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Santa Clara University, September 17, 2007, Vol. 8, No. 1


Table of contents

SCU experience awaits new freshmen
School of Engineering welcomes new Dean
SCU scores high marks in U.S. News rankings
Bronco alumni kickin' it in China
Look up, look down
Center for Science, Technology, and Society holds conference: Trust Online
Brown talks green: Attorney General comes to campus for forum
Vintage Santa Clara
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SCU experience awaits new freshmen
Vintage Santa Clara
Orientation had freshmen going in circles - in a good way.

As summer fades to fall, Santa Clara University is set to open the book on its 157th academic year—and a new crop of freshmen stands ready to begin the college experience.

This year, SCU welcomes just over 1,200 freshmen.

“It’s a delicate dance, trying to make sure we have a large enough and diverse incoming class, while still maintaining the intimacy of the campus and giving students the quality experience they expect,” said Sandra Hayes, associate vice provost for enrollment management and dean of undergraduate admission.

Incoming freshmen will arrive with an average GPA of 3.49. More than half of the students—about 56 percent—are from California, and Hayes’ office is gratified by their cultural diversity.

“We do a lot of outreach to students in all ethnic groups, and it really pays off—we feel very positive about this year’s enrollment,” she said, specifically citing a significant increase in incoming African-American freshmen. “We worked very hard, making personal contacts and encouraging these students to visit our campus,” said Hayes. “We felt that once they saw our gorgeous setting, they’d want to come to SCU, and that proved to be true.” A total of 65 African-American students have submitted deposits for this fall, up from 43 freshmen last year.

This year, SCU received 9,459 applications—nearly 800 more than last year—and every one of them was individually read and evaluated by admission counselors, who averaged about 1,000 applications each. In the end, Hayes said, the team got very close to, and often exceeded, its goals of selecting a well-balanced class, in terms of ethnicity, gender, geographic location and academic interest.

M. Godfrey Mungal
M. Godfrey Mungal

 

School of Engineering welcomes new Dean

M. Godfrey Mungal, an associate dean at Stanford University and professor of mechanical engineering for 22 years, has been appointed dean of Santa Clara University’s School of Engineering.

A self-described “teacher who does research,” Mungal’s teaching and research has focused primarily on the area of thermosciences. He is the author or co-author of more than 150 papers and has won several teaching and advising awards, including Stanford’s Tau Beta Pi award for excellence in undergraduate teaching. Mungal also served as director of the High Temperature Gasdynamics Laboratory at Stanford and coordinated the ABET accreditation process as associate chair for student services.

Born in Trinidad, Mungal earned his Ph.D. in aeronautics from California Institute of Technology and is a fellow of both the American Physical Society and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. He said he is eager to meet each member of the engineering faculty and begin work at SCU.

Although the job is new, Mungal is already quite familiar with what it means to be a Bronco. One of his daughters is a 2004 alumna; the other is an SCU sophomore. Read More

 

SCU scores high marks in U.S. News rankings 

For the 18th consecutive year, Santa Clara University was ranked second overall among 127 master’s universities in the West by U.S. News & World Report. SCU’s average undergraduate graduation rate, 85 percent, was the second highest in the country among 574 national master’s level universities.

In its annual ranking, “America’s Best Colleges 2008,” the magazine compared SCU with other similar comprehensive universities that offer a full range of undergraduate programs and master’s degrees, but few doctoral programs. The Western region includes master’s level colleges and universities from Colorado to the West Coast, including Texas. Other schools in the top 10 master’s universities in the West are Gonzaga University, Seattle University, and California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. Read More

 

Bronco alumni kickin' it in China
Marian Dalmy

Marian Dalmy '06, one of the three former Broncos competing in the World Cup.

Photo: International Sports Images

Three SCU alumnae are in China through the end of the month, as part of the U.S. Women’s Soccer Team, competing in the 2007 FIFA World Cup. Marian Dalmy, Leslie Osborne, and Aly Wagner left in August to prepare for the event, in which 16 nations face off at five different venues.

The World Cup is seen as a prelude to the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. Dalmy was WCC Player of the Year for SCU as a senior last year. During her Bronco career, she scored 16 goals and started in 20 of 21 matches in 2006. Osborne was named WCC Player of the Year in 2003, her junior year. The following year, she was named WCC Defender of the Year and finished at SCU with 44 goals and 34 assists. Wagner led the Broncos to the school’s first NCAA women’s soccer championship in 2001, scoring the winning goal in the title game. She is ranked one of the best passing midfielders in U.S. history.

