Grand Reunion News
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Friday, Oct. 25, 2013
As we continue to bask in the afterglow as well as the accolades that continue to pour in after what was truly a fantastic weekend, those of us in the Alumni Office can’t help but feel proud of what we have managed to pull off, not just this year, but also the preceding four. You see, what we just celebrated a couple of weekends ago was the fifth incarnation of Grand Reunion and the final year of our first five-year cycle! That means ALL of our alumni have had the opportunity to celebrate Santa Clara together as a family during the second weekend in October, and next year, we will welcome back the reunion classes with whom we kicked off this endeavor.
For the reasons outlined above, and more that we will share below, this year’s Grand Reunion was pretty special. Here are a few highlights:
• Former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice kicking off the weekend with a riveting, sold out speech in Mayer Theatre.
• “Elvis” rocking out that same Mayer Theatre and getting the ladies all shook up during the “Tribute to the King” performance on Friday night, sponsored by SCU Presents.
• Alumni furrowing their brows in concentration as they tried to decide between three fabulous giveaway choices (though the fleece blanket soon emerged as a crowd favorite).
• Spirited karaoke renditions of “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” and “Bye Bye Bye” being performed by brave attendees during the “Broncos Meeting Broncos” singles mixer.
• The women of the class of 1968 (The first group of women to attend SCU for all four years) oohing and aahing during their special tour of the newly remodeled Graham dorm, which looks quite different from the all-women’s dorm they lived in 45+ years ago.
• Members of the class of 1963 proudly wearing the gold medals awarded to them as the newest inductees into the Gianera Society, which is for those Broncos who graduated 50 or more years ago.
• The 10 class parties going on simultaneously all over campus Saturday night, with alumni boogieing to tunes ranging from Motown hits in the Mission Gardens to contemporary jams in the Locatelli Student Center.
Of course, this is just a snapshot of everything that went on, and we’re sure that the true highlights of the weekend are moments that we weren’t even privy to that reside in the hearts and minds of our attendees. As always, those of us in the Alumni Office feel privileged to have been able to provide the vehicle for countless alumni to remember their Santa Clara experience, reconnect with each other and the University, and renew their love of and commitment to their Bronco family. Along with our Santa Clara Fund counterparts, we are proud of how the reunion committees banded together to motivate their classmates to attend the festivities and give back to the school, and grateful to the more than 4000 alumni, family members, and friends who answered the call and showed up for the 50+ events offered during the weekend. We could not do this without you all, and we look forward to doing it again next year.
Friday, Sep. 13, 2013
It is often said that the only constant in life is change. Well, Grand Reunion is certainly not immune to this. Since our schedule was finalized and published back in July, we have had a few things happen that have warranted some updates to our schedule as well as other aspects of the reunion weekend. We would like to make you aware of the following information:
The DoubleTree and Fairmont Hotels are sold out. Rooms are available on both Friday and Saturday nights at the San Jose Hilton.
The Grand Reunion golf tournament will be held at Santa Teresa Golf Club in San Jose. The shotgun start is set for 8:30 a.m.
Friday, October 11
“Why is God for Christians Good for Nothing?” has been cancelled. This event has been re-scheduled by the Ignatian Center for Monday, October 7. See their website for more information.
Meir Statman is unable to present “What Investors Really Want: Lessons from Behavioral Finance” but we have another speaker from the Business School, John Ifcher, who will present “The Economics of Happiness” in the same time slot.
Saturday, October 12
NEW EVENT: "Red and White Scrimmage" - Catch a sneak peek of the men's basketball team as they play an inter-squad scrimmage in the Leavey Center. Attendees will also enjoy a meet and greet with the players and coaches as well as an opportunity for autographs! No need to RSVP; we'll see you in Leavey on Saturday morning from 9 - 10:30 am.
Gerald McKevitt’s talk preceding the Gianera Society Luncheon titled “The History of Photography and SCU” has been cancelled, but we are pleased to welcome Dennis Gordon who will speak about U.S. and U.K. political and cultural relations since WW II. He will also share information about our plans for an alumni trip to England next summer for which he will be one of the faculty hosts.
Thank you for your patience as well as your understanding as we all adapt to these changes.
Wednesday, Sep. 11, 2013
If there’s one thing we know here in the Alumni Office, it’s that the Santa Clara legacy is strong; you need look no further than the numerous families whose Bronco affiliations stretch back for generations. And what we find especially noteworthy is the fact that many of these family legacies were started when two lucky Broncos caught each other’s eye during Orientation, or in English class, or in the lunch line at Benson. Yes, we’re talking about Broncos meeting Broncos.
