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June 1, 2004, Vol. 3, No. 10
Santa Clara University

Campus News Updates

Law school commencement features Larry W. Sonsini
Larry Sonsini
Larry Sonsini

At the 2004 commencement ceremonies for the Santa Clara University School of Law on May 22, Larry Sonsini reminded law graduates that integrity, judgment, and character are key to the legal profession.

Sonsini is chairman and CEO of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, the leading law firm in the U.S. representing technology companies, investment banks, and venture capital firms. Sonsini, who is also on the board of trustees at SCU, was awarded an honorary degree of doctor of laws by SCU President Paul Locatelli, S.J.

At the ceremonies, SCU awarded 289 J.D. degrees and 23 LL.M degrees. In addition, 33 law graduates earned certificates in public interest and social justice law, 46 earned certificates in high tech law, six in international high tech law, and three in international and comparative law.

SCU School of Law Dean Donald Polden thanked former law school deans, George Alexander and Gerald Uelmen, for their commitment and service to the SCU School of Law. George Alexander who headed the law school from 1970 to 1985 will retire this year. More about the commencement.


New rector for the Jesuit Community  
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Gerdenio Manuel

Fr. Gerdenio “Sonny” Manuel, S.J., will become rector of the Jesuit Community at Santa Clara University on July 31. Fr. Manuel is vice-provost for university programs and multicultural education and is dean of the School of Education, Counseling Psychology, and Pastoral Ministries.

Appointed rector by the Very Rev. Peter-Hans Kolvenbach, superior general of the Society of Jesus, Fr. Manuel says his primary responsibility is to “support and promote the Jesuit community’s work of higher education paying particular attention to the universal mission of the Society of Jesus: the service of faith and the promotion of justice.” Read more.



Former KQED executive is elected to the Board of Trustees

The Santa Clara University Board of Trustees has elected a new member: Mary (Foley) Bitterman ’66.

Former San Francisco and Hawaii public broadcasting executive, Bitterman has family ties to SCU, where her father and brother earned bachelors and law degrees, and her daughter earned a law degree.

A former director of the Voice of America, as well as former president and CEO of The James Irvine Foundation and of KQED public radio and television, Bitterman is director of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

She also serves on the advisory board of the University’s Center for Science, Technology, and Society. Her three-year term on the Board of Trustees started May 2004. Read more.

Women’s lacrosse team reaches national championship game

Despite receiving only an at-large bid, the SCU Women’s Lacrosse Club Team made it to the championship game of the U.S. Lacrosse Intercollegiate National Championships in St. Louis.

The Broncos, seeded eighth in the 12-team tournament, lost to three-time defending national champion Cal Poly San Luis Obispo 15–4 in the championship. To reach the championship game, the team defeated No. 9 seed Pittsburgh, top-seeded and previously undefeated Navy, and No. 4 seed Florida.

The win vaulted the Broncos to No. 4 in the national rankings. Janice Hayes, SCU’s director of recreation, said “I am very proud of (the team’s) accomplishments and their sportsmanship throughout the tournament. They have a lot of heart. Some players have only been playing lacrosse for a year or two while others played the game in high school.”

For more information about SCU women’s lacrosse, see For highlights of the team’s quest for the national championship, see

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