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A Bundle of Holiday Events

Add a spark of joy to your holidays with a collection of virtual programs that celebrate the spirit of the season. Whether you’re looking for activities to feed your soul—or your belly—opportunities to give back, or new ways to enjoy time with friends and family, we’ve got options for you. Check out the bundle of happenings we’ve curated to help keep you feeling merry and bright »


Alumni News

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Peace and Renewal

The challenges of 2020 have left an imprint upon our lives. In this year’s holiday letter, Dr. Melina Johnson ’01, MA ’03, president of the Alumni Association Board of Directors, shares a hopeful message for our future and encourages us to become involved in the healing and growth of our local community and beyond.

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Pour Some Holiday Cheer

The holidays may be quieter this year, but we can still take time to count our blessings. Enjoy a glass from the Mission Wine Collection or send a gift to friends and family so you can toast together. Grab a Collector’s Pack or mix and match your favorites. Proceeds support of the Alumni Family Scholarship program.

Build a Better Bronco Community

We need leaders like YOU to help ensure the Alumni Association is serving all Broncos. No matter where you are in the world, we can use your enthusiasm, dedication, and creativity to build a stronger alumni community. Submit your self-nomination for the Alumni Board of Directors by Jan. 17, 2021.

New Year, New Read

Start off 2021 with a new and riveting read: Maria Konnikova’s award-winning tale, The Biggest Bluff: How I Learned to Pay Attention, Master Myself, and Win. Grab a copy of the book (or gift one to a friend), join the Alumni Book Club, and log on to our exclusive online forum Jan. 7 - March 4 to share your thoughts with fellow Bronco readers.


Spiritual Growth

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A Gentle Christmas

Advent is a season of penance. But what does “penance” really mean? It is not punishment, writes Art Liebscher, S.J. ’69, M. Div. ’84 JST, S.T.M. ’86 JST but instead “clearing the way to reach what we want and need.” This Advent, Fr. Liebscher encourages us to look beyond the holiday traditions of gift giving to ponder instead “what our hearts truly desire.”

Daily Advent Prayers

Prepare for the coming of our Savior by embarking on a spiritual journey with members of the Jesuit School of Theology and the SCU community. Subscribe now to receive daily Advent reflections in your inbox through Dec. 24 as you wait with us in joyful hope.

Request a Prayer

’Tis the season to practice gratitude and turn our minds to those in need. Submit a prayer request to the Mission Church Book of Prayers to offer up intentions for yourself or others.

Spirituality, Exploration, and Retirement

Let 2021 offer you a new beginning. If you are retired or nearing retirement, the Ignatian Legacy Fellowship program can offer a unique opportunity to enhance your life’s experience. Join a cohort of spiritually curious individuals on a yearlong transformational journey to create an intentional and meaningful retirement. Learn more »


Santa Clara Magazine

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On the Table, In Books

If we are what we eat, what does the food we read about say about us? In his new book, Scott Pollard ’81 goes on a culinary journey through children’s books »

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How We Return to Work

Jesuit values spark lobbying efforts for employee call-back programs to support those most at risk of facing long-term, pandemic-induced financial pain.


Virtual Events

Jan
21
Expert Series: Self-Care and Mental Wellness

Broncos who are trained therapists and wellness professionals share ways to manage stress and reduce anxiety.

Feb
11
Expert Series: Beer Education

Celebrate San Francisco Beer Week with Broncos in the industry! Learn tips about tasting and selecting the best beers for you.

Mar
4
Expert Series: Decluttering Your Love Life

Candice Jalili ’15, author of Just Send the Text, shares steps for letting go of dating-related stress and anxiety.


University News

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Wheels of Change

SCU sophomore Kevin Barber ’23 was 15 when he watched a TED Talk that changed his life. Inspired by a program to help the unhoused in Albuquerque, N.M., Barber launched “Wheels of Change” in 2018. This year, the program is on track to give work to 5,200 unhoused people in San Diego. Read Barber’s moving story »

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Community, Opportunity

With students continuing to take classes remotely this fall, Santa Clara University faculty are using new and engaging methods as they adapt in-person curricula to an online format. For Molly King, associate professor of sociology, the experience has given her new insights into her teaching. Find out what she learned »

Illuminate: Holidays at a Distance

Treasure your connections. That’s the advice offered by John Farnsworth, SCU professor emeritus, as he anticipates an unusually small and quiet holiday season this year. Read on »

Conversations on Diversity in Silicon Valley

With a commitment to driving social justice in Silicon Valley, SCU is hosting a series of frank and critical webinar conversations on diversity. On Dec. 10 at 1 p.m. PST, join Shellye Archambeau, author of Unapologetically Ambitious: Take Risks, Break Barriers and Create Success on Your Own Terms, as she talks about the successes and challenges of her professional journey with University President Kevin O’Brien, S.J. Register now »

Career Boost

Changing jobs or careers can be daunting, especially amidst a global pandemic. But, never fear! SCU’s Career Center has created a suite of quick videos on relevant topics—like how to ace a virtual interview—to help you hone your skills and take the next step on your career journey.


Alumni Benefits

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Don’t just shop local, shop Bronco! If you have gifts to buy for the holidays, why not support a Bronco Business? From wine to wellness and everything in between, you can find a perfect present and help a fellow alumnus, too.
 

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University Credit Union is excited to offer a special promotion to all UCU credit card holders! For a limited time, you can earn 5% cash back this holiday season when you shop at select online retailers. That’s in addition to the everyday rewards points you receive on the SCU Rewards Credit Card. Learn more and take advantage of this exclusive promotion by applying today.

 

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