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|The sprit of understanding and peace, as imagined by artist Herve Gigot.|
The Santa Clara community marked the beginning of the academic year on Sept. 18 with a celebration of the spirit—and the spirit of team play. Delivering the homily for the Mass of the Holy Spirit, President Paul Locatelli, S.J. ’60 offered meditation upon a painting by artist Herve Gigot, an artist from Benin.
Gigot "imagined a dove hovering over Africa as that Spirit of understanding and peace whose gifts flow down into and among the people," Locatelli said. And, he said, "Now it’s our turn to heal the broken parts of the world."
Speaking to thousands of students, faculty, and staff assembled in the Leavey Center for convocation that afternoon, Locatelli underscored that "learning goes hand-in-hand with engaged citizenship." He also noted the ways in which Santa Clara is increasingly being recognized nationally for achievements in academics and athletics. Convocation this year brought even more to celebrate, since the afternoon included a ceremony retiring the jersey of Steve Nash ’96. SBS
|The biggest incoming class ever—and lots of stuff. Student volunteers help on move-in day at Swig Hall. |
Photo: Shawn Hanna, The Santa Clara
There is no single reason for the larger than usual class, explains Sandra Hayes, dean of admission, who says the freshman class is typically closer to 1,200 students. "We are seeing what is called the ‘baby boomlet’...there are more kids in the pipeline. We are also seeing more students applying to colleges and universities in general, and part of that has to do with the electronic application."
The days of whiting out mistakes, gathering application pages together, and dashing off to the post office in time to meet the university’s deadline are long gone. Like many universities, SCU uses the Common Application, an electronic application that allows students to use one application for up to 30 schools.
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Last fall, applications came in at a tremendous rate at the beginning of the cycle, then suddenly leveled off, Hayes said. This phenomenon threw a wrench in forecasting numbers for the incoming class.
Hayes and the University’s admission counselors are making adjustments to meet the changing admission trends. They will be listening carefully to students and parents who visit SCU, as well as to those they meet while doing outreach across the country. They hope to learn more about what the applicants are thinking and how those thoughts might evolve throughout the application process.
There has been a tremendous amount of work across the campus to ensure that, despite the large class size, the freshman experience for the Class of 2010 is no different than in years past. Even so, more students on campus means a need for more housing and services. To meet these demands, some residence halls previously reserved for upperclassmen are being opened to freshmen, and some double rooms are being converted into triples. Students living in triples will receive a discount for room and board. Every effort is being made to keep individual classroom size the same as last year, and hours for dining services have been extended as well. KCS
Could Mayor Gavin Newsom of San Francisco, Gov. Janet Napolitano of Arizona, and Jerry Brown, mayor of Oakland and former governor, all be wrong?" That was a question posed in the New York Times Education Life supplement this summer, in an article that singled out SCU as one of the nation’s "stealth powerhouses" and "hidden gems" in higher education. The article recommends SCU as one of 20 schools nationwide that’s "worth the trip" for prospective students. We concur.
This academic year has brought some new names (and familiar ones, too) to high profile positions on campus. Here’s your new people primer.
When Monica Augustin took over as registrar on July 17, she didn’t have to implement a new information system as she did at her last three jobs, including her most recent at Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Massachusetts, where she was registrar for seven years. However, she did have to learn a new system herself, which she considered a positive aspect of the job. “Coming here is a new experience for me. I love new experiences. It’s all about learning,” she says.
She had about two months to master the system before students arrived for the fall quarter. “With the quarter system, things turn over so rapidly, it’s like Groundhog Day—every 10 weeks, you’re starting over again!” she says with a good-natured laugh.
In her trek up the learning curve, she has already begun thinking of ways to improve things. “My personal goals are to make operations as seamless as possible. To grab other applications that are included in the tool that we’re using, enhance them, and roll them out to the community,” she explains.
She was drawn to SCU because of the strong tech support she felt she would be given in the position, the pleasant co-workers, the beautiful campus, and its proximity to her family in the Oakland area, where she was born.
Although Augustin loves most new experiences, she admits there’s at least one old experience she could do without. “I loathe flying, although I do. I take Amtrak. I’ve taken the California Zephyr six or seven times cross-country to Chicago. Then you pick up the Lakeshore Limited,” she says. “I read on the train. I have a sleeping car. I meet people who are traveling. I love it!”
