Santa Clara University

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Success stories

Santa Clara University and its community have many success stories, and we share a few recent examples in this issue of the magazine.

The story about the SCU Community Law Center describes the rising success of this facility, which in 10 years has evolved from a volunteer-led clinic housed in a bakery to a center that—with the help of hundreds of law school and undergraduate SCU students—helps more than 1,000 clients a year. The Center is being renamed for SCU School of Law Professor George Alexander and his wife, Katherine, who recently donated $800,000 to the center.

Another success is last spring’s exoneration of John Stoll, who spent nearly 20 years in prison despite his claims of innocence. He was freed largely due to the efforts of SCU law students, who worked with the Northern California Innocence Project at SCU.

Read an example of the writing talents of incoming SCU senior Alexander Matthew Weyand, whose poem, "The Stations of the Cross," won the SCU Shipsey Poetry Prize. Check the magazine’s Web site for his Tamara Verga Prize-winning poem, "Still-born," as well as a compelling—and award winning—tale of a man coming to grips with the mental and physical decline of his mother, written by McCann Short Story Prize winner, Erin Pate ’04.

The Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at SCU is quite a success story. It is one of the preeminent centers for research and dialogue on ethical issues. The center’s Miriam Schulman explores whether the reliance of today’s students on the Internet for research amounts to technology-assisted plagiarism. Also, stitched into the back of the magazine is a copy of At the Center, the Ethics Center’s newsletter. You are invited to add your name to the Center’s mailing list.

In the Class Notes section is an inspiring story about the successful swimmer and alumna Kelly Crowley, who plans to swim in this year’s Paralympics in Athens.

Finally, a big thank-you goes out to everyone who sent a donation to the magazine this summer. Because of your generosity, our fundraising efforts were a smashing success and we expect to be able to add extra pages to subsequent issues of the magazine.

As always, we welcome your story ideas, comments, and class notes. We look forward to hearing from you soon.


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Adam Breen, Editor

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