Santa Clara University

Office of the President

President's Updates

  •  Monday, Jan. 23, 2012

    “For only one hour a week, you can change the life of a child.”

    The Silicon Valley Leadership Group (SVLG) is reaching out to its members encouraging us to participate in the program, 1000 Hearts for 1000 Minds, to inspire our Valley’s students.  As a member of SVLG, Santa Clara University is a prime source of volunteers who can make a difference in the education of young people in our community. Launched by SVLG, along with the City of San Jose, and endorsed by the Cities Association of Santa Clara County, 1000 Hearts for 1000 Minds endeavors to narrow the achievement gap in Silicon Valley by leveraging the creative energy of our workforce and residents – the world’s most innovative workforce and residents – to support our students who are struggling most in the core areas of literacy, math and science. The objective is to find 1000 caring adult volunteers to serve as tutors and mentors to 1000 K-8 public school students.

    1000 Hearts for 1000 Minds makes it easy to turn a small amount of time into a big impact. Volunteers are asked to commit as little as one hour a week for as few as 8-12 weeks. For more information about how you can help to transform the educational trajectory of 1000 Silicon Valley students, visit or contact Natasha Baker at, 408-501-7874.



  •  Monday, Jan. 23, 2012

    Last week I was pleased to learn that Chris Kitts, associate professor of Mechanical Engineering, received the "2011 Outstanding Faculty Member and Network Contributor" award from the Kern Family Foundation. This award is a testament to the Kern Foundation's high regard for Chris, his research and his commitment to the Kern Entrepreneurship Education Network (KEEN) program. Santa Clara University has received two multi-year grants from KEEN to establish an entrepreneurial mindset in 100% of Santa Clara's undergraduate engineers. Chris has served as Santa Clara's principle investigator on the grant awards, and he and his colleagues in Engineering and Business have worked over the past three years on numerous initiatives.

    I congratulate Chris for this personal recognition and the recognition that he has brought to Santa Clara.  I also applaud all who contributed to Santa Clara's KEEN initiatives that advance our curriculum in interdisciplinary entrepreneurship. 

    Michael E. Engh, S.J.

  •  Monday, Jan. 23, 2012

    Dear Faculty, Staff and Students,

    Please join me for the annual State of the University, which will be held on Wednesday, February 15, at 4:00 p.m. in the Mission Church.  I invite and encourage you to attend this event as we review past accomplishments, current challenges and future plans for fulfilling our vision for Santa Clara University.

    This is one of two events in the year when all faculty, staff and students are invited to gather as a community.  In October, we welcome in the new year with the Mass of the Holy Spirit, asking for guidance in our academic endeavors. The State of the University, traditionally held in February, gives the community an opportunity to reflect on where we have been, what we have achieved, and what lies ahead as we work towards our aspirations for Santa Clara University. 

    Michael E. Engh, S.J.

  •  Monday, Jan. 23, 2012

    What's Ahead on My Calendar

    • January 25 - Faculty Publications Reception
    • January 26 - President's Speaker Series with Steve Wozniak
    • January 27-29 - AJCU/ACCU Meeting in Washington, DC
    • January 31 - Administrative Leaders Group Meeting
    • February 1 - Graduate Theological Union Council of Presidents Meeting
    • February 3 - Board of Regents Meeting
    • February 8 - Faculty Senate Meeting
    • February 10 - Board of Trustees Meeting
    • February 11 - Golden Circle Theatre Party
    • February 15 - State of the University
    • February 15 - Santa Clara Lecture with Catherine Cornille
    • February 16 - Budget Forum
    • February 18 - SCU vs. BYU Men's Basketball Game


  •  Monday, Jan. 23, 2012

    The search for the University Librarian is well underway. Candidates have been scheduled for campus interviews, one of whom completed an on-site interview earlier in January and two are scheduled to interview on Wednesday, February 1, and Friday, February 3.  The search committee encourages you to attend the open sessions and provide feedback on the candidates. To learn more about the candidates, their presentation schedules, and the position profile, please visit the website,

    The search committee is chaired by Diane Jonte-Pace and includes members Emily Armstead (Undergraduate Student), Christa Bailey (University Library), Michelle Burnham (English), Christine Grimsby (Graduate Student), Mary Hood (Law Library), Michael Kevane (Economics), Helene LaFrance (University Library), and Alex Zecevic (Electrical Engineering).  I thank each of the members for their service, and with them, anticipate that a new University Librarian will be on board by July 1, 2012.

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