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The Faculty-Staff Newsletter, e-mail edition© Santa Clara University, Oct 1, 2004, Vol. 4, No. 2

Table of contents

Gerald McKevitt, S.J., and Ruth Davis awarded endowed chairs
Annual faculty awards
Center for Performing Arts starts new season 
New 30-Second athletics video available online
SCU in the news
Campus events
SCU people
Grants, awards, and publications

Gerald McKevitt, S.J. and Ruth Davis awarded endowed chairs

Gerald McKevitt

Gerald McKevitt, S.J. 

At the Faculty and Staff Convocation on Sept. 14, the Ignacio Ellacuría, S.J., University Professorship for Jesuit Studies was awarded to Professor Gerald McKevitt, S.J.

This chair, named after one of the Jesuit priests executed in El Salvador in 1989, is a gift from the Jesuit community and will serve to advance the distinctive excellence of Jesuit education and Catholic intellectual tradition at SCU.

,The appointment is rather humbling,Š said McKevitt. ,First, because it comes from Santa Clara, an institution whose standards are high and whose chair holders are a very distinguished group. Second, because the chair honors Ignacio Ellacuria, a Jesuit scholar of great accomplishment and courage. I hope my small feet can fill the big shoes.Š

The professorship was awarded for demonstrated teaching and scholarly excellence in areas such as Jesuit history or arts, Jesuit perspective in the humanities or sciences, and the Ignatian educational pedagogy. At the convocation address, President Paul Locatelli, S.J., said McKevitt received the award ,in recognition of his work, not only on Santa Clara history but also on American Jesuit history and his international distinction as one of the premiere American historians of Jesuit history.Š

Locatelli also announced that Computer Engineering Professor Ruth Davis has been awarded the Robert W. Peters Professorship, which was established by a gift from Carol and Bob Peters ‰61. Locatelli said the professorship is designated for a faculty member in the area of advanced technology to further the academic quality and mission of SCU as a Jesuit and Catholic university.

Ruth Davis
Ruth Davis
,It is designated for a person who has distinguished herself or himself in an academic discipline and exemplifies the highest ideals and values of Jesuit education,Š Locatelli said, adding that Davis was chosen ,in recognition of her professionalism as a computer engineer, her scholarship in the area of software verification and logic programming, her dedication to engineering education, and her commitment to minorities and women in engineering.Š
,In everything she does, she embodies the values of the University.Š
,Daniel Pitt, Dean 
 School of Engineering Dean Daniel Pitt praised Davis for her 25 years of service to Santa Clara. ,She dedicates herself to applying engineering to the betterment of the less fortunate and to enabling the under-served to enter the profession and succeed in it.Š Pitt said.

Davis has served the University in many ways, including as a member of the Gender Climate Task Force and as director of SCU‰s Virtual Development Center.


Annual faculty awards

Faculty were honored at the annual Faculty Recognition Dinner, prior to the start of the fall term.

Gregory Baker (economics), James Koch (management), Barbara Molony (history), and William Spohn (religious studies) received the President's Special Recognition Award.

John Heath (classics) received the Louis and Dorina Brutocao Award for Teaching Excellence.

William Stover (political science) received the Brutocao Family Foundation Award for Curriculum Innovation.

Philip Kain (philosophy) received the University Award for Sustained Excellence in Scholarship.

Tim Urdan (psychology) received the University Award for Recent Achievement in Scholarship.

Barbara Murray (theatre and dance) received the John Drahman advising award.

Vicky Gonzalez (religious studies) received the Nancy Keil Staff Excellence Award.

Victor Vari (modern languages and literature) received the David Logothetti Teaching award.

Bob Senkewicz (history) and Rose Marie Beebe (modern languages and literature) received the Bayma Award.

Steve Smith (OMIS) was appointed newfaculty senate professor. More information about faculty awards.

Center for Performing Arts starts new season

Santa Clara University‰s Center of Performing Arts begins its fall season with a faculty recital by piano professor and music department chair Hans Boepple on Sat. Oct. 9, in the Recital Hall.

CPA‰s theatre season begins with a performance of Pentecost on Nov. 12-14 in the Mayer Theatre. Directed by Aldo Billingslea, the play is a debate over art, humanity, religion, and capitalism.

In addition to the annual festivals, ensemble performances, and recitals that enlighten and entertain throughout the years, this season brings some exciting new events, including a production of King Lear featuring Fred Tollini. More CPA events.

New 30-second athletics video available online

Check out SCU‰s new athletics video at

Next time one of SCU‰s intercollegiate athletic teams is on television, the athletics department will be ready with a new broadcast-quality video spot. With help from athletics and the Office of Communications and Marketing, Mortarotti-Ramirez Productions created the video to replace an outdated spot.

The 30-second video is packed with important messages about SCU and its Jesuit heritage, academic excellence, scholar-athletes, emphasis on ethics, Silicon Valley location, and the beautiful campus. However, the University won‰t have to wait for a television appearance to convey these messages. Thousands of Web visitors can see the video now.

Note: To view the spot, you must download Real Player if it is not already on your computer. Real Player can be downloaded from the video page.

SCU in the news

Mario Belotti, W.M. Keck Professor in the department of economics, was featured in an NBC11 story on Silicon Valley economy and the recent tax cuts. More SCU in the News.

Campus events 

"Truth, Lies, Politics, and the Press: Campaign Ethics in a New Age?": The Markkula Center for Applied Ethics will host a panel discussion on campaign ethics featuring David Yarnold, editor, San Jose Mercury News, and Judy Nadler, senior fellow, government ethics.

Flu Immunization Clinic: Faculty, staff, and students can get their flu shots on Oct. 12 from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Benson Center (Brass Rail).The cost per flu shot is $20 and can be paid via credit card, personal check, or cash. For more information call Cowell Student Health Center at 4501.

Orradre Library Book Sale Wed., Oct. 13, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m: The last day to donate items is Friday, Oct 8. Bring books, videocassettes, DVDs, CDs, and audiotapes to the library, and indicate they are for the book sale. Every five items donated are good for a coupon for one free item during the sale. More SCU events.

SCU people 

The Career Center welcomes Jon Sakurai-Horita, assistant director to the undergraduate alumni. He serves graduate alumni in the School of Engineering and the School of Education, Counseling Psychology, and Pastoral Ministries (ECCPM); and current students in the ECCPM programs.

Grants, awards, and publications 

Andrea Pappas, assistant professor of art history, has won the The Leo Wasserman Article Prize for her article published in the Journal of American Jewish History, "The Picture at Menorah Journal: Making 'Jewish Art.'Š The Leo Wasserman Article Prize is awarded for the best article appearing in each volume of the Society's journal, American Jewish History.

The winning article is judged for originality and quality of the research and methodology it employs, on its accessibility and readability, and on the breadth and significance of its contribution to the field of American Jewish history. More faculty, awards, and grants.

To submit grants, awards, and publication information, click here.

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