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Santa Clara University, April 16, 2007, Vol. 7, No. 13


Table of contents

Broncos welcome new head men's basketball coach
Million dollar gift to law school will endow a prize
Tenure and promotions announced
Preview Days
Students teach local high schools to go 'green'
Honoring Dick Davey
Women's soccer team raises money and awareness for breast cancer research


Broncos welcome new head men's basketball coach
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The SCU community and local media welcomed Kerry Keating as the new men's basketball coach on April 9 at the Leavey Center. Read the press release. Photos by Charles Barry.


Million dollar gift to law school will endow a prize
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Katharine and George Alexander.

Santa Clara University School of Law today announced a gift of $1 million from Katharine and George Alexander, former SCU law school dean and his wife. The gift will endow a prize, the “Katharine and George Alexander Law Prize,” that recognizes a person who has used skill, knowledge, and abilities in the field of law to correct injustice.

The first prize will be awarded March 8, 2008—George Alexander’s birthday.

“We hope that the prize will not only give the public a higher regard for the legal profession but also be an inspiration within the legal profession and a recognition of the good work of so many in the field of law,” said the Alexanders in a written statement .

Selection criteria will include factors such as the innovative nature of the programs or other activities undertaken, the courage and self-sacrifice required of the recipient, the sustainability of the programs the individual has implemented, the number of people benefited, and any other indications that the recipient is committed in both heart and mind to alleviating injustice and inequity. Read more.

Tenure and promotions announced

Those receiving tenure and promoted to the rank of associate professor are:

  • Darren Atkinson, computer engineering
  • Bridget Cooks Cumbo, art history
  • Laura Ellingson, communication
  • Drazen Fabris, mechanical engineering
  • James Lai, political science
  • Kris Mitchener, economics

Those receiving tenure and already associate professors are:

  • Ana Maria Pineda, RSM, religious studies
  • Thomas Schwarz, S.J., computer engineering

Those promoted to the rank of full professor are:

  • Fred Parella, religious studies
  • Drew Starbird, OMIS
  • Tim Urdan, psychology

Congratulations to all!

Preview Days
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Rain did not dampen the spirits of accepted students as they toured the campus and connected with SCU faculty and students during Preview Days 2007, April 14 and 15.  Photos by Charles Barry.


Students teach local high schools to go 'green'

Santa Clara University students working with the Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon competition have developed an outreach program to bring the environmental message further into the community by hosting their own “Sustainability Decathlon,” a competition for local high schools to “green” their own campuses.

With help from SCU student mentors, area high schools will compete in 10 categories that encompass the social, environmental, and economic aspects of sustainability. Each school receives a toolkit, which includes project ideas, specific resource contacts, descriptions and details of all workshops held throughout the competition, and a suggested leadership structure.

St. Francis High School in Mountain View and Leadership Public School San Jose have already signed up. Likely to participate are Santa Clara High School, St. Lawrence Academy, Archbishop Mitty High School, and Presentation High School.

On May 5, the competitors will be judged by SCU faculty in 10 categories:

  • Education on campus
  • Outreach in the community
  • Organization of Awareness Day or event
  • Web site
  • Conservation
  • Energy understanding
  • Economics/cost analysis
  • Campus involvement
  • Ethics/social responsibility
  • Technology/innovation

The students will be helped by a $20,000 grant from Intel Corp. About half of the money will go to operational expenses (travel, marketing, etc.), but the rest will be available to the high schools to improve their school’s sustainability plans, explains Katherine Powell, a sophomore in communications. “I hope high schools learn that being an environmentalist and being interested in sustainability doesn’t have to mean that you wear Birkenstocks and tie-dye,” she said.

For more information, visit SCU’s Solar Decathlon team Web site.

Honoring Dick Davey

Santa Clara University will host a reception April 25 to honor longtime basketball coach Dick Davey, who retired this season after 30 years with the basketball program. The reception begins at 4 p.m. and will be held in the Leavey Center. Davey will take on a new position to help raise friends and funds to support the 19 intercollegiate athletic programs at the University. The reception is free and open to the public. Please RSVP to Donna Bolio by April 17.