 

Look up, look down

From the ocean floor to the far reaches of outer space, Santa Clara University’s School of Engineering is everywhere these days.

Under the guidance of associate professor Christopher Kitts, students have designed a robotic boat, equipped with a sonar system, to map the bottom of various bodies of water. The prototype was tested this summer at Elkhorn Slough and when all bells and whistles are in place, it will go to a remote, environmentally unique, bay in Alaska, where the technology has never before been used to survey the marine life.

Quite a bit above sea level, SCU engineering students are controlling and communicating with their own NASA satellite—work recently featured on KGO-TV. Now they’ve formed another team with staff members to develop a second space-bound mission, Pharm-SAT, due to launch next spring.

In the meantime, Kitts offered the satellite data to a high school teacher in Oakland, and this summer helped him develop math and science lesson plans around the material collected in space.

Kitts was among three SCU professors who participated in IISME (Industry Initiatives for Science and Math Education), a program that places Bay Area teachers in businesses and universities during the summer, encouraging them to bring work experiences back to their classrooms when school starts.

Chemistry professors Linda Brunauer and Patrick Hoggard also hosted high school teachers in their labs.

 

Center for Science, Technology, and Society holds conference: Trust Online

Richard Clarke, author of Against All Enemies, will be among the speakers at a conference scheduled Tuesday, Oct. 2, presented by the Center for Science, Technology, and Society, the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics, and the High Tech Law Institute.

The Trust Online Conference will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Center for Performing Arts on the SCU campus. Participants will explore technical, regulatory, and social issues within the global, virtual marketplace.

Clarke was a U.S. government employee for 30 years, specializing in intelligence, cyber-security, and counter-terrorism. He was President Clinton’s chief counter-terrorism advisor, continuing his work when George W. Bush took office. Also speaking at the conference will be Dave Cullinane, chief information security officer for eBay Inc., and other technical, legal, and branding experts from business, schools, and organizations.

Microsoft Corporation is sponsoring the conference. For more information, visit the CSTS Web site.

 

Brown talks green: Attorney General comes to campus for forum

Faculty and students may join California State Attorney General Jerry Brown on Wednesday, Sept. 26, at a community forum on the SCU campus. The event, called Silicon Valley Projections 2008: Clean and Green, will focus on the response to climate change by regional employers, communities and individuals. It is sponsored by the Silicon Valley Leadership Group (SVLG).

Speakers and panelists include Silicon Valley CEOs, government officials, such as San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed, and environmental leaders. The forum takes place from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Mayer Theatre.

According to SVLG, the forum will allow attendees to weigh in on questions and issues using electronic clickers at various times during the session. Results of this interactive activity will be used by SVLG to formulate recommendations on climate change. There is no charge for students wishing to attend the forum, but a limited number of seats are available. Faculty members wishing to participate in the event should reserve seats through the SVLG Web site.

 

Vintage Santa Clara
Vintage Santa Clara
The Alumni Association's 2007 Vintage Santa Clara event drew a sell-out crowd Sept. 9.
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SCU Events

University Convocation 2007
September 17, 4:00 PM, Leavey Center
NFL official Mike Carey, '71, will speak to students and mark the beginning of SCU's 157th academic year.

More SCU events.

SCU in the News

Ana Maria Pineda, R.S.A. (religious studies) addressed a group of Salinas grandmothers on their role in helping to stop local gang activity; she was interviewed by KCBS and featured in the San Francisco Chronicle and Salinas Californian.

Tyler Ochoa (law) was among legal sources interviewed by The Recorder for an article about celebrities and the right of publicity. Read the story.

Gerald Alexanderson (mathematics) was pictured in the San Jose Mercury News’ front-page photograph of a groundbreaking ceremony for the new home of the American Institute of Mathematics.

Dale Larson (counseling psychology) was quoted in two national magazines: Ladies Home Journal in a story on how to respond when someone close is diagnosed with a life-threatening illness; and in Newsweek in an article about the pros and cons of grief counseling.

Hersh Shefrin (academic-finance) was quoted in the Los Angeles Times in a story about financial advisors enlisting psychologists to help their clients deal with stock market anxieties. Read the story.

Jerry Shapiro (counseling psychology) was quoted in an August issue of The Wave for a story about stay-at-home dads. Read the story.

