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Santa Clara University Alumna Wins Inaugural Knight-Hennessy Award

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 10:43:00 PST

SANTA CLARA, Calif., Feb. 15, 2018—A Santa Clara University biology alumna, Hayley Raquer ’16 has been named one of 48 inaugural Knight-Hennessy Scholars at Stanford University. The group includes citizens of 19 countries who will pursue degrees in 27 different Stanford graduate departments. Raquer will receive financial support for the full cost of her attendance for her graduate education and build on her undergraduate degree program with leadership training, mentorship, and experiential learning across multiple disciplines. Raquer is currently engaged in a two-year fellowship at the National Institutes of Health in Washington, D.C. “I was thrilled and honored when I was invited to be a member of the inaugural class,” said Raquer. “I am so grateful to the Santa Clara  community and all of the incredible mentors who supported me. I am looking forward to studying immunology with some of the best scientists in the country, and I hope to use my time as a Knight-Hennessy Scholar to approach problems regarding women’s health research and diversity in STEM.” Modeled after the Rhodes Scholarship, the new Knight-Hennessy Scholars program aims to “identify a group of 100 high-achieving students from around the world with demonstrated leadership and civic commitment to receive full funding to pursue a wide-ranging graduate education at Stanford, with the goal of developing a new generation of global leaders,” the program states. “We are particularly proud that the Knight-Hennessy award honors those who demonstrate leadership and civic commitment, values that are at the heart of our Jesuit mission,” said SCU President Michael E. Engh, S.J. “Hayley is truly a model of values-driven leadership, and we are delighted to see her accomplishments recognized in this award.” Raquer was an exceptional undergraduate in the College of Arts and Sciences at SCU, where she was a member of the University Honors Program and also awarded both the Saint Clare Medal, for outstanding academic performance and constructive contribution to the University, and the DeNardo Senior Prize in Science Research. She was a 2015 Johnson Leadership Fellow, a program which awards a summer stipend to outstanding juniors and seniors to fund a self-defined leadership experience. “Hayley has always impressed me with her intelligence, commitment, and passion for learning,” said Leilani Miller, associate professor of biology and director of the University Honors Program and Office of Fellowships. “She has extraordinary potential to make a positive impact as a future leader in the health sciences.” As the senior student in Prof Miller’s research lab, she pursued a project titled “Analysis of Phosphorylation of the C. Elegans Transcription Factor LIN-31 During Cell Signaling,” while also mentoring the younger students. “Hayley is one of those inspirational students who has it all: smarts, social skills, organizational skills, can-do attitude, and a caring heart for others,” said Katy Korsmeyer, lecturer and associate director of special projects in the College of Arts and Sciences. “Unlike many who have dreams and just talk about them, Hayley works toward her dreams to make them real. She’s always thinking of others, giving voice to those who aren’t represented, thinking globally about social good. She embraces life to its fullest. She’s a testament to what SCU represents.” In 2014, Raquer was named a Clare Boothe Luce Undergraduate Research Scholar, awarded to outstanding undergraduate women majoring in the natural sciences and engineering. She also founded the popular campus group SCU Women in STEM, with the goal of expanding the influence of women mentors in science and technology. Her award follows news last November that Santa Clara alumnus Sean Reilly ’16 had been named a Rhodes Scholar, SCU’s third winner in the past eight years and fourth in SCU history. “Hayley is the most intellectually curious person I've ever met. She is not satisfied with being told ‘what is’ about the world, she needs to k[...]


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Mitigating Poverty and Protecting the Planet Through Social Entrepreneurship

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 00:30:00 PST

Miller Center’s Global Social Benefit Institute (GSBI®) welcomes new cohorts of social entrepreneurs to its accelerator programs.


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Momentum Grows for STEM and Capital Projects with Gifts Totaling $25 Million

Wed, 07 Feb 2018 09:00:00 PST

SANTA CLARA, Calif., Feb. 7 2018—Three multi-million-dollar gifts from new and long-standing Santa Clara University supporters are providing significant momentum to the University’s plans for a transformed campus landscape. The gifts will help major projects come to life, in particular, the 275,0000-square-foot Sobrato Campus for Discovery and Innovation and Finn Residence Hall to accommodate anticipated increased enrollment.

The gifts and pledges that have been made in recent months include generous donations from:

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•Stephen A. Finn MBA ’76, executive chairman and founder of Trust Company of America, who is donating the foundational $11 million gift to create the Stephen A. Finn Residence Hall, which broke ground Jan. 30 with a public ceremony. The hall will be located on the south end of campus adjacent to Sobrato Hall.

•An anonymous donor, who gave $10 million for the Sobrato Campus for Discovery and Innovation.

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•Don Bruzzone ’60, a longtime real estate developer in the East Bay, who donated $5 million for the Sobrato Campus for Discovery and Innovation and other campus endeavors.

