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SCU kicks off school year with day of celebration
Students and faculty eased into the new school year on Sept. 19, with a first day filled with events geared toward bringing the campus community together.
A noontime Mass was held at the Mission Santa Clara de Asís, where participants prayed for the safety and success of the SCU community.
Afterwards, a community lunch was held at Bellomy Field, where students, faculty, and staff sat together, in the afternoon sun on a picture perfect Santa Clara day.
Later that afternoon, SCU President Paul Locatelli, S.J., welcomed students and faculty to the start of the academic year at Convocation 2005, held in the Leavey Center. The newly refurbished university seal served as a dramatic backdrop for the event.
Jiménez gave a very personal and heartwarming account of the role SCU has played in his life over the past 40 years. Jiménez closed his address by answering the question “What does Santa Clara mean to me?” In response he said, “You (the SCU community) are what Santa Clara means to me.”
During Convocation, students displaced by Hurricane Katrina and attending SCU this fall were recognized, as were students, faculty, and staff who received awards for their outstanding achievements and service to the University. The day’s events closed on a high note with the band Slightly Stoopid performing an exclusive private concert for SCU students on Bellomy Field.
With the start of the new academic year comes the opportunity to recognize faculty members with awards of excellence as teaching scholars. At this year’s faculty recognition dinner, the University was honored to have Dr. Rudi and Diana Brutoco (of the Brutoco family) as guests.
The Brutocao Award for Teaching Excellence was established in 1987 and the Brutocao Family Foundation Award for Curriculum Innovation in 1992.
University awards went to the following faculty:
At the College Convocation, SCU's College of Arts and Sciences honored the following faculty and staff:
The production will feature original music by campus minister and director of liturgy and music, Gregory Dale Schultz and choreography by Kristin Kusanovich. The set, designed by Jerald Enos, will be unlike any other CPA has created, featuring a pool on stage, filled with water. For more information about “Metamorphoses” and the rest of CPA’s 2005-06 season, please visit www.scu.edu/cpa.
Over the summer, SCU’s Bannan Center for Jesuit Education and the Arrupe Center merged into a single Center of Distinction to be known as the Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education. Housed in Sobrato Hall, the new center contains five different programs:
The Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education will be drawing on the strengths of the Bannan Center and the Arrupe Center, the two components that combined to create it, in order to fulfill its mission -- keeping the Jesuit, Catholic character at the center of everything the University does.
“The programs and services that we’re offering will be sustained,” said Dennis Moberg, interim executive director of the new center. “The two centers have always been linked by their commitment to the Ignatian ideal of being ‘contemplatives in action,’” Moberg said.
Like two sides of the Jesuit identity, the more contemplative Bannan Center will likely influence the Arrupe Center to become more scholarly, while the Arrupe Center’s focus on faith in action will influence the Bannan Center to become more proactive and more focused on faith and justice, notes Moberg. The merger will also allow immersion programs to expand, serving a wider array of clients in new geographical areas.
Moberg credits Mark Ravizza, S.J., former vice provost of the Ignatian Centers, as the visionary who “became a leavening agent for us coming together.” Ravizza saw the merger as the next logical step in the development of the programs and posed the possibility during a staff retreat, engaging the staff’s input and help to shape the new entity from the outset. “This has been a marvelous process from the point of shared governance,” said Moberg. For years, the two centers have worked rather quietly to build an infrastructure within which very exciting things have been happening. “Strengthened by one another,” Moberg elaborates, “we are now ready to tell our inspirational stories of service, personal transformation and vocation. We want to share these stories with students and our colleagues on campus so they will appreciate the benefits of our programs and participate in them.”
Before the hustle and bustle of the new school year envelops you completely, you may want to check out
Every week during the academic year, the informal Mindfulness and Zen Meditation Group meets Tuesday from 5:15 to 6:15 p.m. in the St. Francis Chapel. No registration is required. The gathering offers newcomers as well as skilled practitioners a chance to relax and recenter themselves.
“Sitting in quiet is a way to get in touch with yourself,” notes Paul Woolley, associate director of the Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education, who participates in the group.
