What's Ahead on My Calendar
- February 22 - Ash Wednesday
- February 22 - Panel Discussion, "The Next 100 Years of Engineering"
- February 22 - Dessert with Modern Perspectives RLC
- February 24-25 - Family Weekend
- February 24 - Men's Baseball vs. Illinois
- February 25 - Women's Basketball vs. USF
- February 27 - Province Higher Education Meeting in Seattle
- February 28 - Cabinet Meeting
- February 29 - Stockton Alumni Event
- March 7 - AICCU Student Day at Sacramento in support of Cal Grant program
- March 10 - Retirement Event for Dr. Victor Vari
- March 10 - Bronco Bench Foundation Endowment Dinner
- March 14 - The Katharine and George Alexander Law Prize event
- March 15 - Board of Fellows Meeting
- March 17 - St. Patrick's Day
- March 17 - Friendly Sons of St. Patrick Dinner in LA
- March 19- Founders Day
- March 22 - LA Santa Claran of the Year in LA
By now you likely are aware that Cal Grant funding for students is in jeopardy. The Governor of California has proposed reducing the Cal Grant maximum award to students from private California schools from $9,708 to $5,472. This would impact 580 students at Santa Clara and result in a loss of nearly $2.4M in aid for our students, dollars that Santa Clara University would be expected to cover. I recently wrote an Op Ed in the San Jose Mercury News capturing how these proposed cuts will hurt rather than help students and the larger community of California.
To let our legislators know how these cuts negatively impact our students, a delegation of SCU students and staff will lobby leaders in Sacramento on March 7. I ask you to contact your local legislators to let them know how these cuts negatively impact Santa Clara students. A list of your elected officials can be found online.
If you have not yet completed “The Best Places to Work Survey,” please consider doing so today. The survey is a joint project of San Francisco Business Times, Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal, and the East Bay Business Times and closes this Friday, February 24.
The survey asks you to evaluate your satisfaction with your workplace - management practices and policies, benefit offerings, and how happy people are with the work climate and culture.
To be considered for the rankings, we ask that staff and faculty respondents fill out the survey BEFORE Friday, February 24. The survey does not require you to enter your name or any personal information, and it is completely confidential. Your participation will help SCU be recognized as a great place to work.
To complete the survey, please go to http://www.quantumworkplace.com/bestplaces/survey and enter the SCU code included in an email sent to all faculty and staff.
Thank you for your participation.
On February 24-25, 700 families of our students are expected to come to campus for the annual Family Weekend. With 35 sessions and over 100 speakers including faculty, staff, students and alumni, the event is an opportunity for families to learn more about the Santa Clara experience by living it for a weekend. Thank you to all who help make this weekend engaging and inspiring for families and our students. For more information, visit the Family Weekend website.
This week begins the observance of Lent, when Christians renew their baptismal promises and begin a new life in Christ. Consider attending any of the services and opportunities for prayer organized by Campus Ministry, available here. Regardless of your faith tradition, I invite you to reflect on renewal in your own lives, a renewal of heart, mind, and soul that brings fullness of life, everyday and with all whom you meet.