“The Santa Clara community is blessed to have the tremendous financial and strategic support of donors who have turned their own success into a force for good in the world,” said Michael E. Engh, S.J., president of Santa Clara University. “We are profoundly grateful to those who support our mission with donations, as well as with the counsel, guidance, and vision to make Santa Clara an ever-stronger force to produce values-driven professionals and leaders.”

About Santa Clara University
Santa Clara University, a comprehensive Jesuit, Catholic university located 40 miles south of San Francisco in California’s Silicon Valley, offers its more than 9,000 students rigorous undergraduate curricula in arts and sciences, business, and engineering; master’s degrees in business, education, counseling psychology, pastoral ministry, and theology; and law degrees and engineering doctoral degrees. Distinguished nationally by one of the highest graduation rates among all U.S. master’s universities, California’s oldest operating higher-education institution demonstrates faith-inspired values of ethics and social justice. For more information, see www.scu.edu.

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Deepa Arora | Director, Media and Internal Communications | darora@scu.edu | 408-554-5125


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Miller Center Launches "Social Entrepreneurship at the Margins" Program

Tue, 06 Feb 2018 09:11:00 PST

Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship is making its 15-year-old accelerator program available to social entrepreneurs helping migrants, refugees, and human-trafficking survivors.


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Former Oakland A’s President Takes Helm as Santa Clara University’s Vice President for Finance and Administration

Fri, 26 Jan 2018 10:40:00 PST

Former Oakland A's President Michael Crowley will become SCU's vice president for finance and administration on Feb. 16.


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Scholars and Advocates Urge NAFTA Negotiators to Protect Free Speech Online

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 09:05:00 PST

Fifty-five Internet law experts including Santa Clara Law Prof. Eric Goldman urged NAFTA negotiators to protect free speech online.


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de Saisset Museum to Present Jazz Greats

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 15:57:00 PST

Exhibit Showcases Images of Legendary Jazz Greats by Renowned Photographers


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Moderating and Removing Problematic Internet Content

Mon, 08 Jan 2018 09:00:00 PST

Conference Feb. 2 will address how some of Silicon Valley’s top companies moderate and remove problematic Internet content.


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Nonprofit Ethics

Fri, 05 Jan 2018 08:48:00 PST

A Jan. 19 gathering gives nonprofit leaders a unique two-day forum for dealing with ethical and operational challenges for organizations that seek to do good in the world.


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Leavey School of Business Undergraduate Program Ranked No. 16 in the Nation

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 09:20:00 PST

The undergraduate business program at Santa Clara University’s Leavey School of Business has been ranked among the best in the nation by Poets&Quants for Undergrads’  “Best Undergraduate Business Schools” exclusive ranking.


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Markkula Ethics Center’s Kirk Hanson to Step Down

Wed, 29 Nov 2017 14:30:00 PST

Hanson has led the pre-eminent university-based ethics center in the world for the past 16 years.


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The Trust Project Helps Readers Identify Reliable News

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 02:00:00 PST

Google, Facebook, Bing and Twitter to use these “Trust Indicators” to highlight credible journalism.


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Markkula Center Joins International AI Partnership

Thu, 02 Nov 2017 11:53:00 PDT

SANTA CLARA, Calif., Nov. 2, 2017—Santa Clara University’s Markkula Center for Applied Ethics was named as one of 21 new members of the Partnership on AI to Benefit People and Society (PAI). PAI is a non-profit organization working to advance public understanding of artificial intelligence technologies (AI) and formulate best practices on the challenges and opportunities within the field. “Artificial intelligence presents a fast growing range of difficult ethical challenges for American and global society. The Markkula Center has demonstrated that it can address rapidly developing ethical challenges and make productive contributions to how they are handled by organizations and governments,” said Kirk Hanson, director of the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics. The objective of the Partnership on AI is to address opportunities and challenges with AI technologies to benefit people and society. Together, the organization’s members will conduct research, recommend best practices, and publish research under an open license in areas such as ethics, fairness, and inclusivity; transparency, privacy, and interoperability; collaboration between people and AI systems; and the trustworthiness, reliability, and robustness of the technology. “The Partnership on AI is an organization built on the ethical ideal that AI should benefit people and society. From my experience at the recent PAI meeting in Berlin, I know that this ethical ideal really is the driving force bringing all the very diverse partners together, in the hope that AI can be used for great good, and that AI’s evil uses can be avoided,” said Brian Green, assistant director of campus ethics programs at the Markkula Center. “Given PAI's ethical mission, the Markkula Center is in exactly the right place, in the middle of great people representing great organizations, who want to deeply engage ethical questions and improve the world.” The efforts of the Partnership on AI are organized around a set of thematic pillars, which currently include: Safety-Critical AI Fair, Transparent, and Accountable AI Collaborations Between People and AI Systems AI, Labor, and the Economy Social and Societal Influences on AI AI and Social Good Special Initiatives The partners hail from three continents and represent a broad cross-section of industry, nonprofit, and academic organizations. See the full list of Founding Partners. About Santa Clara UniversitySanta Clara University, a comprehensive Jesuit, Catholic university located 40 miles south of San Francisco in California’s Silicon Valley, offers its more than 9,000 students rigorous undergraduate curricula in arts and sciences, business, theology, and engineering, plus master’s and law degrees and engineering doctoral degrees. Distinguished nationally by one of the highest graduation rates among all U.S. master’s universities, California’s oldest operating higher-education institution demonstrates faith-inspired values of ethics and social justice. For more information, see www.scu.edu. Media Contact Deepa Arora | SCU Media Communications | darora@scu.edu | (408) 554-5125  [...]


