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Santa Clara University, June 1, 2007, Vol. 7, No. 16

Table of contents

U.S. Circuit Judge tells Law grads opportunities are limitless
Bay Area philanthropist offers $5 million challenge grant for new Learning Commons, Technology Center and Library
Two SCU faculty among 100 Most Influential Latinos of Silicon Valley
SCU students win national fellowships
New core curriculum approved
Seniors pledge to be ‘green’ in the workplace
Winners of fyi survey

U.S. Circuit Judge tells Law grads opportunities are limitless

law school commencement
Faculty, graduates, family, and friends gather in the Mission Gardens for Santa Clara University School of Law's 2007 commencement ceremony. Photos by Charles Barry.

U.S. Circuit Judge and 1975 graduate of Santa Clara University Richard C. Tallman returned home on May 19 when he addressed the class of 2007 at the Santa Clara University School of Law commencement ceremony in the University’s Mission Gardens.

Tallman told the 286 graduates that their newly minted degrees “will open many doors” and will give them the “tools to do great things.” He pointed out that at least five of the 2008 presidential candidates are lawyers. With opportunity and power comes responsibility, Tallman added. He cautioned the new grads to take their ethical obligations seriously. “Simply put, people remember professionalism and courtesy. Conversely, they never forget the opposite.”

Tallman also stressed the importance of recognizing and valuing the support of friends, family, and teachers who helped the graduates get to where they are today. He shared the words on the tombstone of the great industrialist and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie: “Here lies a man who knew how to enlist in his service better men than himself.” Tallman said, “The epitaph is a fitting attribution to those who support each of us, enabling us to exceed our personal limitations and excel through the power of cumulative strength and collective endeavor.”

Tallman, who was presented with an honorary law degree by President Paul Locatelli, S.J., serves as an active U.S. Circuit Judge in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. He was unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate in 2000. Donald Polden, dean of the law school,  served as master of ceremonies and recognized a number of the distinguished guests at the university’s 156th commencement ceremony including: Santa Clara City Mayor Patricia M. Mahan and Santa Clara County District Attorney Dolores Carr.

At the ceremony, 275 juris doctorate degrees and 11 masters of laws degrees were awarded. Of the J.D. degrees, 53 percent were awarded to women and 46 percent were awarded to students of color. The LL.M. degrees included three programs: U.S. law for foreign lawyers, intellectual property law, and international and comparative law.

Read Judge Tallman’s speech in full.

Bay Area philanthropist offers $5 million challenge grant for new Learning Commons, Technology Center, and Library

Library Tour
Sneak peek inside new Library Commons, Technology
Center, and Library. Photos by Charles Barry.

Lorry I. Lokey loves libraries and education.

In his latest display of that passion, Lokey, a Bay Area business leader and founder of Business Wire Inc. has given Santa Clara University a $5 million challenge grant for the University’s new Learning Commons, Technology Center, and Library.

Lokey will match all donations to the library, dollar for dollar, up to $5 million. In addition to this challenge, Lokey has previously made gifts of more than $29 million to Santa Clara University to become one of its largest donors.

Lokey’s gift, plus the matching funds from other donors, will complete the funding for the $95 million Learning Commons, Technology Center, and Library at SCU.

“I'm soft on libraries because my Alameda grammar school librarian in Portland got me to read, which, in turn, developed me into a very good student,” Lokey said. “This challenge grant will allow Santa Clara friends and alumni to make gifts big and small that will have twice the impact. A library is the heart of a learning institution, and it's a privilege to be able to make a major grant to a very fine university.”

Construction of the new building began in summer of 2006 and will be completed by the start of the academic year in fall 2008. It will be roughly twice the size of the former library with an automated retrieval storage system that will expand the library’s capacity to store and access well over a million volumes.

"This is an extraordinarily exciting time at Santa Clara and I am deeply appreciative to Lorry Lokey for his confidence in and his support of Santa Clara," said SCU President Paul Locatelli, S.J. “His philanthropy is consistent, inspirational, and far-sighted. Lorry’s belief in and commitment to the importance of Jesuit education has made a significant difference to Santa Clara.”

“Education helped me become who I am today,” Lokey said. “Universities like Santa Clara help students develop their morals, their ethics, their intellect and I love doing my part to help make that happen.”

His philosophy of philanthropy is to give it all away which is nearly $320 million so far. “I don’t want anything left around when I go. You can’t imagine the pleasure I get from seeing buildings rise, labs built, students go to school and discover the joy of education…It really makes me feel good,” he said.

Two SCU faculty among 100 Most Influential Latinos of Silicon Valley

Ana Maria PenedaFrancisco-Jimenez
Ana Maria Pineda RSM and Francisco Jimenez will be honored later this month by the Mexican American Community Services Agency. 

