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Pope John Paul II’s life celebrated at Mission Mass

A memorial Mass was offered in the Mission Church on April 4 to celebrate the life of Pope John Paul II. In a message to campus, SCU President Paul Locatelli, S.J., called the Pope “one of the great figures of the 20th Century, truly a charismatic and prophetic leader for the world.”

Locatelli said the Pope “worked for unity among Christian religions, improved relations between Jews and Christians, and called for cooperation and tolerance among all religious traditions. He served as a moral compass, often speaking eloquently, with a clear option for the poor and for social, political, and economic justice. He always called for peace and human dignity for each person.”

Pope John Paul II, Locatelli added, “successfully guided the globalization of the Catholic Church, especially incorporating the voice of the poor and the Third World. Through his travels of over half a million miles and his visits to countries on every continent he won the love and respect of Catholics, young people, and people of all faith traditions throughout the world. The world is a better place because of Pope John Paul.”

To mark the election of Pope Benedict XVI, SCU held a Mass in the Mission Church on April 22. The liturgy was to pray for the new pope and, as Locatelli said, “to ask the continued guidance of the Holy Spirit as the Church moves into this new era of papal leadership.” Locatelli asked the campus to pray for the new Pope’s “inspired leadership in addressing (global) challenges and building greater unity and peace within the Church, across all religious traditions, and among people of all nations.”

SCU among best places to work in the Bay Area

Santa Clara is ranked as the ninth-best place to work among large employers in the Bay Area, according to an annual survey by business newspapers. SCU was ranked No. 9 in the large employer category (more than 350 employees), joining a list that includes Genentech, Gordon & Rees LLP, and Mills Peninsula Health Services. SCU was the only higher education institution in the top 30 employers in the region.

The annual survey ranks the top 100 Best Places to Work in the Bay Area based on extensive questionnaires regarding benefits, diversity, career development, training and retention. Rankings are the result of a survey of more than 105,000 Bay Area workers.

“SCU has attracted an exceptional community of faculty and staff, students and parents, trustees and other volunteers, alumni, and benefactors,” said SCU President Paul Locatelli, S.J.

The 2005 “100 Best Places to Work” rankings are a joint project of San Francisco Business Times, Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal, and East Bay Business Times. In electronic surveys administered by companies themselves, employees were asked 40 key questions about their workplace— questions that asked how happy they were with the work climate and culture, management practices and policies, and benefits offerings.

SCU alumni honored with the Ignatian Award for service to community

Ignatian Award
From left to right, 2005 Ignatian Award winners Daniel ’70 and Sue Cassel White ’69, Shelly (Bruneau) Barsanti ’72, Navah Statman MBA ’84, and Leon Panetta ’60, J.D. 63, along with SCU President Paul Locatelli, S.J.

On March 5, the SCU Alumni Association bestowed its highest honor on five alumni whose lives reflect the ideals of excellence, judgment, worldliness, and service. Established in 1981, the Ignatian Award recognizes alumni who live the SCU ideals of competence, conscience and compassion, and have been a credit to the University through outstanding service to others.

Shelly (Bruneau) Barsanti ’72

Barsanti is an active volunteer for the American Cancer Society and focuses her efforts on childhood and breast cancer. An advocate for 19- to 30-year olds with cancer, she helped found, fund, and organize a unique support group called Healthy Young Attitude. The group’s mission is to provide support and ideas to young adults who are dealing with the physical and psychological effects of cancer diagnosis, treatment, and recovery. Since 1985, Barsanti and her husband, Dan ’71, have been members of the SCU Board of Fellows.

Daniel C. White ’70 and Sue Cassel White ’69

For the last three years, the Whites have devoted two days a week to work at Los Angeles’ Verbum Dei Prep High School, an inner-city school that seeks to provide primarily disadvantaged students with a holistic Catholic education. The Whites share their extensive knowledge of mathematics with groups of two or three students doing independent study courses in calculus and pre-calculus. Because of the Whites’ dedication and knowledge, these inner-city students have the same college-prep experience (including the rigorous preparation for the Advanced Placement Calculus test) as students in other prep schools.

Leon Panetta ’60, J.D. ’63

After graduation and military service, Panetta worked in Washington, D.C., eventually becoming the director of the U.S. Office for Civil Rights, responsible for enforcement of equal education laws. Panetta returned to his hometown of Monterey, and was elected to Congress in 1976. He served as a U.S. Representative from California’s 16th (now 17th) district from 1977–1993. He then left Congress to become director of the Office of Management and Budget for the Clinton administration. He was appointed chief of staff to President Clinton in 1994, and served in that position until 1997. Currently, Panetta and his wife, Sylvia, co-direct the Leon & Sylvia Panetta Institute for Public Policy at California State University, Monterey. The institute serves as a non-partisan study center for the advancement of public policy.

