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Listed in reverse chronological order, with links to full-size images (where available) and associated news releases.

Santa Clara University School of Law Receives Largest-Ever Gift of $10 Million to Help Build New Law School Building

A veteran Silicon Valley tech-company founder and technology pioneer has donated $10 million in matching and direct funds to Santa Clara University School of Law to fund a new technologically advanced, collaboration-oriented law school building.

Satre Meloy studied in Turkey as part of the Global Fellows Program.
Satre Meloy studied in Turkey as part of the Global Fellows Program.

Santa Clara University Alum wins prestigious Rhodes Scholarship

A Santa Clara University graduate is among good company, winning the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship announced this weekend. Aven Satre Meloy ‘13 joins a long list of successful leaders to win the prize including former President Bill Clinton and New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristoff. Rhodes scholars receive funding to study at Oxford University in England.

GTU Programs on World Religions Will Benefit JST Students

The Graduate Theological Union (GTU, which includes the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University, is creating eight new initiatives that will expand faculty and programs in the study of Hindu, Sikh, Jain, Mormon and Buddhist religions, as well as in Dharma Studies.

SCU's Paul Crowley, S.J., Named Editor of Theological Studies Journal

Santa Clara University religious studies and pastoral ministries professor Paul Crowley, S.J., has been appointed the next editor of the journal Theological Studies, by its board of directors.

Santa Clara University Receives $10 Million Gift and Leading Online Entrepreneurship Course Content

Santa Clara University received the generous gift of Phil and Peggy Holland's free online small business course content and business-training website,, and $10 million to expand and improve the course and create the My Own Business Institute (MOBI) and a fellows program.

Katharine and George Alexander Professorship Created

A $2 million gift from Katharine V. Alexander in honor of her beloved late husband George J. Alexander, will help create the Katharine and George Alexander Professorship of Law.

New Trustee Joins the Board of Santa Clara University

Santa Clara University’s Board of Trustees elected a new trustee, Silicon Valley venture capitalist Tim Haley.

Engineering Students Show off the Mobile Mission Control Lab to alumni.
Engineering Students Show off the Mobile Mission Control Lab to alumni.

Santa Clara University Engineering Students to Control Satellites from New Mobile Lab

Santa Clara University’s School of Engineering added a new tool to its program that monitors and controls satellites. The Mobile Mission Control Lab (MMCL) is a 28-foot trailer loaded with equipment that allows students to communicate with satellites for longer periods of time than ever before.

Family Takes Center Stage in the de Saisset Museum’s Newest Exhibits

It’s all about family at the de Saisset Museum at Santa Clara University this season. Creative in Common, on view through March 15, 2015, explores creative ties among family members across generations and through chosen partnerships.

Santa Clara University Unveils new Bronco Statue Symbolizing New Era at SCU

A new symbol of Santa Clara University spirit and pride made possible by SCU alumni now greets the Bronco community on the west side of campus. The newly dedicated bronze Bronco stands more than 10 feet off the ground and is a reminder of SCU’s renewed focus on Bronco pride, and building and supporting a national reputation for academic and athletic excellence.

Alexander Law Center Celebrates 20 Years Helping Workers, Trafficking Victims, and Consumers

Santa Clara University will celebrate two decades of representing workers, immigrants and consumers as it marks the 20th anniversary of The Katharine & George Alexander Community Law Center, a civil clinical program of the Santa Clara University School of Law.

Thriving Neighbors Initiative Bonds Santa Clara University and Its Neighbors

The Thriving Neighbors Initiative is a one-year-old partnership between Santa Clara University and the Greater Washington community in San Jose. A celebratory Open House will be held at Washington Elementary School on Oct. 28.

Santa Clara University's Accounting Program is 8th Best in the Country According to LinkedIn's "Career Outcomes" Study.

The accounting program at Santa Clara University's Leavey School of Business was ranked 8th best in the nation by LinkedIn's "career outcomes" study.

Cornel West Kicks Off Yearlong Bannan Institute Speaker Series on Leadership

Leaders from Janet Napolitano to Cornel West will speak on the role of social justice, faith and intellectual engagement in the lives of today's leaders, as part of the yearlong Bannan Institute speaker series at Santa Clara University's Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education. The series runs from Oct. 3, 2014 through May 19, 2015.

Class of 2018 Launch College Careers at Santa Clara University

Santa Clara University welcomes members of the Class of 2018 and returning students, as classes begin for the 2014-2015 academic year.

Santa Clara Welcomes Delegation from Universidad Centroamericana

A group of 10 faculty and university leaders from the Universidad Centroamericana (UCA) in El Salvador will be visiting Santa Clara University Sept. 15-17.

