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94,000 Alumni, 50 States, 100+ Countries, 200+ Events

As stewards of the Santa Clara Family, the goal of the Alumni Association is to keep you connected, passionate, and proud of our University and each other. We invite you to check out highlights in the 2015–16 annual report of hundreds of events and programs we hosted to keep you engaged with Santa Clara in a way that is meaningful to you. We also invite you to submit your feedback and let us know if there is any way we can better serve you.

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A Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion

At our November meeting, the Alumni Association Board of Directors discussed the University’s commitment to fostering a more diverse and inclusive environment. Stemming from that conversation, we feel it's essential to share SCU's ongoing efforts in this important area with all alumni. University President Michael E. Engh, S.J. recently expressed support for vulnerable individuals through a letter to campus as well as a statement from the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities. Faculty, staff, and students participated in a campus walkout in solidarity with undocumented students and a letter was published in The Santa Clara authored by SCU Alumni for Liberation to support students affected by recent bias incidents on campus. The Office of Multicultural Learning is hosting a series of Difficult Dialogues dedicated to discussions of identity and inclusion, and students continue to share their recommendations through ongoing Unity 4 efforts. The Alumni Association also continues to support and create safe and inclusive spaces for all SCU alumni. Opportunities for engagement include the Asian Pacific Islander, African American, and Chicano Latino Chapters and our growing LGBTQ+ Network. Across our nation and on our campus, Santa Clara University seeks to build unity and express care and concern for all members of our community, especially those who have experienced anything less than respect as a child of God.

Alumni News

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In Service to Others

A dozen SCU graduates, including Jenna Lipman ’16, a Board of Directors Service Award recipient, recently embarked on a journey of full-time service with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps (JVC) and JVC Northwest to help improve local communities by addressing significant social issues. Meet the volunteers and learn more about JVC »

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A Toast to the Holidays

Make your holidays distinctive with limited edition, SCU-labeled wines from the Mission Wine Collection. Gift them to friends and family or serve them at special holiday gatherings. Purchase yours today. Proceeds benefit current SCU students through the Alumni Family Scholarship program.

Beyond Innovation: Manila and Hong Kong

This January University President Michael E. Engh, S.J., continues a worldwide tour to share a bold vision for Jesuit values in Silicon Valley. He will be in Manila on Jan. 5 and Hong Kong on Jan. 9 to speak about exciting innovations from SCU thought leaders. Join the conversation and reconnect with friends by registering for these events »

How to Be a Changemaker

Everyone has the potential to change the world says Nilofer Merchant MBA ’00. The key is “onlyness,” which is found at the intersection of power and opportunity. Find out what she means »

Merry Christmas from Alumni Relations

"We believe a strong Santa Clara Family makes the world a better place. With the holidays upon us, we are more grateful than ever for your passion for the University, your lifelong connections to each other, and the difference you make in the world every day. With deep appreciation and cheerful hearts, we wish you and your families a joyful Christmas season."
— Kathy Kale '86, Assistant Vice President, Alumni Relations

Illuminate: SCU's Thought Leader Blog

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Illuminate Website 2.0

We are excited to share the new and improved Illuminate website. We’ve made updates to the navigation—including a new “search by topic” feature and a search bar—design enhancement, and better integration with the University’s website. Check out the new site »

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Don’t Try This at Home

As we kick-off the Christmas season, reruns of holiday movie classics like Home Alone begin to play on our TVs. Despite the movie’s warm family values and comic relief, some of the pranks are quite dangerous. Physics Professor Phil Kesten investigates just how dangerous »

Santa Clara Magazine

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Welcome to Wonderland

Editor Steven Boyd Saum on observing elections near and far. Our tale: God Bless America, hell freezes over, and prayers for the dead.

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A Great Run

An upset over Stanford allowed the unseeded SCU Women's Soccer team to advance as far as the quarterfinals in the 2016 NCAA tournament »

Alumni Events

Sacramento: Annual Christmas Reception

Celebrate the holidays and enjoy the lights of the “Fab 40s” neighborhood.

Boston: Alumni for Others at Rosie's Place

Provide a warm meal to women struggling with homelessness and poverty.

Los Angeles: Alumni for Others Tutoring at St. Bernard High School

Help eighth graders prepare for the Catholic high school placement test.

Alumni Association: Advent Afternoon of Reflection

Rob Scholla, S.J., leads a reflection on the gifts of our God through scripture, poetry, and religious art.

University News

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A Zero-Waste Campus

Over the past four years, SCU has seen a 43-percent increase in waste diversion from landfills. Find out what’s driving this effort and learn some tips to apply in your own home or office.

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Passion or a Paycheck?

Dean Ku, assistant director of SCU’s Career Center, shares thoughts on how to pursue your dreams without sacrificing the bottom line. Read more »

Theology in Dialogue with a Beautiful and Broken World

Kevin O’Brien, S.J., new dean of the Jesuit School of Theology, talks about where he came from, what motivates him, and why theology matters in our contemporary world. Learn more »

A Bloodless Coup

When challenged to create a non-invasive portable glucose monitor for less than $100, two students rose to the challenge, developing the top-performing device. Learn more about their prototype and what happens next »

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