Santa Clara University

from the editor

New look for magazine

After months of work, including our recent readership survey, we are proud to debut a fully redesigned Santa Clara Magazine. We have always taken pride in our award-winning design. After six years of the previous format, we decided that it was time to freshen up the look of the publication.

The magazine is the primary means by which SCU communicates with alumni, parents, and friends of the University, so we want to make sure the message is delivered in a way that is easy to read and attractive, too. We welcome your feedback.

Our cover story highlights a great source of pride for Santa Clara University. Francisco Jiménez '66, the Fay Boyle Professor in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at SCU, is also an award-winning author who was recently named one of four U.S. Professors of the Year by the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. His life story is one of passion, determination, and perseverance. Read an excerpt from his book, Breaking Through.

A university that is more than 150 years old has seen a lot of change, including the courses that SCU students have been required to take over the years. SCU history Professor Robert Senkewicz, chair of the Core Curriculum Committee, explores the many ways the curriculum has evolved in the past century-and-a-half and how the changes highlight the values of this Jesuit University.

One key value of SCU its strength of community, which is quite evident each Sunday night at Mass. SCU senior Erin Ryan describes the uplifting experience of the 10 p.m. Mass in Mission Santa Clara.

As a member of our community, you play an important role in this magazine. Not only do we seek out your news, feedback, advice, and story ideas by way of e-mails, letters, and surveys, we also ask for your financial support each year. Reader donations really do keep this magazine running. In fact, we rely on your donations for nearly 25 percent of our operating costs.

For those of you who have already made a contribution this year, we thank you. For those who haven't, please consider making a donation-no matter the amount. All gifts are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowable by law.

Sincerely,

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Adam Breen, Editor

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