Spring 2014

Volume 55 Number 3



Steven Boyd Saum


Assistant Editor

Kristen Intlekofer


Associate Editor,

Clay Hamilton



Charles Barry


Editorial Interns

Leah Gonzalez ’14
Danae Stahlnecker ’15


Web Intern

Lucas Hapin ’15


Class Notes & Obituaries

Marisa Solís
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Clay Hamilton
Lucas Hapin ’15
Brian Washburn


Literary Editor

Ron Hansen M.A. ’95


Creative Director

Linda Degastaldi


Department Contributors

Patrick Dutcher
Justin Gerdes
Jeff Gire
Dona LeyVa
Sam Scott ’96

Copy Editors

John Deever
Marisa Solís


Santa Clara Magazine Advisory Board

Margaret Avritt—Director of Marketing
Terry Beers—Professor of English
Linda Degastaldi—Creative Director
Michael Engh, S.J.—President
Elizabeth Fernandez ’79—Journalist
Rich Giacchetti—Associate Vice President, Marketing and Communications
Ron Hansen M.A. ’95—Gerard Manley Hopkins, S.J., Professor of Arts and Humanities
Kathy Kale ’86—Assistant Vice President for Alumni Relations
James Lyons—Vice President for University Relations
Michael C. McCarthy, S.J.—Executive Director, Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education
Paul Soukup, S.J.—Pedro Arrupe, S.J., Professor of Communication



Spring 2014

Table of contents


Radiant house

Building a house for the 2013 Solar Decathlon. That, and changing the world.

Américas cuisine

Telling a delicious tale of food and family with chef David Cordúa ’04.

Lessons from the field

Taut and tranquil moments in Afghanistan—an essay in words and images.

Mission Matters

Carried with compassion

The Dalai Lama’s first visit to Santa Clara.

Farther afield

Building safer houses in Ecuador. Research on capuchin monkeys in Costa Rica. Helping empower girls in The Gambia. And this is just the beginning for the Johnson Scholars Program.

What connects us

The annual State of the University address, including some fabulous news for the arts and humanities. And the announcement of Santa Clara 2020, a new vision for the University.