Simone J. Billings
Assistant to the President
|Simone J. Billings|
In her many roles both inside and outside the classroom, Simone J. Billings has accumulated a wealth of knowledge and experience that will serve her well in her newest appointment: assistant to President Paul Locatelli, S.J. In addition to matching her interests and abilities, the part-time position also allows her to continue teaching, one of her strongest passions. She currently teaches classes in composition, creative non-fiction, and argumentation and is working on the third edition of The Well-Crafted Argument with her co-author, Fred White.
In her previous 26 years on campus, the English department senior lecturer has held numerous positions in addition to her teaching responsibilities, including faculty senate president, director of academic advising for the College of Arts and Sciences, faculty moderator of the Sigma Tau Delta (the national English honor society), and vice chair of the Athletic Advisory Board, to name a few.
Her primary goal in her new position is to emulate her predecessor, George Giacomini, who held the title for more than two decades. “It’s a daunting prospect, when one knows that George had been doing this for so long. He’s so marvelous,” she says. “I want it still to be seen as the kind of position where people can go if they need something done or if they want some information.”
A word of advice: Don’t look for Billings in either of her offices if you need to find her at 8:00 on a Thursday morning. She’ll most likely be in the gym at the Malley Center, playing a pick-up game of basketball.
Lucia Albino Gilbert
|Lucia Albino Gilbert|
When Lucia Albino Gilbert first read the job description for the position of provost at SCU, she felt that many of the qualities that they were seeking were ones she possessed—things like strong involvement with undergraduate education, leadership skills, attention to the growth of the whole person. But it was the social justice mission of the university that really ignited her interest.
“How to bring about change so that there’s greater justice in the world is very important to me,” says the new provost, who began October 2. Previously, she was Vice Provost for Undergraduate Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. She also likes the philosophy of “educating people for competence, compassion, and conscience—I just think that’s so important.”
She plans to put all that into action in her new position, but says “my very first job is to really learn the institution in a much deeper way than you can by visiting and reading.” So far, she likes what she sees. “Things at Santa Clara are already wonderful. It’s a fabulous undergraduate institution. It has excellent graduate programs. But I think they’re wanting, as all institutions are, to move to the next step.” What that step is should become apparent as she delves into her new responsibilities, she says.
Although Gilbert has never lived in California, she’s visited often. She hopes to get up to the zinfandel vineyards of the Russian River Valley more frequently than she could while living in Texas.
Richard P. Giacchetti
Associate Vice President for Marketing and Communications
|Richard P. Giacchetti|
While Rich Giacchetti was serving as AVP for Marketing Communications at Seattle University, he came to have a tremendous respect for the way Santa Clara cares for its students and tackles tough issues directly. The past few years, he’s also learned about the University as a parent: “I’ve been such a fan of Santa Clara that I encouraged my oldest daughter to enroll here,” he says. The result? She’s a member of the SCU class of ’07.
With a marketing background that covers international business as well as higher ed, Giacchetti welcomes the opportunity to bring greater visibility to the University on the national stage, to attract more resources to strengthen programs, and to build on the already high level of pride among alumni. “As a former resident of the Bay Area,” he adds “I was very, very happy to return.”
Coming from an Italian family and having lived in Italy for two years, Giacchetti also acknowledges a passion for cooking and food. A family favorite: spaghetti alla vongole. What was he doing in Italy? Pitching baseball for the Italian national team, of course.
Lester F. Goodchild
Dean of the School of Education, Counseling Psychology, and Pastoral Ministries
|Lester F. Goodchild|
Becoming dean of the School of Education, Counseling Psychology, and Pastoral Ministries, says Lester F. Goodchild, was a unique opportunity to merge the educational and ministerial aspects of his life. The professor of education holds a master of divinity from St. Meinrad School of Theology in southern Indiana, and his doctorate in higher education from the University of Chicago. He came to SCU from University of Massachussetts Boston, where he was dean of the Graduate College of Education.
“It’s bringing it all together,” the New York native says. “This is a uniquely distinctive effort here at Santa Clara.”
Though his specific plans for the school will likely evolve over time with the assistance of the faculty and staff, in general he hopes to support new efforts in science and math education, to focus on improving and advancing classroom instruction through technology, and to increase community service activities both in San Jose and Santa Clara.
Central to these efforts, he says, will be SCU alumni. “One of the key things that I’m trying to work on very quickly is greater outreach to alums, to involve them more in the school,” Goodchild says. “We’d like to invite them to campus more to be involved with our current students as mentors, whether in teaching, counseling, or pastoral ministries. So we hope to be holding more activities and involving them much more than in the past.”