Honoring Jesuits Killed 25 Years Ago for Seeking Justice for the Poor

From Nov. 5 to Nov. 16, Santa Clara University will honor the 25th anniversary of the killing of Salvadoran Jesuits who died advocating for justice for their nation's poor. The event will be marked with programs, lectures, and prayer events on Santa Clara University’s campus and in El Salvador.

Santa Clara University Mourns Death of Victor Vari, SCU’s Longest Serving, Beloved Professor

The Santa Clara University community is saddened by the death Wednesday evening of its longest-serving professor, Victor B. Vari, 94, who taught Italian and other languages and literatures to SCU students for 66 years.

Newest Class of Johnson Scholars Named at SCU

Ten incoming freshmen have been chosen as Santa Clara University Johnson Scholars, an honor awarded to those who meet rigorous personal and academic criteria.

Twenty-sixth Annual Hispanic Institute at the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University Begins July 13

Leaders who minister to the exploding numbers of Hispanic Catholics nationwide will convene at the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University July 13 - 25 for an advanced theology and pastoral ministries education program, the Instituto Hispano, or Hispanic Institute.

From Respite Care for Seniors to a Facial-Recognition Car Locks: Fifth Class of Entrepreneurs Chosen for Silicon Valley's Egalitarian Startup Accelerator, CAPE

Representatives of 37 California businesses will get crash courses in everything from supply chain management to public relations to finance, as part of Santa Clara University's California Program for Entrepreneurship (CAPE).

Santa Clara University Appoints New Vice President for Finance and Administration

Santa Clara University announced today that Michael Hindery has been named vice president for finance and administration.

"Everybody Matters," Soccer Champion Chastain Tells Santa Clara University Class of 2014

World Cup soccer champion Brandi Chastain addressed a joyful crowd of 1,200 graduates at Santa Clara University's 163rd undergraduate commencement.

Santa Clara University Graduate Commencement Marked with Celebration, and Reminders of What’s Important

Graduate-degree recipients of Santa Clara University marked their commencement evening with cheers, balloons, and photos -- but also with advice to truly “see” the needy around them.

Mary and Mark Stevens with women's soccer Head Coach Jerry Smith
Mary and Mark Stevens with women's soccer Head Coach Jerry Smith

$7.7 Million Gift from Stevens Family Helps Launch Athletic Program Enhancements at Santa Clara University

A $7.7 million gift being announced today from Santa Clara University alumna and trustee, Mary Stevens '84, and her husband, Mark, a prominent venture capitalist, is a key first step in a significant recommitment to a more nationally prominent athletics program at Santa Clara University.

SCU's Kohler to Speak at Rome Symposium on "Impact Investing" June 16-17

A veteran executive and venture capitalist who now works at Santa Clara University researching and developing ways to invest in socially beneficial businesses will be among the investors, executives, Catholic and academics leading a two-day symposium just outside the Vatican on “Impact Investing” June 16-17.

Envision a "Civilization of Poverty," Liberation Theologian Sobrino Tells JST Graduates

Jon Sobrino, S.J., the Jesuit priest and liberation theologian who narrowly escaped the 1989 massacre of six Jesuit priests and two women in El Salvador, spoke at the commencement of the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University.

Carry the Seed and Legacy for Justice and Dignity, Human Rights Advocate Tells 2014 SCU Law Graduates

Human-rights lawyer Almudena Bernabeu inspired the 300 graduating students from Santa Clara University School of Law with her story of a life driven to alleviate suffering for those victimized by the disorder of life.

IP Expert Brian Love to Become Co-Director of SCU Law’s High Tech Law Institute

Santa Clara University School of Law Assistant Professor Brian Love has been named co-director of the university’s highly regarded High Tech Law Institute.

Santa Clara University Appoints New Chief Information Officer

Santa Clara University announced today that Robert C. Owen has been named chief information officer (CIO) and vice provost for technology and information services.

Santa Clara Law Signs on to Help Ease Community College Students' Pathway to Law School

The California Community Colleges and The State Bar of California today announced a new initiative that will provide students at 24 community colleges a smoother pathway to six of California’s top law schools, including Santa Clara University School of Law.

Humane Business Practiced Here: Global Jesuit Universities Meeting May 19-21 at SCU to Share Ways to Better Foster "Social Entrepreneurs"

In the vein of "humane capitalism" that's been urged by Pope Francis, a group of universities – most of them Jesuit – interested in advancing "social entrepreneurs" will come to SCU May 19-21, to learn best practices from one another.

Santa Clara University’s $796,000 Day

Santa Clara University got the happiest of surprises on April 23, when it launched its first ever one-day giving challenge dubbed “ALL IN FOR SANTA CLARA.”

"Taking Flight" by Ann Holsberry

De Saisset Explores themes of travel, time and migration in New Passages

This spring the de Saisset Museum at Santa Clara University takes a fresh look at age-old ideas with New Passages, an exhibition of works by Bay Area artists Mari Andrews and Ann Holsberry.

