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Dear Alumni and Friends,

Spring is a time of change and regrowth, and Spring quarter is always for us a time of transformation. It is a time when our senior students graduate and move on to a new stage of life. Our annual reception in May is a time to acknowledge their successes and highlight their movement into a new stage of life. It is the end of the academic year, and a time when some faculty also chose to move on to new stages of their careers. Gary Macy will be moving into phased retirement later this year, and will also be moving to Oregon. He will continue to teach courses for our Graduate Program in Pastoral Ministries, but will no longer be a physical presence in the department. Jean Molesky-Poz will also no longer teach for us following Spring quarter, in order to dedicate more time to her writing. Winter quarter also saw the successful conclusion of our search in the area of Religion/Theology and Ecology. Paul Schutz, a doctoral candidate at Fordham University, has accepted our offer, and will be joining us in the Fall. We will introduce him fully in the Fall issue of Perspectives.

David Gray
Chair, Religious Studies Department

Department News
RELS S17 macy molesky-poz As Gary Macy and Jean Molesky-Poz retire, we reflect on their many years at SCU.

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Tom Juntenen RELS Spr17 Alumnus Tom Juntunen visits Religious Ethics in Business class. 

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RELS S17 las madres Las Madres Escritoras share their stories of faith and resilience with students at SCU.

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RELS S17 buck v bell Buck v Bell combined music, law, and ethics in the first public performance of a new choral work.

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RELS S17 orobator Father Orobator speaks at a panel presentation at SCU hosted by Teresia Hinga.

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Student Highlights
RELS S17 reception

Annual Spring Reception: Celebrating the class of 2017, award winners, and new Theta Alpha Kappa members.

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RELS S17 uc davis conference

UC Davis Conference: Paul Kenniston '17 and Grace Zimmerman '18 present papers based on research they began while studying abroad in India.

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RELS S17 architects of solidarity

Architects of Solidarity: Students engage the local community.

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RELS S17 alana beaton Alana Beaton, Religious Studies minor, had a wonderful year so far, living mainly in Barcelona, Spain. She also has traveled to more than 20 countries so far including Portugal, France, Italy, Austria, Germany, Morocco, Sweden, and plans to visit even more this coming summer. In June and July, Alana will be interning at Insieme in Italy as an English teacher (thanks to a posting in the RS department)!

Faculty Updates
Margaret McLean Margaret McLean and Ana María Pineda, R.S.M. receive honors in their fields.

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Ana Maria Pineda Ana María Pineda, R.S.M. speaks on her book Romero & Grande: Companions on the Journey.

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RELS S17 molesky-poz book cover Jean Molesky-Poz: Winter & Spring '17 lecturer, presenter, preacher, author, and advisor.

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More faculty news from David DeCosse, David Pinault, Lynn Jencks, Karen Peterson-Iyer and Denise Carmody, Thao Nguyen, S.J., David Gray, Teresia Hinga, Sally Vance-Trembath, Ana María Pineda, R.S.M., Philip Boo Riley, and Fred Parrella.

Alumni Updates
RELS S17 becca hirsch Becca Hirsch ‘10, Religious Studies and Psychology double major, is still involved with the organization Interfaith Youth Core to which she was first introduced during her time at SCU. Now a Marriage and Family Therapist practicing in Chicago, Becca works in interfaith and intercultural couples counseling. She wrote an article for the Interfaith Youth Core you might enjoy.
RELS S17 christina silva

Christina Silva '08: Understanding religious diversity helps in her work at The Villages Medical Auxiliary in San Jose.

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Perspectives would enjoy hearing what alumni are up to or what they remember about their time with the department. Please email us at 


Santa Clara University
Department of Religious Studies
500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara, CA 95053
Phone: 408.554.4547