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A Christmas Message From Fr. Engh

Dear Alumni Family,

“The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; on those who lived in a deep shadow a light has shone… For a child is born for us, a son given to us…”
- Isaiah 9:2-6
       
Christmastide is here. In the signs and symbols around us the holidays are taking shape with excitement and expectation. The traditions and images inspire the spirit of the season – of giving, of hope and of joy.

The rich imagery of light and darkness, prevalent in many faith traditions of the world, is particularly meaningful for us during this special season. For Christians, Advent is well underway, four weeks of preparation for the coming of Christ. In great hope we await Emmanuel, “God With Us,” to bring us closer to an era of peace, joy, and justice for all people. Advent reminds us that what lies ahead is a time when people of goodwill will see a great light – the light of hope manifest in the Incarnation.  It will be a time when darkness, fear, and injustice give way to the light of goodness and all that is right in creation.

The themes of light and darkness carry through in the Jewish celebration of Hanukkah, which will take place December 20-28. Hanukkah marks the triumph of light over darkness and commemorates the rededication of the Temple in Jerusalem after the Jews of Judah triumphed over their oppressors. The Festival of Lights reminds our Jewish sisters and brothers that the light of justice and peace will indeed reign over the darkness of conflict and injustice.

In our faith traditions, the light symbolizes the best of who we are and hope for blessings to come. This holiday season, let us focus on the lights in our lives, those glimmers of the divine shining through darkness.  Let us also strive to be a light by responding to those who suffer illness, injustice, and economic problems. I pray that during this holy season the light of peace and hope shines on you and your families. At Christmas Mass, I shall remember the Santa Clara community, thanking God for all of you and asking God’s blessing now and in the new year.
 
Sincerely,
 
Michael E. Engh, S.J.
President

Alumni News


Volunteer with Alumni & Students

March 25-31, 2012

The Alumni for Others (AFO) program is planning its fifth volunteer trip to New Orleans. Six years after Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans is still struggling to recover and needs our help more than ever. Join alumni and SCU students to assist in the efforts. Sign up Today »


Save the Date for the Celebration of the Year

October 11-14, 2012

Every year, the Mission campus comes alive during Grand Reunion Weekend. This past year we welcomed over 3,700 alumni and friends to enjoy a weekend full of events such as professor talks, 5K fun run/walk, family friendly Homecoming Picnic, school receptions, reunion class dinners, and much more! Make sure to save the date to join us in 2012!

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Keep up-to-date with the latest in your area by joining your chapter's Facebook group. Groups are the place to go to find event announcements, photos, and ways to connect with other Broncos living in your area.

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Don't Forget: Alumni Award Nominations Due This Friday 12/9

Honor the distinguished actions of a fellow Bronco with a nomination for the Ignatian Award, Louis I. Bannan, S.J. Award, or Paul L. Locatelli, S.J. Award. Award recipients will be celebrated at the annual Anniversary Awards Dinner on Saturday, April 28, 2012.
Submit a nomination today »
*Additional information on each award can be found on the submission page.

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Saturday

10

Los Angeles Chapter AFO - Tutoring Project

9aM | St. Matthias High SChool, Downey

Help tutor 8th graders for the Catholic high school entrance exam.

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Saturday

10

Young Alumni Caroling

3pm | Sacred Heart Jesuit Center, Los Gatos

Come together to sing Christmas carols for retired Jesuits.

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Wednesday

14

New York Chapter Annual Holiday Reception

8pm | Amity Hall

Join fellow Broncos for this second annual event.

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Visit the Alumni Online Event Calendar
for additional regional, AFO, and association events.




 

Remember SCU in Your Holiday Giving

Consider making a gift to Santa Clara this holiday season in support of today's students and campus programs. Remember, gifts of all sizes make an impact and you can give to a program that matters most to you, whether it's the Santa Clara Fund, your major, or the Alumni Family Scholarship. Gifts are tax deductible and you only have until Dec. 31 for your gift to be credited for tax year 2011. Make a Gift Today »

University News

SCU Nationally Ranked in Study Abroad

The Institute of International Education (IIE) Open Doors 2011 report shows Santa Clara University has one of the highest percentages of students studying abroad and international students among master’s institutions. Read More »


EPA honors SCU with award for Green Power Leadership

Santa Clara received a 2011 Green Power Leadership Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The annual awards recognize the country’s leading green power users for their commitment and contribution to helping advance the development of the nation’s voluntary green power market. Read More »


New Entrepreneurship Minor Created

To meet the growing demand for entrepreneurship education, the Leavey School of Business has created a new minor in entrepreneurship. “This minor is an exciting opportunity for students to harness the power of entrepreneurial thinking that is pervasive here in Silicon Valley,” said Daniel Aguiar, executive director of the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.
Read More »
       

SCU Career Center NEws

Did you know the University Career Center has resources to help alumni? Check out their online resources  today » 


BRonco Roadie Giveaway

Enter to win an all-inclusive men's basketball road trip to San Diego when you 'Like' the Bronco Athletics Facebook Page by January 5, 2012 - Click here to enter »


Center for Performing Arts News

Jazz Has a Dream
1/12/12: Experience the integration of jazz and justice in an artful night of music and imagery that takes us through the civil rights movement to the present day. Learn more »

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