Santa Clara University

Office of the President

President's Updates

  •  Thursday, Sep. 19, 2013

    My congratulations go the the several faculty who received awards at the Faculty Recognition event following Convocation. Each year a series of awards are given to faculty for their exemplary work as teachers and as scholars. This year's recipients are:

    • Hoje Jo, Department of Finance - President's Special Recognition Award
    • Shoba Krishnan, Department of Electrical Engineering - President's Special Recognition Award
    • Tim Healy, Department of Electrical Engineering – Presidential Award for Exemplary Service
    • Dolores LaGuardia, presented posthumously - Presidential Award for Exemplary Service
    • Michelle Burnham, Department of English - Award for Sustained Excellence in Scholarship
    • Ed Maurer, Department of Civil Engineering – Award for Recent Achievement in Scholarship
    • Jeff Zorn, Department of English - The Louis and Dorina Brutocao Award for Teaching Excellence
    • Regina Davis-Sowers, Department of Sociology - Inclusive Excellence Award
    • Samiha Mourad, Department of Electrical Engineering - Faculty Senate Professor Award

    I also congratulate 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:

    • Megan France, School of Education and Counseling Psychology
    • Theresa Ladrigan-Whelpley, Ignatian Center
    • Katherine Nicholson, Development Office
    • Chris Young, Facilities
    • Team Award: Eva Blanco and Aaron Ho in Undergraduate Admission, and Kaz Joseph and Yingqi Cui in Information Technology
    • Team Award: Teri Escobar and Marc Ramos in Technology Training, and Todd Schmitzer, Geoffrey Battad, Willis Dair, Jaime Lopez, John Nichols, and Michael Swartz in Information Technology

    Congratulations and thanks to the award recipients for their achievements and contributions to the University.


    Michael E. Engh, S.J.,

  •  Friday, Sep. 6, 2013

    Dear Members of the University Community, 
    The recent events in the Middle East call us as a people of conscience to pause and reflect on what it means to be thoughtful, compassionate, and peace-seeking citizens of the world. These are troubled times, particularly in Syria where the crimes committed in that civil war raise serious questions about our moral responsibility as individuals and as a nation. How does one respond to the suffering and violence that has enveloped the people of Syria? How does one consider solutions to complex and protracted conflicts? 
    Whatever your faith tradition or beliefs, the pursuit of peace is a common human desire, and now is a time to reflect on what peace might look like in our world. Some may wish to participate in communal prayer; others may wish to reflect with families and friends; and others may wish to reflect in the solitude of their hearts. For communal prayer, a vigil for peace will be held this Saturday evening, September 7, 8:00-9:30 p.m. at the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Joseph located at 80 South Market Street, San Jose, CA, 95113.  However we may spend our time, this is an important moment for us to pause and reflect.  As Pope Francis has stated, “Peace is a good which overcomes every barrier because it belongs to all humanity!” 
    Michael E. Engh, S.J.
  •  Friday, Aug. 9, 2013

    Celebration of the Mass of the Holy Spirit

    On Wednesday, October 2, 2013, at 12:00 p.m. in the Mission Church, we will celebrate our annual Mass of the Holy Spirit, followed by a picnic lunch on the St. Ignatius Lawn. At this special liturgy, Santa Clara will continue the centuries-old tradition among Catholic colleges and universities of calling upon the Holy Spirit to guide and bless us in our work throughout the academic year.Through our common prayer, we call on the Spirit of God to be with us in all our works, activities, and endeavors.  While the Mass is a Roman Catholic liturgy, we appreciate the diversity of faiths within our community, and we welcome one and all to join in the celebration.

    To enable the campus community to attend the Mass, classes will not meet between 11:45 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. that day.  Classes that usually meet from 11:45 A.M. to 12:50 p.m. will be cancelled.  Classes scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. will instead begin at 1:15 p.m.

  •  Thursday, Aug. 8, 2013

    Dear Members of the Santa Clara University Community,

    Yesterday we received word that long-time law faculty member and Professor Emeritus Howard Anawalt died August 6 peacefully at home in his sleep. Howard joined Santa Clara University School of Law in 1967 and specialized in constitutional law, torts and intellectual property law. With his expertise in intellectual property law, he was one of the first faculty members to address in his teaching the legal questions arising out of the high tech industry. He remained an active scholar and member of the Law School community even after he retired in 2003. Howard held a passion for teaching and a commitment to his profession which resonated with generations of students in his decades of service to the law school and the University community.

    Howard's death brings sadness to those who knew and loved him, including his wife, Sue, his sons Paul and Brad and their families, and his many students and colleagues. He will be remembered as a kind and generous person, who never hesitated to offer assistance to his students and colleagues. As a community we join with all who mourn him and thank God for the gift of his full and vibrant life. We hold Howard up to God and offer our prayers for him and his family.

    If you would like to send condolences, notes may be sent to his wife, Sue, care of the Law School:
    c/o Dean's Office
    School of Law
    Santa Clara University
    500 El Camino Real
    Santa Clara, CA 95053

    A memorial service to celebrate Howard's life will be held:
    October 5, 6:00 p.m. 
    Mission Church
    Santa Clara University

    Please keep Howard, Sue, and his family in your prayers. May he rest in peace.


    Michael E. Engh, S.J.

  •  Wednesday, Jul. 31, 2013

    Dear Members of the Santa Clara University Community,

    George J. Alexander, former law school dean and professor emeritus, died peacefully Monday night after a prolonged illness. George led the law school from 1970 to 1985—a period of great growth both in enrollment and in prominence for the law school, making him one of the most influential deans in its 100-year history. During his time as dean, George emphasized scholarship, hired distinguished faculty, and with his commitment to diversifying the legal profession, recruited talented students of color from across the country.  He led the law school in developing a more international law curriculum and established it as a pre-eminent global legal educator.

    George left a strong legacy of commitment to advancing the legal profession and improving access to legal services. He and his wife, Katharine, have been great friends and supporters of the law school. In 2004, they endowed operations of the Katharine and George Alexander Community Law Center, which serves low-income people in matters of consumer law, immigration law, and workers’ rights. In 2008, they established the annual Katharine and George Alexander Law Prize, which recognizes lawyers who have used their legal careers to help alleviate injustice and inequity.

    As professor, dean and friend of Santa Clara, George embodied the University’s mission and values by combining a high regard for academic rigor with a personal commitment to making the world a better place. While we mourn George’s death, we also thank God for the gift of his life. The University community will miss his leadership, wisdom, and friendship.

    Please keep George and his family in your prayers. May he rest in peace.


    Michael E. Engh, S.J.

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