Santa Clara University

Office of the President

President's Updates

  •  Tuesday, Sep. 23, 2014

    At last week's Faculty Recognition Awards Celebration, several faculty were honored for their exemplary work as teachers and as scholars. Congratulations to this year's award recipients:

    • Silvia Figueira, Computer Engineering - President's Special Recognition Award
    • Kyle Graham, Law School - President's Special Recognition Award
    • Lucy Ramos-Sánchez, Counseling Psychology - President's Special Recognition Award
    • Craig Stephens, Public Health Program and Biology Department - President's Special Recognition Award
    • Kieran Sullivan, Psychology - Award for Sustained Excellence in Scholarship
    • Yongtae Kim, Accounting - Award for Recent Achievement in Scholarship
    • Tonya Nilsson, Civil Engineering - The Brutocao Family Foundation Award for Curriculum Innovation
    • Sally Wood, Electrical Engineering - The Brutocao Family Foundation Award for Curriculum Innovation
    • Patti Simone, Psychology - The Louis and Dorina Brutocao Award for Teaching Excellence
    • Sarita Tamayo-Moraga, Religious Studies - Inclusive Excellence Award
    • Robert Senkewicz, History - Faculty Senate Professor Award

    Congratulatations also go to the staff members who were honored with awards at the Staff Recognition event on June 18. The annual event is an opportunity to acknowledge the special contributions and dedication of the staff to their divisions and to the University.  Awards were presented to:

    • Joe Sugg, University Operations
    • Sheli Whiting, Office of the Registrar
    • Maureen Muscat, Alumni Office
    • Team Award: Rebecca Schapp, Lindsey Kouvaris, Chris Sicat from de Saisset Museum, and Jan Lam and Jan Orvick formerly from de Saisset Museum
    • Team Award: Maria Gutierrez, Jeffrey Roush,and Cindy Tirado from Financial Aid Office
    • Team Award: Karrie Grasser, Joni Berticevich, Elizabeth Carter, Mary Johnson, Blake Malcom, and Stephanie Woitte from Event Planning Office
  •  Tuesday, Jul. 22, 2014

    Convocation for the 2014-2015 academic year will be held on Tuesday, September 16, at 4:00 p.m. in the Mission Church. This is our first community event ushering in the new academic year before our students arrive on campus. I invite all faculty and staff to attend the annual program which gives me the opportunity to welcome new members to the University community, acknowledge achievements, and highlight past progress and future plans for the upcoming year.


  •  Thursday, Jul. 17, 2014

    On Thursday, July 31, the University community will gather to celebrate the Feast of St. Ignatius with liturgy at 11:30 a.m. in the Mission Church followed by a picnic lunch on The Alameda Mall. This is a special tradition for Santa Clara and Jesuit institutions around the world when we honor the founder of the Society of Jesus and recall his unique spiritual gifts.

    Ignatius left a legacy of spiritual practices that are grounded in our everyday lives and focused on actions that serve the greater glory of God. His was a mission of love, justice and a special concern for the poor, the sick and the hungry. As a community, may we be inspired by Ignatius' practice of seeing God in all things and in all people.

    Please mark you calendars for Thursday, July 31, to celebrate our Ignatian roots.

  •  Wednesday, Jun. 11, 2014

    What's Ahead on My Calendar

    • June 13 - Commencement Liturgy
    • June 13 - Graduate Commencement
    • June 14 - Undergraduate Commencement
    • June 17 - Staff Recognition Awards
    • June 21 - Memorial Service for John Vasconcellos
    • June 26-27 - President's Staff Leadership Retreat
    • July 4 - July 4th Holiday
    • July 7-8 - Orientation
    • July 10-11 - Orientation
    • July 11 - Bay Area President's Meeting
  •  Wednesday, Jun. 11, 2014

    UPC End-of-Year Meeting

    On May 22, we held the end-of-year UPC meeting, at which representatives from the University Policy Committees, Faculty Senate, Staff Senate and other committees reported on their activities of the past year. So that the University community is apprised of the extensive work accomplished by each group, the summary reports are posted as follows:

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