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SCU Hosts Delegation from ACU

On February 11th, 2014, the Global Engagement Office was honored to host a delegation from Australian Catholic University (ACU) for a day-long event focused on Catholic Identity and Teaching and Learning.


ACU's President recently reaffirmed the University's commitment to Catholic Identity and, as Australia does not have an education system with a history of religiously affiliated institutions, the ACU Learning and Teaching Centre planned a study tour across the United States and Asia to explore Catholic Identity in the context of higher education. 
Being Australia's pre-eminent Catholic Univesity, ACU has a long-standing relationship with SCU, including the SCU Study Abroad exchange program, and the Global Engagement Office was delighted to learn of their interest in visiting Santa Clara as part of their tour.

Overview of the Day's Events

The delegation's visit involved presentations and discussions facilitated by departments and individuals across campus. This included a morning reception, with welcomes from Susan Popko, Associate Provost for International Programs, and Fr. Rewak SJ, University Chancellor. Danyelle Kelly, SCU graduate student in Pastoral Ministries and alumna of ACU, gave a presentation regarding her journey from ACU to SCU and her current studies and role as a Resident Minister. This was followed by a presentation on Core Curriculum, focusing on Experiential Learning for Social Justice, and Assessment at SCU. Additionally, the group heard about Catholic Identity and Jesuit Education at SCU before attending a Faculty Development Event, Evaluating Student Writing: Using Rubrics to Give Feedback, over lunch. A campus tour was then provided by GEO Student Assistant and double Political Science and History major, Jace Lynch.

The afternoon session began with a group discussion on Teaching and Learning, including the delegation and multiple staff and faculty members from departments across SCU. The delegation then attended the Bannan Institute Lecture, Why Science Needs God, with Br. Guy Consolmagno SJ. The day ended with dinner at Justin's Restaurant.


Professor Anne Cummins, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Students, Learning and Teaching)
Professor Kevin Ashford-Rowe, Director of the Learning and Teaching Centre
Ms Pauline Murphy, Director of Student Strategies
Dr Cecilia Yeobah, Lecturer in Nursing
Dr Christine Grima-Farrell, Lecturer in Education
Dr Wilhelmina Van Rooy, Deputy Head, Education NSW/ACT (Staffing and Professional Learning)
Dr Dermot Nestor, Head of School for Theology at ACU
Dr Mark Lyall, Lecturer in Media and Communication
Dr Chris Matthew, Lecturer Arts and Sciences
Mr Stephen Guinea, Lecturer in Nursing/National Coordinator of Health Simulation

Chris Bachen, Director of Assessment; Associate Professor of Communication
Andrea Brewster, Curriculum Manager, Experiential Learning for Social Justice
Phyllis Brown, Associate Provost for Undergraduate Studies; Professor of English
Angelo Collins, Associate Dean for Faculty/Education Lecturer, School of Education and Counseling Psychology
Greg Corning, Director, Asian Studies Program; Associate Professor of Political Science
Nancy Cutler, Director of Media Services
Elizabeth Drescher, Lecturer in Pastoral Ministries
Eileen Razzari Elrod, Associate Vice Provost for Faculty Development
Danyelle Kelly, Graduate student in Pastoral Ministries/Alumna of ACU
Gary Macy, Director of the Graduate Program in Pastoral Ministries; Professor of Religious Studies
Cynthia Lum, Accounting major/exchange student at ACU Fall 2013
Jace Lynch, Global Engagement Office Student Assistant, Political Science & History double major
Mick McCarthy SJ, Executive Director, Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education
Brian McNelis, Associate Professor, Chemistry & Biochemistry Department
Laura Nichols, Director of Core Curriculum; Associate Professor of Sociology
Susan Popko, Associate Provost for International Programs
William Rewak SJ, SCU Chancellor, President’s Office
Jack Treacy SJ, Director of Campus Ministry
David Wick, Director of Study Abroad

Thank you to all who participated! The event was a great success and provided a unique opportunity to engage with one of our international partners around Catholic Identity and Teaching and Learning.



Posted on 2/19/2014

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