Santa Clara University

Office of the President

President's Updates

  •  Monday, Jul. 8, 2013

    Wednesday, July 31, marks the feast day of St. Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Jesuit Order. As is our tradition at Santa Clara, we shall celebrate the feast day with a liturgy at 11:30 a.m. in the Mission Church, followed immediately with a picnic lunch.

    Ignatius' unique gift to the Society of Jesus and to the Church was his spirituality that invites women and men to integrate learning into a life of faith. Through education, he sought to build better communities for the greater glory of God, with a mission of love, justice and a special concern for the poor, the sick and the hungry. My hope is that our prayer on his feast day lead us to see God, our world, our work, and ourselves in a new way.

    Please mark you calendars to gather together on Wednesday, July 31, and celebrate our Ignatian roots.

  •  Monday, Jul. 8, 2013

    The holy month of Ramadan begins July 9 for Muslims around the world.  Marked by fasting and sacrifice, Ramadan is a time for inner reflection, devotion to God, and self-control. The traditional practices of prayer, fasting and acts of charity help bring members of Islam closer to God during these holy days. For the Muslim community, fasting frees the body and soul from worldly impurities and offers an opportunity to focus on spiritual needs. Muslims are called upon to reflect on their lives and make peace with others.

    May this holy month bring personal transformation and a deeper relationship with God to members of the Muslim community. May it also remind each of us of our own need for spiritual renewal and reconciliation with one another and with God.

  •  Monday, Jul. 8, 2013

    Beginning today and continuing for the next few weeks, the Class of 2017 will come to campus with their parents for orientation. This is a special occasion for our new students when we welcome them to the University community and assure their parents of the care they will receive when they arrive in the fall. This is also a time when the students begin to build relationships with their classmates and the faculty and staff who will teach, mentor and support them over the next four years. I know that many of you are involved in the orientation sessions, and in many capacities; without you we would not be able to provide our incoming students and their parents with a warm welcome and a successful transition to college life.  Thank you for your hard work and commitment to our students.

  •  Monday, Jul. 8, 2013

    Thank you for your patience during the summer construction projects. Since Commencement we all have experienced the inconvenience of noise, alternate walking routes across campus and changes in parking options on campus. While at times the construction may seem unwelcome, the end result of these projects will be a more pedestrian-friendly campus with upgraded facilities and plenty of parking.  I appreciate your understanding until the improvements are complete and hope you join me in anticipating a more beautiful campus come fall.

  •  Monday, Jul. 8, 2013

    Leavey Challenge Goal Exceeded

    I am pleased to report that the University will receive a $1 million challenge grant from the Thomas and Dorothy Leavey Foundation, thanks to the Santa Clara family who rose to the Leavey Challenge. With over 9,000 undergraduate alumni making a gift, we exceeded our Leavey Challenge goal set in July 2012 and reached a 25% participation rate. I am deeply grateful to the alumni among our faculty and staff who helped us meet the challenge! The generosity of our alumni donors and that of the Leavey Foundation help pay it forward to our current and future students who will experience the same transformative education that our alumni experienced. Part of that education is the legacy of generosity and the habit of gratitude which are at the heart of the Bronco family. Thank you for your personal commitment to our students and your spirit of generosity that benefits others.


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