Grand Reunion News
A way to find out the latest information about your reunion.
Friday, Sep. 7, 2012
When Santa Clara alumni learn of the stiff competition that students face in their quest for acceptance into this fine institution, not to mention the academic caliber of the students admitted into their alma mater in recent years, the common refrain is “There’s no way I would get in today!” Of course, they say it jokingly, but the fact that this sentiment is shared by alumni representing a wide range of decades speaks to the ever-changing nature of the college admission process. It seems as though each year brings with it some new test, essay question, or other evaluative measure for students to contend with. And for those of you who are parents supporting your children through the process, you may feel unprepared to help them navigate the college application gauntlet.
We are happy to offer a session during Grand Reunion that can help make things easier for you: Mike Sexton, Vice President for Enrollment Management, will conduct a presentation designed to leave you well-informed and feeling confident about your family’s ability to come out of it (relatively) unscathed. The session will begin with a tour of the new Admission and Enrollment Management building, a one-stop-shop for students housing Undergraduate Admission, Financial Aid and the Registrar’s Office that was completed just a couple of months ago. With its beautiful lobby that is sure to inspire your pride in Santa Clara’s history and its tradition of Jesuit education in Silicon Valley, this building warmly welcomes visitors to the university and sets the tone for the rest of their time on campus. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to gain valuable insight into the college admissions process; we hope to see you there!
On another note, the early bird deadline for the class reunion dinners is Tuesday, September 11 at 11:59 PM; please RSVP before then to take advantage of reduced pricing for this special event. Once it hits midnight, you’re out of luck, so don’t delay!
Friday, Aug. 31, 2012
Though Father William Rewak is the University’s newest Chancellor, he navigates the campus as a seasoned veteran. While current students are just beginning to make his acquaintance, many alumni returning to SCU this fall will warmly embrace him as a familiar figure, having attended the university during his years of leadership from 1976 to 1988 and having sat in his English classes during the early 1970’s. As president, Fr. Rewak helped lay the groundwork for many positive changes for the University, from the diverting of the Alameda around campus to the establishment of the Eastside Project to the renaming of Santa Clara University (from University of Santa Clara). Please check out this University Press Release for a more detailed accounting of Fr. Rewak’s many accomplishments.
Praised as a visionary and lauded for his exceptional speaking skills, Fr. Rewak is a wonderful addition to this year’s Grand Reunion schedule. His talk, titled “The University as Prophetic”, will focus on the role of universities as presumed experts on moral issues that emerge in such subjects as economics, medicine, globalization, and technology. Universities are expected to be at the forefront of the discovery and the creation of knowledge and opportunities - Santa Clara is no exception - and we are all implicated in this endeavor: students, faculty, administrators, and alumni. Please join Fr. Rewak for what promises to be a riveting talk, accompanied by a wonderful lunch. We hope to see you there!
Friday, Aug. 10, 2012
We are proud of the fact that SCU’s Grand Reunion provides alumni a plethora of ways to interact meaningfully with the University. Not only can you catch up with classmates and friends at various fun events, but you can also reconnect with the school that served as the home base for your studies.
The College of Arts and Sciences, Leavey School of Business, School of Engineering, School of Education and Counseling Psychology, and, for the first year, School of Law all invite you to enjoy drinks, appetizers, and the company of current deans, faculty, staff, and fellow alumni on the evening of Saturday, October 13 from 6 – 7:30 p.m. If you are celebrating a reunion this year, these receptions are a great complement to the class parties that come immediately afterward. If you are not in a reunion year, the receptions give you a great reason to come to campus and soak in the festive atmosphere. The deans of the various schools are all eager to welcome you back and update you on what current students are learning. This is a great opportunity for you to either marvel at how far your school has come or grumble about the cool stuff that these kids now have and take for granted.
Don’t miss out on your chance to celebrate this special facet of your Santa Clara journey; we look forward to seeing you!
