Search for What Matters

3312_053This luncheon speaker series, sponsored by the Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education, seeks to provide a space on campus for a discussion of core values and experiences among faculty, staff, students, and alumni of the University.  Each speaker is invited to respond to the single question: "What matters to me and why?"  This popular series began in 2004, and we have invited one lay faculty member, one lay staff member and one Jesuit faculty/staff/administrator to share each year.

Past Luncheon Speakers


Fall 2013

soukupFr. Paul Soukup, S.J.

Fall 2013, October 23, 2013
Professor (Pedro Arrupe, S.J., Professor), Communication Department



ottoboniJohn Ottoboni

Winter 2014, February 19, 2014
General Counsel, Office of the General Counsel




chenElsa Chen

Spring 2014, May 14, 2014
Associate Professor, Political Science Department




sm-SFWM-RidolfiKathleen "Cookie" Ridolfi

Spring 2013, 22 Apr 2013
Founder and Director, Northern California Innocence Project, Co-Founder, Innocence Network, Professor of Law, Santa Clara University

Professor “Cookie” Ridolfi is Professor of Law and former Executive Director of the Northern California Innocence Project, a major clinical program she co-founded at Santa Clara University School of Law in 2001.


sm-SFWM-Saum Steven Boyd Saum

Winter 2013, 31 Jan 2013
Editor, Santa Clara Magazine

Saum has helmed Santa Clara Magazine since 2006. His essays, fiction, and journalism have appeared in Salon, the Kenyon Review, Creative Nonfiction, the Christian Science Monitor, San Francisco Chronicle, and elsewhere. He previously served as editor-in-chief for The Commonwealth Club of California, the nation's premier public affairs forum, and edited a landmark volume on politics and the media, Each a Mighty Voice - lauded by the likes of writer Amy Tan, Sen. Richard Lugar, and Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart, who called the book a must-read for all people on Earth and beyond. Originally from Chicago, Saum studied at Emory University and Johns Hopkins. In Ukraine, where he lived for four years, he served as a Peace Corps volunteer, hosted a radio show, directed the Fulbright program, and served as an election monitor during the Orange Revolution. He has also worked in higher education and conducted research in the Czech Republic and is a three-time champion on Jeopardy!

sm-SFWM-EnghFr. Michael E. Engh

Fall 2012, 13 Nov 2012
President, Santa Clara University

Michael E. Engh, S.J. took office as the 28th president of Santa Clara University on January 5, 2009. Since arriving at Santa Clara, Fr. Engh has led the University in defining the University's vision and setting the course for the future with the 2011 Strategic Plan. Among his priorities as president are attracting diverse and academically gifted students; recruiting and retaining talented faculty and staff; and engaging with the diversity, energy, and entrepreneurial spirit that are the hallmarks of Silicon Valley.


sm-SFWM-TreacyFr. Jack Treacy, S.J.

Spring 2012, 2 May 2012
Director, Campus Ministry 




sm-SFWM-Jonte-PaceDiane Jonte-Pace

Winter 2012, 8 Feb 2012
Vice Provost for Academic Affairs Professor, Religious Studies Department




sm-SFWM-AmbelangCharlie Ambelang

Fall 2011, 24 Oct 2011
Interim Assistant Vice-President for Human Resources




sm-SFWM-ZampelliMichael Zampelli, S.J.

Spring 2011, 28 Apr 2011
Rector of Jesuit Community




sm-SFWM-SantanaLulu Santana

Winter 2011, 3 Feb 2011
Director of Faith Formation, Campus Ministry




sm-SFWM-nicholsLaura Nichols

Fall 2010, 16 Nov 2010
Department Chair, Associate Professor, Sociology Department




sm-SFWM-JOHNSONStephen Johnson

Spring 2010, 21 Apr 2010
Director of Character Education, Markkula Center for Applied Ethics Senior Lecturer, Department of Education




sm-SFWM-KaleKathy Kale

Winter 2010, 11 Feb 2010
Executive Director for Alumni Relations and the Alumni Association




sm-SFWM-CoonanDan Coonan

Fall 2010, 6 Oct 2009
Director of Athletics & Recreation

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