Santa Clara University

Benson Memorial Center

2013-2014 | Bannan Institute

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Saturday, Jan 31, 2015
  • 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM Day of Meditation and Mindfulness: Ignatian-Buddhist Dialogue and Practice

    January 31, 2015 | 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
    Multifaith Sanctuary, St. Joseph’s Hall

    Fee $25, lunch included

    Join us for a day of mindfulness and meditation in the Ignatian and Zen traditions. Experienced Dharma Teacher and SCU Religious Studies Professor, Sarita Tamayo-Moraga and Robert Scholla, S.J., Bannan Faculty Fellow in the Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education, will guide participants through a series of meditation and mindfulness practices from the Catholic (Ignatian) and Buddhist (Zen) traditions. This retreat grows out of a yearlong dialogue and interreligious retreat both facilitators participated in, examining the intersections and distinctions among Zen Buddhist practice and Ignatian Spirituality. 

    Sarita Tamayo-Moraga is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Religious Studies at Santa Clara University.  Her scholarship focuses on comparative mysticism (primarily Buddhism and Catholicism), and the use of mindfulness in pedagogy.  Her research focuses on how the spiritual practices of different religious traditions, especially Catholicism and Buddhism, transform suffering into peace, joy, and liberation.  The focus questions for her research are “Why is there so much hatred?  How can spiritual practice transform this?”  She is also Faculty Director of the UNITY Residential Learning Community at Santa Clara University and as such promotes its themes of diversity and civic engagement and is a bridge between the classroom and the residence hall for the students.  In this residence hall and others on campus, she regularly leads “De-stress with Mindfulness” sessions for students.  In addition, she has taught in the Summer LEAD program at Santa Clara University since 2005 and has also been the interim assistant director for this program which is for first-generation college students.  She is Roman Catholic and a Zen Teacher in the Soto Zen tradition and is a dharma heir of the late Darlene Cohen Roshi which means Sarita has been given formal permission within the lineage of Suzuki Roshi, founder of San Francisco Zen Center, to teach Zen independently.  Since 2005, she has co-facilitated two meditation groups on campus through the Ignatian Center at Santa Clara University.  Since 2008, she has also co-facilitated the Contemplatives in Action network on campus.  She is also guest teacher for the Crystal Springs Sangha in San Mateo, a Zen group and one of the Zen groups at Stanford University. 


    Robert W. Scholla S.J., is the Bannan Faculty Fellow in the Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education at Santa Clara University. Rob holds a doctorate in Fundamental Theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome. Although passionate about classroom work and having taught for almost forty years, over the years Rob’s pastoral labor has brought him to serve families seeking healing from domestic violence and young people in juvenile detention. For twenty-five years Rob has regularly offered Ignatian retreats and engaged in spiritual ministries. Having completed his term as rector of the Jesuit Community at Loyola Marymount University, Rob happily returns to service at Santa Clara.


    Location: St. Joseph's Hall, Multifaith Sanctuary
Saturday, Feb 21, 2015
  • 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM Ignatian Leadership Symposium

    Fee: $10 per event ($25 for full smposium)
    Lunch included with registration

    Three notable Santa Clara University alumnae, who have all provided significant leadership around issues of justice, faith, and the intellectual life, will reflect on the foundations of and challenges within their vocational commitments and leadership.

    Co-sponsored by Alumni Relations, the President's Office, and the Center for Student Leadership (Family Weekend)

    8:30–9:00 a.m. Registration Open; Continental Breakfast Available

    9:00–9:15 a.m. Welcome and Introduction
    Michael Engh, S.J., President, Santa Clara University

    Leadership and Justice
    Zoe LofgrenSCU (J.D.) '75, U.S. Representative, California, 19th Congressional District
    February 21, 2015 | 9:15-10:30 AM
    Recital Hall, Music and Dance Building

    Conversants: Cynthia Mertens, Professor, Santa Clara Law and Elsa Chen, Associate Professor, Political Science Department, Santa Clara University

