Board of Trustees Meeting, October 17-18
The October 17-18 Board of Trustees meeting focused on the strategic goals and objectives that were refined over the past year in support of the 2011 Strategic Plan. To set the stage, Provost Dennis Jacobs and I presented an integrated set of strategic, enrollment, and facilities master plans. That vision was the result of significant input from over 50 faculty and staff who served on six strategic advisory committees this past academic year.
Following the presentation, the trustees spent a day examining and discussing the integrated plans, the six strategic goals, and the related objectives. The trustees were overwhelmingly supportive of the vision for Santa Clara’s future which will be developed into a compelling fundraising campaign. With the affirmation from the trustees, I look forward to sharing the plans for that vision with the University community when final details are completed. I congratulate Provost Jacobs and his staff who led the process to ensure broad participation and clear articulation of an aspirational and inspirational educational vision for University.
In other business, the trustees voted to accept the Audit Report prepared by our independent auditor and heard reports from the Board of Regents, Faculty Senate, and Associated Student Government. Kirk Syme, Chair of the Regents, reported that the Regents revised their by-laws and agreed to establish a Regents scholarship fund. Juliana Chang, President of the Faculty Senate, updated the trustees on the Child Care Task Force and the Task Force on Student Evaluation of Teaching. She also presented concerns of faculty regarding the recent decision to exclude elective abortions from SCU’s healthcare plans. In closing her remarks, Julie read to the trustees the petition circulating about the recent decision. Judith Martinez next spoke about the initiatives of the Associated Student Government this year. The ASG is helping to roll-out the mobile app for events happening across departments on campus; they will be hosting coffee sessions with students in their “Brew with the Board” program; they have begun a program with the Law School for undergraduate students to shadow law students in their classes; and they continue to work with faculty on the Academic Honor Code.
Month of Remembrance
I reiterate Fr. Jack Treacy’s invitation to 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 on Friday, November 1, the Feast of All Saints, when we celebrate the lives of loved ones 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 28 and placed in the Book of Names in the Mission Church for remembrance until November 21.
- inscribe the names of deceased loved ones in the Book of Names in the Mission Church.
- share photos of loved ones at the Altar of Remembrance in the Mission Church.
What's Ahead on My Calendar...
- October 29 - Orientation for Members of the University Planning Committees
- November 1 - Feast of All Saints
- November 1 - Silicon Valley Leadership Group Public Policy Luncheon
- November 4 - Open Meeting for Faculty and Staff
- November 4 - St. Ignatius Preparatory Board of Trustees Meeting
- November 6 - Graduate Theological Union Council of Presidents Meeting
- November 7 - Law School Dean's Circle Reception
- November 7 - Misa En Espanol
- November 10 - Alumni Event in Seattle
- November 14 - The Tech Awards
- November 18 - Administrative Leaders Group Meeting
- November 22 - WCC Presidents Council Meeting
- November 28 - Thanksgiving
Celebration of the Mass of the Holy Spirit
On Wednesday, October 2, 2013, at 12:00 p.m. in the Mission Church, we will celebrate our annual Mass of the Holy Spirit, followed by a picnic lunch on the St. Ignatius Lawn. At this special liturgy, Santa Clara will continue the centuries-old tradition among Catholic colleges and universities of calling upon the Holy Spirit to guide and bless us in our work throughout the academic year.Through our common prayer, we call on the Spirit of God to be with us in all our works, activities, and endeavors. Recognizing the religious diversity in our community, we welcome members of all faith traditions to join together at this special Catholic liturgy.
To enable the campus community to attend the Mass, classes will not meet between 11:45 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. that day. Classes that usually meet from 11:45 A.M. to 12:50 p.m. will be cancelled. Classes scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. will instead begin at 1:15 p.m
The Faculty Collaborative for Teaching and Innovation has been awarded $150,000 from the Hewlett endowment from the President’s Office to continue and extend efforts to enhance learning environments and teaching practices. The Collaborative's model of partnership includes colleagues from the Provost's Office, Faculty Development, Assessment, Information Services, and the teaching faculty. Working together on meaningful projects central to our mission, the Collaborative implemented several effective and fruitful initiatives in the 2012-13 academic year. We saw the Collaborative's successful launch of the classroom redesign project, the LEAD scholars iPad project, and many faculty development efforts around enhancing teaching with technology.
Building on these projects, this year the Collaborative will examine the impact of blended learning, collaborative classrooms and mobile technology. The Collaborative will also focus on understanding how changes in classroom design and use of educational technologies affect the quality of student learning, with particular attention to program level learning and learning that fosters social justice goals. I thank the Collaborative team under the leadership of Chris Bachen, Nancy Cutler, Ron Danielson, Eileen Elrod and Diane Jonte-Pace, and I look forward to another successful year.