There are a million reasons why Broncos love Santa Clara. Here are some that we hear all the time:
10. Being warmly welcomed into the Bronco campus community
9. Enjoying the beauty of campus — everyday and everywhere
8. Going to mass in the Mission with friends and classmates
7. Making friends and connections for life
6. Cheering for the Broncos in Buck Shaw, Leavey, and Schott
5. Sharing meals with friends in Benson
4. Connecting with Jesuits as teachers, mentors, and inspirers
3. Learning how to think, not what to think
2. Becoming part of the Bronco family — for life
1. Joining together to win the Leavey Challenge
The Class of 2012 set a University record for the Senior Class Gift with 41.8% of the class – nearly 500 students – making a gift in honor of their SCU experience.
The Senior Class Gift had added impact with a challenge match: For every percentage of that class that gave back, an anonymous alumni couple donated $1,000. With the match, an extra $41,000 was raised for the Santa Clara Fund.
Supporting today's students, the Santa Clara Fund provides assistance in four specific areas: scholarships; academic programs, such as research and hands-on learning opportunities; international study abroad and immersion trips; and student initiatives for on-campus organizations to develop new programs.
Congratulations to the class for their achievements and generosity!
Learn more about Senior Gift.
The project that took Sammy Pontrelli from SCU to Africa started with a conversation at his dinner table.
“A seminarian from Uganda who was eating dinner at my house asked if I could help him fix the problem of getting running water in his village,” said Pontrelli, a bioengineering major who graduated on Saturday.
Pontrelli started the student club Project Kizzi , named after the village in Uganda, to build a water distribution system and start an economic development and micro grant program. Support for the project and many other student clubs was provided by the Santa Clara Fund.
Though his work with Project Kizzi, he has inspired many students at Santa Clara University to get involved in projects concerning Africa. Now that Project Kizzi has completed its work, Pontrelli and the club have joined with Energy Made in Uganda. He will make his third trip to Uganda this summer to work installing solar panels.
Please continue to support student clubs and campus initiatives, make an online gift to the Santa Clara Fund. Thank you for your support of current students, and their projects that make a difference in the world.
With a tremendous response in the last weeks of the fiscal year, Santa Clara is pleased to announce that the University surpassed its goal for alumni giving participation.
A record-setting 8,145 alumni (21.42%) made a gift to the University. This result represents the third consecutive year that Santa Clara has increased its alumni participation rate, and we have experienced a 50% increase in the number of alumni donors over these past three years. In addition, significant gains were made in new gift commitments. All of these achievements translate into more support for today’s students and those in the future.
We are grateful to all the passionate Bronco supporters and all the great volunteers who helped make this possible.
Click here for more information on alumni participation.
Graduating senior Gracelyn Bateman had an idea. But to pull it off, she needed some help.
After seeing “N*W*C” twice in Southern California, she was excited to share the three-man show that presents a humorous perspective on negative racial stereotypes with her fellow Broncos. She reached out to the Santa Clara Fund to help bring the play to campus.
“N*W*C” made its Mayer Theater debut in April to a packed house of 600 students, faculty, and staff. Financial support provided by the Santa Clara Fund and other campus organizations allowed students to attend the production for free.
“One of the most memorable experiences I have had at Santa Clara was my involvement in bringing the play ‘N*W*C’ to campus this year,” Bateman said. “This event allowed for the continuation of an important discussion about race relations, stereotypes, and labels—ultimately promoting greater unity on campus. I’m grateful for the support to bring this important event to SCU.”
“N*W*C” was one of the many student initiatives sponsored by the Santa Clara Fund this year. Please continue to support students and campus initiatives, make an online gift to the Santa Clara Fund. Thanks for your support of current students, and their ideas.
Elizabeth Mercado’s dream was to be the first engineer in her family.
She needed help though.
“When it comes to paying for my education, I can only turn to my own two pockets,” Mercado says. “So every penny, dollar, and scholarship is appreciated tremendously by my family and me.”
