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President Paul Locatelli, S.J. says diverse community shapes SCU's educational mission
Tuesday, Sep. 16, 2003
SANTA CLARA, Calif., Sept. 16, 2003 — As Santa Clara University prepared to begin a new school year, President Paul Locatelli, S.J., asked faculty, staff and students to examine if Santa Clara was living up to the best of its traditions.
In a morning speech entitled "Achieving Excellence: The Education of the Whole Person" Locatelli said that the diverse and pluralistic community at Santa Clara University had shaped a distinctive educational mission. "The education of the whole person has been the ideal of Jesuit colleges and universities from the time of Ignatius of Loyola in the 1500s," he said.
The convocation address at today marked the beginning of Locatelli’s 15th academic year as SCU president. He reminded SCU staff and faculty assembled in Mayer Theatre that education at Santa Clara retains the orientation of an ethical education found in the Renaissance humanist schools. "It (SCU) strives for the intellectual rigor, critical thinking, and scholarly and professional excellence represented in the American research university, because academic excellence in research and teaching are critical to solving the complex problems the world faces,"he said.
Locatelli said that the teaching scholars who made up the SCU faculty serve as mentors, advisors and examples of what students at
The fall term for undergraduate students and all graduate programs except the
For the complete text of President Locatelli's speech, visit www.scu.edu/president