    Contingent upon 2015 Congressional Calendar

    Zoe Lofgren serves as U.S. Representative, California from the 19th Congressional District. She was born in San Mateo, California and attended public schools (K-12) in Palo Alto, California.  Lofgren received her B.A. in Political Science from Stanford University and her J.D., cum laude, from Santa Clara School of Law. Earlier in her career, Lofgren served as Staff Assistant to her predecessor, Congressman Don Edwards, 1970-1978, with whom she Worked on impeachment proceedings for President Nixon, the Equal Rights Amendment, and creation of the Don Edwards National Wildlife Refuge in the South San Francisco Bay. Lofgren practiced immigration law as a partner in the firm of Webber & Lofgren from 1978-1980, taught immigration law at Santa Clara School of Law from 1977-1980, and served on Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors, 1981-1994.  She was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1994 as the only freshman Democrat from west of the Rocky Mountains.  Lofgren currently serves on Committee on Homeland Security in the Subcommittee on Intelligence, Information Sharing, and Terrorism Risk Assessment, the Subcommittee on Economic Security, Infrastructure Protection, and Cybersecurity, and the Subcommittee on Management, Integration, and Oversight.  She also serves on Committee on the Judiciary: in the Subcommittee on Courts, the Internet, and Intellectual Property, the Subcommittee on Immigration and Claims, and the Subcommittee on Immigration, Border Security, and Claims.  Lofgren serves as Chair of the 38 Member California Democratic Congressional Delegation.  She is married to John Marshall Collins and together they have two children, Sheila and John Collins.


    Leadership and Faith
    Sharon KuglerSCU '81, University Chaplain, Yale University
    February 21, 2015 | 11:00 a.m.-12:15 p.p
    Recital Hall, Music and Dance Building

    Conversants: Tom Massaro, S.J., Dean, Jesuit School of Theology, Santa Clara University and María de la Luz (Lulu) Santana, SCU (M.A.) ’97, Director of Campus Ministry, Santa Clara University

    Sharon M.K. Kugler is seventh University Chaplain to Yale University. She came to New Haven from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore where she had served as the University Chaplain since 1993.  Kugler has over two decades of experience in ministry in higher education, interfaith collaboration, pastoral and social ministry. Her main focus at Yale is to further cultivate a chaplaincy for students, faculty and staff which defines itself by serving the needs of the richly diverse religious and spiritual traditions on campus allowing for deeper dialogue, increased accessibility, personal growth, creative educational opportunities and pastoral leadership.  Together with the Associate Chaplains, the Chaplain’s Office staff and the members of Yale Religious Ministry she is cultivating an inclusive sense of community within a religiously plural population. Kugler is the past president of both the National Association of College and University Chaplains (NACUC) and the Association of College and University Religious Affairs (ACURA). She received her Masters degree from Georgetown University and is a member of the Theta Alpha Kappa National Honor Society for Religious Studies and Theology. Her masters thesis, "The Limits and Possibilities of Building a Religiously Plural Community" was used by the United States Department of Defense Office of the Chief of Chaplains as a training tool for new chaplains in the military.  She completed her undergraduate education at Santa Clara University. Kugler is Roman Catholic and originates from northern California. She is married and has two daughters.

    Leadership and the Intellectual Life
    Janet NapolitanoSCU '79, President, University of California System
    February 21, 2015 | 1:30-2:45 p.m.
    Recital Hall, Music and Dance Building

    Conversants: Paul Fitzgerald, S.J., SCU ’80, President, University of San Francisco, Dennis Jacobs, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Santa Clara University

    Janet Napolitano is the 20th president of the University of California, leading a university system with 10 campuses, five medical centers, three affiliated national laboratories, and a statewide agriculture and natural resources program.  Napolitano is a distinguished public servant with a record of leading large, complex organizations at the federal and state levels. She served as Secretary of Homeland Security from 2009-13, as Governor of Arizona from 2003-09, as Attorney General of Arizona from 1998-2003, and as U.S. Attorney for the District of Arizona from 1993-97. Before that, she practiced at the law firm of Lewis & Roca in Phoenix, where she became a partner in 1989. She began her career in 1983 as a clerk for Judge Mary M. Schroeder of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. As Governor of Arizona, Napolitano focused on education, from pre-kindergarten through public higher education. She was the first woman to chair the National Governors Association, and was named one of the nation’s top five governors by Time magazine.  Napolitano earned a B.S. degree (summa cum laude in Political Science) in 1979 from Santa Clara University, where she was Phi Beta Kappa, a Truman Scholar and the university’s first female valedictorian. She received her law degree in 1983 from the University of Virginia School of Law. Napolitano holds honorary degrees from several universities and colleges, including Emory University. Pomona College, and Northeastern University. In 2010, she was awarded the prestigious Thomas Jefferson Foundation Medal (Law), the University of Virginia’s highest external honor.

    2:45 PM-3:00 p.m. Closing
    Mick McCarthy, S.J., Executive Director, Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education, Santa Clara University


    Location: Music and Dance Facility, Recital Hall
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