“We are asking the entire SCU community—alumni, parents, faculty, students, staff and friends—to join the trustees in bringing these projects to reality,” said Peters. “Our hope is that the leadership and generosity of the trustees will motivate the rest of the SCU family and our friends in the corporate and foundation worlds to join us in supporting these essential campaign projects.”
To date, SCU trustees have contributed $75 million to the campaign. “We are confident that some trustees will do more for Santa Clara,” Peters said.
Peters added that rising construction costs in Silicon Valley have resulted in significant additional costs for three key SCU projects: a new commons and library, a new business school building for the Leavey School of Business, and a new residence for the Jesuits at the University.
Locatelli said that these building projects represent the University’s commitment to excellence. “The library is the intellectual heart of the university and the business school needs a 21st century facility to continue to train ethical leaders for Silicon Valley and the world,” he said. Locatelli added that construction of the new Jesuit residence will help attract new Jesuits and allow Nobili Hall (the current Jesuit residence) to return to its original purpose as a student residence.
The Campaign for Santa Clara is scheduled to conclude in Dec. 31, 2006.