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2006-07 Highlights


Groundbreaking for Business School

undefinedThanks to generous contributions to the University, educating future employees and company leaders will be easier for the Leavey School of Business when the school’s new building opens for classes in fall 2008. The state-of-the-art facility, which broke ground in May 2007, will boast an additional 12 classrooms, study rooms, and conference rooms, all equipped with the latest technology. When completed, the new facility will be about 86,000 square feet. For the first time since the 1950s, faculty, staff, and classrooms will be in the same building. “Green” planning, construction, and operation have earned it Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification.

NASA Robotics Program

In February 2007, in an unprecedented move by NASA, total control of the GeneSat-1 satellite was given to Santa Clara University engineering students. GeneSat-1, which is still in orbit, is a project that SCU students and scientists at NASA Ames Research Center Moffett Field, Calif., have been working on for years. SCU students, faculty, and staff developed the entire command and control system for GeneSat-1 and made significant contributions to the design and test of the satellite itself.

Students wrote the programs to track the satellite and run the experiments in space. SCU will use the satellite as a tool for training students to operate the upcoming PharmaSat mission, for performing long-term trend analyses of various components and subsystems, and as a test bed for studying the performance of the communication system used on the vehicle.undefined

Solar Decathlon

In the U.S. Department of Energy’s international Solar Decathlon competition on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., Santa Clara University won third place. 

President’s Speaker Series

Leon Panetta

January marked the successful beginning of the inaugural year of Santa Clara University’s President’s Speaker Series, helping bring the community face to face with speakers who are writing, thinking, and commenting on the important issues of the day. The series focused on the Middle East and featured a conversation with Reza Aslan ’95, author of No god but God: The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam on the topic of the clash of monotheisms; a reading and discussion by Khaled Hosseini ’88, author of the national best-seller The Kite Runner; and Leon Panetta ’60, J.D. ’63, former chief of staff in the Clinton White House, sharing his participation in the Iraq Study Group.

Gulf Coast Immersion Trip

undefinedIn March 2007, Santa Clara students assisted the residents of Pass Christian, Miss., with cleanup and recovery from Hurricane Katrina. Similar to past immersion experiences in New Orleans, the students assisted with debris removal from homes, yards, streets, and neighborhoods along with general cleanup (both indoor and outdoor). Their immersion experience also involved multiple conversations with community members who were affected by the storm and community leaders who struggled to respond to the community’s needs.


Father Locatelli’s New Role

Paul Locatelli, S.J., President, was appointed Secretary for Higher Education Worldwide for the Society of Jesus. As Secretary, Locatelli will convene meetings of the International Committee on Jesuit Higher Education, plan periodic meetings of Jesuit university presidents, and encourage programs of collaboration among Jesuit universities.

Bob Michels, School of Education, Counseling Psychology, and Pastoral Ministries

Bob MichelsBob Michels received the first John Peshkoff Award at the annual Juvenile Court and Community School Administrators Association of California (JCCASAC) meeting in San Francisco. This is the highest award the association gives to educators who make a difference in the lives of those teachers, administrators, and students working in alternative education, primarily with youth offenders. Michels was one of the founders of JCCASAC 38 years ago and was instrumental in the development and implementation of Community Schools serving troubled youth throughout California. He is still active in JCCASAC, serving as an honorary member.

100 Most Influential Latinos of Silicon Valley

Ana Maria Pineda Francisco Jimenez

Ana Maria Pineda, RSM, Religious Studies, and Francisco JimÈnez, Modern Languages, were named two of the 100 most influential Latinos of Silicon Valley by the Mexican American Community Services Agency.

New Provost and Dean of Engineering

Lucia Albino Gilbert

Lucia Albino Gilbert, previously vice provost for undergraduate studies at the University of Texas at Austin, joined the University as the new provost.

M. Godfrey Mungal, an associate dean at Stanford University and professor of mechanical engineering for 22 years, was appointed dean of Santa Clara University’s School of Engineering.

M. Godfrey Mungal


Jack Kent Cooke Award

Amparo Cid ’06 was one of 34 students chosen from among 977 applicants nominated by their universities for a prestigious graduate scholarship awarded by the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation. The selection criteria for the award included academic achievement and financial need, as well as a will to succeed, leadership, and community involvement.

The scholarship will enable Cid to continue her education at UC Davis School of Law, and ultimately to realize her goal of representing individuals marginalized by society.

This year’s recipients hail from 20 different states and 11 different nations. The scholarships cover tuition, room, board, fees, and books—up to $50,000 annually for up to six years. While at SCU, Cid assisted the California Innocence Project as a translator, served on the Activities Programming Board, worked as a Legacy Project research assistant, and was a member of the Peer Judicial Board and the Santa Clara Community Action Program, while maintaining a high grade point average. She graduated with a double major of political science and ethnic studies with a double minor of sociology
and Spanish.

Fulbright Awards

Leslie Gray

Leslie Gray, associate professor in environmental studies, was awarded a National Science Foundation grant. This is awarded to a new faculty member who is most likely to become an academic leader of the 21st century. She also won a Fulbright grant to study the effects that U.S. cotton subsidies have on poor farmers in West Africa.

Elizabeth Powers, assistant dean at the School of Law, won a Fulbright grant and will teach a course at the law school at the University of Warsaw, Poland, on present U.S. intellectual property laws against a backdrop of European legislation.

Elizabeth Powers

WCC Commissioner’s Cup

The Broncos captured the West Coast Conference Commissioner’s Cup for the second time in three years after 9 top-four finishes in 13 WCC-sponsored sports during the 2006–07 seasons.

EmmysDarren Brazil

 Darren Brazil ’07, communication, won two Emmys from the Northern California Chapter of the National Academy for Television Arts and Sciences for his work as editor on the High School Sports Focus documentary Mack Family and the popular “Swisher Unscripted” segment from the A’s On Deck show.

Rankings and Recognition for SCU

Top Endowed Schools

SCU is among the 100 top endowed universities in the nation with an endowment that tops $600 million. This strong financial foundation will support the University’s ambitious academic and program goals for the next decade.

U.S. News & World Report:
  • No. 2 comprehensive university in the West for the 18th consecutive year.
  • Highest average freshman retention rate, 93 percent, of master’s universities in
    the West.
  • Average graduation rate for undergraduates, 85 percent, is the second highest in the country among 574 national master’s level universities.
  • SCU’s Residential Learning Communities were featured as one of the “Programs to Look For.”
Princeton Review:

Santa Clara University is one of the Princeton Review’s 366 Best Colleges in the U.S.

Leavey School of Business

U.S. News & World Report: The part-time MBA program at the Leavey School of Business is ranked No. 14 among part-time MBA programs in the nation.

Business Week magazine named the undergraduate program at the Leavey School of Business No. 27 in the United States.

School of Law

U.S. News & World Report:

  • One of the top 100 law schools in the nation.
  • The intellectual property law program is recognized as one of the top 10 nationally.
  • One of the 10 most diverse law schools in the country.
School of Engineering

U.S. News & World Report: No. 20 among the top 87 engineering schools in the country that focus on undergraduate and master’s engineering programs.