Santa Clara University

President's Report 2009-2010


SCU students win third place in international Solar Decathlon

SolarDecath_0232_cmykTeam California—composed of students from Santa Clara University and the California College of the Arts in San Francisco—came back winners from the 2009 Solar Decathlon sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy in Washington, D.C., the week of Oct. 8–16.

Twenty teams of college and university students competed to design and build a 100 percent solar-powered house. Team California built an 800-square-foot house—called Refract House—on campus for the competition that won second place in engineering and third place overall.

The students beat top universities such as Tufts, Rice, and Cornell, making their home one of the most energy-efficient, beautiful, and comfortable solar-powered homes in the world.

During the competition, entries were judged in 10 categories: architecture, market viability, engineering, lighting design, communication, comfort zone, hot water, appliances, home entertainment, and net metering. The judges described Team California’s Refract House as masterfully executed, exquisite, and well designed.

The students spent two years designing, engineering, and building the house. They then disassembled it, trucked it to Washington, D.C., and reassembled it on the National Mall.

This is the second time Santa Clara University competed in the Solar Decathlon. In 2007, SCU also won third place.

President’s Speaker Series


U.S. Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security and former Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano ’79 celebrated her 30-year class reunion last year by kicking off the University’s annual President’s Speaker Series.

Centered around the theme “Globalization: Boon or Bane?” Napolitano spoke on “Homeland Security in a Networked Age,” addressing issues such as the types of threats for which the United States should be prepared and ways ordinary citizens can become more involved in national preparedness efforts.

Other speakers in the series included Jon Sobrino, S.J., a Jesuit priest and theologian known for his contributions to liberation theology and his lifelong devotion to helping the poor and oppressed, and David Sanger, White House correspondent for the New York Times.

in memoriam
Paul Locatelli, S.J.,’60 (1938–2010)

PLocatelli_cmykPaul Locatelli, S.J., former president and chancellor of Santa Clara University, died on July 12, 2010, two months after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.

Locatelli was born in Santa Cruz on Sept. 16, 1938, and grew up in Boulder Creek. He attended the University of California, Berkeley from 1956 to 1958 and transferred to Santa Clara University, where he graduated with a degree in accounting.

He served in the army and, while stationed at Fort Ord, began to think seriously about a vocation to the priesthood and religious life as a Jesuit. He entered the Jesuit Novitiate at Los Gatos in 1962.

Locatelli received his doctorate in business administration from the University of Southern California in 1971 and a master of divinity degree from the Jesuit School of Theology, Berkeley. He was ordained to the priesthood in St. Mary’s Cathedral, San Francisco, in 1974.

He joined Santa Clara’s faculty as an assistant professor of accounting that same year. In addition to teaching, he served as associate dean of the business school and academic vice president. In 1986, he was named rector of the Jesuit community of Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, and two years later returned to Santa Clara as the 27th president. From 2009 until his death in 2010, he was both chancellor of SCU and secretary for Jesuit higher education in Rome.

de Saisset Museum Re-accredited

Santa Clara University’s de Saisset Museum again achieved accreditation by the American Association of Museums, the highest national recognition afforded to museums. Accreditation signifies excellence to the museum community, to governments, funders, outside agencies, and to the museum-going public. The de Saisset was initially accredited in 1979. All museums must undergo a reaccreditation review at least every 10 years to maintain accredited status.

A Year in the Life of Our New Core Curriculum

2009–10 marked the first full year of implementation of the new Core Curriculum. To date, SCU has undergone two years of Core assessment. In 2008–09, assessment focused on student learning in Critical Thinking and Writing courses and Cultures and Ideas courses as part of the pilot year. Assessment results revealed that more than 80 percent of students either met or exceeded the expected learning outcomes.

Results from the 2009–10 assessment of Religion, Theology, and Culture 1 courses and Critical Thinking and Writing with Science, Technology, and Society courses will be completed this school year.

Results of the Survey of Recent Grads, Class of ’09


Santa Clara University surveyed the Class of 2009 in February 2010, approximately eight months after their graduation. The purpose of the study was to learn the respondents’ employment and/or graduate school status.