Navah Statman MBA ’84

Since 1991, Statman has been a volunteer with the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI) of Santa Clara County, and she has served as president since 2002. NAMI is a nonprofit organization that provides support, education, and advocacy for families and friends of people with mental illness. She is also a member of the advisory board for the Youth in Transition Project, a collaboration between the Santa Clara Valley Health and Hospital System Mental Health Department and Pacific Graduate School of Psychology Clinical Services Interventions and Research Team. She previously was a member of the Santa Clara County Mental Health Board, eventually serving as chair from 1998-2000. She says the motivation for her volunteer efforts comes from the struggles of her eldest daughter, who is mentally ill.

Russert and Barnholdt to speak at commencement

The 154th Santa Clara University Commencement ceremonies for graduate and undergraduate programs on June 10 and 11 will feature speeches by NBC newsman Tim Russert and Edward W. (Ned) Barnholt, chairman emeritus of Agilent Technologies and the company's former chairman, president and chief executive officer.

Tim Russert

Ned BarnholtTim Russert
Ned BarnholtTim Russert

Russert is the managing editor and moderator of “Meet the Press” and political analyst for the NBC Nightly News and the “Today Show.”

He anchors “The Tim Russert Show,” a weekly interview program on CNBC and is a contributing anchor for MSNBC. Russert also serves as senior vice president and Washington bureau chief of NBC News. He will receive an honorary degree at the ceremony.

Ned Barnholt

Edward W. (Ned) Barnholt is chairman emeritus of Agilent Technologies and the company's former chairman, president and chief executive officer. He was responsible for guiding Agilent through its spin-off from Hewlett-Packard Company in 1999. Barnholt, who was born in 1943 in New York City, earned bachelor's and master's degrees in electrical engineering from Stanford University. He is a director of KLA-Tencor Corporation. He will also receive an honorary degree.

Honorary Degrees

Bishop Samuel Ruiz and the late Sister Dorothy Stang will also receive honorary degrees at the undergraduate commencement.

Ruiz was appointed Bishop of Chiapas by Pope John XXIII in 1959, at the age of 35. He went served the people of Chiapas as Bishop for 40 years. He has received international recognition for his work to combat human rights violations in Mexico, including three nominations for the Nobel Peace Prize.

Stang, 74, a sister in the Order of Notre Dame de Namur and a leader in the Catholic Church’s Pastoral Land Commission, was assassinated in February near Anapu, a rural town in Brazil. She was an outspoken defender of the rainforest and worked to help local people who were threatened by illegal logging there. Hers will be the first posthumous honorary degree that SCU has granted.

Locatelli receives Exemplary Community Leadership Award

The National Conference for Community & Justice Silicon Valley presented its 2005 Exemplary Community Leadership Award to SCU President Paul Locatelli, S.J., at its annual gala and fundraiser on May 14.

Event co-chairpersons included William R. Hambrecht, founder of the investment group WR Hambrecht & Co; Donald L. Lucas, Silicon Valley venture capitalist; Irwin Federman, venture capitalist and founder of many technology companies; and Larry Sonsini, of Wilson, Sonsini, Goodrich and Rosatti, the preeminent legal firm in Silicon Valley. Dr. Charles Geschke, co-founder of Adobe Systems, also received the 2005 Exemplary Community Leadership Award.

Business School ranks in top 100 in the world for research

In a business school research rankings conducted by the University of Texas at Dallas, Santa Clara University’s Leavey School of Business was included in the top 100 universities in the world for research. The “UTD Top 100 World Wide Rankings of Business Schools based on Research Contribution 2000-2004” ranked the quality of universities research based on the bibliometric method, which involves choosing some high quality and representative journals as well as citation indexes to determine the rankings of the universities.

“Santa Clara University’s business faculty are truly among the world's best scholars, as indicated by this ranking,” said Barry Z. Posner, dean of the Leavey School of Business. “It is a remarkable achievement in that SCU’s business school is the only one listed that doesn’t have a Ph.D. program, where research is the primary focus. What’s even more remarkable is that SCU faculty balance their outstanding scholarship with excellent teaching. Our faculty create knowledge in their research and create scholars in their classrooms.”

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