Community Day of Service
Thank you to all who took part in the Community Day of Service on Saturday, April 13, and to those in the Alumni Office and Staff Senate who mobilized a great turnout. 120 faculty, staff, students and friends joined together to sort, plant, paint, clean, compost and tutor at four neighboring locations. At one of the sites, Washington Elementary School, volunteers helped students with their weekly reading goals through group reading activities. Principal Maria Arias Evans ’81, who directed the activities at Washington for the day, will be honored on April 27 as a recipient of the 2013 Ignatian Award.
Students Selected for "Path to Peace" Seminar
I have the privilege of again sending two students to an annual symposium on Catholic social teaching sponsored by the Path to Peace Foundation. Carlos Martinez ’15, a double major in Political Science and Religious Studies, and Alexander Nauman ’15 majoring in Operations Management and Information Systems will attend this year’s week-long seminar in New York City in May. Hosted by the Vatican’s ambassador to the United Nations, the 2013 seminar will focus on the 50th Anniversary of the publication of the Encyclical Letter Pacem in Terris by Blessed John XXIII.
Through interviews, tours, and in-depth discussions with dignitaries of the United Nations, former ambassadors to the Holy See, renowned authors and other officials, our students learn that on the global stage Catholic social teaching has a critical part to play in decision-making among leaders. The sessions help participants consider ways to apply economic thought, political thought, and ethical thought to Catholic social teaching as they discuss global issues. These learned insights are in perfect keeping with and extensions of their Santa Clara education. Opportunities like these help students expand their worldview and consider the rich and challenging traditions of Catholic social teaching and their faith.
Sprinksgiving: A Day of Gratitude and Donor Appreciation
A new tradition is beginning among our students this year. Hosted by the SCU Student Philanthropy Committee and the Development office, our first “Sprinksgiving” will be held on April 24, 2013, when we set aside a day of gratitude to celebrate all who have given so generously to Santa Clara University. Each year, thousands of alumni, parents and other friends make gifts to Santa Clara, helping to fund scholarships, immersion trips, student club budgets and new buildings. To show our appreciation for our donors, the campus community is invited to join the celebration by signing a giant “thank you” card on display in front of the Library on April 24, 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. In honor of this special “Thanksgiving in Spring” event, free turkey sandwiches will be offered. Visit the Sprinksgiving website for more information.
I am pleased to announce the appointment of two new endowed professors in the School of Law. Brad Joondeph was named the Inez Mabie Professor and Stephanie Wildman was appointed the John A. and Elizabeth H. Sutro Professor. Endowed professorships are awarded to faculty members who have distinguished themselves as teaching scholars and embody the qualities of creative scholarship, collegiality and collaboration, and incorporation of intellectual foundations for ethics and justice. Designed to help recruit and retain gifted faculty who are leading scholars in their disciplines, our endowed professors strengthen not only the academic programs in which they teach but also the University as a whole. Congratulations to Professors Joondeph and Wildman for their achievements!
In keeping with our commitment to service and social justice, I am pleased that once again Santa Clara University was named to the 2013 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.
This special recognition honors schools that excel in “placing students on a lifelong path of civic engagement by engaging them in meaningful service that achieves measurable results in the community.” Completing over 133,000 hours of service, our students accompanied neighbors in impoverished areas of the U.S. and Latin America, engaged in service-learning projects with local community partners, advocated for positive change on campus and elsewhere, and took part in other programs that reinforce our commitment to communities near and far. It is through opportunities with Arrupe Partnerships, SCCAP, the Experiential Learning for Social Justice component in the core and other programs that our students gain perspective, are moved by compassion, use their skills in meaningful ways, and ultimately become leaders to change our world. We can take pride in the recognition we have received, knowing that service reaches beyond the press releases and rankings, for the benefit of the greater good.