Dear Members of the University Community,
I am happy to announce that Ed Dowd '72, a veteran real-estate investor, financier, and CEO, has donated $12 million to Santa Clara University to help build the new art and art history building on campus. The new Edward M. Dowd Art and Art History Building will further expose the undergraduate community to creativity and innovation. With studio space, classrooms, gallery displays, a sculpture garden, and ample space for the community and visiting scholars and artists to congregate, the new building is part of campus plans for a vibrant arts-focused quadrant of the University. We are very grateful that Mr. Dowd has so generously provided this important foundation upon which Santa Clara will build the new home for art and art history on campus.
For more details about Mr. Dowd's gift and the new building, please see the press release.
Michael E. Engh, S.J.
State of the University
The annual State of the University will be held on Wednesday, February 19, at 4:00 p.m. in the Mission Church. I invite and encourage you to attend the University-wide event as we gather as a community and look towards Santa Clara’s future. A focus of my address will be on the great work underway in strategic planning across campus.
Drought Emergency and Water Conservation
To reiterate the message from the Center for Sustainability, Governor Brown declared a drought emergency in California and has asked all Californians to reduce water consumption by 20%. The drought conditions threaten communities across the state, particularly in agricultural areas. To that end I encourage all of us to do our part to cut back where we can in the office and at home.
The Center for Sustainability and our Facilities department have done a great job in the past of leading Santa Clara University in reducing water usage on campus. To learn more about our campus efforts, click here. For tips on reducing water consumption click here.
We have good news to report about our applicant pool for the incoming freshman class. We received just short of 15,000 applications. Of those, over 4,800 applicants applied for Early Action (an increase of 11% over last year) and 207 applied for Early Decision (an increase of 6% over last year). The academic quality of the early applicants was incredibly strong, and as a result, we admitted over 20% more students than last year while increasing the academic profile. Notable is the fact that 100 students deposited in our second year of Early Decision, making up 7.7% of the class. At this early date, our yield overall is excellent, and all indications are that the admittance rate will be more selective than last year to reach a target enrollment of 1300 students in the freshman class. An additional 140 transfers will be selected from an anticipated 900+ transfer candidates.
The hard work of reviewing the great number of applications is still ahead for our admissions team, but the numbers so far suggest another successful enrollment for fall 2014. Thanks are due in large part to our admissions and financial aid teams who have been reviewing a record-number of applications.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama
On February 24, we have the great honor of hosting His Holiness the Dalai Lama for a public event co-sponsored by the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics and Stanford University's Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education. The Dalai Lama will be joined by the CEO of Dignity Health, Lloyd Dean, for a talk, "Compassion, Business, and Ethics: A Dialogue with the Dalai Lama."
Throughout its history, Santa Clara has promoted the critical role of compassion in our graduates and in leaders of all sectors of society. To have the Dalai Lama choose to come to Santa Clara for this important dialogue affirms our commitment to the teaching, learning and practice of compassion, especially here in the heart of Silicon Valley. For paid ticketing, all proceeds from ticket sales will go toward covering the costs of the event. Should there be any surplus, it will be donated to community and charitable organizations. Neither Santa Clara University nor the Dalai Lama will profit from this event. For more information about the Dalai Lama and his visit to Santa Clara, see the website.