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Monday, Oct. 24, 2011
On Friday, October 21, we hosted the fall meeting of the Board of Trustees on campus and welcomed new trustees Scott Santarosa, S.J., John M. Sobrato, and Patricia Boitano. All new and current trustees also were invited to participate in an orientation session to learn about our Jesuit educational values, mission and legacy; the role of trustees; and overviews of the academic programs, the budget and finances, among other topics.
At the business meeting, Mick McCarthy, S.J. engaged the group with the first of three presentations on "Education as Spiritual Exercises." Father McCarthy made connections between how Jesuit education fits into broader liberal education and focused on the ancient tradition. Drawing upon ancient classical writers to modern-day Jesuits, he framed his talk around the questions: How do I live? How do I dialog? How do I die? How do I read? Father McCarthy's dynamic presentation was well-received and will be followed by Part 2 at the winter meeting of the trustees.
Other discussion items at the meeting included enrollment strategies for the Class of 2016 presented by Mike Sexton, an overview of the School of Law by Dean Don Polden, and acceptance of the audit report. Philip Boo Riley presented the Faculty Senate president's report on behalf of Bill Greenwalt, Faculty Senate Council president. The chair of the Board of Trustees, Bob Finocchio, thanked the faculty for their dedication to Santa Clara and noted that the high rankings we have received point to the caliber of education that our faculty offer to the benfit of our students.
This year's president of the Associated Student Government, Courtney Seymour, joined the meeting and reported on the three large student initiatives for the year: campus escort/transportation services, social spirit, and sustainability.