On Monday, March 19, the University community will celebrate Founder's Day with Mass at 12:05 in the Mission Church. Traditionally, Santa Clara commemorates March 19, the Feast of Saint Joseph, as the day in 1851 when John Nobili, S.J., took possession of Mission Santa Clara as a Jesuit parish and future educational enterprise. Fr. Nobili, our first president, opened the doors to Santa Clara College in May of that same year.
Please join us for our liturgical celebration in the Mission Church, with Michael Zampelli, S.J. presiding. To acknowledge our rich heritage, we will debut a special recording of liturgical music composed by Angelo Affranchino, S.J. (1834-1879), early faculty member at Santa Clara College. The music was recorded in 2012 by the SCU Chamber Singers under the direction of Dr. Ryan Brandau.
What's Ahead on My Calendar
- March 14 - The Katharine and George Alexander Law Prize event
- March 15 - Board of Fellows Meeting
- March 17 - St. Patrick's Day
- March 17 - Friendly Sons of St. Patrick Dinner in LA
- March 19- Founder's Day
- March 22 - LA Santa Claran of the Year in LA
- April 5-7 - Easter Triduum
- April 6-14 - Passover
- April 8 - Easter
- April 14-15 Preview Days
On March 7, three Santa Clara University students participated in the Association of Independent California Colleges & Universities (AICCU) Student Day in the Capitol in Sacramento to speak out on the Governor's proposed Cal Grant cuts. They joined over 500 students and representatives from other independent, non-profit colleges and universities throughout California who shared their stories with legislators and thanked them for their support of the Cal Grant program.
Senior Gustavo Magana Jr. and juniors Gerardo Cortez and Leesa Riviere met with assemblymembers and senators throughout the day and delivered a strong, personal message about the difference the Cal Grant program has made in their education. Among the legislators they met were Assemblymembers Paul Fong, Bob Wieckowski, and Bill Berryhill, and Senators Elaine Alquist, Curran Price, and Anthony Cannella. As part of the planned event, Gustavo addressed a group in front of the Capitol building and gave interviews with several television and radio stations.
That same day, the Assembly Budget Subcommittee voted against the Governor's proposal to cut the Cal Grant maximum award by 44%. The proposal now goes to the State Senate, scheduled for April 19. I thank our students for representing Santa Clara in this important effort to retain Cal Grant funding for independent, non-profit institutions like ours.
In an update to the Planning Action Council this week, the Communication and Collaboration Task Force reported on its progress towards making a set of recommendations on campus-wide tools for improved communication and collaboration. Task force chair, Terri Griffith, reiterated the importance for Santa Clara, located in the heart of Silicon Valley, to provide faculty, staff, and especially our students, with robust and dynamic tools for collaboration.
Since August the task force members have compiled valuable information from the campus community on their needs for a variety of tools including email, calendaring, file-sharing, website creation and voice/chat. Visit the task force blog to find a summary of their findings, an overview of their work, and open discussions on communication and collaboration needs.
Within the coming months the task force is expected to provide a set of recommendations including a recommended vendor with a cost/benefit/risk summary of each vendor; a proposed implementation roadmap; and estimates of infrastucture requirements and training resources to transition the campus to the new platform. This is an important step in the life of our community as we rethink the way we work together and communicate with one another. The transition to new tools and practices holds great promise for all.
This week we received news that Santa Clara has been named to the 2012 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll by the Corporation for National and Community Service. This is the sixth consecutive year that Santa Clara has received the recognition for our support of volunteering, service-learning, and civic engagement. From July 1, 2010 to June 30, 2011, SCU faculty, staff and students have contributed over 119,000 hours of service, a sign of our institutional commitment to community service. We hold the culture of service as a fundamental value that helps define who we are as an institution. Being named to the President's Honor Roll affirms the depth and breadth of that commitment across campus.
Thank you to the faculty, staff and students who have given so generously of their time in service to others. Thank you also to the faculty and staff who encourage and enable our students to engage in the community and make a positive impact.