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A happy homecoming
Classes have begun, which means there are lots of new faces and fresh expectations on campus to start the 2003-04 school year. I'm thrilled to be one of those new faces as I officially join the Santa Clara University alumni relations team. It is truly an honor and privilege to be back on campus and part of such a special group.
First and foremost, please join me in congratulating Paul Neilan '70, associate director of alumni relations as he celebrates his 25th anniversary with the University this fall. Paul is the cornerstone of the Alumni Association and continues to provide strength, knowledge, and wisdom to our organization year after year. His tireless efforts, passion for Santa Clara, and extensive relationships with alumni of all ages are unique gifts for which we are truly grateful. Thank you Paul, for your years of service and for pouring your heart and soul into SCU.
I would also like to welcome Pete Sclafani '99, our newest assistant director of Alumni Relations. Pete will be the primary liaison with the Pacific Northwest, Hawaii, Academic, and Ethnic alumni chapters as well as Senior Student Programs and the Student Alumni Association.
Tell us what you want
With change comes renewal for some but uncertainty for others. As we continue to evolve our alumni relations efforts, please know my goals are to respect the past while embracing the future, and to honor traditions while creating new ones for future Bronco generations. Very soon, we will ask what you want from your alumni association and then focus on how to deliver the programs and events that meet your needs and expectations. Only by hearing from you directly can we determine how best to serve the SCU alumni community. Thank you in advance for participating in our future market research efforts.
Stay in touch
I hope to meet many of you at local gatherings over the next six months and encourage each of you to find a way to reconnect with Santa Clara. Please visit our Web site at www.scu.edu/alumni/ to find out what alumni activities are going on in your city. Or visit campus to see what's new, attend a workshop, or cheer one of our Bronco athletic teams on to victory. And if you haven't already done so, sign up for the Alumni Online Community at www.alumniconnections.com/santaclara/. You can keep in touch with classmates and the Online Community is a great resource for personal and professional networking. We will make some significant improvements to this service over the next several months, including the ability to publish class notes online, post your resume or a job listing to other alumni, and participate in career networking/advisory exchanges to obtain help from or provide help to other alumni in your field. These benefits are free of charge so I encourage you to take advantage of them.
Speaking of events, the 20th Annual Vintage Santa Clara was held on Sept. 7. With more than 1,500 alumni and friends attending and 69 vendors serving food and drink, it was our biggest and best wine festival yet. Special thanks to Nancy Nino '96, our dedicated Vintage Santa Clara XX committee, and all the volunteers who helped make this day a runaway success. We raised more than $30,000 to support alumni family programs and specifically the Alumni Family Scholarship Fund, which is distributed annually by the Alumni Association to current students whose parents or grandparents attended Santa Clara.
Lastly, I would like to thank Jerry Kerr '61 for his leadership, guidance, and unwavering support for this University. He is a mentor, role model, and friend and I look forward to continuing the legacy he leaves for all of us.
See you soon!
Kathy Kale '86