Unusual "Hack-a-thon" Puts Retail Execs to Work Creating the Ideal Retail Course

An unusual "hack-a-thon," designed to create the ideal university-level course for next-generation retail leaders, will be taking place at Santa Clara University on April 16.

Ethics: There's An App for That

A new iPhone app released by the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University is helping people make difficult decisions. The app, called “Ethical Decision Making: A Practical Tool for Thinking Through Tough Choices,” is a free guide to help anyone struggling with a decision.

Santa Clara University Hosts a Conversation with Interfaith Leader Eboo Patel

Tackling the complex subjects of religious prejudice, religious pluralism, and the promise of America's interfaith communities, Ebrahim "Eboo" Patel will be the featured speaker April 9 for Santa Clara University's President’s Speaker Series.

World Renowned Soccer Star and Girls’ Advocate Brandi Chastain to Speak at Santa Clara University Commencement

Santa Clara University will honor world famous soccer athlete, champion of girls’ health, and 1991 SCU graduate Brandi Chastain at the University’s 163rd undergraduate commencement ceremony June 14. Chastain’s selection to give the commencement address memorializes the 50th anniversary of women’s athletics at Santa Clara which the University celebrates this year.

Human Rights Pursuer Almudena Bernabeu to Be Santa Clara University School of Law Commencement Speaker May 24

Dean’s Leadership Forum Brings Social Justice Leaders to Santa Clara

Santa Clara University will welcome humanitarian Dolores Huerta and medical anthropologist Paul Farmer for the College of Arts and Sciences’ first “Dean’s Leadership Forum: The Intersection of the Humanities, Arts and Sciences for the Benefit of Humanity.” The events are free and open to the public.

Santa Clara University Wins Top Silicon Valley Sustainability Award

Santa Clara University will be honored with one of the top awards for sustainability in Silicon Valley— the Acterra Award for Sustainability. Acterra’s 2014 Business Environmental Awards program not only recognizes the innovative and proven success of the University’s initiatives, but the culture of sustainability ingrained in its Jesuit mission.

Wim Roelandts Appointed to Board of Trustees at Santa Clara University

A longtime adviser and contributor to Santa Clara University, Willem "Wim" Roelandts, was appointed to the Board of Trustees of the Jesuit, private University in Silicon Valley.

Santa Clara University Board of Trustees Chairman Robert Finocchio Selected as One of the Year’s Eight Outstanding Directors by Bay Area Business Journals

A veteran technology executive who chairs Santa Clara University’s Board of Trustees has been named one of eight “Outstanding Directors” by the San Francisco Business Times and the Silicon Valley Business Journal.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama Brings Message of Compassion to Santa Clara University

His Holiness the Dalai Lama visited Santa Clara University today to deliver a message of compassion and empathy to an audience of more than 4,000 people.

Gift from Victor and Julia Vari Distinguishes a Lifetime of Generosity to Santa Clara University

SCU's longest-serving professor and his wife have bequeathed an estimated $8 million of their estate.

SCU's Respected Women’s Soccer Coach Jerry Smith Renewed for Seven Years, Will Become Head of New "Coaching For Life Academy"

Santa Clara University has extended Bronco head women's soccer coach Jerry Smith’s contract for seven years and announced his leadership of the newly formed Jerry Smith Coaching for Life Academy.

Regulating and Lawyering for Social-Economy Companies

On Feb. 14, the Santa Clara High Tech Law Journal will bring together prominent scholars, policy makers, practitioners, and entrepreneurs to discuss The Rise and Regulation of the High Tech Sharing Economy.

The future Edward M. Dowd Art and Art History Building, with a view of the sculpture garden
The future Edward M. Dowd Art and Art History Building, with a view of the sculpture garden
The future Edward M. Dowd Art and Art History Building and Franklin Mall
The future Edward M. Dowd Art and Art History Building and Franklin Mall
The future Edward M. Dowd Art and Art History Building
The future Edward M. Dowd Art and Art History Building

$12 Million Gift from Real Estate Investor Ed Dowd Advances the Role of Arts in Education at Santa Clara University

Ed Dowd, a veteran real-estate investor, financier, and CEO who has learned the healing qualities of art, has donated $12 million to Santa Clara University to help build a grand, three-story art and art history facility on campus by 2016.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama to speak at Santa Clara University

His Holiness the Dalai Lama will visit Santa Clara University Feb. 24 for a day of discussion entitled “Compassion, Business, and Ethics: A Dialogue with the Dalai Lama.” The event is co-sponsored by the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University and Stanford’s Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education.

Intel Economist, former Fed and White House Economist, Joins Business School Leadership

Carolyn Evans, a senior economist at Intel Corp., has been named senior assistant dean for graduate business programs in the Leavey School of Business at Santa Clara University, beginning January 27.

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