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Dear Alumni, Parents, Friends, and Colleagues,

Oh, what a difference a year makes. Having just “lapped” and completed my first year at Santa Clara University, I am excited to reflect back on an amazing year thanks to our incredibly talented and engaged students, faculty, staff, parents, administrators, and alumni. Looking ahead, next year promises to be action-packed. In this newsletter, you will see the breadth and depth of accomplishments across all disciplines in the College. We are excited to share and celebrate with you.

For years, Ethnic Studies and Women’s and Gender Studies have been College programs, offering companion majors (which students could complete as a complement to another major). This year, the Board of Trustees approved stand-alone majors and Department status for both disciplines. The Board of Trustees also approved a new interdisciplinary major in Neuroscience. We are excited to make these significant improvements to our curriculum and infrastructure in support of current and future students.

Thinking ahead, watch your email for formal announcements and details on our TWO Frank Sinatra Chairs for 2016-17: Scholar-Artist-in-Residence, actress and playwright, Anna Deavere Smith, and Artists-in-Residence, global musicians and cultural entrepreneurs, Silk Road Ensemble. Known for her roles in The West Wing and Nurse Jackie, Ms. Smith is said to have created a new form of theatre. Following interviews with scores of individuals, usually on a topic of civic and political interest, she creates theatre works in which she plays many characters representing multiple points of view. Her work has been described as “a blend of theatrical art, social commentary, journalism, and intimate reverie.” Ms. Smith is University Professor at New York University where she teaches at the Tisch School of the Arts. Inspired by the exchange of ideas and traditions along the historical Silk Road, cellist Yo-Yo Ma established the Silk Road Project in 1998 to explore how the arts can advance global understanding. The Silk Road Ensemble works to connect the world through the arts, focusing its efforts in three areas: musical performance, learning programs, and cultural entrepreneurship. We hope to see you at their performances.

AND, we are poised to open the Edward M. Dowd Art and Art History Building with its stunning Chihuly sculpture and launch of the SCU Arts District, a celebration this fall of all of the arts on campus: visual, literary, performing, exhibitions, and collections. We invite you to join us for a Community Celebration on Saturday, October 22nd when we will formally open the building to all and kick-off a yearlong celebration of the arts at Santa Clara University. 

2016 commencementMost importantly, congratulations to the class of 2016 and their families. In the words of 2016 Valedictorian Gus Hardy, “goodbye, goodbye, goodbye.” But, he and I both say those words understanding that it’s goodbye for now and we’ll remain in touch and see you all soon.

Wishing everyone the best!
Debbie Tahmassebi, Dean

College Highlights
  Juan Felipe Herrera with faculty A visit from U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera showed how poetry serves to not only uplift our spirits but also articulate our desires for social justice for those on the margins of society. 

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  Larry Brillian 2016 DeNardo Lectureship

The 9th annual Gerald and Sally DeNardo Lectureship in the health sciences featured Dr. Larry Brilliant, who intrigued the audience with stories of human ingenuity brought about by unlikely discoveries.

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  More highlights:
  • The William J. Rewak, S.J. Professorship for the teaching scholar who fosters the highest ideals of a Catholic, Jesuit education goes to…
  • The 2016 College Showcase featured a celebration of faculty and student achievement
  • OLLI@SCU has a million reasons to celebrate
  • A Santa Clara family provides for the creation of an unrivaled first-year math experience for undergraduate students
Day of Giving
  Day of Giving 2016 Thank you to everyone who went "All In" for the College of Arts and Sciences on the Day of Giving, April 6! Together, we raised $92,909 from 464 gifts with an additional $16,260 in matching funds from the dollar and participation challenges. All 25 departments and programs, plus OLLI@SCU, received gifts. Thanks for being part of SCU's and the College's most successful Day of Giving yet!

Student Spotlight
  Gus Hardy Class of 2016 Valedictorian, Gus Hardywill tell you within minutes of meeting him that he has autism—and then he will engage you with stories that demonstrate his passion for human connection.

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  Hayley Raquer

Hayley Raquer ’16 will help make it possible to tailor an individual’s own immune defenses to fight specific diseases through her internship with the National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

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Óscar Quiroz-Medrano '17 wants all children of color who visit campus to see someone who looks like them going to school here so they can see Santa Clara as a place for themselves.

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   More student stories: Jake Lans '16Paris Coyne '16, more.

Featured Faculty
  Geometry and the making of wallpaper combine for an interesting book by Associate Professor of Mathematics Frank Farris.

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  Tobias Wofford

Tobias Wofford's fellowship with the Smithsonian American Art Museum supports his book project, Visualizing Diaspora: Africa in African American Art, and allows him to research African American artists from the 1960s through the present.

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  Sharmila Lodhia Sharmila Lodhia '94 teaches about the ways in which ideas on women and violence vary across a range of legal, cultural, and geographic borders—and how this impacts the ability of people to advocate for them. 

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   More faculty stories: Brian BuckleyAlberto Ribas-Casasayas, Tim Myers, more.

Alumni Updates
  Amanda Diefenderfer Amanda Diefenderfer '09 takes her marketing instincts and love of language and community to build a business.

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  Stephanie Goodman When tragedy strikes, many of us get locked up in grief while others, like Fulbright Scholar Stephanie Goodman '15, get busy figuring out how to make sure it won't happen again. 

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Ann Wolfe '99 is senior curator and deputy director of the Nevada Museum of Art. Professor Kathleen Maxwell recently caught up with her. Read More about Ann »

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Coming Events
Osher Lifelong Learning Institute - Fall Open House
9 AM | Locatelli Student Activity Center
Fall Classes Begin                                                                 
Grand Reunion: 2017 Travel Abroad Opportunities with OLLI
1:30 PM | Location to be announced
Grand Reunion: Theatre and Dance All Reunion Reception
7 PM | Fess Parker Studio 
Grand Reunion: College of Arts and Sciences Reception
6 PM | Vari Hall Patio and Foyer
Anna Deavere Smith, Sinatra Scholar-Artist-in-Residence
7:30 PM | Louis B. Mayer Theatre
SCU Arts District Launch: Community Celebration
Saturday, October 22, 2016 - 11 AM to 3 PM
Edward M. Dowd Art and Art History Building
Edward M. Dowd Building

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College of Arts and Sciences
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