SANTA CLARA, Calif., Nov. 16, 2000 – Santa Clara University
announces the release of Serving the Intellect, Touching the
Heart, by George Giacomini and Gerald McKevitt, S.J. The book,
published by Santa Clara University, examines the pictorial
history of Santa Clara University, California’s oldest institution of
higher learning, on the occasion of its 150th anniversary.
The coffee-table photo album tells the story of the University,
from the days of the Gold Rush through two world wars and into
a new high-tech century.
This new volume documents SCU’s evolution through the media
of photographs and text, including firsthand written accounts-
excerpts from hundred of letters, diaries, interviews, newspaper
reports, and magazine stories. In addition to the nearly 500
images, many of which have never been published, Serving the Intellect, Touching the
Heart records ongoing debates about curricula, student discipline, pedagogy, and even
the purpose of higher education.
"While our research helped us gain a better understanding of shifts in the University’s
direction, we discovered that many of SCU’s convictions about the purposes of
education and the human being are still apparent today," commented Giacomini.
An official book signing will take place at Santa Clara University on Thursday, Nov. 30
from 11 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at California Fresh, located in Benson Memorial Center.
Authors Giacomini and McKevitt, are professors in the history department at SCU.
Giacomini’s SCU teaching career began in 1962. McKevitt came to SCU as a professor of
history and University archivist in 1975. In addition to their professor roles, Giacomini
currently serves as assistant to the president and McKevitt is the University historian.
George Giacomini has received numerous academic honors, awards and grants, including
the Brutocao Award for Teaching Excellence in 1993 and the Lilly Fellow from Lilly
Endowment for the Humanities in 1984. In addition to his publications, which include
"San Francisco and the Russian Fleet", he has delivered talks to regents, fellows, alumni,
parents, students, high schools and community organizations on various topics such as
Civil War diplomacy, higher education in California, United States foreign policy and
strategies of motivating faculty.
McKevitt, author of The University of Santa Clara, A History, 1851-1977, has many
scholarly publications to his credit, including articles in Pacific Historical Review,
Western History Quarterly, and California History. He has been the recipient of
numerous honors, awards and grants, including the Oscar A. Winther Award for his
article titled "Missionary Linguistics". McKevitt also has an extensive professional service
history. He is a former SCU Board of Trustees member and served on the editorial board
of "Conversations on Jesuit Higher Education," a national publication of the 28 Jesuit
colleges and universities in the U.S.
Serving the Intellect, Touching the Heart will be available through the SCU Web site at
www.scu.edu/150/ and the SCU Campus Bookstore, starting Nov. 17. Order forms are
also available by calling (408) 554-4545 or faxing (408) 554-5464. The cost of this
limited edition book is $49.95.
Santa Clara University, the oldest institution of higher education in California, is a
private Jesuit Catholic university with approximately 4,400 undergraduate and 3,300
graduate students. Home to the Mission Santa Clara de Asis, the University celebrates
its 150th anniversary in 2001.
For information on book availability, contact SCU’s Campus Bookstore at (408)
To arrange interviews contact Kelly Shenefiel in Media Relations at (408) 554-5125. For
information about Santa Clara University, visit http://www.scu.edu.