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SCU president appointed secretary for higher education for the Society of Jesus
SCU president appointed secretary for higher education for the Society of Jesus
The start of the new year brought with it a new role for SCU President Paul Locatelli, S.J. Locatelli has been appointed secretary for higher education for the Society of Jesus by Peter-Hans Kolvenbach, S.J., superior general for the Society of Jesus. Because this is a part-time position, Locatelli will continue as president of SCU.
As secretary for higher education, Locatelli will convene meetings of the International Committee on Jesuit Higher Education, plan periodic meetings of Jesuit University Presidents, and encourage programs of collaboration among Jesuit universities. “He will provide me important perspectives on higher education,” Kolvenbach said.
“I am grateful for the honor and for the confidence Father Kolvenbach has in me. This appointment speaks well for the Santa Clara University community because without the commitment to excellence in teaching and scholarship as a Jesuit University by faculty, staff, students, trustees, and friends, I would not have been selected,” Locatelli said.
A.C. (Mike) Markkula, chairman of the board of trustees at Santa Clara University, said, “It’s a great honor for Father Paul and for Santa Clara University. I look forward to seeing his wisdom, experience, and advice help the greater Jesuit community accomplish its goals in Jesuit higher education.”
“Paul’s appointment to this new position is in recognition of his outstanding leadership at Santa Clara University and in Jesuit higher education. It will give him the opportunity to bring his commitment to a just, compassionate, and humane society to a larger global family. All of us associated with Santa Clara are proud of his appointment and wish him well,” said Leon Panetta ’60, J.D. ’63, former White House chief of staff and classmate of Locatelli.
Professor's gift of art marks Pelosi's banner year
It was Friday at 5:45 p.m., the last day of the fall quarter and Jerald Enos was tying up loose ends before leaving for the holiday break when his office phone rang. It was Stephen Privett, S.J., president of the University of San Francisco.
Privett asked Enos, the resident scenic designer for SCU’s Department of Theatre and Dance, if he could create two banners for the liturgy and swearing-in ceremony of Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., who made history on Jan. 4 when she became the first female Speaker of the House. Pelosi had seen and admired banners Enos had created years before in memory of the six Jesuit priests and two women murdered in El Salvador in 1989. She wanted him to use a similar technique to feature the faces of children she visited in Darfur and New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Enos, who has a tremendous amount of respect for Pelosi, calling her “the new voice of the voiceless,” agreed to the request without hesitation.
The timeline was tight. Enos had to have the banners completed and mailed to Washington, D.C., before Jan. 1. In order to do this and not interfere with his holiday plans, he needed to design, create, paint, and ship the banners by Dec. 22—just one week after receiving that late afternoon phone call.
Enos gathered his supplies over the weekend and, with help from student Robert Campbell, fellow scenic artist Shawn Andrei, and colleague Joanne Martin, worked from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m. for the next four days. Enos chose the faces of children to incorporate in his banners from images sent by Pelosi’s staff.
“It was like a meditation on the gift of life and the abundance of things we have,” he said, referring to the experience of looking closely at the faces of children in a time of need.
The two 36-inch-by-54-inch banners were finished and shipped on time to D.C. and were on display at Trinity (Washington) University, Pelosi’s alma mater, where she attended Mass the day before she was sworn in.
“This is an opportunity to tell a story the country—the world—needs to be aware of,” said Enos, who declined payment for the project and gave the banners to Trinity as a gift. “If it raises the conscious of one person, then I’ve been paid.”
MBA students host 10th annual Venture Capital Investment Competition
The MBA Entrepreneurs’ Connection at the Leavey School of Business will host the 10th annual Venture Capital Investment Competition on Jan. 19. SCU is one of six universities participating in the Western Wild Card competition, which is designed more like March Madness than a business school competition.
“The opportunity that the VCIC brings to graduate students is complementary to the academic rigor that the Leavey School of Business provides and exposes select students first hand to the venture capital industry,” said Jay Allardyce, MBA student and president of the MBA Entrepreneurs’ Connection. The University’s Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation is the main sponsor of this year’s event.
The Venture Capital Investment Competition is the nation’s premiere strategy competition for venture-minded and entrepreneurial MBA students. This competition gives students from top business schools a real-world venture capitalist experience. Unlike business plan competitions, in which contestants pitch their own ideas to investors, students participating in VCIC play the role of investors and review pitches presented by real entrepreneurs.
Each student team competing in the event will play the role of a venture capital firm that must go through the entire investment process real investors experience at VC firms. Entrepreneurs, with real business plans, then present to the student teams in a 10-minute pitch outlining their business visions. This role challenges the competing students to identify and analyze critical risks in the entrepreneurs’ business plans. Through the VCIC, investors have funded startup ventures in excess of $325 million since 1996.