On June 30 Mexican American Community Services Agency (MACSA) will roll out the red carpet to honor the 100 Most Influential Latinos of Silicon Valley at the Mexican Heritage Plaza during the inaugural Red Carpet Gala. Among the 100 honorees will be two Santa Clara University professors, Ana Maria Pineda, associate professor of religious studies and Francisco Jimenez, professor of modern languages and literatures.

"By honoring Sister Ana Maria Pineda, me, and the other Latino honorees in the Silicon Valley, Latinos everywhere and our entire Silicon Valley community are being honored. I also feel proud that two out of ten Latinos in the category of education—there are 10 categoriesare from Santa Clara University," said Jimenez. Pineda added, "It is a moving recognition coming from the Latino community for doing something that I love and value. It is also a tribute to my parents' sacrifices to educate me while preserving my Latino identity."

The general public may visit the Red Carpet Gala Awards Web site to view the list of the 100 honorees and cast a vote for the most influential honoree in each of the ten categories. The categories include: arts and culture; labor; business; law and pubic safety; community and philanthropy; media; education; technology; health, and sciences, government; and legends.  The top 10 honorees will be announced at the Red Carpet Gala Awards Ceremony.

Students win national fellowships

Casey Kute
When applying to colleges, Casey Kute wanted a school with a strong robotics department
and "one that would actually let me work in it as an undergraduate." She has found that at SCU.
Photo by Charles Barry.

SCU student Casey Kute was recently awarded the prestigious Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship.

The Goldwater Scholarship was established by Congress in 1986 to provide a continuing source of highly qualified scientists, mathematicians, and engineers by awarding scholarships to college students intending to pursue careers in those fields. Kute was one of 317 winners from a field of 1,100 applicants. She is one of only 54 engineering students among the recipients.

"Awards like the Goldwater, or the Rhodes, or the Marshall are not ends in themselves, but they are a means to some other end. That’s why you need to find these students who have the vision, who know what they want to do, and can see the pathway pretty clearly. And I think Casey has that," said Richard Osberg, director of the Office of Student Fellowships and director of the Honors Program. He helped guide Kute and others through the process of applying for the Goldwater. "She has the large vision and she has the technical expertise."

Kute is not alone in receiving a national fellowship this year. Michael Strockis of San Jose and Jonathon Riggs of Genoa, Nevada have been accepted as 2007-08 Undergraduate Fellows with the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies (FDD) in Washington, D.C.

“I am honored to be one of only forty students selected across the United States to receive this fellowship. This opportunity is important to me because as a dual major in Economics and Political Science, I will have the opportunity to not only meet diplomats and military officials from Turkey, India, Jordan, Israel and the United States to discuss the war on terrorism, but I will also gain first hand insight on how terrorism impacts a society," said Strockis.

Both Strockis and Riggs are juniors. As FDD Fellows, they will be provided with a unique educational experience that focuses on the threat of terrorism to democracy to enable them to stimulate informed debate about the subject.  “FDD is an excellent opportunity to learn about Israeli efforts to combat terrorism. I feel I can bring back some unique insights as to how we, as Americans, can stay informed about the realities of the War on Terror,” Riggs said.


New Core Curriculum approved

On May 18, SCU’s Board of Trustees unanimously approved the proposed Core Curriculum in its mission, learning goals, course requirements, and structural framework—including the three key components of Foundations, Explorations, and Integrations, according to SCU President Paul Locatelli, S.J.

Chad Raphael communication professor and Chair of the Core Curriculum Revision Committee explained, the proposal emerged from 14 months of research and consultation with faculty, staff, students, administrators, and trustees. The committee examined national developments and best practices in general education at 100 Jesuit and liberal arts institutions around the country. They surveyed the faculty to gauge their views of the proposed learning goals and priorities for the new Core and held nearly 200 campus meetings and open forums. The committee produced three drafts of the proposal, incorporating feedback on each and held an advisory vote of the faculty on the full proposal.

“We wanted the new Core to express Santa Clara's mission more distinctively, to have a clearer set of learning goals, and to offer a more coherent education that helps students integrate their learning,” said Raphael.

The Board praised the Core Curriculum Revision Committee for the work it has done in developing its proposal in consultation with the entire campus community.

Learn more about the new Core Curriculum (PDF).

Seniors pledge to be 'green' in the workplace
Green Pledge
Graduating seniors who have taken the Graduation Pledge will wear
green ribbons on their gowns at this year's commencement ceremony.

Graduating seniors have the opportunity to take the Graduation Pledge this year. With the pledge, graduates promise to explore and take into account environmental consequences of the jobs they are considering.

