Spring 2012

Volume 53 Number 4



Steven Boyd Saum


Creative Director

Linda Degastaldi-Ortiz



Charles Barry


Editorial Interns

Holly Hanbury-Brown '12
Jon Teel '12


Web & Media Interns

Neelima Karki MSIS '12
Robert Boscacci '14


Class Notes & Obituaries

Christine Cole Harden
Marisa Solís
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Neelima Karki '12
Clay Hamilton
Brian Washburn


Literary Editor

Ron Hansen M.A. '95


Associate Editor,

Clay Hamilton


Department Contributors

Connie Coutain
John Deever
Monique Marie DeJong '08
Justin Gerdes
Linda Hylkema
Lindsey Kouvaris '02
Dona LeyVa
Alden Mudge
Sam Scott '96


Copy Editors

John Deever
Jeff Gire
Marisa Solís
Darienne Hosley Stewart
Brittany Yap


Santa Clara Magazine Advisory Board

Margaret Avritt—Director of Marketing
Terry Beers—Professor of English
Michael Engh, S.J.—President
Elizabeth Fernandez '79—Journalist
Rich Giacchetti—Associate Vice President, Marketing and Communications
Robert Gunsalus—Vice President for University Relations
Ron Hansen M.A. '95—Gerard Manley Hopkins, S.J., Professor of Arts and Humanities
Kathy Kale '86—Executive Director, Alumni Association
Paul Soukup, S.J.—Pedro Arrupe, S.J., Professor of Communication



Spring 2012

Table of contents


Bucky Bronco Confidential

Who wears the costume today may be classified information. But here's one secret revealed: how Bucky came to be.

Why women professors?

Marking 50 years of coeducation at Santa Clara—and recognizing that it’s not just the composition of students that has changed profoundly.

Mission Matters

Here comes the sun ... and our solar decathletes

The 2013 Solar Decathlon is on! Santa Clara is competing for the third time, after third place wins in 2007 and 2009.

Bigger than all of us

Baseball Coach Dan O’Brien goes old school. He wants players—and fans—to rekindle a love affair with the game.

Opening new doors in the Philippines

Introducing Casa Bayanihan—a place to learn, work, and be changed forever.