Kevin P. Quinn, S.J.
Executive Director of the Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education
|Kevin P. Quinn, S.J.|
Kevin P. Quinn, S. J., the new executive director of the Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education, jumped right into his new role this fall. His first official week on the job, he joined a delegation of SCU faculty and staff on a Center-sponsored immersion trip to El Salvador. The trip included time at the University of Central America in San Salvador, where the six Jesuits, along with their housekeeper and her daughter, were assassinated in 1989 by the Salvadoran military for speaking out in support of the Salvadoran people and against the government. “It was my first time there, so it was a pilgrimage,” he says.
The native New Yorker looks forward to figuring out what direction he will take the Center. His aim will be “to reflect on what it means to be a Catholic, Jesuit university in the 21st century,” he says, “But I’m just beginning. At this point, it’s a work in progress.”
For the last decade, Quinn taught at Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C. But he lived in California for ten years, three of them (1989-92) in Swig Hall as a resident minister while finishing his dissertation for his PhD in jurisprudence and social policy at the UC-Berkeley.
He recently moved into Nobili Hall as a Jesuit in residence. “I enjoy being with the students,” he says. “They keep me young!”
John “Jack” Treacy, S.J. ’77
Director of Campus Ministry
|John "Jack" Treacy, S.J., '77|
After a stint at the foggy Jesuit school just north of Santa Clara, alumnus Jack Treacy, S.J. ’77 returned to his undergraduate stomping grounds this fall as director of Campus Ministry as well as resident minister in Swig Hall, two roles he relishes. AF
It has been 25 years since the Centers for Disease Control identified the disease that would come to be known as AIDS. While half a million Americans have died from AIDS-related causes in that time, great progress has been made in education, prevention, funding, treatments, and a global response to the pandemic. And last year, through a new partnership between Santa Clara University and Catholic Relief Services, SCU students took on new responsibilities in battling the scourge of AIDS at home and abroad.
SCU student Nicole Belanger, center, worked with children in South Africa this fall.
Working as interns with CRS and the Arrupe Partnerships, in 2005-06 SCU seniors Ruth Stanton and Tanya Landsberger developed a series of events to further education and awareness regarding HIV/AIDS throughout the world. Those events included a talk last spring by Donald Francis, the internationally renowned scientist who headed up the AIDS laboratory for the CDC in the early 1980s.
"I hope that your generation dealing with AIDS and subsequent outbreaks or problems within the community does it better than our generation," Francis said firmly. This from a man who worked closely with French researchers to prove that HIV was the agent that caused AIDS, and who was one of the first to sound an early warning that the nation’s blood supply was at risk from HIV.
"Anytime one has an epidemic, one
has to get in early to deal with it before the flames spread elsewhere. This is especially true of diseases that have long incubation periods," Francis said.
From Santa Clara to South Africa
|This shirt fights AIDS: SCU students Joe Novotny and Kate Radvanyi are serving as interns with the Arrupe Partnerships through a new agreement between SCU and Catholic Relief Services. |
Photo: Charles Barry
Travel to South Africa, as SCU senior Joe Novotny did in 2005, and you’ll find a much bleaker picture in terms of the epidemic. While studying in Cape Town, Novotny volunteered at a children’s home that included orphans infected with HIV and others left parentless by AIDS.
The numbers in South Africa are staggering: Over 330,000 people have died from AIDS-related causes in the past year alone, more than in any other country in the world. One out of nine South Africans—over 5 million people—are HIV-positive. Among the complicating factors: South African President Thabo Mbeki’s support for scientists who dispute that HIV causes AIDS; and a slow rollout of antiretroviral treatment programs.
This year, Novotny and senior Kate Radvanyi are serving as CRS interns. Their goals: educate SCU students on the current state of HIV/AIDS in the community and on a global scale, as well as on ways people can get involved with HIV/AIDS issues.
"This epidemic is a threat to everyone’s future," Novotny says, "We need to become active in our communities, educating other young people who see us as peers, and helping those who are HIV-positive fight stigma and seek needed treatment."
|Santa Clara students are raising money to support AIDS ministry in El Salvador by selling pins made by local artisans.|
In 2006, Santa Clara students founded a chapter of FACE AIDS, which strives to raise money to fight AIDS in Africa by selling pins made by African refugees. FACE AIDS was founded by a group of Stanford students in 2005, and Novotny notes that Santa Clara was one of the first schools to put on a FACE AIDS campaign.
