman experience” from the people who know it best—current SCU freshmen.

“Teenagers today live online. blogSCU is more like a diary than a chat room, but it’s still a real, visceral way for high school students to connect with people like them—young adults learning how to live in new, exciting, and sometimes stressful situations,” said Susan Shea, director of communications and marketing and creator of blogSCU.

The blogSCU entries are written by five SCU freshmen, then approved and posted by OCM staff. The Office of Communications and Marketing received more than 50 applications from students interested in becoming bloggers. The winners were chosen based on a written sample entry, writing style and personality, geography, academic majors, residential learning communities, and hobbies.

The goal was to create a group that represented the SCU student body while allowing prospective students to identify with and relate to an individual blogger. “Choosing just five from more than 50 solid applicants was tough because Santa Clara students tend to be articulate, thoughtful, and original,” said Shea.

Photo exhibition attracts visitors to de Saisset

de Saisset Holocaust exhibit
de Saisset Holocaust exhibit
The de Saisset Museum is currently featuring Impossible to Forget, the Nazi Camps Fifty Years After: Photographs by Michael Kenna, a moving exhibition that documents the physical legacy of the Nazi concentration camps. The exhibit is a collection of 88 images, selected from the thousands Kenna photographed during his travels across Europe.

In addition, the museum is hosting Multiply by Six Million: A Personal Perspective on the Holocaust: Portraits of Survivors from the Legacy Project by Evvy Eisen. Each portrait in the Multiply by Six Million exhibit is accompanied by an edited version of the subject’s description of his/her experiences before, during, and after the Holocaust.

“While their individual artistic approaches are very different, both featured photographers -- Michael Kenna and Evvy Eisen -- share a similar important goal: to educate people about the Holocaust and to ultimately prevent it from happening again,” said Karen Kienzle, curator of the de Saisset Museum.

The exhibits are attracting a higher number of visitors than usual to the museum, according to museum director Rebecca Schapp, who says Santa Clara University, with its commitment to social justice, is the perfect venue for the exhibits. After viewing the exhibits, one visitor wrote “The pictures show the best and worst of us! I don’t know whether to cry or to cheer, or both.” The exhibits are on view until Nov. 20. For more information visit the de Saisset Web site.

Profile: Class of 2009

Fall 2005 enrollment
Students moving in for Fall '05

Santa Clara University enrolled its largest freshman class this fall with 1,202 students representing 37 states and 11 countries.

This year, the University saw a substantial increase in overall inquiries, with 27,745 prospective students wanting to know more about SCU, up from 20,026 last year.

Sandra Hayes, dean of undergraduate admissions, attributes the 39 percent increase to two factors: the increased use of the Web by prospective students and the interest generated through an aggressive and sophisticated search and fulfillment program.

In addition, Hayes said, "More families than ever before are thoughtfully arranging visits to college campuses for information sessions and tours. Santa Clara University figures prominently into the Bay Area portion of the majority of those tour schedules."

Fall 2005 enrollment

Information Commons opens at Orradre 

Orradre Information Commons
Students at the Information Commons 
It began with an innovative concept: create a space within Orradre Library that improves the learning environment for teachers and students by providing access to information resources, technologies to manipulate information, and staff to provide assistance in accessing and using both. After several months of planning, researching, and gathering feedback, the concept is now reality with the opening of the Information Commons.

In the Information Commons students will find new computers with LCD screens, full office productivity software suites, multimedia software, and DVD writers. A new service desk offers one-stop shopping with combined reference and help services staffed with experts who can provide reference, research, and technical assistance.

Ron Danielson, the University’s chief information officer, said “We expect to learn a lot from student and faculty use of our prototype Information Commons, particularly about furnishings, computing resources, and staff skills needed to make an IC successful. All of that knowledge will be reflected in the design and staffing of the Information Commons in our new library.”

The Information Commons is located on the first floor of Orradre in the space that was previously occupied by the reference room. Many of the physical reference materials from that room have been moved to the Automated Retrieval System.

Winter book orders due Oct. 20

Students saved more than $115,300 at the beginning of the fall quarter by purchasing used books. The tremendous savings were in large part the result of faculty and staff placing early book orders. Knowing early which books will be used the following quarter means the campus bookstore can pay higher prices at buyback (up to 50 percent of what the student paid for the book) and source the books from used book distributors.

To continue the savings for students, the campus bookstore is asking that winter quarter book orders be submitted by Oct. 20. For more information contact Deborah Kendall, store manager, at x2356.

SCU shuttle update

The SCU shuttle is gaining popularity. Charles Arolla, SCU's director of Campus Safety, describes the first two weeks of service as “great,” with 25 people riding the shuttle during the morning commute at the end of September.

The SCU shuttle takes faculty, staff, and students to and from the CalTrain/VTA transit center across the street from the University’s main entrance, stopping at five locations throughout campus during the morning and afternoon commutes.

Click here to view a PDF of the shuttle's schedule and route.

