Grand Reunion News
A way to find out the latest information about your reunion.
Friday, Aug. 26, 2011
We might be biased, but we at the Alumni Association think that the Grand Reunion Weekend is pretty special. One of the reasons we think so is the fact that there truly is something for everyone: With the wide array of activities offered, no one should feel left out of the excitement…including our future Broncos, your children.
Saturday is filled with lots of family fun! The 5K Run/Walk kicks things off with an opportunity for your family to be fit together. The course winds its way around campus, taking you on a scenic route that allows you to show your family the places that were/are special to you while also letting you see what’s new around here. University President Fr. Engh will ring the bell to signal the start of the race, and our beloved Bucky the Bronco will be on hand to help you stretch and give you the motivation you need to power through that last mile.
We all know that children are filled with boundless energy, so after that 5K, they’ll most likely be asking, “What’s next?” Well, how about the Homecoming Picnic? Featuring an assortment of attractions that is sure to put a smile on any kid’s face, you should definitely make this event a destination for your family during the reunion weekend: There will be face painting, balloon twisting, bounce houses, pony rides, a petting zoo, and even a reptile zoo for your children’s enjoyment.
But wait…there’s more: the de Saisset Museum will open its doors to alumni and their families during its Family Arts Open House. Professional artists will be on hand to help your budding Rembrandt create a work of art worthy of a prominent spot on your refrigerator, you can take tours of the current collection, and you can even take part in a scavenger hunt. Since the museum is not too far from the Homecoming Picnic location, you can easily go back and forth between the two events.
Now, if you thought that was it, you are sorely mistaken, because we saved the best for last: Thanks to Santa Clara alumnus A.J. Riebli ’91, we are extremely proud to announce that your family will have the opportunity to view the newest Pixar short film before it is released to the general public next year, right here on campus during Grand Reunion! With two showings, one at 1:00 p.m. in the Benson Center and the other at 3:30 p.m. at the de Saisset Museum, you can choose the one that works best for you. Don’t miss out on this chance to help your children become the envy of their friends…although we’re sure that you’ll brag a little to your buddies, too.
So, when making your plans to come back to campus to celebrate your milestone, don’t think that you have to leave the kids at home; everyone is welcome, and we look forward to welcoming you and your family in October.
Saturday, Aug. 13, 2011
When you think about what made your time here at Santa Clara so memorable, what comes to mind? Probably the friendships that you made, the sport you may have played, the residences you called home over the years, the student groups you were a member of, or perhaps that one time when you and your friends…well, you’ll just keep that story to yourself, won’t you?
Now, how about that one particular class you took that completely cemented your decision to select your major? Or the professor who taught you so much that you still find yourself referring to his/her lectures? As much as your time in college was about spreading your wings and enjoying the company of your peers, you were, no doubt, aware that a large part of what made Santa Clara such a great place for you to be was the quality of the instruction you received from an excellent corps of faculty who were dedicated to your education.
Santa Clara is still all about quality and Grand Reunion presents you with the opportunity to come and see for yourself during one of the four "back to the classroom" presentations being offered by current faculty. Professor Fred Parrella asks the provocative question, “So You Think You’re Spiritual, but Not Religious?” as the basis for his Friday afternoon talk; considering the generations of Santa Clara alumni who cite his “Theology of Marriage” course as a favorite of their academic careers, you may want to mark Prof. Parrella’s talk as one of your “can’t miss” events of the weekend.
Professor Margaret McLean’s “Genetic Testing: What’s in it for You?” promises to be a another stimulating discussion; as the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics’ director of bioethics, Prof. McLean’s background in science and ethics serves her well as one of the region's top commentators and consultants on the ethical aspect of advances in medicine and biotechnology. Her presentation, which has been moved from 3:30 PM on Friday afternoon to 10:30 that morning, is one that will have you talking long after it is over.
On Friday afternoon, Business professor Mario Belotti will offer his "Economic Forecast" for the coming year. Similar to the annual forecast he delivers in San Francisco, to the delight of those alumni, this will be a great opportunity to benefit from the insight and expertise of one of Santa Clara's most capable and beloved educators. Considering the twists and turns the economy has taken in just the last couple of months, Dr. Belotti's talk should prove to be quite interesting and informative. Make sure to bring a pad and pen; you will want to take notes.
Finally, you can join Professor Terry Shoup for his Saturday morning talk on “A Century of Engineering Excellence”. As Santa Clara’s School of Engineering celebrates 100 years of turning out highly educated and influential graduates, Prof. Shoup, a former Dean of Engineering, will take a moment to reflect on the journey that has brought the school to this pivotal point in its history. Engineers and non-engineers alike stand to benefit from this presentation, so come lend an ear and learn about an important part of the Santa Clara, not to mention larger Silicon Valley, community.
Friday, Aug. 5, 2011
A piece of advice that is often shared by people who have been in the working world for a long time is, “You should always be looking.” Opportunities for employment and advancement may be missed if you are not poised to take advantage of them. Perhaps you are not sure of which channels to use in conducting your search, your resume is in dire need of some polishing, or you’re nervous about interviewing; all of these are potential roadblocks standing between you and the position or career of your dreams.
The staff at SCU’s Career Center would like to help you overcome those obstacles, and they have stepped up to provide valuable assistance to all interested alumni during Grand Reunion Weekend. On Friday morning, Anne Oja M.A. '01, assistant director and liaison to alumni and education & counseling psychology students, will lead a workshop titled, “Focusing Your Career Search.” This session promises to not only help attendees focus their job searches, but also assist them with evaluating their current strategies for maximum effectiveness. This workshop is being offered at no cost; we hope that it will pay off for those who are able to benefit from the useful information Anne will share.
Perhaps a workshop isn’t quite what you’re looking for, or you would like to augment the morning’s session with some specific, one-on-one coaching; the Career Center has got you covered there as well. From 1 to 4:30 p.m., 15-minute coaching sessions will be offered on a drop-in basis, also at no cost. Come armed with your resume, questions, or career goals and receive feedback from one of the capable counselors on staff. They are here to help, and they look forward to playing a part in making your Grand Reunion weekend an informative and fulfilling experience.