Here are some highlights:

  • 73 percent of respondents were employed full time, attending graduate school, or participating in a service program such as the Jesuit Volunteer Corps.
  • The median starting salary for graduates working full time was $42,000.
  • 67 percent of graduates employed full time worked in the service sector.
  • 14 percent of graduates employed full time worked in the nonprofit sector.
  • 19 percent of graduates employed full time worked in the manufacturing sector.
  • Of those who had found full-time work, 88 percent indicated that their SCU education provided good to excellent preparation for their careers.
  • 90 percent of those who applied for graduate study were admitted to at least one graduate program. Of those who were admitted to full-time graduate study, 93 percent indicated that their SCU education provided them with good to excellent preparation for graduate study.
  • 89 percent of the graduates indicated that their SCU education had provided them with good to excellent preparation for life after college.


Since the Jesuit Volunteer Corps was launched more than 50 years ago, it has drawn numerous Santa Clara alumni to serve as full-time volunteers supporting disadvantaged communities throughout the United States and globally. These volunteers work in many areas, including advocating for refugees, nursing in community clinics, teaching in schools on Native American Reservations, assisting in shelters, and organizing a local response to climate change.

This past year, many Santa Clara graduates began placements across the country through two U.S. Jesuit Volunteer Corps organizations—the national JVC and JVC Northwest.

Here is a look at who they are and what they’re doing:

Jordan Becerril—SOME (So Others May Eat) Medical Clinic, Washington, D.C.

Laura Brown—L’Arche, Seattle.

Emily Fette—American Red Cross, Anchorage, Alaska

Krista Frankovic—Verbum Dei High School, Los Angeles.

Mary Georgevich—Homeboy Industries, Los Angeles.

Julia Hopkins-Powers—Paschal Sherman Indian School, Omak, Washington.

Leslie Kincaid—Sisters of the Road Café, Portland.

Jennifer Latimer—Project Lazarus, New Orleans.

Erica Mawbey-Lance—The Peace Corner, Chicago.

Erika Moen—Health Care for the Homeless, Mobile, Alabama.

Kathryn Ranney—Women’s Lunch Place, Boston.

Sara Seghezzo—Respite Care of San Antonio, San Antonio.

Matthew Williams—St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, Boston.


Hansen22A_cmykRon Hansen, the Gerard Manley Hopkins, S.J., Professor of Arts and Humanities at SCU and literary editor of Santa Clara Magazine, was awarded the Denise Levertov Award by the journal Image and Seattle Pacific University on May 20, 2010, for his sustained and serious engagement with the Judeo-Christian tradition in prose.

1936_Drago2Dragoslav D. Siljak, the Benjamin and Mae Swig University Professor in the School of Engineering, won the Richard E. Bellman Control Heritage Award for his contributions to the theory of large-scale systems, decentralized control, and parametric approach to robust stability. The award is the highest recognition of professional achievement for U.S. control systems engineers and scientists, given for distinguished career contributions to the theory or application of automatic control.



The Santa Clara University ROTC “Bronco Battalion” won the prestigious MacArthur Award granted by the U.S. Army’s Cadet Command and the General Douglas MacArthur Foundation. The award is granted to the year’s best Reserve Officers’ Training Corps program among 33 battalions in the West Coast 8th Brigade and considers factors such as the battalion’s physical fitness, navigation skills, leadership, and success in commissioning officers after ROTC.

Examining Ethical Implications of Helping the Poor

adelene-mug-2010Adelene Gallego Ramos, MBA ’11, won an award for a film project called “Social Entrepreneurs, Ethics, and Making a Profit on the Bottom Billion.” Sponsored by the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics, Ramos’ film about social entrepreneurs and the Santa Clara University community will examine the ethical dilemmas that social entrepreneurs face when working to improve the lives of those whose situation is ripe both for improvement and for exploitation.

First SCU cross-country All American

Wilson2743_200Junior Stephanie Wilson came in 28th at the 2009 LaVern Gibson Championship Cross-Country Course—the fastest runner from any school in California. Her time secured her status as a cross-country All-American—the first Bronco ever to do so.

Fulbright Awardees


  • Megan Williams ’10, political science major, who studied at the Centre for East European Studies in Warsaw, Poland. In addition to learning Polish, she conducts a research project on far-right Polish student political groups.
  • John “Jack” Mahoney ’10 teaches English at one of Indonesia’s hundreds of boarding schools. Mahoney was a political science and religious studies major, with a minor in Arabic, Islamic, and Middle Eastern studies.
  • Jennifer Mock ’10, who majored in German and political science with minors in international studies and history, teaches English to middle- and high-school students in Burghausen, Germany.