Women's soccer team raises money and awareness for breast cancer research
The Santa Clara Women’s Soccer team is joining the fight against breast cancer by taking part in the Kicks Against Breast Cancer Tournament on April 28 at Stanford University. In the weeks leading up to the event, the team will be selling “pinkie” rubber bracelets for $2 each in the Benson Center in an effort to raise money to help find a cure. The bracelets feature the Santa Clara Broncos logo and the words “Santa Clara Women’s Soccer Kicks Against Breast Cancer.” All of the proceeds from the sales of the bracelets will go toward the funding of breast cancer research through the Stanford University Breast Cancer Research Center, the Community Breast Health Project, and the Claudia Mayer Foundation. The tournament will run all day. Admission is free and donations are encouraged. For more information, please visit the team’s Web site. undefined


SCU Events

Earth Week 2007
April 16-20
The Santa Clara University Green Club will be holding its annual Earth Day celebration on April 18. Earth Day is held in conjunction with other related events, designed to educate and involve students in sustainability issues. For more information, visit the Green Club Web site.

Diaspora Symposium
Spring quarter
The Diaspora Symposium will examine various African, Asian, Latino, and Native American diasporas. Dates and locations vary throughout the spring quarter. This symposium is sponsored by SCU’s Center for Multicultural Learning with a grant from the Irvine Foundation. For more information and exact dates of the events, visit the symposium Web site.

“Unlocking the Potential of Solar Energy,” featuring Mike Splinter President and CEO, Applied Materials
April 20, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Mayer Theatre, Free
Learn how the strengths of Silicon Valley—innovation, risk-taking, technological savvy, and a willingness to change the world—can be the keys to making affordable solar power a more meaningful part of the global energy supply. This event is in partnership with SCU’s School of Engineering. For more information, view the event flier (PDF).

Santa Clara University’s School of Law Spring Banquet
April 27, 6 p.m. dinner, 7 p.m. dinner and awards, Leavey Center
This event will honor the recipients of the Alumni Special Achievement Award and the Edwin J. Owens lawyer of the year. School of Law Spring Banquet invitation (PDF).

More SCU events.

SCU in the News

Jane Curry (political science) wrote an article for the April 9 issue of America magazine about Poland and its Communist background. Read the article (subscription needed)

SCU’s School of Engineering’s remote-controlled submarine Triton and its next mission are featured in an article in the Nevada Appeal News Service. Read the article.

SCU students were featured on KTVU’s “Morning’s on 2” after returning from spring break immersion trips. Watch the segment.

More SCU in the news.

SCU People

Carol Ann Giancarlo has been appointed director of assessment, effective April 16. Previously she was associate professor of liberal studies and education. This new position responds to a widely felt need for University-level coordination and support of assessment of student learning outcomes.

Wendy J. Guthrie has been selected as the assistant director for administration of the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics. Guthrie will be responsible for all administrative activities of the Center, including events, budget and finance, and operations.

More SCU in the news.

Grants, awards, and publications

Richard Barber (physics) has received $19,513 in subcontract funding from UC Berkeley to support “Spatial Instabilites, Homogeneities and Promximity Effects: Highly Correlated Metals.” UC Berkeley’s award is funded by the U.S. Department of Energy. The award with this amendment totals $35,750.

Wil Burns (law) spoke on March 30 at the American Society of International Law’s annual meeting on the prospects of international climate change litigation. Burns has also been commissioned by Aspen Press to co-author a textbook on climate change law. The release date is April 2008.

Joanne Martin’s (theatre and dance) design work was used in a presentation at the U.S. Institute for Theatre Technology.

Edwin Maurer (civil engineering) has recently been published: Vicuna, S., E.P. Maurer, B. Joyce, J.A. Dracup, D. Purkey, 2007, “The sensitivity of California water resources to climate change scenarios,” Journal of the American Water Resources Association, Vol. 43 No. 2, 482-498, doi: 10.1111 / j.1752-1688.2007.00038

Leilani Miller (biology) has received $12,400 in Research Experiences (REU) for Undergraduates supplemental funding from the National Science Foundation to support “RUI: Functional Analysis of the C. elegans Winged-Helix Transcription Factor, LIN-31.” These funds will support two undergraduate students’ research participation on the project. Miller also received REU supplemental student research funding in 2004, 2005, and 2006.

Charles Powers (sociology) and Marilyn Fernandez (sociology) have been selected to be the co-editors of Sociological Perspectives, the official journal of the Pacific Sociological Association.

Nancy Unger’s (history) article “We Say What We Think Club: Rural Wisconsin Women and the Development of Environmental Ethics,” [Wisconsin Magazine of History Vol. 90, No. 1 (Autumn, 2006): 16-27] received honorable mention for the 2006 Alice Hamilton Prize of the American Society for Environmental History.

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