To help you plan for the holiday season, please mark you calendars to attend our annual ecumenical prayer service in the Mission Church on December 15 at 4:30 p.m. Following the service, we will hold our Christmas and Holidays Party for faculty and staff. These events are ideal opportunities to gather as a community and share in the joy of the season. Details of the events will be forthcoming as the date nears.
This past year has been a full and demanding year for all of you. In gratitude for your dedication and hard work, I am pleased to announce that, in addition to our regularly scheduled Christmas holidays, the University will close on December 27, 28, and 29. These additional days will be administrative closure days. The Christmas Day holiday will be observed on December 23 and the New Year's Day holiday on December 30. Except for essential services, the University will close at the end of business on Wednesday, December 22, and re-open on Monday, January 3.
My hope is that the extended time off will help you and your loved ones enjoy the spirit of the season and find time to reflect, renew and relax.
What's Ahead on My Calendar:
- October 27 – Faculty Coffee Session
- November 1 – Mass for Feast of All Saints and Dia de los Muertos, in Spanish
- November 1 - Staff Coffee Session
- November 6 – Tech Awards Gala
- November 10 - Luis Valdez and The Storm that Swept Mexico
- November 13-15 – Alumni Event in Denver
- November 17 – Faculty Coffee Session
Trustees Retreat on Jesuit Mission and Identity
On October 14-15, the Board of Trustees held their fall business meeting and participated in a facilitated retreat on Jesuit mission and identity. The retreat, which had the theme “The Role of Trustees in Maintaining and Promoting the Catholic Identity and Jesuit Mission of Santa Clara University,” was the first trustee retreat in nearly 10 years. In preparation, the trustees read a series of articles on Jesuit education and mission, including “Communal Reflection on the Jesuit Mission in Higher Education: A Way of Proceeding,” from the Jesuit Conference in 2002. Sessions on Jesuit education and the essential elements of Jesuit mission and identity set the stage for discussion of the University’s Strategic Plan in the context of our Jesuit, Catholic heritage. The conversations generated helpful comments and suggestions on the plan. Once the trustee comments have been addressed, the plan will be distributed to the University community before it is approved at the Board of Trustees meeting in February.
Thank you to our faculty and staff for their generosity towards Santa Clara: one-third of a million dollars in gifts to the University from 325 individual faculty and staff, along with two-thirds of a million dollars from the salaries of the Jesuits donated by the Jesuit Community. Every gift counts regardless of size, and together, your contributions have an impressive impact on our students. I am deeply grateful for your spirit of giving.
I extend my thanks also to the staff and faculty who made Open House weekend the great success that it was. You helped more than 2,200 potential students and their parents see what a special place we have here at Santa Clara. The staff in Undergraduate Admission deserves special thanks for planning the program, directing the events, and welcoming visitors to Santa Clara. I can not thank you enough for your personal commitment to Santa Clara.
The Grand Reunion Weekend was a great success, and I commend the many staff and faculty who either assisted with the event or had a role in the programs for the weekend. Special kudos to the staff of the Alumni Relations office. They ensured that our guests felt welcome and enjoyed their time with their classmates.
During the weekend, I had the privilege of gathering with the Class of 1960 who celebrated their 50th reunion. Fr. Locatelli, a classmate of theirs, was not far from their thoughts and prayers as they reminisced together. The weekend culminated in the dedication of the Locatelli Center, a fitting way for the Class of ‘60 and the University community to pay special tribute to Fr. Locatelli.