Santa Clara University

Office of the President

President's Updates

  •  Friday, Aug. 9, 2013

    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.  While the Mass is a Roman Catholic liturgy, we appreciate the diversity of faiths within our community, and we welcome one and all to join in the celebration.

    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.

  •  Thursday, Aug. 8, 2013

    Dear Members of the Santa Clara University Community,

    Yesterday we received word that long-time law faculty member and Professor Emeritus Howard Anawalt died August 6 peacefully at home in his sleep. Howard joined Santa Clara University School of Law in 1967 and specialized in constitutional law, torts and intellectual property law. With his expertise in intellectual property law, he was one of the first faculty members to address in his teaching the legal questions arising out of the high tech industry. He remained an active scholar and member of the Law School community even after he retired in 2003. Howard held a passion for teaching and a commitment to his profession which resonated with generations of students in his decades of service to the law school and the University community.

    Howard's death brings sadness to those who knew and loved him, including his wife, Sue, his sons Paul and Brad and their families, and his many students and colleagues. He will be remembered as a kind and generous person, who never hesitated to offer assistance to his students and colleagues. As a community we join with all who mourn him and thank God for the gift of his full and vibrant life. We hold Howard up to God and offer our prayers for him and his family.

    If you would like to send condolences, notes may be sent to his wife, Sue, care of the Law School:
    c/o Dean's Office
    School of Law
    Santa Clara University
    500 El Camino Real
    Santa Clara, CA 95053

    A memorial service to celebrate Howard's life will be held:
    October 5, 6:00 p.m. 
    Mission Church
    Santa Clara University

    Please keep Howard, Sue, and his family in your prayers. May he rest in peace.


    Michael E. Engh, S.J.

  •  Wednesday, Jul. 31, 2013

    Dear Members of the Santa Clara University Community,

    George J. Alexander, former law school dean and professor emeritus, died peacefully Monday night after a prolonged illness. George led the law school from 1970 to 1985—a period of great growth both in enrollment and in prominence for the law school, making him one of the most influential deans in its 100-year history. During his time as dean, George emphasized scholarship, hired distinguished faculty, and with his commitment to diversifying the legal profession, recruited talented students of color from across the country.  He led the law school in developing a more international law curriculum and established it as a pre-eminent global legal educator.

    George left a strong legacy of commitment to advancing the legal profession and improving access to legal services. He and his wife, Katharine, have been great friends and supporters of the law school. In 2004, they endowed operations of the Katharine and George Alexander Community Law Center, which serves low-income people in matters of consumer law, immigration law, and workers’ rights. In 2008, they established the annual Katharine and George Alexander Law Prize, which recognizes lawyers who have used their legal careers to help alleviate injustice and inequity.

    As professor, dean and friend of Santa Clara, George embodied the University’s mission and values by combining a high regard for academic rigor with a personal commitment to making the world a better place. While we mourn George’s death, we also thank God for the gift of his life. The University community will miss his leadership, wisdom, and friendship.

    Please keep George and his family in your prayers. May he rest in peace.


    Michael E. Engh, S.J.

  •  Monday, Jul. 29, 2013

    Dear SCU Community,

    Below find a recent statement, which I fully support, regarding "DREAMers" that was authored by the U.S. Jesuit Conference and Kino Border Initiative. It highlights one of our courageous incoming law students. I have also contacted our local representatives requesting their assistance with this matter on behalf of our student.


    Michael E. Engh, S.J.



    July 23, 2013

    The U.S. Jesuit Conference and the Kino Border Initiative recognize the enormous courage of the eight young “DREAMers” who crossed through a port-of-entry at the U.S./Mexico border yesterday, July 22, 2013 to reunite with their families and communities and to call attention to the continued deportations of hundreds of thousands of our undocumented community members, even as Congress seeks to address problems in our broken immigration system.

    The eight young people, who call communities across the United States their home, presented themselves to U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Morley Gate in Nogales, Sonora, Mexico. Accompanied by their lawyers, U.S. citizen friends, faith leaders and supporters, these young men and women walked to the official pedestrian crossing point and requested humanitarian parole to rejoin their family members and communities within the United States.

    All eight individuals were born in Mexico but were brought over the border as young children and would be eligible for the DREAM Act currently being considered as part of the immigration overhaul legislation pending before Congress. The eight youth are currently in CBP custody, awaiting review of their requests for humanitarian parole, among them an aspiring lawyer, Lizbeth Mateo who is registered to attend Santa Clara University’s Law School, a Jesuit University this fall. Lizbeth and her compatriots represent the kind of promising, bright, and courageous young people that Jesuits encounter every day in ministries throughout the United States, especially in our schools and universities.

    Last week, Jesuit University presidents joined other Catholic college presidents in a letter calling for immediate, comprehensive, moral and humane overhaul of our country’s broken immigration system, which continues to separate families and “trap aspiring Americans in the shadows.” We echo this call, and we stand with the eight DREAMers who crossed yesterday seeking a humanitarian parole policy that reunites families and puts on hold further deportations of our students, our parishioners, our friends, and our family members as comprehensive immigration reform legislation is being debated.

  •  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.

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