Friday, Jul. 27, 2012
The schedule has been set, invitations have been sent, and RSVPs are now being accepted for Grand Reunion! We are proud to offer our Santa Clara alumni a weekend of events that will help you remember your time here on campus, reconnect with classmates and friends, and renew your relationship with the University. This is a celebration you won’t want to miss.
In an effort to not only convey how excited we are to welcome everyone back, but also to give you an inside look into what will be happening during the reunion weekend, this blog will feature spotlights on particular events on the schedule, starting in August. So, please make sure to check back often and get the inside scoop on some of our most anticipated events.
Friday, Jun. 29, 2012
If you have attended Santa Clara’s Graduation Picnic over the past few years, you’ll recognize the title of this post as the iconic song that traditionally closes out this joyous event. As The Crocodiles belt out this catchy tune, a sea of revelers mostly made up of newly minted Santa Clara alumni throw up their hands, kick up their heels, and shout in celebration. It is truly a sight to see and a wonderful end to a day on campus that marks the beginning of the adult lives of these alumni.
This year’s Graduation Picnic was no different, and yet it still was unique: Faced with the challenge of adapting this long-standing event to accommodate the turf that was installed in Bellomy Field this past school year, the Alumni Office rose to the occasion of making sure that the Class of 2012 and their families would be able to rejoice in their special moment just as alumni before them had been able to do for the past 30+ years of the picnic’s existence. With extensive planning, creative configuration of the event setup, and the procurement of miles of turf covering, we were able to welcome a steady stream of more than 6000 graduates and guests through the gates of the Graduation Picnic. After sitting through countless speeches and what seemed like eons waiting for all of the graduates’ names to be called (and in the blazing hot sun, no less), everyone wanted nothing more than to get the party started. And they most certainly did.
As the band struck up those familiar first notes and the lead singer’s “Yeeeaaaaahhhhhh” reached the far corners of Bellomy Field, this siren call drew a huge, cheering crowd to the front of the stage. It was time to let loose! After all of the stress leading up to this day – Completing final papers and exams, moving out of dorms/houses, wrangling family members, making sure to get to the ceremony on time – this was what they were waiting for: Friends formed circles and danced, grads twirled their parents, younger siblings jumped up and down in excitement. Everyone was engulfed in the moment and it was beautiful.
The Alumni Office extends its most sincere congratulations to the class of 2012! We feel proud to have played a role in making sure your graduation day was special and we look forward to welcoming you back in the fall for your 0-Year Reunion, along with thousands of other members of the alumni family celebrating various milestones. After seeing how 2012 can party, we know that Grand Reunion won’t be the same without you…see you there!
Thursday, May. 31, 2012
It is almost shocking how much of the year has already passed; at the start of 2012, October seemed so far away, and now we are halfway to Grand Reunion Weekend! The schedule is still being finalized, but we promise that it will include a robust and engaging slate of events that you will be excited to experience.
As you count down the months, weeks, and days to October 11, we figured we’d remind you that there are a couple of things you can do to get into the reunion spirit in the meantime. First, you can gather up your photos from your time at SCU onward and send them in to be a part of your class slide show, which will be played during your Saturday night class dinner. We would hate for you to get here and complain about seeing the same five people in all of the photos, so help us to really represent your class by sending your jpg pictures to SCUGrandReunion@gmail.com! If you have prints that you would to share, click here to get the mailing address.
The second way you can get into the reunion spirit is by submitting a class note online. The Alumni Association has partnered with Santa Clara Magazine to make it easier for you to let the university and your classmates know what you’ve been up to all these years; your class website not only features an easy online form you can fill out with your update, but it puts all of the notes that have already been submitted by your classmates right at your fingertips! Please take a moment to share your news; give your classmates a conversation starter when they see you in the fall.
