Grand Reunion News
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Friday, Jul. 29, 2011
One of the best things about Grand Reunion is the way in which it brings together many different parts of Santa Clara to show alumni exactly why they made the right decision in choosing to come here all those years ago. No longer centered around class parties on Saturday night, Grand Reunion is a weekend full of opportunities for Broncos to engage not only with classmates and fellow alumni, but also with the schools and departments that were such an instrumental part of their educational experience.
Since the Grand Reunion’s inception in 2009, the Saturday evening school receptions have emerged as some of the most enjoyed events of the weekend. These receptions serve not only as a great start to the evening for the reunion classes who will head off to their parties afterwards, but also as a wonderful celebration of the relationships forged between hardworking students and the faculty and staff who supported them in their scholastic endeavors. The College of Arts and Sciences, the Leavey School of Business, the School of Education and Counseling Psychology, and the School of Engineering will all welcome their former students for drinks and appetizers, whether they are celebrating a class reunion or not. So, don’t miss out! Make these receptions a destination during the reunion weekend and enjoy this opportunity to mix and mingle with fellow majors and graduates of your school.
Some departments have decided to take things a bit further and open their doors to former students at various times during the reunion weekend: Chemistry and Biochemistry, Political Science, Theatre and Dance, and Communication will host Open Houses, and more departments will be added to the list as Grand Reunion approaches. Take advantage of this chance to reconnect with these departments in a more intimate setting and stop by to say hi!
Friday, Jul. 22, 2011
The Grand Reunion schedule is now available! We are pleased to present a slate of events that we are sure you will enjoy. In an effort to not only convey how excited we are, but also to give you an inside look into what will be happening during the weekend, this blog will feature a spotlight on a particular event each week leading up to Grand Reunion.
No matter when you graduated from Santa Clara, the campus that you will see in October is markedly different from the one whose beauty you once enjoyed for four years.
As soon as you enter campus via Palm Drive, you will see the construction of the new Patricia A. and Stephen C. Schott Admission and Enrollment Services Building. This structure will bring together Admissions, Financial Aid, the Office of the Registrar and the Bursar’s Office under one roof, in a more visible area of campus, to better welcome prospective students and serve current ones.
Some of you will chuckle to yourselves as you walk across the landscaped surface of what is now called the Alameda Mall, recalling how you once had to dodge cars to traverse from one side of campus to the other, like a game of Frogger.
Others, on your way to visit Benson or Swig, may pass by the Commons on Kennedy Mall and say, “Hey, that’s new!”, and then scratch your heads, wondering what is up with the grass on top of the building. Constructed to demonstrate sustainable design, this common area features many environmentally friendly concepts, including a living roof, which helps lower energy costs, and natural insulation made of straw bales and blue jeans.
Over the years, many of you have lamented the loss of the Graham Pool, looking back fondly on days spent poolside between classes and on weekends. Well, when you arrive on campus in October, you may be surprised by the absence of the entire Graham complex, which was recently torn down to make way for a new residence hall that will be open for occupancy in the fall of 2012. “New Graham” will have a quad as part of its design and will be built as one complete unit, although it will retain the “neighborhood” feel that made such an impact on decades of Santa Clara students.
One other notable new building is the Harrington Learning Commons, which is home to the Orradre Library and Sobrato Technology Center. Built in 2008, this learning hub is a must see for all Santa Clara alumni: It contains a cafe, conference rooms, various labs, and lots of study areas. You will surely be fascinated by the automated retrieval system as it grabs a requested book destined for a student’s exploration.
The Grand Reunion offers you a golden opportunity to reacquaint yourself with Santa Clara’s campus, which continues to grow and change in an effort to provide students with the best experience possible. There is much more for you to see, including the new Paul L. Locatelli, S.J. Student Activities Center, the Sullivan Aquatic Center, and even the newly renovated Donohoe Alumni House. So sign-up for one of the tours that are being offered during the weekend – There are ones that will take you around campus as well as dedicated tours of the Harrington Learning Commons – and fall in love with Santa Clara all over again.