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Thursday, Oct. 1, 2009

Mass of the Holy Spirit

Wed., 10/7/09, Noon, Mission Church Community lunch follows on the St. Ignatius lawn
Classes that usually meet from 11:45 a.m. to 12:50 p.m. will be canceled. As I mentioned in my email of May 26, 2009, the University celebration of the Mass of the Holy Spirit is scheduled for Wednesday, October 7, 2009, at Noon in the Mission Church. This will be Father Michael Engh’s first Mass of the Holy Spirit since he was inaugurated in April 2009 and thus an especially important celebration for our campus community.
To enable the campus community to attend the mass, except for the School of Law, classes will not meet between 11:45 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. on October 7. Classes that usually meet from 11:45 a.m. to 12:50 p.m. will be canceled. Classes scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. will instead begin at 1:15 p.m. Please note that Dean Donald Polden will provide instructions for the School of Law.
The Mass of the Holy Spirit is a cherished tradition in Jesuit colleges and universities. It serves as a community-wide celebration of the new academic year, calling on the Spirit of God to be with us in all of our works, activities, and endeavors. While it is a Roman Catholic liturgy, we appreciate the diversity of faiths within our community, and we welcome one and all to join in
To ensure that everyone receives timely notifications in the event of an emergency, faculty are encouraged to update their personal information on e-Campus for Connect-ED.
Faculty are encouraged to visit the Cowell Health Center H1N1 blog for regular updates and helpful information about the H1N1 flu.
Course Evaluation Update
Online course evaluations were administered for the first time during Spring term 2009. For the most part the evaluation process went smoothly, and the overall response rate of 82.4 percent was comparable to the overall response rates to paper surveys administered in the Spring term during the previous five years (81.0 percent to 83.9 percent). However, there was a greater consistency with early term response rates in some units than others.
Arts and Sciences (86.4 percent), Business (80.9 percent), and University Programs (90.6 percent) all had response rates that were comparable to those of paper surveys from previous Spring terms. Engineering’s response rate (72.9 percent) was about six percentage points lower than that for previous paper surveys, and the response rate for the School of Education and Counseling Psychology (69.5 percent) was about 14 percentage points lower.
Information Services is trying to identify possible causes for the lower response rates in these two Schools. One possible factor is that graduate students may not read their SCU email as promptly as undergraduates and therefore missed notifications about the evaluations. The School of Education and Counseling Psychology is predominately a graduate unit.
The response rates that Santa Clara experienced are near the upper end of rates achieved at other universities we contacted when considering implementing online evaluations. Many studies have shown that the single factor influencing high response rates to course evaluations – regardless of how they are administered – is the emphasis that faculty place on the importance of the evaluation to them in improving their courses. Faculty reminders sent to students during the ninth week of the term to let them know that course evaluations are coming up, and that they need to check their GroupWise email to get the link to the survey, will go a long way toward increasing response rates. Thank you for conveying this importance to your students.
SCU’s User-Friendly Online Course Listing/Course Schedule
Thanks go to Brian Washburn and Bill Fowler from Information Technology and Registrar Monica Augustin for their remarkable work developing a user-friendly online Course Listing/Course Schedule.
The “CourseAvail” site provides an effective way to see courses offered each quarter, with an accurate and up-to-date listing of Undergraduate Core Curriculum attributes for both the old Core and Core 2009. Instructors and locations are visible as well. Selecting the section number for the course opens a page displaying the Course Description, Class Notes, Units, and other data.
A print option allows viewers to produce a printable .pdf document of all courses for a particular quarter (e.g., fall 2009) or of a particular selection of courses for that quarter. This online Course Listing/Course Schedule will enhance thoughtful course selection among our students and will assist faculty and advisors in their work with students. It will be particularly useful in the advising process for our new Core Curriculum for our incoming first year students. The site provides the information needed to support intentional learning and informed advising.
New Interdisciplinary Majors
Public Health Science
Web Design and Engineering
New Administrative Appointments
Atom Yee, Interim Dean, School of Education and Counseling Psychology, in addition to his duties as Dean, College of Arts and Sciences
Drew Starbird, Interim Dean, Leavey School of Business
Erin Kimura-Walsh, Assistant Director, LEAD Scholars Program
Kevin Burke, S.J., Dean, Jesuit School of Theology at Santa Clara University
Terry Shoup, Interim Executive Director of International Programs
Michelle Marvier, Acting Associate Provost for Research Initiatives
Radha Basu and Jeffrey Miller, Managing Directors of CSTS
Paul Locatelli Student Activity Center
Students, faculty and staff gathered in Alumni Park on Monday, 9/28/09, for the groundbreaking ceremony of the Paul Locatelli Student Activity Center, which honors the service of Fr. Paul L. Locatelli, S.J., who served as the University’s president for 20 years. The new building is seen as a clear symbol of the way Santa Clara’s alumni – including the building’s major donors Mary Mathews-Stevens and Mark Stevens – feel about the University.
The building is expected to be completed sometime during June 2010.
Leavey School of Business Dean Search
A nationwide search for the new Dean, Leavey School of Business, is being conducted by the search firm of Russell/Reynolds in conjunction with an internal search committee chaired by Hersh Shefrin, Professor of Finance. Other committee members include: Kris Mitchener, Associate Professor, Economics; Tammy Madsen, Associate Professor, Management; Narendra Agrawal, Associate Professor, OMIS; Susan Parker, Associate Professor, Accounting; Al Bruno, Professor, Marketing; Anna Han, Associate Professor, Law; Paul Soukup, S.J., Professor, Communication; Kapil K. Nanda, Member, Board of Trustees, and Founder, Chairman and CEO of Infogain Corporation; and Jay Leupp, Member, Board of Regents; Member, Business School Advisory Committee; and Chairman of Alesco Global Advisors LLC.
Faculty Awards
Several faculty were honored with awards for teaching, scholarship, and service at the Faculty Recognition Event on September 14, 2009:
Louis and Dorina Brutocao Award for Teaching Excellence: William Prior, Professor of Philosophy
Award for Sustained Excellence in Scholarship: Sam Hernandez, Professor of Art
Award for Recent Achievement in Scholarship: Michelle Marvier, Associate Professor of Biology and Environmental Studies
Inclusive Excellence Award: Gerdenio Manuel, S.J., Associate Professor of Psychology and Rector of the Jesuit Community at Santa Clara.
President’s Special Recognition Awards:
Steven Chiesa, Associate Professor and Department Chair, Civil Engineering;
Dennis Gordon, Professor of Political Science and Director of International Programs from 1992 to 2009;
Bradley Joondeph, Associate Professor of Law and Associate Director of Faculty Development
Faculty Senate Professor Award: Meir Statman, Professor of Finance
Congratulations to all the awardees!