President's Coffee Sessions
Three coffee sessions for faculty and staff remain during the winter quarter. The sessions are opportunities to meet with me and and a small gathering of your colleagues in an informal setting with no specific agenda items. If you have not attended a session in the past and would like to attend one this quarter, please contact Anne McMahon in the President's Office. Each session is held in the President's Dining Room in Adobe Lodge.
Staff sessions are scheduled for:
Faculty sessions are scheduled for:
- February 3, 9:00-10:00 a.m.
- February 23, 4:00-5:00 p.m.
Reminder – Immigration Mass
Last week I sent a message to all of you inviting you to attend a special joint Mass with the theme, "The Jesuit Family Welcomes the Stranger." The Mass will be held on February 5 at 2 p.m. at Most Holy Trinity Church in San Jose, followed by a reception. At the Mass, members and friends of the various Jesuit institutions will listen to immigrant speakers, to learn, and to re-dedicate ourselves, through prayer and advocacy, to comprehensive and just immigration reform. Immigration reform is an issue that affects us all - in education, in our faith communities and in our workplace. I hope you consider my invitation to attend the liturgy and celebrate with our many members and friends.
Update on NCAA Review of SCU Intercollegiate Athletics
The NCAA requires a decennial review of all Division I intercollegiate athletic programs, at the conclusion of which the NCAA will certify a school's program, certify it with conditions, or deny certification. The process for review of Santa Clara's programs is underway and will culminate in an NCAA decision in winter or spring of 2012. In two previous cycles of the review, the NCAA certified the University's athletic programs without conditions.
The critical part of this review is the University's preparation of a self-study, using a self-study instrument prescribed by the NCAA. The instrument articulates Operating Principles with which the athletic programs must comply in the areas of governance, commitment to rules compliance, academic integrity, gender and racial diversity, and student-athlete welfare. With respect to each of these areas, the University must respond to a series of questions designed to elicit information about whether its athletic programs comply with those Operating Principles.
A University Committee charged with preparing the self-study welcomes your comments about or contributions to the self-study as to any of the questions contained in the self-study instrument. To view the instrument visit the website at http://www.santaclarabroncos.com/information/Self-study_instrument.pdf. Please submit your comments or contributions by using the form provided at http://www.scu.edu/athletics/NCAA_Self-Study no later than the first week in March if they are to be meaningfully considered by the Committee preparing the self-study. Thank you very much for your assistance in this important self-study.
Save the Date – State of the University
On February 16 at 4:00 p.m. in the Mission Church, I will give the annual State of the University Address. Each year in my address, I share with the community our past accomplishments, present challenges, and priorities for the future. This year is of great import as we expect the Board of Trustees to approve the Strategic Plan at its meeting on February 11. The priorities set forth in the plan build on and enhance our legacy as a leader of Jesuit, Catholic educational excellence. They provide an aspirational framework that will inform and guide our future work.
The following day, on February 17 at 12:00 p.m. in the California Mission Room, Bob Warren will hold the annual Budget Forum. Bob will brief the University community on the budget for Fiscal Year 2012 as approved by the Board of Trustees. Please mark your calendars to attend both the State of the University on February 16 at 4:00 p.m. and the Budget Forum on February 17 at noon.
WASC EER Visit
The last step in the WASC Re-Accreditation process nears as the WASC team visits campus for the Educational Effectiveness Review on February 7-9. Faculty and staff are invited to attend open meetings on February 8 at 3:15-4:00 p.m. The meeting for faculty will be held in Lucas Hall Room 126; the staff meeting will be in the Williman Room. The University community also is invited to attend the exit meeting in Lucas Hall on Wednesday, February 9 at 11:30 a.m. at which the chair of the WASC team will give an overview of the team's commendations and recommendations. I hope you make plans to attend the open sessions and learn the outcomes of the visit.