What's Ahead on My Calendar
- October 30 - Administrative Leaders Group Meeting
- November 1 - Feast of All Saints
- November 1 - Conference of Catholic Colleges and Universities
- November 2 - Feast of All Souls
- November 2 - Silicon Valley Leadership Group Annual Luncheon
- November 5- Interfaith Prayer Service for the Election
- November 15 - The Tech Awards
- November 16 - West Coast Conference Presidents Council Meeting
- November 22 - Thanksgiving
Alpha Sigma Nu Book Award
This month I would like to acknowledge that Alexander Field, professor of Economics, received the 2012 Alpha Sigma Nu Book Award in the field of social sciences for his book, A Great Leap Forward: 1930s Depression and U.S. Economic Growth. Alpha Sigma Nu, the Jesuit Honor Society, holds an annual book awards competition to recognize outstanding publishing achievement in the humanities and sciences by faculty and administrators in Jesuit colleges and universities in the U.S., Canada and Korea. Congratulations to Professor Field for this accomplishment that brings recognition to him, to the Leavey School of Business and to the University.
Month of Holy Souls
During November, the Month of Holy Souls, we will honor the long-held tradition in the Catholic Church when we remember in a special way our deceased loved ones. We shall offer our prayers for family and friends who have died and pray for their eternal peace in the Lord. I invite you to submit your personal requests through the online remembrance form. Submissions will be collected through Wednesday, October 31, and placed in the Book of Names for remembrance throughout the month of November, beginning at the Mass for the Feast of All Saints on Thursday, November 1 in the Mission Church. Masses that day will be at 12:05 p.m., 5:00 p.m. and a Misa en Español at 8:00 p.m. Throughout November, the Book of Names will remain on display in the Mission Church. My hope is that the prayers we offer throughout the month bring a sense of peace and consolation to all of us who have lost loved ones.
Students Appointed to Committees
Each year student representatives are appointed to several University committees across campus. I am pleased that the following students have agreed to serve in the various capacities. The Associated Student Government (ASG) president attends our Board of Trustees Student Life Committee meetings, and this year Jenna Saso is serving in that role. The graduate student representative for this committee is Grant Atkinson. Cassandra Francois will serve as the Law School representative on the Inclusive Excellence Student Advisory Council. The undergraduate student representative to the National Alumni Board of Directors is Frankie Bastone. Kori Lennon has been appointed as the undergraduate representative on the Academic Affairs University Policy Committee, and Roxanne Roknian will represent graduate students on the Student Affairs University Policy Committee. Also, I am pleased to announce the appointment of Robert Leupp to the University's Planning Action Council. Robert's appointment is in recognition of his leadership, dedication, and commitment to the Santa Clara Community. He has served as Chair of the Undergraduate Student Government Senate, as an Undergraduate Representative for the Student Affairs Policy Committee, and as a Junior Class Senator. I look forward to working with Robert and all the student leaders during the academic year.
In gratitude for your dedication and hard work, I am pleased to announce that, in addition to our regularly scheduled Christmas holidays, the University will close on December 26, 27 and 28. These additional days will be administrative closure days. Except for essential services, the University will close at the end of business on Friday, December 21, 2012, and re-open on Wednesday, January 2, 2013. To all those who provide essential services, I offer my gratitude and that of the entire University community for ensuring that necessary operations continue during the closure.
Please note too, that all are invited to attend our annual ecumenical Christmas service in the Mission Church on December 12 at 4:30 p.m. Following the service, we will hold our Christmas and Holidays Party for faculty and staff. I hope you will join with colleagues and friends for an evening of prayer and celebration as we ring in the season of peace and joy.