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Mexican presidential race comes to SCU
This July will mark the first time Mexican citizens living in the United States, and in other countries outside Mexico, will be able to participate in an election in their home country without returning to Mexico to place their votes. In anticipation of this historic event, SCU’s Markkula Center for Applied Ethics hosted a debate featuring top representatives from the three major Mexican political parties on Monday, Jan. 23, in the Mayer Theatre.
“This debate presents a great opportunity for Mexicans living abroad and throughout California to vote for the presidency without having to return to Mexico. It is also the first such debate being held in Northern California,” said Almaz Negash, director of the Global Leadership and Ethics program at the Markkula Center.
Mexican law prohibits campaigning outside of Mexico, so representatives of the three parties toured California instead of the candidates themselves. Hector Osuna represented Partido Acción Nacional (PAN), Roberta Lajous was the representative for Partido Revolucionario Institucional (PRI), and Juan José García Ochoa, a congressman representing the Partido de la Revolucion Democratica (PRD), spoke for his party.
The representatives answered questions submitted by community members and addressed hot button issues including immigration. All three representatives support policy that would grant illegal immigrants in the United States legal status. “Building walls will only isolate the United States,” Osuna said. “It’s not the way to go.”
The debate was moderated by Kirk Hanson, executive director of the Markkula Center; Amador Bustos, president and CEO of Bustos Media LLP; and Celina Rodriguez, news anchor for Telemundo.
There may never be an easier way to fit a retreat into your already jam-packed schedule than to attend “The Busy Person’s Retreat” from Feb. 26 to March 2. Don’t let the time frame fool you: the retreat requires just one hour a day.
“I think people have a hunger, a desire, to pray. To deepen their relationship with God. That doesn’t lessen just because they’re busy,” comments campus minister Ingrid Honore-Lallande, RSCJ. “Not everyone can get away for a week. This gives people the opportunity for an experience similar to the five-day Ignatian retreat—with spiritual direction and daily prayer—that they wouldn’t be able to participate in if they had to give up a week.”
The retreat, open to faculty, staff, and students, begins the evening of Sunday, Feb. 26, with a prayer service at 8:15 p.m. in Nobili Chapel. For each of the next four days, participants commit to praying on their own for 30 minutes and meeting with their assigned spiritual guide for another 30 minutes at a mutually agreeable time. They can also attend optional group prayer services each day.
The retreat ends the evening of Thursday, March 2, with a closing ritual and social in Nobili Chapel at 8:15 p.m. For more information, visit www.scu.edu/cm/programs/busyperson.cfm or call the Campus Ministry Office at 554-4372.
The Provost’s office announced changes to its staff and organization in January. Charles Erekson was named Vice Provost for Planning and Administration, Ron Danielson was named Vice Provost for Information Services and Chief Information Officer, and Professor Diane Jonte-Pace was named Associate Provost for Faculty Development.
Erekson, Danielson and Jonte-Pace shared some thoughts about their new titles with fyi: “I look forward to the challenges associated with the new assignments that Denise Carmody has asked me to accept, particularly those that focus on enhancing the integration of our academic and resource planning,” said Erekson.
Danielson told fyi, "I'm pleased at this acknowledgement of the critical role Information Services now plays in most university activities, and hope this brings new opportunities to collaborate with others in accomplishing Santa Clara's educational and operational goals."
And Jonte-Pace said, "I'm honored by this promotion. I think it's a significant gesture for the University. It demonstrates the University's commitment to its 'teaching scholars' and shows that faculty development is taken seriously."
Volunteers representing more than 20 departments on campus lent a hand in this year’s Processing Days. Over the course of eight very busy days in January, stacks upon stacks of undergraduate applications for Fall 2006 were opened, date-stamped, alphabetized, and filed.
Ever wonder just how big this job is? Here are some fun facts to ponder:
The University has been nominated as a “Great Place to Work in the Greater Bay Area.” In order for SCU to be included in the final group highlighted in the Bay Area Business Journal’s special “Best Places to Work” publication, a significant number of SCU employees (15 percent or 228 employees) must complete an online survey.
Please take a few minutes to complete the survey. The survey does not require you to enter your name or any personal information, and it is completely confidential. Your participation will help SCU be recognized as a great place to work.
The deadline for submitting the surveys is Feb. 17. To access the survey, please log on to http://www.qmrinc.com/bestplaces. You will need to enter the SCU code: TEJU81484.
