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  •  Friday, Sep. 7, 2012

    Dear Faculty and Staff,

    I invite you to attend our first event welcoming in the new academic year. Convocation for the 2012-2013 academic year will be held on Tuesday, September 11, at 4:00 p.m. in the Mission Church. All faculty and staff are invited and encouraged to attend the annual program to launch the new academic year. I look forward to welcoming you at the event.

    Sincerely,

    Michael E. Engh, S.J.
    President

  •  Friday, Aug. 31, 2012

    31 August 2012

    Dear Members of the Santa Clara University Community,

    The upcoming presidential election is a very significant one for our futures, for our country, and the world.  Voting is perhaps the most important responsibility of being an engaged citizen.  If you have not already registered to vote, I encourage you to do so as soon as possible.

    Deadlines for registering to vote are fast approaching.  The California deadline is October 22, 2012.  If you are a permanent resident of another state you may choose to register to vote in that state.  The website below provides state-by-state registration deadlines and convenient links for registering to vote on-line and for requesting absentee ballots -- http://www.longdistancevoter.org/voter_registration_deadlines?gclid=CK2KnbSn-pUCFQsQagod4l7cFQ#.UEDp0UK_N8E

    Thank you for your part in being an engaged citizen.

    Sincerely,

    Michael E. Engh, S.J.
    President

  •  Thursday, Jul. 12, 2012

    Dear Members of the Santa Clara University Community,

    Tuesday, 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 on the St. Ignatius Lawn between Kenna and Walsh Halls.

    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 Tuesday, July 31 and celebrate our Ignatian roots.

    Sincerely,

    Michael E. Engh, S.J.
    President

  •  Tuesday, Jun. 26, 2012

    Union Negotiations Update

    Dear Members of the Santa Clara University Community,

     

    I am pleased to report that the University and SEIU Local 2007, the Union representing 59 of the University facilities employees, have reached an agreement. I wish to thank the workers, the University negotiating team, and all who assisted in the bargaining sessions.  Throughout the process, all worked towards a resolution that served in the best interest of all parties.  These negotiations have once again reminded me that we are a community that respects the dignity of all and the contributions of our valued colleagues. The end result is an agreement that honors the University's commitment to providing employees health care and other benefits, and for that I am grateful.

     

    Sincerely,

     

    Michael E. Engh, S.J.
    President

  •  Friday, Jun. 8, 2012

    Class of 2012 Award Recipients

    Dear Faculty, Staff, and Students,

    In the week before commencement, I want to take a moment to announce publicly the members of the Class of 2012 selected to receive University awards. It is my pleasure to congratulate the following students for their contributions to the betterment of our community.

    The valedictorian is conferred annually on a graduating senior selected for outstanding academic achievement and University service.  This year’s valedictorian is Nathan Rogers, a civil engineering major, who will offer the valedictory address at the Undergraduate Commencement on June 16.

    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 Tanya Schmidt and the Nobili Medal to Drew Hodun.

    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 2012, the Kolvenbach Award will be presented to Jose Dorador at commencement.

    At the Toast to the Class of 2012 held on June 8, Jahayra Molina, Natali Rodriguez, and Zena Andreani 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.

    Jennifer Dyckman, Todd Lane, Courtney Seymour, Kurt Wagner, and Christopher Wemp received Student Life Awards to recognize their contributions to improving the overall quality of life in the University community.

    Gracelyn Bateman received the Student Inclusive Excellence Award for her commitment to enhancing an inclusive environment on campus

    Kurt Wagner was awarded the Handlery Prize for contributions to the success of a student publication during his time at the University.

    This year’s recipient of the 2012 Alumni Association Board of Director’s Service Award is Cynthia Martinez.

    Please join me in congratulating and thanking these outstanding members of the Class of 2012.

    Michael E. Engh, S.J.
    President
     

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