Santa Clara University

Office of the President

President's Updates

  •  Monday, May. 21, 2012

    After 56 years in residence at the Santa Clara Jesuit Community, Professor Emeritus Fr. Carl Hayn recently moved to the Sacred Heart Jesuit Center in Los Gatos.  A long-time faculty member in the Physics Department, Fr. Hayn began teaching at Santa Clara in 1955.  The longevity of his career at Santa Clara is marked by the thousands of students who have taken his classes and the hundreds of faculty and staff who have counted him as a friend, colleague and dedicated member of the University community.  If you would like to send Fr. Hayn a note in his retirement, he can be reached at Sacred Heart Jesuit Center, P.O. Box 68, Los Gatos, CA 95031-0068. 

  •  Monday, May. 21, 2012

    Procurement Consolidation Initiative (PCI)

    Dear Colleagues,

    As part of our ongoing commitment to improve operations at Santa Clara University, we are partnering with Loyola Marymount University, University of San Francisco and Seattle University to launch an initiative to analyze our procurement processes, create group purchasing to reduce costs, and improve service to our internal customers.  The President’s Staff is fully committed to this Procurement Consolidation Initiative (PCI) and asks for the collective support, expertise and involvement of our varied internal stakeholders to make it successful. 

    The PCI will be implemented in phases to effectively collect and analyze data, determine needs and then take timely action to expedite obvious benefits.  In the near term, the President’s Staff will create a steering committee to identify and oversee teams that will analyze our procurement strengths, limitations and weaknesses, opportunities and threats (SLOT) across the range of our operations. 

    Once the PCI analysis is fully underway, a consultant supporting the four partner institutions will facilitate implementation to bring about the collective improvements.  The consultant will visit campus and actively engage our stakeholders and leadership team in the process.  This will help ensure that the unique needs and expectations of Santa Clara are balanced and met to the greatest extent possible with those of our partner institutions.

    The PCI is an important opportunity for Santa Clara University to find ways of improving operations, increasing options, and reducing costs.  Our efforts in the coming months will yield valuable recommendations and improvements that will contribute to our competitive advantage as an institution and help us meet the ongoing needs of our faculty, staff and students. 


    Michael E. Engh, S.J.

  •  Monday, May. 21, 2012

    What's Ahead on My Calendar

    • May 22 - Administrative Leaders Meeting
    • May 22 - Open Forum on Shared Governance
    • May 30 - Global Social Benefit Fellows Open House
    • June 1 - Board of Trustees Meeting
    • June 7 - West Coast Conference Presidents' Council Meeting, Idaho
    • June 8 - Senior Toast
    • June 14 - Silicon Valley Leadership Group Quarterly Meeting
    • June 14 - Pan Asian Senior Ceremony
    • June 14 - Pan African Senior Ceremony
    • June 14 - Chicano/Latino Senior Ceremony
    • June 15 - Baccalaureate Liturgy
    • June 15 - Graduate Commencement
    • June 16 - Undergraduate Commencement
  •  Tuesday, Apr. 17, 2012

    I am pleased to announce our distinguished speakers for this year’s graduate and undergraduate commencements. Apple Computer co-founder, Fusion-io chief scientist, and Silicon Valley icon Steve Wozniak will address our graduates at the undergraduate commencement on June 16, and Under Secretary of Education Martha Kanter will be our speaker for the graduate commencement on June 15.

    It is a pleasure to welcome Mr. Wozniak back to campus after his lively presentation for the President’s Speaker Series event in January.  In addition to being one of the original architects of the personal-computing industry, Mr. Wozniak has spent many years supporting educational causes.  His philanthropy goes to efforts that spark a passion for math and science education in grade school students and their teachers, teaching grade school, stressing hands-on learning and encouraging creativity for students. 

    Mr. Wozniak's address will mark the University’s 161st commencement, as well as the centennial celebration for the University’s School of Engineering. Read the press release announcing Mr. Wozniak as commencement speaker.

    Martha Kanter has held the post of under secretary of education in the U.S. Department of Education since 2009.  In her role at the DOE, Kanter oversees policies, programs, and activities related to postsecondary education, adult and career-technical education, and federal student aid. She also oversees five White House initiatives:  for Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders; Hispanics; historically black colleges and universities; tribal colleges and universities; and faith-based and neighborhood partnerships.

    Under Secretary Kanter has served as chancellor of the Foothill-De Anza Community College District; president of DeAnza College; director, dean and vice chancellor for policy and research for the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office in Sacramento; and vice president of instruction at San Jose City College. For more information about Under Secretary Kanter, read the press release.

    At the undergraduate commencement exercises, the University will also award honorary degrees to renowned theologian Michael J. Buckley, S.J. and Mary Somers Edmunds, representative of the pioneering women in undergraduate education at Santa Clara. In this the 50th anniversary of women in undergraduate education, we commemorate the special group who paved the way for women to become a vibrant and integral part of the academic community. 

    Paul van Zyl, CEO of PeaceVentures, will give the commencement address for the School of Law, and Agbonkhianmeghe E. Orobator, S.J. will speak at commencement for the Jesuit School of Theology. Both commencements will be held on May 19.

  •  Tuesday, Apr. 17, 2012

    The recent tragic shootings at Oikos University and the violence last year at San Jose State University have brought great grief. Yesterday SCU commemorated the victims of Virginia Tech with the poignant tribute by Erik Ehn, “What a Stranger May Know.”  The senseless loss of life at these campuses reminds us of the need to renew the University’s commitment to prepare as best we can for emergency situations.  We are refining the crisis communication process on campus, and I need your assistance. I want to remind each of you to please sign up for the SCU Campus Alert Notification System or to update your contact information if you are already enrolled.  SCU Campus Alert is the primary means by which you will be notified in the event of an emergency that affects the campus and surrounding area.

    To enroll or update contact information in SCU Campus Alert, log in to eCampus, select "HR Self-Service" from "My Menu", and click the "SCU Campus Alert Information" link.

    The most recent events of violence stress the importance of the University’s ability to notify the campus community and respond rapidly to emergency situations. Please take the time to register with SCU Campus Alert so that we can help ensure the safety and security of everyone on campus.

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