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Cardinal Conversations : December, 2009

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    Dean for Religious Life

    William L. "Scotty" McLennan is the University's dean for religious life. He talks about Mem Chu, the many religions at Stanford, his Stanford-grad kids, his unusual combination of Harvard degrees (a master of divinity and a J.D.), and his new book, "Jesus Was a Liberal." Excerpts:            

     

    YOU'RE OFFICIALLY "WILLIAM L. MCLENNAN JR." WHERE DID THE SCOTTY COME FROM?

    It's just an ethnic name for somebody with Scottish heritage. I'm about the fourth generation of William L. McLennans. So when my father named me William, they decided they didn't want another Bill. I was nicknamed after my uncle, who was nicknamed Scotty, who was killed in the Second World War. His name actually was George, though!

    YOU WERE UNIVERSITY CHAPLAIN AT TUFTS FROM 1984 TO 2000 AND A SENIOR LECTURER AT HARVARD BUSINESS SCHOOL FOR 10 OF THOSE YEARS. WHA...

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    Posted by Ms. Karen Springen on Dec 11 2009 3:23PM | 0 comments

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    Dean Julie

    Students simply call her Dean Julie. Julie Lythcott-Haims, dean of freshmen and undergraduate advising and associate vice provost for undergraduate education, instills "The Great Class of [fill in the year]" spirit from the day freshmen arrive at the Farm. She knows what it's like to be a Stanford student: She received her undergraduate degree in American Studies in 1989. (She went on to get her J.D. from Harvard Law School--but we'll forgive her!) Stanford's former senior class president talks about why Stanford housing and life is better than ever--and what makes Stanford special. Excerpts:


    YOU'RE A MOM. HOW OLD ARE YOUR KIDS--AND DO YOU WANT THEM TO GO TO STANFORD?
    My son is 10, and my daughter is 8. My husband and I both went here, and we want them...

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    Posted by Ms. Karen Springen on Dec 2 2009 2:08PM | 1 comments