The University Today

  • A cut to California’s future

    A cut to California’s future

    The Cal Grant program, which has provided funding for more than 2.3 million students in the state since it was launched, is in jeopardy.

  • The what, the how, and the where to

    The what, the how, and the where to

    In his annual State of the University address, President Michael Engh, S.J., detailed three themes that connect the University to its broader communities—and help determine where it’s headed.

  • Light and beauty that transcend time and space

    Light and beauty that transcend time and space

    Step inside the planned Edward M. Dowd Art and Art History Building: a place to make art, study its history, and, through virtual-reality technology, explore the whole blessed world.

  • Business, ethics, and compassion

    Business, ethics, and compassion

    Religious studies professor David Gray discusses teachings on ethics, compassion, and business ahead of His Holiness the Dalai Lama's visit to the Mission campus.

  • Finding awakening in all things

    Finding awakening in all things

    Ignatian spirituality and Tibetan Buddhism are distinct traditions but their core teachings reveal a spiritual kinship on finding the divine in all things, says scholar Thomas Cattoi.

  • Silent Night

    Silent Night

    Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from Santa Clara Magazine.

  • Teaching awards

    Teaching awards

    Research, teaching, and service to the University are endeavors we like to see recognized. One of the places that happens is at the faculty awards dinner in September. Here are this year’s honorees.

    Winter 2014

  • All the ingredients

    All the ingredients

    James Lyons joins SCU as the new vice president for University Relations.

    Winter 2014

  • A powerhouse of high tech law

    A powerhouse of high tech law

    SCU grads populate the top ranks of Silicon Valley legal departments because technology is “everywhere they turn,” says High Tech Law Institute director Eric Goldman.

  • One in a million

    One in a million

    A note of thanks to the SCU alumni. You came through in record numbers to secure a $1 million challenge grant for the University.

    Fall 2013

Winter 2014

Table of contents

Features

Rise up, my love

There are the sanctuaries built for worship—and that carry beauty and grace for all to see. Then there are the improvised places of faith, perhaps more subtle in how they speak to the wonder worked there.

The chaplain is in the House

With the way things have gone recently in Congress, looking to the heavens for some help and guidance might seem like a very good idea. In fact, that’s what Pat Conroy, S.J., M.Div. ’83 is there to do.

Welcome to Citizenville

Who published the one book on government in 2013 that conservative firebrand Newt Gingrich told all true believers that they should read? Well, the author is now lieutenant governor of California. Before that, he was mayor of San Francisco. That’s right: It’s Gavin Newsom ’89.

Mission Matters

Goooaal!

Women’s soccer wins the West Coast Conference championship.

Patent trolls, beware

The White House has brought on SCU’s Colleen Chien, a leading expert in patent law, as senior advisor.

A sight of innocence

George Souliotes went to prison for three life sentences after he was convicted of arson and murder. Twenty years later, he’s out—after the Northern California Innocence Project proved he didn’t do it.