Santa Clara University

From Donohoe Alumni House 

Getting back to campus

Kathy Kale

Happy New Year! I hope your 2004 brings hope, joy, and fulfillment. We love to have alumni here on campus and one of the best ways to entice you back is through your class reunion.

For the last three years, Santa Clara has hosted one Grand Reunion/Homecoming weekend in June. However, after thorough analysis by our office staff, feedback from alumni, and approval from the President's Office, we are moving reunions and homecomings back to a split spring/fall model in 2004 for the following reasons:

  • Alumni have indicated that June is a difficult time to attend reunions due to weddings, graduations, and family vacations.
  • The June model does not allow for student involvement, which many of you have requested as part of your reunion/homecoming on-campus experience.
  • The June model dramatically limits accessibility of faculty and other academic staff for coordinating "Back to the Classroom" programs for you and your families.

With that feedback in mind, Spring Homecoming will take place on the weekend of May 21-23 (with reunions for the classes of 1979, '84, '89, '94, and '99.) Fall Homecoming will be held on the weekend of Oct. 15-17 (with reunions for the Gianera Society and the classes of 1954, '59, '64, '69, and '74.)

All alumni are encouraged to attend Homecoming activities, and those of you with 2004 reunions should have already received your "save the date" card in the mail. You will receive a formal reunion invitation and details about weekend events as the events draw near. If you would like more information or are interested in serving on your reunion committee, please call us at 408-554-6800 or e-mail alumupdate@scu.edu .

Hall of Fame

The Nov. 19, 2003 Athletic Hall of Fame dinner at Leavey Center was truly a special occasion. Through emotional and heartfelt acceptance speeches, each athlete expressed his or her appreciation of Santa Clara by recognizing the importance of their athletic/educational experience and its impact on their lives. For a recap of the event, see this page.

Staying connected

As promised in the previous issue, we have made some improvements to your online alumni experience. The SCU Alumni Association site, www.scu.edu/alumni , has not only undergone a format change, but we've also updated the layout and content to make it more intuitive and user-friendly. As always, we welcome your feedback, so let us know what you think at alumupdate@scu.edu.

We have also added the first of several new features to the Online Community (www.alumniconnections.com/santaclara/ ), which is your source for keeping in touch with classmates and personal/professional networking. Specifically, we have added "Class Notes" in the left navigation bar. This feature allows you to post class notes in real time to the Online Community so your friends always stay up-to-date. These notes will also forward to the Santa Clara Magazine editor and may be included as part of this quarterly publication.

Also in the Online Community, as part of our member services, you now have the opportunity to set your preferences for e-mail communications. This will allow you to customize the information you receive from the Alumni Association. Check it out!

We will make additional improvements to our site and the Online Community over the next few months, so log on often to see what's new.

I continue to look forward to meeting you at local gatherings and at our upcoming Homecoming/Reunion weekends.

Go Broncos!

kathy kale

Kathy Kale '86

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