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Thursday, Jun. 2, 2011
Final exams, end-of-term research papers and group projects are stressful enough without having to worry about final exams, end-of-term research papers, and group projects. The Office of Sustainability is trying to make your week a little easier. Look for post-it notes on residence hall doors to serve as reminders with instructions for waste diversion.
Outside each residence, designated areas will be set up for recycling, old carpets, e-waste, and food, linen and clothes donations.
Visit the Sustainability Move Out web site with tips specific to your residence hall.
Author of The Kite Runner, SCU alumnus to speak at graduation
The 160th Santa Clara University commencement ceremony will take place on June 11th at 8:30 a.m. Author of The Kite Runner and SCU alumnus, Khaled Hosseini, Ph.D. will address the class of 2011. Hosseini is a fitting speaker for seniors, as they were assigned his national bestseller before their arrival at freshman orientation in the summer of 2007.
“I look forward to speaking to the graduates as they stand on the verge of bringing their ambitions and ideas to a greater world outside of Santa Clara University. It will be my privilege to provoke them to thought one more time before they leave the home of their formal education,” Hosseini told the University press office.
Hosseini's time in Afghanistan and personal experience as a refugee, turned him into an advocate for refugees around the world. He founded The Khaled Hosseini Foundation in 2007, which provides humanitarian assistance to the people of Afghanistan. Some of the main aims of the Foundation include supporting projects that provide shelter to refugee families, facilitating economic and education opportunities for families and providing healthcare for women and children. The Foundation also awards scholarships to students who have migrated to the United States under refugee status and to women pursuing higher education in Afghanistan.
Graduating senior Ariana Lujan reflected on reading The Kite Runner as an incoming freshman. "Reading The Kite Runner before freshman year began my journey through Santa Clara's education of students as citizens of a global community. The book brought a different world to light and helped me to realize that although circumstances may be wildly different, we all seek a sense of belonging and purpose within the communities that define us. As people come and go throughout our lives, especially during college, we have learning moments that shape how we see our relationships, responsibilities, priorities, and selves" Lujan said.
General seating for commencement is free and open to the entire campus community.
The Sharing Revolution
10th Annual CA Higher Ed Sustainability Conference
Do you have a burning passion for sustainability? Want to learn how other schools are implementing sustainability initiatives into their campuses and the surrounding communities? Want to spend a few days in Long Beach? Then sign up for the 10th Annual California Higher Education Sustainability Conference.
Along with learning about cutting-edge research and curriculum, this year's conference aims to showcase how colleges and universities are moving sustainability into the surrounding neighborhoods, building on the idea of sustainable communities.
While early bird registration has closed, you can still sign-up for the conference at the student price. Scholarships are available as well through the conference planning committee. ESI can help set-up carpools and organize transportation if necessary.