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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 building is “a symbol of Paul’s dedication to the future, his belief in the human spirit, and his optimism for the future,” said an emotional Mathews-Stevens, who has served on the Board of Fellows since 2001.

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.

About Santa Clara University
Santa Clara University, a comprehensive Jesuit, Catholic university located 40 miles south of San Francisco in California’s Silicon Valley, offers its more than 8,800 students rigorous undergraduate curricula in arts and sciences, business, theology, and engineering, plus master’s and law degrees and engineering Ph.D.s. Distinguished nationally by one of the highest graduation rates among all U.S. master’s universities, California’s oldest operating higher-education institution demonstrates faith-inspired values of ethics and social justice. For more information, see www.scu.edu.

Media Contact: Deborah Lohse, SCU Media Relations, (408) 554-5121.
 


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