Thank-you notes

Thank-you notes
Photo by Charles Barry
by Steven Boyd Saum |
Photo by Charles Barry

How do you begin to thank someone who made your education possible? On commencement day, there are plenty of messages for moms and dads and folks who’ve brought new grads up through the world. But of course the whole shebang starts long before then, and it carries on. So, in this space where members of the campus community generally opine on a matter of great import, we thought this time around, with gratitude as our theme, why not let a few students offer some messages of thanks to all of you who’ve given time and treasure and care to sustain this place? Here are their words, written on a giant thank-you card this May, as part of a festive day they call Sprinksgiving, which recognizes that, without the culture of philanthropy (to coin a phrase) nurturing this place, we would sorely miss things like scholarships, libraries, athletics, schools of arts and science, business and law, engineering and theology, education and counseling psychology, etc., etc., etc. Not to mention sending students out into the world, to places near and far.

A word of thanks: Students share their messages of thanks to donors.

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Spring 2014

Table of contents


Radiant house

Building a house for the 2013 Solar Decathlon. That, and changing the world.

Américas cuisine

Telling a delicious tale of food and family with chef David Cordúa ’04.

Lessons from the field

Taut and tranquil moments in Afghanistan—an essay in words and images.

Mission Matters

Carried with compassion

The Dalai Lama’s first visit to Santa Clara.

Farther afield

Building safer houses in Ecuador. Research on capuchin monkeys in Costa Rica. Helping empower girls in The Gambia. And this is just the beginning for the Johnson Scholars Program.

What connects us

The annual State of the University address, including some fabulous news for the arts and humanities. And the announcement of Santa Clara 2020, a new vision for the University.