James Koch (Center for Science, Technology, and Society) was quoted in the New York Times for a story on mortgage financing.

Meir Statman (finance) was quoted in stories that appeared in both the San Jose Mercury News and Newsweek on stock market investments.

More SCU in the news.

SCU People
 
Paul J. Fitzgerald, S.J., was named senior associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.
 
Stephen C. Lee was named the associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.
 
Kathleen V. Schneider was appointed to the position of senior assistant dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.
 
Bill Sundstorm was named associate provost for faculty development in June.
 
Rafael Ulate was appointed the new assistant dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.
 
Jenn Weller joined the Drahmann Center staff as coordinator for New Student Programs. Weller served previously as the resident director for the Alpha residential learning community.
 
Grants, awards, and publications

Lisa Kealhofer (anthropology) received a second year of funding in the amount of $77,355 from the National Science Foundation. The grant, now totaling $161,308, supports her project, “Iron Age Economics in Anatolia.”

Fulbright grantee and SCU graduate Catherine Kilbane ’05 was awarded a new Fulbright Fellowship that will allow her to intern at UNESCO headquarters in Paris this fall.

SCU’s School of Engineering received an award package of HP products and a faculty stipend valued at more than $68,000 through the company’s Technology for Teaching program. The grant will be used primarily to enhance collaborative undergraduate learning.

Andy Tsay (OMIS) received the 2007 Wickham Skinner Award for Teaching Innovation Accomplishments by POMS (Production and Operations Management Society). The international award is given each year to one professor recognizing a teaching career that exemplifies excellence and innovation.

Ed Maurer (civil engineering) was awarded a research contract for $20,000 for “Statistically Downscaling and Archiving IPCC AR4 Climate Projections for Planning Applications in the Contiguous United States.” The aim of the project is to provide a database to help assess climate change impacts throughout much of North America. Maurer also was a featured presenter at the spring meeting of the American Geophysical Union in Mexico. He spoke on “Central America Climate Change: Implications for the Rio Lempa.”

Wil Burns (law) has been appointed to the board of the Marine Section, Society of Conservation Biology. Burns also co-authored a report by the International Law Association, Law of the Sea Committee, “Terms in the 1982 U.N. Convention on the Law of the Sea or in Convention Analysis that the Convention Does Not Define.”

Terry Shoup (mechanical engineering) testified before the House Environment Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior and the Environment. As president of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Shoup urged the subcommittee to support the EPA’s research and development programs by allowing its budget to keep pace with inflation.

Barry Posner (business), dean of the Leavey School of Business, was named to a list of “The 30 Most Influential Leadership Gurus” by a leadership Web site.

Shauna Shapiro (counseling psychology) and colleagues recently published an article, “Self Care for Health Care Professionals” in the Journal of Teaching and Education in Professional Psychology. Shapiro also published a paper on “Self-care for health care professionals: Effects of MBSR on mental well being of counseling psychology students” in Training and Education in Professional Psychology.

Tom Plante (psychology) has co-edited a book, Spirit, Science and Health: How the Spiritual Mind Fuels Physical Wellness. In addition, he published an article in July, “Ethical considerations for psychologists screening applicants for the priesthood in the Catholic Church: Implications of the Vatican instruction on homosexuality,” Ethics and Behavior, 17, 131-136.

Terry Beers (English) and Emily Elrod ’05 (OMC) co-edited a book, Califauna: A Literary Field Guide, a collection of work by established and emerging writers about the significant role of animals—from snow geese to stink beetles—in life and literature.

David Feldman (counseling psychology) published an article titled "Dimensions of Mental Illness Stigma: What about Mental Illness Causes Social Rejection?" in the Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology.

Russell Skowronek (anthropology)’s book, X Marks the Spot, was released in paperback. He also co-authored “A Pirate’s Life for Me! But what did that really mean?” in The Archaeology of Hollywood.

Wendelin Wright (mechanical engineering) received a five-year, $250,000 subcontract from the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory to support “Mechanical Behavior of Amorphous Metallic Foams.” This is a U.S. Department of Energy Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers.

Greg Corning (political science) had an article, “Japan's Bilateral FTAs: No Obstacle to Progress in the Doha Round,” published in the Spring issue of East Asia: An International Quarterly.

A photographic showing, “Through the Viewfinder,” by Russ Morris (OMC) was featured on KQED in a segment of Quest, a new multimedia series focusing on science and environmental issues.

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