The Entrepreneurs’ Connection has invited a field of distinguished investors representing top-tier Angel Investors, Venture Capital, and Private Equity firms to be judges in the competition. “With their support, we look to make SCU’s first year as a part of the VCIC a foundational one for years to come,” said Sia Bani, vice president of the MBA Entrepreneurs’ Connection.
SCU law school wins International Criminal Court Moot Competition
Santa Clara University’s International Criminal Court moot team took first place at the International Criminal Court Moot Competition, held at Pace Law School last quarter. SCU defeated teams from New York University and Louisiana State University in the finals. In addition to capturing first place in the competition, team member Jessica Tillson won the award for “Best Defense Brief,” and Jacqueline Binger was named “Third Best Oralist.”
The final-round judges for the competition included Benjamin Ferencz, the U.S. prosecutor at the post-World War II Nuremberg war crimes trials, and Peggy Kuo, legal officer for the U.N. International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia.
“If you win in front of these judges, it means you really know international law. It is very impressive to have these people say ‘you are extremely qualified,’” said Wil Burns, senior fellow of international environmental law and coach of the International Criminal Moot Court team.
The competition included teams from the United States, Europe, Asia, and Africa. Students in the competition served as counsel for several parties in a hypothetical case before the International Criminal Court involving alleged war crimes and other criminal acts by peacekeepers in the nation of “Razachstan.” The SCU law team included: Sharron Fang, Jessica Tillson, and Jacqueline Binger. All team members are second- or third-year students.
SCU law has several external moot court teams that compete throughout the year. The teams focus on cases involving hi-tech law, intellectual property, the First Amendment, environmental law, and space law. In 2008, SCU will host the International Environmental Law regional competition for teams from the United States and Australia.
President’s Speaker Series: Reza Aslan
Two de Saisset exhibits open this month:
“Faith Placed: The Intersection of Spirituality and Location in Contemporary Photography,”
“The Power of Portraiture: A Retrospective of Sixth Street Photography Workshop,”Jan. 13 through March 4
Women and gender studies speaker event:
“Leading the San Francisco Fire Department and Serving the Community, an SCU Alumna Perspective,”
Jerry Burger (psychology) was featured in an episode of ABC’s Primetime where he helped to re-create a famous experiment to learn more about why ordinary people perform unthinkable acts. Read about the experiment.
Lucia Albino Gilbert (provost) was featured in the Chronicle of Higher Education in an article about why she decided to move from the University of Texas to SCU. Read the article.
Paul Locatelli, S.J., (SCU president) was featured in a San Jose Mercury News article about being named secretary for higher education for the Society of Jesus. Read the article.
Members of SCU’s Alumni Association who participated in the Association’s immersion trip to New Orleans over the holidays were featured on NBC 11’s "Bay Area Today" show.
Nancy Unger (history) was featured on KQED’s Forum in December in a discussion about the series “This I Believe.” Listen to the broadcast.
James L. Koch (business) has been named Interim Dean of the School of Engineering.
Weijia Shang (computer engineering) has been appointed chair of the Department of Computer Engineering.
Rose Marie Beebe (modern languages) and Robert Senkewicz's (history) book Testimonios: Early California Through the Eyes of Women, 1815-1846 has been published by Heyday Books and The Bancroft Library.
Ruth Davis (computer engineering) has been named a distinguished member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). Davis is one of only eight inductees into this inaugural category for ACM.
Linda Garber (women and gender studies) was the recipient of the Michael Lynch Service Award of the GL/Q Caucus of the MLA, for her work at SCU and especially for co-founding and organizing the “Out There” conference last year.
Nam Ling (computer engineering) recently returned from a round of speaking engagements in Taiwan. Ling was invited by the Taiwan National Science Council and Lee Center to speak at the top four universities in Taiwan as well as at a number of companies.
Kevin Quinn, S.J., (Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education) has received a $500,000 renewal award from the Lilly Endowment to support “Sustaining the Theological Exploration of Vocation 2006.” This award provides funding to build upon and extend SCU's DISCOVER program.
Conchita Franco Serri (affirmative action) had a journal article published on the topic of “Emotions at Work: Self-Compassion and the Dynamics of Investigating Sexual Harassment,” in the Business Communication Quarterly 2006 69: 443-446 December 2006. Serri also presented the topic at the regional Business Communication Association Conference in Florida last March 2006. http://bcq.sagepub.com/cgi/reprint/69/4/443
SCU's alumni magazine, Santa Clara Magazine, received a gold award at the District VII CASE conference in the category: Magazine Writing. Margaret Avritt was the acting editor for the pieces submitted.