SCU in the News

Thomas Plante (psychology) was featured in a Time Magazine article about the screening process used for priests to determine their sexual orientation. Read the story.

Brad Joondeph (law) was quoted in the San Francisco Chronicle in Joan Ryan’s column about Supreme Court nominee Harriet Miers. Read the story.

Margaret Russell (law) was interviewed for an in-depth story about the 10-year anniversary of the O.J. Simpson trial. The story aired on NBC 11 and MSNBC.

Mario Belotti (economics) was quoted in a article about a survey released by SCU’s Leavey School of Business that showed more than half of Silicon Valley companies are outsourcing, and that roughly half of those outsourced jobs are going to India. Read the story.

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SCU People 

Mary Ho has been appointed associate director of the Center for Multicultural Learning.

Terry Shoup (mechanical engineering) has been appointed interim dean of education, counseling psychology, and pastoral ministries.

SCU Events 

Open enrollment for 2006, Oct. 17–Nov. 30: Changes made during open enrollment will be effective Jan. 1 through Dec. 31, 2006. For more information on faculty and staff benefits, visit the human resources Web site.  

  • Benefits and Wellness Expo, Oct. 31, 9:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m. in the Mission Room in the Benson Center: New this year -- Cholesterol/HDL/Ratio/Glucose testing will be offered. Registration required. 

Human Resources workshop on Towards Differences, Oct. 20, 10 a.m.–noon in the HR Learning Center: The session will allow you to begin to examine your own beliefs and commit to doing what you can to make SCU more accepting for all employees and students. To RSVP online, Click Here.

Ethics at Noon, Oct. 26, noon–1 p.m. in the Wiegand Room: "Is Tolerance Enough: Catholic Universities and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Issues." Speaker: Michael Meyer (philosophy).

2005 Staff Faire, Oct. 27, 11 a.m.–1 p.m. on the Kenna lawn.

Ramadan/Tishri: Celebrating Muslim and Jewish Holy Months in Fall 2005:

  • Oct. 19, Music at Noon, Music Recital Hall, noon–1 p.m.: LifeDance Theater presents an eclectic program of music, dance, poetry, drama, and comedy celebrating the artistic richness of Islamic and Jewish cultures.
  • Oct. 20, Sobrato Commons, 5:30-7 p.m. Public Lecture: Professor Fred Astren, San Francisco State University, “From Omphalos to Octagon: Reading Jerusalem as Jewish, Christian, and Muslim Space.”
  • Oct. 27, Sobrato Commons, 5:30-7 p.m. Panel: Jewish-Palestinian Living Room Dialogue Group of San Mateo, with audience participation, “Palestinians and Jews in Dialogue Locally and World-wide.”

More SCU events.

Grants, awards, and publications 

Kris Mitchener (economics) has received a one-year award from the National Science Foundation that provides $92,264 to support “Sovereign Debt Default, Empire, and Trade during the Gold Standard.” In addition, his paper “Empire, Public Goods, and the Roosevelt Corollary,” was published in the Journal of Economic History, September 2005.

Edwin Maurer (civil engineering) was awarded a contract for $12,658 by the California Institute for Energy and Environment to perform research on the projections of climate change on California and the impact of these changes on water resources.

Terry Shoup (mechanical engineering) was named president nominee of ASME, the professional society of mechanical engineers with 120,000 members worldwide. Shoup will serve as the organization’s 125th president beginning in July 2006. In addition, at the most recent Computers and Information in Engineering Conference of the ASME, one of Shoup’s papers was included in a publication of works considered to be the most influential 39 papers published between 1980 and 2000.

Bill Stover (political science) had two articles published recently: “Teaching and Learning Empathy: An Interactive, On Line Diplomatic Simulation of Middle East Conflict,” in the Journal of Political Science Education, Volume 1 (2005); and “A Dialog of Faith: Reflections on Middle East Conflict from Jewish, Muslim and Christian Perspectives,” in the Journal of Beliefs and Values, Volume 26, No.1. He also presented a paper entitled “Preemptive War: Implications of the Bush and Rumsfeld Doctrines for Democracy and the Threat of Terrorism” at a conference of the International Political Science Association Research Committee on Armed Forces and Society at the Chinese National Defense Strategy Institute and the Chinese Arms Control and Disarmament Association in Shanghai, China.

Cary Y. Yang (electrical engineering) was awarded the Educational Activities Board Meritorious Achievement Award in Continuing Education by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Educational Activities Board for his “extensive and innovative contributions to the continuing education of working professionals in the field of micro/nanoelectronics.”

Mark Ardema (mechanical engineering) published two textbooks recently. The titles are “Newton-Euler Dynamics,” Springer, 2005 and “Analytical Dynamics,” Kluwer/Plenum, 2005.

Amy Moore (biology) has received year two funding from the National Institutes of Health that will provide $56,616 to support “Effect of Chronic Neuroinflammation on Mouse Cognition.” This is the second and final year of the award. The total amount awarded by NIH for this project is $109,703.

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

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