This Saturday, Elizabeth’s dream will become a reality when she graduates with a civil engineering degree. On the way, she was co-president of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, studied abroad in Pueblo, Mexico, and traveled to Nicaragua for her Senior Design Project, designing a sanitation and wastewater recovery system.
Her story wouldn’t have been possible without help from alumni and friends of SCU. Please continue to support students and their dreams, make an online gift to the Santa Clara Fund. Thanks for your support of current students.
Some of the many student experiences supported by the Santa Clara Fund are opportunities for international travel, including study abroad, immersion trips and other University-led journeys. The Santa Clara Fund designated dollars to help fund a journey last year for eight students and two Jesuit leaders to travel to Magis and World Youth Day in Spain.
“Our eighteen-day pilgrimage was full of reflection and discovery,” said Jack Treacy, S.J., director of Campus Ministry, who accompanied the students on the trip along with Paul Mariani, S.J., assistant professor, history. The experience allowed SCU students an opportunity to deepen their faith through service projects, fellowship with other students from around the world, and spiritual events including prayer with Pope Benedict.
The pilgrimage began with students attending Magis, the Ignatian program for groups from Jesuit institutions held prior to the weeklong Catholic gathering for World Youth Day. Two Santa Clara seniors – Kate Flannery ’12 and Felipe Yerkes-Medina ’12 – led a workshop on volunteerism during Magis. After spending the first few days in Loyola, Spain, the birthplace of St. Ignatius, the Santa Clara delegation divided into two groups. One group spent a week in Burgos, Spain, reflecting on creation and evolution through science, theology and art. The other groups spent time in Malanga, Spain, connecting ecology and spirituality.
Then the Santa Clara students and other Magis pilgrims reconvened for World Youth Day in Madrid, where the searing heat during the day and the thunderstorms at night couldn’t dampen their spirits as they prayed with about two million others from 192 countries.
“We want to thank the Santa Clara Fund for making this pilgrimage possible,” said Fr. Treacy. “We recognize now more than ever what it means to be a part of the SCU community.”
Pictured in photo: Students on the trip included Kate Flannery ’12, San Antonio, TX; Felipe Yerkes-Medina ’12, Seattle, WA; Zachary Shikada ’12, Honolulu, HI; Brenna Donnellan ’13, San Rafael, CA; Andrea Martinez ’13, San Francisco, CA; Melissa Crapps ’14, Anchorage, AK; Mary Helen Mack ’14 Portland, OR; and Amanda Weiler ’14, Eugene, OR. Pictured with the students are Fr. Mariani (back row, far left) and Fr. Treacy (back row, fourth from left), who accompanied them to Spain.
For Judith Martinez ’14, the Santa Clara experience encompasses so much more than what prospective students might read about in an admissions brochure or on the SCU website.
“There is a magnetic electricity on our campus that I find not only attractive, but also invigorating,” according to Judith, who is majoring in Philosophy with a minor in Economics and Communications. “Be it walking past friendly faces in our Benson dining hall, shuffling about with friends from class to class, or simply looking around at the sea of red Ruff Rider t-shirts at a game – there is something about Santa Clara that breathes life into its students.”
The sophomore from Southern California recently shared her experiences at the President’s Club Dinner, an annual event honoring alumni, parents and friends who demonstrate their commitment to Santa Clara University by generously contributing a total of $1,000 or more annually. Judith expressed her thanks to the generous donors who have made it possible for her to have many enriching experiences in the classroom and beyond.
During her two years at Santa Clara, she has been a visible advocate for the University in a variety of roles: serving as a freshman representative for Associated Student Government; providing guidance for incoming students over the summer as an Orientation Leader; and giving campus tours and representing the student body to campus visitors as a Student Ambassador. Alumni and parents might receive a phone call from Judith when she’s working in the on-campus Student Call Center to secure donations for Santa Clara. She even pulled a shift perched on the stern of a crew boat while serving as coxswain for the Women’s Rowing Team her Freshman year.
