Santa Clara University

2007-08 Highlights


Locatelli’s New Duties for Jesuit Order 

LocEnghSCU outgoing President Paul Locatelli, S.J., will take on expanded responsibilities in Rome as the secretary of Jesuit higher education for the Society of Jesus. In this role, he will foster cooperation in the quest for excellence among Jesuits and their colleagues across the globe. Locatelli stepped down as president of the University in December 2008 after serving a record 20 years. Michael Engh, S.J., took office in January 2009; Fr. Engh, a distinguished historian and scholar, comes to SCU from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles.

Endowed Chair in Journalism 

Sally Lehrman was named the first Knight-Ridder/San Jose Mercury News Endowed Chair in Journalism and the Public Interest in the Department of Communication. Lehrman is an expert on diversity in journalism and a writer and reporter on science and society. She has received a Peabody Award and a Peabody/Robert Wood Johnson Award for excellence in health and medical programming.

New Executive Directors for Graduate Programs 

The School of Education, Counseling Psychology, and Pastoral Ministries named two new executive directors: Janice Chavez for Education Programs and Tom Powers, S.J., for Counseling Psychology and Pastoral Ministries.


Grand Opening for Learning Commons and Library

LibOpeningThe Harrington Learning Commons, Sobrato Technology Center, and Orradre Library opened for spring quarter in March 2008. The $95 million building was the centerpiece of SCU’s recent fundraising campaign and has become the intellectual heart of the Mission campus. It includes a café, an automated retrieval system to maximize efficiency in storing the library’s numerous collections, and an expanded space for the University’s archives as well as the Norman F. Martin, S.J., Archives and Special Collections Reading Room.


Solar Decathlon 2009 

Solar09_3D_houseAfter a spectacular third-place finish in the U.S. Department of Energy’s international Solar Decathlon in 2007, Santa Clara University was invited to participate in the 2009 Solar Decathlon in Washington, D.C. The School of Engineering is partnering with the California College of the Arts architecture program to create an energy-efficient, functional, and attractive solar-powered home for the competition.

Bannan at 25 

The Bannan Institute celebrated its 25th anniversary in May 2008. Founded in 1982 by three generations of the Bannan family to honor Louis I. Bannan, S.J., the institute is now part of the Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education. 

From SCU to Beijing 

olympic-gold-medalSeveral former Broncos represented the United States in the 2008 Olympics in China. Aly Wagner ’02 was a member of the U.S. women’s soccer team, which won the gold medal; Leslie Osborne ’05 was also part of the team before suffering a knee injury in July. Janet Culp ’04 competed in synchronized swimming, Matt Madigan ’91 coached the quad boat team for the U.S. rowing team, and Mary McConneloug ’93 made the U.S. mountain biking team.


1878_046StoverBill Stover, professor of political science, was named a senior Fulbright specialist for information technology and conflict resolution. As part of the grant, he will make several overseas consulting visits in the next five years.





Faculty Awards

Vicki Huebner, assistant dean of the School of Law, was named a Fulbright Fellow for 2007-08 as part of the U.S.-Germany International Education Administrators Program.

EHymanUNaward2Santa Clara University School of Law Adjunct Professor Eugene Hyman ’77 and the State of California Superior Court for the County of Santa Clara were honored with the 2008 United Nations Public Service Award. Hyman and the court were recognized for “improving transparency, accountability, and responsiveness in the Public Service” in the category of “Juvenile Delinquency Domestic Violence and Family Violence Court.”


Honors and Grants

2049_019BillingsleaAldo Billingslea, associate professor of theatre and dance, was nominated for the Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Award 2007 in the category of principal performance for a male.



Betty Young, professor of physics, is among 50 scientists from 16 universities and organizations whose Cryogenic Dark Matter Search experiment at a mine in Minnesota has given them the lead in a worldwide race to find the particles that make up dark matter.

Nam Ling, professor of computer engineering, was named a distinguished lecturer of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Circuits and Systems Society, one of only 10 members selected for this position during the 2007-08 term.

