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  •  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.

     

  •  Thursday, Jun. 20, 2013

    Trustees Held Spring Meeting on June 7

    At the annual spring meeting of the Board of Trustees held on June 7, the Board voted in three new trustees. Steve Sordello ’92, Rich Haughey ’72 and Rachel Manfre ’09 will join the Board, while current members Regis McKenna, Mike Splinter, and Austin Woody step down from the Board as their terms expire. Kirk Syme ’80 also joins the Board, ex officio, as Chair of the Board of Regents, replacing outgoing Regents’ Chair Patti Boitano ‘71.

    The Board reelected corporate officers Peggy Bradshaw (Vice Chair), Larry Sonsini (Secretary), John Ottoboni (Assistant Secretary), Molly McDonald (Assistant Secretary), Jack Lewis (Treasurer), Bob Warren (Assistant Treasurer) and Harry Fong (Assistant Treasurer). They will join corporate officer Bob Finocchio, who continues his term as Chair of the Trustees.

    The Board also approved a series of action items. In addition to the approval of the conferral of degrees for the undergraduate and graduate Class of 2013, the Board approved two revisions to the Faculty Handbook that were put forward by the Trustee Academic Affairs Committee. One change clarifies a set of procedures related to modified duties during a leave. The second revision clarifies the definitions of tenure track and non-tenure track faculty. The Trustee Governance and Nominating Committee recommended to the Board proposed amendments to the Bylaws of the University relating to changes in the election process for membership on the Trustee Executive Committee. The Board approved the recommended amendments, effective immediately.

    Provost Dennis Jacobs led a discussion of the draft Educational Vision document.  Peggy Bradshaw, Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees, updated the Board on the Facilities Master Plan and summarized the major building and construction efforts underway.  Mike Wallace reported on the status of donor giving and highlighted the progress towards meeting the Leavey Challenge. To close the Discussion part of the meeting, Art Liebscher, S.J. offered his reflections on the newly elected Jesuit Pope, Pope Francis.

    Patti Boitano delivered a report on behalf of the Board of Regents and summarized the recent Regents meeting. Outgoing president of the Faculty Senate Barbara Molony reported on the council’s activities of the past academic year and introduced Juliana Chang as the incoming president of the Faculty Senate.  Jenna Saso, outgoing president of Associated Student Government (ASG), reported on key areas that student leaders emphasized throughout the past year and introduced the new ASG president, Judith Martinez.  Following the business meeting, Jenna, Judith and other student leaders joined the Board for lunch.

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