Last week I was pleased to learn that Chris Kitts, associate professor of Mechanical Engineering, received the "2011 Outstanding Faculty Member and Network Contributor" award from the Kern Family Foundation. This award is a testament to the Kern Foundation's high regard for Chris, his research and his commitment to the Kern Entrepreneurship Education Network (KEEN) program. Santa Clara University has received two multi-year grants from KEEN to establish an entrepreneurial mindset in 100% of Santa Clara's undergraduate engineers. Chris has served as Santa Clara's principle investigator on the grant awards, and he and his colleagues in Engineering and Business have worked over the past three years on numerous initiatives.
I congratulate Chris for this personal recognition and the recognition that he has brought to Santa Clara. I also applaud all who contributed to Santa Clara's KEEN initiatives that advance our curriculum in interdisciplinary entrepreneurship.
Michael E. Engh, S.J.
Dear Faculty, Staff and Students,
Please join me for the annual State of the University, which will be held on Wednesday, February 15, at 4:00 p.m. in the Mission Church. I invite and encourage you to attend this event as we review past accomplishments, current challenges and future plans for fulfilling our vision for Santa Clara University.
This is one of two events in the year when all faculty, staff and students are invited to gather as a community. In October, we welcome in the new year with the Mass of the Holy Spirit, asking for guidance in our academic endeavors. The State of the University, traditionally held in February, gives the community an opportunity to reflect on where we have been, what we have achieved, and what lies ahead as we work towards our aspirations for Santa Clara University.
Michael E. Engh, S.J.
What's Ahead on My Calendar
- January 25 - Faculty Publications Reception
- January 26 - President's Speaker Series with Steve Wozniak
- January 27-29 - AJCU/ACCU Meeting in Washington, DC
- January 31 - Administrative Leaders Group Meeting
- February 1 - Graduate Theological Union Council of Presidents Meeting
- February 3 - Board of Regents Meeting
- February 8 - Faculty Senate Meeting
- February 10 - Board of Trustees Meeting
- February 11 - Golden Circle Theatre Party
- February 15 - State of the University
- February 15 - Santa Clara Lecture with Catherine Cornille
- February 16 - Budget Forum
- February 18 - SCU vs. BYU Men's Basketball Game
The search for the University Librarian is well underway. Candidates have been scheduled for campus interviews, one of whom completed an on-site interview earlier in January and two are scheduled to interview on Wednesday, February 1, and Friday, February 3. The search committee encourages you to attend the open sessions and provide feedback on the candidates. To learn more about the candidates, their presentation schedules, and the position profile, please visit the website, http://www.scu.edu/provost/office/committees/Search-Committees.cfm.
The search committee is chaired by Diane Jonte-Pace and includes members Emily Armstead (Undergraduate Student), Christa Bailey (University Library), Michelle Burnham (English), Christine Grimsby (Graduate Student), Mary Hood (Law Library), Michael Kevane (Economics), Helene LaFrance (University Library), and Alex Zecevic (Electrical Engineering). I thank each of the members for their service, and with them, anticipate that a new University Librarian will be on board by July 1, 2012.
The search process for the new dean of the School of Education and Counseling Psychology has begun. The search committee, comprised of Terry Shoup (Committee Chair), Lisa Goldstein (Education), Pedro Hernandez-Ramos (Education), Cynthia Mertens (Law), Barbara Molony (History), Lucila Ramos-Sanchez (Counseling Psychology), Paul Soukup, S.J. (Communication), and Minh Virasek (staff), was appointed in the fall and began their work in December.
The committee has retained the services of a search consultant and has just completed the position profile, available on the SCU website. Nominations and applications are being accepted through February. If you would like to nominate a candidate, please submit them online via the profile posting.
Following the application period, the committee will screen candidates and conduct phone and offsite interviews through April. Top candidates will be invited to campus for onsite interviews later in the spring quarter. As the timeline progresses, the committee will keep the community apprised of plans for the campus visits. From the finalists, the committee will provide to the provost an unranked list of up to three candidates. I will then discuss the recommendations with the provost, with the hope that the new dean will be on board no later than Fall 2012.
My thanks go to the committee for their diligence in working aggressively in conducting this important search.