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A Celebration of Achievements

The College Showcase allows us to gather to celebrate the many achievements of our faculty and students of the College of Arts and Sciences.

The event will take place Tuesday, May 17, in the California Mission Room of the Benson Center. The reception will begin at 5:15 followed by a program at 6. The event is open to all; RSVP here if you’d like to attend.

Our focus this year is teaching innovation, faculty scholarship and creative work, faculty-mentored student scholarship and creative work, and student-faculty collaborative work.

In teaching innovation, we celebrate the accomplishments of professors who enhance the student experience by designing and implementing new curricula to bring their subject specialty to life and engage students in new ways.

This year, faculty members Chris Bacon, Leslie Gray, and Stephanie Hughes from Environmental Studies and Sciences typified this kind of innovation by redesigning their capstone class. Their revised curriculum is a problem-based, project-oriented course focused on interdisciplinary team projects that meet the course requirements and serve the needs of local partners to improve our community, such as the Open Space District, Second Harvest Food Bank, Transform, and the Silicon Valley Bike Coalition.

We also feature faculty scholarship and creative work by recognizing the academic accomplishments of professors who are active researchers and artists who are invited to speak and publish to share their expertise. A fine example are Music department faculty members Scot Hanna-Weir and Bruno Ruviaro who collaborated on #tweet. Their creation is based on the Paul Laurence Dunbar poem of the same name, and combines live choral singing with electronics performed on smartphones.

Perhaps our most celebrated work is highlighted in the projects where our faculty’s influence is evidenced in the accomplishments of our students. We recognize faculty-mentored student scholarship and creative work in projects like Brian Le’s senior thesis for Classics under the advisement of Dan Turkeltaub. "Food for Thought: Biological and Social Processes of Memory and Sustenance in the Odyssey" was selected for the depth of Brian’s insights and the close textual analyses he conducted that included reading a huge portion of the Odyssey in Greek.

When our faculty has the opportunity to work on projects with students as colleagues, it is no surprise that the results are profound. We honor projects like the one from Paul Abbyad and Ian Smeenk, Chemistry and Biochemistry, which demonstrates the power of student-faculty collaboration. Their collaborative research paper was published in the peer-reviewed journal Analytical Chemistry.

Through the discoveries, performances, research, artistry, collaboration, and dedication to the common good, our faculty and students of the College of Arts and Sciences enrich their colleagues and classmates, our Santa Clara University community, and the world.

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