Santa Clara University

Office of the President

President's Updates

  •  Thursday, Jun. 20, 2013

    Thank you for a Successful Commencement Weekend

    Thank you to all who played a part in the great success of Commencement weekend. Each event took massive effort and would not have been successful without your great collaboration and teamwork.  I thank all of you who worked so hard, giving well over 100%, to make Commencement a memorable milestone for our graduates and their families. The dedication of our community in working together for our students is what makes Santa Clara University a special place. I am grateful to all of you who contributed to the very successful culminating events of the academic year. 


  •  Monday, Jun. 3, 2013

    President's Athletic Commission Appointed

    As part of the University’s strategic planning process, I recently appointed a 12-member task force to review the role of Santa Clara’s intercollegiate athletic program in advancing the mission and vision of the University. The President’s Athletic Commission will consider a series of questions such as: To what extent can an enhanced and improved intercollegiate athletic program significantly increase SCU’s national (and local) reputation as a leading Jesuit, Catholic University? And what resources would be necessary to do so?  In their deliberations around these and other questions, the commission will also consult with other advisory groups and University departments, and work with an outside consultant, Todd Turner.  The Department of Athletics and Recreation and other units will provide the commission with relevant data, targeted input, and other pertinent information. John Ottoboni ‘69 (University Legal Counsel) will staff the commission.

    University trustee John M. Sobrato ‘83, is chairing the commission, which includes members Penny Alexander ‘82 (Regent), Michael Crowley (President, Oakland A’s), Patti Ernstrom (San Jose Sports Authority), Caren Horstmeyer ‘84 , Brent Jones ’85, Mary Mathews-Stevens ‘84 (Trustee), Gary Neustadter, (Faculty member and chair of the SCU Athletic Advisory Board), Marc Rebboah ‘81 , (Regent), Kristi Saso (SCU parent), Andy Schatzman, ‘83  (president, Bronco Bench Foundation), and Maria Nash Vaughn ‘86 (Regent). They will hold their first meeting on June 17 and will submit a final report with recommendations to me by December 15, 2013. I thank the members of the commission for agreeing to serve the University in this capacity, and I look forward to their report and recommended next steps.

  •  Monday, Jun. 3, 2013

    Congratulations to the members of the Class of 2013 selected to receive University awards. It is my pleasure to acknowledge the following students for their contributions to the University community and beyond.

    The valedictorian is conferred annually on a graduating senior selected for outstanding academic achievement and University service.  This year’s valedictorian is Ashley Armstrong, who will address her classmates at the Undergraduate Commencement.

    The St. Clare and Nobili medals are presented to the female and male graduates judged outstanding in academic performance, personal character, school activities, and constructive contribution to the University. At the commencement exercises next week, the St. Clare Medal will be awarded to Katherine Bercovitz and the Nobili Medal to Aven Satre-Meloy.

    The Peter-Hans Kolvenbach, S.J. Award is awarded to graduating seniors who exemplify the ideals of Jesuit education especially being a "whole person of solidarity in the real world" and having the courage and faith to build a more just and humane world. For 2013, the Kolvenbach Award will be presented to Laura Snowden at commencement.

    At the Toast to the Class of 2013 held on May 31, Xochitl Davila, Nathan Funkhouser, Alexandria Leenatali, Michelle Maddex, and Michelle Tang each received the Richard J. Riordan Award in recognition of their outstanding contributions to service through their work with the marginalized and under-served populations outside of the University community.

    Brenda Alba, Ryan Clark, Carlos Gomez, Kevin Oliver, Jenna Saso, and John Schneeman received Student Life Awards to recognize their contributions to improving the overall quality of life in the University community.
    Michelle Tang received the Student Inclusive Excellence Award for her commitment to enhancing an inclusive environment on campus.

    Michelle Tang received the Student Inclusive Excellence Award for her commitment to enhancing an inclusive environment on campus.

    Stephen Layton and Alec Molloy were awarded the Handlery Prize for contributions to the success of a student publication during their time at the University.

    This year’s recipient of the 2013 Alumni Association Board of Director’s Service Award is Sonia Suri.

    Please join me in congratulating and thanking these outstanding members of the Class of 2013.

  •  Monday, Jun. 3, 2013

    Wi-Fi Network Upgrade

    I am happy to report that a network upgrade is in the works to completely revamp the Wi-Fi network on campus, with a completion date of December 2014. The project will provide increased speed and coverage while accommodating more use, and expanding availability to include exterior areas of the campus. When the upgrade is completed, Santa Clara’s wireless network will provide robust coverage of virtually all areas of campus with the newest and fastest Wi-Fi standard.
    Completing this significant project will require replacing all the Wi-Fi access points currently installed and installing new data cabling for additional interior and all exterior Wi-Fi access points. Information Technology under the leadership of CIO Ron Danielson has already completed an initial portion of the project and has begun the installation of interior access points.  During the upgrade BroncoWiFi will continue to be available, with small local disruptions as work is done in each area. Information Technology will coordinate with departments and building managers to minimize impacts to their respective areas. A current schedule for work can be found at

  •  Monday, Jun. 3, 2013

    Active Shooter and Lockdown Procedures Training

    The June 30 deadline to complete the Active Shooter and Lockdown Procedures training is approaching quickly. If you have not yet completed it, I urge you to register for the online course at Login using your SCU email address with the password SAFETY. Should you have questions about the training contact Sean Collins, Director of the Environment, Health and Safety Department. Thank you for taking this training and contributing to the overall safety of our community.

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