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Dean's Remarks


There is a lot of talk using the word “green” these days. Certainly, with our involvement in the Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlons, we have used the word in a number of contexts.

We have watched our students, many of them green recruits—freshmen—blossom into confident and capable teammates working tirelessly toward a green future. A project of this magnitude obviously takes a lot of green, and we are ever grateful to our sponsors for helping us realize the dream of allowing our students to participate in such an important competition (twice!).

But recently, the importance of keeping our University green and thriving has come to the forefront. With the downturn of the economy, Santa Clara has experienced a sharp decline in annual alumni giving that affects us in surprising ways. You may not know that corporations and foundations grant funding based on annual alumni giving. And the U.S. News and World Report rankings (which also figure prominently in our ability to attract foundation and corporate funding) base their rating on this same criterion.

In difficult times, it is more important than ever to keep universities green and vibrant and growing. Even a small donation can have a big effect on the well-being of your alma mater and its ability to educate the next generation of leaders. In this edition of SCU’s EngineeringNews (a new name for us, formerly Horizons in Engineering), you will read about exciting research and programs, dedicated faculty, and outstanding alumni. Your help in supporting our efforts and keeping us green is much appreciated.