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University Dedicates the Paul L. Locatelli, S.J. Student Activity Center in Honor of Late, Revered Chancellor Locatelli
Monday, Oct. 11, 2010
SANTA CLARA, Calif., Oct. 11, 2010 — More than 350 students, alumni, university leaders and key donors turned out Sunday to dedicate the Paul L. Locatelli, S.J. Student Activity Center, named for the revered, late chancellor and former president of Santa Clara University.
The 16,000 square-foot, two-story $7 million building was described Sunday as a “dynamic and and handsome” symbol of Locatelli’s dedication to student success. The ceremony, which was at times celebratory and at times tearful, took place Sunday, Oct. 10 at 1 p.m.
“Fr. Paul Locatelli led this university for 20 years with boundless energy and consistent concern for students,” said SCU President Michael Engh, S.J., who noted that the building was the first new one in more than 40 years built specifically for student use.
The building was conceived two years ago as a gesture to honor Paul L. Locatelli, then the departing president of SCU. Alumna Mary Mathews-Stevens '84 and her husband, Mark, a partner in the Silicon Valley venture capital firm Sequoia Capital, donated $7 million to get the project underway.
At the ceremony, Engh unveiled a portrait of Locatelli that will greet guests as they enter, and Dean of Students Jeanne Rosenberger noted the a portrait of the Stevens family will also hang in the building.
Locatelli, a longtime revered figure on campus, earlier this year had been expected to attend the ceremony dedicating the building named in his honor. But this past summer he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, and he passed away July 12.
The eco-friendly building features a 6,000 square foot assembly hall on the first floor with 20-foot ceilings. Energy saving features include a well-ventilated and skylighted second floor; exterior trellises, and shaded arcades and patios.
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