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Convocation 2006: Former SCU basketball star Steve Nash returns to campus
Convocation 2006: Former SCU basketball star Steve Nash returns to campus
SCU opened its arms and welcomed 1996 graduate and two-time reigning NBA Most Valuable Player Steve Nash back to campus on Sept. 18 as Nash addressed students, faculty, and staff at the University Convocation in the Leavey Event Center. The University also honored Nash by retiring his jersey and hanging it in the rafters, making Nash the first SCU student-athlete to receive the honor.
“This is obviously very exciting for me,” Nash said in a press conference before the ceremony. “I don’t get a chance to come back to school often, so for me to be here is just great, and coupled with the huge honor it is to be acknowledged for my career is amazing and very humbling.”
Before Nash took to the stage, SCU President Paul Locatelli, S.J., took the opportunity to highlight some of the University’s accomplishments over the past year as well as progress made on the Campaign for Santa Clara. Read the president’s speech in full.
Nash was very relaxed as he addressed the Convocation crowd—so much so, he admitted that he didn’t write a speech for the event. At the podium, Nash thanked his Santa Clara coaches and teammates for their encouragement and the opportunity to play basketball for the Broncos. He also expressed how much it meant to him to be given a chance by Broncos head coach Dick Davey to play Division I basketball. Nash stressed to the students the importance of taking advantage of the Santa Clara experience and making their four years the most memorable time of their lives.
“I couldn’t have gone to a more perfect University for me, and I think that in many ways everyone can find that in Santa Clara,” Nash said in his address. “I owe so much to my experience here. All of you guys really need to take advantage of this and make the most of your opportunity here. I urge you to really get involved, to be balanced, to do well in school, and make as many friends as possible.” Read more. Read the transcript of Nash’s speech.
The de Saisset Museum presents: "Game Face: What Does a Female Athlete Look Like?"
The famous photo of SCU alumna and soccer star Brandi Chastain ’91 taken immediately after her team’s 1999 Women’s World Cup victory is one of almost 140 photographs included in a new exhibit at the de Saisset Museum at SCU. The exhibit, “Game Face: What Does a Female Athlete Look Like?” documents the tremendous impact that sports have on the lives of millions of girls and women. The exhibit will be on display Oct. 12 through Dec. 9 at the de Saisset, which is the only Bay Area venue and the final stop for “Game Face”—the exhibit has been on national tour since opening at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., in June 2001.
Most of the other photographs might not be as familiar. “The diversity of images is very dramatic,” said Karen Kienzle, curator of exhibits and collections at the de Saisset Museum. “My hope is that visitors will discover that female athletes look like everything you can imagine. They come in all shapes and sizes, ethnicities, and ages. They perform all types of sports, on amateur and professional levels.”
Featuring images by photographers such as Mary Ellen Mark, Dorothea Lange, Annie Leibovitz, and Bill Owens, the exhibit captures the images and stories of top athletes and Little League players alike.
The exhibit opens with a lecture by curators Jane Gottesman, former staff writer at the San Francisco Chronicle, and photographer and editor Geoffrey Biddle at 7 p.m. Oct. 11, followed by a book signing and reception with guest Chastain. The museum will host a Family Day with activities, events, and refreshments from noon to 5 p.m. Oct. 29. Read more.
University and College awards and recognition
With the start of the new academic year comes the opportunity to recognize faculty members with awards of excellence as teaching scholars.
University awards went to the following faculty members:
These faculty members were recognized for 25 years of service:
At the College Convocation, SCU’s College of Arts and Sciences honored the following faculty and staff:
SCU Solar Decathlon team prepares for 2007 competition
To most college students, “fun in the sun” means lazing around on a beach somewhere. But to members of the SCU Solar Decathlon team, “fun in the sun” has taken on a whole new meaning. Their fun in the sun this summer entailed more than 40-hour work weeks that were spent designing, defining, and developing plans for their solar home entry in the U.S. Department of Energy’s 2007 Solar Decathlon competition.
“It is a big deal for any school to be part of this event,” said Jorge Gonzalez-Cruz, a professor in mechanical engineering and one of the faculty advisors for the team. SCU is one of only 20 schools in the nation chosen—and the only school in California—to participate in the prestigious competition.
Since Aug. 1, when they delivered preliminary architectural plans, cost estimates, and thermodynamics reports to contest officials, work has eased up slightly for the more than 40 members of the team, which has partnered with Cal Poly’s architecture department. But work is far from over.
“The trickiest part is taking everyone’s wonderful ideas and slowly but surely chopping away some ideas to the point that we have something that we can actually build,” said project manager James Bickford, a junior mechanical engineering major and English minor. “They’ve all got great ideas, but not all of them can be implemented in the same structure. What we’re trying to do is take off-the-shelf, marketable products that are already out there for consumers to buy and show them what they can do.”
