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Dear Alumni, Parents, Friends, and Colleagues,

This Sunday marks the formal start of spring: a time of growth and renewal. 

First, a reflection back over winter: As you have likely heard, we launched an amazing new website. The site is now vibrant, updated and does justice to the quality of our College and University. On the site, you will find stories such as the recent update showcasing Blye Faust ’97.  Blye is a Producer of the film Spotlight, which recently earned the Best Picture Oscar. You can also read about the incredible work of our talented faculty such as Michelle Bezanson. Not sure what to do tonight? Check out SCUPresents and come to campus to enjoy music, theatre, dance, film and interesting talks. Most importantly, you will see the work of incredibly talented students such as Casey Clifford ’16. Casey epitomizes the goals of an education in the College of Arts and Sciences at Santa Clara University. She has studied two very distinct disciplines in depth and thoughtfully integrated what she learned in order to develop as an independent scholar. She has clearly found a meaningful way to combine her interests and talents in order to make a positive impact on the world around her.

Now, let’s think about spring: 

For our students, it's a time to ponder next steps. How will I be spending my summer? What will I be doing after I graduate? What classes do I plan to take next year? Am I doing all that I can to make the most of my opportunities at SCU?

For faculty, it's a time to finalize plans for summer scholarship and teaching. What new pedagogy might I introduce into my classes next year? What is an appropriate timeline to get the manuscript/book/exhibition completed on time? Where will be the best place for me to be productive on my writing? Have I thought through what experiments/projects my research students will work on this summer?

For staff, it's an opportunity to prepare for summer projects and other work that just can’t get done during the busy academic year.

For all of us, it’s time for one of my most favorite activities–planning a summer vacation (this is the renewal part)!

As you read through the impressive stories in this issue, please remember to go All in for the College of Arts and Sciences on April 6th, the Annual Day of Giving. What a great way to renew your commitment to the future growth of Santa Clara. 

Wishing everyone all the best,
Debbie Tahmassebi, Dean


College Highlights
  James Caan James Caan Visits SCU: An inspiring and uproarious conversation with actor James Caan, known for his nearly 100 roles in film and television that range from Sonny in The Godfather to Buddy's dad in the comedy Elf.

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  Gen Perkins, ROTC cadets Santa Clara ROTC celebrates its 100-year anniversary, the promotion of Jacoby Gadson to Sergeant Major, and an inspiring visit from General David Perkins.

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  music and social justice festival Music and Social Justice Festival: A live collaboration to create an original piece of contemporary music devoted to social justice and protest is just one of the highlights that made this inaugural event one worth repeating.

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  deborah prothrow-stith With a focus on youth and domestic violence prevention, this year's Valeriote Goldman Symposium featured Dr. Deborah Prothrow-Stith and welcomed experts from San Jose, Chicago, and El Salvador.

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  OSHER Osher Lifelong Learning:  The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Santa Clara University (OLLI@SCU) is a community of seasoned lifelong learners, age 50 and better.

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Student Spotlight
  Ameera Naguib Ameera Naguib '16: Her travel abroad to Egypt and Jordan influenced a political science honors project and a calling to serve refugees.

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  Natalie Grazian Natalie Grazian '16: Spain's pilgrimage path down the Camino de Santiago - combined with SCU opportunities - become early steps on the road to becoming an English teacher.

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  Anthropology and Environmental Studies double major Julia Tawney '16 experienced a certain simplicity and peacefulness while teaching in Indonesia.

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  casey clifford Casey Clifford '16 merges her two areas of study, environmental science and studio art, by working as an illustrator for North American Marine Environment Protection Association and for the SCU Cultural Resource Management program.

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  judy ngo Judy Ngo '16: The Making of a Musical Theatre Teacher.

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Featured Faculty
  Lucia Gilbert Lucia Gilbert takes her 15 years of research primarily focused on women working in traditionally male-dominated fields, and directs it toward a newfound interest in wine.

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  Ron Hansen

Ron Hansen M.A. '95: When not writing creatively himself, the professor brings his gift of storytelling and his advocacy for written expression to the classroom.

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  Carolynn Roncaglia From archaeology to iconography, Carolynn Roncaglia is on the hunt for Greek and Roman inscriptions throughout Northern Italy.

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  Anna Sampaio Anna Sampaio: “Race and ethnicity are a truly profound and enduring part of our experience. They’re both personally and intellectually fascinating—and all of this comes together in Latina/o politics.”

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  Eric Tillman

SCU welcomes Fletcher Jones Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Eric Tillman, known for a dynamic research lab that offers students ample opportunities to co-author papers.

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Alumni Updates
  jesse caenmerer Jesse Caemmerer '14, Political Science, has been selected to the inaugural class of Schwarzman Scholars, known as the "China Rhodes," with an acceptance rate of just 3.7%.

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  jennifer zeidan Jennifer Zeidan '09, Studio Art, has a career that has taken her from from Al Jazeera to Lucas Film.

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  Thomas Eichenberg '76, M.S. '77 on family, service, and his three-person SCU alumni group in Baghdad.

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  amanda major Amanda Major '09, Chemistry and French, is a practicing dentist in Sonoma County who spends her free time giving back and getting outdoors.

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  Kurt Wagner Tech journalist Kurt Wagner '12, Communication and Political Science, reflects on his favorite class at SCU and his most rewarding story.

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Featured Events
pasquale esposito


Vari Symposium

Join us as we trace Caruso’s footsteps through Italian opera arias, Neapolitan songs, Italian and American standards, and original compositions accompanied by captivating footage of the Amalfi Coast and Naples, Italy.  

Featured artist Pasquale Esposito is a celebrated tenor who will perform songs from his PBS special, Pasquale Esposito Celebrates Enrico Caruso. The special is a docu-concert that pays homage to the legendary Caruso by taking the audience on a musical journey highlighting the songs, places, and cities that made him an international star. With narration from special guest actor Dino Natali and collaboration on duets from San Francisco Opera's gifted soprano Julie Adams, it will be a night to remember.

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Larry Brilliant


DeNardo Lectureship

We welcome Dr. Larry Brilliant, physician, activist, and computer networking pioneer, as our featured speaker for our 2016 DeNardo Lectureship. Also well known as an Internet entrepreneur and the 2006 winner of the TED Prize, Dr. Brilliant describes himself as a social change “addict.” He played a key role in the World Health Organization's (WHO) drive to eradicate smallpox in India, eventually presiding over the last known case in 1980. Dr. Brilliant’s career has run the gamut as Vice President of Google, Executive Director of Google.org, President of the Jeff Skoll Foundation and President and CEO of the Skoll Global Threats Fund, where he headed a team whose mission was to confront global threats to humanity such as: pandemics, climate change, water, nuclear proliferation, and the Middle East conflict.

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Day of Giving
  Day of Giving 2016 Mark your calendar for SCU's next Day of Giving. Your gift, to any area within the College, will support the development of lifelong learners and, for those of you with a competitive streak; it will also help the College earn matching gifts up for grabs that day. Whichever area of the College you choose to support, join all of the College's biggest supporters and go “All In for SCU on April 6!”

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