Santa Clara University

Office of the President

President's Updates

  •  Thursday, Jun. 24, 2010

    Update on Paul Locatelli, S.J.

    At my last visit with Fr. Locatelli, he expressed his appreciation for the many cards and messages you have sent to support him. Paul’s doctors have decided to postpone his chemotherapy treatment indefinitely until his health improves. He has been readmitted to the hospital to be more closely monitored and to receive the assistance he needs to recover his strength and stamina.

    So that Paul can get the rest that he needs, no visitors are allowed. Cards are welcome and can be mailed to the Jesuit Community at SCU, 500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara, CA 95053-1600.

    I ask for your continued prayers for Paul and his family as they absorb the impact of this latest setback.

    Staff Recognition Event

    Our annual Staff Recognition Event on June 15 affirmed for me how blessed we are to have such dedicated and loyal staff at Santa Clara. Our staff has a sense of service unmatched in many colleges and universities.

    During the ceremony, we acknowledged several staff who received special recognition awards and selected by each of the vice presidents and the President. They were:

    • Jack Treacy, S.J. from the President’s direct reports;
    • Colleen Hudgens and Monica Augustin from the Provost’s area;
    • Maggie Malagon from the Business and Finance area;
    • Sandra Hayes and Rich Toomey, from Enrollment Management; and
    • Linda Degastaldi-Ortiz from University Relations.

    This year, the Outstanding Staff Volunteer Service Award went to:

    Carol Bonney from the Registrar’s Office, for her volunteer work with Blue Star Moms, an organization that supports military families. Carol, who has a son in the military, helped found the Alameda County chapter and currently serves as Secretary of the Board.

    Congratulations to our awardees and to all our staff for creating a positive work environment and a culture of service!

    Board of Trustees Meeting

    On June 4, the Board of Trustees held their third and final meeting for the year. The board approved a series of resolutions, including the conferral of degrees on the Class of 2010, the largest graduating class in the history of the University.

    The trustees also approved changes to the Faculty Handbook as brought forward by the Academic Affairs Committee of the Board of Trustees and the University’s Faculty Affairs Committee. The Board approved changes to the handbook related to the Jesuit School of Theology, and the University’s patent policy. Changes to the handbook relating to faculty appointments were approved with stipulations.

    In other business, three trustees, Tasce Bongiovanni, Lorry Lokey, and Sonny Manuel, S.J. (ex officio) finished their terms on the board. Two new members, Austin Woody (recent alumnus position), and Michael Zampelli, S.J. (ex officio), were elected Trustees.

    Part of the meeting was dedicated to a presentation on the results of the Alumni Participation Survey, conducted by the consulting firm Eduventure under the auspices of the trustee Task Force on Alumni Participation. Analysis of the survey data gave insights into alumni affinities, motivations for giving, barriers to giving, and opportunities for increased engagement and effective solicitation. The survey results and analysis will help give direction to the Task Force as they develop a follow-up plan for review with the administration.

    The Board of Trustees will hold their next meeting in October. Preliminary agenda items include review and approval of the Strategic Plan and discussion of new developments in the direction of Jesuit higher education.

    Information Services Program Review

    Information Services (IS) has begun a program review that is akin to reviews conducted in academic departments. The goals of the program review are to identify IS’s mission, goals and objectives, and to prepare an action plan that will guide the work of IS over the next several years.

    All three units in IS (Information Technology, Media Services and Orradre Library) will share a single unified review process. The process begins with a self-study assessment and preparation of an action plan, followed by a site visit in May 2011. During the visit, a team of external reviewers will provide honest and objective advice about departmental strengths and weaknesses. Feedback from the visiting team and other constituency groups on campus will be incorporated into the action plan.

    NCAA Certification

    Our Athletics program is undergoing a 10-year NCAA certification process. Gary Neustadter, Professor of Law, is chairing the 18-member steering committee that will help us prepare for the site visit in fall 2011. Three subcommittees are being formed to address Academics; Governance and Compliance; and Minority and Gender Diversity Issues and Student Well-Being. I thank Dan Coonan, Director of Athletics, Jeff Mitchell, Assistant Athletic Director for Compliance and Student Services, and the members of the steering committee and subcommittees for their leadership in this time-intensive process.

    Thank you

    Lucia Gilbert’s time as Provost comes to a close on June 30. I thank her for her four years of generous and dedicated service and wish her a much-deserved rest during her sabbatical.


     Michael E. Engh, S.J.


  •  Thursday, Jun. 3, 2010

    University Award recipients

    Every year, the University presents graduating seniors with four special University awards and honors, recognizing them for unique and significant contributions to Santa Clara. I am pleased to announce the students who have been selected as this years award recipients. They will be acknowledged formally at Undergraduate Commencement on June 12.

    Valedictorian: Jamie Staudt

    Valedictorian, established by the University in 1980, is the honor conferred annually on a graduating senior selected for outstanding academic achievement and University service as determined by the president in consultation with the faculty of the University and the provost.

    Nobili Medal: Michael Hayes

    The Nobili Medal, established in 1876 by Joseph A. Donohoe in honor of John Nobili, S.J., founder of the University, is given to the male graduate judged outstanding in academic performance, personal character, school activities, and constructive contribution to the University by the faculty and the provost.

    Saint Clare Medal: Sarah Bradley

    The Saint Clare Medal, established by the University in 1968 in honor of St. Clare de Assisi, is given to the female graduate judged outstanding in academic performance, personal character, school activities, and constructive contribution to the University by the faculty and the provost.

    Peter-Hans Kolvenbach, S.J., Award: Anne Murphy-Hagan

    Peter-Hans Kolvenbach, S.J., Award, established in 2001 on the occasion of the sesquicentennial of Santa Clara University, in honor of the Very Reverend Peter-Hans Kolvenbach, superior general of the Society of Jesus, is given by the president to graduating seniors who exemplify the ideals of Jesuit education, especially being whole persons of solidarity in the real world and having the courage and faith to build a more just and humane world.

    Each one of our recipients exemplifies the best of Santa Clara. We are proud that they are among the ranks of our graduates. Please join me in congratulating Anne, Michael, Sarah and Jamie for their achievements.

    Michael E. Engh, S.J.


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