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Santa Clara University, April 2, 2007, Vol. 7, No. 12

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U.S. News rankings give law school and business school high marks
High tech CEO and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist to speak at SCU commencement ceremonies
Campaign reaches $400 million milestone
Students work with master potter to re-create Spanish-colonial era ceramics
Through peer educators, tough topic becomes cool conversation
Art from India comes to the de Saisset Museum
KSCU 103.3 FM re-chartering survey

U.S. News rankings give law school and business school high marks

undefinedphoto_spacerThe part-time MBA program at Santa Clara University's Leavey School of Business was ranked No. 14 among the top MBA part-time programs in the country, and the program's graduates command top salaries nationally, according to U.S. News & World Report magazine's annual "America's Best Graduate Schools" issue. SCU's School of Law was named one of the top 100 law schools in the country. The annual graduate school ranking also recognized the law school's intellectual property law program as one of the top 10 in the country. The law school was also named one of the 10 most diverse schools in the country. Read more about the law school rankings. Read more about the MBA program rankings.

High tech CEO and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist to speak at SCU commencement ceremonies

The final quarter for graduating seniors and graduate students has just begun, but plans are well under way for Commencement 2007. Dan Warmenhoven, the high tech CEO of one of the leading companies in enterprise data and open network solutions, will be the speaker at the graduate school commencement ceremony on June 15 at the Leavey Center. Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and political correspondent for The Washington Post David Broder will address the class of 2007 at the undergraduate commencement ceremony on June 16 at Buck Shaw stadium.

“This year’s undergraduate commencement speaker, David Broder, nationally recognized journalist and political commentator, and our graduate commencement speaker, Dan Warmenhoven, CEO of Network Appliance known for his global, ethical leadership, will share their experience and knowledge with our graduates as they take the next step to becoming leaders themselves,” said SCU President Paul Locatelli, S.J.

In addition to the speakers, honorary degrees will also go to Lorry I. Lokey and Joanne Harrington and the Sobrato family for their contributions to Santa Clara University’s largest fundraising campaign. The campaign concluded this spring and raised more than $400 million for scholarships, professorships, University centers, and capital projects, including a new Learning Commons and Library and a new building for the Leavey School of Business.

About the speakers

undefinedphoto_spacerDan Warmenhoven

Dan Warmenhoven is the chief executive officer of Network Appliance Inc. Under Warmenhoven’s leadership, Network Appliance has grown to become a multi-billion dollar company and is now recognized as a market leader in network storage—a concept the company helped pioneer.

Warmenhoven joined NetApp in October 1994 and led the company’s initial public offering in November 1995. Today, Network Appliance has more than 4,000 employees worldwide, with distribution channels in more than 120 countries. Network Appliance has been ranked as one of Fortune magazine’s 100 Best Companies to Work for in America for the past four years. In 2004, Warmenhoven won the prestigious National Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award. In 2001, Business Week named Warmenhoven as one of its Top 25 Managers for the year.

Warmenhoven and his wife, Charmaine, will receive honorary degrees. Charmaine is an active volunteer in the community. Along with sitting on the advisory board for Santa Clara University’s Markkula Center for Applied Ethics, she is a board member of the Catholic Foundation of Santa Clara County; a member of the Implementation Fund Grant Committee for the Diocese of San Jose; a board member of Villa Montalvo; and a board member of St. Francis High School and Presentation Retreat Center. She also volunteers with Catholic Charities, Knights of Saint John, the American Cancer Society, and the Tech Museum of Innovation.

undefinedphoto_spacerDavid S. Broder

David S. Broder is a national political correspondent reporting on the political scene for The Washington Post. Broder was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in May 1973 for distinguished commentary. He has been named Best Newspaper Political Reporter by Washington Journalism Review. Broder has authored several books and is a regular commentator on CNN's "Inside Politics," and makes regular appearances on NBC's "Meet the Press" and "Washington Week in Review."

