2014 Commencement Speakers and Honorary Degree Recipients
This year, soccer star and girls' health advocate Brandi Chastain '91 will be the commencement speaker at the 2014 Undergraduate Commencement Exercises on June 14. The selection of Brandi to give the commencement address honors the 50th anniversary of women's athletics at Santa Clara, which the University celebrates this year. She epitomizes the world-class leadership and fortitude that every Bronco is capable of achieving. Brandi is a dedicated and disciplined athlete who is also committed to strengthening communities by advocating for and empowering young girls. At Commencement, she will also receive an Honorary Doctorate of Public Service. Other honorary degree recipients will be Trustee Emeritus Rupert Johnson and his wife, Maryellie, Rev. Howard A. Lincoln, and the Kino Border Initiative, represented by Executive Director Rev. Sean Carroll, S.J.
At the Graduate Commencement on June 13, Fred Ferrer ‘80, CEO of the Health Trust, will receive an Honorary Doctorate of Public Service. On May 24, Rev. Jon Sobrino, S.J. will give the commencement address and Rev. Joseph Chinnici, OFM will receive an honorary degree at the JST commencement in Berkeley . Also on May 24, the Law School will hold its commencement exercises and honor human rights attorney Almudena Bernabeu as the commencement speaker and honorary degree recipient.
This weekend we expect to host about 3000 visitors on campus for Preview Days. This is an important opportunity for admitted students to decide if Santa Clara is the place for them. Of the nearly 15,000 applicants for the freshman class of 1300 spots, 48.8% were admitted. Throughout the weekend, faculty, staff and students will give tours and presentations on academic programs, student life, housing, international programs and many more topics. I thank all the members of the University community who will be on campus to welcome our guests and present Santa Clara at its best.
Santa Clara Receives 2014 Acterra Award for Sustainability
I am delighted to announce that Santa Clara University recently received the 2014 Acterra Award for Sustainability, one of the top awards for sustainability in Silicon Valley. We were selected out of a distinguished group of finalists including Google and SunPower Corporation. The award recognizes our innovative and ongoing efforts in sustainability and sets a high standard for other large organizations making a name for themselves in sustainability. I salute our Director of the Center for Sustainability Lindsey Kalkbrenner and her on-campus partners for their leadership. The non-profit organization Acterra has a 44-year history of environmental programming in and around Silicon Valley, and has honored Silicon Valley organizations with its Business Environmental Awards since 1990.
What's Ahead on My Calendar
- April 4 - Johnson Scholars Reception
- April 5 - Law Alumni Dinner
- April 5-6 Preview Days
- April 6 - Dolores Huerta Address
- April 7 - Paul Farmer Address
- April 9 - Sprinksgiving
- April 9 - Faculty Senate Council Meeting
- April 9 - President's Speaker Series with Eboo Patel
- April 10 - Board of Fellows Meeting and Dinner
- April 12 - President's Club and Alumni Awards Mass, Reception and Dinner
- April 14 - University Honors Program Quarterly Dinner and Book Discussion
- April 15-22 - Passover
- April 16 - Visit to Palma High School, Salinas
- April 18 - Good Friday, University Holiday
- April 20 - Easter
- April 22 - Administrative Leaders Meeting
- April 24-May 4 - Travel to Rome
- April 26 - Community Service Day
Santa Clara Participates in Mazatlán Forum
Santa Clara University is jointly sponsoring an academic forum in Mazatlán, Mexico with El Colegio de Sinaloa on March 27-29, 2014. Intended to build collaboration between the United States and Mexico, the Mazatlán Forum considers the social, political, and economic assumptions at work in our respective cultures. This year’s forum has as its theme “Technology and the Future(s) of Education: U.S. and Mexican Perspectives” and will provide new opportunities for interdisciplinary and international collaborations in the area of technology and higher education at the individual and institutional levels.
Twelve representatives from Santa Clara, including faculty, administrators and trustees, will participate as panelists, program coordinators, and guest speakers. Among them are SCU trustee and founding sponsor of the Forum, Agnieszka Winkler. Howard Charney, SCU trustee and Executive Vice President at Cisco, will offer the closing keynote address. Provost Jacobs will welcome participants on behalf of Santa Clara University. Pedro Hernandez Ramos, Associate Professor, Department of Education, and Diane Jonte-Pace, Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs, are serving as program coordinators for the Forum. Several faculty across multiple disciplines will give presentations in panel discussions.