And after you’ve submitted your class note, take a look around the Santa Clara Magazine website, which was recently redesigned to provide readers with a more vivid and interactive experience. View past issues, read Bronco profiles, and browse exclusive content that is only available online. Santa Clara Magazine’s website reflects a labor of love, and we know you’ll love it, too.
Friday, May. 18, 2012
The fervor over today’s IPO of Facebook stock is just the latest indication of the social media platform’s influence. While the company is currently valued at $104 billion, the ability to connect and network with family, friends, and colleagues via this medium is priceless to many. Facebook makes it easy to know what people are up to, whether they have expressly told you or not; you get to peek (and sometimes even stare) into your Facebook friends' lives in a way that you could not just a few years ago.
Being privy to the minutiae of your Facebook friends’ lives has led some to believe that reunions are no longer relevant. They ask, “Why spend the time travelling back to campus to talk to John when I know what he eats for dinner every night via his Instagram photos? What’s the point in going to my reunion party when I already know that Sally’s little boy potty trained himself, Sue dominates every Words with Friends game she plays, and Beth is obsessed with pinning cute pictures of dogs on Pinterest?”
While such skepticism is understandable, it misses a couple of important points: First, contrary to how it may seem, not everyone is on Facebook. Second, as great as it is to interact with people from the comfort of your home or using your smartphone, there truly is no substitute for seeing the smiles or hearing the laughter of your classmates in person. Finally, the best part about coming to a reunion is the fact that you get to reconnect with classmates and friends back where it all began, on the campus that was the site of four of the most memorable years of your life. You can spend time sharing the memories that bind you all together while making new ones to add to the collection. You can step outside of the safe space of your core group of friends and catch up with other classmates who have lived interesting lives in the years since graduation. You’ll be surprised to find out who remembers you.
So return to campus for Grand Reunion, which offers the chance to reunite not only with friends and classmates, but also your alma mater that has managed to change over the years while staying the same at its core. Come see what’s new and leave with some memories and photos you can share on Facebook.
It is important to note that many of the reunion classes do, in fact, have Facebook groups or pages; classmates have gathered there to share photos and memories, receive important information about the weekend, and most importantly, get excited about the reunion! If you are celebrating a milestone this year, check your class website to see if a group or page exists for your class, and if one doesn’t, perhaps you’ll be inspired to create one (Make sure to let the Alumni Office know if you do!).
Friday, Mar. 16, 2012
During the month of February, the SCU Alumni Association unveiled a new and improved website designed to better connect all alumni with its events, programs, and services. A first glance reveals the use of beautiful images, conscientious messaging, and a clear layout that puts all of the information you need right at your fingertips. Take a closer look and you’ll see strategic connections not only with the Santa Clara Magazine (via the spotlight on the main page), but also with various schools, departments, and Centers of Distinction on campus (by clicking on any of the six tabs at the top of the page). We hope that you will utilize the Alumni website as your portal into the University and encourage you to visit often, as this dynamic new incarnation will always have something new to offer.
We also hope that will make your class website an online destination (if you haven’t already), as it is your one-stop-shop for information about your upcoming reunion. Take a moment to look through the list of “Lost Classmates” and let us know how we can get in touch with your classmates who have drifted away from us. View your class slide show, and if there isn’t one there yet, send in some photos so we can get one started. And if you are interested in serving on your reunion committee, it’s not too late! We can definitely use your helping hands when it comes to making this year’s Grand Reunion the best one yet; let us know via this interest form and we’ll take it from there.
Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2012
Mark your calendars for one of Santa Clara’s biggest events: Grand Reunion Weekend! From October 11 – 14, we will welcome all alumni back to campus with 4 days of programming designed to show you the best of Santa Clara and reinforce your Bronco pride.
The full schedule of events will not be released until the spring, but the weekend includes everything from academic showcases featuring beloved SCU professors to receptions hosted by the various schools to a family friendly picnic on Saturday afternoon. There is even a 5k run! Watch the 2011 Grand Reunion slide show to get an idea of how fun last year’s festivities were.