KittsChristopher Kitts, associate professor of mechanical engineering, received a three-year award from NASA that provides more than $2.7 million to expand the collaborative research and development program between SCU’s Robotic Systems Laboratory and the NASA Ames Research Center. The focus will be on the development and demonstration of advanced technologies relating to the design, development, testing, and operation of small spacecraft and their payloads.


Student Awards
Udall Scholar


Meghan Mooney ’09 was named a 2008 Udall Scholar. Mooney, an applied anthropology major focusing on environmental health, was the communications and community outreach coordinator for SCU’s 2007 Solar Decathlon team.



Fulbright Award
Dezember2Michelle Dezember ’06 will be pursuing a research project supported by a Fulbright grant. She is studying museums, education, and immigration in Barcelona, Spain.




Student Newspaper Shines
SCPaperIn October 2007, student journalists from The Santa Clara took home three national awards in the Story of the Year competition at the 86th annual National College Media Convention in Washington, D.C. The Santa Clara also won 11 regional awards from the California College Media Association.


WCC Athletic Achievement

Continuing a reputation for excellence on and off the playing field, 15 Bronco student-athletes earned All-Academic honors in the West Coast Conference.

Engaging People and Ideas That Shape Our World: the 2007-08 President's Speaker Series

_DSC0107_adj_smallThe 2007-08 President’s Speaker Series enabled the surrounding community, alumni, students, faculty, and staff to participate in dialogues with world-renowned thinkers about ideas that shape our world. The series focused on science and technology and continued the tradition of addressing contemporary and complex issues that have ethical and moral implications. These speakers provided insights on topics ranging from the public debate on stem-cell research and human cloning to a discussion of how Silicon Valley’s unique culture is transforming American history:


  • Jane Goodall, primatologist and U.N. Messenger of Peace
  • Robert M. Sapolsky, MacArthur Genius Fellow and Stanford professor of biology
  • Paul Berg, Nobel Prize–winning biochemist (also was the 2008 DeNardo Lecture)
  • Michael S. Malone ’75, author, technology journalist, and distinguished friend and honorary fellow of Oxford University

One highlight of the series was the visit of primatologist Jane Goodall, the world’s foremost authority on chimpanzees. Goodall not only addressed a sellout crowd on what humans can learn from primates about their own behavior and emotions, she also met with a group of students and faculty in an informal question-and-answer format.

The President’s Speaker Series established Santa Clara University as a leader in generating intellectual discourse and sparked many conversations among students and faculty, both in and out of the classroom.

Institutional Awards

Santa Clara was one of six schools receiving a 2007 Alfred P. Sloan Award for Faculty Career Flexibility. The $200,000 award will enable the institution to expand and enhance flexible career paths for faculty.

SCMagazine_smallSanta Clara Magazine won silver medals from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education District VII and the Conference of Jesuit Advancement Administrators.




Rankings & Recognition


U.S. News & World Report

  • No. 2 comprehensive university in the West for the 19th consecutive year.
  • Second-highest graduation rate in the United States (84 percent) among master’s universities.
  • Highest average freshman retention rate (93 percent) among master’s universities in the West.

Santa Clara University is one of the Princeton Review’s 368 best colleges in the United States.

Santa Clara University was recognized as one of the nation’s 25 most environmentally responsible in the Kaplan College Guide 2009.

Leavey School of Business

  • The part-time MBA program ranked No. 13 among part-time MBA programs in the nation.
  • The executive MBA program is ranked No. 19 in the nation.
  • According to the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy, Santa Clara graduates taking the Uniform CPA Examination in 2006 had the ninth-highest passing rate in the nation among first-time CPA candidates without advanced degrees.
School of Engineering U.S. News & World Report: The engineering school is ranked No. 21 among the engineering schools in the country where the highest degree awarded is a bachelor’s or master’s.

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 most diverse law schools in the United States.