Santa Clara University

Office of the President

President's Updates

  •  Friday, Mar. 22, 2013

    I would like personally to invite you to participate in the University’s 2nd Annual Community Day of Service on Saturday, April 13. Service to others is a long-held tradition at Santa Clara and has become an integral part of our commitment to social justice.  To sign up, visit the website.
    Some of this year’s volunteer opportunities are located in the greater Washington/Alma area of San Jose, where the University is actively working towards a place-based initiative with community partners there.  Hundreds of our students are already working with agencies and schools in the area through our Arrupe Weekly Engagement Program, Santa Clara Community Action Program (SCCAP), Bronco Urban Garden (BUG), and other efforts. The Community Day of Service is one way that staff and faculty can engage with partner organizations and hopefully build our relationship of mutual service and accompaniment. To learn more about the Community Day of Service or to sign up as a volunteer, visit the Day of Service website

  •  Thursday, Mar. 21, 2013

    What's Ahead on My Calendar

    • March 23-31 - Spring Break
    • March 31 - Easter
    • April 4 - Board of Fellows Crab Feed
    • April 5 - Annual Scholarship Luncheon
    • April 9 - President's Speaker Series with David Kessler
    • April 13-14 - Preview Days
    • April 13 - Law Alumni Awards
    • April 14 - Bergin Society Mass and Brunch
    • April 17 - GSBI Open House
    • April 17 - Honors Program Reading Series
    • April 20 - Pause for Coz Alumni Event
    • April 27 - President's Club Dinner and Alumni Anniversary Awards
  •  Monday, Mar. 18, 2013

    Dear Members of the University Community,

    Along with Jesuits and colleagues around the world, we celebrate the election of Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio as Pope Francis. As a man committed to social justice, he shares the ideals of our own institution. Below you will find the statement of the President of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities.

    On Tuesday, March 19, at noon, the University community will celebrate our annual Founder's Day Mass to commemorate the establishment of our school. That is the date of the installation of the pope, so we shall be offering special prayers for his leadership. All are invited to join in this liturgy.


    Michael E. Engh, S.J.

  •  Tuesday, Mar. 5, 2013

    What's Ahead on My Calendar

    • March 2-11 - Trip to India
    • March 13 - Faculty Senate Meeting
    • March 14 - Silicon Valley Leadership Group Board Meeting
    • March 17 - Friendly Sons of St. Patrick Annual Dinner in L.A.
    • March 18 - Alexander Law Prize Reception
    • March 19 - Founder's Day
    • March 21 - L.A. Santa Claran of the Year Celebration in L.A.
    • March 22 - Markkula Center 25th Anniversary Dinner
    • March 23-31 - Spring Break
    • March 31 - Easter
    • April 4 - Board of Fellows Crab Feed
    • April 5 - Annual Scholarship Luncheon
    • April 9 - President's Speaker Series with David Kessler


  •  Tuesday, Mar. 5, 2013

    Board of Trustees Meeting Held on February 8

    I wish to provide a short summary of key items that transpired at the Board of Trustees meeting held on February 8.  The business meeting included the approval of several action items and presentations on enrollment management, educational planning focusing on teaching with technology, and a report by the Chair of Trustees, Bob Finocchio, on his visit with Superior General Adolfo Nicolás, S.J.

    Dennis Jacobs, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, gave the trustees an update on progress towards elaborating our educational vision and honing strategic goals and objectives.  In addition, Provost Jacobs articulated a vision for the use of technology in the Jesuit education we offer. Kirk Hanson, Executive Director of the Markkula Center, joined Provost Jacobs to present the Markkula Center’s initiatives that leverage technology to enhance teaching.

    Mike Sexton reported that total freshmen applications for fall 2013 reached nearly 15,000, showing a 4.8% increase over last year. The enrollment target is 1275 students. In addition to the Early Action and Regular decision option, this year Santa Clara offered a first-ever binding Early Decision option. Indicators suggest that the overall acceptance rate will be competitive and selective to reach the enrollment target.

    Bob Finocchio summarized for the trustees a special meeting he attended with Adolfo Nicolás, S.J., Superior General of the Society of Jesus, in Rome. Bob and other representatives of U.S. Jesuit colleges and universities were invited by Fr. Nicolás to offer him their perspectives on the state of Jesuit higher education in the United States. Topics on academic life and Jesuit mission, campus culture, Jesuit presence, service to the local church, and service and solidarity with the disadvantaged were discussed for Fr. Nicolás’s reflection in preparation for his visit to the U.S. in October. 

    Other business at the meeting included the approval of several important action items. The Trustees

    • approved a balanced budget for 2013-2014;
    • approved two new degree programs in the Leavey School of Business, Master of Science in Entrepreneurship and a Master of Science in Finance; and
    • approved the proposed changes to the Faculty Handbook regarding grievance committee timeframe and reconsideration process in lecturer and senior lecturer decisions.

    In addition to the presentations and approval of action items, the trustees received reports from trustee committee chairs on their respective committees; Patti Boitano, Chair of the Board of Regents; Barbara Molony, president of the Faculty Senate Council; and Jenna Saso, president of Associated Student Government. Following the meeting, trustees were joined by students and Faculty Senate members for lunch.

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