Another challenge the team faces is raising the estimated $613,000 that’s needed to construct the house and fund travel and accommodations for the team during competition, said Bickford, who also serves as fund-raising coordinator. So far, Regrid Power, a renewable energy design, installation, and services company, has agreed to support the project, and Solarsa, a renewable energy and sustainable technologies company, has offered $50,000 worth of thermal collectors for the project. Read more.
New senior administrators
SCU is welcoming a number of new senior administrators this fall. To help introduce the new administrators to the campus community, fyi will feature capsule profiles on each person throughout the fall quarter. Coming in the Oct. 16 issue: Simone Billings, assistant to the president; Jack Treacy ’77, director of Campus Ministry; and Les Goodchild, dean of the School of Education, Counseling Psychology, and Pastoral Ministries.
New on the Web
Parents of SCU students have a place they can call their own—online. The site was redesigned this summer to include more information relevant to current parents (e.g., how to pay tuition) as well as parents of prospective students. The redesign was a collaborative effort between development, student life, undergraduate admission, OMC, and alumni relations. The actual design was done by OMC with help from media services. Check out the new site.
blogSCU is back! Meet the new bloggers as they experience life as freshmen at SCU.
Human Resources workshop: Sustainability in the Workplace
Fall Dance Festival
A Sacred Voice is Calling: Personal Vocation and Social Conscience
Eric Goldman (law) was quoted in a New York Times article about the liability of Hewlett-Packard's most senior lawyer in the company's spying case. Read the article.
Geoff Bowker (Center for Science, Technology and Society), Allen S. Hammond (law) and Chad Raphael (communication) discussed the future of municipal broadband access in Silicon Valley in the San Jose Mercury News. Read the editorial.
Kirk Hanson (Markkula Center for Applied Ethics) was quoted in an Associated Press article about the Hewlett-Packard leak scandal. Read the article.
Eric Hanson (political science) was quoted in a San Francisco Chronicle article about the Pope’s recent comments about Islam. Read the article.
Steve Nash, a 1996 SCU graduate and a two-time NBA Most Valuable Player, was featured in Mark Purdy's San Jose Mercury News sports column following Nash's keynote address at the University Convocation. Read the story.
Michelle Anaya has been named the administrative assistant for the Office of Marketing and Communications.
Sarah Kate (Katie) Wilson joins the electrical engineering department as assistant professor, specializing in communications. Holding master’s and doctorate degrees in electrical engineering from Stanford University, she comes to SCU with a background in both academia and industry in the communications field.
Wendelin (Wendy) Wright is the new Clare Boothe Luce Assistant Professor in mechanical engineering in the area of materials.
Kathy Aoki’s (art and art history) solo exhibition “Cult of the Cute” at the San Jose Museum of Art ran in September. She was the featured visual artist for Apature 2006 (Sept. 19-30), an annual Asian Pacific arts festival in San Francisco hosted by the Kearny St. Workshop.
Dale Cruikshank (physics) was the 2006 recipient of the Gerard P. Kuiper Prize in Planetary Science. This prestigious award was established by the Division for Planetary Sciences of the American Astronomical Society to recognize and honor outstanding contributors to planetary science.
Francisco Jimenez’s (modern languages and literatures) book The Circuit: Stories from the Life of a Migrant Child, was featured on a KTEH-TV program titled “Teaching Multicultural Literature: Social Justice and Action.” Jimenez also gave a lecture titled “Making Connections Across Borders” for The Lake Tahoe Community College Writers Series last May.
Michael Kevane (economics) published reviews of Alex de Waal and Julie Flint’s book Darfur: A Short History of a Long War, Gerard Prunier’s Darfur: The Ambiguous Genocide, and Taghreed ElSanhouri’s film “All About Darfur” in the Sudan Studies Association Newsletter. Read the reviews.
Dale Larson (counseling psychology) presented a paper he co-authored with W.T. Hoyt titled, “Deterioration effects in grief counseling: In search of the evidence.” The paper was presented at the seventh annual Clinical Team Conference and Scientific Symposium of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, San Diego.
Leilani Miller (biology) has received $7,400 in supplemental funding from the National Science Foundation to support “RUI: Functional Analysis of the C. elegans Winged-Helix Transcription Factor, LIN-31.” The funds will be used to support an undergraduate student’s research effort on the project.
Drew Starbird (OMIS) has received $24,000 in second year funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to support “Economics of Performance Measures for Food Safety Inspection Protocols.” The award with this amendment totals $49,000.
William Stover (political science) gave talks and demonstrations on “Information Technology and International Politics” at The American University, Cairo, Egypt; The American University, Beirut, Lebanon; Saint Joseph’s University, Beirut; and Al Akhawayn University, Ifrane, Morocco during the spring 2006 quarter. These lectures were funded by the Musser Foundation and the SCU Center for Science, Technology, and Society.
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