Before joining the Post in 1966, Broder covered national politics for the New York Times, Washington Star, and Congressional Quarterly. He has covered every national campaign and convention since 1960, traveling up to 100,000 miles a year to interview voters and report on the candidates. Broder is a professor of journalism at the University of Maryland.


Commencement details

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

Campaign reaches $400 million milestone
SCU community celebrates the close of the Campaign for Santa Clara at the Leavey Center. Photos by Charles Barry. 

The largest fundraising campaign in Santa Clara University’s history came to a spectacular finish on March 16 when alumni and donors gathered on the Mission campus to celebrate raising more than $400 million. The Campaign included funds for scholarships, professorships, University centers, and capital projects, including a new Learning Commons and Library and a new business school building. The University’s previous fundraising campaign, the Santa Clara Challenge in 1990-96, raised $134 million. Read more.

Students work with master potter to re-create Spanish-colonial era ceramics
Students study their ceramic creations. Photos by Charles Barry.

On March 3 the Santa Clara-Smithsonian Spanish Colonial Pottery Research Project took a big step forward through the efforts of Russell Skowronek and his Anthropology 148 class on historical archaeology.

Students in Skowronek’s class worked with the project’s master potter, Ruben Reyes of San Jose, and learned how ceramics were made and fired at Mission Santa Clara and other sites in Alta California. After a long day of molding and firing, the students studied their creations in class. The team is seeking funding to develop exhibits at a number of sites the length of California. This spring Skowronek will continue his work on this project at SCU, and in Santa Barbara and Washington, D.C.

Through peer educators, tough topic becomes cool conversation
April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Megan Feldmar is a finance major, carries a full load of classes, and works on campus as a student assistant in the office of student life. Even so, she finds time to do something she knows is making a difference: raising awareness about sexual assault crimes, one woman at a time.

Feldmar is part of Every 2 Minutes a group on campus—and one of the few women-to-women groups working on college campuses—that educates women about the warning signs of sexual assault, what bystanders can do, and the role alcohol and drugs play. “As a peer educator, I have the skills I need to help my friends as well as perfect strangers. I’ve had friends tell me, ‘You’ve changed my life,’” she said. According to statistics provided by the Department of Justice, a woman is sexually assaulted every two minutes.

There is also an all-male group of peer educators called One in Four that focuses on educating men about what they can do to help stop sexual assaults. The name of the group refers to the number of women in college who will be the victims of rape or attempted rape. Freshman Alex Krengel from Seattle is training to be a One in Four educator. Krengel had a friend who was affected by sexual assault and wanted to learn more about what he could do to prevent such incidents in the future.

“One in Four is a group of really good guys trying to change the social norms,” Krengel said. Read more.

Art from India comes to the de Saisset Museum
Women Yearning for Krishna, c. 1635–1645, Opaque watercolor on paper
Dancing Ganesha, First-half 20th century, Bronze

Watercolors, drawings, and sculpture spanning 400 years of Indian history will be on view at the de Saisset Museum. The exhibit, “Miniature Worlds: Art from India,” opens April 10. Drawn from the extensive permanent collection of The Art Complex Museum in Duxbury, Mass., the exhibition illuminates various forms of Indic media from the 15th to the 19th centuries, as well as aspects of its religion and history.

Two major Indian painting traditions, Rajput and Mughal, are represented in the watercolors on display. Rajput paintings focus on religious themes and are painted in a native style with bold, flat colors. These earliest Indian paintings illustrate sacred Jain and Hindu texts. The establishment of the Mughal dynasty in 1526 ushered in new themes, particularly history painting and portraiture. Mughal paintings were composed by artists affiliated with the court and reflect a style based on the Persian miniature painting tradition.

The exhibition also includes three-dimensional works, such as “Dancing Ganesha,” a sculpture executed in the first half of the 20th century.

The companion exhibition “Sacred Images: Deities and Marriages in Mithila Painting” will showcase the contemporary folk paintings created by women in the Mithila region of Bihar, India. From the 14th century, women in this region have painted gods, goddesses, and icons of fertility on the walls of their homes. In the late 1960s they began transferring their paintings to paper. Since then, many women—and a few men—have dramatically expanded the subjects and styles in their painting.