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(Re)Writing the Narrative Provides a Platform to Discuss Social Narratives

Tue, 26 Sep 2017 00:06:00 PDT


SANTA CLARA, Calif., Sept. 26, 2017—The de Saisset Museum at Santa Clara University will present (Re)Writing the Narrative, an exhibition on view Sept. 29–Dec. 1, 2017. The exhibition offers a platform to consider the ways in which art can help call into question social narratives.

Spanning multiple mediums, the exhibition features pieces from the museum’s permanent collection as well as works on loan from private collections to explore how artists can create new understandings of our values and societal structures, using humor, abstraction, and, at times, pointed commentary. The artworks in this exhibition include paintings, photographs, prints, and video. They address diverse topics ranging from oppression to commercialism, from expectations fostered by fairytales to specific historical events. Some artists directly target the Western art historical canon, others comment on current events happening in our politics today. 

This exhibition includes works by Ana Teresa Fernández, Andy Warhol, Carrie Mae Weems, Chris Hardy, Deborah Oropallo, Evri Kwong, Hung Liu, Kathy Aoki, Masami Teraoka, and William Hogarth.

A public reception for the exhibition will be held on Thursday, Sept. 28, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m at the de Saisset Museum. This event is free and open to the public. Also on view (and opening that same night) will be the exhibition Michael Mazur’s L’Inferno di Dante.

About the de Saisset Museum
The de Saisset Museum at Santa Clara University is the South Bay’s free museum of art and history. The museum was founded adjacent to the Mission Santa Clara de Asís on the Santa Clara University campus in 1955 and is one of only three museums in the South Bay accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. The de Saisset Museum supports Santa Clara University’s goal of educating the whole person through a diverse and accessible range of exhibitions, collections, and educational programs that highlight the art and history of the San Francisco Bay Area. As a center for lifelong learning, the de Saisset facilitates discovery, experience, and inspiration through engaging objects of art and history.


About Santa Clara University
Santa Clara University, a comprehensive Jesuit, Catholic university located 40 miles south of San Francisco in California’s Silicon Valley, offers its more than 9,000 students rigorous undergraduate curricula in arts and sciences, business, theology, and engineering, plus master’s and law degrees and engineering doctoral degrees. Distinguished nationally by one of the highest graduation rates among all U.S. master’s universities, California’s oldest operating higher-education institution demonstrates faith-inspired values of ethics and social justice. For more information, see www.scu.edu.
Media Contact: Deepa Arora darora@scu.edu (408) 554-5125


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Fall Exhibit Offers Modern Vision of Dante Text

Tue, 26 Sep 2017 11:34:00 PDT

de Saisset Museum celebrates Michael Mazur’s ambitious portfolio


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U.S. News & World Report Ranks Santa Clara University No. 2 in the West

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 13:46:00 PDT

Santa Clara University is ranked the No. 2 “Regional University” in the West by 8 U.S. News & World Report.


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Strength and Diversity: Santa Clara Law Welcomes Newest Incoming Class

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 08:00:00 PDT

The 221 students beginning their first year at Santa Clara University School of Law Aug. 14 are a diverse, accomplished group.


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Santa Clara University’s School of Law Extends Dean’s Appointment

Mon, 07 Aug 2017 10:53:00 PDT

Noting her success in law school programming, capital projects, and relationship building, Provost Jacobs announced the reappointment of Santa Clara Law Dean Lisa Kloppenberg to a second five-year term.


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Global Social Entrepreneurs Gather on Campus Aug. 9-18

Wed, 02 Aug 2017 16:08:00 PDT

Miller Center’s signature Global Social Benefit Institute Accelerator welcomes to campus accomplished social entrepreneurs from around the world.


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New Tech Edge J.D. in the Heart of Silicon Valley

Mon, 31 Jul 2017 15:18:00 PDT

A new certificate program at Santa Clara Law will help put students interested in technology law careers on the “fast track.”


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