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Ceremonial Groundbreaking for the Paul L. Locatelli, S.J., Student Activity Center

Santa Clara University broke ground on a new building that will be the hub for student groups and activities on Sept. 28 in Kerr Alumni Park, located between the Leavey Center and Buckshaw Stadium.

The new building will be called the Paul L. Locatelli, S.J., Student Activity Center to honor Chancellor Locatelli, S.J., the former president of SCU (1988-2008) who made it a goal to establish a place for students to gather.

Last year, in a gesture to honor the departing president, Mary Mathews-Stevens ’84 and husband, Mark, a partner in the Silicon Valley venture capital firm Sequoia Capital, donated $7 million for the future Paul L. Locatelli, S.J., Student Activity Center.

A longtime goal of Locatelli, the new student center was “a perfect project to support given my deep involvement with student government, sports, and other student activities while I was an undergraduate at SCU,” said Mary Mathews-Stevens. She has served on SCU’s Board of Fellows since 2001.

The gift comes at a time when the growing global economic crisis is beginning to affect U.S. colleges and universities. Acknowledging that, Mark Stevens said, “We see our donation as a long-term investment in the quality of student life at Santa Clara.”

The plan for the center includes a two-story student building and a single-story athletic building, which will house the locker rooms for Santa Clara’s soccer teams. There will be office spaces for the Center for Student Leadership, Santa Clara Community Action Program, Associated Students, and the Activities Programming Board.

Construction will be complete in June of 2010.

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