“The Graduation Pledge is great because students can internalize it—and can adapt it to fit their needs. Some graduating students may decide they will only consider careers that have obvious benefits to society and/or the environment. Others may take it to the other extreme—and will explore ways to make a positive impact within their company or division. Either way, students are thinking about their impact on the world around them,” said Lindsey Cromwell, sustainability coordinator at SCU.

Pledge takers will wear a green ribbon on their gown during this year’s commencement ceremony. SCU is among several other universities participating in the pledge.

Learn more about the graduation pledge.

Winners of fyi survey

Thank you to all of those who took the time to fill out this year's fyi survey. We had nearly 200 responses, a record high. The three people who were selected at random to win $25 ACCESS gift cards are: Susan Babbel (counseling psychology), Ramona Nadel (de Saisset Museum), and Melinda Scuilli (resident ministry).  Please contact Karen Crocker Snell to receive your gift card.

SCU Events

Senior Design Open House
June 6, 4-5:30 p.m.
Engineering Quad

The Senior Design Open House will feature an exhibition of mechanical and electrical engineering students' senior design projects.

Music at Noon: Student Composition Recital
June 6, noon
Recital Hall

This event will feature cutting-edge compositions written by Santa Clara's own composition students. A wide variety of styles and instrumentation will be represented, from solo guitar to large chamber ensemble.

Staff Recognition Dinner
June 20, 4:30 p.m.
Market Square

The 20th annual Staff Recognition Dinner is an event to acknowledge staff accomplishments over the past year, recognize years of service, and celebrate selected outstanding staff members who have served the University.

Commencement reminder
Graduate Commencement
Friday, June 15, 7:30 p.m., Leavey Center
Commencement speaker: Dan Warmenhoven, CEO of Network Appliance Inc., a leader in enterprise data management and open network storage solutions

Undergraduate Commencement
Saturday, June 16, 8:30 a.m., Buck Shaw Stadium
Commencement speaker:
David S. Broder, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist

More SCU events.

SCU in the News

Rose Marie Beebe (modern languages) was featured in a San Jose Mercury News article and in an interview on National Public Radio’s "All Things Considered" about her role in pronouncing graduates names at Santa Clara's undergraduate commencement ceremony . Read the article. (registration required) Listen to the NPR interview.

James Bennett (religious studies) was interviewed for a news report on ABC 7 about the late James Fallwell. Watch the story.

Lindsey Cromwell (sustainability coordinator) was interviewed on KCBS-AM about what students leave behind when they move out for the summer and the programs in place at SCU to recycle and donate some items. Listen to the interview.

Tom Plante (psychology) was interviewed on NBC 11 about a San Jose State University professor who feared for his safety after reading a student’s essay. Read the story.

Margaret Russell (law) was interviewed for a story on NBC 11 about army videos that are broadcast on Web sites such as YouTube. Watch the story.

More SCU in the news.

SCU People
Emily Elrod '05 will join OMC on June 4 as marketing assistant. Previously she was a marketing assistant at Thomson Higher Education in Belmont, Calif.
Grants, awards, and publications

Will Burns (law) spoke as an invitee of the Australian government at a symposium by the United Nations Environment Program on the topic of the future of the International Whaling Commission. He has also been commissioned by Aspen Press to co-author a new text, on climate-change law, "Climate Change Law in the 21st Century” to be published in early 2008. Burns also has a new publication, “The Impacts of Globalization on Biodiversity,” in the Encyclopedia of Globalization.

JoAnne Holliday (computer engineering) has been selected to join the editorial board of IEEE Communications Letters as associate editor.

Edwin Maurer (civil engineering) spoke on the topic of global warming impacts on snow at the Cross-Country Ski Areas Association Meeting in Bear Valley, Calif., on April 12.

Bob Michels (education, counseling psychology, and pastoral ministries) received the first annual John Peshkoff Award last month at the annual Juvenile Court and Community School Administrators Association of California meeting in San Francisco. This is the highest award that can be presented to an educator who has made a difference in the lives of teachers, administrators and students who work in alternative education, primarily with youth offenders.

Ana Maria Pineda (religious studies) received an honorary doctorate from St. Xavier University in Chicago on May 19. The degree was a doctor of theology, honoris causa.

Sarah Kate Wilson (electrical engineering) has been invited to become an editor for Division I (Communication Theory and Systems) of the Journal of Communications and Networks for a three-year term 2007-09. Wilson also spoke at Simon Fraser University as part of their seminar series and the Simon Fraser University Webcasts in Communication: "OFDM, Packet Data Networks and Scheduling" on May 3. In addition, Wilson was recently published: "Opportunistic Beamforming and Scheduling for OFDMA Systems" by P. Svedman, S. K. Wilson, L. J. Cimini, and B. Ottersten, in the May 2007 issue of IEEE Transactions on Communications.

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