What's Ahead on My Calendar
- April 4 - Johnson Scholars Reception
- April 5 - Law Alumni Dinner
- April 5-6 Preview Days
- April 6 - Dolores Huerta Address
- April 7 - Paul Farmer Address
- April 9 - Sprinksgiving
- April 9 - Faculty Senate Council Meeting
- April 9 - President's Speaker Series with Eboo Patel
- April 10 - Board of Fellows Meeting and Dinner
- April 12 - President's Club and Alumni Awards Mass, Reception and Dinner
- April 14 - University Honors Program Quarterly Dinner and Book Discussion
- April 15-22 - Passover
- April 16 - Visit to Palma High School, Salinas
- April 18 - Good Friday, University Holiday
- April 20 - Easter
- April 22 - Administrative Leaders Meeting
- April 24-May 4 - Travel to Rome
- April 26 - Community Service Day
Santa Clara Participates in Mazatlán Forum
Santa Clara University is jointly sponsoring an academic forum in Mazatlán, Mexico with El Colegio de Sinaloa on March 27-29, 2014. Intended to build collaboration between the United States and Mexico, the Mazatlán Forum considers the social, political, and economic assumptions at work in our respective cultures. This year’s forum has as its theme “Technology and the Future(s) of Education: U.S. and Mexican Perspectives” and will provide new opportunities for interdisciplinary and international collaborations in the area of technology and higher education at the individual and institutional levels.
Twelve representatives from Santa Clara, including faculty, administrators and trustees, will participate as panelists, program coordinators, and guest speakers. Among them are SCU trustee and founding sponsor of the Forum, Agnieszka Winkler. Howard Charney, SCU trustee and Executive Vice President at Cisco, will offer the closing keynote address. Provost Jacobs will welcome participants on behalf of Santa Clara University. Pedro Hernandez Ramos, Associate Professor, Department of Education, and Diane Jonte-Pace, Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs, are serving as program coordinators for the Forum. Several faculty across multiple disciplines will give presentations in panel discussions.
Earlier this year, the President’s Staff forwarded to the Benefits Committee a proposal for an additional tuition benefit for employees. Under consideration is a financial benefit to be used for any post-secondary institution for up to four years. It is designed to accommodate students who are interested in a two-year program or who would prefer to transfer from a two-year program into a four-year degree program. This benefit would be in addition to the other tuition benefits currently available. The Benefits Committee is currently exploring such options.
Founder's Day Mass, March 19
On Wednesday, March 19, at noon in the Mission Church, the University community will celebrate our annual Founder's Day Mass to commemorate the establishment of our school. Traditionally, Santa Clara commemorates March 19, the Feast of Saint Joseph, as the day in 1851 when John Nobili, S.J., took possession of Mission Santa Clara as a Jesuit parish and future educational enterprise. Fr. Nobili, our first president, opened the doors to Santa Clara College in May of that same year. At this liturgy we welcome all to join together in prayer for Santa Clara University.
Search for Vice President for Administration and Finance
As we prepare for Bob Warren’s retirement in December 2014, I have convened a search committee to conduct the search for the Vice President for Administration and Finance. The members of the committee are John Ottoboni (chair), Amy Connell (staff), John Del Santo (regent), Sal Gutierrez (trustee), Ellen Kreitzberg (faculty), Nick Ladany (administrator), Molly McDonald (staff), Lorraine McGriff (staff) Betsy Rafael (trustee), Hersh Shefrin (faculty), John A. Sobrato (trustee), and Robert Scholla, S.J. (Jesuit Community). I thank the UCC for providing me with the names of possible faculty and staff to serve on this search, and I am grateful for those who have accepted.