Santa Clara University

U.S. News & World Report

  • Ranked No. 2 among 115 master’s universities in the West.
  • Second-highest undergraduate graduation rate nationally—85 percent—among master’s universities.
  • Highest average freshman retention rate—93 percent—of master’s universities in the West.

Princeton Review

  • SCU is named one of the nation’s best institutions for undergraduate education in the 2011 annual guidebook, “The Best 373 Colleges.”

Forbes Magazine

  • Santa Clara University jumped to No. 115 in Forbes’ America’s Best College list for 2010. In the previous year, SCU was ranked 150, and in 2008, in the inaugural edition, SCU was 318.

SCU Ranked No. 33 in the U.S. for Return on Investment

  • The value of a Santa Clara University education is among the best in the country, according to PayScale, an online site that collects salary data. SCU was ranked No. 33 on a list of 554 schools in the 2010 College Return on Investment Report.

President’s Honor Roll

  • SCU was named to the 2009 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for community service programs and student involvement.
Leavey School of Business


  • The undergraduate business program at Santa Clara University is ranked No. 39 in the nation, according to “The Best Undergraduate B-schools.”

U.S. News & World Report

  • The part-time MBA program is ranked No. 35.
School of Law

U.S. News & World Report

  • Santa Clara University School of Law was again named one of the top 100 law schools in the country.
  • Santa Clara law school was also recognized as one of the most diverse law schools in the nation.
School of Engineering

U.S. News & World Report

  • SCU’s School of Engineering is No. 17 among engineering schools in the country’s comprehensive master’s universities where the highest degree awarded is a bachelor’s or master’s.
$2.4 Million Grant to Help Exonerate Wrongfully Convicted Inmates

The Northern California Innocence Project at Santa Clara University School of Law and the California Innocence Project at California Western School of Law in San Diego received a $2.4 million grant from the U.S. Department of Justice to administer a massive DNA testing program. This federally funded Post-Conviction DNA Testing Assistance Program is designed to give indigent California inmates an opportunity to pursue claims of innocence.


Grants by the Numbers:

Awards Received—Sponsored Projects Office:
Awards Received That Include Student Funding:
Faculty & Staff Who Received Awards:
Total Funds Awarded in FY 2009-2010:

Honors Program Receives $1 Million

The family of the late Arthur Hull Hayes Jr., Santa Clara University’s first Rhodes Scholar and a former commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, has donated $1 million in Hayes’ name to fund scholarships and support for the University Honors Program. The majority of the gift, $700,000, will fund scholarships for honors-program students. Another $300,000 will be dedicated to operation and support for the program, which provides Santa Clara’s most able students with intellectual opportunities based in small, seminar-style classes.

Engineering students win prestigious scholarships

Ryan Clark ’10, civil engineering major, was awarded a $25,000 Robert Noyce Scholarship to complete the fifth-year teaching credential program at SCU, after which he will spend two years teaching science and mathematics in a high-need middle or high school in San Jose.

Ryan Hinds ’10, mechanical engineering major, received a scholarship and internship from NASA for aeronautics research. The program includes a $15,000 a year scholarship for two years and a stipend of $10,000 for the internship.


Gunsalus2808_018_cmykRobert Gunsalus Joins as Vice President for University Relations

Robert Gunsalus joined the University Relations team in September 2010 as vice president. He is leading the University’s fundraising efforts, government relations, alumni relations, and marketing and communications.

Starbird_0904_cmykS. Andrew Starbird MBA ’84 Heads the Leavey School of Business

A 23-year faculty member and expert in food safety at Santa Clara University’s Leavey School of Business, Drew Starbird took the helm of the school in July.

Zampelli2795_001_cmykMichael Zampelli, S.J., New Rector of Jesuit Community

Associate Professor Michael Zampelli, S.J., assumed responsibilities as the head of the Jesuit Community at Santa Clara. He has taught in the Department of Theatre and Dance since 1998. He follows Gerdenio “Sonny” Manuel, S.J., who completed six years of service in July 2010. Zampelli joins the SCU Board of Trustees, ex officio.

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