The Faculty Collaborative for Teaching and Innovation has been awarded $150,000 from the Hewlett endowment from the President’s Office to continue and extend efforts to enhance learning environments and teaching practices. The Collaborative's model of partnership includes colleagues from the Provost's Office, Faculty Development, Assessment, Information Services, and the teaching faculty. Working together on meaningful projects central to our mission, the Collaborative implemented several effective and fruitful initiatives in the 2012-13 academic year. We saw the Collaborative's successful launch of the classroom redesign project, the LEAD scholars iPad project, and many faculty development efforts around enhancing teaching with technology.
Building on these projects, this year the Collaborative will examine the impact of blended learning, collaborative classrooms and mobile technology. The Collaborative will also focus on understanding how changes in classroom design and use of educational technologies affect the quality of student learning, with particular attention to program level learning and learning that fosters social justice goals. I thank the Collaborative team under the leadership of Chris Bachen, Nancy Cutler, Ron Danielson, Eileen Elrod and Diane Jonte-Pace, and I look forward to another successful year.
New Faces and New Spaces in the President's Office
This new academic year we welcome a few new faces to the President's Office. In August, Monica Manriquez joined the office staff as Assistant to the President and comes to us from the Office of the Vice President for Administration and Finance after fourteen years of service there. An alumna of Santa Clara, Monica will provide operational and calendaring support and assist with matters of financial management.
Peter Rožič, S.J., will spend the year with us as Special Assistant to the President, preparing for work in higher education in his home country of Slovenia. Fr. Rožič came to Santa Clara in January 2013 as a Postdoctoral Research Scholar in the Department of Political Science. In his new role as special assistant, he will shadow senior administrators, interact with the President's Staff and other campus leaders, and work on special projects.
Other changes in the office included the remodel of the second floor of Walsh Administration Building. After a five-year deferral, renovations were completed in the summer. The new space offers a bright and more welcoming reception area for guests and visitors to the office.
What's Ahead on My Calendar
- September 27 – JST Board of Directors Meeting
- September 28-30 – Board of Fellows Trip to Boston
- October 2 – Mass of the Holy Spirit
- October 2 – GTU Council of Presidents
- October 4 – People Acting in Community Together (PACT) Awards Ceremony
- October 5 – Jubilee Mass for Jubilarians in California Province, Society of Jesus
- October 5-6 – SCU Open House
- October 8 – Faculty Promotion Reception
- October 10-12 – AJCU Presidents Meeting in Chicago
- October 17-18 – Board of Trustees Meeting
My congratulations go the the several faculty who received awards at the Faculty Recognition event following Convocation. Each year a series of awards are given to faculty for their exemplary work as teachers and as scholars. This year's recipients are:
- Hoje Jo, Department of Finance - President's Special Recognition Award
- Shoba Krishnan, Department of Electrical Engineering - President's Special Recognition Award
- Tim Healy, Department of Electrical Engineering – Presidential Award for Exemplary Service
- Dolores LaGuardia, presented posthumously - Presidential Award for Exemplary Service
- Michelle Burnham, Department of English - Award for Sustained Excellence in Scholarship
- Ed Maurer, Department of Civil Engineering – Award for Recent Achievement in Scholarship
- Jeff Zorn, Department of English - The Louis and Dorina Brutocao Award for Teaching Excellence
- Regina Davis-Sowers, Department of Sociology - Inclusive Excellence Award
- Samiha Mourad, Department of Electrical Engineering - Faculty Senate Professor Award
I also congratulate the staff members who were honored with awards at the Staff Recognition event on June 18. The annual event is an opportunity to acknowledge the special contributions and dedication of the staff to their divisions and to the University. Awards were presented to:
- Megan France, School of Education and Counseling Psychology
- Theresa Ladrigan-Whelpley, Ignatian Center
- Katherine Nicholson, Development Office
- Chris Young, Facilities
- Team Award: Eva Blanco and Aaron Ho in Undergraduate Admission, and Kaz Joseph and Yingqi Cui in Information Technology
- Team Award: Teri Escobar and Marc Ramos in Technology Training, and Todd Schmitzer, Geoffrey Battad, Willis Dair, Jaime Lopez, John Nichols, and Michael Swartz in Information Technology
Congratulations and thanks to the award recipients for their achievements and contributions to the University.
Michael E. Engh, S.J.,
Dear Members of the University Community,
The recent events in the Middle East call us as a people of conscience to pause and reflect on what it means to be thoughtful, compassionate, and peace-seeking citizens of the world. These are troubled times, particularly in Syria where the crimes committed in that civil war raise serious questions about our moral responsibility as individuals and as a nation. How does one respond to the suffering and violence that has enveloped the people of Syria? How does one consider solutions to complex and protracted conflicts?
Whatever your faith tradition or beliefs, the pursuit of peace is a common human desire, and now is a time to reflect on what peace might look like in our world. Some may wish to participate in communal prayer; others may wish to reflect with families and friends; and others may wish to reflect in the solitude of their hearts. For communal prayer, a vigil for peace will be held this Saturday evening, September 7, 8:00-9:30 p.m. at the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Joseph located at 80 South Market Street, San Jose, CA, 95113. However we may spend our time, this is an important moment for us to pause and reflect. As Pope Francis has stated, “Peace is a good which overcomes every barrier because it belongs to all humanity!”
Michael E. Engh, S.J.