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Grand Reunion Weekend Spotlight: A Focus on Engineering and ROTC Milestones

Friday, Sep. 2, 2011

As part of the Grand Reunion Weekend, two entities on campus will be having special celebrations to commemorate their many years of educating Santa Clara students: The School of Engineering and ROTC.  Since Grand Reunion is all about honoring the many parts of Santa Clara that, combined, create the unique fabric of this community, we would be remiss if we did not call attention to these wonderful milestones.

The School of Engineering extends a heartfelt invitation for all to come back to campus in October to celebrate its centennial with special three opportunities for alumni and guests.  As previously mentioned in this blog, Professor Terry Shoup will guide a trip through the history of Engineering at Santa Clara with his talk titled “A Century of Engineering Excellence.”  Prof. Shoup’s talk will be followed by “Coffee and Conversation with Godfrey Mungal, dean of the School of Engineering”; not only will you have a chance to discuss the previous session with fellow alumni, but you will also be able to greet and chat with Dean Mungal, all over a hot cup of joe.

If you are unable to make it to the morning event, you will have another chance to see Dean Mungal at the “School of Engineering Biggest Bash Ever!”, which will be held at the award-winning 2009 Solar Decathlon House.  Sip champagne and sample tasty hors d’oeuvres while you mix and mingle with Engineering alumni, faculty members, and the dean at this extra special incarnation of the school’s annual “Big Bash”.  Since a celebration like this one only comes around once in 100 years, we hope you will make it a point to pay your respects to the School of Engineering during this exciting event.

Now, if you think one hundred years is a big deal (It is!), hold onto your hats, because Santa Clara’s ROTC program is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year.  ROTC has a long and storied history which will be discussed on Saturday morning during reunion weekend during the session “Celebrating Santa Clara ROTC’s Tradition of Excellence”.  This talk will feature ROTC alumni, staff and cadets, all of whom are uniquely qualified to share how their experience at Santa Clara and beyond has been affected by their affiliation with the program.  With 150 years of significance to draw upon, this session will be a special opportunity to chart Santa Clara history through the lens of Military Science.

One last thing – It is important to mention that the Alumni Association is currently in its 130th year of service to graduates of Santa Clara University.  Although our milestone celebration was held earlier this year during our Alumni Anniversary Awards, Grand Reunion, with its message of honoring the bonds we all have to this fine institution, serves as an opportunity for us to keep the party going, this time with thousands of alumni and friends!  We sincerely hope you’ll join us in the festivities; it won’t be the same without you.

Go Broncos!

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