A free Community Day event, co-sponsored by the India Community Center and featuring entertainment, food, and hands-on art activities will be from noon to 5 p.m. April 21.

Two free lectures—one by Mary-Ann Milford on the subject of Indian miniature painting at 6 p.m. May 2, and one by Malini Bakshi and David L. Szanton on the Mithila painting tradition at 6 p.m. April 18—will also be presented in conjunction with the exhibition. Read more.

KSCU 103.3 FM re-chartering survey

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SCU Events

Catholic Worlds of the Valley, Valley of the Gods 2007
Wednesdays, April 5-June 6, 4-5 p.m., Daly Science 206
The Valley of the Gods series works with local community leaders to explore the diverse religious landscape of Silicon Valley. The 2007 program turns attention to the vibrant and varied lives of Catholics in the Valley. The sessions are free and open to the public. For more information contact the Local Religion Project office: 553-9961 or visit the LRP Web site.

Wildflower Celebration at Ulistac Natural Area
April 7, 9 a.m.- 1 p.m., Ulistac Natural Area
Spring is here and what better way to ring in the new season than with the fourth annual Wildflower Celebration at Ulistac Natural Area in Santa Clara. Families are invited to visit the natural area to enjoy the sights, sounds, and smells of spring at Ulistac’s Bird and Butterfly Garden. The Ulistac Natural Area Restoration and Education Project partners with the Environmental Studies Institute at Santa Clara University to promote community outreach and provide environmental education in Santa Clara. For more information, visit the Ulistac Web site.

Ethics at Noon: “Ethics and City Hall: San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed on Challenges Ahead”
April 13, noon, Wiegand Room, Arts and Sciences Building
This event features City of San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed.

Spring Quarter Literary Cuisine
April 19, noon – 1 p.m., Parlors D & E, Benson Center
The book featured at this spring’s event is the winner of the 2006 PEN/USA Book Award for Creative Nonfiction: Rebuilt: How Becoming Part Computer Made Me More Human by Michael Chorost. This event is hosted by the University Library and Bon Appetit Dining Services. Cost: $10 Open to the public. To RSVP, contact Terry Glanek.

More SCU events.

SCU in the News

Chris Boscia (resident minister) wrote an article for Conversations Magazine about the value of faculty and staff moving into the residence halls. Read the article.

Eric Goldman (law) was featured in an NBC 11 story about organizations using the power of the Internet to get large work loads done.

Virginia Matzek's (environmental studies) course, The Joy of Garbage, was featured in the Chronicle of Higher Education. Read the article.

Santa Clara University was featured in a national television story about university libraries on CBS’ “Early Show.” Watch the story.

Byron Walden (mathematics/computer science) was quoted in a Newsday article after taking the first-place prize in the “B” division at the American Crossword Puzzle Tournament in Connecticut. Read the article.

More SCU in the news.

Grants, awards, and publications

Wil Burns (law) has a new publication, "Potential Causes of Action for Climate Change Impacts under the United Nations Fish Stocks Agreement," VII(2) Sustainable Development Law & Policy (2007). Burns was invited by the government of New Zealand to speak at the United Nations about the future of the International Whaling Commission in March. Burns also spoke at an event hosted by the School of Law's Center for Global Law and Policy, which focused on the role of litigation on the national and international level to address climate change.

Working under the direction of Laura Nichols (sociology), a team of SCU sociology majors won the 2007 Problem Solving award from the Association of Applied and Clinical Sociology. The team included: Olga Vasserman, Cristina Sanidad, Rebecca Jones, Patricia McGlynn, and Zack Marisca.

Russell Skowronek (archeology) gave a lecture on “X-Marks the Spot, the Archaeology of Piracy” to the Santa Cruz Archaeological Society on the campus of Cabrillo College on March 15. Twenty-five people attended the talk.

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