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Productivity and service
We want your stories of unsung alumni heroes.
I write this article in the shadow of two important spring events on the Santa Clara campus—the inauguration of Michael E. Engh, S.J. as our new University President in April and the 2009 Alumni Anniversary Awards dinner in May. Both occasions reflect the very best of our Santa Clara community. At the Mass proceeding Fr. Engh’s inauguration ceremony, California Provincial John P. McGarry, S.J., quoted Paul’s letter to Timothy in the New Testament: “The aim of Christian Ministry is to produce love, freely flowing from the heart.” And an aim of a Jesuit education, he said,
is to call forth the gifts…from the students who come here to learn, so that they will develop those gifts and produce more love, more understanding, more knowledge, more service, more good, for the world in which they live.
Intelligence and compassion. Knowledge and Love. Mind and heart together, and only together will lead us to the aim of Jesuit education, to do what this university sets out to do: graduate young people of conscience, competence and compassion!
As I reflect on Fr. McGarry’s words, as well as the good works of those honored at the Anniversary Awards Dinner, I am deeply moved by what makes our University and our Santa Clara Family so special.
A Santa Clara University education provides men and women with the knowledge to make a difference and the hearts to want to do so. Our hope is that our students (and future alumni) will take all their Santa Clara experiences out into the world and, as Fr. McGarry suggests, “produce more love.”
The measure of our success in fulfilling this mission is manifested in the deeds of our current alumni (and former students). During my six years as part of the Alumni Association staff, I have been inspired and overwhelmed by the many alumni who are indeed making a real difference in their communities and around the world.
Some of their stories get told in this publication four times a year. Others are celebrated annually through the bestowment of the Ignatian Award, the purpose of which is to publicly recognize alumni who have been a credit to the Alumni Association and the University through outstanding achievement in their service to humanity.
But there are so many more stories that never get told. Every day, there are Santa Clara men and women who are bringing honor and distinction to the University through service to those in need. And demonstrating every day what it truly means to be a Bronco. So I’m asking for your help.
The Alumni Association was founded on April 27, 1881. In recognition of this important date and our Jesuit heritage, we are designating April as our National Month of Service. In addition to encouraging all alumni to get involved locally each April, we also want to identify and highlight the many unsung alumni heroes who are making a difference in the world and whose good works may otherwise go unnoticed.
Our goal is to gather your community volunteer stories and photos so our entire Santa Clara Family can take pride in and be inspired by your efforts. We will post a selection of these projects on our website throughout the year and publish a major online celebration in April in recognition of our National Month of Service.
To share your stories and pictures, find out more about the National Month of Service, and identify opportunities for volunteering, please visit our Alumni for Others (AFO) web site at www.scu.edu/afo.
Also, if there is someone you would like recommend for the Ignatian Award (which will be presented in April 2010), a nomination form can be found online at: www.scu.edu/ignatianaward. Now more than ever, we need to reach out and share our gifts with those less fortunate. Thank you to all our Broncos who are indeed “producing more love, more understanding, more knowledge, more service, and more good, for the world in which we live.”