According to a November 2012 article published in The Santa Clara, about 14% of Santa Clara alumni are married to another Bronco, which is 5% above the national average of couples who met in college. How fortunate that these couples were able to find both the education as well as the love of a lifetime on this beautiful campus!
Now, if you aren’t among that lucky 14%, do not despair; the train hasn’t completely left the station. It is still possible for you to meet your Bronco love, and we have just the opportunity for you during Grand Reunion Weekend: Our Broncos Meeting Broncos singles mixer. On Friday, October 11 from 8 to 10 pm, all single Broncos are invited to campus for a fun night of food, drinks, and…KARAOKE! Bring your friends and break the ice by belting out your favorite tune. Karaoke not your thing? We’ll also have trivia, so you can impress a potential date with your knowledge of 1990’s television show theme songs. Karaoke was a popular request from last year’s attendees (Who had a blast!), so we are excited to see how much fun everyone has this year.
Rumor has it that last year’s mixer resulted in the genesis of at least one new Bronco couple, so the precedent has been set; come on out during Grand Reunion Weekend to mix, mingle, and hopefully, find your match! We hope to see you on campus next month.
Thursday, Jul. 25, 2013
The schedule has been set, invitations have been mailed, and RSVPs are now being accepted for Grand Reunion! We are proud to offer our Santa Clara alumni a weekend of events that will help you remember your time here on campus, reconnect with classmates and friends, and renew your relationship with the University. This is a celebration you won’t want to miss.
In an effort to not only convey how excited we are to welcome everyone back, but also to give you an inside look into what will be happening during the reunion weekend, this blog will feature a spotlight on a particular item on the schedule each week leading up to Grand Reunion, starting in September. So, please make sure to check back often and get the inside scoop on some of our most anticipated events.
Tuesday, Jun. 25, 2013
Looking at our name, it should come as no surprise that the SCU Alumni Association’s primary constituency is comprised of, well, SCU alumni; we exist in order to build and maintain strong relationships between the University and its proud graduates. However, we also recognize that engaged students become engaged alumni; and so, through such programs as Life After SCU and our annual Bronco Idol competition, we outreach to students in order to create an enduring bond that we hope will last after they cross the stage in June and disperse throughout the world to pursue their passions and goals.
As this year’s graduation approached, you could almost feel a nervous tension in the air, partly because of those pesky finals standing between seniors and that stage, but mostly because of the competing emotions many were experiencing: Joy and sadness, anticipation and trepidation, satisfaction and regret. But as seniors streamed into Donohoe Alumni House to pick up their tickets for Graduation Picnic, the scales seemed to overwhelmingly tip in the more positive direction; these soon-to-be-graduates proudly accepted our enthusiastic congratulations and expressed excitement and hope for their futures beyond this beautiful campus.
While we wish all of the 2013 graduates well and hope to see them back on campus soon, there are a few who are especially near and dear to our hearts: Our (now former) Alumni Office student workers Brett Davey ’13, Cailin Doherty ’13, Jackie Fuhrman ’13, Kevin Galindo ’13, Anne Nino ’13, Jenna Saso ’13, Victor Republicano III ’13, and Edward Ternan ’13. Our student workers, as a corps, are quite indispensable to us and help us do what we do, and this recently graduated group truly helped us do it well, with style and class. Over the years, we’ve watched them develop into impressive and accomplished young men and women, and while we are sad to see them leave, we can take solace in the fact that they are, no doubt, on their way to bigger and better things. At this time, we would like to give a special shout out to Victor, who was given the honor of not only introducing commencement speaker Leon Panetta ’60, J.D. ’63, but also hooding him after the former CIA Director and U.S. Defense Secretary received an honorary degree from the University. Visit the Mercury News website to view video excerpts of Panetta’s speech and see a photo of him being hooded.
The campus is noticeably quieter now, but the echoes of graduation still linger. As the summer picks up steam and rolls into fall, we look forward to creating new memories with the class of 2013 when they all return in October for their 0-Year Reunion and celebrate with the other 12 reunion classes. So, to our recent graduates, we say: Congratulations, good luck, and goodbye…for now.
Friday, Jun. 7, 2013
It’s kind of hard to believe that June is already here; 2013 only began yesterday, it seems. This month is a pretty big one here at SCU because it signals the end of two significant undertakings: First, the conclusion of four years of a life-changing experience for our graduating seniors, and second, the wrap-up of the Leavey Challenge.
