The season opener for the Women's Softball team will be a special one as they host University of the Pacific for a doubleheader at the new SCU Bronco Softball Stadium on February 9. The program's first-ever game at the new stadium will be at 11:00 a.m. followed by a second game at 1:00 p.m. In all, 25 softball games will be played at home this season on the Mission campus, capped off by hosting San Diego (May 4-5) and Stanford (May 7).
Our admission prospects are looking very good as the enrollment management team is reviewing a robust set of regular decision applications that were due January 7. The combined total of early and regular decision applications reached 14,945 applications, an increase of 4% over last year. From the pool of admitted students we are targeting an enrollment of 1275 students for the incoming freshman class.
The early applicant pool had a strong showing with 4,677 applications received by the November 1 deadline. This pool included applicants taking advantage of the Early Action and the newly implemented Early Decision options. The combined total of early applicants represented 9% more than last year's single Early Action pool. We were pleased with the outcome of the first-ever binding Early Decision option, under which 85 students have deposited.
Event Planning Office
In December, the Event Planning Office (EPO) staff moved from the Benson Memorial Center to the Walsh Administration Building, and is now part of the President’s Office staff. Karrie Grasser, Assistant Vice President of University Protocol and Events, and her team of Elizabeth Carter, Mary Johnson, Blake Malcolm and Stephanie Woitte, will continue to provide the University with event planning leadership, advisory support, and services that advance University-wide event development and production management. In the new organization, the EPO staff will continue to manage Undergraduate and Graduate Commencements, the Golden Circle Theatre Party, and staffing for the Board of Fellows. Since joining the President’s Office, they have taken on additional responsibilities including staffing for both the Board of Trustees and the Board of Regents.
The EPO staff is also tasked with developing a set of University-wide standards and protocol, which will help ensure that all events exhibit a level of consistency and quality showcasing Santa Clara’s excellence. Further details will be forthcoming as the team transitions to the new organization and their new duties. They are a welcome addition to the President’s Office, and I look forward to their continued support and assistance in University events across campus.
What's Ahead on My Calendar
- January 26-February 2 - Meetings and alumni event in Hong Kong
- February 7 - Men's Basketball v. St. Mary's
- February 8 - Board of Trustees Meeting
- February 9 - Golden Circle Theatre Party
- February 12 - State of the University
- February 13 - Ash Wednesday
- February 18 - President's Day
- February 22-23 - Family Weekend
- February 25 - Joint Meeting of California and Oregon Provinces on Higher Education
- February 26-27 - Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities (AJCU) Presidents Meeting
State of the University
Please join me for the annual State of the University address, which will be held on Tuesday, February 12, at 4:00 p.m. in the Mission Church. I invite and encourage you to attend the University-wide event as we gather as a community to reflect on past achievements, current opportunities and future plans for fulfilling our aspirations for Santa Clara University.
Michael E. Engh, S.J.