A Message from the President - September 2013

Class of 2017

The new academic year is nearly here, and our faculty and staff are ramping up to welcome 1,299 incoming freshman and 152 transfer students to campus on Welcome Weekend, September 21-22. Perhaps the most moving moment of Welcome Weekend comes when we celebrate our closing Mass. This is a time when we ask God’s blessings on our students and their families, knowing that God will remain with them after they say their goodbyes and give our students all that they need to thrive at Santa Clara.

The Class of 2017 is a bright and gifted class, with expansive portfolios of activities in and outside the classroom. Their average GPA is 3.66 and SAT and ACT test scores are in the top 15% of the national average. This year’s admission rate was a selective 49.8%. Nearly half the class identify themselves as students of color, and 3.4% of the class hails from countries other than the United States. The depth and breadth of the class will enrich the already diverse and engaged community of students at Santa Clara. We all welcome our newest members of the Bronco family.

Mass of the Holy Spirit

Soon after our students arrive, we will celebrate the annual Mass of the Holy Spirit on October 2. This special liturgy continues the centuries-old tradition among Catholic colleges and universities of calling upon the Spirit of God to inspire our works, activities and studies throughout the academic year. Our celebration reminds us that we are under the care of the Holy Spirit and reaffirms who we are as an institution. Our alumni are invited to join us for the Mass of the Holy Spirit at noon in the Mission Church on October 2.

Jim Lyons

Last week I announced that Jim Lyons has been appointed our new Vice President for University Relations. He comes to us from the University of Portland and will begin his appointment at Santa Clara in mid-October. Jim brings to his position successful leadership of the University of Portland's RISE Campaign and in his roles as dean of admission at UP and director of enrollment services at Sonoma State University. An engaged member of Catholic service organizations in Oregon and an alumnus of Seattle University, Jim lives out his commitment to the ideals of Jesuit education and the Catholic tradition. As alumni, you will have the opportunity to meet Jim at various alumni events in your regions and on campus. Please join me in welcoming Jim to Santa Clara as he builds relationships within the University community, among our Silicon Valley neighbors and with friends around the globe.

EDC/Oracle Education Program

From July 8 to August 29, nearly 450 new employees of Oracle corporation participated in an on-campus educational program through the Executive Development Center (EDC) in the Leavey School of Business. The participants in the residential program received instruction in core classes and electives throughout the intensive program. The collaboration was the first of its kind for Oracle and Santa Clara University. Embedded as we are in the heart of Silicon Valley it was fitting that Santa Clara offer this educational program to Oracle, one of the hallmark companies of the Bay Area.

Rosh Hashanah Greetings

On the evening of September 4, our Jewish sisters and brothers begin the celebration of Rosh Hashanah and welcome in the Jewish new year. The holidays culminate with Yom Kippur on September 14, the holiest day in the Jewish calendar, when Jews worldwide take time to reflect on and correct mistakes of the past year and resolve to change in the new year. Please join me in wishing our Jewish brethren a holy celebration filled with inspiration and a renewal of the covenant of faith. L'shanah tovah!


Michael E. Engh, S.J.