Her most recent endeavor is founding a chapter on campus of a new club called Strive For College SCU. Gathering a group of current Santa Clara undergraduates as mentors, the organization partners with a local low-income high school to guide junior and senior students through the process of applying, enrolling and paying for four-year colleges and universities, the majority of which have Santa Clara as their top-pick school.
She looks forward to further academic and personal growth in her remaining years at the University. Judith explains, “Santa Clara inspires and motivates a will to believe in not only the skills and talents of oneself and others, but also what impact such skills are capable of accomplishing.”
To read the full text of her remarks to the President’s Club, click here.
To see a video featuring Judith and other students offering thanks for the Santa Clara experience, click here.
On October 20, President Michael Engh, S.J., spoke at The Tech Awards 11th Annual Gala on behalf of the University’s Center for Science, Technology, and Society association with the prestigious international social entrepreneurship awards program.
Fifteen international laureates were recognized for their work to combat complex issues in the environment, education, equality, health, and economic development. Since the inception of the tech awards program, presented by Tech Museum of San Jose and sponsored by Applied Materials, 245 laureates have been recognized for their humanitarian applications of technology.
We invite you to watch highlights from the inspiring evening and nominate candidates for the 2012 Tech Awards.
The Santa Clara campus was filled with generations of Broncos during Grand Reunion weekend on October 6-9. SCU welcomed classes celebrating reunion milestones ranging from 5 years to 50 or more years since graduation.
Thanks to all the alumni who came back to campus and made a gift to their Reunion Campaign. As of October 6, 18.6% of alumni in reunion classes have donated almost $3 million to support today's students. Giving through reunion campaigns supports student programs and sustains the Santa Clara Fund, which provides assistance through scholarships; academic programs, such as research and hands-on learning opportunities; international study abroad and immersion trips; and student initiatives for on-campus organizations to develop new programs.
Check out how the class gift campaigns are progressing by clicking here. If you haven't made your reunion gift yet, please consider a donation to the Santa Clara Fund or any campus initiative that is meaningful to you.
For more information, please contact your Class Giving Officer:
SCU broke ground June 21 on the Patricia A. and Stephen C. Schott Admission and Enrollment Services Building. Positioned centrally along Palm Drive, it will serve as the new home of Undergraduate Admission, University Financial Services, the Bursar and the Registrar, and include a welcome center for campus visitors.
Made possible through a lead gift from Steve Schott ’60 and his wife, Pat, the 25,000-square-foot facility completes Santa Clara’s grand entry experience and provides convenient access to student services while offering visitors a rich introduction to the University and its Silicon Valley home.
“We’re extremely grateful for the Schotts’ generosity in making this much-needed center a reality,” said SCU Bursar Denise Burt. “It will truly be a one-stop shop for support of our students, and serve as a welcoming new ‘front door’ to campus for prospective Broncos and their families.”
The Patricia A. & Stephen C. Schott Admission and Enrollment Services Building is slated to open to Santa Clara students and visitors in fall 2012. Click here for more information on this new addition to campus and other SCU capital projects.
In the ecstatic moments following January’s Bronco victory over the Zags, a life-threatening situation unfolded outside Leavey Stadium. Amidst cheering fans and a large crowd, the quick response of a trained-student Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) helped save a life. In this chaotic moment, the values of the Campus Emergency Medical Services program – training, compassion, professionalism, and care – guided the decisions of student EMTs; and from their actions, a Santa Clara student is alive today.
Mohit Kochar, a sophomore majoring in Public Health, is one of approximately thirty-five students on the team of certified EMTs, who are part of SCU’s Emergency Medical Services program. On the evening of the Gonzaga game, he was leaving the stadium a few minutes early when he noticed Campus Safety officers tending to a student who had collapsed on the outside steps. Although he was off-duty, Mohit quickly assessed the student and began to administer CPR with a Campus Safety officer. They continued until the arrival of on-duty campus EMTs and the Santa Clara Fire Department, who transported the student to a medical facility.
