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Fr. O’Brien on SCU: Six Thoughts for Six Months

As we embark on a new year together, I wanted to take a moment to look back and share six things I’ve learned about Santa Clara in my first six months:
  • Bronco red is really my color—and I have a whole new wardrobe of shirts, sweaters, pullovers, and even shoes to prove it.
  • The progress we’ve made is just the beginning. Santa Clara’s reputation continues to grow every year with early applications up over 20% from last year.
  • With the steel rising, the new Sobrato Campus for Discovery and Innovation is REALLY big and is already transforming the heart of our campus.
  • The Hut is much cleaner and brighter than I had heard!
  • Our students are so kind, committed, talented, and fun to be around.
  • We have such a strong Bronco family. Our alumni are enthusiastic about Santa Clara and your commitment to this University inspires me every day.
I look forward to an amazing 2020 with you! — Kevin O’Brien, S.J.

Alumni News

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Let’s Get Reading

Kick start your reading resolution this New Year by engaging with Broncos across the globe through our virtual Alumni Book Club. Grab a copy of Maybe You Should Talk to Someone by Lori Gottlieb and join the conversation in a private online forum reserved exclusively for the Bronco community.

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Back by Popular Demand

The Alumni Travel Program is headed back to Ashland, Oregon this summer! Join theatre professor Aldo Billingslea and University Relations Chaplain Jack Treacy, S.J. ’77 for a unique Santa Clara experience. See some shows, talk with the actors, and explore the Ashland area. Grab your spot today »

Last Call for Nominations

We are looking for leaders like YOU to ensure the Alumni Association is serving all Broncos. Interested in helping us achieve that goal? Wherever you are in the world, you can help shape the future of alumni at SCU. Submit your self-nomination for the Alumni Board of Directors by Jan. 15, 2020.

Rest in Peace Jack Going ’49

With heavy hearts we share news of the passing of E. Jackson (Jack) Going, Jr. ’49. A founding member of the Board of Fellows, Jack was instrumental in leading the reroute of The Alameda in the late 1980s. A funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 11 at Mission Santa Clara. A private family interment will follow.

Social Media Spotlight

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Roll Call: What Residence Hall Did You Live In?

We’re taking attendance! Which residence hall did you live in when you were a student at Santa Clara? Weigh in on Facebook and let’s see which building gets the most responses—we’ll report back in the next issue of Bronco Connect. And, follow us on social media to discover more great reasons to love SCU.

Santa Clara Magazine

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Working in Shining Lights

Magic. Naima Fonrose ’20 helped make it nightly in her summer internship at the Tonight Show. Yeah, THAT Tonight ShowJoin Naima on her New York City journey »

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Space to Breathe

What a scholarship means to a student: room to grow, time to learn, space to breathe. See the impact it had on Skylar Adams ’20 in this Santa Clara Magazine short story.

Alumni Events

San Francisco: Pregame Tailgate and Men’s Basketball

Sport your Santa Clara red and cheer on the Broncos as they take on USF.

Santa Clara Valley: Young Adult Dinner and Mass

Meet for dinner followed by Mass in the Mission.

Santa Clara Valley: Annual Pasta Feed

Enjoy delicious food, craft beers, games, and activities for Broncos of all ages at this fun family-friendly event.

Central Coast: 46th Annual Dinner

Enjoy food, drinks, and camaraderie at this fun event with special guest Jack Treacy, S.J. ’77.

Fresno: Meet the President

Meet University President Kevin O’Brien, S.J., celebrate SCU, and envision our shared future together.

University News

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Save the date for a LinkedIn Live conversation about “What is Silicon Valley’s Path Forward with Affordable Housing?” on Jan. 21 from 11-11:30 a.m. This episode of InsideSCU, the third of the interactive online series, will explore the University’s role in finding solutions to this critical issue afflicting the Bay Area and beyond.

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Choose Hope in 2020

In a recent op-ed in the San Francisco Chronicle, University President Kevin O’Brien, S.J., champions hope over optimism. He reminds us that “hope is a choice that we make each day, a commitment that endures even when we don’t feel so hopeful.” Read more and be inspired »

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A Fresh Take

More than 30 years ago the de Saisset Museum opened a space dedicated to telling the history of California. But what happens when untold stories emerge and new voices need to be heard? Opportunity. Get a sneak peek at the museum’s newly redesigned permanent exhibit: California Stories from Thámien to Santa Clara »

Training Wheels

For a human, it’s easy to tell where a well-trodden path meets the surrounding terrain, but for a robot, those variations are far more significant. Learn how Kristi Nguyen ’21 used thousands of photographs (and the right algorithm) to help robots see »

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