With this update, let me share with you a short summary of the winter trustee meeting held on February 10.
A critical part of the meeting was the approval of the 2012-2013 budget. Thanks to the University staff and the Trustee Finance Committee, I am pleased that the trustees approved a balanced budget that includes a performance-based merit pay increase of an average 2% for faculty and staff. Also approved in the budget was a minimal increase of 3.5% in the total cost of education. This increase is the result of many deliberations in which trustees emphasized the need to keep the increase as low as possible.
Among other actions taken at the meeting, the board approved two proposals put forward by the Trustee Academic Affairs Committee. The proposed revisions to the Faculty Handbook, which were clarifications of policies related to non-tenure track faculty and other policies, were approved, as was a proposal for a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) in the Department of Education. In addition, the board approved the conferral of degrees for commencement 2012.
Three members of the University gave presentations to the trustees. Mick McCarthy, S.J., Executive Director of the Ignatian Center, opened the meeting with his presentation, “Education as Spiritual Exercises. Part Two: The Early Christian Tradition.” He addressed four fundamental questions from the early Christian tradition: 1) Why are we here? 2) Who is my neighbor? 3) What is commitment? and 4) How do we imagine the life of the world to come? Drawing upon interviews with recent alumni, Fr. McCarthy reminded us of how these questions animate not only our own lives but also the life of Santa Clara University and the students we graduate.
Following Fr. McCarthy’s talk, Rob Gunsalus, Vice President for University Relations, updated the trustees on University Relations planning in preparation for a capital campaign. Godfrey Mungal, Dean of the School of Engineering, then presented an overview of the school’s centennial and its many and varied activities. As part of the regular business meeting, Trustee committee chairs, the Faculty Senate Council president Bill Greenwalt and Associated Student Government president Courtney Seymour reported out on the activities of their respective groups.
Before the close of the meeting, we bade farewell to longtime trustee Rupert Johnson. Effective at the winter meeting, Mr. Johnson retired from the board after twenty years of service marked by impressive work on the Trustee Investment Committee. As a parting gift to thank him for his dedicated and gracious service, the board presented him with a small version of the St. Ignatius statue installed on the St. Ignatius Lawn.
Following the meeting, Faculty Senate Council members joined trustees over lunch, a first of what I hope will be many opportunities for faculty, staff and students to meet and engage with our trustees.
Michael E. Engh, S.J.
“For only one hour a week, you can change the life of a child.”
The Silicon Valley Leadership Group (SVLG) is reaching out to its members encouraging us to participate in the program, 1000 Hearts for 1000 Minds, to inspire our Valley’s students. As a member of SVLG, Santa Clara University is a prime source of volunteers who can make a difference in the education of young people in our community. Launched by SVLG, along with the City of San Jose, and endorsed by the Cities Association of Santa Clara County, 1000 Hearts for 1000 Minds endeavors to narrow the achievement gap in Silicon Valley by leveraging the creative energy of our workforce and residents – the world’s most innovative workforce and residents – to support our students who are struggling most in the core areas of literacy, math and science. The objective is to find 1000 caring adult volunteers to serve as tutors and mentors to 1000 K-8 public school students.
1000 Hearts for 1000 Minds makes it easy to turn a small amount of time into a big impact. Volunteers are asked to commit as little as one hour a week for as few as 8-12 weeks. For more information about how you can help to transform the educational trajectory of 1000 Silicon Valley students, visit www.hearts4minds.org or contact Natasha Baker at firstname.lastname@example.org, 408-501-7874.
Last week I was pleased to learn that Chris Kitts, associate professor of Mechanical Engineering, received the "2011 Outstanding Faculty Member and Network Contributor" award from the Kern Family Foundation. This award is a testament to the Kern Foundation's high regard for Chris, his research and his commitment to the Kern Entrepreneurship Education Network (KEEN) program. Santa Clara University has received two multi-year grants from KEEN to establish an entrepreneurial mindset in 100% of Santa Clara's undergraduate engineers. Chris has served as Santa Clara's principle investigator on the grant awards, and he and his colleagues in Engineering and Business have worked over the past three years on numerous initiatives.
I congratulate Chris for this personal recognition and the recognition that he has brought to Santa Clara. I also applaud all who contributed to Santa Clara's KEEN initiatives that advance our curriculum in interdisciplinary entrepreneurship.
Michael E. Engh, S.J.
Dear Faculty, Staff and Students,
Please join me for the annual State of the University, which will be held on Wednesday, February 15, at 4:00 p.m. in the Mission Church. I invite and encourage you to attend this event as we review past accomplishments, current challenges and future plans for fulfilling our vision for Santa Clara University.
This is one of two events in the year when all faculty, staff and students are invited to gather as a community. In October, we welcome in the new year with the Mass of the Holy Spirit, asking for guidance in our academic endeavors. The State of the University, traditionally held in February, gives the community an opportunity to reflect on where we have been, what we have achieved, and what lies ahead as we work towards our aspirations for Santa Clara University.
Michael E. Engh, S.J.
What's Ahead on My Calendar
- January 25 - Faculty Publications Reception
- January 26 - President's Speaker Series with Steve Wozniak
- January 27-29 - AJCU/ACCU Meeting in Washington, DC
- January 31 - Administrative Leaders Group Meeting
- February 1 - Graduate Theological Union Council of Presidents Meeting
- February 3 - Board of Regents Meeting
- February 8 - Faculty Senate Meeting
- February 10 - Board of Trustees Meeting
- February 11 - Golden Circle Theatre Party
- February 15 - State of the University
- February 15 - Santa Clara Lecture with Catherine Cornille
- February 16 - Budget Forum
- February 18 - SCU vs. BYU Men's Basketball Game