One of the students who helped found the Santa Clara chapter is 20-year-old Nicole Belanger, of Washington, D.C. Belanger has participated in several outreach and education programs at SCU, including a program to distribute meals to terminally ill people in San Francisco through Project Open Hand.
Belanger took the fall 2006 quarter off from school to do AIDS work with children in Cape Town with the organization Volunteers for International Partnership. She sees work on AIDS as a fundamental responsibility. "With all of these advances," Belanger says, "our generation is the first with the capability to make a change and challenge AIDS and the stigmas surrounding it head on."
|Orradre memory card|
Opened in 1964, the Orradre Library building served the SCU campus for more than 40 years. In mid-June, the building closed and services were temporarily relocated to make way for construction of the new Learning Commons and Library. (For more on construction, read the latest in the Campaign for Santa Clara University.) To bid farewell to the place where thousands of SCU students studied all night for finals and courteous and expert staff helped them find just the books and articles they needed, the Santa Clara community has been invited to contribute memories of Orradre on special "memory cards" featuring archival photos of the Orradre Library building. Literally hundreds of messages have already been received. Here are a few:
"In a world of laptops, iPods and wifi, the following observation may seem comical to today’s students. The engineering students strategically staked out the study tables that ringed the perimeter of the bookshelves. Why? They needed to be near the walls in order to plug in their state-of-the-art calculators...Ah well, from ex libris to gen-X libris, and beyond!"
—Pamela Davoren ’75, Theatre Arts
"Ever since I declared my accounting major, Orradre became my new home.... I will always joyfully reminisce those all-nighters before exams. ‘Forsan et haec olim meminisse iuvabit.’ —Virgil."
—Elif Soyarslan, Accounting Dept.
"I remember...‘What are you doing later?’"
"‘I have a date with Michael Orradre.’"
"Walking up those beautiful steps to the classroom always gave me a sense of peace and encouragement to help start a new day."
—Christina Johnson, Law Department
"My first memory of the Orradre library was when they were building it and the library was still in Varsi Hall. I was looking at SCU as a possible college choice. I have visited Orradre every year since then – 42 years – as student, an alumnus, and mother of a student who is just finishing his graduate studies here. I have browsed the stacks here and read books published in the 1800s, and I have wonderful memories of Fr. Duggan taking such good care of them."
"It was at Orradre that I found a good old-fashioned “hell” (as we seminarians used to say): a special locked cage for books on the Index of Forbidden Books."
—James F. Felt, S.J., Philosophy Dept.
"Adieu, Orradre—you were here when I came as a freshman in 1967. I spent many an evening in the stacks and at the tables trying to understand organic chemistry and later doing papers for Fr. Mackin. Hail and farewell."
"I am a community member and not affiliated to SCU officially. I really enjoy many things SCU offers, the best of which is Orradre. I really want to mention the courteous and friendly help that I always experienced from the Orradre staff. There is something special about SCU. The faculty, staff, and the students have always treated me very kindly."
"I remember…studying for a political science midterm that seemed impossible as a freshman, putting my head on my books to rest my eyes, and being tapped on the shoulder by a librarian after what seemed like 5 minutes but was really four hours."
—Jasper Seldin, Political Science
"I remember…many hours of good times studying biology and organic chemistry in “death row,” upstairs along the wall."
"Orradre, you rocked."
|Patrick Guerra '73, MBA '76|
Patrick Guerra ’73, MBA ’76, was the director of the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at SCU when he began thinking about ways to encourage businesses and entrepreneurs—while tying innovation to "Jesuit values and the three C’s," he says. What he came up with, along with cofounders Albert Bruno and James Koch, was the Global Social Benefit Incubator program, a joint venture with the Center for Science, Technology, and Society and the Leavey School of Business.
The GSBI was launched in 2002 to provide support to innovators and industrialists who use technology and business principles to address the fundamental social issues of poverty, disease, and human suffering. On July 30 of this year, the University and CSTS announced the creation of the Patrick Guerra Social Entrepreneurs Fund to offer additional financial support to social entrepreneurs engaged in humanitarian efforts to create better lives for people in countries around the world.
"Most of these programs are funded by foundations [and are] dependent on grants," Guerra says. "The GSBI was born to help them develop a business model, to help them make their own money, be self-sustaining." SS