Board of Trustees Meeting, February 13, 2015
The Board of Trustees met for their winter meeting on February 13, and as I reported at the State of the University, the Board of Trustees approved the 2015-16 budget. I am pleased that the approved budget includes a merit pool increase of 3.5% for faculty and staff. This is the largest we have had in several years.
In addition to approving a budget, the board elected two new trustees, Tim Smith ’68 and SCU parent Libby Armintrout. Tim is a past recipient of the LA Santa Claran of the Year award and has served as a member of the Board of Regents, the Alumni National Board and the Bannan Institute Advisory Board. Libby is a member of several non-profit boards and co-founded the Washington Women’s Foundation, an organization that aims to increase philanthropy among women through collective giving circles. It is a great pleasure to welcome Libby and Tim to the board, and I look forward to their wise counsel.
The trustees heard two important reports, the first from our new Title IX coordinator, Belinda Guthrie. She explained her proactive approach to University policies and protocols related to Title IX and Affirmative Consent, along with her work with University groups to update our relevant policies. Our new Chief Information Officer Bob Owen followed and gave an update on information technology and security at the University.
My Cabinet members and I presented at length on components of the Santa Clara 2020 Plan and the Comprehensive Campaign. We explained campaign priorities and the fundraising progress made in the leadership phase of the campaign. The trustees responded positively to the great momentum and approved the recommendations and next steps put forward.
The chair of the Board of Regents, Kirk Syme, reported on the Regents recent meeting and their great interest in getting involved in Santa Clara 2020. The President of the Faculty Senate Council, James Lai, summarized the key activities of the Council this year: internal reforms of the Faculty Senate Council to make it a more reflective body and improve its communication; and information gathering to get a sense of the needs and concerns of the entire faculty. Finally, Anaisy Tolentino, ASG President, highlighted areas of student involvement, including events around pressing issues (e.g. “Black Lives Matter, All Lives Matter, Justice Matters” ), and a very successful Bronco Week.
You may recall that in recent years we started a tradition of hosting a lunch for the trustees and various University groups following the trustee meeting. For the winter meeting, I invited members of the six University Planning Committees to join our trustees for the meal. We had a great turnout and conversation that promoted open communication. I wish to thank the UPC members who attended the lunch and anticipate extending additional lunch invitations to other campus groups for future meetings.
State of the University, 2015
The State of the University will be held on Thursday, February 19, at 4:00 p.m. in Mayer Theatre, a new venue from recent years. I invite you to join me and Dennis Jacobs, our Provost, for this annual event when we address Santa Clara's present accomplishments, challenges, and future. In our remarks, we shall present an overview of the plans for the capital campaign (with images), which have been developed with widespread consultation over the past four years.
I look forward to seeing you at the event in Mayer Theatre on February 19. If you are unable to attend, the event will be streamed live from the University's homepage.
Michael E. Engh, S.J.
31 October 2014
In addition to our regularly scheduled Christmas holidays, the University will close on December 26, 29, and 30, and January 2. These additional days will be administrative closure days. While in the past, three days were added, I have added January 2 at the recommendation of the President's Cabinet, the Staff Senate Executive Committee and the Department of Human Resources. I am grateful for the hard work of all our staff.
Except for essential services, the University will close at the end of business on Tuesday, December 23, 2014, and re-open on Monday, January 5, 2015. To all those who provide essential services, I also express my thanks and that of the entire University community for ensuring that necessary operations continue during the closure.
Also, please mark your calendars to attend our annual ecumenical Christmas service in the Mission Church on December 17 at 4:30 p.m. Following the service, we will hold our Christmas and Holidays Party for faculty and staff. I hope you will join with colleagues and friends for an evening of celebration as we ring in the season of peace and joy.
With best wishes,
Michael E. Engh, S.J.
I invite the University community to participate in the Month of Remembrance. Throughout November we honor a long-held tradition in Christian churches when we recall our departed loved ones and pray for their peace. Here are some ways to take part:
- attend the special Mass of Remembrance on Monday, November 3 at noon, when we celebrate the lives of loved ones and members of the University community who have died.
- submit your personal prayer requests for departed family and friends through the online form. The names of your special intentions will be collected through October 29 and placed in the Book of Names in the Mission Church for remembrance until November 30.
- attend the Misa en Espanol on November 6 at 8:00 p.m.
- inscribe the names of deceased loved ones in the Book of Names in the Mission Church.
- share photos and momentos of loved ones at the Altar of Remembrance in the Mission Church.
My hope is that the prayers we offer throughout the month bring a sense of peace and consolation to all of us who have lost loved ones.
What's Ahead on My Calendar:
- October 23 - Red Mass
- October 24 - Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities Annual Meeting
- October 27 - University Honors Reading Group Dinner
- October 28 - Administrative Leaders Meeting
- October 28 - Thriving Neighbors Initiative Opening Ceremony
- October 29 - Graduate Theological Union Board of Trustees Meeting
- October 30 - JST Board of Directors Meeting
- November 1 - USF Inauguration of Paul Fitzgerald, S.J.
- November 8 - St. Bernard's High School Alumni Event in Los Angeles
- November 11-14 - Commemoration of the 25th Anniversary of the UCA Martyrs in El Salvador
- November 16 - Mass for the 25th Anniversary of the UCA Martyrs at Mission Santa Clara
- November 21 - West Coast Conference Meeting