The Thomas and Dorothy Leavey Foundation has been a major supporter of Santa Clara over the years, and the Leavey name can be linked to more than one campus entity. The Foundation’s latest initiative once again solidifies its belief in the quality of a Santa Clara education, except it comes with a twist: The Thomas and Dorothy Leavey Foundation will give $1 million to the University if 9000 undergraduate alumni (23%) make a gift to Santa Clara during the current fiscal year, which ends June 30. This would require our alumni to go above and beyond last year’s record participation number of 8,145 donors, increasing the number by 10% to rise to the occasion.
If there’s one thing to be said about Broncos, it’s that they don’t back down from a challenge; as of June 2, we have already exceeded last year’s numbers with a total of 8,201 gifts being made by undergraduate alumni! That means we only have 799 to go in order to meet the goal and receive the Leavey Foundation grant. Our alumni have overwhelmingly answered the call to support current students and for that, we are grateful. However, we are not there yet: If you are not among the ranks of the 8,201 who have already given, we hope you will help us make it 9,000 by June 30. Every gift of every amount counts!
Thanks for your continued love for and support of this University, and we look forward to sharing some great news with you at the end of the month.
Friday, May. 10, 2013
No matter where they are in the world, our Broncos continue to make us proud by modeling conscience, competence, and compassion wherever they go. Positively impacting their communities through their deeds, our alumni leave indelible marks on the hearts and minds of those they serve, working diligently and, often, unrecognized.
The Alumni Anniversary Awards Celebration is the Alumni Association’s way of publicly honoring our alumni who answer the call of service to others. This year’s event, the eighth annual celebration, was particularly special, since it was combined with the University’s President’s Dinner, which honors generous supporters of SCU. The coming together of these two events was especially poignant, as the overall theme was gratitude: Gratitude to the members of the President’s Club for their donations which help provide the wonderful SCU experience that is cherished by so many; gratitude to all alumni for the numerous ways in which they help today’s students, as evidenced by the enormous Sprinksgiving board covered with hundreds of appreciative messages that was present for all attendees to marvel at; gratitude to the Alumni Anniversary Award recipients for their selfless gifts of love, time, and effort to their communities as well as SCU; and the gratitude expressed by countless people in the audience that night for their connection to such an amazing institution as SCU that inspires so many to give so much.
Please take a moment to view the introductory videos that were prepared for each of the award honorees: Ignatian Award recipients Maria Arias Evans ’81 and The Honorable Robert J. Higgins ’80, J.D. ’92; Bannan Award recipients Steve ’88 and Deanna Erbst; and Locatelli Award recipients Louis ’60 and Jane Castruccio. You may want to have some tissue ready, as these engaging accounts of community service moved many in the audience to tears. To our award recipients, allow us to say one more time, “Well done. And Go Broncos!”
Another group of hard working folks we would like to take a moment to thank is comprised of our fabulous reunion committee members. These alumni take on the task of promoting the Grand Reunion Weekend among their peers and encouraging their classes to support the endeavor not only with their presence, but also a contribution to the class gift, which helps today’s students. The reunion committees, which are made up of alumni living near and far, communicate via conference calls and email (and sometimes even meet in person), dedicating themselves to the task of making their milestone celebrations special for their classes.
We all have people, activities, and commitments vying for our individual attention, and it just seems like the days keep getting shorter and shorter and passing by more and more quickly; that is why those of us here in the Alumni Office, as well as our counterparts over in Development, are so appreciative of the time and effort given by those alumni who answer the call to join their class reunion committees. We truly could not do this without you; please know that you have our most sincere gratitude (There goes that word again!) for your service to your classmates and the University. It is truly a pleasure to work with you all and we can’t wait to thank you in person this fall!
Friday, Nov. 30, 2012
Are you one of the 10,100 lucky Broncos whose class year ends in a 3 or an 8? If so, the dates for your reunion weekend have been set: the Alumni Association will welcome the classes of 1953, 1958, 1963, 1968, 1973, 1978, 1983, 1988, 1993, 1998, 2003, 2008, and the soon-to-be-alumni class of 2013 back to our beautiful campus during the weekend of October 10-13, 2013! To help you remember this very important information, we recently sent you a lovely save the date magnet. If, for some reason, you do not receive your magnet, do not hesitate to contact the Alumni Office at 408-554-6800 or firstname.lastname@example.org, and we’ll mail you one right away.
Each class will have a dedicated web page that will serve as a one-stop shop for all things reunion related. These pages are currently under construction, though they will go live in mid-December. If you’re anxious for information about Grand Reunion or are interested in getting involved in a significant way, feel free to visit the Grand Reunion main page for details about hotel information, class slide shows, and how to join your class reunion committee.
We feel privileged to offer you four days of chances to remember your time here on campus, reconnect with classmates and friends, and renew your relationship with the University. This will be an unforgettable weekend, and we can’t wait to welcome you home.
Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2012
The mission of the Santa Clara Alumni Association is twofold: To serve and engage the Santa Clara Family by fostering lifelong relationships between alumni and each other, the Alumni Association, and the University; and to preserve Santa Clara’s history and traditions. The first part of the mission is pretty easy to see, especially during Grand Reunion: All of the events on the schedule were designed to help Broncos remember their experience here on campus, reconnect with each other and the school on a meaningful level, and renew their commitment to the Santa Clara community. As for the second part, a very important mechanism by which history is communicated and traditions are upheld is through storytelling. Therefore, allow us to share a few from Grand Reunion Weekend:
The story of an alumna who almost didn’t come to campus, but made the decision to attend her class party and ended up mending fences with her estranged roommate.
The story of two married alumni who were delighted to receive “I Met My Spouse at SCU” buttons at the Sunday Brunch, and proudly wore their buttons as they left the Adobe Lodge hand in hand with full stomachs and hearts.
The story of an alumnus whose hesitation about attending his reunion was replaced with gratitude after he found new friends among his old classmates.
The story of a widow of one of the members of the class of 1962 who attended the Gianera Lunch in honor of her husband and was touched by her induction into the Gianera Society, which solidified her place in the Bronco family.
The story of two groups of alumni from the classes of 1977 and 2012 who faced off in an air guitar battle in the Mission Gardens towards the end of the 35th Reunion party.
These are just a few of the tales told to University staff; we are sure they represent just a fraction of the memories that were made this past weekend. It remains our pleasure to be able to offer our alumni the opportunity to come back and have a wonderful time with classmates and friends, both old and new.
We would also like to acknowledge the many hands that contributed to the successful execution of the Grand Reunion effort: Members of the Santa Clara Fund team who, from the very beginning, have been tireless partners in coordinating reunion committees and organizing efforts to inform the classes about their milestone celebrations; Santa Clara staff from University Relations as well as various other departments around campus who organized events, volunteered their time throughout the weekend, and did their part to ensure that everything ran smoothly; Student workers who drove golf carts, worked check-in, staffed events, and provided many hours of much needed assistance; and the folks behind the scenes in Facilities and Campus Safety, whose hard work before, during, and after the weekend made much of this possible.
We thank each and every one of our alumni, as well as their family members and friends, for celebrating all things Santa Clara with us during Grand Reunion Weekend! We appreciate your time, your enthusiasm, and your pride in your alma mater. Please help us in our efforts to continually improve Grand Reunion by filling out the attendee survey. Feedback from those of you who were unable to attend is welcomed as well. All survey respondents will be entered into a drawing for a $75 Visa gift card, so we hope you will take a few minutes and share your thoughts with us.
Thanks again for a wonderful weekend.
Friday, Oct. 12, 2012
Grand Reunion Weekend is here! The weather outside may be somber, but the sun is starting to peek out from behind the clouds, brightly colored flags are waving all over, vibrant banners are out warmly welcoming everyone who enters the campus, and Donohoe Alumni house is buzzing with excited conversation. Practically overnight, impressively large tents have sprouted here and there, waiting expectantly to be filled with the presence, laughter, and shared memories of the reunion classes who will be celebrating in them tomorrow night. Students rubbing the last bit of sleep from their eyes pass by the structures, wondering just how many people are expected to be on campus this weekend; with over 3500 alumni and guests anticipated, this is going to be some party!
As you begin to make their way to campus, we would like to take this opportunity to share some last minute reminders and details: To start off your weekend on the right foot, please make Donohoe Alumni House ( which is across from Kenna and kitty-corner to Benson) your first stop to check-in and receive your name tag; do your classmates a favor and help prevent awkward fumbling as they try to place your face with your (forgotten) name. If you have only recently made the decision to join us on campus but haven't yet registered, we will be happy to sign you up on site inside Donohoe.
Next, we appreciate you taking the time to come back and celebrate your alma mater, but we recognize that life goes on and you may need to remain connected to the world beyond this beautiful campus. Therefore, we are pleased to offer all Grand Reunion attendees a complimentary Wifi connection via the Wireless Network SCUGrandReunion. No password is needed, which makes it easier for you to log on and take care of business.
Also, for those of you staying at the DoubleTree and Fairmont hotels, we hope you will take advantage of the available shuttles. Scheduled to run every 30 minutes, they are a convenient and worry-free way to get to the action here on campus.
Lastly, for those of you on Twitter, we encourage you to share your thoughts, memories, and experiences on campus this weekend. Tweet us at @scualumni and don't forget to use the hashtag #GrandReunion. We look forward to reading your tweets!
Thanks in advance for what is going to be an awesome weekend; we can't wait to see you!