The reunion classes of 1952, 1957, 1962, 1967, 1972, 1977, 1982, 1987, 1992, 1997, 2002, and 2007 can look forward to their class parties, which will give them the special opportunity to celebrate their milestones. And let us not forget about the members of the class of 2012 who, as the newest additions to the alumni family, will be able to celebrate their good fortune of joining the ranks of SCU’s capable and accomplished graduates.
Reunion committees are currently being formed; if you are interested in sharing your ideas and helping to get classmates to the reunion, fill out this interest form and we will get in touch with you. Also, a save the date magnet was mailed to the reunion classes in December; if you did not receive one, please update your contact information to avoid missing out on future reunion news.
We are excited for this year’s Grand Reunion and hope you are too! Make sure to come back and visit this blog periodically for updates on the weekend’s events.
Sunday, Oct. 16, 2011
“So much fun!” “The best ever.” “Top tier.” “Big time.” “Enjoyable and special.” “Not only grand, it was great.”
While the above words describing Grand Reunion could certainly have been uttered by Alumni Office staff (as previously stated in this blog, we are a bit biased), we are extremely proud and grateful to have received this feedback via phone, email, and in-person comments from alumni, faculty, and staff. The Grand Reunion was truly an extraordinary weekend; from the moment the first attendee entered the Donohoe Alumni House to pick up his name tag, there was a palpable energy on campus that was invigorating. And that energy was necessary – with 60+ events going on, there was so much to see and do that being tired was simply not in anyone’s best interest.
Our alumni eagerly pinned buttons to their shirts and name tags that proclaimed, “I met my spouse at SCU”, “I met my best friend at SCU”, and “My child is a Bronco too”, displaying the Bronco pride which has managed to infuse some of their most important relationships. They walked around campus, soaking up the sun and marveling at Santa Clara’s enduring beauty. They filled a classroom to capacity to listen to Fred Parella’s “So You Think You’re Spiritual, but Not Religious” talk. They enthusiastically sampled the quality wines offered by 10 Santa Clara affiliated vintners at the Wine Tasting Reception, comparing notes and directing classmates to their choice picks. They jammed along with the Bent Peter Band at the Homecoming Picnic, enjoying the wonderful sounds produced by members of the Classes of 1986 and 1987 who comprise the musical ensemble. They held their children on their laps and watched in silent awe as the newest and yet to be released Pixar short played on screens in the Benson Memorial Center and de Saisset Museum during its Family Day celebration. They came together across all reunion classes to worship in the Mission Church during Saturday evening Mass. And they cemented the bonds shared with their classmates and friends with tasty food, hearty laughter, warm embraces, and killer moves on the dance floor during their class parties on Saturday night.
What is written above is just a glimpse into the experiences of our alumni during Grand Reunion weekend; we can only imagine the number of memories that were created as classmates and old friends reconnected on campus, remembered the good times, and renewed their commitment to each other and the University. To see the thousands of photos taken by our dedicated photographers during the weekend, visit us on Flickr. And for those of you who stopped by the photo booth during the Friday night Wine Tasting Reception, you can view those shots here.
We consider ourselves quite fortunate to be able to serve an alumni population as proud and dedicated as Santa Clara’s Broncos. We not only look forward to welcoming back the 2011 reunion classes in five years, but we hope to see everyone who attended the reunion weekend again next year, as the Grand Reunion is truly open to all.
Please help us to fully understand the impact of this year’s Grand Reunion and arm us with the tools to continue providing a fulfilling reunion experience for our alumni by filling out the attendee survey. If you were unable to join us (but are now wishing you did), there is a survey for you, too. All respondents will be entered into a drawing for a $75 Visa gift card and a limited edition Grand Reunion baseball cap. We appreciate your feedback, as it only helps us to serve you better.
Thanks for the energy; thanks for the love; thanks for being Broncos!