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 The President's Convocation

As he embarks on his third school year since joining the University, Santa Clara University President Michael Engh, S.J., described the changes, challenges, and opportunities ahead for the University community.

Speaking at the President’s Convocation in the Mission Church on Sept. 14, Engh cited the University’s strategic plan as a top project that is consuming administrators’ time and is expected to lead to changes throughout the University. “We are about ready to launch the ship” by sending the plan to trustees next month, he said.

He described the plan as being based on several goals including excellence in Jesuit education, engagement with Silicon Valley, global understanding, justice and sustainability, and support for the academic community. Engh expects to see greater support for faculty exchanges, research, and study abroad, and he said officials will continue to attempt to recruit diverse students, especially those who have the background to take advantage of SCU’s unique offerings. After the address, a recognition event was held to honor the following faculty:

  • Brian McNelis (Chemistry and Biochemistry) – Louis and Dorina Brutocao Award for Teaching Excellence
  • Hersh Shefrin (Finance) – University Award for Sustained Excellence in Scholarship
  • Michelle Oberman (Law) – University Award for Recent Achievement in Scholarship
  • Daniel Lewis (Computer Engineering) – Brutocao Award for Curriculum Innovation
  • Betty Young (Physics) – Faculty Senate Professor
  • Ruth Davis (Computer Engineering) – President of the Faculty Senate
The President’s Special Recognition Award recipients are:
  • Leslie Gray (Environmental Studies Institute)
  • Allen Hammond (Law)
  • Timothy Hight (Mechanical Engineering)
  • Alejandro Garcia-Rivera (Jesuit School of Theology) 
The following faculty were recognized for 25 years of service:
  • Gerdenio “Sonny” Manuel, S.J. (Jesuit Community)
  • Edward McQuarrie (Marketing)                    
  • Peter Minowitz (Political Science)
  • Mahmudur Rahman (Electrical Engineering)
  • Paul Soukup, S.J. (Communication)
  • Nancy Wait-Kromm (Music)
  • Sally Wood (Electrical Engineering) 


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