Mohit eventually had an emotional meeting with the student after his release from the hospital along with his grateful family. In February, SCU President Fr. Michael Engh recognized the EMTs and lauded their services during his State of the University address from within the Mission Church. “The recognition, for not only the five of us who were on the scene, but the other thirty EMTs who are on-call every night of the school year, as well as our amazing medical director, was a tremendous honor. It was proud moment to be part of such an extraordinary organization and family here at Santa Clara and the campus EMS program,” Mohit said.
SCU is one of only a few universities that have similar programs. Founded in 1997, Emergency Medical Services is a completely volunteer-based, student-run and organized program. Under the guidance of Medical Director Michele Helms and leadership of a student elected director, Santa Clara’s EMTs are all California certified and Nationally Registered EMTs. To achieve this certification, they complete for entrance into an extensive training program of 120 class hours, and often elect to complete additional training. Following completion, only about half of the trainees are selected to become certified EMTs with SCU EMS.
Student EMTs provide crucial after-hours care for the campus community. They are “first responders,” assessing injuries and illnesses, and referring the patient to the appropriate health care provider. Mohit explains that while many calls are due to alcohol situations and minor injuries, he adds that the incident after the basketball game was “a tremendous wake-up call” that emergencies will happen at times and we must always be prepared.
Your can “change” the life of a current Bronco. Think small gifts don’t matter? Actually, alumni gifts of $100 or less totaled $738,557 last year. With state and federal budget cuts jeopardizing student loan programs, your gift is even more important to our most needy students. And whether you give $10 or $100, you’ll be counted in our Race to Raise 7,500 donors by June 30. Join us and make a difference with an online gift today.
When Colin Daddino ’11 first visited the Santa Clara University campus on a family vacation, he was not considering attending college in California. First attracted to the beauty of the campus and its location in the Bay Area, he later was drawn in by the University’s academic offerings and its highly rated Leavey School of Business.
Today, Colin prepares for graduation, with a major in finance and a minor in economics, and then will return to his home on the East Coast to work as a junior equity research analyst with a New York-based money management firm. He credits his Santa Clara professors with giving him insight into the real world of finance and business.
“Several of my professors stoked a passion for finance that had always been there,” he said. “They were good teachers who furthered my interest by giving me the tools and motivation I needed to be successful.” Several professors made phone calls and wrote emails on his behalf when he was seeking internships. “I was not just another face in the classroom,” Colin said.
He was especially influenced by Sharath Sury, dean’s executive professor of finance; George Chacko, associate professor of finance; and Mario Belotti, professor of economics. Colin added that professors at Santa Clara have practical business experience, not just academic credentials, and many of them with Silicon Valley companies working on emerging technology. “Their successes motivate you to do well,” he said.
While a student at Santa Clara, he worked on campus in various jobs, including one as the business manager for The Santa Clara newspaper and staffing the information desk in the learning commons. He excelled in his business studies, as evidenced by a nomination for the “Outstanding Student in Finance Award” and his role as junior advisory board member and founding member of the SCIFIRM (Santa Clara Initiative for Innovation and Risk Management).
Once he makes the transition from student to alumni, Colin says he will forever appreciate his Santa Clara experience and the Jesuit philosophy of education. He says, “I’d like to give back to education, perhaps eventually helping fund scholarships.”
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The Class of 1960 had an unprecedented 66.87% of its members participate in their 50th Reunion Gift. Class members raised $2,045,532 to benefit current and future Santa Clara students.
“These record-setting results are something we have tremendous pride in,” said 50th Reunion Committee member Butch Erbst, who has only missed one of his class reunions over the years. “We’ve set a record that will be hard to beat.”
Erbst noted a special bond among their class and with the SCU community. “All of these things had an impact and made us who we are today,” he said. He adds that the wonderful education they received led to many of the class members, including Father Paul Locatelli, going on to have distinguished and notable careers.
“It’s inspiring to see a class this committed to improving Santa Clara, especially considering the changes they have seen over the last 50 years,” noted University President, Fr. Michael Engh, who went on to say, “Leading by example, the dynamic Class of 1960 has set the bar for all reunion classes to follow. On behalf of current students, I want to sincerely thank all of the class members who made a gift or pledge to the reunion campaign.”