SCU’s Wellness Center and Counseling Center have teamed up to sponsor the University’s first “Mental Health Awareness Week” in an effort to educate the SCU community about the prevalence, symptoms, and treatment options for a variety of common mental health concerns affecting college students today.
Throughout the week, programs and activities designed to diminish myths and stigma attached to mental health are being held on campus. Jeanne Zeamba, health educator and staff psychologist at SCU, encourages staff and faculty to pass this information along to students that may benefit from the programs offered.
“Students need to understand that depression and anxiety are not character flaws or personal weaknesses. They are illnesses that are quite common and highly responsive to treatment, especially when the treatment comes early. For persons of all ages, early detection and treatment can help prevent mental health problems from growing worse,” says Zeamba.
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*** Mark your calendar: SCU President Paul Locatelli, S.J. will deliver the State of the University address on Feb. 14 at 4 p.m. in the Mission Church ***
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Geoff Bowker (Center for Science, Technology, and Society) was quoted in a Christian Science Monitor article about the issues of government deciding what can and cannot be accessed on Internet search engines. Read the article.
Kirk Hanson (Markkula Center for Applied Ethics) was interviewed on KTVU-TV about Google’s launch of its new search engine service in China.
Judy Nadler (Markkula Center for Applied Ethics) was quoted in a Christian Science Monitor article about professionals questioning the ethical nuances of gifts. Read the article.
Thomas Plante (psychology) was quoted in the San Mateo County Times about the issue of gays in the priesthood, and how the new Vatican policy does not address active priests. Read the article.
Nancy Unger (history) wrote an opinion piece for the San Jose Mercury News about the possibility of true reform coming from the current string of political scandals in Washington. Read the article.
Susan Moore has joined the staff of the School of Law as Assistant Director, Law Alumni Relations and Annual Giving.
Jennifer Williams Taylor has been appointed director of the Graduate Business Admissions Office at SCU's Leavey School of Business.
Silicon Valley Reads, Feb. 2, 1-4:30 p.m., Boland Reading Room, Orradre Library: This year’s Silicon Valley Reads (SVR) program will discuss When the Emperor was Divine by Julie Otsuka. This program is open to all members of the SCU community and to the general public.
Moderator: Juliana Chang, Department of English
For more information contact Fred Gertler.
Injustice in the Criminal Law System: Fact and Fiction, Feb. 2, noon, Moot Court Room
Writing and Editing with Style Workshop, Feb. 7, 10-11:30 a.m., Cowell Center, Human Resources:
Dream Alive! A Celebration of Black History with Kim and Reggie Harris, Feb. 8, 8-9:30 p.m., Mission Santa Clara: Dream Alive! is an interactive, thought-provoking celebration of the accomplishments of African-Americans through music. This event is sponsored by Campus Ministry and the Center for Multicultural Learning and supported by a grant from the Irvine Foundation. For more information contact Matt Smith. View a complete list of Black History Month events.
The Hajj in Comparative Perspective: Pilgrimage Around the Globe, Feb. 9, 5:30-7 p.m., Sobrato Commons: SCU’s Religious Studies Department, the Local Religion Project, and the Muslim Community Association of the San Francisco Bay Area (MCA) are co-sponsoring a panel discussion to explore the meaning of the Hajj in a comparative perspective. View the event’s flyer for more information.
Literary Cuisine, Feb. 14, noon-1 p.m., Benson Center, Williman Room: This winter’s literary cuisine will bring together literature, food, and love. The featured book will be Laura Esquivel’s Like Water for Chocolate. Women's and gender studies professor Tonia Riviello will be the featured speaker. Bon Appetit Dining Services will prepare a special (and romantic) meal for the occasion. For more information and to register for the event contact Fred Gertler. More SCU events.
John R. Baldwin (law) was elected Chair for the Advancement Section for 2006 at the annual meeting of the Association of American Law Schools.
Fred Foldvary (economics) had his chapter “The economic case for private residential government,” published in January 2006 in the book Private Cities: Global and local perspectives. (Published by Routledge)
Linda Garber (English/women’s and gender studies) recently published two articles. “Where in the World Are the Lesbians?” appears in the current issue of the Journal of the History of Sexuality; “Spirit, Culture, Sex,” appears in Entremundos, a volume of critical essays about Anzaldúa. (Published by Palgrave/MacMillan)
Timothy Haskell (Student Life) received the Outstanding Volunteer Award from the Association of Fraternity Advisors at the association’s annual meeting in 2005.
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