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Santa Clara University, November 1, 2006, Vol. 7, No. 4


Table of contents

Campus Sustainability Day
Conference focuses on mental disorders of the new millennium
Small tent, big issues
High tech, high touch, high visibility for SCU Career Center
New senior administrator
New on the Web



Campus Sustainability Day
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Following Campus Sustainability Day on Oct. 25, more than 120 students, faculty, and staff had taken the Sustainability PLEDGE.



Conference focuses on mental disorders of the new millennium

Leading experts from across the United States will offer an in-depth look at some of the more challenging contemporary mental health issues of this century at Mental Disorders of the New Millennium on Nov. 3 at SCU. The conference will also serve as a book launch for a three-volume set, with the same title.


“We are trying to take some of the contemporary, hot issues that we hear about every day in the press and have experts in those areas offer a thoughtful, reflection on what is the current state-of-the-art understanding of these kinds of disorders and problems,” says Thomas Plante, professor and chair of SCU’s department of psychology. Plante edited the three volumes of Mental Disorders of the New MillenniumVol. I: Behavioral Issues, Vol. II: Public and Social Problems, Vol. III: Biology and Function—and authored several of the chapters.


Featured topics at the daylong program include mothers who kill their children, adolescent self-injurious behavior (cutting), autism spectrum disorders, pedophile priests, body dysmorphic disorder, youth gangs, Munchhausen syndrome by proxy, and narcissism. Read more.  

Small tent, big issues

The weathered khaki tent erected on the Santa Clara Mall from Oct. 16 through 20 as part of Refugee Awareness Week stood in sharp contrast to the stately campus buildings surrounding it. The permanent structures dwarfed their temporary neighbor, its soiled sides, frayed holes, and roped stakes a testament to its transitory nature.

But the stark disparity served its intended purpose: bringing attention to the plight of the refugees displaced by the genocide and unrest in Darfur, Sudan, said Matt Smith, a campus minister and director of Santa Clarans for Social Justice, one of the primary organizers of the event. Catholic Relief Services provided the tent, which was actually used last year in Banda Aceh, on the western tip of Indonesia, to shelter refugees from the Dec. 26, 2004, tsunami.

Activities during the week included tours of the tent, speakers (including Sudan expert Michael Kevane, Environmental Studies Institute Associate Professor Leslie Gray; religious studies Associate Professor Teresia Hinga; and Lynette Parker, a staff attorney with the Katharine and George Alexander Community Law Center), daily reflections, and a 1,000-calorie-a-day fast—the same ration to which the United Nations cut refugee sustenance. The money saved from the reduced-calorie diet, as well as other contributions from passers-by, will be sent to organizations helping refugees in Sudan. Those interested perused written information about the genocide and other refugee issues at the table accompanying the tent. Read more.

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Students raise awareness and money for refugees around the world during
Refugee Awareness Week, Oct. 16-20.



High tech, high touch, high visibility for SCU Career Center

The Career Center at SCU will be assuming a very visible role at the upcoming International Career Development Conference, dubbed “Integrating High Tech Tools in a High Touch Field,” at the Hyatt Regency in Santa Clara, Nov. 1 through 5.

“Because the conference is so close, we decided this was the perfect opportunity to let people know about what SCU offers to students and alumni, as well as about the master’s program in counseling psychology,” explains Kathy Potter, director of the SCU Career Center.

On the first day of the event, participants who opt for a tour of the Career Center and the University will be bussed to SCU for a first-hand look at programs at the Center, as well as the career services for the counseling psychology, business, and law graduate programs.

On Nov. 4, Potter, along with assistant director of vocation symposia Elizabeth Thompson and assistant director of alumni programs Anne Oja, will present a session titled “Staying High Touch with High-Tech Millennials,” focusing on ways the millennials now in college and recently graduated can develop self-awareness and access their core values to live meaningful lives. Read more.

New senior administrator

Monica Augustin, University Registrar
When Monica Augustin took over as registrar this summer at SCU, she didn’t have to implement a new information system, as she did at her last three jobs, including her most recent at Mount Holyoke College, where she served as registrar for seven years. She did, however, have to learn a new system herself, which she considered a positive aspect of the job. “I love new experiences,” she says. “It’s all about learning.”


In her trek up the learning curve, she has already begun thinking of ways to improve things. “My personal goals are to make operations as seamless as possible,” she explains.

Although Augustin loves most new experiences, there’s one old experience she could do without: “I loathe flying, although I do. I take Amtrak,” she says. “I read on the train. I have a sleeping car. I meet people who are traveling. I love it!”