The informal meetings vary depending on the level of experience of attendees. Novices are generally guided through the experience verbally as they learn to sit, to focus on their breathing, to quiet themselves. As participants learn techniques, the process becomes less vocal. But newcomers are always welcome and eased into the process by more skilled practitioners.
For beginners wishing to jump-start their meditation experience, or for veterans looking for a one-day immersion, the Ignatian Center is also offering a one-day Mindfulness and Zen Meditation Retreat on Saturday, Nov. 12, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Malley Multipurpose Room. The cost of the retreat is $25, due by Nov. 4. Scholarships are available.
Check out the new Web pages for parents at www.scu.edu/parents. The development of this site is part of the University's overall effort to increase and enhance communication with the parents of current and prospective students.
Gerald Uelmen (law) will be featured in the film "The O.J. Verdict," produced by Frontline, airing Oct. 4 at 9 p.m. on KQED (PBS). The film will re-broadcast throughout the week. Check your local listings for dates and times.
Barbara Kelley (communication) wrote an op-ed on journalism ethics that was published in The Christian Science Monitor on Aug. 29. Read the op-ed.
Jeanne Rosenberger (vice provost for student life) and Elizabeth Dale (theatre) were interviewed on local radio and television stations for news reports on the students displaced by Hurricane Katrina who are now attending SCU.
SCU’s women's soccer coach, Jerry Smith, was featured in a San Jose Mercury News article for winning the 300th game of his career. Read the story.
The Rev. Thomas Reese, visiting scholar at SCU, was quoted in the Washington Times about the Vatican's plan to prevent homosexuals from entering seminaries. Read the story.
Donald J. Polden (law) and Ellen Kreitzberg (law) were quoted in the Sacramento Bee about a new study that ties death sentences to the race of murder victims. Read the story.
Emily Garcia has been appointed accommodations coordinator for disabilities resources.
Fred Tollini, S.J., has been appointed interim director of the Center of Performing Arts.
The Office of Communications and Marketing welcomed two new employees this fall: Sarah Stanek, University writer and editor, and Karen Crocker Snell, media relations officer and editor of fyi.
Maggie Malagon has been appointed director of housing business services.
Luke Smith has been appointed director of housing facilities.
Human Resources Workshop on Building Effective Teams, Oct. 6, 1-2:30 p.m. in the HR Learning Center: This workshop gives participants an opportunity to discover their own work style, then learn how it interfaces with the team. RSVP: http://www.scu.edu/hr/calendar/event-rsvp.cfm?id=6111.
U.S. Supreme Court Moot: Gonzales v. O Centro Espirita Beneficiente U.D.V., Oct. 13, noon-1 p.m. in the Panelli Moot Court Room: Watch as a panel of Santa Clara faculty and other experts help Nancy Hollander of New Mexico prepare for the U.S. Supreme Court argument of this important test of religious freedom.
Campus Break Fast event with SCU student organizations, Oct. 13, 9-11 p.m. at the Bronco: This event is part of the series “Ramadan/Tishri: Celebrating Muslim and Jewish Holy Months in Fall 2005.” For more information, contact Philip Riley or Vicky Gonzalez.
2005 Book of the Quarter Discussion, Oct. 19, noon-1 p.m. in the Orradre Library Boland Reading Room: This quarter’s book is "The High Price of Materialism” by Tim Kasser. You do not need to have read the book to attend. More SCU events.
Ruth Cook (special education) was awarded a $791,207 grant to train students in SCU's education department to work with autistic children.
Andy Tsay (operations and management information systems) presented "The Outsourcing Game" at the Supply Chain Thought Leaders Roundtable Conference in Heidelberg, Germany, in July 2005.
Margaret R. McLean, Ph.D. (religious studies) received a $250,000 grant from the Honzel Family Foundation for work in healthcare ethics and public policy. The grant will fund two projects: one on medical decision making for publicly-conserved persons and the other on human genetics.
The Office of Student Life secured a $185,000 grant from the Department of Justice. The grant, authored by Lisa Millora (Student Life) will be used to pursue a comprehensive, multi-pronged approach to educate students, faculty, and staff about violent crimes against women. Funding will enhance SCU’s peer education efforts to prevent violent crimes against women by teaching students.
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