Santa Clara University

Office of the President

President's Updates

  •  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.

  •  Monday, Apr. 16, 2012

    What's Ahead on My Calendar

    • April 19 - 49ers Stadium Groundbreaking
    • April 20 - Inauguration of Dr. Qayoumi as President of San Jose State University
    • April 22 - Bergin Society Mass and Brunch
    • April 23 - Annual Media Relations Luncheon
    • April 25 - DeNardo Lecture with Abraham Verghese, M.D.
    • April 26 - Bronco Bench Golf Tournament in LA
    • April 28 - 50th Anniversary of Women Luncheon
    • April 28 - Alumni Anniversary Awards Mass and Dinner
    • May 4 - JST Board of Directors Meeting
    • May 9 - Military Science President's Awards
    • May 19 - Law School Commencement
    • May 19 - JST Commencement
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