Celebrating the Whole Person
Santa Clara University sets as its mission educating the whole person, so when it comes to the Alumni Association marking 125 years, we thought it only fitting to have a well-rounded celebration, too. Over the weekend of April 28, festivities included a Friday night barbecue before the St. Mary’s/Santa Clara baseball game (the Broncos dropped one to the Gaels, but they won the weekend series 2 to 1), followed by a wonderful anniversary dinner on Saturday honoring the 2006 Bannan and Ignatian Award recipients (see Mission Matters for more on the honorees) and premiering the new Alumni Association 125th Anniversary video.
To commemorate 40 years of women at SCU, we also hosted the SCU Pioneers’ Luncheon on Saturday. “We had challenges not just with the student body but with some of the teachers,” recalled Buff Mui, who was among the pioneering coed undergraduates in the fall of ’61. Knowing there would be resistance, “A lot of strong people came here,” she said, and she credits the Jesuit philosophy underpinning the University with giving her and many others “the confidence to go out and make a difference.”
Chris Lowney, a former Jesuit seminarian and director for J.P. Morgan, offered more food for thought with a talk on “What 21st-Century Leaders Can Learn from 16th-Century Jesuits.” In an age when ethics often seem to be in short supply, Lowney noted that it’s important to remember that our claim to leadership doesn’t spring from the position we command, it’s grounded in the values we embody.
Our Spring Reunion/Homecoming Weekend May 19-21 was also a huge success, with 1,200 alumni returning to campus to enjoy alumni rugby and lacrosse games, academic programs, the 125th Anniversary Homecoming Picnic, and reunion dinners for the Classes of ’01, ’96, ’91, ’86, and ’81. I was thrilled to celebrate my 20th reunion that weekend and had a magical time reconnecting with classmates and dear friends.
The 125th Anniversary and Spring Reunion/Homecoming Weekends recognized the very best of the Santa Clara family. Our Alumni Association has a rich tradition of community, camaraderie, and connection, and I am proud to say it has only grown stronger since 1881. We’re also very proud that, as part of commencement in June, the Alumni Association was presented with an honorary degree for 125 years of service generating “goodwill and support for Santa Cara’s Jesuit educational mission,” and for encouraging alumni to be “ethical, socially responsible citizens who leaven society with knowledge, virtue, and faith.”
No matter where you live, I hope you will continue to help us celebrate our 125th anniversary by attending an alumni event in your local area, coming back to campus, or reaching out to a classmate you haven’t spoken with in some time. You’ll be amazed at how energized you feel after spending time with others who share your Santa Clara experience and Bronco spirit!