The search process for the new dean of the School of Education and Counseling Psychology has begun. The search committee, comprised of Terry Shoup (Committee Chair), Lisa Goldstein (Education), Pedro Hernandez-Ramos (Education), Cynthia Mertens (Law), Barbara Molony (History), Lucila Ramos-Sanchez (Counseling Psychology), Paul Soukup, S.J. (Communication), and Minh Virasek (staff), was appointed in the fall and began their work in December.
The committee has retained the services of a search consultant and has just completed the position profile, available on the SCU website. Nominations and applications are being accepted through February. If you would like to nominate a candidate, please submit them online via the profile posting.
Following the application period, the committee will screen candidates and conduct phone and offsite interviews through April. Top candidates will be invited to campus for onsite interviews later in the spring quarter. As the timeline progresses, the committee will keep the community apprised of plans for the campus visits. From the finalists, the committee will provide to the provost an unranked list of up to three candidates. I will then discuss the recommendations with the provost, with the hope that the new dean will be on board no later than Fall 2012.
My thanks go to the committee for their diligence in working aggressively in conducting this important search.
This past December, Santa Clara University was blessed with a generous $1M gift from an anonymous donor. This recent gift will provide $800,000 for the Patricia A. and Stephen C. Schott Admission and Enrollment Services Building; $125,000 to establish a scholarship at JST to honor Fr. Norman Martin, S.J. (d. 2006, longtime history faculty member); and $75,000 to fund the cataloging and conservation of the Santa Clara Mission manuscripts and Mission Library, dating back to 1777 and housed in the Department of Archives and Special Collections.
Dear Colleagues and Friends,
“The people who walked in darkness
have seen a great light;
on those who lived in a deep shadow
a light has shone…
For a child is born for us, a son given to us…”
- Isaiah 9:2-6
Christmastide is here. In the signs and symbols around us the holidays are taking shape with excitement and expectation. The traditions and images inspire the spirit of the season – of giving, of hope and of joy.
The rich imagery of light and darkness, prevalent in many faith traditions of the world, is particularly meaningful for us during this special season. For Christians, Advent is well underway, four weeks of preparation for the coming of Christ. In great hope we await Emmanuel, “God With Us,” to bring us closer to an era of peace, joy, and justice for all people. Advent reminds us that what lies ahead is a time when people of goodwill will see a great light – the light of hope manifest in the Incarnation. It will be a time when darkness, fear, and injustice give way to the light of goodness and all that is right in creation.
The themes of light and darkness carry through in the Jewish celebration of Hanukkah, which will take place December 20-28. Hanukkah marks the triumph of light over darkness and commemorates the rededication of the Temple in Jerusalem after the Jews of Judah triumphed over their oppressors. The Festival of Lights reminds our Jewish sisters and brothers that the light of justice and peace will indeed reign over the darkness of conflict and injustice.
In our faith traditions, the light symbolizes the best of who we are and hope for blessings to come. This holiday season, let us focus on the lights in our lives, those glimmers of the divine shining through darkness. Let us also strive to be a light by responding to those who suffer illness, injustice, and economic problems. I pray that during this holy season the light of peace and hope shines on you and your families. At Christmas Mass, I shall remember the Santa Clara community, thanking God for all of you and asking God’s blessing now and in the new year.
Michael E. Engh, S.J.
What's Ahead on the President's Calendar
- November 17 - Thanksgiving Interfaith Service
- November 18 - WCC Council of Presidents Meeting
- November 24 - Thanksgiving
- November 25 - Thanksgiving Holiday
- November 29 - Administrative Leaders Group Meeting
- December 4 - Our Lady of Guadalupe Celebration
- December 8 - Los Angeles Alumni Christmas Party, in L.A.
- December 12 - President's Staff Leadership Retreat
- December 13 - Planning Action Council Meeting
- December 14 - Christmas Ecumenical Service, and Christmas and Holidays Party
- December 15 - Silicon Valley Leadership Group Meeting on campus
The Tech Awards is an international awards program that honors innovators from around the world who are applying technology to benefit humanity. A founding partner of The Tech Awards, Santa Clara University and the Center for Science, Technology and Society play a significant role each year in the celebration honoring the Tech Laureates. The Center sources the nominations and applications, manages the independent judging panels, and connects the Laureates to the human and financial capital here in the Silicon Valley. At this year's gala held on October 20, 15 laureates were honored, and Jeff Skoll, first president of eBay and founder of the Skoll Foundation, was awarded the James C. Morgan Global Humanitarian Award.
I thank Thane Kreiner, Executive Director of the Center for Science, Technology and Society, the Center staff and others on campus for their participation in the event, coordinating with the Tech Museum and hosting the many university guests at the gala. To learn more about The Tech Awards and view the video of the event, visit the Center's website here.