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Power of One Day

Power of One Day
Yasmeen Wanees ’15. Photo by Charles Barry
by SCM |

“I’m fascinated by how people can make change happen on a global level,” says Yasmeen Wanees ’15. “What I’ve learned at SCU is that people are not isolated but, rather, interconnected.” Wanees is studying political science, minoring in anthropology as well as Arabic, Islam, and Middle Eastern Studies. Let’s talk about the interconnectedness she mentioned. And about folks whose lives have been touched by this place coming together on April 23—“All in for SCU” Day—the first one-day giving challenge for Santa Clara University. The goal was 1,001 donors in 24 hours, which would secure a $100,000 challenge grant from Julie Robson ’83 and Mark Robson ’84. There were that many gifts by lunch. So an anonymous grad of the Class of ’69 posted another $100,000 challenge for the next thousand givers. By day’s end, nearly 3,000 people donated some $800,000 to support what makes SCU special to them—from students scholarships to loved ones professors who changed their lives, even this magazine. That feeds and waters a lot of stories that will sprout in this blessed place for years to come. Thank you.

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Summer 2014

Table of contents

Features

A day with the Dalai Lama

High-spirited and hushed moments from Feb. 24: a day to talk about business, ethics, compassion.

The Catholic writer today

Poet and former chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts Dana Gioia argues that Catholic writers must renovate and reoccupy their own tradition.

Our stories and the theatre of awe

Pulitzer Prize–winning author Marilynne Robinson speaks about grace, discernment, and being a modern believer.

Mission Matters

Roelandts joins the board

Willem P. “Wim” Roelandts, business executive and advisor to the Center for Science, Technology, and Society, joins SCU’s Board of Trustees.

How green is our valley

The Mission campus is honored with one of the Bay Area’s oldest and most prestigious environmental recognition programs: the Acterra Award for Sustainability.

Santa Clara Snapshot: 1964

Poems, pranks, and a prep course in marriage.