Santa Clara University

Office of the President

President's Updates

  •  Monday, Mar. 21, 2011

    What's Ahead on the President's Calendar:

    • March 24-26 - Alumni Events in New York City
    • March 27-April 5 - Provost Candidates on campus
    • April 2 - Students 5K Run
    • April 4 - Catala Club Spring Fundraiser at Campo di Bocce
    • April 7 - LA Santa Claran of the Year event
    • April 8 - Young Alumni Breakfast in Los Angeles
    • April 8 - Baseball vs. LMU
    • April 9 - Scholars Day
    • April 9-11 - Alumni Events in Seattle
    • April 11 - Passover Seder with Students
    • April 12 - Broncos Read Reception
    • April 13 - President's Speaker Series with David Drummond
    • April 15 - Law School Conference, "Social Justice Leadership: An Intergenerational Conversation"
    • April 16-17 - SCU Preview Days
    • April 17 - Bronco Bench Fundraiser at Campo di Bocce
    • April 18-26 - Passover
    • April 20 - Mercury News Editorial Board Meeting
    • April 22 - Good Friday
    • April 23- Holy Saturday
    • April 24 - Easter
    • April 25 - Media Relations Lunch
    • April 25 - Silicon Valley Leadership Group Town Hall Meeting on CalTrain
    • April 30 - Alumni Anniversary Awards
  •  Monday, Mar. 21, 2011

    Commencement Speakers, 2011

    March 23, 2011


    I am pleased to announce our distinguished speakers for this year's graduate and undergraduate commencements. World-renowned author, alumnus and humanitarian Khaled Hosseini, '88, will speak at the undergraduate commencement on June 11, while Sharon Kugler, '81, University Chaplain at Yale University, will be our speaker for the graduate commencement on June 10.

    Khaled Hosseini, '88, is the author of The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns, and advocate for refugees around the world. Named a goodwill envoy to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in 2006, he works to raise awareness about issues that plague refugees. Mr. Hosseini also is the founder of the international organization, The Khaled Hosseini Foundation. The Foundation provides humanitarian assistance to the people of Afghanistan by supporting projects that give shelter to refugee families, economic opportunities for women, and education to children. Through his writings and humanitarian work, Mr. Hosseini demonstrates convictions and values that uphold the human dignity and human rights of each person. His deep and personal understanding of the challenges of the people of Afghanistant, Darfur and Chad and his work with the United Nations will inspire the Class of 2011. This year we are especially pleased to host Mr. Hosseini as his novel The Kite Runner was assigned to the class as their freshman Common Reading assignment.

    Sharon Kugler, '81, is the first woman and first Catholic to be appointed University Chaplain at Yale University. For over two decades, Ms. Kugler has served in pastoral ministry, social services, and interfaith collaboration. She has been recognized nationwide for cultivating a chaplaincy that defines itself by serving diverse cultural and religious traditions. Ms. Kugler's spiritual and pastoral leadership models a commitment to a pluralistic vision, advances interfaith dialogue, and promotes integration of inter-religious understanding and appreciation. She has spent much of her career shaping the spiritual growth of young people, and she embodies the vital contributions of committed laypeople to the advancement of religious education and spiritual development.

    In addition to the commencement speakers, we will honor Charles L. Currie, S.J., President of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities, with an honorary degree during the undergraduate commencement ceremonies.


  •  Monday, Mar. 21, 2011

    Provost Candidate Interviews

    March 23, 2011

    Th Provost Search Committee has identified four candidates who will be coming to campus for interviews March 27-April 5. During the interviews, candidates will meet one-on-one and in small groups with, among others, representatives from the student body, staff, faculty, university administration, regents, and trustees. In addition, the entire campus community is invited to attend open forums to interact with the candidates.

    The open forums are scheduled as follows:

    Candidate 1 on Monday, March 28, in the St. Clare Room, Learning Commons

    • 10:30-11:30 a.m.
    • 4:00-5:00 p.m.

    Candidate 2 on Wednesday, March 30, in the St. Clare Room, Learning Commons

    • 10:30-11:30 a.m.
    • 4:00-5:00 p.m.

    Candidate 3 on Friday, April 1, in the St. Clare Room,Learning Commons

    • 10:30-11:30 a.m.
    • 4:00-5:00 p.m.

    Candidate 4 on Monday, April 4, in de Saisset Museum

    • 10:30-11:30 a.m.
    • 4:00-5:00 p.m.

    I hope you will make every effort to attend these events and share your feedback on the candidates. An online survey will be e-mailed to you prior to the candidates' visits on campus. 

  •  Monday, Mar. 21, 2011

    Undergraduate Admission Update

    March 22, 2011

    The combined total of the Early Action pool and Regular Decision freshmen applications is a record 13,329. The Admission team has entered admission decisions for about a third of the 9,600 Regular Decision applications and aim to mail decision letters at the end of this week. Additionally, the team has already begun to review and admit Transfer students on a "rolling" basis rather than having them wait until April. Financial awards to admitted students are expected to be posted online one week after the final admission decisions are sent.

  •  Monday, Mar. 21, 2011

    Proposed Cuts to Student Funding

    March 22, 2011

    As the financial awards for new student applicants are being prepared, we are seeing an increase in the number of families filing for aid, and most are showing a lower adjusted gross income. The increased need among our families makes the proposed state and federal cuts to student funding that much more detrimental. Earlier this month, I sent a message to all faculty, staff, regents, trustees, and parents of current and past students asking them to lobby against potential cuts to the Cal Grant and Federal Pell and SEOG Grants. To make our voice heard, students went to Sacramento last week to speak with legislators who may consider a reduction to the Cal Grant. Currently, 590 of our California undergraduates receive $5,656,330 from this program. While no specific reduction amount has yet been proposed, a 25% reduction would amount to over $1,400,000 to some of our neediest students. Sixty percent of them are first generation college attendees and 76% are students of color.

    If the House proposal in Washington is adopted it would mean a 15% cut to the Pell Grant and elimination of the SEOG Grant. Both are designated for the neediest students. Those reductions would mean a loss of over $850,000 to 769 SCU students, most of them the same Californians who would be hit by state cuts.

    I would like you to consider these facts and decide how you wish to help Santa Clara. Most helpful would be to speak out to your elected representatives to urge them to do two things:

    • First, provide sufficient Pell Grant funding to ensure the maximum award is not reduced in the 2011-12 academic year, something that has been proposed in the giant H.R. 1 bill that is expected to go to a vote in the next two weeks. This measure puts in jeopardy the plans of more than 700 families who had been counting on receiving some federal Pell Grant funding to attend Santa Clara this coming school year.
    • Second, it is vital to express our ongoing, resolute support for the Pell and SEOG grant programs. Because these reductions will have a detrimental impact on low-income students, putting tens of thousands in jeopardy of having to drop out of college, I ask you to join me in strong opposition to any cuts to this program.

    Michael E. Engh, S.J.

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