Santa Clara University

Office of the President

President's Updates

  •  Tuesday, Jun. 26, 2012

    Union Negotiations Update

    Dear Members of the Santa Clara University Community,


    I am pleased to report that the University and SEIU Local 2007, the Union representing 59 of the University facilities employees, have reached an agreement. I wish to thank the workers, the University negotiating team, and all who assisted in the bargaining sessions.  Throughout the process, all worked towards a resolution that served in the best interest of all parties.  These negotiations have once again reminded me that we are a community that respects the dignity of all and the contributions of our valued colleagues. The end result is an agreement that honors the University's commitment to providing employees health care and other benefits, and for that I am grateful.




    Michael E. Engh, S.J.

  •  Friday, Jun. 8, 2012

    Class of 2012 Award Recipients

    Dear Faculty, Staff, and Students,

    In the week before commencement, I want to take a moment to announce publicly the members of the Class of 2012 selected to receive University awards. It is my pleasure to congratulate the following students for their contributions to the betterment of our community.

    The valedictorian is conferred annually on a graduating senior selected for outstanding academic achievement and University service.  This year’s valedictorian is Nathan Rogers, a civil engineering major, who will offer the valedictory address at the Undergraduate Commencement on June 16.

    The St. Clare and Nobili medals are presented to the female and male graduates judged outstanding in academic performance, personal character, school activities, and constructive contribution to the University. At the commencement exercises next week, the St. Clare Medal will be awarded to Tanya Schmidt and the Nobili Medal to Drew Hodun.

    The Peter-Hans Kolvenbach, S.J. Award is awarded to graduating seniors who exemplify the ideals of Jesuit education especially being a "whole person of solidarity in the real world" and having the courage and faith to build a more just and humane world. For 2012, the Kolvenbach Award will be presented to Jose Dorador at commencement.

    At the Toast to the Class of 2012 held on June 8, Jahayra Molina, Natali Rodriguez, and Zena Andreani each received the Richard J. Riordan Award in recognition of their outstanding contributions to service through their work with the marginalized and under-served populations outside of the University community.

    Jennifer Dyckman, Todd Lane, Courtney Seymour, Kurt Wagner, and Christopher Wemp received Student Life Awards to recognize their contributions to improving the overall quality of life in the University community.

    Gracelyn Bateman received the Student Inclusive Excellence Award for her commitment to enhancing an inclusive environment on campus

    Kurt Wagner was awarded the Handlery Prize for contributions to the success of a student publication during his time at the University.

    This year’s recipient of the 2012 Alumni Association Board of Director’s Service Award is Cynthia Martinez.

    Please join me in congratulating and thanking these outstanding members of the Class of 2012.

    Michael E. Engh, S.J.

  •  Friday, Jun. 8, 2012

    Board of Trustees Meeting Held on June 1

    On June 1, the Board of Trustees held their spring meeting on campus and approved a variety of actions that affect the life of our campus.

    Five new trustees with exceptional experience and a long history of dedication and loyalty to Santa Clara were voted to the board. Kristi M. Bowers '90, MBA '97, Howard S. Charney, MBA '73, J.D. '77, Mary Mathews-Stevens ’84, Jeffrey A. Miller '73, MBA '76, and Betsy S. Rafael ’83 will join the 40 current trustees. We are honored to welcome the new members of the board and grateful for their commitment to serve. 

    The board also voted for new corporate officers, reelecting both Bob Finocchio as chair and Peggy Bradshaw as vice chair. Other officers elected include Larry Sonsini (Secretary), John Ottoboni (Assistant Secretary), Molly McDonald (Assistant Secretary), Jack Lewis (Treasurer), Bob Warren (Assistant Treasurer) and Harry Fong (Assistant Treasurer).

    In other actions, the board approved a proposal from the School of Engineering for a new master’s degree and a new academic department in BioEngineering. Implementation is planned for fall 2012. The board also approved the 2012 honorary degree recipients and commencement speaker for this year’s commencement exercises. Michael J. Buckley, S.J. and Mary Somers Edmunds will receive honorary degrees and Steve Wozniak will deliver the commencement address as well as receive an honorary degree.

    Mick McCarthy, S.J., Executive Director of the Ignatian Center, returned to the board to present his third talk in the three-part series, “Education as Spiritual Exercises.” In response to a request from the trustees for an update on athletics, Dan Coonan, Athletic Director, briefed trustees on the mission, structure, budget, facilities and student involvement in the athletics program.

    The Faculty Senate Council president-elect Barbara Molony and Associated Student Government (ASG) outgoing president Courtney Seymour reported on the activities of their respective groups. Courtney introduced to the board the incoming ASG president, Jenna Saso.

    Following the business meeting, student leaders joined the board members for lunch. The various presentations, the lunch with groups on campus and other components of the board meetings are all part of an ongoing effort to enrich the trustees’ experiences with the University and the dedicated members that make up our community.  Thank you to all who played a part in making the meeting a great success. 


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