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  •  Inspiring the next generation with a day on campus

    Thursday, Sep. 11, 2014 9:00 AM

    This spring, Santa Clara’s halls and gardens were filled with a different kind of student than the usual 18-to-22-year-olds that rule the grounds. Exploring the campus and learning about different SCU programs 90 fifth graders, accompanied by 45 of their parents, got a taste of what their futures could hold. 

    For the second year in a row, Washington Elementary’s Family Engagement Day took place at Santa Clara University. Hosted by the Ignatian Center’s Thriving Neighbors Initiative, the Leavey School of Business’ Neighborhood Prosperity Initiative (NPI), and the San Jose Rotary Club, this day on campus gave young students in an underserved community the chance to interact with current undergraduate students and campus entities. 

    Welcomed by University President Father Engh, students started their day with a tour of the learning commons and library, a dorm room, and the Leavey School of Business where they got to interact with NPI undergraduates and tour NPI’s Map Room. “So many entities on campus collaborated to make this day happen for these students,” said Brenda Versteeg, director of professional development and social justice at the Leavey School of Business. “It’s great to see how many people in the community are dedicated to helping these kids experience college life and get excited about future possibilities.”

    The afternoon held an outdoor fair showcasing different schools and activities on campus. Undergraduate students manned tables for majors and student groups; Bucky took photos with the young students while undergraduate athletes talked about athletics programs; a raffle filled with SCU swag was open for any student who visited at least 4 of the academic stations. 

    “We really wanted to create a fun day for these kids. In a community where only a small margin of students go to college, we wanted to show them what is possible if they are dedicated,” said Irene Cermeño, program director of the Ignatian Center’s Thriving Neighbors Initiative. “It’s really amazing the difference we made in one day. These students came to Santa Clara saying ‘I want to go to college,’ but they left saying ‘I am going to go to college.’”



  •  The 5th Annual Leavey School of Business Senior Awards Ceremony

    Thursday, Jun. 20, 2013 10:00 AM

    The Leavey School of Business community is dedicated to innovative learning and scholarship that transforms people, ideas, and organizations to create prosperity here and around the world.

    The Senior Awards Ceremony, held on Friday, June 14, recognizes graduating students whose scholarly performance and personal achievements, both in the classroom and the community, inspired their peers and drew the attention of faculty throughout the University.

    Congratulations to these 2013 student scholars!


    Beta Gamma Sigma
    The mission of this national business honor society is to encourage and honor academic achievement in the study of business and personal and professional excellence. Visit the link for a list of this year’s initiates.

    Leavey Scholars Program
    This program offers special opportunities for undergraduate business students who have established a record of excellence in their Santa Clara studies.

    Accelerated Cooperative Education (ACE)
    Business students admitted with distinction to the University are invited to participate in workshops to build, strengthen and enhance their leadership skills.

    Ryan Clark & John Schneeman - Student Life Awards (Awarded by the University)

    Department Awards

    For these awards, the faculty of each department select a senior whose academic performance in the discipline combines with strong leadership skills, commitment to service, and potential for professional success. The 2013 awardees are:

    Zachary Thomas Morris - The Professor O. Robert Anderson Outstanding Student in Accounting Award (Established in 1973 in memory of Accounting Professor O. Robert Anderson)

    Kevin Franklin - The Outstanding Student in Accounting and Information Systems Award

    Jonathan Salim - The Charles and Barbara Hazel Outstanding Student in Economics Award (Named for Economics benefactors Charles and Barbara Hazel)

    Bobby Fatemi - The Outstanding Student in Finance Award

    Spandana Lakkamraju - The Outstanding Student in Management Award

    Victoria Isabel S. Yap - The Albert F. Bruno Outstanding Student in Marketing Award (Established in 1982 in memory of Albert F. Bruno by Albert V. Bruno and family)

    Denica Lyubomirova Baeva - The Outstanding Student in Operations Management and Information Systems Award

    Alexis Andrea Babb - The Outstanding Student Entrepreneur Award (Awarded by the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship)

    Business School Awards:

    For these awards, students are nominated by Leavey School of Business faculty for exemplifying the mission of the University, as well as demonstrating academic excellence, leadership and dedication to the Leavey School of Business. Finalists are chosen by the Dean along with the associate Deans. The 2013 awardees are:

    Amanda Claire Nelson - The Leavey School of Business Service Award

    Michelle Veronica Cabinian, Aleksandra Hovey, & Victoria Isabel S. Yap - The Isabel Jones Academic Achievement Prize (Established by Eliot Jones, Ph.D. in 1956 in memory of his wife, Isabel)

    Alexis Andrea Babb, & Jenny Michelle Vuong - The Leavey School of Business Leadership Award

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