New on the Web

The Media Services Web publishing team, along with the Office of Marketing and Communications, developed a new interactive online campus map. New features include improved navigation, updated information, and a list of off-campus locations where the ACCESS card is accepted. Check out the new page.

SCU Events


Open enrollment is under way through Nov. 30
For additional information about open re-enrollment, visit the Human Resources Web site. For detailed information regarding plan offerings and 2007 premium rates, please review the Staff and Faculty Benefit Summaries.

Center of Performing Arts, “Música para El Día de los Muertos,” Nov. 3, pre-concert talk 7:15 p.m., music 8 p.m., Recital Hall:
The Mexican Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) holiday honors the memories of deceased loved ones and celebrates the continuity of life.  SCU Department of Music faculty artists, Bay Area artists, and the Santa Clara Chamber Singers will perform a unique concert entitled “Música para El Día de los Muertos,” that embodies the spirit of this traditional holiday. Tickets are $5-$12. A reception will follow the event. For tickets or more information, contact the Center of Performing Arts box office at 408-554-4015.

California Studies Symposium: Situating Mission Santa Clara de Asís: 1776 – 1851,
Nov. 11, 2-4 p.m., Wiegand Room, Arts and Sciences Bldg.:
The California Studies Initiative is co-sponsoring a symposium on a new book, Situating Mission Santa Clara de Asis: 1776-1851, Documentary and Material Evidence of Life on the Alta California Frontier: A Timeline, by Russell Skowronek, with Elizabeth Thompson.

More SCU events.

SCU in the News


Engineering students at SCU were featured in several media reports about a project they are working on with NASA to prepare, monitor, and analyze data collected from a "nano" satellite scheduled to launch in Decemeber. Watch one of the reports.

Lindsey Cromwell (Sustainability at SCU) was interviewed on KCBS-AM about the sustainable efforts at SCU. Listen to the report.

Michael Kevane (economics) was quoted in a New York Times article about how oil and real estate are popular investments in Sudan. Read the article.

Ed Maurer (civil engineering) was quoted in articles featured in a Modesto Bee special report titled “Water Works.” The articles focused on the projected impacts of global warming on Central Valley water resources. Read one of the articles.

Santa Clarans for Social Justice displayed a refugee tent on the SCU campus during the week of Oct. 16 to raise awareness for the refugees around the world. Their efforts were featured on a number of media outlets. Read the story from KCBS-AM, watch the story on CBS 5, or read the story in the San Jose Mercury News.

More SCU in the news.

SCU People


Linda Degastaldi joins the Office of Marketing and Communications as the new creative director. Degastaldi comes to SCU from The Tech Museum of Innovation in San Jose. 

Grants, awards, and publications


Angelo Ancheta (Katharine and George Alexander Community Law Center) has received a one-year renewal award of $31,418 from the State Bar of California to support the Center’s work in providing legal services to low-income clients in the areas of workers’ rights, workers’ compensation, immigration, and consumer matters.

Mark Aschheim (civil engineering) contributed to the book Design of Straw Bale Buildings: State of the Art by Bruce King with contributing authors: Mark Aschheim, Rene Dalmeijer, Kevin Donahue, Martin Hammer, Kelly Lerner, David Mar, Dan Smith, Nehemiah Stone, John Straube, Matt Summers, and Bob Theis.

Geof Bowker (Center for Science, Technology, and Soceity), Allen Hammond (law), and Chad Raphael (communication) have received a one-year award through the Center of Science, Technology, and Society from the California Consumer Protection Fund that provides $40,000 to support "Increasing the Participation of Low-Income People, People of Color, Limited-English Proficient People, People with Disabilities and Rural Residents in California on the Municipal Broadband Policy Debate."

Andre Delbecq (business) has been awarded the David L. Bradford Distinguished Educator Award by the Organizational Behavior Teaching Society.

Kim Tavares (purchasing) has authored and published a book of poems, Inside Out, covering various life experience topics and LGBT issues. Her book is now available at the SCU Bookstore. From each book sold, $1 will be donated to the Billy DeFrank Center in San Jose.

Byron Walden’s (mathematics) book Sit and Solve Commuter Hard Crosswords was published in September by Sterling Press.

SCU Archives’ partner, Silicon Valley History Online (SVHO), is the recipient of a three-year Teaching American History grant award. SVHO’s contribution will be adding digital images and documents to the current Web site and archivists going into the classroom to present how to use primary materials. SCU will continue to host the SVHO site and mounting curriculum-related materials through the SVHO Web site.

To submit grants, awards, and publication information, click here.

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